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FATTENING WALL STREET — Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
Archives from October 2005
Dialectics of the Plame Affair
GARY LEUPP
The neocon-dominated Bush administration opted for generalized Southwest Asian war after 9-11. "S.H. and U.B.L.; things related and unrelated," penned Rumsfeld the day after. The meaning of this shorthand is clear in retrospect: the administration would ...
Could Somebody Recommend a President?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Someone should tell Condi Rice that the gig is up. With the Bush administration dissolving in illegalities committed by key officials in their attempts to protect the lies that they used to justify the US invasion of Iraq, the secretary of state is trying to ramp ...
Pulling the Court Strings
NAFEEZ MOSADDEQ AHMED
At last, the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein, on trial. At first glance, the event seems a landmark symbol of victory for the Iraqi people. But beneath the sense of vindication and hope experienced by countless Iraqis that justice will, finally, be done, there lies...
The Sleight of Hand
CONN HALLINAN
This is a tale about a vote, a strike, and a sleight of hand. For the past six months the United States and the European Union (EU) have led a full court press to haul Iran before the UN Security Council for violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (...
Talk to Strangers
ROBERT DAY
At the Library of Congress in 1994 there was a tribute to William Stafford, the American poet who, in 1970, had been what is now called the poet laureate of the United States. There were the usual accolades: Bill Stafford was a poet whose plain language fitted his...
Judith Miller and Me
JOHN SUGG
OK, for a start, there really is no "Judith Miller and me," at least in the sense that I’d invite her to my birthday party. But I have talked to her on the phone a few times (nothing to do with Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby or Karl Rove, however). F...
Attack on the Palestine Hotel
KEN SENGUPTA And PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad It was the second time the 19-storey Palestine has come under attack leading to deaths. As US forces were first moving into Baghdad, an American Abrams tank shelled the hotel, killing and injuring a number of journalists. A central Baghdad hotel ...
Barbara Bush: the Poster Gorgon of the Astros
JACKIE CORR
According to Texas papers, when the Cards/Astros’ baseball playoffs opened in Houston, ( Saturday, Oct. 15, game 3), the ex-president and ex-first lady Barbara Bush arrived 45 minutes before game time, drawing a loud ovation as ...
Shades of Iran/Contra
MICHAEL DONNELLY
It’s down to the finish line this week for special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s probe into just who in the Bush regime outed CIA agent Valerie Plame in a lame attempt to counteract her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson’s refutation of Bush’s fa...
Iraq is Not Vietnam, But…
NORMAN SOLOMON
Many politicians and pundits have told us that "Iraq is not Vietnam." Certainly, any competent geographer would agree. Substantively, the histories of Iraq and Vietnam are very different. And the dynamics of U.S. military intervention in the two c...
Revoke Miller’s Pulitzer
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that the New York Times’ own ombudsman has weighed in with a scathing critique of Judith Miller’s lies and deceptions about her WMD and Al Qaeda reporting, including a recommendation that the paper not allow her back in its newsroom, it’s tim...
A Nation Stands on Trial
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad It should have been a moment of supreme triumph: Saddam Hussein finally brought to bay, standing in the dock in Baghdad to answer for his crimes. The trial ought to have marked the victory of the new Iraqi state, but instead served only to underline...
Apres Rove
MIKE WHITNEY
Can Bush survive in a post-Rove world? Not likely. The Bush persona is mainly the invention of its author Rove; a careful stitching together of religious and western imagery, of pious moralizing and cowboy "straight-talk". Originally, Bush ...
US Foreign Policy and Palestine
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analysts   On October 20, BILL and KATHLEEN CHRISTISON spoke in Montpelier, Vermont at the first of several public forums scheduled in connection with an exhibition of Palestinian art, entitled Made in Palestine. Their presenta...
Playlist
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
What I’m listening to this week. Doug Sahm– The Return of Wayne Douglas ...
When Abortion was Illegal
MICHELLE BOLLINGER
Abortion was criminalized throughout the U.S. between the late 1800s and 1973. But during that time, millions of women sought and obtained abortions anyway. Of these, tens upon tens of thousands died from illegal abortions or complications arising from them...
Dershowitzed
FRED GARDNER
Alan Dershowitz has written an introduction to a re-issue of The Unlawful Concert, a book I...
Invading Iran
JOSHUA FRANK
If the Bush administration wants it, they’ll get it. The threat of hurricanes and indictments isn’t going to stop these crazy guys. Nor will the Democrats, France, or that fallible United Nations. Nope, nothing is going to step in their way. Even if wh...
Letter from the Circle Bar
BILLY SOTHERN
Gunshots down on Franklin, 11:45, two boys from the Lower Ninth, the coroner arrives. There’s a blind man reading tarot cards over there in Jackson Square. He says the future is uncertain but he don’t really ...
Bush, an Assessment
SAUL LANDAU
My ninety year old cousin recalled The Teapot Dome scandal under Warren G. Harding. Albert Fall, Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, took a $100,000 bribe to allow some buddies to develop federally owned oil fields. Harry Daugherty, Harding’s confidan...
Intelligent Design
KONA LOWELL
Lately a furious debate has been raging between nuclear physicists, paleontologists, chiropractors, televangelists and other men of science as to whether the theory of evolution should be taught in our schools. The dissenters believe some other explanation should ...
Bush the Strategist
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"Area by area, city by city, we’re conducting offensive operations to clear out enemy forces [in Iraq]." – George W. Bush, October 6 At the moment there are some 154,000 US troops in Iraq. T...
Disasters Are Us
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Is the West "sleeping through" the Pakistani earthquake disaster? (1) Why do the responses to recent natural disasters in the U.S.A. and, often, around the world seem so limited? Consider this, from William Blum’s "Anti-Empire Report&qu...
Harriet Miers, a Pre-Judger of Cases
RALPH NADER
Dear President Bush: Your position regarding the nomination of Harriet Miers to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is increasingly untenable, even with your own Party, for reasons well known to you. Moreover, before...
Tanks for the Memories
BEN TRIPP
There’s some terrible news, folks. George W. Bush is going down. Some of you, remembering a couple of pungent appellations I have applied to this horrible little Untermensch and his vampire wet-nurses, might be surprised to hear I’m not delighted about...
Venezuela’s National Workers’ Union
DIANA BARAHONA
The revolutionary process which started in Venezuela following the election of President Hugo Chavez in 1998 has had a profound impact on the labor front. For 40 years the historically dominant Confederation of Venezuelan Workers (CTV) had an undemocratic structur...
Whose Justice Does Saddam’s Trial Serve?
BEHROOZ GHAMARI
In a quiet neighborhood of the Tajrish district of Tehran, on the foothills of the Alborz Mountains, a green thirty-thousand-square-feet sanatorium hosts hundreds of veterans of the Iran-Iraq war who still suffer from their war wounds. The majority of these vetera...
What the "War on Terror" is Really About
LEE SUSTAR
With support for the Iraq war collapsing ahead of the U.S.-imposed constitutional referendum this month, George W. Bush resorted to his old trick of trying to tie the U.S. occupation to the September 11 attacks and the "war on terror." "The t...
CSI: Iraq
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The disappearance of Laci. The discovery of Laci and Connor’s bodies. The trial of Scott Peterson. The disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The murder of Pamela Vitale. Yes, these American tragedies are worthy of the diligence of writers like Theodore Dreiser ...
When Divas Collide: Maureen Dowd v. Judy Miller
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Would you pay $49.95 to watch women wrestling in mud? I did this morning, and it was well worth the expense. I get the New York Times Online and until a couple of weeks ago all the features were free. Then, as some of you have no doubt discovered, the NYT’s ...
Murder of Defense Lawyer Puts Saddam’s Trial at Risks
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Gunmen have killed the lawyer of one of the co-defendants of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad after abducting him from his office. The murder will make it more difficult to conduct a fair trial of the former dictator because officials working for t...
Two Decades of Aftershocks from 1985 Quake
LAURA CARLSEN
Twenty years ago, on September 19th 1985, an 8.0 earthquake struck Mexico City. Over 20,000 people died that day, or in the aftershock the following day. A nation mourned, surrounded by a devastation unimagined in the complacency of urban daily life. But as in the...
China Bashing and the Loss of US Competitiveness
JAMES PETRAS
The most striking aspect of the US (and European) trade conflict with China is Washington’s systematic rejection of the free market and its resort to heavy-handed dependence on state intervention. Equally astonishing, supposedly orthodox free market economis...
Richard Pombo: Tom DeLay in Cowboy Boots
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Cattle rancher, dairy farmer and Chairman of the House Resources Committee, 42-year-old Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) recently accomplished one of the top priorities of the nation’s resource extraction industries. On September 29, Pombo, along with co-sponsor Re...
The Destruction of the National Guard
Col. DAN SMITH
"It bought us the time we needed." Lieutenant-General James Lovelace, USA "It," for General Lovelace, the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations was the deliberate decision to throw more Army N...
Abusing Katrina
MADIS SENNER
Remember what Conservatives did after 9-11? They exploited a moment of vulnerability by passing laws like the PATRIOT Act and taking us to war. Now look at Katrina. They are again using human suffering and tragedy as the ruse to ratchet up their agenda, today argu...
Paying for Their Mistakes
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
As the Fitzgerald inquiry into the events surrounding the march to war winds down, the economic impact of America’s adventure in Iraq is just becoming clear. New investigations of federal spending for the "global war against terror" paint an ugly p...
The Democrats’ Abortion Hypocrisy
DAVE LINDORFF
The pathetic pandering of various Democratic Party leaders, like Howard Dean and Hillary Clinton, to the anti-abortion fanatics represents the nadir of principle and integrity of a party that keeps demonstrating why it deserves to die. I have nothing again...
25 Years After Reagan’s Triumph
NORMAN SOLOMON
"It bought us the time we needed." Lieutenant-General James Lovelace, USA By a twist of political fate, the Oct. 28 deadline for special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to take action on the Plamegate matter is exactly ...
Defiant Saddam Refuses to Recognize Court
DAVE LINDORFF
in Baghdad While things continue to get hotter in and around the White House and Blair House in Washington, impeachment is in the air in New York City. On Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, a group called Not in Our Name (...
Judy and Holofernes
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Scooter Libby joins a long line of men who lost their heads over...
Chickens Come Home to Roost on Cheney
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst Indictments are expected to come down shortly as special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald completes the investigation originally precipitated by the outing of a C.I.A. officer under deep cover. In 21-plus months of digging and interviewing, Fit...
Millions of Workers Would Lose Pay and Protections Under Minimum Wage Proposal
ROSS EISENBREY
The minimum wage amendment proposed by Sen. Michael Enzi would harm far more workers than it helps. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that a straightforward raise of $1.10 in the minimum wage could directly benefit about 1.8 million workers. The Enzi ...
Prosecuting Bush in Canada for Torture
JUSTINE DAVIDSON
On Monday, October 17th Gail Davidson and Howard Rubin along with Jason Gratl and Micheal Vonn representing B.C. Civil Liberties stepped into courtroom 55 of the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver with the hopes of lifting the publication ban which, since December of 2...
Attack Syria? Invade Iran?
JEREMY BRECHER
and BRENDAN SMITH Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on October 19, Condoleezza Rice was asked whether the Bush administration was planning military action against Syria. She answered, "I don’t think the President ever takes a...
James McMurtry Makes It in Dayton
RANDY SHIELDS
The song met the town. Last Sunday night James McMurtry performed "We Can’t Make It Here" (see counterpunch.org 9/30/05 for all the lyrics) at the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton gets mentioned in the...
The Scandalous History of the Red Cross
JOE ALLEN
Iin recent years, the image of the Red Cross has been tarnished. The worst scandal came after the September 11 attacks, when it was revealed that a large portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars donated to the organization went not to survivors or family mem...
Was the Iraqi Constitution Vote Fixed?
KEVIN ZEESE
"It wouldn’t surprise me if the election was rigged," said a U.S. Army officer in Mosul who requested anonymity from Time and who worked on security arrangements for the poll with Iraqi security and election officials. "I don’t even trus...
Defiant Saddam Refuses to Recognize Court
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Three hours after it finally opened under the most intense Iraqi and international scrutiny, Saddam Hussein’s trial came to a sudden halt for one simple reason – fear. Some 30 to 40 witnesses to the killing of 143 people, allegedl...
Koizumi and the Rape of Nanking
CHRISTOPHER REED
To emphasize your dedication to peace and revulsion for war, the most effective way is not, surely, to offer a prayer at the place of sacred enshrinement of a murderous gang of fascist warmongers. Yet that is precisely what the Japanese prime minister, Junichiro K...