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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 June 2006
Will Racism Come Home to Roost in the "New" Germany?
DAVE ZIRIN And JOHN COX
The most watched tournament in the universe, the World Cup, opens today amid fears that an open and violent racism could upstage the games, humiliate its German hosts, and provide an international platform for Neo-Nazi swill. The rising number of attacks on non-wh...
Why Operation Jump Start Worries Me
GREG MOSES
The Guard operation at the border has an air of legal peculiarity about it. Obviously it has been initiated by federal powers, but care has been taken to leave troops under command of the Governors, sort of. If the legal finesse of Operation Jump Start offers a vu...
Nothing New About Haditha
DAVE LINDORFF
What is it that makes the Marine massacre of civilians at Haditha such a big issue, when we had much worse massacres going on before our eyes much earlier? The biggest of these was the giant massacre that took place over the course of two weeks in the 300,0...
Bachelet Refuses to Back Down to Bush
ROGER BURBACH
President Michelle Bachelet came to Washington on Thursday for a one day whirl wind trip that included a meeting with George Bush. Both exchanged pleasantries after the meeting, neither referring to the heavy-handed efforts of the Bush administration to pressure C...
Zarqawi’s End is Not a Famous Victory
ROBERT FISK
So, it’s another "mission accomplished". The man immortalised by the Americans as the most dangerous terrorist since the last most dangerous terrorist, is killed–by the Americans. A Jordanian corner-boy who could not even lock and load a mach...
Judge Nails "Holocaust-Denier" Smear
IRA MOSKOWITZ
Haifa University economist Steven Plaut was convicted last week of libeling a fellow academic [and CounterPuncher], Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government, and ordered to pay the plaintiff NIS 80,000(aprox. $18,600) in c...
What I’m Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Billy Preston: Ultimate Collection (Hip-O) Billy Preston died this...
Death is Patriotic
DENNIS PERRIN
TV talking heads aren’t terribly bright, however smooth their on-air delivery. During the first Gulf War, I did a lot of shows, both national and local, and I was mildly astonished by just how stupid many of those hosts were. Of course, they were conditioned...
The Marine Corps’ Killer Virtues
JOE ALLEN
On May 24, Gen. Michael Hagee, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, made a quickly arranged flight to Iraq to deal with the growing political fallout from a series of criminal investigations into the murder of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines. Accor...
Let Us All Praise the Dixie Chicks
RALPH NADER
Who would have thought when the Dixie Chicks were selling more than 10 million copies each of "Wide Open Spaces" (1998) and "Fly" (1999) that they would become the most controversial band in America? Even more improbable was the likeliho...
Begging for a Response
SAM BAHOUR
The Israelis are a stiff necked people. They refuse to accept anything less than full acquiescence by anyone involved in their plans, no matter the cost — human, political, financial, or otherwise. Israel’s non-stop aggression against Palestinians ­...
Both Parties Have Betrayed America
MICHAEL BERG
Of all of the holidays a grieving father can be confronted with after the death of his child, Fathers’ Day is for me the most difficult. My son Nick died in Iraq on May 7, 2004. He is buried next to my father, who had died just a year and a half befo...
Zarqawi’s Face
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Zarqawi’s face looks peaceful in death. He resembles Pavarotti. His death face portrait has been broadcast in two versions. The first shows him pacific, just slightly bruised, like a medieval Russian icon, somber, slightly fleshy, still. In the second heR...
Desmond Dekker and the Music of the Shantytowns
KIRSTIN ROBERTS
Desmond Dekker, the first international star of Jamaican ska and rocksteady music, died of a heart attack in late May at the age of 64. Before Bob Marley made reggae music into a world phenomenon in the 1970s, poor Jamaican musicians like Dekker rocked Brit...
Babes in Kosland
MICHAEL J. SMITH
Okay, so I’m a behind-the-times old Sixties lefty. Guilty as charged, yer Honor. I throw myself on the mercy of the court. But would somebody explain to me how anybody who thinks of himself as a "progressive", or a person of the Left in any sense, ...
Was the Ohio Vote Rigged?
EVELYN PRINGLE
By late afternoon on November 2, 2004, nationally, all the exit polls showed John Kerry winning with 50.8% of the votes and showed George W Bush with 48.2%, meaning Kerry had a 2.6% lead over Bush. But when the vote counts came in at the end of electio...
Make-Up for a Corpse!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In the old days they’d brandish the head of the captured chieftain from the battlements. These days, given the effects on human bone and tissue of artillery and 500 pound bombs, there’s a cull from an old Most Wanted list and then, when the mortic...
Police Torture in America
ERIC RUDER
During the last four years, a court-appointed special prosecutor has spent more than $5 million investigating a police torture ring that terrorized nearly 200 Black men on Chicago’s South Side during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. But the repor...
Bush and the Iran Deal
GARY LEUPP
Bush administration officials quietly confirm that the U.S. will accept what international law confirms: Iran and every country signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty has the right to enrich uranium for civilian energy purposes. This, following Bush’...
War Criminal Nation
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Faced with mounting civilian carnage, both from war crimes committed by demoralized and broken US troops and from the raging civil war unleashed by Bush’s ill-fated illegal invasion of Iraq, the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee has decided to w...
America, Land of Denial
MICKEY Z.
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -Martin Luther King, Jr. Being a lifetime New Yorker means I took notice when the Red Sox came to town thi...
Our Man in Kos
MICHAEL J. SMITH
I’s amazing what weird situations an excess of curiosity will land you in. Here I am, for example, wearing female clothing and a false beard, impersonating a Democrat at the yearly convention of Daily Kos (...
The Short, Strange Career of Abu Masab al-Zarqawi
PATRICK COCKBURN
It was the end of a strange career. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a little known Jordanian petty criminal turned Islamic fundamentalist fanatic until he was denounced by the US in 2003 as an insurgent leader of great importance. This enabled him to recruit men and...
Ann Coulter’s Blood Lust
LLOYD WILLIAMS
These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much. These self-obsessed women s...
You Can’t Call Me al-Zarqawi, Anymore
RON JACOBS
The gloating in DC over the death of the mystery man al-Zarqawi is certain to continue for awhile. After all, when was the last time the Pentagon and White House had something go their way in Iraq? Even the normally staid New York Times couldn’t contain...
Holding the War Parties Accountable
JOSHUA FRANK
There are plenty of reasons the Democrats continue to support the ongoing occupation of Iraq. Not only did they authorize the invasion, they continue to sit on their hands while our armed forces commit murder in the name of democracy in Haditha. Perha...
The Power of Weakness, Again
WILLIAM S. LIND
The investigations of Marines for possible murders of Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November and, more recently, in Hamdaniyah, seem set to follow the usual course. If anyone is found guilty, it will be privates and sergeants. The press will reassure us that the...
Criminal Collage
MICHAEL DICKINSON
I was at court on Monday. I had to go with a lawyer and hand a letter of confession to a judge. As a result I am to be charged with insulting the dignity of the Prime Minister of Turkey, and face a possible jail sentence of three years. Let me explain ...
Ann Coulter and Rev. Fred Phelps: a Romance
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, has placed Ann Coulter’s latest book, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," in every pew of his church much to the delight of his congregation. "It’s our new Bible,&quo...
War, War and More War is What Bush Really Wants
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst George W. Bush. "Dubya." In the media, the practice of using the W to distinguish the current president from his father is common. George Senior has two middle initials — H and W — but few media flacks seem to use them....
Hubub in Hibhib
CHRIS FLOYD
Abu Musab Saddam Osama al-Zarqawi, the extremely elusive if not entirely mythical terrorist mastermind responsible for every single insurgent action in Iraq except for the ones caused by the red-tailed devils in Iran or the stripey-tailed devils in Syria, has repo...
No More Hadithas
DAVID MacMICHAEL
The recent events revealed at Haditha in Iraq are, far from being an aberration, firmly within the tradition of American military operations. That the Haditha massacre involved US Marines saddened this former Marine officer who more than 50 years ago commanded a c...
Master Sun-Tzu, President Hu and Bush
JOHN WALSH
At the very least China’s President Hu displayed a sense of humor in presenting a book, of all things, to George W. Bush on his recent visit to the United States. And the choice of Sun-Tzu’s fifth century B.C. classic, "...
Haditha and Rumsfeld’s Ratio
MICKEY Z.
By now, we should all know the drill: The U.S. military is sent off amidst lies and propaganda to rain death and destruction upon a foreign land. Atrocities abound but go unmentioned until a set of "allegations" are simply too obvious to disregard. Short...
Dark Star Chasm
MYLES PALMER
Interruptions are taking me away from football this week On Wednesday, after a call from my friend Chris at 8.42 a.m, we went out to Bray film studios, near Windsor. Sunny afternoon, lovely part of the country, all very English, very hip, very laidba...
The Israeli Boycott of Palestinian Education
LAURA RIBEIRO
In the flurry of letters and comments against the boycott of Israeli academics who, according to Natfhe, are complicit through their work or silence, in the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the reality facing the other side of the coin, that of Pales...
Gagging Public Employees
EVELYN PRINGLE
According to US Census Bureau statistics, in 2002, there were over 21 million federal, state, and local government employees in the US. These employees are in the best position to expose misconduct and abuses of power that arise in government agencies. However, th...
Who’s Following the Iraq Money?
DAVE LINDORFF
During the days of the Nixon Watergate scandal investigation, reporter Bob Woodword was famously advised by his mysterious source, Deep Throat, to "follow the money" as a way of cracking the story. Well, there is a lot of money to follow in the cu...
CDC to Women:Prepare to Give Birth!
SUNSARA TAYLOR
Not planning on getting pregnant? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) doesn’t care. As far as they are concerned, if you are one of the 62 million women in the U.S. of childbearing age, you are pre-pregnant. A vessel. You are a future fetal incubator. ...
The Battle for South Central Farm
RALPH NADER
South Central Farm, Los Angeles. The showdown is likely here this week over the preservation of this nation’s largest urban farm worked by 350 families for 13 years to feed themselves and their neighbors a dazzling variety of organic produce. W...
The Unreported Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. The gap between Iraq of the Green Zone and Iraq as it really is grows ever wider. On 20 May, five months after the election of parliament, Iraqis were told they had a new government boasting a minister for tourism but, despite the war raging ac...
The Death of US Engineering
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The May payroll jobs report released June 2 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms the jobs pattern for the 21st century US economy: employment growth is limited to domestic services. In May the economy created only 67,000 private sector jobs. Job estim...
Negatives
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative, Latch on to the affirmative, And don’t mess with Mister In-between." Harold Arlen lyrics, Johnny Mercer song, crooned by Bing Crosby "The Ne...
Wolf Sterilization Scheme Backfires
CHRIS DARIMONT
and CHRIS GENOVALI Absent of any legitimate scientific rationale and at the behest of the trophy hunting lobby, the British Columbia government is moving to carry out predator control programs to systematically sterilize or kill wolves in different regions of...
Jewish Opposition to Zionism
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Professor Yakov Rabkin offers us an unusual book. It is not history, because it does not present a narrative of Jewish opposition to Zionism, nor a systematic analysis of its causes and development. It is not polemic–though Rabkin’s sympathies are clea...
"Selling the Country to the Highest Bidder!"
WILLIAM HUGHES
On Sunday afternoon, June 4, 2006, a Forum, which dealt with the topic of "Iraq, Iran and Militarism," was held at the Cork Gallery in Baltimore. It is located near the historic Greenmount Cemetery. (1) The event was sponsored by the "Generations fo...
Palestine: It’s All Over
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The first item I ever wrote about Palestinians was around 1973, when I was just starting a press column for a New York weekly called the Village Voice. It concerned a story in the New York Times about a "retaliatory" raid by the Israeli air force, after ...
Should We Stay or Should We Go Now?
DAVID SWANSON
Have you ever heard someone try to argue that the Iraq War was a mistake but that now the proper course is to continue the mistake a bit longer or to carefully end it in a long and complicated way that could take months or years? Have you ever wondered how such a ...
Why Haditha Happened
BRUCE JACKSON
Army spokesmen are saying that the murders of 24 Iraqi civilians, most of them women and young children, at Haditha last November took place because the troops just weren’t well enough trained. I don’t believe that, and neither should you. ...
Return to Ishaqi
CHRIS FLOYD
It seems that the Pentagon, that veritable fount of veracity, has probed itself for the alleged execution-style slaying of civilians in Ishaqi, (reported here in March) and found that the operation — which left 11 civilians dead, including five children unde...