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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
War in the 20th Century
HEATHER GRAY
Two years ago, in 2004, my mother reached the glorious age of 90. Our family honored her and celebrated her nine decades. As I began to think about her 90 years and the enormous changes in the 20th century there were a few major events that became apparent. One is...
Hand Wringing and Warfare
RON JACOBS
Around five in the evening on September 11, 2001 I was sitting in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park in New York City. The air was foul with the smell of the burning World Trade Center and the park was full of people. Many of the folks were park regu...
Is Latin America Really Turning Left?
JAMES PETRAS
A new series of social and national polarities in the Western Hemisphere has dominated political life over the past few years. At the beginning of the new millennium the national confrontation was between Cuba and the US/EU, and the social confrontations between t...
What a Miner’s Life is Worth
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The only thing more predictable than the deaths of those 12 miners in the Sago coal mine was the Bush administration’s rush to exploit a tragedy that they helped foster. Over the past five years, Big Coal has benefited from the blind eye that Washingt...
Swan Song for the Greenback?
MIKE WHITNEY
The great dollar sell-off has begun in earnest, although to a large extent, it’s being concealed from the public. Wary currency traders have been expecting a dollar-slide for months but were nervous about the possibility of widespread panic. Everyone ...
The System in Crisis
PETER MONTAGUE
In the U.S., what we call "the system" is beset by multiple crises. ** The end of cheap oil is coming. ** Global warming is upon us. ** Water shortages are worsening in the U.S. and globally. ** Rising inequality divides the t...
Truman and Israel
HARRY CLARK
The Truman Administration’s policy on Palestine challenges at its start the "strategic asset" view of the US-Israel relationship, and reinforces the "Israel lobby" view, as argued in the recent article by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt...
Couch Time for America
ROBERT DOTSON, M.D.
Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. The truth is–there is something terribly wrong with this country–isn’t there? And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak ...
What We’re Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And TOM D'ANTONI
  Mose Allison: Allison Wonderland (Rhino) Allison was born...
Neocon Border with Mexico Begins Next Week
GREG MOSES
If last year it looked to you like the Minutemen were a too convenient crisis, then your paranoia has been rewarded. Next week, the neocon border begins. Talk about the Eyes of Texas. While the Governor feeds reporters stories about how he’s going t...
Dr. Tashkin Makes the News
FRED GARDNER
"Marijuana Does Not Raise Lung Cancer Risk," proclaimed the headlines on May 23, over stories about Donald Tashkin’s talk at the American Thoracic Society conference in San Diego. Dr. Tashkin led a team of UCLA investigators who conducted a large, ...
The Story of Two Kings
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Draw closer, dear children, and let me tell you a story of the two kings. One is Mighty King, who still rules over the two oceans. The other was Little King, who once upon a time ruled over a big desert. Mighty King has a small head but big nostrils. He liv...
Israel’s Targeted Assassination Policy
ROSEMARY RADFORD RUETHER
On May 24, 2006, Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, appeared before the U.S. Congress to decry the lack of any "genuine Palestinian partner for peace," with whom Israel could talk. Although declaring "our deepest desire to build a better future fo...
Final Examination
DAVE PATTEN
Writing about the 106th commencement at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth raises a serious question: in a country fascist in all but name, with institutions brimming over with corruption, ignorance, racism, and violence, where even a small victory like fin...
The Way Americans Like Their War
ROBERT FISK
Could Haditha be just the tip of the mass grave? The corpses we have glimpsed, the grainy footage of the cadavers and the dead children; could these be just a few of many? Does the handiwork of the United States’ army of the slums go further? I...
Return to Cuba
RON RIDENOUR
"Cuba’s revolution — its ideology and economy, the society as a whole — is in crisis. Contemporary reality is changing rapidly in confusing directions." This I wrote introducing "...
The "Atlantica" Economic Zone
SEAN DONAHUE
A few years back I visited a village in Colombia whose residents had been instrumental in organizing a month-long blockade of the Pan-American Highway. They were protesting the way the government was willing to make investments in building the infrastructure to fa...
Revisiting Mondo Hollywood
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
On June 10, 2006, in a special event for the Moondance Film Festival, the Melrose Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting the digitally-enhanced Director’s cut of MONDO HOLLYWOOD. Written, produced, directed and edited by ...
MoveOn Rigs Its Own Vote; Betrays Its Membership
JOHN WALSH
The first email. On May 17, I received an email from MoveOn.org signed by Ben Bradzel, Matt and Eli (Pariser) inviting me to a "trial" house party to begin creation of a "positive agenda" for 2006. The house party was the very next day,...
"A Mercenary Army"
ALAN MAASS
Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist who reports frequently for the Nation magazine and the Pacifica radio program Democracy Now! His investigations have exposed the role of the Blackwater USA security firm in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster...
More, Lots More
MIKE FERNER
Would somebody please tell me that the corporate news media is talking about U.S. war crimes in Iraq besides just the civilians killed in Haditha?! I can only hope that my fellow citizens are not being told that this latest outrage tumbling out of Iraq is ...
Bush and Rumsfeld as Ethics Advisers
DAVE LINDORFF
This Bush Administration just keeps on topping itself when it comes to outrages. Now, after the press exposed a couple of cases of civilian massacres by U.S. forces–massacres the military tried to cover up–they’re calling for "ethics ...
Can Pacifica Live Up to Its Promise?
SAM HUSSEINI
In an age when "progressives" seem segmented at times, each faction focusing on specific issue areas; and at a time when the power of media seems central, the promise of the Pacifica network could be of enormous importance. Pacifica was founded by...
Countdown to a Betrayal?
SUNSARA TAYLOR
I know everyone hates plot-spoilers, but the story line is overplayed and the ending is worse than lousy, so I’ll say it now: the will of the people will not be expressed in the 2006 election. This election won’t give expression to the loathing ...
Right Livelihood
KATHY KELLY
Irbil, Iraq. Earlier this month, I visited a center in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq which has, since it began in 1991, helped survivors of land mine detonations and other war related injuries gain a new lease on life. On the walls of the Emergency Rehabilitation...
The Haditha Massacre was Inevitable
MICKEY Z.
The Haditha Massacre™ was more than horrific; it was predictable. More than predictable, it was inevitable. Equally horrific, predictable, and inevitable is the devious reporting by the supposedly liberal media. The "alleged" war crimes at Haditha ...
Troqueros Flex Muscles at Long Beach
CHRIS KUTALIK
During the countdown to the May Day immigrant walkouts, transportation industry commentators worried about the impact that immigrant strikes would have on the nation’s ports. Many feared repeats of the 2004 and 2005 strikes by mostly immigrant Latino port tr...
What Blacklash Against the Dixie Chicks?
LEE BALLINGER
"NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Billboard) — Disappointing airplay for the first two singles from the new album by the Dixie Chicks exposes a deep — and seemingly growing — rift between the trio and the country radio market…"...
Olmert in DC
JONATHAN COOK
Israelis have a word for it: "hasbara". It is often misleadingly translated as "advocacy for Israel". But what the word signifies more deeply for Israel’s supporters is the duty, when the truth would be damaging, to dissemble or to dissem...
Iran: a Manufactured Crisis
DAVID PETERSON
Is it within the right of the Security Council to impose demands upon UN member states that not only violate treaties and conventions, international law and World Court decisions"but also the UN Charter according to whose "functions and powers"...
Endgaming Iran
MIKE WHITNEY
"The US is updating contingency plans for a strike to cripple Iran’s atomic weapon program if international diplomacy fails.The plan calls for a rolling, five-day bombing campaign against 400 key targets, including 24 nuclear-related s...
War Crimes Start at the Top
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"[W]e must understand that we’re in a global war against a totalitarian group of people who will kill innocent life, there or here, in order to achieve an objective." George W Bush (At the National Restaurant Convention in ...
A New Biowar Arms Race Begins in Maryland
KEVIN ZEESE
"You will do well to try to innoculate the Indians by means of blanketts, as well as to try every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race…" - Approval by Lord Gen. Jeffrey Amherst, British Commander-in-...
Millennium Blues
CLIFTON ROSS
From the looks of things, this is going to be a tough millennium for the American empire. Let’s face it, things didn’t start off that well and they’ve only gotten worse. Remember the "Millennium scare" when everyone thought the world wa...
Smear by Caricature
PAUL ROCKWELL
It is a rare moment when a beleaguered city gets an opportunity to elect a statesman. Ron Dellums, a practical visionary, is one of the most respected Congresspersons in the world. Remembered for his role in helping to end apartheid in South Africa, for stopp...