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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 August 2006
Who’s Afraid of Hillary Clinton?
NORMAN SOLOMON
The leading pro-war Democrat in the Senate is hoping for a landslide in the New York primary next month. And unless progressives quickly mobilize to dent her vote total, she’s likely to get it. Hillary Clinton, of course, intends to be the Democratic ...
Ceasefire or Trojan Horse?
MIKE WHITNEY
"Israel’s strategy is to establish positions as far north as possible to implement a fighting withdrawal, meaning they will try to take on as much of Hezbollah as they can as they work their way south. " Ha’aretz editoria...
The Flaws in the UN Resolution
KARIM MAKDISI
Beirut. On 12 August, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1701 aimed at ceasing hostilities’ between Israel and Hizbullah. It went into effect at 8am this morning local time, 33 days after Israel used the pretext of Hizbu...
An Indian Farmer About to Commit Suicide Writes a Note of Clarification
P. SAINATH
Vidharbha, India. Sahibrao Adhao paints a vivid picture of Vidharbha’s debt trap. [Vidharba is a cotton-growing region in the north-east part of the state of Maharashtra. Eds.] He profiles the character of the creditor, captures the pathos of the debt...
The Truce That Won’t Last
ROBERT FISK
The world may believe–and Israel may believe–that the UN ceasefire due to come into effect at 6am today will mark the beginning of the end of the latest dirty war in Lebanon after up to 1,000 Lebanese civilians and more than 30 Israeli civilians have b...
The Raytheon Nine
GORETTI HORGAN
Nine people in Derry in Northern Ireland have been charged under terrorism laws following an occupation of the local Raytheon plant during which, police claim, £350,000 damage was done to computer equipment. The US company Raytheon is one of the large...
The Proximity of Death
BARUCHA PELLER
Beirut. Death is close here. And some of us are not as close to death as others. The south of Lebanon is cut off from humanitarian aid. Here on the north side of the Litani River, the people in the south, taking the worse of the missiles and mortars of the ...
Time to Reopen the Palestine File at the UN? Not Yet!
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Several Arab officials intimated after the unanimous UN Security Council vote for resolution 1701, intended to stop Israel’s unjust war on Lebanon, that it was time to build on this rare Arab "diplomatic triumph" by reopening the file of the root c...
"Vets for Freedom" Fight for Rove and Lieberman
JOHN STAUBER
The Republican lobby group Vets for Freedom is the 2006 equivalent of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the Republican 527 committee whose attack advertisements in battleground states helped sink John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race by smearing him as a phony war...
Kerala Throws Out Coke and Pepsi
CounterPunch News Service
Trivanrum, India. DThe state government of Kerala in south India has banned the production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the state. The companies will be asked to close their operations entirely. Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan stated today ...
How the Irish Could Save the Middle East
CONN HALLINAN
History is the story we tell ourselves in the present about the past. But how we punctuate the story-where we put the periods, the commas, and the ellipses-depends not on everything that happened, but on who is telling the story, where we stand in the narrative, a...
Tearing Down the Master’s House
ADAM ENGEL
Engel: The title makes it pretty clear, but what’s the message of Endgame." W...
Should Alan Dershowitz Target Himself for Assassination?
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
As Israel’s military bravely fires away shells and missiles to lay waste the fragile human and physical infrastructure of Lebanon, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, waging battle on a second front to legitimize Israel’s criminal aggression, bravel...
Forget the 50 Civilians
ADRIAN GRIMA
Malta. On Monday, July 17, 2006, journalist Herman Grech of The Times of Malta interviewed the outgoing Israeli Ambassador to Malta Ehud Gol at the end of his five-year term ("Don’t pass judgement on us"). The interview was published five da...
Bush’s Primetime Lies Still Go Unchallenged
Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
The far greater offense is not President Bush’s words being picked up by an unguarded microphone on July 17th at the G8 summit meeting in St. Petersburg and broadcast throughout the world. The deeper offense is the lack of mainstream media’s response t...
"Weeds," the First Season
FRED GARDNER
Those of us who don’t get Showtime can now check out the first season of "Weeds" on DVD. The plot revolves around a young widow, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), who deals marijuana to maintain her bourgeois lifestyle in an LA suburb called Agres...
The De-Zionization of the American Mind
JEAN BRICMONT
Americans are constantly told that they have to defend themselves against people who "hate them", but without understanding why they are hated. Is the cause our secular democracy? Our appetite for oil? There are lots of democracies in the world that are ...
How London’s Terror Scare Looks From Beirut
ROBERT FISK
Beirut. When my electricity returned at around 3am yesterday, I turned on the BBC World Service television. There were a series of powerful explosions which shook the house–just as they vibrated across all of Beirut–as the latest Israeli air rai...
Crimes Against Peace
Col. DAN SMITH
The number of alleged violations of the Geneva Conventions and their Protocols by U.S. soldiers and Marines continues to grow, reaching the threshold at which most of the U.S. public needs the proverbial "scorecard" to keep track of the different inciden...
War Crimes in Lebanon
DAVE LINDORFF
I was just reading an account of the Jewish armed uprising in defense of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, an astounding story of heroism in the face of almost certain death, as people armed with little more than pistols and home-made bombs held out for a month against t...
When the Skies Rain Death
AZMI BISHARA
The fighter plane is the quintessence of modern civilisation, the modern goddess. It is the product of the collective input of all the sciences and the neutralisation of all morals and values. In it converge the laser, micro-optics, microelectronics and high-tech ...
Jewish Dissidents Must Challenge Israel
HENRI PICCIOTTO
I grew up Jewish in Beirut. Although I left nearly 40 years ago, my memories of Lebanon — vibrant and multicultural — have stayed with me. And so, my wife and I had started talking about taking a trip there. I would show her the neighborhood whe...
Collapse of the Flanks
WILLIAM S. LIND
In Iraq and Afghanistan, the "coalitions" defeats continue slowly to unroll. In Lebanon, it appears Hezbollah may win not only at the moral and mental, strategic and operational levels, but, astonishingly, at the physical and tactical levels as well. Tha...
Class War Amid Mexico City’s Gridlock
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City traffic is legendary. At peak hours, 5,000,000 vehicles clog this mountain capital’s narrow streets and broad avenues, vomiting tons of noxious fumes that atrophy the lungs of the metropolitan area’s 23 million chilangos (denizens of "...
Tom Crumpacker: 1934-2006
CounterPunch News Wire
Tom Crumpacker, a frequent contributor to CounterPunch, died on the morning of Friday, August 11 following a struggle with liver cancer. He was 72 years old. Born in Hammond, Indiana, he was raised in Colorado Springs and Aspen, Colorado. Tom Graduated from Yale U...
How I Found Myself with the Islamic Fascists
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. It occurred to me as I watched the story unfolding on my TV of a suspected plot by a group of at least 20 British Muslims to blow up planes between the UK and America that the course of my life and that of the alleged "terrorists" may ha...
Chertoff’s New Math
LINDA MILAZZO
"Had this plot been carried out, the loss of life to innocent civilians would have been on an unprecedented scale." These are the words of British Secretary of Home Security, Dr. John Reid, when forecasting the catastrop...
Sore Loserman, Redux
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right. ~H.L. Mencken, 1956 Despite a last-minute false smear ca...
Something is Happening Around the World
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Remarks Election Night Tuesday, August 8, 2006 After Listening to Pink’s Dear Mr. President I wanted you to hear this song because it says so much about why this election in Georgia was so important. In the film American Blackout, you ...
Awakening the Resistance
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
  Thousands of Lebanese, Palestinians and others made a kind of pilgrimage to Fatima’s gate in the summer of 2000 to celebrate the end of Israel’s 22 -year occupation of south Lebanon. ‘Fatima’s gate’ denoted a stretch o...
The Grapes of Wrath
ISRAEL SHAMIR
A small band of determined warriors takes on and fights off the mightiest army of the region: this is the stuff history is made of. Thermopylae, move over, Bint Jbeil is coming in! Bishop Philip of Antioch compared the levelling of this small Lebanese to...
The Great Equalizer
GABRIEL KOLKO
The United States had a monopoly of nuclear weaponry for only a few years before other nations challenged it, but from 1949 until roughly the 1990s deterrence theory worked—nations knew that if they used the awesome bomb they were l...
Who Are Mr and Mrs Lamont?
DAVE MARSH
This is what the Connecticut Senatorial primary proved: Democrats are now so easily pleased that they consider themselves triumphant if they are able to elect a liberal Republican instead of a conservative Republican as their standard bea...
Who? Me?!
URI AVNERY
Today,the war entered its fifth week. Hard to believe: our mighty army has now been fighting for 29 days against a "gang" and "terrorist organization", as the military commanders like to describe them, and the battle has still not been...
Jackie Mason defends Mel Gibson, Ridicules Abe Foxman
COUNTERPUNCH NEWS SERVICE
Fox News: Your World: Cavuto Cavuto:  Why are you so forgiving? Mason: I’ll be honest with you. It’s not that I’m so forgiving, it’s that all these people are very sick. They get a vicious, sick, perverted, sadistic thrill out of...
Right-wingers Ramp Up War on Migrants
TOM BARRY
Leading conservatives recently sent an open letter to President Bush and congressional leaders stating that "enforcement first" measures should be central to any immigration policy reform. The conservatives, including such right...
?Doing the Lebanese a Favor?
CHARLES HIRSCHKIND
While I was in Beirut a couple of weeks ago, waiting for US evacuation efforts to materialize and trying to convince my frightened five year old son that it was probably only thunder that was shaking the house, I heard one bit of news that took me aback....
Extraordinary Precision: The Logic of Israel’s War on Civilians
RAMZY BAROUD
A Sky News newscaster, interviewing British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett on Sunday, July 30 demanded an answer to this paraphrased question: if indeed Israel had precise intelligence that a Hezbollah operative was present in the vil...
Hypocrisy and the Clamor Against Hizbullah 
JONATHAN COOK
  Nazareth. A reader recently emailed to ask if anyone else was suggesting, as I have done, that Hizbullah’s rocket fire may not be quite as indiscriminate or maliciously targeted at Israeli civilians as is commonly assu...
The Sweetness of Lieberman?s Defeat
ALEXANDER COCKBURN AND JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Any morning which carries the fragrance of a defeat for Joe Lieberman is one that should be savored. And his humiliation at the hands of Connecticut voters yesterday is all the sweeter for the fact that it looks as though we may be able ...
Incumbents Beware: Peace Voters Mean Business
LINDA SCHADE
For months, polls revealed increasing opposition to the US occupation of Iraq.  Lamont’s victory shows clearly that Americans oppose the war and are willing to vote en mass against pro-war incumbents.  In Quinnipiac University’s...
Operation Security Roof: Developing Story?
GILAD ATZMON
Following the IDF difficulties in defeating Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s ballistic warfare, the Israeli Government is now searching for contractors with some advanced experience in large scale reinforced concrete c...
Another IDF Refusenik Jailed
DIMI REIDER
Tel Aviv. In 1982, it took over half a year for Israeli officers and soldiers to begin refusing draft and orders to enter into Lebanon. In the beginning of the Al-Aqsa intifada, several months elapsed before the first letter of defiance was handed in. But i...
The Lebanese Nakba and Israeli Ambitions
PAUL LARUDEE
Why did Israel remain in southern Lebanon after the departure of the PLO in 1982? The publicly stated reason was to assure the security of its northern border by neutralizing the resistance forces and by maintaining a "buffer" zone. However, it is clear ...
The Malleable US Constitution
JOAN ROELOFS
The US Constitution, supposedly born in a democratic struggle against empire, can be manipulated to serve plutocracy and imperialism. Its many silences and ambiguities enable today’s shocking domestic and international politics. This is not to deny that it w...
Into the Valley of Death
TIM LLEWELLYN
I am in blood stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er." Macbeth Israel’s capacity to shed Arab blood has remained undiminished since its crea...
Requiem for Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
Amman. These days, when I drive around Baghdad, I sit in the back seat of the car with gauze curtains drawn down so nobody on the street can see me. I have a second car following 100 yards behind to make sure we are not trailed. We try to avoid police and a...
Democrats Running Scared, Again
JOHN A. MURPHY
The Democratic Party in Pennsylvania is once again trembling in fear. The last time it suffered such a political panic attack was when it faced the prospect of having to run against Ralph Nader in 2004. Since it could not possibly deal with Mr. Nader on an issue b...
The View from the Big Woods
ELIOT KATZ
About a week before leaving for a 12-day summer vacation, I sent The New York Times a Letter to the Editor, which they published on June 20, 2006. In my letter, I addressed an op-ed column by David Brooks in which he wrote that he has a "personal War Council&...