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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 2006
How Bush’s Belligerence Prompted North Korea to Pursue Nuclear Weapons
FLOYD RUDMIN
As a psychologist engaged in peace research, I attended a summer seminar program in 1990 at UCLA’s Center for International and Strategic Affairs. An expert from one of the US nuclear weapons laboratories presented a history of nuclear weapons proliferation....
A Fable About Palestine
JEAN BRICMONT
Let’s start with a story. Imagine that Africa has become rich and powerful, and that Euroope has become poor, divided and without real independence. Imagine next that, tired of being repeatedly massacred, the Tutsis decide to found a national home elsewhere....
PowerPoint Racism
JORGE MARISCAL
In a 1958 CIA information report on revolutionary activities in Cuba, the agent in charge wrote "Che [Guevara] is fairly intellectual for a Latin." A racist assertion such as this was not uncommon in government documents. Throughout the Cold War, officia...
The Myth of the Spat Upon Vets
STEPHEN PHILION
Jerry Lembcke is the author of The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam, ...
How Hezbollah Defeated Israel
ALASTAIR CROOKE And MARK PERRY
Israel’s decision to launch a ground war to accomplish what its air force had failed to do was made hesitantly and haphazardly. While Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) units had been making forays into southern Lebanon during the second week of the conflict, the ...
Return to Afghanistan
ANNE E. BRODSKY
Afghanistan is back in the US headlines, but it’s not the kind of news many were expecting five years after the US began a bombing campaign that toppled the Taliban regime. Instead of schools and jobs and security there was the assassination of an Afghan wom...
Journalism Then and Now
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
"Nobody rewrites what I write!" John Reed (portrayed by Warren Beatty) storms in the movie "...
The Death Penalty’s Invisible Victims
CHARLES PERROUD
"What is capital punishment if not the most premeditated of murders to which no criminal act, no matter how calculated, can be compared." Albert Camus The debate surrounding the death penalty always fi...
Strip Mining Wildlife Preserves?
JOHN BLAIR
OK, here’s the deal. If you just give me the rights to strip mine coal in your "fish and wildlife" preserve I’ll you lots more already stripped land, and by the way, don’t worry about the mercury, arsenic, boron and sludge we dumped the...
Oil, Atoms and War
Col. DAN SMITH
The outcome of the November midterm elections in the United States may well hinge on oil and atoms. The issue of atoms, namely Iran’s nuclear ambitions, is potentially more explosive. But the price of gas, since it hits consumers in the pocketbooks, may have...
General Transportation Strike Looming in 2008?
MEREDITH SCHAFER And CHRIS KUTALIK
IMillions of dollars worth of goods sat unmoved on the docks of the United States’ largest port, Los Angeles/Long Beach, as port truckers, mostly Latino immigrants, struck on May 1. Despite being organized only informally in small networks, the truckers were...
The Pundit Path to Death in Iraq
NORMAN SOLOMON
No one knows exactly how many Iraqi civilians have died from the war’s violence since the invasion of their country. The new study from public health researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimates that the number of those deaths is around 601,000, while s...
The South Turns Against the Iraq War
CounterPunch News Service
Despite strong early support for the Iraq war in the South, the region’s opposition to the war now matches national levels — and by some measures frustration is higher in the South than elsewhere in the country. Those are the findings of a new public o...
On Colonialism and Colleagues
M. SHAHID ALAM
I will set down an encounter (from the early 1990s) with a colleague at Northeastern University that carries some useful lessons about how our views of history can be shaped by our kinship to it. Even in academic circles, conversations remain fairly mundan...
Can We Call It Genocide Now?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When does "collateral damage" so dwarf combatant deaths that war becomes genocide? Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq has cost 655,000 Iraqis their lives. That is the conclusion of a study financed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology&#...
Assassins of Truth
CHARLES SULLIVAN
It is evident to me that the United States government believes that any individual or group of people that works to prevent it from implementing its agenda are terrorists. Furthermore, I contend that the government’s plan is not the people’s agenda; bu...
How Hezbollah Defeated Israel
ALASTAIR CROOKE And MARK PERRY
Writing five years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, US military expert Anthony Cordesman published an account of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict. "Preliminary Lessons of the Israeli-Hezbollah War" created enormous interest in the Pentagon, where i...
On Colonialism and Colleagues
M. SHAHID ALAM
I will set down an encounter (from the early 1990s) with a colleague at Northeastern University that carries some useful lessons about how our views of history can be shaped by our kinship to it. Even in academic circles, conversations remain fairly mundan...
Why Do We Still Fight a Lost War?
WILLIAM S. LIND
At least 32 American troops have been killed in Iraq this month. Approximately 300 have been wounded. The "battle for Baghdad" is going nowhere. A Marine friend just back from Ramadi said to me, "It didn’t get any better while I was there, and...
Images of Occupation
CARL GELDERLOOS
One image that sticks is the one of a boy throwing a rock at a tank. The boy, a Palestinian, is poised on the edge of release, one foot raised, rock hand stretched back, frozen in perigee. The Israeli tank too is frozen by the camera’s shutter, stopped in mi...
Gunning Down Women
JACKSON KATZ
In the many hours devoted to analyzing the recent school shootings, once again we see that as a society we seem constitutionally unable, or unwilling, to acknowledge a simple but disturbing fact: these shootings are an extreme manifestation of one of contemporary ...
Sleepless on Skid Row
GREGORY AFGHANI
The measure of personal freedom in society, to a great extent, can be demonstrated by its treatment of the least privileged citizens. Recent events in Los Angeles provide an instructive case in recognizing power, and a stark illustration of where we continu...
Tin War in Bolivia
APRIL HOWARD And BENJAMIN DANGL
"Something that should have been a blessing for the country has been turned into a curse." - Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro García Linera October 7th was supposed to be a day of celebration for the Virgin o...
Chortles in the New Yorker for Slaughter’s Cheerleader, C. Hitchens
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Today the public health department at Johns Hopkins has released a new study of deaths in Iraq, based on a new larger sample of the population. Around 600,000 have died in Iraq since the U.S. attacked in the spring of 2003. This terrible number won’t come as...
World War W
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
North Korea’s detonation of a nuclear device reveals the latest failure of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush and Richard Cheney administration. When Bush and Cheney took office in January 2001, they inherited mature negotiations between Washington and...
Pyongyang 1, Bush 0
JOHN FEFFER
Five years ago, when George W. Bush took office, North Korea didn’t claim membership in the nuclear club. Its plutonium reprocessing facilities were frozen. It was even willing to negotiate away its missile program. Instead of pursuing the diplomatic...
Killing Occupation
DAVE LINDORFF
A just released study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published in the current issue of the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, reports that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has led to the deaths of between 426,000 and 794,000 Iraqi...
Corporate Torture in Iraq
ALI ETERAZ
In 2003, Haider Muhsin Saleh, was living in Dearborn Michigan. A former opponent of Saddam Hussein, he had once been imprisoned and tortured by Saddam’s secret police in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Upon being released he had fled to Sweden and become a Sw...
Israel’s Plan for a Military Strike on Iran
JONATHAN COOK
The Middle East, and possibly the world, stands on the brink of a terrible conflagration as Israel and the United States prepare to deal with Iran’s alleged ambition to acquire nuclear weapons. Israel, it becomes clearer by the day, wants to use its air forc...
The New Witchcraft
KEN COUESBOUC
In his 1974 book Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches, the anthropologist Marvin Harris writes:...
The Democrats and the War on Civil Liberties
JOSHUA FRANK
I’m still wondering where all the damn outrage is, and I’m not talking about the Foley scandal. On September 29, the Senate voted 100-0 in favor of the pork-swollen Pentagon Budget, which earmarked $70 billion for our ongoing military ventures in Iraq ...
The Future of Nebraska’s Family Farms
JAMES KNOTWELL
With big business tightening the screws on our political representation to rid ourselves of the encumbrance that many seem to think Nebraska’s Initiative 300 is, it is time for Nebraskans to re-examine our agricultural paradigm. A recent Nebraska Envi...
Mark Foley and the Politics of Sex in America
DAVID ROSEN
Sex predators are prowling the halls of Congress — and America is up in arms. Mark Foley’s rapid resignation of his House seat and departure to a rehab center has failed to sweep the growing scandal under the proverbial rug. While everyone in Florida&#...
Where Votes Matter
HEATHER GRAY
As the United States is about to enter into another national election, I thought I would share something about my experiences in South Africa. It’s hard to believe that 12 years have passed since South Africa held it’s first democratic election. Many o...
Lost Wars and a Lost Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
President Bush and his neocon flaks have simultaneously lost two wars and America’s economic future. Last Friday’s payroll jobs report was a continuation of Bush’s dismal record. Only 59,000 net new private sector jobs were created during ...
Free the Press! Free Linda Greenhouse!
DAVE LINDORFF
A few months into my first job as a newspaper reporter, covering the politics of three small Connecticut River Valley towns for the Middletown Press, I wrote what remains one of the best things I’ve ever written, but I never got credit for it. It was Christm...
The Return of James Baker, III
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
So James Baker III, co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan team strategizing about the situation in Iraq and U.S interests in the region, is attempting to create an exit plan for our troops that will leave George Bush without a bruise and smelling like ...
Bush and North Korea
MIKE WHITNEY
"We have reaffirmed our commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. The actions taken by North Korea are unacceptable and deserve an immediate response by the UN Security Council." President George Bush; following the detonation of North...
The Myth Keepers of Columbus
ROBERT ROBIDEAU
In 1993, 500 years after European invaders of the Americas had brought the first Native Americans to Europe in chains, my plane landed in Barcelona, Spain, I had been invited to the International Cultural Symposium to speak on behalf of Leonard Peltier . The day a...
The Passing of Peter Norman
DAVE ZIRIN
Almost four decades later, the image can still make hairs rise on unsuspecting necks. It’s 1968, and 200 meter gold medalist Tommie Smith stands next to bronze winner John Carlos, their raised black gloved fists smashing the sky on the medal stand in Mexico ...
Grizzlies in Our Midst
JOHN HOLT
One hell of a lot of books have been written about Grizzlies. Ninety-five percent of them are shallow, venal efforts posing as legitimate works concerning the great bear, while anyone with a bit of vision can clearly see that they are nothing more than slipshod at...
Post-Castro Cuba
SAUL LANDAU
Reporters and friends keep asking: "so what’ll happen when Castro dies?" "A big funeral in Havana," I reply with certainty. One other sure thing: anti-Castro exiles in south Florida will throw a mammoth party. On July 31, Fi...
Welcome to the Nuclear Club!
NORMAN SOLOMON
Moments after hearing about North Korea’s nuclear test, I thought of Albert Einstein’s statement that "there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the pe...
Sex, Lies and Family Values
WALTER BRASCH
The parents of a 16-year-old Congressional page contacted their congressman, Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.). Alexander says he contacted both Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.)...
The Age of Terror
ROBERT FISK
A few days after Lebanon’s latest war came to an end, I went through many of the reporter’s notebooks I have used in my last 30 years in the Middle East. Some contained the names of dead colleagues, others the individual stories of the suffering of Ara...
Who Killed Michael Moore?
MICKEY Z.
(Inspired by the assassination of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya) There’s no shortage of outrage on the Left. Plenty of marches and manifestos to go along with the myriad calls to change this and take back that. Toss in the occasional fighting...
The Boom Heard Around the World
RON JACOBS
August 29, 1949-Soviet Union. October 16, 1964-Peoples Republic of China. October 7, 2006, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. Three dates. Three first time nuclear tests by three enemies (at their respective times) of Washington. All three tests were preceded b...
Not So Pretty in Pink
LUCINDA MARSHALL
Will eating Oreo cookies help cure breast cancer? Delightful Deliveries would like you to think so. For $29.99, they will send you a box of nine white chocolate Oreos, decorated with shocking pink sprinkles and edible pink ribbons. Or if you prefer, for the same p...
The Mystery of America
GIDEON LEVY
It happens once every few months. Like a periodic visit by an especially annoying relative from overseas, Condoleezza Rice was here again. The same declarations, the same texts devoid of content, the same sycophancy, the same official aircraft heading back to wher...
Moral Meltdown
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
This country is in the middle of, a moral meltdown. What should one call it but immoral when a country tortures people; when it kidnaps them off the street; when its Department of Justice writes disgraceful memoranda approving the kidnapping and torture; when it c...