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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 November 2006
Vindication for the Angola 3
NICK TRENTICOSTA And SCOTT FLEMING
With great joy, we can announce that we have just received an opinion from Commissioner Rachel Morgan of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge recommending that Herman Wallace’s 1974 murder conviction be reversed. The opinion is the result of an ev...
Robin Hood in Reverse
BILL QUIGLEY
Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. On the Gulf Coast, the reverse is happening. Federal state and local governments are teaming up with corporations and developers to systematically steal hurricane relief funds from the poor to enrich themselves....
The Revolving Gates at the Pentagon
Col. DAN SMITH
The change in control of both houses of Congress was not the only bad news for George Bush. The day after the election, he announced the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense and the nomination of Robert Gates as his successor. Coming just...
Screw the Palestinians, Full Steam Ahead
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
At a panel on the defense and foreign policy impact of the midterm election, sponsored two days after the election by Congressional Quarterly, Steven Simon, late of the Clinton administration and still a member of the Democratic, pro-Zionist mainstream at the Coun...
The Decline of the American Empire
SHEPHERD BLISS
The Democratic Party, re-vitalized in part by progressive grassroots groups and hard work, prevailed in the Nov. 7 midterm elections. "I feel like a load has been lifted from my body," former student radical and ex-California State Senator Tom Hayden sai...
The Democrats and Civil Liberties
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Unless November’s new blood improves the Democratic Party’s civil liberties pedigree, the Democrats will have failed even before they are sworn in next January. In its disregard for truth, public opinion, the separation of powers, the Geneva Con...
On the Anti-Semitism of the Present Government
Lord MONTAGUE
I have chosen the above title for this memorandum, not in any hostile sense, not by any means as quarrelling with an anti-Semitic view which may be held by my colleagues, not with a desire to deny that anti-Semitism can be held by rational men, not even with a vie...
Marijuana, the Anti-Drug
FRED GARDNER
The extent to which medical cannabis users discontinue or reduce their use of pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs is a recurring theme in a recent survey of pro-cannabis (PC) California doctors. The drug-reduction phenomenon has obvious scientific implicatio...
East Timor Massacre Victims Still Waiting for Justice
BEN TERRALL And JOHN M. MILLER
This November 12 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 1991 massacre at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, East Timor (also called Timor-Leste). On that day, Indonesian soldiers killed at least 271 East Timorese civilians nonviolently marching to demand a UN...
India High and Low
P. SAINATH
Your child will be served "food from many traditions including Indian, Continental, Mexican and Chinese. Meals are carefully planned by expert dieticians and only premium quality mineral water, juice and organically cultivated fruit, vegetables and eggs are s...
Rahm’s Losers
JOHN V. WALSH
Now that the Democrats have won the House overwhelmingly, the media is falling all over itself to proclaim Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and dearest friend of Israel, a boy genius. Even that congenital liar and close friend...
"Born to Run:" Opening the Cover
DANIEL WOLFF
Who is this guy? We know he plays music. The signals are everywhere: not just the Fender slung at his waist but the black leather jacket, the scraggly hair. This is what a rock&roller is supposed to look like. Where is he? No clue. Unless...
Throwing Rumsfeld Under the Bus
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Donald Rumsfeld should have been gotten rid of years ago. He has messed up for a long time. But in the last analysis it is not Rumsfeld who is responsible for the debacle in Iraq. It is his boss, Bush, who desired to pursue Rumsfeld’s policies and who let th...
The Fourth Moab Folk Festival
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I spent a glorious pre-election weekend in Moab, Utah attending the 4th Moab Folk Festival. I didn’t even hear of Rev. Haggard’s meth-fueled gay sexcapades until three days after the story broke, as I was immersed in daily hiking and evening concerts. ...
Democrats Can Be Neocons, Too
GARY LEUPP
The great hope among Americans opposed to the war in Iraq is that the Democratic majority in both houses of Congress will now bring the troops home. But anyone paying attention realizes that the Democratic leadership, however much it’s recently rejected, and...
Cheney in a Box
MIKE WHITNEY
It was the worst outcome imaginable. They lost the House and the Senate in one night with one savage blow. Even the Confederate flag at Senator "Macakaw’s" house was flying at half-mast. Suddenly the Reich that was "built to last a thou...
Ireland’s Freedom Struggle and the Foster School of Falsification
NIALL MEEHAN
Ken Loach’s ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’, currently enjoying huge success at the Irish box office and the winner of the 2006 Cannes Palm d’Or winner, continues to stir up strong passions. The film depicts the struggle between the IRA a...
Oaxaca at Any Cost
BARUCHA CALAMITY PELLER
Oaxaca. Barricades removed by the Federal Preventive Police, during their invasion and occupation of Oaxaca City since Nov 1, may be reconstructed throughout the city as early as tonight. "If hostility continues, if detentions and disappearances...
Claybrook Versus the Chamber of Commerce
RALPH NADER
Unlike competing sports teams, adversaries on the corporate and consumer or environment sides rarely square off in public to provide much needed drama and media. They each testify, litigate, petition and conduct press conferences on their own track. Only very rare...
Post-Electoral Deliriums
JOSHUA FRANK
A progressive sweep? Hardly. John Nichols of The Nation claims that the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is now "crowded" as a result of last week’s Midterm elections. Indeed the CPC will be growing by 8, which is almost on par ...
Shafting the Vets
CONN HALLINAN
"War is hell," Union General William Tecumseh Sherman famously said 14 years after the end of the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. "It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for b...
The Death Penalty Case of Mohd. Afzal
MUKUL DUBE
According to the formula, the death penalty is awarded only in the "rarest of rare" cases. There must be something about the crime or the criminal which causes the judge to decide that the penalty of imprisonment for life will be insufficient. The crime ...
Be Careful What You Wish For
AL KREBS
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in s...
The Return of Tom Lantos
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
With the Democrats now taking over Congress, the question is: what will the change in leadership mean for U.S. policy towards Venezuela? While it’s heartening that some progressive legislators will be headed to Washington, unfortunately some hawkish figures ...
Jesse, a Working Dog
JASON HRIBAL
One month ago in Rhine, Wisconsin, a 13-year-old dog named Jesse died while trying to save the life of her friend. A fire had broken out in her home. Springing to action, she first helped her owner and employer-Jamie Hanson. Jesse brought her artificial leg and a ...
"We Worry About Staying Alive, Not the U.S. Elections"
PATRICK COCKBURN
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A Thumpin’ or a Whippin’?
ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
The people have spoken. They have voted a resounding no to Bushworld. Translated, this means: No to the Iraq war. No to a United States of Fear. No to corruption, and, Yes to the U.S. Constitution. In Bushworld, however, the president’s faith and delu...
The War Crimes Case Against Rumsfeld
MARJORIE COHN
As the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and were on the verge of taking over the Senate, George W. Bush announced that Donald Rumsfeld was out and Robert Gates was in as Secretary of Defense. When Bush is being run out of town, he knows how t...
Who Will Pass Judgment on Those Who Judge?
GREGORY ELICH
"It’s a major achievement," announced President Bush in reaction to the conviction and sentencing to death of Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity. The trial, he assured us, was "a milestone in the Iraqi people’s efforts to replace...
The Joke is On Us
MEGAN BOLER
Satire is the sign of the times. With truth a casualty of war, the populace north and south of the border is desperate for a reality check. When mainstream media admits it vacated its constitutional role to ensure informed citizenry and instead parrots White House...
Blue Dog Group
JOSHUA FRANK
It’s going to take a little time to get used to it. The Republicans will no longer control Congress come January. Voters on November 7 stormed the polls to denounce the Bush administration’s scandal-laden entourage and the occupation of Iraq. One by on...
An Iraqi in India
FARZANA VERSEY
Michael Fathallah is dead, but then there are so many dead Iraqis. So, why do I remember him? I am sorry this is not the right thing to say at such a wrong time, but I just cannot forgive him for having made me drink coffee that tasted like something out of a sewe...
The Treacherous Road to Oslo Begins Here
RAMZY BAROUD
Attempts to coerce Palestinians into submission have not always manifested themselves in the crude form of a tank, a bullet, the withholding of aid or the denial of freedom of movement. These efforts were at times more imaginative and shrewd, through the sponsorin...
Lame Duck
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
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What Veterans See
JORGE MARISCAL
In August of 1945, Ralph Mariscal, Jr., a 23 year-old son of Mexican immigrants and a U.S. Marine, sat waiting off the coast of Japan with thousands of other troops. The invasion would be bloody, they had been told, but as it turned out history would take a differ...
How Gaza Offends Us All
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
An opened jaw with yellowed teeth gaped out of its bloodied shroud. The rest of the head parts were wrapped in a plastic bag placed atop the jaw and nostrils, as if to be close to the place to which it once belonged. The bag was red from the pieces that were stuff...
Between Resistance and Deception
JAMAL JUMA
The Israeli regime unleashes racist brutality that by far outstands the crimes of the previous apartheid regime in South Africa. It imprisons an entire people behind ghetto walls, kills them and submits them to an economic blockade that has brought communities to ...
The Repudiation of One-Party Rule
ALAN MAASS
Going into the midterm congressional elections, Republicans held all the power in Washington. But after the drubbing they got on November 7, only the White House remained firmly in their grasp. The Republicans’ 30-seat majority in the House of Represe...
The Roots of Corruption
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
The reason most frequently cited by voters in exit polls for turning on Bush and the Republicans was "corruption." The talking heads on PBS couldn’t quite figure this out, so they interpreted it as "opposition to the war." The American pu...
How Gaza Offends Us All
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
An opened jaw with yellowed teeth gaped out of its bloodied shroud. The rest of the head parts were wrapped in a plastic bag placed atop the jaw and nostrils, as if to be close to the place to which it once belonged. The bag was red from the pieces that were stuff...
Can the Klamath be Restored?
FELICE PACE
This week state, federal, tribal and local biologists, restorationists, politicians and bureaucrats, as well as agricultural and fishing interests, will gather at the Holiday Inn in Redding, California for the three-day Klamath Basin Watershed Conference. The Conf...
Saddam’s Trial in Context
NICOLA NASSER
American and European official and public opinion reactions to Saddam Hussein’s guilty verdict on Sunday artificially removed both the trial and the death sentence out of context and focused instead on "flaws" in the legal technicalities of a fair ...
Blood on the Tracks
ROBERT JENSEN
As I stood in line for coffee on the morning after election night, a Democratic Party supporter ahead of me in line said, "Thank God this country is finally switching trains." If only that were true. On Election Day 2006, the U.S. publi...
Will the Demcrats Become Part of the Problem?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It only took six years for Americans to comprehend George Bush and the Republican Party and to realize that the Republicans were not leading America in any promising directions. Exit polls and interviews with voters across the country by CNN political analy...
As I Lay Dying
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Sadly, little coming from America’s politics can fire my enthusiasm. During my lifetime, America has busied itself with the task of burying liberalism, reminding one of October’s frenetic squirrels hunting and burying acorns. The nation is prett...
The War of the Snipers
PATRICK COCKBURN
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Bush’s Chernobyl Economy
MIKE WHITNEY
In the next few months, a financial crisis will arise somewhere in the world which will jolt the American economy and trigger a swift and precipitous decline in the value of the dollar. This is not speculation; it will happen and there is nothing that the B...
Voting in the Absence of Choice
CHARLES SULLIVAN
Too many Americans harbor the illusion that we live in a democracy simply because we have the right to vote. But let us be clear about something: voting matters only where real choices are allowed. It is universally understood that special interest money runs the ...
American Voters Say, "Bush Sucks!"
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
The votes are in. America has spoken. And what do we say? Bush sucks! Let’s hear it for Blue Values! Let’s hear it for Eros over Thanatos! Hope over fear. Yes indeed, Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners. America has spoken. If we ca...
Another Tragic Day in Palestine
ARTHUR NESLEN
Written on the Jerusalem bus to Beit Hanoun. It was another tragic day in Palestine. As grieving families collected the body parts of their loved ones for burial, the headline in the nation’s most popular newspaper said it all: ‘They are really ...