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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 January 2007
From Designer Hens to the Transgenic Omega-3 Pig
MARTHA ROSENBERG
"I prayed for something red and shiny to get around town in," reads the caption on a squiggly New Yorker-like cartoon, "and got this raincoat." That’s how food activists must feel at the end of a mixed year. They asked fo...
No Substitute for Free and Unfettered News Gathering
PHIL DONAHUE
Say what you will about Sarah Olson, she got the story. On the ground and armed with only an audio tape recorder, reporter Olson did nothing more radical than dig deep — the first law of journalism. Her interview with Lt. Ehren Watada vividly painted the por...
Lame Ti Manchèt Accused of Role in Murder of Photographer
JEB SPRAGUE
Residents of Martissant, a sprawling poor section along the southern part of Port-au-Prince, have accused Lame Ti Manchèt (the Little Machete Army), a civilian vigilante group, of having a role in the killing of freelance photojournalist Jean-Rémy Ba...
The Struggle Erupts and Big Migra Raids the Plant
MIKE ELY And LINDA FLORES
On Wednesday, January 24, agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE) staged a raid of the largest pork processing plant in the world ­ Smithfield Food’s massive operation in Tar Heel, North Carolina. This plant has been the site of int...
Our Mercenaries in Iraq
JEREMY SCAHILL
As President Bush took the podium to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday, there were five American families receiving news that has become all too common: Their loved ones had been killed in Iraq. But in this case, the slain were neither "civilians...
Bush’s State of Deception
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Bush’s state of the union address did not describe the deplorable state of the union. The speech’s importance consists of Bush’s plea to Congress to please let him fool them one more time in order that he can attack Iran and start a bigger war th...
Falling Dominos and Failing Presidencies
DAVE LINDORFF
There was a word missing from President Bush’s pathetic State of the Union Address. That word was "domino." With all his arguments for continued war in Iraq now exposed as lies and shams, our "war president" and would-be generaliss...
Cuba at the Crossroads?
HOLGER W. HENKE
An article on Haiti that appeared in Time magazine in January 1973–at the end of the dictatorship of "Papa Doc" Duvalier and the commencement of his son "Baby Doc’s harsh rule­ states: "There is also a sound on the city streets ...
When In Doubt, Start Another Civil War
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
There’s one thing George Bush knows. You don’t get to be the biggest arms merchant in the world by only selling arms to friends. If that were the case the only countries to which we’d sell arms would be countries like Great Britain and Canada and...
The Morrocan Example
JASON YOSSEF BEN-MEIR
The new strategy of the United States in Iraq does not include an extensive overhaul of reconstruction efforts at this critical time. Very little money is now being appropriated for reconstruction. As the Iraq Study Group Report explains, of the $21 billion to dat...
Fake Left, Rule Right
JOHN ROSS
It was as startling an about-face as veteran Latin American political observers could recall. Here was Felipe Calderon, the iconic right-winger and George Bush’s latest Latino poodle dog who was awarded the Mexican presidency in fraud-marred elections last J...
From Your Young Cousin
JULIA LANDAU
Poor Poe turned white and cold and hollered out into the hollow deep: Where is the tin can that contains my heart? It is full of worms and other organisms. It cannot make a peep. Edgar paints his skin with soil. Poor thing wronged again,...
"Hearts Ruptured with Sadness"
FRIDA BERRIGAN
On January 11, 2007 more than 100 people in orange jumpsuits trudged slowly from the Supreme Court to the Federal District Court in Washington, DC. Black hoods covered their faces. Another 400 protesters followed "the prisoners" as they tried to enter th...
Why Bush and Gen. Petraeus are Living in a Dream World
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Baghdad is paralysed by fear. Iraqi drivers are terrified of running into impromptu checkpoints where heavily armed men in civilian clothes may drag them out of their cars and kill them for being the wrong religion. Some districts exchange mortar f...
What Can Be Done in Iraq?
Lt. General WILLIAM E. ODOM (US Army Ret.)
Text of testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,18 January 2007 Good afternoon, Senator Biden, and members of the committee. It is a grave responsibility to testify before you today because the issue, the war in Iraq, is of such monu...
An Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair, Part One
TAO RUSPOLI
This interview with CounterPunch co-editor Jeffrey St. Clair was filmed last week in Venice, California. The film inaugurates a new weekly feature on CounterPunch called CounterViews. Each Wednesday, filmmaker TAO RUSPOLI will present a new 10-minute interview fe...
SOTUS Quo
RON JACOBS
George Bush’s State of the Union speech provided every single US resident that opposes the war in Iraq with a reason to take that opposition into the streets. His argument that ending the US military involvement in that nation would lead to extremists runnin...
Taken for a Ride by the Israeli Left
STEVEN FRIEDMAN And VIRGINIA TILLEY
Article removed. In readying this piece for our website the editors removed a few phrases from Friedman and Tilley’s criticisms of Avnery, a respected, long-time contributor to CounterPunch. Though the elision of these few words in no way affecte...
Translating Snow
ROBERT DAY
Three of us are gathered here in Bly, Kan., at the co-op, to talk about the snow. It has been coming down in thumb-sized wet flakes, but by afternoon the sky will be white with tiny dots, giving the impression we have lost our horizons. The ground is still warm, s...
Two Americas
BRIAN M. DOWNING
Divisions between red and blue America and between rich and poor are well known. But another one, related but not quite identical, exists as well. There is a deep divide between those who honorably live the traditions surrounding war and those who dishonorably cap...
The Empire Turns Its Guns on the Citizenry
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In recent years American police forces have called out SWAT teams 40,000 or more times annually. Last year did you read in your newspaper or hear on TV news of 110 hostage or terrorist events each day? No. What then were the SWAT teams doing? They were serving rou...
Health Care Reform for the Insurance Industry
SHARON SMITH
"Affordable healthcare for all" has become a bipartisan rallying cry, echoing from governors’ mansions around the nation, while members of the new Congress have already introduced ambitious proposals for healthcare reform. On January 22, the Wall S...
Out of Europe, Out of Time
JAMES BROOKS
Prior to the onset of European colonization a century ago, generations of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Palestinians cohabited in the Holy Land with little or no conflict. Zionism’s arrival opened a vein of intolerance that eventually grew into a river of bl...
Surviving in War
HEATHER GRAY
As George Bush seemingly wants to escalate the war in Iraq, I thought I would share something about my experience in Vietnam to place war somewhat in the context of daily life. The image of war can be so deceptive. This likely is true whether in Iraq, Palestine, L...
CounterViews
TAO RUSPOLI
This interview with CounterPunch co-editor Jeffrey St. Clair was filmed last week in Venice, California. The film inaugurates a new weekly feature on CounterPunch called CounterViews. Each Wednesday, filmmaker TAO RUSPOLI will present a new 10-minute interview fe...
On the Edge of Civil War: the Cedar Revolution Goes South
TRISH SCHUH
January 16 — Beirut Two years after the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, America’s Cedar Revolution in Lebanon has gone "Citrus". The chic Lebanese divas with maids in tow wagging protest signs on their employe...
The Politics of Cheap Oil
ROBERT BRYCE
Oil prices may be falling, but hold off the cheering. Yes, cheaper oil leads to cheaper gasoline, and that’s good for America. At least, that’s the common wisdom, particularly among the neoconservatives. But there is plenty of downside to cheaper oil a...
Was the War a Blunder or Treason?
DAVE LINDORFF
New Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), is calling President Bush’s invasion of Iraq a "stark blunder" and says that his new scheme to send 21,500 more troops into the mess he created is just digging the hole deeper. I w...
Aliens in an Alien Land
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Nt so many years ago, perhaps five, there was a country known as "Iraq." That Iraq no longer exists. It has been replaced by two Iraqs. No, I am not referring here to the Kurdish Autonomous Region, nor to the nascent Shia statelet likely about to be crea...
Miami: a Refuge for Terrorists
GLORIA La RIVA
How is the surrender of huge weapons caches supposed to lighten someone’s sentence? This is the case with Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat, who by any dictionary’s definition, are terrorists. The evidence against them? Machine guns, C-4 explos...
Clean Coal is Not Clean
JOHN BLAIR
Proponents of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology like that Duke and Vectren desire to use at Edwardsport, Indiana, loudly proclaim that IGCC is the answer to global warming since the technology makes its easier to capture carbon dioxide. Once...
Questions for Bush on Iraq
RALPH NADER
Dear President Bush: I have read your address to the nation on "The New Way Forward in Iraq" and wish to share some observations. You say "where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me." You then quickly change t...
In Iraq, All Foreigners are Targets
PATRICK COCKBURN
All foreigners are targets in Iraq, Americans especially. Even those who come to the country to do good share the fate of those who come to kill. Moments after Andrea Parhamovich, a 28-year-old from Ohio, left the offices of a Sunni Arab political party in ...
Freedom Ride
URI AVNERY
Mahatma Gandhi would have loved it. Nelson Mandela would have saluted. Martin Luther King would have been the most excited–it would have reminded him of the old days. Yesterday, a decree of the Officer Commanding the Central Sector, General Yair Naveh...
Turning Silence Into Gold
JOSHUA FRANK
George W. Bush’s position on Iran is "disturbing" and "dangerous," reads a position paper written in late 2005 by American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). One year ago the Bush administration accepted a Russian proposal to allow...
The Pentagon vs. Press Freedom
NORMAN SOLOMON
We often hear that the Pentagon exists to defend our freedoms. But the Pentagon is moving against press freedom. Not long ago, journalist Sarah Olson received a subpoena to testify next month in the court-martial of U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada, who now faces...
The Things We Take for Granted
RAMZY BAROUD
I opened my eyes to the sound of my children, so innocently unaware of what had befallen their father: "is Daddy going to die?" asked one, in a voice engulfed with a worry that transcended her years; "no, but I think that he will have to use a wheel...
A Fool’s Errand in Baghdad
MIKE WHITNEY
"There is no solution. We’ve destroyed Iraq and we’ve destroyed the region, and Americans need to know this." Nir Rosen; interview with Amy Goodman, "Democracy Now" Let’s assume for a m...
Trapped in Darfur
JEN MARLOWE
This time last year, Suleiman Jamous was busy ensuring that hundreds of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas of Darfur received the basic foodstuffs they needed to survive. As the humanitarian coordinator of the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M), a rebe...
Demonstrate at Jimmy Carter’s Brandeis Talk
JOHN V. WALSH
Friends in Peace, Please join our demonstration in support of Jimmy Carter when he speaks at Brandeis University on "Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid," on January 23 at 4:30 pm at the Shapiro gym at Brandeis. We will gather in front of the gym at 2:...
Life Under Prohibition in Palestine
AMIRA HASS
All the promises to relax restrictions in the West Bank have obscured the true picture. A few roadblocks have been removed, but the following prohibitions have remained in place. (This information was gathered by Haaretz, the United Nations Office for the Coordina...
China’s New Chip in Space War Poker
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
On January 11, 2006, EST, China launched a medium-range missile from its Xichang Space Center, or near it, which shot up to a point near its Feng Yun 1C weather satellite — in polar orbit since 1999 — at an elevation of 864 km (537 miles), and destroye...
The Manipulation of the American Mind
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Everyone knows that Bush’s Iraq "surge" will not work. Even the authors of the plan, neoconservatives Frederick Kagan and Jack Keane, have emphasized that the plan cannot work with any less than an addition of 50,000 US troops committed to another ...
War of the Belligerent Professors
GEORGE McGOVERN
I’m glad to be back at the National Press Club. Indeed, at the age of 84, I’m glad to be anywhere. In my younger years when the subject of aging came up, trying to sound worldly wise, I would say, "It doesn’t matter so much the number of yea...
How CNN Set Me Up in the Duke Rape Case
GAIL DINES
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a couple of dozen times, and shame on me — but also shame on what passes for journalism on television. This truism comes to mind after my appearance on “Paula Zahn Now” on CNN this week to discuss the Duke rap...
Flushed with “Surge” Surrender,Democrats Eye Fresh Sell-Out Scheme
SETH SANDRONSKY
Here it comes again.  The new Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Kent Conrad of North Dakota,  is pressing to form a bi-partisan panel to address Social Security. Joining him is Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), whom Conrad succeeded. Conrad’s plan surfaced in ...
Make Them Live on 50 Cents a Day
JIM GOODMAN
Perhaps you have noticed? Lots of US auto workers lost their jobs in 2006, lots of workers in other industries as well, farmers, well we don’t expect much anymore and even high-tech workers are feeling the pinch. The minimum wage hasn’t gone up since ...
Elie Chouraki’s O Jerusalem!
LARRY PORTIS
The War of 1948 as seen in Otto Preminger’s Exodus, Amos Gitaï’s Kedma and Elie Chouraki’s O Jerusalem! Representations of leadership in Exodus were carefully contrived to create support, in the United States and elsewhere for the St...
“Costa Ricans must understand that we need Nicaraguans “
RAPHA?LLE BAIL
They waited at the intersection of two alleyways, as they do late every Monday afternoon. The entire population of the village of Santa Rosa del Peñon, in northern Nicaragua — the old, along with women and children — hoped for news from Costa Rica. When...
One Hundred Years of Jewish Solitude
GILAD ATZMON
“The emancipated Jew is insecure in his relations with his fellow-beings, timid with strangers, suspicious even toward the secret feeling of his friends. His best powers are exhausted in the suppression, or at least in the difficult concealment of his own real ...