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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 July 2007
Gains and Losses at Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Last Friday, the day after a craven/comatose Senate rejected even the merest mention of plans to transfer Guantánamo detainees to prisons on the US mainland, judges in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit advanced the detainees’ f...
Reflections on the First US Social Forum
LAURA CARLSEN
Attending the U.S. Social Forum held in Atlanta, Georgia June 27-July 1 was an adventure. The first social forum for the United States, it was also one of the first in a series of regional events aimed at decentralizing the mega- World Social Forum that started in...
The Sad Decline of John Conyers
RAY McGOVERN
What do Rep. John Conyers (D, Michigan), chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and President George W. Bush have in common? They both think they can dis Cindy Sheehan and count on gossip columnists like the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank to triviali...
Murdoch’s Transplant
RICHARD NEVILLE
Shock! Horror! Rupert Murdoch’s media discovers an organ previously undetected by News Corp’s proprietor – the human heart. This find has rocked the media empire and its flagship broadsheet, The Australian, forcing it to re-assess its mission. Th...
We Must Move Beyond Politics as Usual
CINDY SHEEHAN
The feedback I have been receiving since I announced that I would challenge U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, for her House seat — unless she gives impeachment the go-ahead — has been running about 3-to-1 positive. Some people have offere...
How to Walk in Bushtime
SAUL LANDAU
How does the commutation of the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, coincide with the release by a federal judge of Luis Posada Carriles, former top terrorist of the Western Hemisphere? ...
Attuned to Tom and Jerry
KATHY KELLY
Last week, Umm Daoud, (her name means "Mother of Daoud"), met me and three friends at a bridge that crosses into her neighborhood. It was just after sundown; the streets were darkening as she guided us toward the narrow path which leads to her home. She ...
Islam Now, China Then
M. SHAHID ALAM
"History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today." – ...
Meeting in Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Arbil. and ANNE PENKETH in Tehran. Iranian and American officials meet in Baghdad today to discuss Iraqi security but wide differences are expected to prevent the real dialogue which may be essential to end the war in Iraq. The talks will be led by the...
Anti-Depressants and Birth Defects
EVELYN PRINGLE
On July 27, 2007 the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control issued a press release apparently promoting the sale of anti-depressants to pregnant women. "Use of certain antidepressants, selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors most commonly known a...
The Michael Vick / George Bush Thing
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Here’s my take on the Michael Vick/George Bush thing. What is the Michael Vick/George Bush thing, you ask? Under what rock have you been living? The big issue in the sports world this week has been Michael Vick-the star quarterback for t...
You Tube You Can’t
BINOY KAMPMARK
You Tube is democracy on the cheap, with all its anti-elitist pretensions. The world’s intellectual elite took one look at it, and probably had an apoplectic fit. But so did the politicians ­ initially suspicious by its all-too-democratic overtones. Dros...
Overcoming John Conyers
DAVE LINDORFF
Rep. John Conyers, venerable member of Congress, finally chair of the House Judiciary Committee,is a man who worked with Rosa Parks in Alabama and who hired her on his staff after he won election to Congress in Detroit. Years in Washington DC change a man. Yesterd...
Media Corrections We’d Like to See
NORMAN SOLOMON
Former readers of Mad Magazine can remember a regular feature called "Scenes We’d Like to See." It showed what might happen if candor replaced customary euphemisms and evasions. These days, what media scenes would we like to see? One aspect ...
Saving a President
STEPHEN LENDMAN
In his first year in office, the widely-followed Cook Political Report had this assessment of George Bush’s early months as president: "Looking back over his first five months in office, President George W. Bush and his administration started off to a s...
Narcolepsy on Gitmo Detainees
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Last week, in an overwhelming display of conservative paranoia and liberal befuddlement, the US Senate voted by 94-3 to approve an amendment by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, the Senior Republican Senator for Kentucky and a champion of NIMBYism (Not In My...
Bush’s Latest, Ludicrous, Doomed Plan for Israel and Palestine
URI AVNERY
In a classic American western, the difference is as glaring as the midday sun in Colorado: there are Good Guys and Bad Guys. The good ones are the settlers, who are making the prairie bloom. The bad ones are the Indians, who are blood-thirsty savages. The ultimate...
Todd Gitlin’s Nader Fixation
JOHN V. WALSH
Democratic Party hack Todd Gitlin stepped onto the op-ed page of the LA Times today and flailed his carving knife at Ralph Nader and the Greens, but he succeeded only in further swelling his reputation as a career slanderer of the Left. In his purported political ...
Iran’s Forgotten Anti-Nuke Movement
REZA FIYOUZAT
Those in the Iranian socialist opposition arguing for a nuclear-free Iran have either been absent from the Western left’s discourse or have been getting the short end of the stick from some in the U.S. left. This, in spite of the fact that the same left-lean...
Here Come the MRAPs
COLLIN BABER
"If you are strong, and you are fighting the weak for any period of time, you are going to become weak yourself." – Dr. Martin van Creveld, military historian (1) As the death toll climbs ev...
Spinning Kashiwazaki
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As you read this, swarms of extremely well-paid PR flacks are spinning the Kashiwazaki nuke quake into an argument for building more reactors. They will deploy utter absurdities and personal attacks, followed by the sound of media-complicit silence. But the...
The Children Without a Title
SOUSAN HAMMAD
Upon reaching the age of 16 Palestinians are issued an identity card, and with this card, Israel overwhelmingly restricts the movement and life of Palestinians to and from the Occupied Territories. And though Palestinian children are allowed to travel into ‘...
The Life and Times of a Hog-Hanging Farmer
MARTHA ROSENBERG
The videotaped hanging of a sow from a skid loader with a logging chain has divided farming communities in Northeast Ohio, hog farmers and veterinarians. Ken Wiles, owner of the 6,000-animal Wiles hog farm near Creston where the incident occurred last year ...
Turkish Prime Minister Threatens to Invade Northern Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil. Turkey’s Prime Minister has threatened an invasion of northern Iraq if, following yesterday’s Turkish election (apparently a resounding triumph for the ruling Justice and Development Party, the Islamic AKP,) talks fail with Iraq and the U...
Buy Hard
DAVID KEEN
The current Bush administration has sometimes been very frank about the need to sell the ‘war on terror’, and many of the elements used to sell that attack on Iraq–the intelligence dossiers, the unsourced revelations, the denigration of hard evid...
Fear in Iraq
ROBERT FANTINA
Following what have been best described as ‘mixed results’ from the milestones that the U.S. has determined Iraq must reach, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker spoke with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Said he: "If there is one word I would use...
Facing the Truth
MONICA BENDERMAN
It’s about time Americans faced the truth. Today a Marine not only convicted of conspiring to commit kidnapping, larceny, and making false statements; but the murder–MURDER–of an innocent Iraqi man, was given his sentence. He is to receive a redu...
Giuliani and the Dogs of War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Even as the Iraq war claims yet another casualty, in the form of Senator John McCain, another Republican sets himself up for political destruction by insisting that America, should persist in this unpopular enterprise. McCain, once hailed as his party’s all-...
The Hidden Injuries of Powerlessness
Dr. SUSAN ROSENTHAL, M.D.
Alienation and dissociation reinforce each other to create a cycle of social powerlessness. In ...
The Future of Palestine
SAKER
This Q&A email exchange with Jonathan Cook, a British journalist and CounterPunch contributor who lives in Nazareth, was first published on the Vineyard of the ...
Karl Rove, Pothead
FRED GARDNER
Among the 78,000 pages of Nixon Administration documents recently released by the National Archives was a memo from young Karl Rove to Anne Armstrong, counselor to the President. Rove aspired to head the College Republicans. His memo proposes, among other things, ...
How to Read a National Intelligence Estimate
WERTHER
Much notice has attended the release of the unclassified version of the latest National Intelligence Estimate [NIE] titled "The Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland." It contains the rectified juices of all sixteen of our intelligence agencies. Federal st...
Nasrallah in the Crosshairs
RANNIE AMIRI
It is the one year anniversary of the "Second Lebanon War" as the Israelis now call it. It took them nearly as long to finally decide on a name for their failed campaign against Hezbollah–an understandably difficult task when you lose in the manner...
California Split
THOMAS NAYLOR
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger, I have been meaning to write to you for sometime, knowing full well how frustrated you must be by the fact that the U.S. Constitution does not allow you to run for the presidency of the United States. Your level of agg...
Atomic Blowback
RALPH NADER
Here they go again. After thirty years without a firm order, the atomic power companies are pushing their radioactive, costly technology for a comeback on the backs of you the taxpayers. The old argument in the Seventies was that nuclear powered electricity...
Deltagate
DAN BACHER
The Bush administration, facing a Congressional investigation into Dick Cheney’s role in the Klamath River fish kill of 2002, is also on the hot seat over reports that a former Department of Interior official, Julie A. MacDonald, politically interfered with ...
Fujimori’s Long Race From Justice
MICHAEL BANEY
Lima, Peru The legal case against Augusto Pinochet may have died along with the former dictator, but the Chilean courts have found a way to continue protecting coup plotters and human rights abusers. On July 11, 2007 Judge Orlando Álvarez Herná...
The Crisis in Hedgistan
MIKE WHITNEY
Two columns of black smoke can still be seen rising over the New York skyline. Terrorism? Not quite. The plumes of smoke are all that’s left of two major hedge funds which blew up just weeks ago leaving nothing behind but a few smoldering ember...
Tremble, Tyrants
RON JACOBS
With visions of the Bastille being stormed as I write this and the refrain of "La Marsellaise" echoing in my head, I take a look at two books that discuss two important moments in French revolutionary history. It’s a history, most of us know, that ...
Here, There and Everywhere
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
There is safety in numbers. And, so, George Bush has made the world safer-for terrorists, that is. The ranks of jihadists have swollen. Once contained in Afghanistan, members of al-Qaeda are present and plotting in many more countries, a direct consequence of Geor...
Radical Language
ADAM ENGEL
Language has been so debased by media that even in so-called "high art" (poetry, drama) sentences that one might easily hear spoken on Oprah or some other "real people" show, or sit-coms, has been "current" for the past 20 years. ...
Edelman’s Edict
GARY LEUPP
Eric Edelman is back in the news, tussling with Hillary Clinton and the Senate Armed Services Committee on which she sits. The Undersecretary of Defense responded to a letter from Clinton to his boss, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, which asked the following:...
Doctoring the News
PAM MARTENS
CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, was raising eyebrows five months before he bungled his fact-checking segment on Michael Moore’s health care documentary, "Sicko," leaving Moore and many of CNN’s viewer...
Iraqis will be the Deciders
MARJORIE COHN
As Congress debates whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, George Bush is trying to buy time. He and Dick Cheney have no intention of ever pulling out of Iraq. Cheney commissioned a 2000 report by the neoconservative Project for a New American Century, ...
Flying High?
BILL PIPER And ANTHONY PAPA
In a startling discovery of what appears to reek of the stench of collusion, a Congressional committee has discovered evidence that the nation’s drug czar and his deputies traveled to almost two dozen events with vulnerable Republican members of Congress in ...
Israel’s Dirty Little Secret
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
It’s easy enough to read in the American press about Hama’s commitment to destroying Israel, or about the endless threats Israelis suffer under the onslaught of Palestinian suicide attacks and Hezbollah’s aggression. American progressives, and an...
Fatal Neglect
ELIZA SZABO
Almost six years ago, U.S. and allied forces toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, paving the way for a pro-Western, interim government and the country’s first post-Taliban presidential elections. Throughout the war, however, there has been little focus...
The Earthquake That Screamed "No Nukes!"
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The massive earthquake that shook Japan this week nearly killed millions in a nuclear apocalypse. It also produced one of the most terrifying sentences ever buried in a newspaper. As reported deep in the New York Times, the Tokyo Electric Company has admitt...
Bush’s War Policy
RAMZY BAROUD
The news of recent weeks emanating from Washington and Baghdad point to one clear, if not final, conclusion: The Bush administration’s adventures in Iraq have been a complete failure. What the media have eagerly dubbed as the Republican Revolt is now...
Winners and Losers in the Housing Market Crash
ALAN FARAGO
In a quarterly conference call yesterday reported by The New York Times, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon referred to the current business climate as "a relatively benign point in the credit cycle." The market judged the company differently, sending shar...