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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
Oaxaca on Edge
SCOTT LIEBERTZ
The Mexican state of Oaxaca is once again in the grips of heightening tension as the famous Guelaguetzla festival approaches and a large segment of the population is planning a boycott and some fear that disgruntled activists hope to sabotage it. Oaxaca was once a...
British Cops Assault Rape Allegations
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
London. Ann Marie stood shaking and sobbing in a quiet side hallway inside the stately Parliament building recently as powerful people walked by oblivious to her pain. The reason for Ann Marie’s tears relates to her failure to get anyone in pow...
White Noise and the Black Athlete
DAVE ZIRIN
"Throw at his head! Throw at his head!" The egg-shaped man in Milwaukee’s Miller Park, who looked like he would be sitting behind a desk by morning, continued the arrhythmic chant as those around him chimed in. They were all pleading to see ...
Rattling the Reactor
RUSSELL HOFFMAN
On July 15th, 2007, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake killed 9 people and damaged the Kashiwazaki nuclear power generating station, the world’s largest nuke facility. No one knows when the facility will reopen. More than a dozen separate leaks of radioactive...
Is This Ben Gurion or Hell?
REMI KANAZI
Anyone who has traveled through Ben Gurion airport in Israel knows that it is a unique experience. For most Israeli Jews, the experience is comforting, a quick and accommodating entry into a nation created and developed for the Jewish people. For Palestinian-Ameri...
The Ghost of Wayne Morse
NORMAN SOLOMON
It was a chilling moment on a split-screen of history. While the Senate debated the Iraq war on Tuesday night, a long-dead senator again renounced a chronic lie about congressional options and presidential power. The Senate was in the final hours of another...
The Surging Costs of the Iraq War
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The Congressional Research Service has just sent to Congress its latest update of the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11," dated July 16, 2007. Important...
Health Care and the Democrats
SHARON SMITH
What do Democratic presidential hopefuls John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have in common with Republican rival Mitt Romney? Edwards’ and Obama’s proposals for universal healthcare differ little from the former Massachusetts governor’...
The Michael Vick Case Pulls Back the Veil on Who We Really Are
D. K. WILSON
Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Terrence Moore just finished going Scrapple Lips on Outside the Lines. Moore can now be proud to have the new moniker bestowed upon him: "Mr. House." Mr. House evoked "protect the shield" in reference ...
Bush’s Wooden-Headedness Kills
RAY McGOVERN
President George W. Bush is convinced, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that he is on the right course in the war in Iraq and the struggle against terrorism. He says he will not change his mind. Thus, we are at an historic moment; and we would be well ...
Have Gun, Will Travel
CONN HALLINAN
Widespread use of mercenaries in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Latin America by the Bush Administration has drawn the attention of the United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, according to upsidedownworld.com. "We have observed that in some cas...
Killing Cabbies in Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
If you know anybody who still supports Bush’s and Cheney’s criminal war against Iraq, have them watch a short news report aired on July 16 on ABC News titled ...
Democrats as Leviathan
JOSHUA FRANK
It was a slumber party on Capital Hill. Democrats held an all-nighter on July 17 in an attempt to mollify the great antiwar sentiment that is raging across the land. But their attempt to challenge Bush’s war on Iraq was sanctimonious and superficial at best....
Shocking Report Showing Involvement of US Psychologists in Torture of Military Detainees Requires Emergency Reform of American Psychological Association, Says Coalition of Psychologists
CounterPunch Newswire
Today’s deeply disturbing revelations in Vanity Fair show the essential role US psychologists played in the torture of detainees in CIA and Department of Defense (DoD) custody, heightening the urgent need for the American Psychological Association (APA) to i...
The SIM Card Terror Case
BINOY KAMPMARK
I am satisfied that the cancellation is in the national interest. Australian Immigration Minister, Kevin Andrews, July 16, 2007 No one can accuse Australia’s John Howard (and his rather dreary acolytes) for being uninv...
A Free Press or a Ministry of Truth?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In his novel 1984, George Orwell portrayed a future time in which the explanations of recent events and earlier history are continually changed to meet Big Brother’s latest purpose. Previous explanations disappear down "the memory hole." Sou...
Lord of Crookharbour
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Visitors to U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve’s 12th floor courtroom in Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building for the Conrad Black trial found several surprises. There were plenty of seats and no wait to get in. ("Scratch that overflow room.&...
National Health Insurance
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Michael Moore’s extraordinary SiCKO makes the case for a single-payer national health insurance system — a Medicare for All — without bogging down in detailed policy debates. Sure, there’s quite a bit of data that Moore sneaks in, bu...
Spy Towers on the US Border
BRENDA NORRELL
ARIVACA, Ariz. Boeing has enlisted the aid of Elbit Systems, Israel’s major defense contractor, to construct high-tech surveillance along the border of the U.S. and Mexico. So far, the high-tech fiasco is not working and Arizona residents are organizi...
The Next Invasion of Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the Qandil Mountains. Hiding in the high mountains and deep gorges of one of the world’s great natural fortresses are bands of guerrillas whose presence could provoke a Turkish invasion of northern Iraq and the next war in the Middle East. I...
Falling for Lieberman’s Iran Resolution
FELICE PACE
I am outraged that you both voted for the resolution by Senator Lieberman suggesting that Iran is responsible for the death of American soldiers in Iraq. This is a blatant attempt to provide cover to Bush and Chaney for an attack on Iran. It demonstrates once agai...
How the US Could "Lose" Saudi Arabia
Col. DAN SMITH
"There are people out there calling for democracy. Now isn’t that the silliest thing you ever heard." Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal, 1922 "Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote f...
Who Killed Sajida Khan?
PATRICK BOND And REHANA DADA
Internationally-known environmental activist Sajida Khan passed away on Sunday night, July 15, in her Durban home. Aged 55, she was suffering her second bout of debilitating cancer, and chemotherapy had evacuated her beautiful long hair. Before slipping int...
The Long Road … to Nowhere
TOM JOHNSON
On Sunday, July 8, the New York Times editorial page featured a long piece, "The Road Home," that seemed to turn the Times former role as chief cheerleader for the Bush Administration’s "Global War on Terror," into a call to "cut and...
Pushing the Poor Out of House and Home
BOB QUELLOS
In May 2006, proud leaders of the City of Chicago stood in front of the TV cameras to announce their plans to bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Their plan was ambitious. The city would build an immense new stadium in Washington Park on the South Side, and a...
Bombing and Spraying Afghanistan
CONN HALLINAN
The rising tide of Afghan civilian deaths has opened a rift between the U.S. and NATO’s 37,000-member International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). According to NATO officials, the U.S.’s increasing use of air power has badly damaged support for the ...
Japan Dodges a Radioactive Bullet
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Sunday a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Japan. The entire Kashiwazaki nuclear power generating station, the world’s largest nuke facility with seven reactors, shut down. At least one reactor spewed "slightly radioactive" coolant into the S...
Feingold Turns to Dross
DAVE LINDORFF
In a diary entry on DailyKos, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), one of the most consistently progressive liberal...
Just Another Day in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Khanaquin, Diyala Province, Iraq. The United States surge, the use of the American troop reinforcements to bring violence in Iraq under control, is bloodily failing across northern Iraq. That was proved again yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated a tru...
Inside Bush’s FDA
EVELYN PRINGLE
Americans need to stop and consider how many consumers will be killed and injured by dangerous drugs by the time George Bush heads back to Texas at the end of his Presidency, as a direct result of his allowing the interests of the pharmaceutical industry to take c...
Raider’s Night
DAVE ZIRIN
Pity the poor soul that sets to write a great sports novel. It can feel like trying to train a goldfish to fetch. Sisyphus might find pushing that rock up the hill a more fruitful task. What makes penning a sports novel such a perilous pursuit? Maybe itR...
Displacement and Israel’s Wall
SUSAN MILLER
Width matters. Semantic disputes concerning the Israeli Palestinian conflict have existed for years. Arguments continue over Jimmy Carter’s use of the word "apartheid" to describe the system under which Palestinians live in Israeli administered ar...
Out of Control
MARJORIE COHN
Our Founding Fathers created three separate but co-equal branches of government to check and balance each other so no one branch would become all powerful. Indeed, James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers, "The preservation of liberty requires that the t...
Nuclear Surge
HARVEY WASSERMAN
A major pro-nuke "surge" against the renewable solution to global warming is about to erupt in California. State assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) has moved for a statewide vote to allow new nuclear power plants to be built in the Golden State....
Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms
FRANKLIN LAMB
Across the Blue Line from Shebaa Farms, Lebanon. On July 18, 2001, nearly six years ago to the day, and under intense US pressure, the UN Security Council affixed its imprimatur to the proposition that Israel, after refusing for more than 22 years, finally ...
Considering Victory in Iraq
DON MONKERUD
While voters demand an end to the war, Bush, Cheney and their Republican facilitators continue to push for victory in Iraq. The president has long called for victory in Iraq, as recently as July claiming, "we will prevail." Defined in 2003 and updated in...
Moral Hypocrisy on the Hill, Again
DAVID ROSEN
Christian Republicans find themselves once again in the midst of a great distraction, another sex scandal. This one involves David Vitter, Louisiana’s Republican senator, and concerns his apparent liaison with Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who the tabloids dubbed ...
The Untold Story of Iraqi Women
ELLEN CANTAROW
Inanna I am Inanna. And this is my city. And this is our meeting Round, red and full. Here, some time ago, someone was asking for help shortly before his death. Houses were still here with their roofs, people,...
Impeach Now
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran. Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of "executive orders" that are trigge...
The D.C. Madam’s Public Service
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will kee...
The Judicial Crisis in Pakistan
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Professional consensus, Islamic traditions, and the Constitution all indicate that the Pakistan Supreme Court will deliver a bold decision in The Chief Justice v. The President of Pakistan to end the military onslaught on the independence of the judiciary (just as...
Property is Racism
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
"Property is theft [La propriété c'est le vol]!" — Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) The operation of capitalism over the last five hundred years has yielded the result that t...
The Undemocratic Road to Defeat
JAMES BROOKS
When the current Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) first "met" on March 6, 2006 (via videoconference, thanks to Israel’s travel restrictions), the Palestinian Authority embarked on the final phase of its struggle to become a democratic pro...
Cheney and the Klamath
DAN BACHER
Representative Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, will convene an oversight hearing on the role that Vice President Dick Cheney played in Klamath River Basin decisions leading to the Klamath fish kill of 2002. Th...
Suleiman Jamous in Limbo
JULIE FLINT
A few days after helicopter gun ships attacked the village of Amarai in North Darfur recently, a faction of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) put out a statement alleging that the attack had killed 26 civilians, including four pregnant women. Within an hour or...
Cheney Urges Bush to Strike Iran
GARY LEUPP
"Cheney Pushes Bush to Act on Iran." That’s the headline of a very frightening article by Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger in the London Guardian. Sub-heads: · Military solution back in favour as Rice loses out &...
The Killing of Khalid W. Hassan
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. An Iraqi journalist working for The New York Times was shot and killed in Baghdad yesterday, 24 hours after an Iraqi photographer and driver, working for the London-based news agency Reuters, were killed by fire from a US helicopter. Ir...
A Primer on Israeli Doublespeak
RANNIE AMIRI
It is indeed a great irony that George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948, the same year Israel was created. For this nation, above all others, has proven itself most adept in the use and promulgation of doublespeak. Defined by Webster’s Dictionary as "e...
Eat, Fight, Screw, Pray
JOSHUA FRANK
Joe Bageant is author of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War...
Who’s Afraid of Cannabidiol?
FRED GARDNER
THC -delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is often described inaccurately as "the active ingredient in cannabis." At least five other cannabinoids (compounds unique to the cannabis plant) have been shown to exhibit biological activity, and so have some of the sp...