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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 September 2007
How to Deal With Sex Offenders
Betty Schneider
Sexual abuse of children has doubtless been a constant through history. But it wasn’t outed until the 1970s –- and its magnitude was startling. Many studies found that 1 of 3 females and 1 of 5 males–a full one-quarter of the world–ha...
Why Fred Thompson is Uniquely Qualified to be the GOP’s Nominee
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Thank goodness that Fred Thompson came riding to the rescue this week.  Finally there is hope for a party which otherwise gives all appearances of heading for a political train-wreck of once-per-century proportions.  At this rate, pretty soon the R...
Bil’in! Bil’in!
URI AVNERY
When my friends fall prey to despair, I show them a piece of painted concrete, which I bought in Berlin. It is one of the remnants of the Berlin wall, which are on sale in the city. I tell them that I intend, when the time comes, to apply for a fran...
A Solidarity Letter to a Victim of Michael Vick
Pius Adesanmi
Dear Comrade Dog, Greetings from Al-Janna. Before you start wondering where on earth I’m writing you from, Al-Janna is not on earth. It is that place of infinite bliss where Muslims who serve Allah faithfully and...
Two Big Skeletons in Petraeus’s Closet
PATRICK COCKBURN
General David Petraeus, the commander of US forces in Iraq, has always shown exceptional skill in impressing American politicians and journalists with his military abilities. Today he will be listened to with immense respect in Congress as he ...
The Governor and the Growth Machine
ALAN FARAGO
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the growth machine have pledged to spend $65 million–or whatever it takes–to defeat the citizen referendum that is closing in on the number of voter signatures to quality for a state-wide ballot. Florida Hometown Dem...
B-52 Flexing Nuclear Muscles
JAMES L. SECOR
Top news of the moment goes on fly-by. One Senator called this "deeply disturbing." And the senior advisor on nuclear weapons at the Center for Defense Information just can’t understand how such a thing could happen." T...
Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, One Rung at a Time
MATTHEW ABRAHAM
"It is time for me to move on and hopefully find new ways to fulfill my own mission in life of making the world a slightly better place on leaving it than when I entered it." Norman G. Finkelstein on 9/5/07...
The Irrational Drama of a Declining Empire
SAUL LANDAU
As media dissection of Senator Larry Craig’s toilet stall indiscretion abates, George Bush prepares to resume center stage for his starring role in the "The Decline of the Imperial Presidency." In the last episode of this drama, Bush planned to nom...
Battle of the Camps
RANNIE AMIRI
At long last, the fight between the Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared came to an end. After a withering three months, the Army finally managed to defeat the few hundred militants holed up inside, albeit at a steep pr...
Grand Old Party Animals
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Sex. The most fun I’ve ever had without laughing. Woody Allen Annie Hall The party may simply be suffering from PCSS (post coital stress syndrome). Enough, it may be thinking, is enough, which given several...
Petraeus, the Westmoreland of Iraq
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst The killing in Hawijah, Iraq of 18-year old Corporal Jeremy Shank of Jackson, Missouri (population 12,000) merited an article in the Southeast Missourian. Cpl. Shank was killed on Sept. 6, 2006 and I was in that part of Missouri when his bod...
Jason Bourne vs. James Bond
JOE ALLEN And PAUL D'AMATO
The Bourne Ultimatum grossed $70 million on its opening weekend in early August, surpassing the revenues of the opening weekends of first two Bourne films, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy. This has led to speculation that the Bourne films may supplant...
Choices
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
To stay or not to stay, that is the question. Some have this decision made for them: Larry Craig and Mark Foley, for example. To stay or not to stay is the question Gen. David Petraeus will address this month, although his answer will be shaped by Ge...
Will the US Really Bomb Iran?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military." This particular spine-chiller comes from Alexis Debat, excitingly identified as "director of terrorism and national security" at the Nixon Center. According to Debat, the big ...
Still in the Clover
BEN TRIPP
If you were walking down O’Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland, during the last few days of uncharacteristically sunny weather (the kind of weather that sends postcard photographers scattering to take pictures of landmarks before the clouds close in again), yo...
Will Snoops Get Stopped?
FRED GARDNER
U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton has denied the Drug Enforcement Administration’s motion to dismiss a civil suit brought by Philip A. Denney, MD. The case will be tried in June 2008 in Sacramento. Denney is seeking to enjoin government agents from inf...
The University of Illinois’ Little Red Sambo Show
FRANCIS BOYLE
So here we are at Memorial Stadium on a beautiful Fall Saturday afternoon, during the Michigan-Illiniwak football game. There are 77,000 drunken fans here and the game is covered nationwide and live by CBS TV. For the drunken fans on the radio, Jim Turpin of the N...
Hurricane Katrina and Bush’s Wars
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
On the face of it, there is no connection between Katrina’s tragic devastation of New Orleans and the recent U.S. wars of choice. It can be shown, however, that the death and destruction wrought by Katrina have been (at least in part) a submerged or invisibl...
Those Iraq Reports
ROBERT FANTINA
It appears that President Bush has found a way to dismiss the dismal reports about Iraq, due to be issued by the General Accounting Office within a matter of days. White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino explained it all: "A bar was set so high, t...
Robert Reich and the Elimination of Corporate Criminal Liability
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Corporate income tax? Out. Corporate social responsibility? Out. Corporate criminal liability? Out. Milton Friedman? No. Try Robert Reich. Yes, the liberal, Robert Reich–Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor. In hi...
New York Taxi Workers Strike Over Tracking Devices
MARK BRENNER
It was a good day to ride your bike in the Big Apple. New York City cabbies launched a two-day strike on September 6, leaving the city’s streets quiet and would-be passengers scrambling. Taxi workers were protesting a plan to install new technology into the ...
The Occupation Within
JAMES BROOKS
How were the terms of US political and economic debate severed from basic standards of evidence and common sense? Why does the word "hypocrisy" seem inadequate to describe the pretzel logic of the neo-conservatives? Why do the people of the United S...
Coca-Cola’s Raid on a Sacred Mountain
JOHN ROSS
Huitepe Mountain, Chiapas. Thrust like a huge furry green thumb into the big Chiapas sky above San Cristobal de las Casas, the jewel-box capital of the Mayan highlands ("Los Altos"), Huitepec mountain, "el cerro de agua" ("hill of w...
"I Will Salute No More Forever"
MIKE FERNER
St. Louis. His government broke his heart but it could not break Air Force veteran Charles Powell’s spirit. Fighting back tears, the 64 year-old vet stood tall and resolute in front of 400 of his comrades, describing in verse the final steps of...
The Green Implosion Continues
JOSHUA FRANK
Just when you thought there was nothing more to say about the Green’s self-destructive behavior. In the last few days I’ve taken a gander at what the Greens have been talking about on their discussion list. Nope, they are not talking about how they are...
On the Green Party
JOHN WALSH
Josh Frank’s recent critiques of the Green Party may be right, but I do not think so. First, Ralph Nader showed up at the Green Convention in Reading and gave the most inspiring talk of the meeting. He left the stage t...
Hurricane Felix’s First Responders
YIFAT SUSSKIND
A 50-year-old Miskito woman named Rose Cunningham, was the early warning system for dozens of impoverished Nicaraguan communities that took a direct hit from Hurricane Felix on Tuesday. Rose, who directs a small community development organization in the nearby tow...
Why I Am Going to the Protest
CATHERINE FENTON
I will be at the protest on September 15th for reasons both small and large. Let me get to the large ones first, because you need to know about them. While I do not stipulate that there is such a thing as "just another protest," the September 15th...
The Secret Addiction of Thomas Friedman
NORMAN SOLOMON
Reading his "Letter From Baghdad" column in the New York Times on Wednesday, you’d never know that Thomas Friedman has a history of enthusiasm for war. Now he laments that Iraq is bad for the United States — "everyone loves seeing us tie...
Fission Kashmir
FARZANA VERSEY
Size matters. Did you read the report that quoted an army officer who served in the Kashmir valley saying, "Why would the police kill a militant who carries only Rs. 10,000 on his head? It is a better idea to let him grow big to command a reward of Rs. 3 lakh...
Haiti and the Responsibility to Protect
YVES ENGLER
Why did Canada help overthrow Haiti’s elected government in 2004? That’s a question I heard over and over when speaking about Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority, a book Anthony Fenton and I co-wrote. Most people had difficulty understandi...
Can the War Machine be Contained?
LAURA SANTINA
Today is a good day to begin to end war. It is a logical and timely day because we have run out of enemies. Iran’s record has been cleared by the UN regarding uranium usage, so we don’t need to bomb them. North Korea is shutting down its atomic ...
Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot
KELLY OVERTON
It’s autumn, the time of year when millions of Americans renew their love affair with guns and head for the woods in a preemptive strike in their war against wildlife. Hunters justify this slaughter by claiming to reduce incidents of human/animal conflict. T...
When General Petraeus Speaks, Don’t Listen …
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
On the cusp of General David Petraeus’ report on the "surge" of American troops in Iraq we should recall one of the most important if neglected lessons of the war in Vietnam: Don’t listen to generals. During the Vietnam War, America...
Bush, Iran and Israel’s Hidden Hand
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
The internet is loaded these days with reports of the inevitability of a U.S., or a U.S.-Israeli, attack on Iran. Some writers allege that the attack is imminent. Others, including the writers of this article, argue only that the attack will happen sometime before January...
One Jew’s Views
MICHAEL SIMMONS
I’m dying. After consulting numerous websites, I’ve self-diagnosed myself with the eleventeenth variety of terminal cancer that’s afflicted me ever since I could first Google disease in 1999. I don’t know how long I’ve got, so...
Beware the Wounded Beast
DAVE LINDORFF
The Iraq War has been lost. The British are acknowledging this fact by pulling out their troops from Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, handing over the city to the control of Shia militias. For all intents and purposes, the "Coalition of the Wil...
The Basra Debacle
PATRICK COCKBURN
The British campaign in Basra was undermined from the beginning to the end by lack of Iraqi support. The supposed aim of the occupation of Basra and southern Iraq was to allow time for a stable and democratically elected Iraqi government authority to be establishe...
Who Are the Fanatics?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
President Jimmy Carter was demonized for pointing out in his book, Palestine: Peace Not Aparthe...
Ecuador and the Struggle for Latin American Unity
CLIFTON ROSS
Back in 1989 or 1990, as I watched, along with the rest of the world, the collapse of the "Evil Empire," I remember thinking to myself, "one down, one to go." I knew, and all the imperial hubris of Fukyama’s "end of history" jus...
Labor Day in New York City
JOSEPH GROSSO
This past weekend saw the annual end of summer weekend that culminates on Labor Day. For the city of New York this weekend has in recent times become known for the massive West Indian culture festival that takes place in central Brooklyn, which in spite of some on...
Standing Firm with Norman Finkelstein and DePaul’s Heroic Students
MATTHEW ABRAHAM
I am an untenured, assistant professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where Norman G. Finkelstein, the most heroic critic of U.S. and Israeli policy in Palestine ever to set foot in the U.S. academy, was denied tenure over nearly three months ago. I was, and am,...
Katrina’s Forgotten Refugees
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
WHEN HURRICANE Katrina hit the Gulf Coast two years ago, 79-year-old Carrie Lewis had to flee her assisted-living home in New Orleans. Two years later, she’s still living in a trailer, 100 miles northwest of New Orleans. "I want to go home,"...
Where’s Nancy?
BEN TERRALL
On Thursday, August 30, San Francisco anti-war activists held a "Peoples Town Hall Meeting" at the San Francisco Federal Building, site of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home office. Given the Democratic Party leadership’s tepid follow-...
Working for Mother Teresa
MICHAEL DICKINSON
When one superstar dies within a few days of another, it’s inevitable that one will receive more media attention than the other. Ten years ago this week two very famous ladies passed away–one a princess, the other a nun. The media coverage of th...
The End Begins
STAN GOFF
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper. -T. S. Eliot So President of the United States George W. Bu...
Spinning a War Crime
RON JACOBS
The sheer criminality of the entire project was plain for all to see. Sunday night the CBS television show 60 Minutes re-broadcast an interview with Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the patrol leader in the massacre of twenty-four civilians in Haditha, Iraq on November ...
Buried Alive on San Quentin’s Death Row
TOM KERR
When death row inmates are subjected to degrading and grossly unjust treatment, the rest of us ought to pay close attention, whether we subscribe to Mathew:40 or not: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unt...
The Weeping Olive Trees of Palestine
SONJA KARKAR
Universally regarded as the symbol of peace, the olive tree has become the object of violence. For more than forty years, Israel has uprooted over one million olive trees and hundreds of thousands of fruit trees in Palestine with terrible economic and ecological c...