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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 2007
The Iraqi Miracle
JAMES ROTHENBERG
What the U.S. had in mind for Iraq was already clear in the Fall of 2001, even though it would take another year and a half to implement the attack, mercilessly known as shock and awe. By the time of the attack, many millions of U.S. citizens knew full well the re...
Politics and the Housing Crash
ALAN FARAGO
The world wide credit crisis started in the heart of America suburbia itself, and primarily through the politics of suburban development that radiated from South Florida. The story of subprime mortgage mess has not yet meshed with the campaign finance supply chain...
The Volatile Mistress
WAJAHAT ALI
Javed Jabbar served as General Pervez Musharraf’s Minister of Information. Here he talks to CounterPuncher WAJAHAT ALI about Pakistan General Musharraf, the nation’s relationship to the United States, and the current State of Emergency. ALI: Wh...
The Re-Packaging of Bob Dylan
PETER STONE BROWN
The autumn of 2007 saw the marketing of Bob Dylan by Sony/BMG like no previous year. Of course promotion has happened every time Dylan releases anything, but this year smacked of product with a corporate touch. Sometime around the end of the summer, visitors to Dy...
Argentina’s Political Future
LUCÍA ÁLVAREZ And DIEGO GONZÁLEZ
Without fanfare and with the apathy emblematic of the campaign, what everyone expected came to be. The first lady, senator, and presidential candidate for the currently ruling Front for Victory Party (FPV), Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, won a comfortable ...
The Death of Latin America’s First Revolution
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. A specter is haunting Mexico. With the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and the bicentennial of liberation from the European yoke looming just three years down history’s pike, this November 20, the day set aside to commemorate ...
Thomas L. Friedman and the Bali Bombers
ALLAN NAIRN
The Daily Telegraph of Australia carries a report of an extraordinary death-row press conference/ festive family visit (Indonesian death rows run on looser rules than do American ones) involving Bali-bomb planner Imam Samudra who is said to have told reporters whe...
America’s Corporate Crime Capitals
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Detroit, St. Louis, Flint, Oakland, and Camden may be the most dangerous cities in the United States when it comes to street crime. But Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and Newark are the corporate crime capitals of the United States....
Forest Fires, Lies and Chainsaws
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The sprawling 3.3 million acre Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) is one of the most spectacular pieces of public domain in America. It contains outstanding scenery, superlative fisheries, abundant wildlife, and unparalleled wildlands. The forest is high,...
The Meaning of Annapolis
Col. DAN SMITH
"An occupying army cannot expect to find friendsbut [it must] give the uninvolved population every opportunity to have some kind of a quality of life." MGEN Yair Naveh (Ret.), Israeli Defense Force, Defense News La...
The One State Declaration
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
For decades, efforts to bring about a two-state solution in historic Palestine have failed to provide justice and peace for the Palestinian and Israeli Jewish peoples, or to offer a genuine process leading towards them. The two-state solutio...
Did All Things Considered Self-Censor on Annapolis?
FELICE PACE
All Things Considered coverage of the Annapolis meeting reinitiating Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks was a big disappointment. Ordinarily, such an event would prompt ATC to present a solid half hour of coverage, including providing listeners with the historical an...
US Coup Planned for Venezuela?
DAVE LINDORFF
The New York Times had a news article about Venezuela in Thursday’s edition, but it was about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez saying he would cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Colombia. There wasn’t a word about a memo...
The Most Dangerous Kind of Bribe
R. F. BLADER
There’s a room in my apartment that makes me nauseous. It’s well lit, properly ventilated, relatively tidy, and quiet. Whenever I can, I avoid it. It’s my home office and, in addition to the minimum amount of time I spend on-site at my place of b...
Iraq 3.0
SHELDON RICHMAN
One gets the feeling that even the White House realizes the mess it’s made of Iraq. The other day the newspapers reported that the Bush administration has scaled back its objectives rather substantially. We might call it Iraq 3.0. First the plan was to creat...
Primetime Hate Debate
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
If last night’s Republican debate in Florida is any indication, the fear mongering of Latino immigrants will play a major role in election ’08. While the polls show that a majority of Americans agree with proposals by most Democrats and some Republican...
War on the Couch
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The following is a transcript of an interview on the Pinky Show. Phone ringing. Soldz: Hi. Pinky: Hi, is th...
Terror Target Nukes
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Within a matter of days Congressional back-room deals may rubber stamp huge taxpayer loan guarantees to build dozens of what amount to pre-deployed "dirty bombs" for terrorists. The terror attacks of September 11, 2001, showed that atomic power pl...
Huffpost Bloggers on Strike!
PAUL KRASSNER
Inspired ironically enough by a right-wing comic strip, Prickly City–a talking dog complains to publisher Arianna Huffington, "Let me get this straight. Advertisers pay you for Huffington Post, but you don’t give any of us bloggers a single penny?...
Distorting Fascism to Demonize Iran
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
In their frantic drive to pave the way for a military strike against Iran, leading figures in the neoconservative pro-Israel lobby have embarked on a vicious campaign of demonizing that country by comparing it with the early years of Nazi Germany and its President...
Holbrooke Says Bush Won’t Attack Iran
JEFF BERG
TORONTO. Richard Holbrooke, former Ambassador to the U.N., and former Assistant Secretary of State to the U.S., spoke last night, November 27, at the Toronto Design Exchange and outlined the reasons he thinks an attack on Iran won’t happen on Bush...
Crashing Citigroup
PAM MARTENS
The saga of how the top minds in Washington and on Wall Street have dealt with the deepening financial crisis in the U.S. would make a great Hollywood screenplay, except for this: it’s absurdly unbelievable. Storyline: The largest bank in the United S...
We, the People
BEN TRIPP
My fellow bloggers, essayists, and well-meaning idealists on the Left, I regret to be a downer. But this must be said. A certain phrase has started cropping up a great deal in the Left’s vast monologue, and I don’t think we’re being intellectuall...
CIA Venezuela Destabilization Memo Surfaces
JAMES PETRAS
On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday, December 2, 2007. T...
Separate and Unequal in Palestine
MOHAMMED KHATIB
On the eve of the meeting intended to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians at Annapolis, Maryland, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that Israel will build no new West Bank settlements, but will not "strangle" existing Isra...
Avoiding a Recession
PETER MORICI
Recessions are not inevitable adjustments built into the clockwork of a modern economy. Businesses no longer make products on long lead times and stumble into excess inventories of cars and appliances, triggering layoffs and pauses in consumer spending. Com...
First, Restore the Constitution and Reinstate the Judges
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
The lawyers’ movement in Pakistan—which by its courage has inspired the lawyers of the world to show solidarity for the rule of law—is at the verge of collapse. Political operators from all over the world have landed in Pakistan to share the spoi...
Israel’s Strategy for Permanent Occupation
JEFF HALPER
One may well think that the struggle inside the Jewish community of Israel is between those of the political right, who want to maintain the settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank so as to "redeem" the Greater Land of Israel as a Jewish country,...
The Horror and the Hope
HELEN REDMOND
First the horror, lest any believe there is not a massive and continuous health care catastrophe in this country that kills and forces people to live lives full of preventable pain and disfigurement. A short article with haunting photos in the New York Time...
In the Fox’s Lair
WILLIAM S. LIND
One reason parts of Iraq have quieted down, at least for a while, has received widespread attention: the Sunni split from al-Qaeda. AI-Qaeda’s own tactics alienated its base, which is usually a fatal political mistake, and for once we were wise enough not to...
A Peace Process That Makes Peace Impossible
NICOLA NASSER
Palestinian – Israeli peace-making can only deliver if Palestinians are united, but the current Annapolis “peace process” was launched first of all as a blueprint for perpetuating the inter- Palestinian divide. Commitment or non-commitment t...
Family Learning
RALPH NADER
They are free, valuable, personal and too often not mentioned or used. I speak of the insights, wisdom and experiences of families over several generations. Now that Thanksgiving weekend is over, how many families recounted some of their traditions for thei...
Rudy or Hillary: Pick Your Poison
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In new books writers as disparate as Naomi Wolf and Pat Buchanan conclude that America as we know her is disappearing. Both writers hope, but are not confident, that enough Americans will catch on in time to find the leadership to pull America back from the brink....
Remembering Victor Rabinowitz
MARJORIE COHN
On November 16, 2007, Victor Rabinowitz, one of the giants of the legal profession and a unflagging fighter for social justice, died at the age of 96. One of the founders of the National Lawyers Guild 70 years ago, Victor defended unpopular clients when other lawy...
Martin Amis Does a Coulter
RONAN BENNETT
What do you make of the following statement: "Asians are gaining on us demographically at a huge rate. A quarter of humanity now and by 2025 they’ll be a third. Italy’s down to 1.1 child per woman. We’re just going to be outnumbered." W...
On the Road to the Torture School
JOE DeRAYMOND
There are about 900 miles of interstate highway between eastern Pennsylvania and Columbus, Georgia. Route 78 runs east-west to Route 81 along the south slope of the Blue Ridge, 81 slides south and west through Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and then through...
Memo to Striking Entertainment Writers
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
Dear Entertainment Writers on Strike: Recently returned to so-called civilization from the canyons of Utah, I had the opportunity, after long hiatus, to enjoy the product of some of your writing as it gets shoveled into the American maw via television (no TV in my...
Midnight in Beirut
KARIM MAKDISI
At midnight last Friday night, Lebanon entered the uncharted waters of a constitutional crisis as the outgoing President Emile Lahoud’s term ended without the appointment of a successor. Earlier in the day, the scheduled meeting of parliament to elect a new ...
A Dollar the Size of a Postage Stamp
MIKE WHITNEY
Lately it seems as though everyone wants to take a poke at the dollar. Last week, it was the Brazilian supermodel who demanded euros for her jaunts on the catwalk instead of USD. The week before that, hip-hop impresario, Jay-Z, released a video dissin’ the d...
The Pentagon’s "People System" Still Doesn’t Work
Col. DAN SMITH
Jordon Fox–does the name mean anything to anyone other than his family and personal associates? Probably not, unless you happened to be listening to yesterday’s news summaries when his name was mentioned. What about Tyson Johnson III or Robert...
The Myths of Military Progress
RON JACOBS
Making occupation and calling it peace. Killing fewer and calling it progress. Rotating troops and calling it a withdrawal. Setting up new death squads and calling them allies. Lowering standards and calling it opening new opportunities. All of the above p...
Howard’s End
BRIAN McKINLAY
John Howard is gone. A mean-spirited little toady and lickspittle to the Monster Bush, Howard’s end when it came was more like watching a blood sport,than an election result. Picture the scene. In Australia’s capital, Canberra, a huge cro...
Ruddslide and Dull Alec
BINOY KAMPMARK
Last Saturday, the drama of the Australian elections was played out. By the evening’s end, the result was clear: John Howard) had been steamrolled by Labor’s Kevin Rudd. The Howard era in Australian politics had come to an end. One government minister,...
The Final Battle in Bolivia
ROGER BURBACH
Evo Morales, the first Indian president of Bolivia, is forcing a showdown with the oligarchy and the right wing political parties that have stymied efforts to draft a new constitution to transform the nation. He declares, "Dead or alive I will have a new cons...
The Fall of a Racist Union Buster
RICK KUHN
Not only did conservative Australian Prime Minister John Howard lose the election last Saturday, he may have lost his seat as well. Labor now controls all nine Australian governments: State, Territory and federal. Industrial relations was the key iss...
Return to Alacatraz
BRENDA NORRELL
With the prayers, blessings and dances of the Shingle Springs Rancheria Miwok, Pomo, Pitt River and Calpullies, the Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering began, after 3,500 people crossed on boats to Alcatraz Island before first light. With the scent of sage filling t...
Good-Bye to All That
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Pat Buchanan is too patriotic to come right out and say it, but the message of his new book, Da...
Northern California Pot Chronicles
MARK SCARAMELLA
A cautionary tale, versions of which have happened in Mendocino County, and will continue to happen all over the Emerald Empire. On January 9 of this year, Rex Farrance, 59, a long-time technical editor of PC World Magazine, was murdered in a home invasion ...
Pakistan’s Wounded Dictator
SAMEER DOSSANI
After more than two weeks of supreme military command, Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf has had enough. Enough of international pressure to lift martial law, that is. Claiming to "have introduced the essence of democracy in Pakistan, whether ...
What Do You Know of War?
MONICA BENDERMAN
The doors have opened on another holiday season. Utility workers have spent hours hoisting holiday decorations to the tops of buildings and attaching lights to all the telephone poles in town. It won’t be long before the entrance displays of massive armored ...