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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 May 2008
Raiding Big Meat; Arresting the Wrong People
MARTHA ROSENBERG
You’d think the 290 Guatemalans, 93 Mexicans, 2 Israelis and 4 Ukrainians arrested and detained in Postville, Iowa on May 12 were working at a call center. Instead of knockers, stickers, bleeders, tail rippers, flankers, gutters, sawers, and...
How We Got Into This Mess
SAUL LANDAU
Bush made a sacrifice. He stopped playing golf, to symbolize his sympathy with the troops in Iraq. He did not, however, stop playing give video golf. For Bush to forgo other pleasures might require he start another war.  How did we get into ...
Petraeus’ Iran Obsession
ANDREW COCKBURN
Seven weeks ago, as exclusively reported in CounterPunch, President Bush signed what was formally designated as a "lethal finding" authorizing stepped-up covert actions on various fronts against Iran.  The...
Turning Back the Clock on Cuba
ROBERT SANDELS
The Council on Foreign Relations issued a report in May on what the  next president should do to improve US Latin America policy. The report  (U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality) was  written by a task co-chaired by Charlen...
The Trial of the Raytheon 9
SHAUN HARKIN
Eamonn McCann is a founder of the1960s civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, a veteran socialist and trade unionist, and one of Ireland’s most widely read journalists. He is the author of ...
Linking Internet Censorship and Atomic Reactor Terror
HARVEY WASSERMAN
US Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman are linking internet censorship with atomic power in a way that should terrify us all. McCain is the real power behind Lieberman-Warner global warming bill on which the Senate could vote as early as Tuesd...
Here’s the Truth You’ve Been Running From
BASSAM ARAMIN
Honorable General Ehud Barak, you don’t know me personally.  I am a seeker of peace, and I struggle with all my strength and ability for the realization of a just peace that will bring calm and prosperity to Palestinians and Israelis together....
A Plague on Both Your Houses (of Congress)
DOUG GIEBEL
In a season of noble commencement speeches, this observer offers a few words in the national interest. Dear Members of the House and Senate: I will be brief and dispense with a humorous opening, for men, women, children and this planet are in distress. ...
Meet South America’s New Secessionists
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Having failed to halt the tide of South America’s Pink Tide, Washington is seeking to cultivate relationships with secessionist leaders in order to facilitate the breakup of countries which share left leaning governments.  In Bolivia, the Unit...
Talk is Cheap
DAVE LINDORFF
What the hell is Barack Obama talking about? He says that America should be talking with leaders in Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Korea, Syria. Fine. But he calls this “talking with our enemies.” What enemies? Let’s get something strai...
Mexico’s Battle Over Oil
LAURA CARLSEN
On April 8, President Felipe Calderon dropped a political bomb on the Mexican political scene. The Senate received an executive initiative that would fundamentally change the structure and operations of the oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). Key o...
Inside the Washington Game
WILLIAM S. LIND
When the world was young and hope dared live in Washington, a small group of people put together something called the Military Reform Movement. Its purpose was to measure defense policies and programs by the standard of what works in combat rather than w...
A Union Fable
DAVID MACARAY
Playing off Barack Obama’s inspiring book title, “The Audacity of Hope,” let’s take a moment to consider something that, for organized labor, which, seemingly, has lain dormant for decades, is not only audacious and hopeful, but w...
Fear and Loathing in the Northern Rockies
CHRIS GENOVALI
Having recently attended the 20th annual North American Wolf Conference in Pray, Montana, it has been particularly dismaying to learn that literally days after the gray wolf was de-listed from the Endangered Species Act in the United States, trophy hunte...
What to Do About the Price of Oil
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Is Big Oil ripping off consumers? Are Wall Street speculators manipulating oil markets? What should be done? Whether or not Big Oil is improperly restricting refinery capacity, whether or not Wall Street traders are driving up the traded price of ...
Bill Clinton and the Rich Women
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Despite her campaign’s ongoing slurs against Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, Hillary Clinton probably feels like she has Puerto Rico, the final primary, in the bank. Those delegates were sown up nine years ago on August ...
Why Puerto Rico Won’t Matter
DAVE LINDORFF
There are a number of reasons why the Puerto Rican Democratic primary election set for this coming Sunday won’t matter, in terms of Hillary Clinton’s failed bid for the party’s nomination. The main one is that she’s not goi...
Puerto Rico, Obama and the Politics of Race
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
The longer the Democratic nominating process goes on, the more the issue of race exposes ugly fissures within the party.  With his early wins in Iowa and Wisconsin, two states with a predominantly white electorate, Barack Obama hoped that he would b...
The Most Lucrative Incentive for Nuclear Power in the History of the United States
KARL GROSSMAN
The just-published Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town is a book abo...
Deceiving the Dead
Col. DAN SMITH
One can only wonder at the temerity of the timing for the release of the latest book by a former Bush administration insider – Scott McClellan’s ...
Opening Windows in Pakistan
IJAZ KHAN
In 1985, in classroom in London, Professor Geoffrey Williams explained revolution with a quote from Prof. Hans Kelsen as ‘a Law creating fact’. Revolution replaces existing legality and creates new legality. Legitimacy flows from the act of p...
Fry ‘Em!
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Coming soon, from the folks who brought you the microwave – Raytheon!  After more than ten years in the making and at a cost of over 40 million dollars, ‘Silent Guardian’, or Active Denial System, (ADS, in it’s formal mood), ...
Why Vincent Bugliosi Wants to Prosecute George W. Bush for Murder
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Former California prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wants President Bush charged with murder. Bugliosi – who in the early 1970s successfully prosecuted Charles Manson for the murder of Sharon Tate and six others – lays out his case against B...
What Would Smedley Butler Do?
BRIAN McKENNA
"To wage war, become an anthropologist." That’s the opening line from a 2007 article in the U.S. Army War College journal "Parameters." The feature, by Oxford educated historian Patrick Porter, says, "from the academy to th...
With Friends Like These …
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
A country really gets the message about its importance to America when a major event affecting it, in which the US is deeply involved, is given a mere 55 words on page 9 of the New York Times. The May 14 attack on Damadola, a village in the North West Fr...
What’s Really Driving the High Price of Oil?
RALPH NADER
What factors are causing the zooming price of crude oil, gasoline and heating products? What is going to be done about it? Don’t rely on the White House—with Bush and Cheney marinated in oil—or the Congress—which has hearin...
The Libertarian Dark Horse is Still Kicking
WAJAHAT ALI
"Who the heck is Ron Paul?” asked many Americans over the course of the past year. The 70 year old, Texas Congressman’s name and face adorned web pages, blogs, email spams, posters and pamphlets throughout the nation. Out of nowhere, the...
Who is the Enemy in Afghanistan?
ERIC WALBERG
While the current occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq look to be part of an ambitious plan of US domination of the Muslim world, both are proving to be a much greater problem than their shadowy planners supposed. And whatever conspiracy jigsaw puzzle Afg...
Storm in an A-Cup
RICHARD NEVILLE
Paedophilia is a motherhood issue, and the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudds’ personal opinion was that he found the work  "revolting" and without "artistic merit". He told the Nine Network that "k...
The Guantánamo 16
ANDY WORTHINGTON
As a 16th prisoner at Guantánamo, Noor Uthman Muhammed, is put forward for trial by Military Commission (the much-criticized system of trials for “terror suspects” invented in the wake of the 9/11 attacks), here’s a brief guide t...
American Psychological Association Supports Psychologist Engagement in Bush Regime Interrogations
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Since 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) has steadfastly asserted that psychologists participating in detainee interrogations protects detainees by helping to keep these interrogations "safe, legal, ethical, and effective." Last...
Farrakhan is not the Problem
TIM WISE
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirteen years ago, when I first started out on the lecture circuit, speaking about the issue of racism, it seemed as though everywhere I went, someone wanted to know my opinion of Louis Farrakh...
Chuck Schumer Speaks to the Graduates
ALAN SINGER
The good news is that after ten years in office and thousands of commencement addresses, United States Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer, ostensibly a Democrat from New York, has changed his standard speech. Students were becoming afraid to go ...
Puerto Rico’s Turn
RICARDO ALARCÓN De QUESADA
is Cuba’s Vice President and President of its National Assembly.   ...
Is Obama Turning Right?
GREG KAFOURY
This week, Senator Barak Obama traveled to Florida and spoke to Jewish and Cuban-American audiences. In those speeches, he embraced the right-wing policy positions of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) and the hard-line program of the...
In Her Mind She’s Killed Before
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Hillary Clinton continues to spend a million a day, staying in the nomination race on the calculation that that Barack Obama might assassinated, a possibility she is methodically fostering by race-baiting him as a black man trying to hustle his way into ...
Gone with the W
SUSIE DAY
Hillary Rodham Clinton was not a liberal, but the news media seldom realized it when surrounded by campaign placards and press kits, as a throng of reporters in the Oval Office were on this bright, cold day in January 2009. "Fiddle dee dee, ...
Western Delusions
JEAN BRICMONT
One can understand why some people might have sincerely thought that the Iraq war would be  a "cakewalk". First, consider WW2 ; the US mercilessly bombed Germany and Japan, including their civilian populations, then occupied those cou...
Truth Matters
MONICA BENDERMAN
I received an email message not long ago – it contained these statements: “It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the...
Pain Pays
RAYMOND LAWRENCE
New York Presbyterian Hospital is among the top handful of the most prestigious hospitals in the U.S. It is striving to become number one. It has already become number one in a way that is hardly commendable. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer...
Does the VA Care?
FRED GARDNER
U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti will rule any day now on a suit brought by Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth. The vets want the judge to order the Department of Veterans Affairs to upgrade its mental-health services. Some 500 vets are committin...
Escaping Forwards
URI AVNERY
The Germans call it "die Flucht nach vorne" – escaping forwards. When the situation is desperate, attack! Instead of retreating, advance! When there is no way out, storm ahead! This method was successful in 1948. At the end o...
War Immemorial Day
BILL QUIGLEY
Memorial Day is not actually a day to pray for U.S. troops who died in action but rather a day set aside by Congress to pray for peace.   The 1950 Joint Resolution of Congress which created Memorial Day says:  “Requesting the Preside...
In Praise of Utah Phillips
DAVID ROVICS
I was watching my baby daughter sleep in her carseat outside of the Sacramento airport about ten hours ago when I noticed a missed call from Brendan Phillips.  He’s in a band called Fast Rattler with several friends of mine, two of whom live in my new home...
A Different Memorial Day
Col. DAN SMITH
“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell.” William Tecumseh Sherman, Michigan  Military Academy, June 19, 1879 Monday May 26 is the fifth Memori...
Why Memorial Day is a Double-Whammy for Me
CINDY SHEEHAN
Memorial Day is a double-whammy for me. You see, my son Casey was born on Memorial Day 29 years ago. When he was growing up, we would gather dozens of our friends and relatives to celebrate his birthday. Now a few of us gather at his grave in Vaca...
Hillary’s Assassination Politics
MARJORIE COHN
For weeks, pundits have speculated about why Hillary Clinton insists on remaining in the primary race when Barack Obama has all but clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. On Friday, Clinton answered that question. It appears she’s waiting...
Mugging the Election System
HARVEY WASSERMAN
This weekend’s fast-moving,  long-overdue HBO docu-drama on the theft of the 2000 election stopped four years short.  It did a riveting job of portraying how Team Bush, headed by James Baker, strong-armed its way into the presidency.  But it̵...
The War on Kitsch
DAVID YEARSLEY
Among the music left in my grandmother’s piano bench is a “war edition” from 1917  of a sentimental love-song entitled “K-K-K-Katy” composed by Army Song Leader Geoffrey O’Hara. On the back page of the single-fold half-folio&m...
My Mother
DANIEL CASSIDY
My mother Doris Frances Cassidy was a “hot sketch,” full of laughter and quick on the uptake. Smart, sharp, resourceful, and the most loving mother anyone could ask for.   She talked to everyone: doormen, neighbors, waiters, salesgirls, hac...