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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 October 2008
The Floods of Heaven
JO GULDI
America is crumbling, and bipartisan deregulation is to blame.  Free-market mantras and corporate welfare have destabilized the dollar, bankrupted suburban America, and drained every sign of government activity from the landscape.  For twenty years ...
We Come Not to Bury America, But to Buy It
VLADIMIR FROLOV
As the American presidential election nears and the two candidates, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, intensify their campaigns, the debate as to whether Russians would prefer to see a democrat or a republican in the White House swirls on. In the opinion of our...
Denial
SAUL LANDAU
‘s Bush and Botox World with a Foreword by Gore Vidal Click Here to Order!...
When Ike Hit Haiti
BEN TERRALL
As the death toll from Hurricane Ike was over 70 in the U.S., but the storm’s aftermath in Haiti was much worse.  Four tropical storms in a month killed between 500 and 1,000 Haitians, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. According to the United Nation...
American Exceptionalism
DON MONKERUD
"America is an exceptional country." – Sarah Palin "I do believe in American exceptionalism." –...
The Global Crash
FIDEL CASTRO
Following an initiative from Sarkozy, President of France, on Sunday October 12th, the countries of the Euro zone agreed on an anti-crisis scheme. On Monday 13th, an announcement is made that the European countries will inject multimillion amounts of money in ...
Health Care Now’s Big Con
HELEN REDMOND
A high-powered lobbying group is gearing up to push for what it calls health care reform–but the group has already made huge concessions to big business at the outset and endorses Barack Obama’s inadequate health care plan. The organization, Health...
Bush Gets Stoned
WAJAHAT ALI
Oliver Stone’s fascinating and entertaining portrait of “W.” depicts George W. Bush as the prodigal son whose desire for paternal validation breeds a paralyzing insecurity that simultaneously drives and suffocates his ambitions. Stone and com...
Government of Thieves
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Just as the Bush regime’s wars have been used to pour billions of dollars into the pockets of its military-security donor base, the Paulson bailout looks like a Bush regime scheme to incur $700 billion in new public debt in order to transfer the money into the ...
God Bless the U.S.A.!
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Last Monday in Virginia, Governor Sarah Palin spoke to a crowd of supporters at the Richmond International Raceway. The New York Times reported that she inspired passion in those who came to hear her and led chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.!!”...
Hey, Joe
DAVID MACARAY
, a playwright and writer in Los Angeles, was a former labor union rep.  He can be reached at dmacaray@earthlink.net         ...
The White Tiger’s Stripes and Gripes
FARZANA VERSEY
I was Pinky Madam. Almost. What saved me was empathy with the calloused hands that knocked on the car window, the meetings with the “half-baked Indian”. It is easy to be a Pinky Madam in any of India’s metros. You hold on to the arm of a foreign-ret...
Schwarzenegger’s Delta Vision: Canals and Dams
DAN BACHER
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force will release the final "strategic plan" for the California Delta today at its meeting in West Sacramento. Unfortunately, the supposedly "independent" body is recommending a...
Stop, in the Name of Joe!
STEVE EARLY
Am I the only American voter who’s getting annoyed by all the faux-populist obeisance and condescending lip-service that’s being paid to “average Joes” this Fall? First there was “Joe Six-Pack,” the frequently invoked workin...
A Supreme Injustice
ALAN MAASS
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by death row prisoner Troy Davis, clearing the way for the state of Georgia to set a third execution date in the coming weeks. It was another painful blow for Troy, an innocent man who has spent nearly 20 years ...
Krugman’s Prize
MARY LYNN CRAMER
So, Paul Krugman got the Nobel Prize in economics for figuring out that, historically, industrialized capitalist countries trade heavy manufacturing goods and technology primarily with each other, rather than with economically underdeveloped countries, right? Brillia...
Our Needs Do Not Fit on Their Ballots
CHUCK O'CONNELL
We are living in difficult times and our situation is not good. I am referring not only to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan. Neither am I referring mainly to the collapse of the credit markets and the speculative real estate bubble fueled by the global ...
Enric Duran, the Good Thief?
PETER GELDERLOOS
On 17 September, Enric Duran, an anticapitalist living in Barcelona, went into hiding. He had just admitted to essentially robbing 492,000 euros from 39 different banks, and then published this admission in a free newspaper that was distributed in the quantity of 200...
The End of Friedmanite Economics
MIKE WHITNEY
"We are in the midst of a major historic turning point, equivalent to the emergence of neoliberalism under Thatcher and Reagan" – Robert Pollin Robert Pollin is a Professor of Economi...
The Acre Riots
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel has been suffering its worst bout of inter-communal violence since the start of the second intifada, with a week of what has been widely presented as “rioting” by Jewish and Arab residents of the northern port city of Acre. ...
Justice Department Drops "Dirty Bomb Plot" Allegation
ANDY WORTHINGTON
As the Washington Post reported yesterday, the US Justi...
Why I’m Voting for Obama
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Reason 1. First and foremost, I’m so sick and tired of the degenerate line of white male losers we’ve endured since Nixon slithered into the hen house.   Followed by unelected, unelectable Ford, hapless Jimmy Carter, the Gipper (scourge of ...
The Nourishment of Idleness
STEPHEN MARTIN
That we are overdone with banking institutions which have banished the precious metals and substituted a more fluctuating and unsafe medium, that these have withdrawn capital from useful improvements and employments to nourish idleness, that the wars of t...
Is Obama Playing to the Gallery?
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
According to a report in The Sunday Times on October 5, 2008, Britain’s most senior military commander in Afghanistan, Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, warned that the war against the Taliban cannot be won and that the public should be prepared, not for a “...
The Quiet Russian
ERIC WALBERG
Last week Serbia ’s neighbours Montenegro and Macedonia recognised Kosovo, the world’s newest country — leaving aside South Ossetia and Abkhazia, bringing the number of its official friends to 48. However, after expelling Macedonia’s ambassado...
Of Blood and Eggs
MARTHA ROSENBERG
When Nancy Reimers, a veterinarian working for the United Egg Producers-supported Californians for Safe Food told California newspapers that, "Modern chicken houses are heated, cooled and monitored in every possible area," she didn’t mean monitored by...
No More
MONICA BENDERMAN
It is as if we have been forced into a box, the lid being closed as we watch from inside. Can you feel the walls surrounding you drawing closer? Can you see the light of hope shrinking to a slit through the barely open panels that will soon be taped shu...
The Partial Nationalization of US Banks
ROBERT WEISSMAN
It is an extraordinary time. On Friday, the Washington Post ran a front-page story titled, "The End of American Capitalism?" Today, the banner headline is, "U.S. Forces Nine Major Banks to Accept Partial Nationalization." There’s no q...
The Financial Economy and Real Economy
JUSTIN PODUR
“This extraordinary capacity to finance not on past wealth but on the present value of future anticipated cash flows is at the core of America’s dynamic approach to wealth creation” - Edelstein, R., and Paul, J.M. Europe needs a n...
The Legend of John McCain
WILLIAM P. O'CONNOR
This year marks the forty fourth anniversary of the making of legend John McCain. Imprisonment in the “Hanoi Hilton” we’re told, defined his life. Incensed enemy jailors tortured his shattered body, and the indelible experience helped secure the pri...
Is the Government Turning Socialist?
DAVE LINDORFF
After watching the markets plunge and the credit freeze become glacial, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson backed away from his scheme to rescue his investment banking colleagues by spending hundreds of billions of dollars buying up worthless credit derivatives. His ne...
The Politics of Race in America
RON JACOBS
When I got on the bus last April after Barack Obama’s primary victory in North Carolina, the conversation was naturally enough about that victory.  Despite its southern location, the town I live in–Asheville, NC–is known for its liberal politic...
Targeting Unions in Colombia
CONN HALLINAN
There are lots of places in the world where you need to watch your step. You don’t want to be a Sunni in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad (or vice versa). It’s probably not smart to speak Tamal in southern Sri Lanka. You might want to keep being a Muslim ...
The New Nuclear Navy
KARL GROSSMAN
New large U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships will be required to be nuclear powered as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2009 signed into law by President George W. Bush on Tuesday, October 14. The Senate had originally not included this provi...
A Fairy Tale
URI AVNERY
Recently I was asked by the German Else-Laker-Schueler-Gesellschaft, which  commemorates  the German-Jewish-Israeli  poetess, to describe how peace would look like. On the eve of Yom Kippur, the day of reconciliation, I would like to distribute it inst...
Before the Second Wave of Crisis
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
The gap between democracy and the financial crisis has its origins in the limitations not only in the present design of the economy, but also the polity and those assumed to offer an alternative to both—“the loyal opposition.”  The fundamentals...
The Real Story of Troopergate
STEVE CONN
If you think Palin’s Matalin-Corsi smear-Obama script in the new Runaway Train, was a stinker, consider her second, after she fired the Commissioner of Public Safety and failed to get her bad-cop-brother-in-law dismissed.  Sent to Alaska to delay or discre...
The Wall Street Coup and the Bailout Scam
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
The Wall Street took the US (and the world) hostage and extracted a heavy ransom. But while the enormous ransom was successfully extracted, there are no guarantees that the hostages will be set free from the shackles of trickle down economics. On the contrary, there ...
The Bailout and the Smell Test
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The explanation that has been given for the financial crisis does not match up with the solution that has been devised. Moreover, the windows into the crisis offered by the authorities are opaque rather than transparent. The only clarity we have is that the c...
A Biden Fundraiser and the Children of Holyoke
HOWARD LISNOFF
Late in the 1950s I traveled to Holyoke, Massachusetts with my mother and a friend of hers to visit the friend’s sister.  In the 1950s, coming from central Rhode Island, this was quite a trip.  I recall a pleasant neighborhood, not unlike the neighbor...
A Tale of Two Unions
DAVID MACARAY
When union people are tempted to unload publicly on another union—to get down and dirty with them—they should take a moment to consider Ronald Reagan’s famous dictum, the so-called Eleventh Commandment:  “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fel...
The Uighurs Come to Washington
JOANNE MARINER
Six-and-a-half years and countless court rulings after the Bush Administration first began bringing prisoners to Guantánamo, a milestone has finally been reached.eached. In a landmark decision, a federal court did more than criticize the Bush Administration...
A Tectonic Shift in Hegemony at the G7
STEPHEN MARTIN
Between each individual and entire humanity, however, stands the Nation, with its special language and literature, with its peculiar origin and history, with its special manners and customs, laws and institutions, with the claims of all these for existenc...
War Hero or War Criminal?
ROBERT RICHTER
As character assassination attacks on Sen. Barack Obama have now taken over Sen. John McCain’s campaign, and because McCain cites his military experience as of prime importance, now is the time to focus closer attention on a facet of the Arizona Senator’s...
How the Nobel Peace Prize Was Won
GREGORY ELICH
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari has been widely hailed in the West, where there has been an outpouring of praise for the man and his efforts. Generally seen as a tireless promoter of peace and reconciliation, Ahtisaa...
Made in Alaska
STEVE CONN
For fans of movies made in Alaska, Governor Sarah Palin has hopped aboard the 2008 remake of 1985s Runaway Train. Academy nominee Jon Voight, the original film’s crazed prison escapee, is now replaced by John McCain. The remake is underwritten by the natural re...
The Fall of the Bush Dynasty Plan
LAURA CARLSEN
One day not long ago—hypothetically—the head honchos of the Bush administration sat down in the Oval Office. Long faces prevailed around the room. The agenda: "Transitioning from Plan A to Plan B." Plan A, someone explained to the uniniti...
Don’t Blink Twice
Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
ABC News anchor Charles Gibson began the first “exclusive,” non-McCain controlled, media contact with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin by asking, “Govenor . . ., can you look the country in the eye and say ‘I have the experie...
The Race Could be Over, But Race Isn’t
P. SAINATH
"I can’t trust Obama," said the old lady to John McCain at his election meeting. "I’ve heard…He’s an Arab." Senator McCain grabbed the mike from her swiftly and said: "No, Ma’am, he’s a decent family man.&...
Pogrom Against Mosul’s Christians
PATRICK COCKBURN
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