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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 2009
Cops and Labor Unions
DAVID MACARAY
“If anyone has been offended, I’m sorry for that.” —LA Chief of Police Darryl F. Gates (in response to being criticized for suggesting that more blacks than whites die from police chokeholds is because their carotid ...
Volunteerism Will Not Rebuild the Gulf Coast
MIKE HOWELLS And JAY ARENA
Four years after Hurricane Katrina the mass media and most national political leaders have largely dropped the still-devastated and suffering people of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast from their political radar screen. Yet, the region and its people have not be...
Pentagon Pundits Get a Pass
DIANE FARSETTA
Is there a difference between covert propaganda and secretive campaigns to shape public opinion on controversial issues? The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) apparently thinks that there is. The GAO recently ruled that the Pentagon pundit program di...
Victims of a Covert Tit-for-Tat War
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the latest act of the grim drama surrounding the fate of the five hostages, officials in London have told the families of two of the guards, Alan McMenemy, from Glasgow, and Alec Maclachlan, from South Wales, that the two men are probably dead. The bodies of two o...
The American Psychological Association and the Missing Ethics Investigation
STEPHEN SOLDZ
In an important development in the American Psychological Association saga, Jeffrey Kaye ...
School of Coups
ROY BOURGEOIS And MARGARET KNAPKE
The day after Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was deposed, President Barack Obama cautioned against repeating Latin America’s "dark past," decades when military coups regularly overrode the results of democratic elections. Obama went on to acknowledg...
Oatmeal Envy
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
They’ve taken all the fun out of cereal boxes. That’s not all. They’ve imposed big fines on the one who tried to make them fun and threatened another. Of course the cereal companies are partly to blame. Those of advanced years remember with...
Honduran Coup Over?
GREG GRANDIN
Bloomberg is reporting that Honduran coup leader, Roberto Micheletti has accepted the Arias ...
Television, the American Landscape and the New Economy
ALAN FARAGO
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Sunday said he engineered the central bank’s controversial actions over the past year because "I was not going to be the Federal Reserve chairman who presided over the second Great Depression." Bernanke either ...
Afghanistan’s US-Backed Child-Raping Police
GARETH PORTER
The strategy of the major U.S. and British military offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand province aimed at wresting it from the Taliban is based on bringing back Afghan army and police to maintain permanent control of the population, so the foreign forces can mov...
Summer of Denial
SAUL LANDAU
During mid July, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s qualifications for the Supreme Court.  The Solon’s oratory focused on themes of some fictional world, not one threatened by global warming and diving economies. ...
How Will Arabs Wake Up?
Dr. BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
After the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) published its report on the Arab world, with one of its shocking conclusions being that half of the world’s refugees are Arabs, The Economist published in its latest edition July 24-30  a 14-page report a...
Our Crisis, Their Gain
CARL GINSBURG
"Crisis” is in the eye of the beholder.  The Obama administration thinks in terms of years.  Others are on a shorter leash. While millions are being marginalized right now, our president, and a supportive press, prepares us for consumer credit re...
Musharraf, Imran Khan and Overseas Pakistanis
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
Although their politics is polls apart, there is one thing that Musharraf and Imran Khan have in common. Both have more support abroad than within Pakistan . Pakistani expatriates, often disturbed by the poverty, lacking social welfare infrastructure and corruption t...
Beer Will Not Solve This
GARY LEUPP
Beer solves a lot of things. This is not one. I don’t live that far from Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., just outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  There are daytime break-ins in homes in my neighborhood from time to time. My wife and I recently encoun...
Health Care, the Media and Public Opinion
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
People have a remarkable ability to believe what they want to believe, even in the face of contradictory evidence.  Recent media coverage of political debate on the “public option” for health care reform is a case in point.  A review of the nigh...
Winning Hearts and Minds, Pentagon Style
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
In an early scene of "My Cousin Vinny," a hilarious 1992 spoof about the clash of cultures, two stereotypical Italian-American New Yorkers, Vinny Gambini and his fiancé Mona Lisa Vito, arrive in the central square of a stereotypical small town in rur...
How Fake is the "Recovery"?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last week on NPR a professor in the Sloan School of Management at MIT explained that what is really at stake in the health care bill is the US government’s ability to borrow. In other words, the bill is about cutting health care costs, not about providing hard-...
No Racism in Obama’s Post-Race America?
WAJAHAT ALI
The farcical arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates for "disorderly conduct" and President Obama’s recent "...
From Tegucigalpa to El Paraiso
CLIFTON ROSS
Here in Tegucigalpa I ran into a friend from Venezuela, Angel Palacio, a documentary film maker. He introduced me to Nery, a slightly chubby, dark skinned, gray haired school teacher who’s coming up to a month of protests. He and his wife Suyapa take me to STIB...
Lackawanna Six: Bogus Charges and Martial Law
JAMES BOVARD
The New York Times reported last week that the Bush administration considered sending in the U.S. military to arrest the so-called “Lackawanna 6" in 2002. It is appropriate that  was one of the biggest farces of the homefront legal war on terrorism wa...
A Catch and Trade Policy for Labor Costs
GREG MOSES
The headline sounded so detached: "Murder of China steel exec shows privatisation risks."  At stake in the killing of the steel exec was fear of a massive job cut.  30,000 workers at the state-owned Tonghua Steel plant calculated that a takeover b...
Can an "Arab Soul" Yearn for Israel’s Anthem?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A leading Arab educator in Israel has denounced the decision of Gideon Saar, the education minister, to require schools to study the Israeli national anthem. Officials announced last week that they were sending out special “national ant...
Obama, Netanyahu and the Settlements
URI AVNERY
First, an honest disclosure: I loved the Shepherd hotel very much. In the first years after the Six-Day War, I was a frequent guest there. My work in the Knesset demanded that I stay in Jerusalem at least two nights every week, and after the war I switched fro...
Striking the World Cup
ELI JELLY-SCHAPIRO
On Wednesday, July 8 more than 60,000 South African construction workers laid down their tools in a sector-wide strike halting construction for six days on stadiums being built in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While soccer’s signature event is keenly awai...
We All Stand Before Peltier’s Parole Board
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been in prison for more than 12,226 days, more than 33 years. His is one of the longest ordeals of any political prisoner in human history. With him, our souls have suffered. Our bodies ache for his freedom. ...
Stupid Cop Tricks
HEATHER GRAY
President Barrack Obama’s initial comments in the press conference last week about the arrest of academic Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by the Cambridge police were, from I could see, consistent with the reality in America. I agreed with him when he said it was a &ldq...
Right to Rent
DEAN BAKER
Winston Churchill supposedly once said: “you can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have tried everything else.” This may prove to be an accurate description of the response to the foreclosure crisis that has followed the coll...
The Hotel Workers’ Kickass Local 2
CARL FINAMORE
I parked a few blocks away and was on the lookout for hotel workers to lead my way to UNITE-HERE Local 2’s contract convention being held in San Francisco’s huge George Moscone Center complex on July 23.  Since 1986, the union has successfully used t...
Thomas Friedman Does Afghanistan
BELEN FERNANDEZ
After producing only one column during his recent visit to Iraq, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has already churned out two in Afghanistan, the next stop on his tour of areas affected by US diplomacy. The tour is occurring in the company of chairman Admiral...
Beyond the F-22
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Most of the experts see the cancellation of the F-22 as "small potatoes" or ill-advised. Many see Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ efforts to focus so heavily on the wars at hand (which they also support) as a threat to US security. The focus on Ira...
Bombing for a Juster World?
JEAN BRICMONT
On July 23, a debate concerning the Responsibility to Protect took place in front of the General Asssembly of the United Nations. The responsibility to protect (R2P) is a notion agreed to by world leaders in 2005, that holds States responsible for shielding their own...
The Color Line is Black
GREG MOSES
For many months the right wing populist chatter box has been drumming up the spectre of a socialist radical president with no respect for civil liberties, due process, or property rights.  Then as soon as the president says it is stupid to arrest a man on his ow...
Hillary and Obama Nix Change in Honduras
ROGER BURBACH
The situation in Honduras and Central America is growing increasingly tumultuous with each passing day as deposed President Manuel Zelaya confronts the de facto regime of Roberto Micheletti with thousands of partisans mobilizing in the border areas. While Honduran ar...
On the Right of Resistance
RAMZY KYSIA
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Desmond Tutu We live in an era defined by its brutality. Our challenge is whether to accept this – or to take the r...
Will the American Psychological Association Renounce the Nuremberg Defense?
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The long-standing struggle within the American Psychological Association over involvement of psychologists in potentially abusive national security interrogations is heating up again, this time with a dispute over its ethics code. In 2002, the APA added the infamous ...
Elections Shake Kurdistan
PATRICK COCKBURN
Sulaimaniyah The surprisingly strong showing by a reformist party in Kurdistan elections is shaking the power structure in what has long been the most stable part of Iraq. The "Goran" party – which translates as "change" &ndash...
Why is Biden Channeling Cheney?
STEVE BREYMAN
Vice President Joe Biden’s latest public remarks regarding US-Russian relations leave one wondering whether his tutor in matters diplomatic is none other than Dick Cheney.  What is going on here? Just two weeks after a successful summit between Oba...
Lavalas and Haiti’s Student Union Unite
KIM IVES
Thousands of demonstrators marched through Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on July 15 to mark the 56th birthday of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The demonstration, which was called by and adhered to by two rival factions of the Lavalas Family ...
Sexual Hocus Pocus in the Episcopal Church
RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE
The Bishops of the Episcopal Church have finally granted permission for blessings of homosexual relationships, and also of homosexual marriages in those states where such marriage is permitted legally. So now any homosexual couple may request and potentially receive ...
Post-Race Scholar Yells Racism
ISHMAEL REED
Now that Henry Louis Gates’ Jr. has gotten a tiny taste of what “the underclass” undergo each day, do you think that he will go easier on them? Lighten up on the tough love lectures? Even during his encounter with the police, he was given some slack...
Swine Flu Panic
BINOY KAMPMARK
"We should give the pigs a rest, and get on with living." – Frank Füredi, ‘Swine Flu and the Dramatisation of Disease,’ Spiked, April 28, 2009 The well are panicking in droves, with the potentia...
The Selling of Single-Payer Features
HELEN REDMOND
“Start off on high ground but end up somehow crawling…” –Bruce Springsteen, The Big Muddy The farce in Washington DC called health care reform makes the blood of single-payer supporters boil. That the ...
Screening the Politics Out of the Iraq War
DAVID STERRITT
The Hurt Locker, the widely praised movie about American soldiers on a bomb squad in Iraq, has arrived in theaters with enough rave reviews to fill two dozen quote ads. While the film is excellent in some respects, its politics are worrisome – not because they&...
Fair Play for Cuba and the Cuban Revolution
BILL SIMPICH
July 26, Cuba’s most important holiday, is the commemorative date in 1953 when Castro and his forces unsuccessfully stormed the government stockade at Moncada and ignited the Cuban revolution. On a day like today, it should be noted that Americans made a succes...
Obama’s Slow (and Familiar) Dance With Cuba
FELIPE MATSUNAGA
In the forty-eight years since the severance of official diplomatic ties and the institution of the U.S. trade embargo, Washington has seen to it that Cuban-American relations have remained virtually frozen, only altered by a few incremental shifts. The advent of the...
Union Workers Forced to Accept Massive Cuts
DAVID MACARAY
On Wednesday night (July 22), unionized employees of the Boston Globe—members of the Boston Newspaper Guild—voted 366 to 179 to accept massive wage and benefit cuts in order keep the venerable, 137-year old newspaper afloat.  This outcome fol...
Bruno: a Glimpse Into Zionism?
GILAD ATZMON
Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest invention is a grotesque Austrian gay celebrity who comes to America to try to boost the ratings of his fashion television program.  Bruno is one of the most repugnant characters ever to appear on the big screen, something...
"The War is With the Arabs"
HANNAH MERMELSTEIN
I saw this sign as I was entering Nablus last week, again on my way to Ramallah, and again near Bethlehem.  The phrase is printed in Hebrew, presumably by Israeli settlers, on huge signs throughout the West Bank.  Israeli racism rarely shocks me anymore, bu...
United4Iran
RON JACOBS
On July 14, 2009, CounterPunch published on this site an article by me titled  “Protest U.S. Aggression" that concerned international protests scheduled for July 25, called to express solidarity with the Iranian people who are protesting the election ...