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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 2010
Selling False Hope
NICOLA NASSER
Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) officials in the government of Mohamed Abbas often complain they spend more time negotiating with American rather than Israeli governments. This has been particularly true of late. Since Israel’s all-out a...
Netanyahu: I Deceived the US to Destroy Oslo Accords
JONATHAN COOK
There is one video Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, must be praying never gets posted ...
Racism Implodes Tea Party
GREG MOSES
Man what a short weekend.  On Thursday the Tea Party was setting up a bigger tent.  By Sunday their center pole was cracked in half.  Suddenly we live in a country where the NAACP is on the rise, again. Naturally...
The Ruin They’ll Leave Behind
PATRICK COCKBURN
On June 14, this year, an interpreter for the US army called Hameed al-Daraji was shot dead as he was sleeping in his house in Samarra, a city 60 miles north of Baghdad. In some respects there was nothing strange about the killin...
The Bibi & Obama Show
SHELDON RICHMAN
I presume Barack Obama’s Likud membership card is in the mail. No doubt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu has seen to it. After all, Obama has now paid his dues. After a few idle negative statements about expansion of Je...
The Iranian Scientist Who Would Not Play Curveball
RAY McGOVERN
Useful insights often must be seen through a glass darkly. But some can be pulled through the smoke and mirrors shrouding the wanderings of Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, who is now back home in Iran after 14 months in the U.S. as guest of the CIA....
Thousands Injured, 275 Dead, WR Grace Not Guilty
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
A vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana. Supplying the world with materials for insulation and potting soil. One problem. The vermiculite has asbestos. And the asbest...
Fools’ Errand in the Gulf
DAVE LINDORFF
It is increasingly looking like the BP Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico is gravely damaged, and that the cap that was placed on top of the casing and the blowout preventer is simply causing gas and oil to leak out of the drill pipe into th...
The Path of Unemployment
DEAN BAKER
It has been two-and-a-half years since the recession officially began in the United States. While the economy has been growing for more than a year, unemployment remains near the 10.1 percent peak of October 2009. Few economists predict a rapid declin...
The Fall of Obama
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The man who seized the White House by fomenting a mood of irrational expectation is now facing the bitter price exacted by reality. The reality is that there can be no “good” American president. It’s an impossible hand to play. Obama...
Foundations and Social Change
MICHAEL BARKER
Diana Johnstone is a radical journalist and author of two books, The Politics of Euromissiles: Europe’s Role in America’s World (Verso, 1985), and ...
Beyond Violence and Non-Violence
RAMZY BAROUD
Resistance is not a band of armed men hell-bent on wreaking havoc. It is not a cell of terrorists scheming ways to detonate buildings. True resistance is a culture. It is a collective retort to oppression. Understanding the rea...
The Political Roadblocks to Haiti’s Reconstruction
YVES ENGLER
Six months ago a devastating earthquake killed more than 230,000 Haitians. About 100,000 homes were completely destroyed, alongside a thousand schools and many other buildings. The scenes of devastation filled TV screens around the world. ...
Was Amiri a Double Agent?
GARETH PORTER
U.S. officials are explaining Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri’s return to Iran as the result of a defector having a change of heart because of his concern about Iranian government threats to his family. Iran and Amiri himself have insisted that ...
The Case of the AETA Four
BILL QUIGLEY And RACHEL MEEROPOL
Police reports state that on October 21, 2007 a group of about twenty people trespassed onto the front lawn of the home of a Berkeley professor involved in bio-medical research on animals. According to the US government, some of the protestors had ban...
What Tea Partiers Owe Progressives
SHERWOOD ROSS
Tea Party activists may put up as many billboards as they like accusing President Obama of “socialism” and comparing him to Hitler but the fact is the only people Obama successfully bailed out so far are the big bankers and, as economist D...
Days of Cop Violence in New Orleans
JORDAN FLAHERTY
This week, federal officials charged six current and former New Orleans police officers in connection with the killing of civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina. The six are not only accused of murder but also of conspiring to hide their crime ...
In the Basement of Mexican Justice, No One is Innocent
JOHN ROSS
"For my friends, anything. For my enemies, the law…" Oscar Benavidez, dictator of Peru (1933-40) Mexico City. The Story of Mexican Justice...
In the Court of the Lizard King
KIM NICOLINI
I haven’t given the band The Doors much thought in a long time. I’ve always liked their music, but with so much music to listen to, sometimes a band that I really like can completely fall off my radar. Then a few weeks ago, the L.A. punk b...
Saving Endangered Feces
Cpt. PAUL WATSON
We have always known that whales are more valuable alive than dead, and now German and Australian scientists have discovered that even whale shit is valuable and contains some fifty tons of iron annually that has to be among one of the most unusual re...
Shatterer of Worlds
DAVID KRIEGER
Culy 16, 1945 marked the beginning of the Nuclear Age. On that day, the United States conducted the first explosive test of an atomic device. The test was code-named Trinity and took place at the Alamogordo Test Range in New Mexico’s Jornada del...
US Sought Rendition of British Nationals to Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
With what the Guardian described yesterday as the “almost unprecedented” release of “security service reports of interviews with detainees in Guantánamo Bay and other overseas detention centers,” the new British coalitio...
Homeless in Boulder
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
And homeless near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food. William Wordsworth, Guilt and Sorrow Once again the homeless are in the news and...
Is Obama Backing Away From a Sweeping Immigration Legalization Program?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
At first glance, President Obama’s speech last month on immigration policy broke no new ground. That’s because the president once again called on Congress to pass a sweeping legalization program for the estimated 11 million undocumented im...
What Tea Partiers Owe Progressives
SHERWOOD ROSS
Tea Party activists may put up as many billboards as they like accusing President Obama of “socialism” and comparing him to Hitler but the fact is the only people Obama successfully bailed out so far are the big bankers and, as economist D...
Off the Grid in the South Hebron Hills
IRIS KELTZ
Bedouin villages in the South Hebron Hills are poised to skip the industrial age and take a leap from primitive to sustainable. They will never have to worry about reducing their carbon footprint– unlike those of us from affluent societies in th...
Cap and Blow?
DAVE LINDORFF
What the hell are they thinking in Washington, and down at the “Unified Command” in New Orleans, letting BP try to close off the oil volcano spewing out the top of the damaged Blowout Preventer (BOP) stack? And what t...
Beyond Violence and Non-Violence
RAMZY BAROUD
Resistance is not a band of armed men hell-bent on wreaking havoc. It is not a cell of terrorists scheming ways to detonate buildings. True resistance is a culture. It is a collective retort to oppression. Understanding the rea...
Worth It?
ANDREW COCKBURN
Few people now remember that for many months after the First World War ended in November 1918 the blockade of Germany, where the population was already on the edge of starvation, was maintained with full rigour. By the following spring, the German aut...
Camels in Crisis
ED EMERY
The camel has long had a special place in the imagination of the West, from the Greek historian Herodotus telling a story about Indians using fast-running camels to defeat dog-sized, man-eating ants that guarded gold, through the Three Magi journeying...
Killing for Fun
TOM TURNIPSEED
Successful professionals enjoy their work. The Obama administration has picked a successful and happy warrior in Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to head the US Central Command. The command includes all US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the entire Midd...
What the Presbyterian Statement Didn’t Say About Israel
N. H. GORDON
The Presbyterian Church USA at its General Assembly (GA), July 1-10, 2010 held in Minneapolis, MN passed the recommendations of its Middle East Study Committee (MESC) after negotiations among the leadership of the MESC and the GA committee for Middle ...
Exit Security Theatre, Enter Cindy Sheehan
LISA BARR
The sweltering heat has perhaps blessedly fused memory of the ‘health care‘ fiasco into any remaining ‘hope and change’ ganglia not impacted by Alzheimers.  Those still sentient may read on about renewed license to protest...
Delta Blues
RALPH NADER
An article in the current issue of the AARP Bulletin is likely to get a “What’s this?” reaction from many of its millions of readers. It is titled “Iranian Cure for the Delta’s Blues,” with the eye-opening subtitles...
The Translator and His Charge
CHARLES R. LARSON
I confess that I’ve become unaccustomed to reading erotic fiction. Maybe because my erotics are not yours and vice versa. Nor can I say that when I began reading Yoko Ogawa’s ...
Reality Gap in the Gulf
SAUL LANDAU
“We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.&rdqu...
Marketing Peace and War
MISSY BEATTIE
I’m happy to run with the six peaceniks that stood trial in DC Superior Court on July 12th. Three are with Peace of the Action (POTA) and include Cindy Sheehan, national director of the organization, as well as Jon Gold and Jim Veeder. They were...
Give Rove What He Wants
DAVID SWANSON
"Seven years ago today, in a speech on the Iraq war, Sen. Ted Kennedy fired the first shot in an all-out assault on President George W. Bush’s integrity." First shot? What do you call th...
US Sought Rendition of British Nationals to Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
With what the Guardian described yesterday as the “almost unprecedented” release of “security service reports of interviews with detainees in Guantánamo Bay and other overseas detention centers,” the new British coalitio...
How Oil Lobbyists Are Writing California’s Environmental Laws
DAN BACHER
Catherine Reheis Boyd, the chair of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast, apparently believes that oil industry lobbyists should not only oversee the implementation of Cali...
Israel Stops Listening to Its Judges
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. The Israeli government is facing legal action for contempt over its refusal to implement a Supreme Court ruling that it end a policy of awarding preferential budgets to Jewish communities, including settlements, rather...
Koans for a Carmic Age
DAVID Ker THOMSON
A dog inside a car that’s running over a dog. Poor people buying machines with ten thousand moving parts in order to travel a half mile. Calling a space travel machine with ten thousand whirling bits ...
Why Bach Didn’t Go Swimming
DAVID YEARSLEY
Bach never went in the ocean for a refreshing dip. He never even set eyes on the Atlantic. He could have made it to the North Sea at Lübeck during his sojourn there to learn from Dieterich Buxtehude in the Winter of 1705-6. But the old city was a...
Keep Cops Out of Schools
CHASE MADAR
New York City, which has the largest school system in the US, with almost 1.1 million students, chiefly from working-class families, is a case study in the failure of get-tough policies to bring order and safety. The city, faced with violence in ...
Tuli is Better Off Dead
PAUL KRASSNER
Tuli Kupferberg is better off dead. My friend and countercultural icon had been suffering from a couple of strokes, hospitals, breathing tubes, feeding tubes, anemia, infections, blindness, catheter, hearing aids, wheelchairs, p...
In Haiti the Sense of Urgency Has Been Lost
SEBASTIAN WALKER
Six months to the day since the earthquake, the UN Mission Chief in Haiti and assorted celebrities, politicians and NGO officials at the presidential palace were receiving medals for their help with the country’s recovery effort. On the same swe...
Why the Fed is Steering the Economy Into Deflation
MIKE WHITNEY
The Fed is steering the economy into deflation. It’s a political calculation that will keep unemployment high, increase excess capacity, and deepen the recession. The Comsumer Price Index continues to fall, bank lending is down 4 per cent y...
A Mentor to Men Behind Walls
ANTHONY PAPA
In 1985 I was sentenced to 15 years to life under the Rockefeller Drug Laws of New York State. I struggled to survive in the maximum security hell hole, Sing Sing, and did many things I was not proud of to stay alive. Being in prison for many years ha...
Children of War
YIFAT SUSSKIND
The shy 14-year-old was not sure how many people she had killed. “When it was my turn to shoot someone, I always hid my face because I was afraid.” Julia (not her real name) is one of thousands of children in Colombia who have been recruit...
Trillion Dollar Babies
FRIDA BERRIGAN
What is a trillion? It is a big number for sure. The best explanation I have found for this mind-blowing figure is from children’s book author David Schwartz. “One million seconds comes out to be about 11½ days. A billion seconds is...