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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 2010
Wal-Mart and New York City
JOSEPH GROSSO
‘They’ll have the battle of their lives. Wal-Mart exploits workers…and we want no part of that.’ So thundered Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron this past spring when word got out that Wal-Mart was eyeing space in a forthcoming 630,000 s...
Why the Debt Crisis Hit Europe Harder Than the Emergent Countries of the South
RAM ETWAREEA
Europe’s current indebtedness is deeper than that of South American countries. In most cases the ratio between external debt and GNP has reached 40% in 2010 in South American countries; in Greece, Spain, Portugal or Ireland, it is well beyond 100%. Though gover...
Money Wars
CONN HALLINAN
Are the U.S. and China on a collision course? Consider the following: During the 2010 mid-term elections, some 30 candidates for the House and Senate are blasting China for everything from undermining America’s financial structure to fuel...
When Drones Come Home to Roost
MICHAEL SCHWALBE
The age when war was limited to a clearly defined battlefield is long past. In modern wars, civilian populations are bombed, targeted for genocide +and terrorism, and made to suffer by wreckage of infrastructure. The dogs of war, once loosed, respect no fences. ...
Obama’s Black Site Prison
DAVE LINDORFF
A victory for the government in a federal court in New York Monday marks another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama Administration. In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has bee...
Was Juan Williams "Lynched"?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
The firing of Juan Williams at National Public Radio has created a storm of controversy – and well it should.  Not simply because it was conducted so summarily, with such thinly-veiled animus, on what amounts to a pretext, apparently.  Or even because...
An Economic Disaster
DEAN BAKER
The economy is a goddamn disaster and President Obama deserves much of the blame. Sorry, I am not on the Dems’ payroll so I couldn’t contain myself when I read Bernard Avishai’s trashing of Paul Krugman. Avishai’s basic n...
The Juan Williams Affair
ALAN FARAGO
The problem with the Juan Williams affair is not his comment to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly; that Muslims in full dress on airplanes make him nervous– but Fox News itself. Over the course of many years, as the nation became more and more deeply immersed...
Wimps Can’t Win
CLANCY SIGAL
When did the American left become such sissies?  We are shocked, shocked!  We throw up our hands in horror, cowering behind prissy words like “divisive” and “sexist” and “uncivil” when frothing-mad homophobic Republican s...
Prostituting the Hobbit
BINOY KAMPMARK
Life has truly imitated art in New Zealand.  J.R.R. Tolkien might have well been amused about the idea that the filmic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings would take such hold in soil 12,000 miles from England.  It did, and with spectacular success.  S...
Why the Debt Crisis Hit Europe Harder Than the Emergent Countries of the South
RAM ETWAREEA
Europe’s current indebtedness is deeper than that of South American countries. In most cases the ratio between external debt and GNP has reached 40% in 2010 in South American countries; in Greece, Spain, Portugal or Ireland, it is well beyond 100%. Though gover...
Money Wars
CONN HALLINAN
Are the U.S. and China on a collision course? Consider the following: During the 2010 mid-term elections, some 30 candidates for the House and Senate are blasting China for everything from undermining America’s financial structure to fuel...
When Drones Come Home to Roost
MICHAEL SCHWALBE
The age when war was limited to a clearly defined battlefield is long past. In modern wars, civilian populations are bombed, targeted for genocide +and terrorism, and made to suffer by wreckage of infrastructure. The dogs of war, once loosed, respect no fences. ...
Obama’s Black Site Prison
DAVE LINDORFF
A victory for the government in a federal court in New York Monday marks another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama Administration. In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has bee...
Was Juan Williams "Lynched"?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
The firing of Juan Williams at National Public Radio has created a storm of controversy – and well it should.  Not simply because it was conducted so summarily, with such thinly-veiled animus, on what amounts to a pretext, apparently.  Or even because...
An Economic Disaster
DEAN BAKER
The economy is a goddamn disaster and President Obama deserves much of the blame. Sorry, I am not on the Dems’ payroll so I couldn’t contain myself when I read Bernard Avishai’s trashing of Paul Krugman. Avishai’s basic n...
The Juan Williams Affair
ALAN FARAGO
The problem with the Juan Williams affair is not his comment to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly; that Muslims in full dress on airplanes make him nervous– but Fox News itself. Over the course of many years, as the nation became more and more deeply immersed...
Wimps Can’t Win
CLANCY SIGAL
When did the American left become such sissies?  We are shocked, shocked!  We throw up our hands in horror, cowering behind prissy words like “divisive” and “sexist” and “uncivil” when frothing-mad homophobic Republican s...
Prostituting the Hobbit
BINOY KAMPMARK
Life has truly imitated art in New Zealand.  J.R.R. Tolkien might have well been amused about the idea that the filmic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings would take such hold in soil 12,000 miles from England.  It did, and with spectacular success.  S...
The Futile Surge
GARETH PORTER
A newly released Wikileaks document on Iraq and the new political alignment between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both provide fresh evidence that Gen. David Petraeus’s war against Shi’a militias in 2007-2008 was a ...
The Florida Growth Machine
ALAN FARAGO
Florida has three industries: tourism, agriculture, and construction/development. These industries are bound together by land speculation, avoidance of environmental regulations, and gaming buyers. The hucksterism expanded radically in the past decade to include the ...
The Abused Sibling
DEAN BAKER
Little brothers exist to be abused by their older siblings. The United Kingdom has willingly played the role of abused sibling for the United States for decades. When our president wanted to launch a hare-brained invasion of Iraq, n...
Sold Brothers
CLARENCE LUSANE
Juan Williams should have been fired – by NPR AND Fox News. And a preponderance of evidence and a logical benefit of the doubt indicates that it is Clarence Thomas who should apologize to Anita Hill. However, in the bizzaro world of Williams and Th...
The Women’s Harvest
JERICA ARENTS
Kabul, Afghanistan. After a week visiting Bamiyan, a rural Afghan Province, one thing has been made abundantly clear to me: the experience of being a woman in this country is much different than being a woman in the United States. Here, the inesca...
The Days of the Dead
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Delaware. A number of children at a Halloween parade this Sunday in Newark, Delaware, came as Zombies. It’s a simple get-up: talcum powder hair, ashen face, black-rimmed, vacant eyes. The blank stare is vital, but the kids usually let exu...
Ashcroft’s Immunity and the Obama Administration
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
One of the cases the Supreme Court of the United States will take up in its 2011 session is Ashcroft vs. al-Kidd. John Ashcroft was the Attorney General under President George Bush Jr. In that capacity he appears to have knowingly violated the U.S. Const...
Messing with Mankiw
GERALD E. SCORSE
N. Gregory Mankiw, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers from 2003-2005, now teaches at Harvard and writes a column for the New York Times. His recent piece, “I Can Afford Higher Taxes. But They’ll Make Me Work Less,” evoked Ayn ...
Iraq War Logs
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The Wikileaks release of the Iraq War Logs on Friday has rightly aroused great interest. There has been excellent ...
The Far Right’s Secret Slush Fund to Keep Fear Alive
PAM MARTENS
A secretive libertarian nonprofit with ties to Charles Koch bankrolled what was widely perceived to be a fear mongering effort to throw the Presidential election to Senator John McCain in 2008. Until now, where the money came from has been a hotly debated mystery....
The Futile Surge
GARETH PORTER
A newly released Wikileaks document on Iraq and the new political alignment between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both provide fresh evidence that Gen. David Petraeus’s war against Shi’a militias in 2007-2008 was a ...
The Class War at Home
BILL QUIGLEY
The rich and their paid false prophets are doing a bang up job deceiving the poor and middle class.  They have convinced many that an evil socialism is alive in the land and it is taking their fair share.  But the deception cannot last – facts say oth...
Body Parts and Bio-Piracy
NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES
Editorial Note: NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she directs the doctoral program in medicine and society. Since 1996, she has been involved in active field research on the...
Latina "Mama Grizzly" Stalks Her Den
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
She’s a tough-talking New Mexico state prosecutor whose zeal for catching and deporting illegal aliens rivals that of Joe Arapaio, the Arizona county sheriff who’s come to symbolize America’s resurgent "nativism" toward immigrants. ...
Echoes of El Salvador in US-Approved Death Squads
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Iraqi documents released by Wikileaks produce significantly more detail on US actions in the war in Iraq. The Pentagon will huff and puff with rage as it did over the Wikileaks release of US military documents about Afghanistan, when it took the contradictory pos...
How Many More Trillions for the Pentagon?
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Since Sept. 11, 2001, Congress and the Defense Department have added more than $2 trillion to the Pentagon budget. About half that increase covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the rest covered the "base" (non-war) parts of the Defense Department. Agai...
Honoring Julian Assange
RAY McGOVERN
You are not likely to learn this from corporate press but WikiLeaks and its leader Julian Assange have received the 2010 Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award for their resourcefulness in making available secret U.S. military documents on t...
Sick Leave as National Policy
DAVID MACARAY
According to a report published by the Public Welfare Foundation (PWF), more than 160 countries in the world (including Mexico, Canada, Australia, virtually all of Europe and Asia, all of Central and South America, and the majority of Africa) provide guaranteed paid ...
"You’re Not Alone"
KATHY KELLY
“Firas, said Ali, “if bombings start again near your house [inGaza], please go someplace else!”  “Yes,” said Ghulamai.  “Come to Afghanistan!” A week ago, at th...
Ginni and Clarence
MISSY BEATTIE
In a suburban home’s family room, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is watching a DVD. Hearing the garage door grind open, he jumps up, ejects a Long Dong Silver cassette, quickly places it in a case, titled “Recount,” and shoves it behind the B...
Bernanke’s Dilemma
MIKE WHITNEY
Ben Bernanke is in a real fix. His quantitative easing (QE) program is designed to boost stock prices, lower bond yields, and weaken the dollar. But the market has already priced all that in, so when he announces the start of the program on November 3, there’s ...
How to Destroy Your Marriage
CHARLES R. LARSON
Dinaw Mengestu’s first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, was not only widel...
The Left and Iranian Exiles
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
A few days ago I received an email entitled “CounterPunch openly publishes blatant Israeli-CIA agitprop against Iran.” The email was in reference to a recent article in CounterPunch by an Iranian-American ...
When Juan Williams Said Something Worse
STAN COX
NPR should have fired Juan Williams not last Wednesday but nine years ago. The cause for dismissal should have been this ...
Owning the Shares of Shame
MISSY BEATTIE
In the days following 9/11, the world was told the “official" story. People “jealous of our freedoms” wanted to destroy our way of life. George Bush said, “Anybody who would attack America the way they did, anybody who would take ...
Memo to Obama: Three Strikes and You’re Out
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
I believe Obama’s schtick during his campaign for president was to subtly encourage his adversaries to impale themselves of the horns of their own contradictions.  This kind of strategy can be particularly effective in the all-important moral dimension of ...
Learning and Lust in Berlin’s New Library
DAVID YEARSLEY
Germany celebrated twenty years of reunification on October 3. Chancellor Angela Merkel, herself a child of the GDR, has declared the merger a success at last, in spite of shrinking populations and the massive deindustrialization in what are still cond...