Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
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 February 2011
The Unfinished Revolution
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo Exactly one week after the abrupt resignation of Egypt’s President Mosni Mubarak shook the country and the world, another series of tremors occurred on Friday, February 18. In a clear signal that Egypt’s revolution is not over,...
Two Centuries of Presidential Sex Scandals
DAVID ROSEN
Presidents’ Day is a great shopping extravaganza! Everything from soapsuds to high-end SUVs is marked down to lure in shoppers and move products off the store shelves. However, the biggest sale that takes place on Presidents’ Day is the sel...
India’s Spaniel Press
P. SAINATH
On one pronouncement of his, you have to agree with prime minister Manmohan Singh. This is not a ‘lame-duck government.’  Cooked goose seems the more appropriate  soubriquet.  However, not a single new scam worth over  2...
Palestinian Deadline Doomed
NICOLA NASSER
The international Quartet of the US, EU, UN and Russia on Middle East peace and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) seem set on an agenda that perceives September 2011 as an historical political watershed deadline. Among the partners to the Qua...
Raising the Stakes in Wisconsin
CHRISTOPHER FONS
The stakes were high in Madison, Wisconsin today as Governor Scott Walker’s bill to overturn most collective bargaining rights for public workers came to the floor of the State Senate. Tens of thousands of teachers, students, tradesmen, firemen, ...
The Rise and Fall of Adolph Hasse
DAVID YEARSLEY
No composer was more famous in his day than Johann Adolph Hasse. The 18th century was a time of great musical celebrities and the accumulation of unprecedented musical fortunes, and Hasse was among the most celebrated and wealthy. ...
US Diplomatic Double Standards
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander – both must be treated exactly alike. Apple sauce is just as good for one as the other.”    ––  Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. ...
What We Still Haven’t Learned About Rape
LAURA FLANDERS
When Lara Logan of CBS News came forward with the news that she had been brutally sexually assaulted by a group of men while reporting from Tahrir Square, the story caused shock waves. Logan is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS, and it is...
Where is Phil Ochs When We Really Need Him?
PETER STONE BROWN
I’m pretty sure it was in the ’80s when Reagan was president that these buttons appeared in the remains of head shops, probably in what was once the hip sections of certain cities that said: “Where is Phil Ochs now that we need him?&r...
Building a Movement of Ex-Prisoners
KENNETH GLASGOW And DORSEY NUNN
Would you feel like a full citizen if most of your civil and human rights were denied you? If the privileges afforded to community members were withheld from you, would you feel like a welcome member of the community? Probably not. As formerly ...
Colin Powell’s Deceptions
DAVID SWANSON
In the wake of WMD-liar Curveball’s videotaped confession, Colin ...
How "Democracy" Got Strangled in Its Crib
YONATAN MENDEL
It was five years ago. I remember myself hesitating. I knew that it was the right decision, and that nothing would happen, but still, to go alone, to meet a leader of Hamas, a former prisoner, in his village, made me a bit apprehensive. It was 2005, du...
Driving Bolivia
CHELLIS GLENDINNING
Last week I got caught in a flash flood in the streets of Quillacollo AND a bloqueo/road-block thrown up by transportistas demanding a better chunk of pay– both at the same time.  So — after an hour of going nowhere, brown water lapping at...
Home is Where the Hatred Is
TOLU OLORUNDA
Home is where the hatred is Home is filled with pain and it Might not be such a bad idea If I never, never went home again —Gil Scott-Heron They returned home to a Jim Crow Sou...
Sexualizing Violence
BINOY KAMPMARK
"We can forget those curvy 34D-cups, and the inverted commas. This correspondent has earned her battle honours."  So ends a piece in The Scotsman (May 25, 2002) on the promotion of Durban-born Lara Logan from British breakfast television...
Judge Cardone
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Judge Kathleen Cardone continued the case of Luis Posada Carriles in El Paso until next Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. The defense attorney, Arturo Hernández, moved last week to dismiss counts one through three of the indictment: those havin...
Conflict of Interest, Hollywood-Style
DAVID MACARAY
I recently had lunch with David Clennon, the movie and television actor (Being There, The Thing, The Right Stuff, Syriana, Ghost Whisperer, thirtysomething, Saved, Boston Legal, etc.), at a coffee shop in Santa Monica.  We were there to share a me...
Bollywood Noir?
CHARLES R. LARSON
Catch—if you can—a screening of Raj Kumar Gupta’s latest film, No One Killed Jessica, released in India on January 7th and a week later here in the United States. It’s unlike any Bollywood film you have probably ev...
How Green Became the Color of Money
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Getting Gored From the beginning, Al Gore was fully in synch with the Clinton two-step on the environment. The first environmental promise Al Gore made in the 1992 campaign, he soon broke. It involved the WTI hazardous waste incin...
George Washington, Slave Holder
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
It is ironic that February, the month designated to celebrate black history, is also the birth month of George Washington. Washington remains among the most respected presidents, still known as "the father of our country." But black people mu...
From a Bombed Village
SHAH NOORI And GARETH PORTER
The commander of U.S.-NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. James Terry, asserted last month that the homes systematically destroyed by U.S. forces across three districts of Kandahar province as part of Operation Dragon Strike in October and N...
From the Palestinian Authority to Adam Smith International
AFSHIN RATTANSI
The corrupt Palestinian Authority isn’t saying much these days about the momentous events in Egypt or for that matter, Bahrain (more on the Manama massacre later). Coming on the heels of the Palestine Papers which revealed that genuf...
"We’re Not Gonna Take It"
PAUL BUHLE
Madison. Thursday, February 17, 2011 As I moved along with the tight-packed crowd, late in the afternoon Wednesday, coming out of the demonstrator-filled Wisconsin capitol building and passed the statue of Hans Christian Weg (Norwegian immigrant...
How Green Became the Color of Money
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Getting Gored From the beginning, Al Gore was fully in synch with the Clinton two-step on the environment. The first environmental promise Al Gore made in the 1992 campaign, he soon broke. It involved the WTI hazardous waste incin...
Jamie Dimon’s Lament
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
For the last quarter of 2010, JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) had a 47% jump in profits and since 2010 was such a good year it set aside $9.73 billion for its investment bankers’ bonuses. It is easy for pundits to decry such bonuses and at the World Econom...
The Tweet and Revolution
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton rushed to contrast the repressive brutality of the Iranian authorities with what they now seek to present as the bloodless, US-managed triumph of pro-democracy forces in Egypt. By any...
Now is the Time for Palestine
WILLIAM A. COOK
“The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same." –President Barack Obama, 2/11/11 With this statement the Presiden...
A Tool for Class War
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Obama’s new budget is a continuation of Wall Street’s class war against the poor and middle class.  Wall Street wasn’t through with us when the banksters sold their fraudulent derivatives into our pension funds, wrecked Americans...
Fearful Nation
RON JACOBS
US citizens of almost all political stripes tend to live their lives ignorant of what the government that operates in their name is really up to.  Some of this is due to the government’s obsession with secrecy and some of it is due to the pe...
The Middle East is Changing
RAMZY BAROUD
Low that the Egyptian people have finally wrestled their freedom from the hands of a very stubborn regime, accolades to the revolution are pouring in from all directions. Even those who initially sided with Hosni Mubarak’s regime, or favored a ne...
Anatomy of Egypt’s Revolution (Part Two)
ESAM AL-AMIN
“What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people.” – John Adams in an 1815 l...
Channel Surfing the Revolution
LINH DINH
As others wage revolutions, we watch. The revolution is televised after all, we say with a sigh of relief. Between Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and college hoops, we can watch a bit of revolution tonight for a change of pace. ...
Tainted Crime Lab, Bad Convictions?
ANTHONY PAPA
Officials recently shut down part of the Nassau County Crime Lab because it was discovered that a half dozen drug cases had been subjected to incorrect analyses. DA Rice is now forced to retest all drug cases, including sales and possession, dating bac...
Blood on the Streets of Bahrain
RANNIE AMIRI
Bahrain has one of the most advanced medical systems in the Middle East, the best ICT sector in the region and the fastest growing economy in the Arab world. But despite all these accomplishments, the country seems to ...
Why Did Egyptians Succeed, Where Americans Fail?
ERIC WALBERG
Western media always welcomes the overthrow of a dictator — great headline news — but this instance was greeted with less than euphoria by Western — especially American — leaders, who tried to soft-peddle it much as did official...
Higher Ground
JOHN SINCLAIR
Amsterdam. I’d like to start by thanking my Higher Ground co-host, friend and colleague Larry Gabriel for his fine column on hemp farming last week. As it happens, I’m staying this week at a splendid guest apartment ab...
Tawtin or Return
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Lebanese opponents of civil rights for Palestinian Refugees often use?less objective and more crude wording to define "tawtin"?("settlement") than is normally employed in civil society discussions.?Duri...
Immolation Revolutions
SAM HUSSEINI
Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity and he will set fire to the world. – Antoine de Saint Exupéry (best know as the author of The Little Prince) Perhaps it wa...
Sex, Violence and Ugly Portuguese Men
DAVID Ker THOMSON
You knew it was coming.  These experiments in form we’ve been toiling away at here for these three years, of not caring a hoot for political content when the form is so effed up, would have to erode the form of the essay itself at some point...
The Medic at Rest
MARC LEVY
Recently the town where I live paid tribute to a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Local news reports stated he and a friend were attacked by a suicide bomber as they stood by a building. The KIA, recently married, was blown to bits. At the wake the caske...
Storm Clouds Over South Sudan
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
As the people of South Sudan celebrate their independence ominous storm clouds are gathering over their heads. Despite all the hypocritical applause from the UN and governments in the West, South Sudan today stands on the brink of disaster. ...
On the Trail of CIA Kidnappers
STEVE HENDRICKS
Let me start with some CIA history that I find illuminating. In 1989, ten years after the fall of the Shah of Iran and the dramatic eviction of U.S. citizens from that country, the CIA still had about forty informers and spies in ...
The Criminal Case Against BP
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
The government is deep into its criminal investigation of BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history – the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. If anyone outside the Environmental Crimes Sect...
One Rule for Foreign Consulates in the US, Another for US Consulates Abroad
DAVE LINDORFF
President Obama, before he was a President or a Senator, was a constitutional law professor. He should know the law. And yet in the increasingly dangerous show-down over Pakistan’s arrest and detention of Lahore consular con...
Prairie Fire in Madison
CHRISTOPHER FONS
From grudging complacency to thousands on the streets, Wisconsin’s protests are spreading like a prairie fire.  With notable work over the years done by small numbers of committed activists aside, widespread political activism has been dorma...
Already Forgetting Egypt’s Dead
SAM HUSSEINI
In his news conference yesterday, Obama appeared to suggest that hundreds of protesters were not killed by the Mubarak regime in the last several weeks. Obama said, "what has been true in Egypt is — should ...
Bison Abuse in Yellowstone
BRIAN J. HOREJSI
Harsh criticism is increasingly justified in todays world of National Park and public land management, a world in which regulatory retreat from principles and regulation is the new norm and "gut and grab" politics seem to be an every day thre...
Waist Deep in the Washington Quagmire
TOM ENGELHARDT
Here’s the latest news from Congress, in case you’ve been in Afghanistan for the last couple of weeks. A debate about slashing the federal budget is now upon us, while fears of a possible government shutdown as spring approaches are on the ...
While Clinton Calls for Free Speech, Ray McGovern is Arrested and Abused Before Her Eyes for Exercising Free Speech
KEVIN ZEESE
On Tuesday, February 15th Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on the importance of Freedom of Speech in the Internet age. She focused her attention on foreign countries and chided them for curtailing the speech of their citizens. ...
Anatomy of Egypt’s Revolution
ESAM AL-AMIN
“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” – Che Guevara Like perfect storms, several factors have to simultaneously and collectively come together fo...