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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 March 2012
The Strange Case of the Liberal Ostrich
ALAN NASSER
Elementary logic seems to demonstrate that self deception should be impossible. Deceiving others is not comparably paradoxical. When A deceives B, A causes B to believe what A believes to be false. Happens all the time. But how can anyone deceive herself, i.e. make hersel...
Behind the Toulouse Shootings
TARIQ RAMADAN
In the midst of continuous and intense media coverage and political crisis management our response to the Toulouse killings must be put in proper perspective. As in any situation of war or violence, compassion for the victims, adults and children alike, is our first oblig...
Two Stray Bullets in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
On Sunday it was reported that a young boy had been shot on farmland near the Rafah crossing. The details were unclear. Several colleagues and I traveled to Rafah to find out what happened. After making several inquiries, we entered a Bedouin area several hundred meters n...
Preparing Israel for War
NEVE GORDON
Preparing Israel for war Recent raids on Gaza were not just about allocating more money to defense – they were also about war with Iran. In response to the recent assassination of Zuhair al-Qaisi, the Secretary General of the Popular R...
CEOs Contemplate the Occupy Movement
RALPH NADER
Stetson J. Bradford III met up with his fellow CEO F. Reginald Lawless for a brow-to-brow lunch at the Penthouse Reverie Room high above Wall and Broad Streets in New York. As charter members of the 40-year Corporate Supremes Club, they had serious business to discuss bef...
Why We Are Protesting the NATO Summit
BUDDY BELL
After the end of World War II, a group of nations in the north Atlantic established NATO to impede Russian influence over the reconstruction of Europe. The result was that it facilitated the United States’ influence: according to a 2009 article by Georgetown professor D...
Panetta’s Terrorism Error
CHRISTIAN SORENSEN
On March 15, American Defense Secretary Leon Panetta remarked that “terrorists cannot be the friends of any country. Terrorists are terrorists.” Yet Panetta is mistaken. His own Defense Department and America’s chief ally are easily classified as terrorists. Dissec...
Headhunting in the NFL
DAVID MACARAY
“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” —Vince Lombardi American football fans were stunned to learn yesterday that New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton, had been suspended without pay (forfeiting an estimate...
A License to Steal
ANTHONY PAPA
There are good lawyers and there are bad lawyers. As an advocate and freedom fighter, I have run into plenty of cases where legal representation was questionable. But once in a while I run into a story that is just downright disgraceful and makes the legal profession look...
A Chronicle of Hell, Women and Hope
JESSICA ISLA
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Dante, Inferno, Canto III, line 9 The Divine Comedy We all have different ideas of Hell. But most us raised and brought up in the Judeo-Christian Western culture share a relig...
“I Believe!”
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From My Lai to Kandahar
JEFF SPARROW
My name is William Calley, I’m a soldier of this land, I’ve tried to do my duty and to gain the upper hand, But they’ve made me out a villain, They have stamped me with a brand … The massacre of 1...
The Unions, the Millionaires Tax, and the Road to Success
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
This winter the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) sent tremors of hope through its ranks by announcing it was going to spearhead an attempt to place an initiative on the California ballot — appropriately called the “Millionaires Tax” — that would raise taxes...
The Summers of Our Discontent
ROBERT WEISSMAN
“Just between you and me, shouldn’t the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (lesser developed countries)?” Do those sound like the words of a man who should be running the worldR...
The Real Agenda Behind Paul Ryan’s Deficit-Slashing Mania
DEAN BAKER
If you want to see House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan sanctimoniously excuse himself and his friends for missing the most predictable economic crisis in the history of the world, you now have the opportunity: In a ...
Iran and the IAEA
GARETH PORTER
Vienna. The first detailed account of negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran last month belies earlier statements by unnamed Western officials portraying Iran as refusing to cooperate with the IAEA in allaying concerns about a...
Six Months Later, the Cops Reignite the Occupation
ARI PAUL
As Occupy Wall Street protesters marched toward Central Booking the evening of March 18, many took a short cut at Lafayette and Houston through the BP gas station, chanting, “Fuck BP.” In a spur-of-the-moment show of anti-corporate solidarity, a South Asian clerk ran ...
The Drunken Logic of Eco-Tourism
KHADIJA SHARIFE
t was with some admiration that I watched Johnny Depp’s rambling dramatisation of Hunter Thompson’s ...
Amnesty International, George Clooney and the Bidding of Empire
JOHN VINCENT
In March this year Frank S. Jannuzi was named Washington DC office head at Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). Frank, a former staffer with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is Hitachi International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The...
A Tale of Two Murders
RAVI KATARI
The headline of a recent USA Today article reads, “In wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, America is soul-searching” (1).  And so it should be.  He was a 17-year-old African-American walking back from a convenience store when he was gunned down by an overzealous and s...
Kony’s Invisible Christian Fanaticism
MAMOON ALABASSI
There is no doubt that the thirty-minute video ‘Kony 2012′ by the advocacy group Invisible Children has raised much awareness regarding the relatively under-reported atrocities committed by the Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). It is ...
TransCanada: Unfit to Build
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Honduras and the Obama Administration
LAURA CARLSEN
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Honduras on March 6 with a double mission: to quell talk of drug legalization and reinforce the U.S.-sponsored drug war in Central America, and to bolster the presidency of Porfirio Lobo. The Honduran government issued a st...
Wall Streets Reloads With Toxic Bonds
MIKE WHITNEY
“Despite the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and its directive to address this issue, the problem of bank runs in the shadow system has not yet been solved.” –Mark Thoma, Professor of Economics, University of Oregon, F...
White Sheets Surrounding Florida Teen’s Slaying
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
In March 1799 authorities in North Carolina found no fault in a teen fatally shooting a black man after confronting that man about his being on a public road. In February 2012 authorities in Florida found no fault in a man fatally shooting a black teen after confro...
Jeffrey Sachs’ Grab for the World Bank
LAURA FLANDERS
There may be worse candidates for the presidency of the World Bank than Jeffrey Sachs (Larry Summers, also a candidate, comes to mind,) but Sachs is well worth raising an alarm about. He combines a new fangled profile as a progressive with policies that amount to full ste...
What Do the World Bank Statistics Really Tell Us?
ROBIN BROAD and JOHN CAVANAGH
Now here is what sounds like a New York Times headline to celebrate: “...
What Separates New Delhi From the Everglades?
ALAN FARAGO
At two in the morning, the sleek, modern airport at New Delhi hummed with activity. Most travelers pointed westbound to European capitals and from there, mid morning connections to the Americas. What piqued my curiosity at that ungodly hour: airport security worked...
Throwing Money at the Pentagon
WILLIAM D. HARTUNG
If you’ve been fretting about faltering math education and falling test scores here in the United States, you should be worried based on this campaign season of Republican math.  When it comes to the American military, the leading Republican presidential candidates evi...
Customers or Citizens?
THOMAS S. HARRINGTON
Every once in a while we all have the need to interact with an office of the local, state or federal government. If you are anything like me, you probably do so mostly by phone. This, of course, means that you also probably spend numerous minutes on hol...
Race, Gender and Occupy
SWETA VOHRA and JORDAN FLAHERTY
At a recent panel discussion on the Occupy movement, a left-leaning professor from New York University ...
Waking Life
RANDALL AMSTER
With each passing day, the news grows increasingly grim. In recent weeks alone, we’ve seen women’s rights under assault as reactionary forces seek to turn the clock back by decades. Half a world away in Afghanistan, corpses are defiled and more are brutally created, w...
A Cultural History of the Easter Egg
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Goldman Sachs’ Trader Finds a New Occupy Tactic
PAM MARTENS
In the last decade, Wall Street has evolved from predator to organized crime with a speed dial to Washington.  Instead of Washington reforming Wall Street, it has seduced and corrupted Washington.  It didn’t have to come to this. Since at least 1989, incredibly...
Victims of U.S. “Drug War” Mount as Media Yawns
DANIEL KOVALIK
Last week, you would have been lucky to find even a small blurb in a few newspapers about but another journalist killed in post-coup Honduras — the 19th in the last two years, making Honduras by far the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist.   Ind...
Occupy A Country
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo I remember walking into Sabra and Shatila in south Beirut in 1982 just after the massacre of at least 1,700 Palestinians by Christian militiamen loosed on the refugee camps by the Israeli army. The bodies  were beginning to bloat as they lay heaped ...
Try a Little Nuclear Sanity
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
On February 8, 2012, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (H.R. 3974). This SANE Act would cut $100 billion from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget over the next ...
Two Days in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
Gaza. I have read several accounts over the last few days of how life in Southern Israel has become unbearable for the people living there. In retaliation for the latest provocation by Israel over 200 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. 11 people wer...
Obama’s Delusions of Sanctity
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
First the video of United States Marines urinating on bodies of Afghans who had been killed. Then the revelation that copies of the Quran had been burned at Bagram Air Base, which also serves as an American prison camp in Afghanistan. Nearly thirty Afghans and several NAT...
The Perils of Fracking
WALTER BRASCH
The natural gas industry defends hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, as safe and efficient. Thom...
Even with “Radical Political Project” FMLN Doesn´t Carry the Day
ALEXANDRA EARLY
San Salvador On March 11, hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans headed to the polls in the first major contest between parties of the right and left since the leader of the latter, Mauricio Funes, was elected president three years ago. Like mid-term ...
Debating the U.S. Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement
AFGHAN YOUTH PEACE VOLUNTEERS, with KATHY KELLY
Kabul In Afghanistan, the tragic Kandahar killing spree has prompted renewed talk about the proposed U.S. Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement. At stake in these discussions is the security of Afghanistan, the U.S. and the region. ...
When the Rich Jump Ship
DAVID MACARAY
In the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, one of the arguments you heard Republican economists and Wall Street executives repeatedly use to defend the amounts of money being paid investment bankers and hedge fund managers was that if these guys didn’t receive exorbita...
Dave Lindorff Sr. Dies
DAVE LINDORFF, Jr.
David Plimpton Lindorff, an occasional contributor to CounterPunch and perhaps the last survivor of the Radiation Lab, a top-secret World War II project in Cambridge, MA that led to the placing of rad...
Public Sector Job Losses Under Obama
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Massacre Fatigue in Afghanistan
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In the wake of the lethal rampage by a US sergeant who killed 16 Afghans in the early hours of March 11, the Taliban have put a halt to talks with the Americans and President Hamid Karzai has demanded that NATO troops pull out of the villages and return to their camps....
The Enigma of Israel
GABRIEL KOLKO
Zionism was supposed to make Jewish existence “normal;”  very different than in a Diaspora peopled by goyim, but there is nothing ”normal” in the life and culture of Israel today—which has not lived in peace with its neighbors, much less let the Palestinians ha...