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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 June 2012
A Trojan Horse Among Vermont Healthcare Reformers?
STEVE EARLY
While the nation waits for an overdue Supreme Court decision that will decide the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, another health care drama with wide implications for universal health care is just starting in Vermont. Prodded by a strong grassroots...
A Tale From a Time of Heroes
RON JACOBS
There was once a time not so long ago when the world seemed to be full of revolutionary heroes.  These heroes were both men and women.  The actions and accompanying commitment of these individuals inspired millions of others to join movements and organizations dedicated...
Come to Ecuador, Julian!
JAMES McENTEER
Quito. After the UK waived the right of Julian Assange to resist extradition to Sweden, Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He is seeking political asylum in Ecuador to avoid prosecution in Sweden and possible deportation to the United...
Obama’s Statement on Fast and Furious
LINH DINH
Good evening, my fellow Americans. I’m here tonight to clear up some misperceptions about Operation Fast and Furious. Many of you are confused, even angry, and I fully understand. Why did the United States sell thousands of guns to vicious Mexican drug cartels, so that ...
The Vietnam War and the Struggle For Truth
JOHN GRANT
Vietnam, a story of virtually unmitigated disasters that we have inflicted on ourselves and even more on others. — Bernard Brodie, 1973 The Vietnamese won the Vietnam War by forcing the United States to abandon its intention to...
America’s Hyper-Patriots
WALTER BRASCH
It’s midway between Flag Day and Independence Day. That means several million copies of full-page flags printed on cheap newsprint, June 14, have been burned, shredded, thrown away, or perhaps recycled. It’s an American tradition. Flag Day was created by...
Feeling the Rain
MISSY BEATTIE
On a sunless Baltimore Monday morning, I ran in an almost imperceptible rain that intensified when I was halfway through the distance.  Suddenly, this line from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “...
Beyond Harper
MURRAY DOBBIN
Of all the appalling abuses of democracy and ruthless dismantling of the country represented by Bill C-38 (the budget bill which changes 70pieces of unrelated legislation) one stands out of as representative of the right wing dystopia that Stephen Harper has in store ...
Smoking Pot in the Capitol
ANTHONY PAPA
Earlier this week, political activist and comedian Randy Credico engaged in a novel protest and civil ...
Glamorous Servitude and Sexy Debt
KATHLEEN PEINE
When Earl Butz said “get big or get out”- well, they got out. It was nearing the appropriate time anyway, they were getting old enough to merit a retirement. But truly, the world of “big” requires the working class to borrow enormous amounts to achieve such...
Rajat Gupta to Rodney King and In-between
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. Between a man in a dark grey suit and a bright-eyed bride in white, they seem to have covered the American dream. Insider trading and ‘marrying well’ are common occurrences, but when these things happen in the United States of America they beco...
Thus Spake Obama
FAISAL MOGHUL
He came, he saw, he betrayed! Barack Obama campaigned on the twin themes of hope and change. His soothing sales pitch reassured both America and the world that his administration would mark a stark difference from the previous one; that diplomacy, transparency and ...
What the Occupy Movement Demands of Each of Us
JOSEPH G. RAMSEY
That we work to defeat and to overthrow the rule of the 1% (and the 0.1%) over our lives, our society, and our world; That we devote our lives to ending the oppression, domination, and exploitation of people both near and far; That we defend what remains of ...
Outsiders and Oddballs in an Off-Kilter World
KIM NICOLINI
Wes Anderson’s new film Moonrise Kingdom tells the tale of two outsider kids – Suzy and Sam – who meet, fall in love, escape into the land of adventure and imagination and ultimately transform the world of the adults in the film and the world of the audienc...
What Chance for Women in Pakistan?
CHARLES R. LARSON
No way that Mohammed Hanif’s new novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, can be taken literally...
Cavalieri and the First Opera
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin It took a renaissance man to usher in the baroque. Born and buried in Rome, Emilio de’ Cavalieri was a composer, organist, diplomat, choreographer, dancer, and producer, who credited himself with composing the first opera, Rappresentatione di ...
Three by John Buckley
POETS' BASEMENT
Legacy by JOHN F. BUCKLEY I get a shower stall filled with eleven varieties of cured, hanging salumi, and a veritable forest of beanstalks, and the halcyon days of a middle-aged, thundering wererhino. I ...
The Mainstreet Moment
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Romney and the Middle East
GREGORY HARMS
Campaign rhetoric generally strains credulity, and no less so during the recent Republican mobilization to unseat Barack Obama. From the GOP primaries to the present, the candidates – and now Mitt Romney in particular – have intensified the atmosphere where a ...
Occupy is Alive; So is History
ROB URIE
Political leadership in the West has calcified atop a set of existing facts and trajectory that assure rebellion in one form or another until they are reconciled. In addition to the economic divides between wealth and poverty, employment and unemployment, opportunity and ...
What About Some Corporate Patriotism?
RALPH NADER
What would happen if we asked the executives of the giant U.S. corporations, whose products constantly surround us, to show some corporate patriotism? After all, General Electric, DuPont, Citigroup, Pfizer and others demand that they be treated as “persons” und...
Why the Senate Won’t Touch Jamie Dimon
ELLEN BROWN
When Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase Bank, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on June 13, he was wearing cufflinks bearing the presidential seal.  “Was Dimon trying to send any particular message by wearing the presidential cufflinks?” ...
Hope Dies at Guantanamo
MARJORIE COHN
The Jurist.  The tragic case of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif hit a dead en...
Australia Betrays Its Own Citizen Journalist
DAVE LINDORFF
I’ve long had a fondness of Australia. Since back in the early 1980s, when I worked out of the New York City bureau of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, flagship of the Fairfax p...
Sisyphus, Chicano Style
RODOLFO ACUÑA
When asked what I have learned from writing about Arizona and what is going to happen in the future, I feel like the legendary king of Corinth immortalized by Albert Camus’ essay “...
The Euro and the Parthenon
BINOY KAMPMARK
The atmosphere on the hills of the Acropolis after the Sunday elections has an immemorial flavour, scented with a certain resignation.  Grape vines cascade over the restaurants of Minissikleous street with tempting promise.  The bouzouki players gather with ease and laz...
Why Apple Should “Think Different” on Iran Sanctions
BITTA MOSTOFI
The continued nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5 +1 in Moscow ended yesterday with no sign of sanctions relief for ordinary Iranians. A spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief and lead negotiator for the six powers, was quo...
Kelber Challenges Trumka for Head of AFL-CIO
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Harry Kelber will challenge Richard Trumka for the presidency of the AFL-CIO at the labor union’s convention September 8-12, 2013 in Los Angeles. Remember Harry Kelber? He’s a labor activist and writer who runs ...
On the Streets, at Rio+20
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Silent Spring for Us?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
With her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson got DDT and other synthetic pesticides b...
Repressive Democracy
ANDREW LEVINE
There is no sugar-coating the fact: the failure to recall Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin was a defeat for organized labor and the entire American working class, and for everyone with interests opposed to those of the plutocrats for whom Walker fronts. By some estimate...
Into Africa
MICHAEL BRENNER
America’s “war on terror” now has brought us deep into tropical Africa and the Sahel. We learned last week that Washington is engaged in an expansive project to hunt down an array of local “terrorists”, could-be “terrorists” and mayhem makers in general. Nea...
Wall of Fear Rebuilt in Syria
PETER LEE
In the summer of 2011, foreign reportage and commentary on the Syrian uprising noted that the “wall of fear”—popular unwillingness to speak out against the government out of fear of reprisal by the government’s brutal security services—had crumbled, thanks...
We’re Being Played for Suckers
DAVID MACARAY
Two damaging misconceptions about labor unions:  (1) Union members tend to be substandard workers (lazy, unreliable, surly, privileged), and (2) union members can’t be fired because their “masters” will always go to bat to protect them. Where they got that f...
The Real Story of the Housing Crash
DEAN BAKER
The economy is certain to occupy center stage in the presidential race this fall. Unfortunately neither Governor Romney nor President Obama are likely to give us an accurate account of the economic problems we are now facing. Romney’s efforts seem intended to con...
Why Obama Must be Defeated
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Not Ralph Nader. Not Amy Goodman. Not Noam Chomsky. Not Chris Hedges. Not Cornel West. Not Alexander Cockburn. Not one of the great left critics in the United States have dared say what Harvard Law School Professor Roberto Unger said last week. “President Obama must be ...
Ken Starr’s Pogram
LAWRENCE SWAIM
The old story of Christian anti-Semitism has never quite gone away, and has now come roaring back in academia in a new but still despicable form. In a new configuration of political forces, rightwing Christian evangelicals (or rightwing Catholics) cooperate with rightwing...
Origin of Life, the Pack and the Prize
SUZAN MAZUR
“Loaded with bias is the review process reserved for the big projects. The review is run by the “leaders,” the persons who head (or have headed) the big projects. They are the influential, the ones who are consulted during the review process ...
Last Hours for Montana
JAMES MARC LEAS
Never, never, never. That appears to be the word from Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock as he charges toward judgment day on Thursday June 21 at the US Supreme Court with no assertion of Montana’s sovereign immunity, its best defense against summary reversal. T...
NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy If We Told You We Were Spying on You
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The Future Direction of Egypt’s Revolution
ESAM AL-AMIN
Against all odds the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) candidate, Dr. Muhammad Mursi won Egypt’s first presidential election since the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak…but barely. Although the official results will not be announced until Thursday, the final tally shows that...
The Folly of Mindless Science
ALICE SLATER
In 2000, I traveled to India, invited to speak at the organizing meeting of the Indian Coalition for Nuclear and Disarmament and Peace.  About 600 organizations, including some 80 from Pakistan gathered in New Delhi to strategize for nuclear disarmament.   India had qui...
The Spreading Crisis
MIKE WHITNEY
 “The Greek economy is truly broken. The circuits of credit are so badly damaged that even efficient, profitable firms have been cut out of the capital markets …. Moreover, the new spending cuts… will give the forces of recession another boo...
Christians and the Kill List
WILLIAM ALBERTS
In broad daylight, without a Christian murmur, President Obama has placed a “kill list” on the altar of “American values.”  An unconstitutional, international law-violating, indifferent to innocent civilians, anti-American-breeding “kill list.”  A national s...
Has the Drug Industry’s Grip On Health Care Become a Pharmageddon?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
David Healy is a Professor of Psychiatry at Bangor University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and author of over 175 peer reviewed articles, 200 other pieces and 20 books, including ...
California’s Health Care Wars
CAL WINSLOW
California’s healthcare workers’ wars continue, in the streets, in collective bargaining and in the courts, at a level of conflict not often matched in the US today. More, in these California conflicts, healthcare workers and their unions are as often as not on the of...
Market Failure at the Rio+20 Earth Summit
PATRICK BOND
Given the worsening world economic crisis, the turn to “Green Economy” rhetoric looms as a potential saviour f...
Susiya: Another Casualty of Israeli Occupation?
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Jaffa. Last week Israeli military forces delivered demolition orders to the residents of Susiya, a small village in the South Hebron Hills. The villagers were told that they have illegally erected over fifty buildings without the permission of the Israeli ...
The Agent Orange Leak on Okinawa
JON MITCHELL
The U.S. Marine Corps buried a massive stockpile of Agent Orange at the Futenma air station in Okinawa, seriously sickening the base’s former head of maintenance and potentially contaminating nearby residents and the ground beneath the base. The barrels were abandon...