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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 May 2013
Media Gets Targeted by Obama, Discovers No One Cares Except the Media
BETHANIA PALMA MARKUS
I was watching the local network news one recent evening because apparently I like to torture myself. And what were they reporting on? Michael Jackson. My hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times, also ran a story that day, May 22, 2013, about Michael Jackson. Don’t...
Sexual Terror in Action
BINOY KAMPMARK
Cardinal George Pell is a terrier of the wrong sort. Combative for the Catholic church, he does the Pope’s bidding down under with a loud bark and occasional bite.  Much of it has proven disastrous for the Church’s reputation in Australia and elsewhere.  That partic...
Corporate Spying on Environmental Groups
ADAM FEDERMAN
In February 2010 Tom Jiunta and a small group of residents in northeastern Pennsylvania formed the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition...
CIA Thwarts Polio Vaccination Campaign
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
A polio vaccination campaign worker was shot to death in Pakistan on Tuesday, which The New York Times wasted no time in reporting. What the Times article...
Obama’s Traducement of Democracy
NORMAN POLLACK
Watching the French Open, I recalled the famous question years back about tennis, my substitution of “jihad” a timely update designed to insinuate a subversive thought into the mindset of the superpatriot in the White House, whose Memorial Day address, following upon ...
Lakota to file UN Genocide Charges Against US, South Dakota
JEFF ARMSTRONG
In April, a grassroots movement led by Lakota grandmothers toured the country to build support for a formal complaint of genocide against the United States government and its constituent states. Though temporarily overturned, the recent conviction of Efrain Rios Montt for...
The Iraq War is Not Over for the Iraqi People
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
In 1946, the ...
POTUS Impotens
RAY McGOVERN
An article in the Washington Post on July 6, ...
Yahoo’s Tumblr, Google’s Makani and Noah Cross’s Future
ALREDO LOPEZ
Toward the end of Roman Polanski’s masterpiece “Chinatown” an exchange takes place between “hero” Jake Gittes and the super-rich Noah Cross when Gittes finally realizes that Cross has seized control of Los Angeles’ water supply. ...
Radical Remaking of the Economy is Taking Root
KEVIN ZEESE and MARGARET FLOWERS
It is time for the economy to work for the people, not the elites; it is time for economic democracy. As the school year ends, college students are coming home to a paucity of summer jobs and young adults are graduating into an economy with ...
Why Orthodox Jews Oppose Israel
EDWIN KRALES
In June 1987 I conducted this interview for “Palestine Focus,” the newspaper of the November 29th Committee for Palestine. It was published in the July-August edition. Of course many things have changed since then. However, the explanation given by the...
Thanking Bradley Manning
KATHY KELLY
A few evenings ago, as the sky began to darken here in Kabul, Afghanistan, a small group of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APVs), gathered for an informal presentation about WikiLeaks, its chief editor Julian Assange, and its most prominent contributor, Bradley Manning. Ba...
In the Shadow of the Sabretooth
Video of the Day
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John Kerry’s Political Posturing on Palestine
ROBERT FANTINA
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attempts to put his particular spin on resolving the generations-old crisis of Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, he has travelled to the World Economic Forum. There he waved the possibility of $4 billion investments in the Pales...
Japan’s Roller-Coaster Markets
MIKE WHITNEY
“The bankers in Tokyo tell me there is a widespread mindset of panic among institutional holders of Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs) and that can’t be a good thing. Panic tends inevitably to lead to crisis, and goodness knows, global financial mark...
Advice From an Afghan Mother and Activist
KATHY KELLY
When she was 24 years old, in 1979, Fahima Vorgetts left Afghanistan.  By reputation, she had been outspoken, even rebellious, in her opposition to injustice and oppression; and family and friends, concerned for her safety, had urged her to go abroad. Twenty-three...
One Nation, One World
MICHAEL D. YATES
CounterPunch editor Jeffrey St. Clair’s essay, “The Silent Death of the American Left,” succinctly discusses the absence of a left-wing presence and activism...
How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows
SHAMUS COOKE
For a president that is executing Bush’s “war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and “its affiliates,” it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the secular Syrian government for “regime change.” Equally odd is that Obama’s str...
The US and the Euro Crisis
MARK WEISBROT
The eurozone recession is now the longest on record for the single currency area, according to official statistics released last week, as the economy shrank again in the first quarter of this year. A comparison with the U.S. economy may shed some light on how such a profo...
Why is the UK Pushing the EU to Designate Hezbollah a Terrorist Group?
PHILIP GREAVES
A distinct increase of negative coverage has been forming in Western and Gulf press. This focus is specifically regarding Hezbollah’s direct involvement in the battle currently raging to take control of the Syrian town of Qusair; its overall role in Lebanon and the regi...
Mexico’s Troubled Nuclear Plant
TALLI NAUMAN
With Latin American countries still turned off to nuclear power two years after Japan’s monumental Fukushima meltdowns dispersed radioactive fallout across the ocean to them, events inside a similar facility in Mexico have fueled mounting skepticism over the potential f...
An Endless “Peace Process” for Palestine
DAVID SWANSON
The United States balances its endless war of terrorism with the institution of an endless “peace process” for Palestine, a process valuable for its peaceyness and interminability. Josh Ruebner’s new book, ...
The Challenges Confronting Russia
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Despite being potentially one of the richest countries in the world, Russia still confronts several challenges such as youth emigration, and demographic and public health issues that hinder the country’s development. The lack of opportunities and growing economic...
Our Twisted Politics of Grief
NORMAN SOLOMON
  Darwin observed that conscience is what most distinguishes humans from other animals. If so, grief isn’t far behind. Realms of anguish are deeply personal — yet prone to expropriation for public use, especially in this era of media hyper-spin. Narrat...
They Said a Bad Word
THE SOPHIST
Seriously! Really! NO EFFING WAY! Just a word, in a satirical sexualized context, creates this flurry of ad hominem attack and fallacious argumentation. What happened to judging whether something was even worthy of an argument, even worth a question, or to be labeled a pr...
An Open Letter to the Evergreen State College and Beyond!
PETER BOHMER
I urge everyone to honor the Tuesday, May 28th 2013 strike of the Student Staff Support Services Union.  These Evergreen workers have bargained for more than 16 months for a just contract, where they would be treated with respect. They are requesting a small i...
The Murder of Mark Carson
CHRIS EDELSON
Last Friday night, a man was shot and killed in Greenwich Village, Manhattan because he was gay.  According to police, Mark Carson was murdered by a man who shouted anti-gay slurs a...
The Afghanistan War Comes Home to Philadelphia
DAVE LINDORFF
Maple Glen War Zone Although I have been a journalist now for 40 years, I have, by design, never sought an assignment as a war correspondent. The idea of dodging enemy bullets, avoiding mines, and of course “friendly” fire, has never appealed to me. An...
From Crisis to Crisis in Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
As Iraq edges closer to all-out sectarian civil war, with 400 people killed so far this month, Najmaldin Karim, governor of one of the country’s most violent provinces, is pessimistic about the ability of the government in Baghdad to prevent greater turmoil. “...
Will EU Sanctions Once Again Target the Civilian Population of Syria?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Under withering pressure from Washington and the UK, the European Union, is meeting this week to decide whether to increase the pressure on the Syrian public by repealing the March 2011 arms embargo that was intended to prohibit arms shipments to S...
Profiting From Congo’s Plunder
DAVID CRONIN
Having lived in Belgium for 18 years, I figured it was time to start learning about the country’s colonial past. Or should I say present? My research is at an early stage but it has lead to an unavoidable conclusion: the Belgian elite still behaves as if it c...
Peals of Spring Thunder
BINOY KAMPMARK
They have been considered one of India’s most pressing threats, and the recent attack by the Naxalites that ambushed a convoy of the Congress Party went that much further.  The ambush took place over the weekend in Sukma on the Maharashtra, Andra Pradesh and Chhattisga...
Pakistanis: We Want the U.S. Out
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
The A1 story in Sunday’s New York Times, written by...
Triangular Cooperation and the New Great Game
SASHA ROSS
Millions Against Monsanto The global March Against Monsanto took place in more than 50 countries last Saturday, with more than 430 simultaneous protests chanting down the walls of the 1%. The numbers are staggering: an estimated two million protest...
Obama’s Militarism-Imperialism Lite
NORMAN POLLACK
A tissue of lies? No, the whole Kleenex box-one tissue interleaved with all the others.  Obama is fortunate to be presiding over a country steeped in false consciousness on essentials (war, sacrifice of the social safety net for the glories of militarism, and what psycho...
Why Palestine is Different
SAM BAHOUR
Secretary of State John Kerry is making an all-out effort to restart peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Many well-intentioned, highly intelligent people from around the world have engaged in some way, shape, or form in the Palestinian-Israeli issue and many ...
Obama DOJ Charges Aluminum Bucket In Leak Investigation
RILEY WAGGAMAN
In an unusual but bold move, the Justice Department has targeted a random aluminum bucket suspected of leaking “several drops of water,” according to a boastful White House press release. The Obama administration has prosecuted six suspected leakers usi...
Handicapping the 2016 Presidential Race
MICHAEL BRENNER
The 2013-2016 presidential election season is now underway after the traditional post-inauguration break. The contest is expected to be fiercely contested by an unprecedented number of aspirants. So many in fact that the run for the roses ma...
Willie Nelson, Wisdom and Defiance
ADAM CHIMIENTI
Whenever I become discouraged (which is on alternate Tuesdays, between three and four) I lift my spirits by remembering: the writers are on our side! I mean those poets, novelists, playwrights and songwriters who speak to the world in a way that is impervious ...
He Who is Without a State
WAEL ESKANDER
t is important to note a fact, forgotten even among many human rights defenders: Every human rights violation is the responsibility of the state. The state is accountable for every crime, even if the abuse happens between civilians. Some may be tempted to contest this rul...
The Reality of the War Zone
DIANE REJMAN
I am watching a special on the Holocaust. I have seen many before. This time, however, it’s striking me differently. I’m realizing how many German soldiers involved in it apparently didn’t consider the reality of what they were doing. They couldn’t...
The Silent Death of the American Left
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement? Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or economic force? Is anyone intimidated or re...
The Resurrection of Ben Bernanke
ROB URIE
An effort is underway by establishment economists to legit...
A Dispatch From The Toughest Slums on Earth
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Nairobi They tell you ‘peace’, but you know you are living in a warzone. You know it from the start; you’ve sensed it ever since you were a very little boy or a girl. You wake up ev...
How CounterTerrorism Equals Terrorism
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Obama’s speech yesterday was totally predictable. He played the usual word games, defining the situation in self-serving terms like Counter-Terrorism. You know that song by heart: Counter-Terrorism in general, and drone warfare and facilities like Guan...
What is to be Gained by Calling It “Terror”?
BRAD EVANS
Politicians know better than most that words function politically. More than offering some definitive truth to a situation, the use of language conditions what is further possible. The decision therefore to label the horrifying spectacle of violence witnessed on the stree...
A Second Cold War, This Time in Space
OLIVIER ZAJEC
Perhaps there should be a statue to the anticommunist US senator Joseph McCarthy in Beijing, since he’s the inadvertent father of China’s nuclear programme. Just after the second world war, a young engineer from Hangzhou, Qian Xuesen, was working for the Pentagon at C...
The State of Whom?
URI AVNERY
Can a law be both ridiculous and dangerous? It certainly can. Witness the ongoing initiative of our government to enact a law that would define the State of Israel as “The Nation-State of the Jewish People”. Ridiculous 1 – because what and who is the ...
The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era
AMAJU BARAKA
We are supposed to take seriously the outrage coming from members of the corporate press in response to the revelation that the Obama administration’s ever expanding use of executive powers to intimidate and crush dissent had turned its focus on the U.S. press. B...
The Strange Trial of Ríos Montt
LUZ MENDEZ
The sentence of 80 years in prison against former de facto president Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during Guatemala’s armed conflict, emitted on May 10, 2013, was annulled by the Constitutional Court ten days later. The co...