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Aziz Choudry: Still Under Wraps: Official Information Laws Keep Free Trade Details Away From Prying Public Eyes

I don’t know if he still uses it, but as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand, before being inflicted on the rest of the world through the WTO, one of Mike Moore’s favourite expressions was “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” A Malaysian human rights lawyer once told me Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Wired for Business or Democracy?

While Internet stocks may have crashed, Internet optimists still abound. In Next: The Future Just Happened (W.W. Norton, 2001), for example, author Michael Lewis celebrates what he sees as the unstoppable momentum of the digital age, the liberating effect of digital technologies and the inherent ability of the new technologies — and those, ever younger, Read more…

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Milan Rai: No Justifications For War- No Link to September 11th

The United States is now set on war with Iraq. What justification is there for such a war? Occasionally it has been suggested that Iraq was somehow linked to the 11 September attacks. The strongest alleged link has been the supposed meeting of Mohammed Atta, the 11 September ringleader, and an Iraqi diplomat expelled from Read more…

Jane Bai: The War At Home

Within hours of the collapse of the World Trade Center, President Bush appeared on national television to offer his first promise to the American public: “We will smoke these barbarians out of their caves.” A cleansing was in order. The world was to be decontaminated of every last trace of Islamic fundamentalism. Yes, a nation Read more…

Jonathan Freedland: Israel’s Army of Peace

By Even the most stoic of Israelis are beginning to feel scared. The sight of a single family – father, mother and two daughters, one aged seven, the other a toddler – wiped out on a busy Jerusalem street has shocked those who thought they could be shocked no more. Even the Israelis who live Read more…

Paul Foot: In Defense Of Opression

The cycle of death goes on and on. Nearly 50 Palestinians dead in the Israeli army attacks on refugee camps over the past couple of days; 10 Israeli soldiers dead at an army checkpoint near Ramallah. In the west there is a universal shaking of sophisticated heads and a weary, liberal sigh. Tut tut, there Read more…

Matthew Schlobohm: Getting Serious About An Anti FTAA Strategy

This piece is intended to spark discussion and planning to develop a more serious, multi-year strategy to defeat the FTAA. Since the Quebec City mobilizations, in April 2001, as a movement, we’ve done very little to develop an integrated, multifaceted, tactically diverse strategy to stop the FTAA. With the proposed FTAA implementation date of 2005 Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: War Is Wrong

I knew war was terribly wrong when I saw pictures of children like myself desperately attempting to flee the flames of bombed German cities in newspapers and on the newsreels during World War II. As an eight year old, I identified with the children of war-torn Europe and worried and wondered why they were being Read more…

Alan Philips: Israeli Army Faces Defeat

Israel’s leading military historian has a bleak message for the country’s generals: the army is winning the battle against Palestinian armed groups, but the final result can only be defeat – and perhaps civil war at home. Martin van Creveld, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, believes that the might of the Read more…

Lee Sustar: The War At Accuride

 WHEN UAW President Stephen Yokich was asked recently about the UAW’s failure to organize European and Japanese-owned auto assembly operations, he had a ready answer. “The places they’ve built their plants are nonunion areas, down South,” he told the New York Times. Not quite. It’s true that BMW runs a plant in anti-union South Carolina, Read more…

Various: Stories of Humanity in the riots

[Note to readers: It was suggested on the Forum of Indian Leftists listserv that stories of the small resistances and affirmations of dignity and humanity amid the murderous riots in Gujarat be collected.  Several members of that forum, notably Raja Harish Swamy, have provided ZNet with these materials in that interest.– ZNet South Asia] The Telegraph– Chandrima Read more…

Ruth Conniff: Interview With Richard Grossman

I first met Richard Grossman when I was following Ralph Nader on the campaign trail through New England. Grossman lives in New Hampshire, and Nader brought him along on a visit to the state capitol, introducing him to lawmakers as “the preeminent historian of corporations” and a “treasure” right there in their home state.  Grossman Read more…

Geov Parrish: Consider Yourself Influenced

It was tempting, while Donald Rumsfeld burst a few blood vessels last week railing against those who questioned the Pentagon’s “Office of Strategic Influence,” to agree with Rumsfeld that such criticism was indeed unfair — the Pentagon has been engaged in misleading the American public for years, and the country’s major media usually plays right Read more…

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John Pilger: The Camp X-ray Concentration Camp

THE conditions in which prisoners are being held brutally and illegally in an American concentration camp on Cuba go to the heart of the “war on terrorism”, and mark the Blair government for its betrayal of the basic rights of British citizens to the interests of a foreign power. Shafiq Rasul, from Tipton, near Birmingham, Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Pentagon’s Silver Lining May Be Bigger Than Cloud

The Office of Strategic Influence went from obscurity to infamy to oblivion during a spin cycle that lasted just seven days in late February. Coming to terms with a week of negative coverage after news broke that the Pentagon office might purposely deceive foreign media, a somber defense secretary announced: “It is being closed down.” Read more…

Gideon Levy: The view from Beit El

Most Israelis, it is safe to assume, have never and probably will never visit the settlement of Beit El. They therefore have no idea what an inhabitant of that large settlement sees when he opens his window. To the east, the settler sees nothing but the military. The road leading to his community currently crosses Read more…

Vishal Ahuja: Ayodhya, Godhra, and the BJP

As I ponder over the horrendous events that have been happening over the last few days in Gujarat, an eerie feeling creeps in as I cannot stop thinking of the events of 1947 and the various horrors and tragedies attached to it. The killing of 58 karsewaks (people serving the cause of temple construction) when Read more…

Lee Williams: Racial Profiling, North Dakota-Style

SISSETON – Adelia Godfrey spends her days alone in a dimly lit basement cell. She is wondering whether to kill herself. Godfrey, 17, was first arrested for misdemeanor charges nearly a month ago, but a fight with officers at the Roberts County Jail led to two felony charges. Now the Roberts County state’s attorney wants Read more…

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Christian Bongard: Globalisation: Which One?

For some people globalisation is a sort of god, or the FACTOR, which – with the help of the markets – is going to solve all our problems. The gurus of liberalism or neo-liberalism have been proclaiming this since the Eighties. This means, for those who live on the wrong side of the planet, or Read more…

Thelma Correll: JOHN Q. -

Is health care for everyone really possible in the U.S.? The day after viewing this remarkable film, the New York Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and the Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign decided to go down to a Manhattan theater that was showing John Q and demonstrate that we Read more…

Guest Author: JOHN Q. – “Shamelessly Manipulative”???

The critics and the news media panned it. Variety went so far as to say, “A rare case of blatant political propaganda in a major Hollywood picture, John Q. is a shamelessly manipulative commercial on behalf of national health insurance.” True, the film graphically demonstrates how bad the health insurance situation is in this country Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Guys Have All the Fun

There’s something cutting edge about the 9 warriors that make up the fellowship in Lord of the Rings. They’re not one-dimensional macho fighters who employ only brute strength in the war against evil. They’re a dream team of qualities, abilities, ages, and even sizes! Yes, the Hobbits — also known as “halflings” — are the Read more…

Various: Appeal for Peace and Democracy in Sri Lanka

We write to support the historic opportunity for peace in Sri Lanka. We welcome the courage of the political actors who have embarked on this road, and applaud the political will of the larger public in all parts of Sri Lanka, who have in their different ways pushed and encouraged their leadership to invest in Read more…

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Site Administrator: Secular Organizations Condemn the Killings in Gujarat

We are grieved by and unequivocally condemn the dastardly and barbaric act of murdering of 55 train passengers by burning the two bogies near Godhra railway station in Gujarat, on February 27. Most of them were Hindu kar-sevaks returning from Ayodhya. Nothing can justify and rationalize such inhuman act. We demand that the burning of Read more…

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Marta Russell: Using Them Up And Throwing Them Away

Former Toyota engine fabrication assembly line worker Ella Williams just got the shaft from the Supreme Court and as a consequence so have tens of thousands of workers who will need but will no longer have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect them in the event of a disabling impairment such as carpal Read more…

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Edward Said: THOUGHTS ABOUT AMERICA

I don’t know a single Arab or Muslim American who does not now feel that he or she belongs to the enemy camp, and that being in the United States at this moment provides us with an especially unpleasant experience of alienation and widespread, quite specifically targeted hostility. For despite the occasional official statements saying Read more…

Nick Meo: Communal Violence in Gujarat

[warning: this is a mainstream account from a mainstream media source…  we present it here because of the information it contains… ZNet South Asia] India’s worst outbreak of Hindu-Muslim violence for a decade escalated yesterday with the deaths of 60 more people in the riot-torn western state of Gujarat amid fears the violence could spread. Read more…

William f. Pepper: A LICENCE FOR GOVERNMENT MINISTERS TO KILL, TORTURE, RAPE AND ABDUCT THEIR PEOPLE

On 14 February 2002 the International Court of Justice issued its Judgement in the case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo v Belgium. The ruling is one of the most significant ever issued by the Court in respect of the relationship and accountability of government officials to their citizens or subjects. Because I believe Read more…

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John Pilger: THE CAMP X-RAY CONCENTRATION CAMP

THE conditions in which prisoners are being held brutally and illegally in an American concentration camp on Cuba go to the heart of the “war on terrorism”, and mark the Blair government for its betrayal of the basic rights of British citizens to the interests of a foreign power.   Shafiq Rasul, from Tipton, near Read more…

David Corn: When 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Go Bad

Please stop sending me those emails. You know who are. And you know what emails I mean … Okay, I’ll spell it out — those forwarded emails suggesting, or flat-out stating, the CIA and the U.S. government were somehow involved in the horrific September 11 attacks. There are emails about a fellow imprisoned in Canada Read more…

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Norman Solomon: PENTAGON’S SILVER LINING MAY BE BIGGER THAN CLOUD

The Office of Strategic Influence went from obscurity to infamy to oblivion during a spin cycle that lasted just seven days in late February. Coming to terms with a week of negative coverage after news broke that the Pentagon office might purposely deceive foreign media, a somber defense secretary announced: “It is being closed down.” Read more…

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Roger Bybee: The Bermuda Triangle: Where Corporate Taxes Disappear

ROGER BYBEE Bermuda Triangle: Where Corporate Taxes Vanish The Bermuda Triangle is the place where taxes on US corporations and the wealthy disappear. But there is nothing mysterious about the cause of the revenues’ disappearance, or where they are winding up. Even in the wake of post-9/11 sentiment about loyalty to America, corporations and the Read more…

Guest Author: Iraq in the Crossfires

Though no connection between Iraq and the terrorist attacks of September 11 has been found, the Bush administration has raised expectations significantly that it will again bomb Iraq as it extends its “war on terrorism” into new countries. “For better or worse, a bipartisan consensus has emerged in the Bush administration and Congress alike that Read more…

Roxanne Dunbar-ortiz: none

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz  San Francisco: City Lights, 2002  Review by Elizabeth Martinez  This gem of a book sparkles with revelations about what the 1960s were like for a working-class part-Indian woman from Oklahoma turned feminist-Marxist revolutionary on her way underground. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is also, and I rarely use the word, a unique activist/scholar/author. Her contribution ranges Read more…

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Michael Albert: The 2002 World Social Forum and Us

Michael Albert At the WSF as a representative of Z and an invited speaker, I attended the opening cultural events at close range, learned from presentations in areas of great personal interest, hosted a party by Z for 30 wonderful folk, spoke on a panel, offered a testimony, participated in filming and photographing various folks Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Cluster Bombs: The Civilian Impact

Anthony Arnove In the Persian Gulf War, the war in the Balkans, and now in Afghanistan, U.S. military planners said they had developed new methods of warfare that would hit military targets and spare civilian life or, in the preferred terminology, “collateral damage.” “This is war and war is hell,” Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) said Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Queering the Vast Wasteland

Bronski Gay TV—clearly, this is an idea whose time has come. After all, in the words of the porn industry, it’s a money shot. So on January 10 MTV and Showtime, cable outlets both owned by Viacom, announced that they were developing the first cable channel geared to a lesbian and gay audience. The proposed Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Rise And Fall Of Enron

Leonard Innes Six months ago, the Enron Corporation was riding high. In a little over a decade it had grown from a relatively small gas pipeline company to one of the leading energy corporations worldwide—7th on the Fortune 500 list of top U.S. companies and one of the 100 largest corporations in sales worldwide. Enron’s Read more…

Neil Fettes: Martin Glaberman: 1918-2001

Fettes I didn’t know Marty well, but when I heard of his death on December 17, 2001, I felt I had lost an old friend. Marty was active in the workers’ movement for almost 70 years, as a writer, agitator, activist and teacher. His death is a tremendous loss to those who knew him. Marty Read more…

David Hajdu: none

Review by Tom Gallagher No one rising in the 1960s folk music revival escaped the influence of the main figures of the previous one—Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. But, for David Hajdu, these singers “were not so much Pete and Woody’s Children as Pete’s Children or Woody’s Children.” Hajdu’s book Positively Fourth Street is the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Free Trade: The Sophistry Of Imperialism

S. Herman Free trade continues to be a primary mantra of the New World Order, used to justify the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the drive to enlarge its jurisdiction, as well as to rationalize the structural adjustment programs of the IMF and World Bank and instruments like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Read more…

Chad Kautzer: Face Recognition Technology

Kautzer Smile for the camera.” It’s a phrase that has attained a permanent (albeit fluid) place in our colloquial American lexicon. Rooted in the amateur photography of family and friends, it has now become a sarcastic catch- phrase uttered when under the gaze of surveillance cameras in banks, gas stations, parking lots, and shopping malls. Read more…

Bruce Levine: Psychiatric Medications, Illicit Drugs, & Alcohol

Bruce Levine The article titled “Pay Attention: Ritalin Acts Much Like Cocaine” was published in August 2001 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). It’s not likely you’ve heard about it. Pharmaceutical companies do their best to ensure we hear something altogether different, something like this: “Psychiatric medication—just like insulin—restores the chemical imbalances Read more…

Bryan g. Pfeifer: Milwaukee, Wisconsin and W-2

Bryan G. Pfeifer A report issued December 23 confirms what many W-2 critics have long charged: that, although carefully concealed by politicians, big business, and the corporate media, Wisconsin’s “welfare reform” has led to a catastrophic social crisis not seen in Milwaukee in decades. On a daily basis the poor in Milwaukee, including thousands of Read more…

Bryan g. Pfeifer: Milwaukee, Wisconsin and W-2

Bryan G. Pfeifer A report issued December 23 confirms what many W-2 critics have long charged: that, although carefully concealed by politicians, big business, and the corporate media, Wisconsin’s “welfare reform” has led to a catastrophic social crisis not seen in Milwaukee in decades. On a daily basis the poor in Milwaukee, including thousands of Read more…

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Justin Podur: Differing Agendas in South Asia

Podur Once again, India and Pakistan are on the brink of war. The two countries have fought wars with each other in 1947, 1965 and 1971, and fought smaller clashes in 1999 and various other times. This time both states have nuclear weapons. The current crisis began December 13, 2001, when a group of terrorists Read more…

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Site Administrator: No Child Left Untested

House, dramatically revamps the federal role in education. Both Democrats and Republicans have hailed the bill, which is largely modeled after Texas standards for testing student achievement. President Bush claims “these historic reforms will improve our public schools by creating an environment in which every child can learn through real accountability, unprecedented flexibility for states Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Patriotism Is An Olympic Event

Lydia Sargent Welcome to the Satire Hotel, a place where the unpatriotic are in jail, suspected terrorists have been shipped to an island off the coast or bombed back to the stone age, and patriotism is an Olympic event. Yes, ever since that fateful day in September, we gals at the Satire Hotel have been Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The United States in the Philippines

R. Shalom Within days after the first U.S. bombs fell on Afghanistan, Washington revealed another site for its “war against terrorism”: the Philippines. U.S. military personnel were to be sent to that southeast Asian nation to aid in the fight against Abu Sayyaf, a small group of Islamic extremists that U.S. officials linked to al-Qaeda. Read more…

Chris Shumway: FCC Moves To Enrich Media Cartel

Chris Shumway Last Fall, the FCC quietly moved forward with plans to overhaul or possibly abolish the last few remaining restrictions on media ownership. These include: prohibitions against one company owning TV stations and cable systems in the same market; restrictions on the number of TV stations one firm can own; restrictions on the percentage Read more…

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