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Amira Hass: Monitoring Power

Israeli journalist Amira Hass, author of Drinking the Sea at Gaza, has reported regularly from Gaza and Ramallah, where she lived among local people. Amira has recieved the fist Anna Lind Award, in honour of the murdered Swedish foreign minister. What follows is her acceptance speech given in Stockholm on June 18, 2004. The composition Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Down with King George!

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Assessing the Latin American Left (part 2)

Early last month, at the University of Wisconsin’s Havens Center – supported by Amsterdam’s Transnational Institute – radicals from ten countries came to discuss the “The New Latin American Left.” In my last ZNet commentary, I reported on six of those sites of struggle (Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia). Four countries represented in Read more…

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Tim Wise: Personal Responsibility is a Two-Way Street:

Perhaps Bill Cosby should have known better. After all, just because you’re a black man whom white folks love, doesn’t mean you can actually count on them receiving your words in the spirit you say you intended. Such a lesson became obvious in late May, when word spread about Cosby’s remarks at the NAACP’s 50th Read more…

Katsu Moriguchi: Once More the Doctors have Disappeared from the Okinawan Islands

[In the battle of Okinawa between one third and one fourth of the Okinawan population was killed in the cross fire between Japanese and American forces. In the early years of the twenty-first century Okinawa is once again facing an acute shortage of medical personnel, particularly on the outer islands which are simultaneously facing aging Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: NARRATIVES OF CONQUEST

“This question I put to the defenders of this war,” said George Boutwell, the first president of the Anti-Imperialist League of the US, in response to America’s annexation of the Philippines over a century ago.“What is the end that you seek?” asked Boutwell. “Is it the vassalage of these people? If so, then you are Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The Cut-and-Run Transition

When the “transition” moment occurred in Baghdad — so tightly was the secret held that not even comrade-in-arms Tony Blair knew the schedule — George Bush, in Turkey for the NATO summit, is reported to have turned to the British Prime Minister. “Stealing a glance at his watch to make sure the transfer [of sovereignty] Read more…

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Site Administrator: Conquer and Plunder follows Shock and Awe

As CPA dissolves into the sunset, it leaves behind unanswered questions about how it spent billions of dollars of Iraqi money. The cost of Iraq’s reconstruction and the practice of awarding large contracts to big corporations with close ties to the administration, such as Halliburton, have been repeatedly criticized over the past year. The truth Read more…

Haifa Zangana: Where have I lived this lie before?

In Iraq, we have an expression: same donkey, different saddle. Iraq’s long-heralded interim government has now formally assumed sovereignty. Official labels and tags have duly changed. The US administrator will now be an ambassador, while Sheikh Ghazi al Yawar and Iyad Allawi, US-appointed members of the former governing council, are to be known as president Read more…

Justin Felux: Witch Hunt Intensifies

The witch hunt against pro-democracy activists in Haiti intensified this week with the arrest of Yvon Neptune.  Neptune served as Prime Minister under the democratically elected government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. After a violent military coup drove Aristide from power, Neptune became a prime target for anti-government militants.  His home was looted and burned. Rebel leader Read more…

Karma Nabulsi: The Struggle for Sovereignty

The United States and Britain claim to be handing sovereignty to Iraq next week. In fact, the occupying power cannot legally transfer sovereignty on June 30 for one simple reason: it does not possess it. Sovereignty is vested in the Iraqi people, and always has been: before Saddam Hussein, after him, under the martial law Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: To India’s Finance Minister

Dear Shri Chidambaram ji, You have announced a “bail-out” package for Indian farmers, thousands of whom have taken their lives in distress and hopelessness, by asking the banks in the commercial, cooperative and public sector to increase their rural lending by 30% at Rs. 1,04,500 crore. Asking banks to lend more is not the same Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: India’s Agrarian Crisis

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S.Rajasekhar Reddy is in a quandary. Ever since he took over as the chief minister more than a month, on May 14, more than 300 farmers have committed suicides. This was the official death toll in the suicides register till June 25. Unofficially, the death toll is estimated to be much Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Why I Changed My Voter Registration Today

This morning I mailed a form changing my party registration from “decline to state” to the Green Party. It’s a tiny individual step in response to a hugely important collective action — the party’s decision at its national convention to nominate David Cobb for president.      A majority of the delegates went for a candidate Read more…

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Ted Glick: Green and Growing

The Green Party of the United States took a huge step forward on Saturday, June 26th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And it wasn’t because the assembled delegates nominated someone, David Cobb, for President.   It was because of HOW it was done.   Going into the convention there was deep concern on the part of many Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: East Timor – Australia’s Shame

East Timor, Asia’s poorest nation that recently celebrated its second anniversary of independence is still desperate and unable to feed itself. Almost half of its population is unemployed and at least half is illiterate. Potential profits from this reserve are so high that, if fairly divided, they could easily guarantee East Timor’s full economic self-sufficiency Read more…

Guest Author: Writing the History of the Future: The Killing Game

How will the history of the US-led military aggression against Iraq be told? In many ways this question for tomorrow was answered yesterday: it’s done. The history that glorifies military aggression, racism and state violence has been written. It is being taught, absorbed and institutionalized in various ways as historical fact. Not only is this Read more…

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Adam Hochschild: A Pseudostate Is Born

Some fifteen years ago, while writing about apartheid-era South Africa, I visited one of its nominally independent black “homelands.” This crazy quilt of territories was a control mechanism the white regime had come up with in a country where whites were vastly outnumbered by South Africans of other colors. For the most part rural slums, Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The pseudo-opposition

Finally, the week of “transition” has come. The rolling of drums (or is that the boom of mortars?), the handing over of what our President insists is “complete, full sovereignty” to an “Iraqi government,” the moment for which this whole war was supposedly fought (once, at least, that every other conceivable reason fell away). Quite Read more…

Toni Solo: Indigenous Resistance to Globalization

“Negotiating a free-trade agreement with the U.S. is not something one has a right to – it’s a privilege.”1 This quote from US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick came to mind when the BBC reported former head of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, US army General Karpinski on policy at the US concentration camp in Guantanamo. Read more…

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Naomi Klein: The Robbery of Reconstruction

Good news out of Baghdad: the Program Management Office, which oversees the $18.4bn in US reconstruction funds, has finally set a goal it can meet. Sure, electricity is below pre-war levels, the streets are rivers of sewage and more Iraqis have been fired than hired. But now the PMO has contracted the British mercenary firm Read more…

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Site Administrator: Clinton’s ‘Good War’

For U.S. politicians, if all wars are good, some are better than others. Democrats prefer Clinton wars and Republicans prefer Bush wars. But in the end, they almost unanimously come together to support all wars. The differences concern the choice of official rationale. To suggest subtle criticism of the Republican war against Iraq, while making Read more…

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Marta Russell: No Money for Services but New Funds to Harass Us

While on the national front ADAPT has been waging its campaign against the institutional bias in Medicaid that keeps nursing homes flush and disabled people unnecessarily captive in them, Governor Schwarzenegger would like to eliminate California’s In Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) turning back the clock. The state-only funded IHSS program is a pioneer project Read more…

Satoko Kogure: War Atrocities From Manchuria to Abu Ghraib:

“I do understand why that girl could do such a brutal thing, because I myself treated people cruelly during World War II, without any hesitation,” says 82-year-old Nishiguchi Masaichi, a former military policeman (MP) in the Japanese Army.   When Nishiguchi first saw the news about U.S. soldiers abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Read more…

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Jonathan Schell: The Lexicographers

Ever since the September 11 commission stated authoritatively what everyone knew already, namely that there is no evidence that Al Qaeda was in business with Saddam Hussein, a debate of a most peculiar character has unfolded.   Almost no facts — and none of importance — are under dispute. No one now claims that Iraq Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Fascism

When a federal judge compares George W. Bush to Benito Mussolini, is that newsworthy?   After the conservative daily New York Sun broke the story about a speech by Judge Guido Calabresi of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, few media outlets even mentioned what he had to say.   “In a way that occurred Read more…

Lee Sustar: Taking on Wal Mart

 WAL-MART bosses are finally starting to feel some heat for the company’s notoriously anti-worker policies. A federal judge ruled June 22 that women employees of the retail giant could go forward with a class action lawsuit over wage and promotion policies. The lawsuit covers every woman hired by the store since 1998–which, at an estimated Read more…

Snehal Shingavi: Justice for Bhopal?

ON DECEMBER 2, 1984, a leak of lethal methyl isocyanate gas from a Union Carbide pesticide factory spread silently through the streets of Bhopal, India. Within days, some 8,000 people had died from direct exposure to the gas. Another half a million people suffered injuries, and at least 150,000 people–including children born to parents who Read more…

Lisa Garcia-gray: Displaced out of SF Housing

This article originally appeared in POOR Magazine, dedicated to reframing the news, issues and solutions from low and no income communities, as well as providing society with a perspective usually not heard or seen within the mainstream media. *** The deep sounds of never ending, mind numbing, headache generating traffic bombarded the weather beaten glass Read more…

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Walden Bello: Empire and Resistance Today

Over the last year, I have been preoccupied, as so many of us have, with o­ne thing, Iraq. Iraq, as Bob Woodward puts it in his book Plan of Attack, has “sucked all the oxygen out of the system.” It is the central event of our time, our Spanish Civil War, our Vietnam, and everything Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Standing against the Claws of the Wall

Along the route of the separation barrier in the West Bank, a new culture is springing up: on one side, soldiers and bulldozers; on the other, Israelis and Palestinians embracing the land and the trees, trying to save them both. Last week, Sharon decided he was secure enough in the role of man of peace Read more…

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Dilip Hiro: Iraq Tipping Point

There is no turning back from the Abu Ghraib photo scandal. No matter how hard President Bush and his senior aides try, they won’t be able to restore the last bit of the fig leaf that once covered their illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. This is especially true, since the recent leaking of a Read more…

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Justin Podur: Stateless and Deported

For over a year, the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees has been working in Montreal to stop deportations against these members of an already stateless and oppressed community.  The coalition’s political campaign and case work has afforded some of the only protection and publicity for those few Palestinians who have managed to escape Read more…

Dennis Hans: When Cheney and the NYT were sweethearts

Fans of romance are disheartened to see Vice President Dick Cheney lash out at his long-time sweetie pie, the New York Times, for allegedly distorting the findings of the 9-11 Commission to make it appear that it had contradicted statements by Cheney and his boss about the relationship between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda. It Read more…

Women of color resource center: Declaration of Interdependence

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the people to dissolve the political bands which have tied them to an immoral government, and instead to acknowledge the bands that connect them with the people of the world, a basic respect for the dignity of all humanity requires that they should state Read more…

Duncan Campbell: America’s Secret Afghan Gulag

Syed Nabi Siddiqi, a 47-year-old former police officer with piercing eyes and a long black beard, is lying with his face pressed to the floor, his arms stretched painfully behind his back. He is demonstrating one of the milder humiliations and interrogation techniques that he says happened to him after he was arrested by the Read more…

Lansana Gberie: The Crisis in Ivory Coast

In the early 1980s, the British writer V.S. Naipaul visited Ivory Coast. The country was then one of the most stable and prosperous in Africa. As everyone knows, Naipaul is a deeply cynical and unabashed Afro-pessimist. But in the piece that he subsequently wrote about Ivory Coast, enchantingly entitled ‘The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro,’ Naipaul was Read more…

Tim Llewellyn: BBC and the Middle East

Since the Palestinians began their armed uprising against Israel‘s military occupation three years and eight months ago, British television and radio’s reporting of it has been, in the main, dishonest – in concept, approach and execution.   In my judgment as a journalist and Middle East specialist, the broadcasters’ language favours the occupying soldiers over Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Independence Pretense

‘Our soldiers call them the League of Frightened Gentlemen,” said an American officer pointing derisively towards the buildings in the so-called green zone in Baghdad, housing the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority which has ruled Iraq for over a year.   It is a miserable record. Isolated behind the concrete walls of the green zone, Paul Read more…

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John Pilger: Reading List

First it was Reagan, now it is Clinton. The homage continues. When Reagan died, Gavin Esler, one of the BBC’s star reporters, described the American president responsible for a secret, lawless campaign of terror in central America and for the deaths of untold thousands elsewhere as “a man who was loved even by his political Read more…

Seiu: Labor Statement Against The War

Our nation faces growing domestic challenges – unemployment, declining wages and benefits, deunionization of the workforce, reduced public services, crumbling health care and educational systems, cuts in veterans benefits, escalating public debt, and decreased economic, social and personal security. Massive military spending, combined with tax cuts for the rich, is creating massive federal deficits and Read more…

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Joel Kovel: Green Follies

A shocking scenario is unfolding before our eyes which, if carried through, will constitute the greatest mistake made by the left in many years. A small but very determined fraction of the Green Party is prepared to package Ralph Nader with Peter Camejo, the Green Gubernatorial candidate in California in 2002 and Nader’s just-announced Vice-Presidential Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: God Bless America

Coincidence, pattern, and memory. Tricky things these three.   One ghastly day in May, at close to three in the morning, a US helicopter fires its missiles at the village of Mukaradeeb in western Iraq. “Coalition forces came under hostile fire and close air support was provided,” the Pentagon explains later. The target was “a Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Connecting the Dots

Here’s the first line of a front-page New York Times piece by Dexter Filkins and Somini Sengupta, datelined Baghdad, that appeared 6/21/04 under the headline, Iraq Government Considers Using Emergency Rule: “Faced with violent resistance even before it has assumed power, Iraq’s newly appointed government is considering imposing a state of emergency that could involve Read more…

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Jessica Azulay: The House Considers a Bill to Give Teeth to the Patriot Act

Even as the government increasingly comes under fire from civil libertarians for using Patriot Act provisions to seek personal information without probable cause, some lawmakers are working to expand those powers. In recent months, signs of public outrage have begun to surface over the FBI’s use of National Security Letters (NSLs) to secretly demand information Read more…

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Dilip Hiro: Tipping Point in Iraq

There is no turning back from the Abu Ghraib photo scandal. No matter how hard President Bush and his senior aides try, they won’t be able to restore the last bit of the fig leaf that once covered their illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. This is especially true, since the recent leaking of a Read more…

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Ted Glick: Nader/Camejo

What an emotional roller-coaster the Green Party Presidential nomination contest has been! What a fascinating development, Independent Ralph Nader choosing Peter Camejo, the 2002-’03 Green Party California gubernatorial candidate and, as the AP reported, who “ran for president as the Socialist Workers Party nominee in 1976,” as his Vice-Presidential running mate, doing so despite his Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Presidential Campaigns and Media Charades

Political myth-making goes into overdrive every four years. With presidential campaigns fixated mostly on media, an array of nonstop spin takes its toll while illogic often takes hold: When heroes are absent, they?re invented. When convenient claims are untrue, they’re defended. Many supporters come to function as enablers — staying silent or mimicking their candidate’s Read more…

Thomas Wheeler: O’Reilly’s Final Solution

There he goes again. Here’s what Bill O’Reilly had to say on his June 17 broadcast of The Radio Factor: O’REILLY: Because look … when 2 percent of the population feels that you’re doing them a favor, just forget it, you’re not going to win. You’re not going to win. And I don’t have any Read more…

Randall g. Shelden: The New American Apartheid Part IV

The Impact on Black Families and Communities   Although precise data are hard to come by, we can easily infer from the discussion in the first three parts of this series that recent developments have had a negative impact on black communities in general and families in particular.  The inner-cities of America have been the Read more…

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