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Scott Burchill: Australia and Iraq

Scott Burchill is lecturer in international relations at Deakin University, and comments regularly on the war in Iraq for Webdiary. The failure to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has had interesting effects on political life in the Western world: some amusing, others deadly serious. With both the Federal Government and the intelligence Read more…

Michael Hodson: Comical Ali and Friends (in the Australian Media)

Intelligence:  1.  the ability to learn, understand and make judgments or have opinions that are based on reason.2. secret information about the governments of other countries, especially enemy governments. Recent statements by the political leaders of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ suggest that there was no choice but to invade Iraq because of ‘intelligence’. Decisions Read more…

Randah Abdel-fattah: Palestinians in the Australian Media

The one time I have ever published an article in the Opinion column of a leading Australian newspaper addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on the 50th anniversary of Israel. The article was an expression of my hope, as an Australian-Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian, of reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. I wrote from the perspective of a young, somewhat Read more…

Johnny: Port-Au-Prince

EDITOR’S NOTE: Johnny (last name withheld for his safety), 18, is a former youth reporter with Radyo Timoun (Children’s Radio) 90.9 FM in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This week rebels looted and burned it along with the Aristide Foundation For Democracy in which the station was located. Johnny told his story to PNS contributor Lyn Duff via Read more…

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Tom Hayden: You Gotta Love Her

I was digging into the batter’s box one Saturday morning in San Pedro a couple of years ago when the catcher behind me muttered, “I’m a Vietnam vet, and I’ve been waiting for twenty years to say you should be dead or in jail for being a traitor.” The umpire said nothing. I flied out Read more…

Jeffrey d. Sachs: US Fingerprints

NEW YORK – If the circumstances weren’t so calamitous, the US-orchestrated removal of former President Jean- Bertrand Aristide from Haiti would be farcical. According to Mr. Aristide, US officials in Port-au- Prince told him that rebels were on the way to the presidential residence and that he and his family were unlikely to survive unless Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Deja Vu

A DRIVE to the former Saddam Hussein International Airport to meet a colleague. Palm trees cut down on the airport road by the Americans to deprive snipers of cover, the wood given free of charge to Iraqis who sell it in turn to bakeries in Baghdad. In a dusty car park, I find eight recruits Read more…

Mickey Z: Pillar Fight

“Make no mistake,” declared Paul Martin, Canada’s prime minister and co-chairman of the U.N. Commission on Private Sector and Development. “This is a new pillar of development – unleashing local private enterprise, supported by strong, indigenous, democratic institutions.”   With at least a billion people on the planet subsisting on the equivalent of one US Read more…

James Mann: The True Rationale? It’s a Decade Old

The Bush administration has offered a series of shifting justifications for the war in Iraq. Each has been quite specific: The war was to uncover Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction; to dislodge a brutal dictator; to combat Iraq’s support for terrorism; to deal with what President Bush called a “grave and gathering threat.” Which Read more…

Junaid Alam: Alam Interviews Chomsky

Professor of Linguistics at MIT and author of many best-selling political works, most recently Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky has been renown for his incisive and hard-hitting criticism of U.S. foreign policy for decades. Recently, M. Junaid Alam, co-editor of the new leftist youth journal Left Hook, was able to interview Professor Chomsky on the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: US-Haiti

Those who have any concern for Haiti will naturally want to understand how its most recent tragedy has been unfolding. And for those who have had the privilege of any contact with the people of this tortured land, it is not just natural but inescapable. Nevertheless, we make a serious error if we focus too Read more…

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Amira Hass: Words have failed us

This is an admission of failure. The written word is a failure at making tangible to Israeli readers the true horror of the occupation in the Gaza Strip. When something is written about the sea being closed off to Palestinians in the north and south of the Strip, the response will be “they are terrorists.” Read more…

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Sonali Kolhatkar: Afghan Women Continue to Fend For Themselves

Bombed into Liberation A recent New York Times article accurately portrayed two Afghan women from the poor farming village of Haji Bai Nazar, as “heroines” for de-mining their village. 1 Khairulnisah and Nasreen have the United States military campaign in Afghanistan to thank for a deadly legacy of cluster bomblets that litter their village and Read more…

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Joao Pedro Stedile: Agrarian Reform in Brazil

The main leader of the Landless Workers Movement (MST), economist João Pedro Stedile, remains hopeful that President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva will fulfill his promise, spelled out in the National Plan for Agrarian Reform, of settling 410,000 families by the end of his term of office. Not only because of his historic commitments with Read more…

Joel Benin: No More Tears:

Books ReviewedBenny Morris, 1948 and After: Israel and the Palestinians (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990, second edition, 1994).Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988).Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).On July 11, 1948, Aharon Cohen, director of the Arab Read more…

Ori Nir: Arab Group: Change Dictionary Entry on Anti-semitism

Washington – An Arab-American organization is demanding that the Merriam Webster company drop references to “opposition to Zionism” and “sympathy for the opponents of Israel” from its definition of anti-semitism. The American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, the leading Arab civil rights organization, yesterday sent a letter to Merriam Webster demanding that the changes be made to Read more…

Tom Barry: Sanctioning Syria

Getting out of the political quicksand of Iraq, or at least burying the bloody occupation as an embarrassing daily news item, is mission number one for the Bush campaign. Extricating U.S. troops and political capital from the mess the Bush administration created in Iraq may be mission impossible. But the president’s political and ideological handlers Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Bush’s Nuclear Hypocrisy

President Bush’s call for changes in international rules on the sale of nuclear equipment would effectively revoke the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty’s provision allowing countries to pursue atomic energy if they pledge not to build nuclear weapons. Bush argued for the change by saying that the world’s consensus against proliferation “means little unless it is translated Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: Gm Crops: If It Can’t Work, Fake It

The citadel of scientific fraud has now begun to crumble. The virus-resistant sweet potato, donated by Monsanto to Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), has been found to be susceptible to viral attacks. This is the same sweet potato that a black African woman, in her colourful traditional dress, has used in her non-stop global sermons Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Same Old Iraq

BAGHDAD. EACH TIME I return to Iraq, it’s the same, like finding a razor blade in a bar of chocolate. The moment you start to believe that “New Iraq” might work – just – you get the proof that it’s the same old Iraq, just a little tiny bit worse than it was last month. Read more…

Ginger s. Gentile: Argentine Lessons

Every day, the 330 workers of Zanón Ceramics Factory (Cerámica Zanón) who both work at and run the largest ceramic floor-tile factory in Argentina are, legally speaking, usurping the factory and its machinery. That they have been able to sustain this legally precarious situation for two years is due to the incredible solidarity they have Read more…

Nawal El saadawi: Unveilling

CAIRO, Egypt (WOMENSENEWS)–The subject of this interview, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, one of the most well-known feminists and political dissidents in the Arab world, was born in 1931 in Kafr Tahla, a small village north of Cairo. A psychiatrist by training, she first rose to international prominence with her 1972 book, “Women and Sex,” which Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: How to turn a government into a pariah

Media Coverage of the Clashes between Protesters and State Security Forces According to Venezuela’s opposition leaders, the oppositional media, and most international observers, the events of this past week in Venezuela were a perfect example of the Chavez government showing its true nature. The supposed facts of the story resembled to a large extent the Read more…

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Mike Davis: An Academy Award for Bigotry

The most evil film ever made was probably Jud Suess, commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in 1940 to fan hatred of the Jews on the eve of the Final Solution. A thousand years of European anti-Semitism were condensed in the image of the cowering rapist Suess, with his dirty beard, hook nose, and Read more…

Robert jay Lifton: Violent Purification

[Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: We all now know that, with Mel Gibson’s Aramaic epic, Americans have fallen for a subtitled movie for the first time in memory. Why couldn’t it have been Jules and Jim? This slasher-film version of the Christ tale has not only broken box-office records but filled the papers with commentary (of Read more…

Jean-claude Aristide: Goodman Interviews Aristide

AMY GOODMAN: I am Amy Goodman from the radio/TV program Democracy Now! around the United States. We would like to know why you left Haiti.   PRESIDENT ARISTIDE: Thank you. First of all, I didn’t leave Haiti because I wanted to leave Haiti. They forced me to leave Haiti. It was a kidnapping, which they Read more…

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Gary Younge: The ouster of democracy

“All books about all revolutions begin with a chapter that describes the decay of tottering authority or the misery and sufferings of people,” wrote Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski in his book, Shah of Shahs, about the Iranian revolution. “They should begin with a psychological chapter, one that shows how a harassed man breaks his terror Read more…

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Ted Glick: Richie Perez

“There are those who fight for a day, and are good. There are those who fight for many years, and are very good. But there are those who fight for a lifetime- those are the indispensable ones.”                         Bertolt Brecht A great man, a great revolutionary, is lying very sick in the hospital as I Read more…

Charles b. Rangel: Statement at Haiti Hearings

PREPARED STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN CHARLES B. RANGEL AT THE HEARING ON HAITI OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MARCH 3, 2004   I want to thank Chairman Ballenger and Ranking Democratic member Menendez for holding this hearing on Haiti.   The crisis in Haiti is of great importance for this Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Twilight Zone, Fighting the Fence

These were not rubber bullets. You don’t have to be a ballistics expert to know that bullets that slice through a car, enter its flank, penetrate the upholstery and exit via the door are not rubber bullets. This is the red and white Ford Transit with which the driver, Nidal Rian, tried to evacuate a Read more…

Carmelo Ruiz: Brave New Transgenics

[Translated by Miguel Alvarado] Just when the global diatribe over food and genetically modified crops (GM) is heating up in tone and breadth, the corporations that create them are staging a showcase for a fresh batch of transgenics. These new GM crops, known as biopharmaceuticals, or biopharms for short, produce industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals within Read more…

Jon Elmer: The Cost of Zionism

Jon Elmer: Israel’s raison d’etre is to be a national safe haven for Jews of the world, yet we know now that Israel is the most dangerous place in the world for a Jew to live. Elsewhere you have written that Israel is a breeding ground for anti-Semitism internationally. How has Israel helped or hindered Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The Luck of the Draw

Traffic jam on the Beltway Here’s a little rundown of various developments of the last week, not a single one of which adds up to good news for the Bush administration as it launches itself into eight months of mortal combat with not-quite-Democratic-presidential-nominee Senator John Kerry. As a start, the two great props for the Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The Flori-Duh Election

Who made the following statement? “Our nation watched as we were all reminded on a daily basis of the importance of each and every vote. We were reminded of the strength of our democracy — that while our system is not always perfect, it is fundamentally strong and far better than any other alternative.” That Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Bush and Arroyo: Big Brother, Little Sister

The similarities between George W Bush and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and the electioneering underway in both countries are both surreal and striking. The Philippines, a former US colony, goes to the polls on May 10. Americans vote on November 2. Born only nine months apart, Bush and Arroyo are children of former presidents. Her Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Convenient Carnage

Odd, isn’t it? There never has been a civil war in Iraq. I have never heard a single word of animosity between Sunnis and Shias in Iraq. Al-Qa’ida has never uttered a threat against Shias – even though al-Qa’ida is a Sunni-only organisation. Yet for weeks, the American occupation authorities have been warning us about Read more…

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Jean Bertrand Aristide: Aristide Statement

Aristide Details Last Moments In Haiti, Calls For Stop To Bloodshed In First Address To Haitian People From Exile “In overthrowing me, they have uprooted the trunk of the liberty. It will grow back because its roots are many and deep.” In the shadow of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the genius of the race. I declare in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Poland Watch Parecon Interview

> 1) Effects of this what is now called ‘globalisation’ but should be rather called ‘investors rights agreements’ are very visible in Poland. For example, a few days ago the decision was made that Hundai will build new plants in Slovakia, not in Poland. That is simply because wages on Slovakia are lower and labour Read more…

Roni Ben efrat: The Gaza Striptease

When Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his decision to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip and dismantle 17 settlements, there was reason, one might think, for celebration in certain quarters. Yet few rejoiced. There is the uneasy feeling that his words do not bode an end to the 37-year-old Occupation, rather further entanglement. Some Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: Old Domino’s New Clothes in Colombia

There are moments in American foreign policy that run a déjà vu chill down one’s spine. Just such a moment was the recent talk to a group of Cali businessmen by William Wood, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia. In his remarks, Wood endorsed efforts by the present government of President Alvaro Uribe to overturn that country’s Read more…

Dario Azzelini: The Destabilization Script as applied to Venezuela

These days the audience of Venezuela’s four most important private TV-channels must have the impression that there is a popular revolt against the Chávez government going on. Globovision is in a leading position with an uninterrupted live program. The local news-source for CNN is selling the idea of street fighting throughout the whole country. Even Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Ghetto Inside

“It is easier to get the Jews out of the ghetto than to get the ghetto out of the Jews!” – this dictum of the early Zionists is now assuming a new meaning. Israel is cutting itself off from the world and enclosing itself in a ghetto, and not only physically. In The Hague, the Read more…

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Glen Ford: Godfather Colin Powell

“The deed is done. Haiti has been raped. The act was sanctioned by the United States, Canada and France.” – Editorial, Jamaica Observer Colin Powell is “the most powerful and damaging black to rise to influence in the world in my lifetime.” – TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson ”All the people that supported [Aristide] will be Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: Colombia Today

The first thing you need to know about Colombia today is that there is an economic recovery underway.  Many, especially on the left, like to believe that whatever crisis is going on now is the final one and that capital is on its way out.  But in fact, these things are cyclical.  They provide the Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Congo Conflict

Reviewing Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja.  The Congo From Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History. Zed Books, London, 2002.  Nzongola-Ntalaja was interviewed in preparation for the review on Jan 29, 2004. John F. Clark.  The African Stakes of the Congo War.  Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2002. The genocidal war in Congo, beginning in 1998 and currently paused by Read more…

Stephen Kerr: Paul Martin’s Haitian Adventure

On Monday I opened my morning paper to learn that Canadian troops had turned their guns on the people of Haiti and their elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide. In 2000 and 2001 the overwhelming majority of Haitians voted for Aristide and his Lavalas movement. Aristide was committed to making investments in healthcare, education and improving Read more…

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John Pilger: Bush Or Kerry?

A myth equal to the fable of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic. It is that John Kerry offers a world-view different from that of George W Bush. Watch this big lie grow as Kerry is crowned the Democratic candidate and the “anyone but Bush” movement becomes Read more…

Andrew Gumbel: Intl Opposition

South Africa added its voice last night to a growing international chorus questioning the circumstances surrounding Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s departure from Haiti and demanded an investigation into allegations that the US forcibly removed a democratically elected president from office.   In a thinly veiled attack on the Bush administration, South Africa‘s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Read more…

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Nick Turse: The Wild Weapons of DARPA

When, in October 1957, the USSR launched the first man-made earth satellite, the basketball-sized Sputnik, it caught the United States off guard and sent the government into fits. Not only had the Soviets exploded an atomic bomb years before the Americans predicted they would, but now they were leading the "space race." In response, the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Assuming the Right to Intervene

If Mark Twain were living now instead of a century ago — when he declared himself “an anti-imperialist” and proclaimed that “I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land” — the famous writer’s views would exist well outside the frame of today’s mainstream news media. In the current era, Read more…

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