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Roger Lippman: War Crimes

Edward Herman offers a moving perspective on U.S. responsibility for the massacre of 3000-5000 prisoners at Dasht-e Leili, Afghanistan. (ZNet, April 7, 2004) But while informing us about this recent crime, he misleads us about earlier war crimes of comparable magnitude. Those offenses were not committed by U.S. allies, but rather by a state that Read more…

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Edward Herman: War Crimes Reply

Herman’s Original Piece Lippman’s Reply None of my alleged "misstatements" are misstatements, as I will try to show with brevity, with only the reply on Racak at all extensive. Roger Lippman is a protagonist in the Balkan wars, his role being to report and feature anything putting his side (NATO and its clients) in a Read more…

Stephen Kinzer: US Iran Policy

Foaad Khosmood: In your April 2004 American Prospect article(“Handle With Care”), you wrote “Iranians fervently wish for change, but not through revolution.” Do you believe there is a viable non-revolutionary option toward greater freedom and economic change in Iran? Stephen Kinzer: Iranians learned a very painful lesson from the years of the late 1970s and Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The Last Man Standing

The last man standing   Quotes of the week   “Mistreatment was not only widely known but also apparently tolerated, so much so that a picture of naked detainees forced into a human pyramid was used as a screen saver on a computer in the interrogations room. Other soldiers easily stumbled onto photographs of naked Read more…

Chibu Lagman: Report from Bolivia

Cochabamba, BoliviaMay 18, 2004Last October, Bolivians ousted Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada from the presidency. Many issues led to his ouster, but perhaps the most important one was the issue of exporting oil to Chile There was also the attempt to privatize the water supply in Cochabamba. “Goni,” as he is popularly known awarded the contract Read more…

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Amira Hass: Rafah Reports

Two to a box (May 20, 2004) RAFAH – Suddenly there was a shout from outside: “Leave everything. The Jews have fired missiles at the demonstration. Lots of casualties. Send ambulances.” The man shouting ran into the small hut in the hospital’s yard from where the ambulance drivers leave. It was around two in the Read more…

Chris Mcgreal: The Tanks at the Rafah Zoo

Ask to be directed to the latest wave of Israeli destruction in Rafah’s al-Brazil neighbourhood and many fingers point towards the zoo. Amid the rubble of dozens of homes that the Israeli army continued yesterday to deny demolishing, the wrecking of the tiny, but only, zoo in the Gaza Strip took on potent symbolism for Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: The More Things Change

The More Things Change.. Abu Ghraib, May 23 — With the recent court-martial trial of one of the soldiers complicit in the widespread torturing of Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison having come and gone, Iraqis see the newest promise made by the U.S. — to clean up their act regarding the treatment of detained Iraqis Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: The twenty fourth of May

Competing legacies of a single day. Infamous and immaculate: the bequests of the twenty fourth of May.   On the 24th of May 2004 issue of The Weekly Standard, the neocon wellspring of imperial wet dreams, chicken hawk editor general William Kristol asks a Bush administration reeling from the Abu Ghraib Prison body blow: “Are Read more…

Toni Solo: Developing War in the Andes

The United States and Britain make suitable partners. Abuse and torture at the Hola camp in Kenya in the 1950s, Fort Morbut in Aden in the 1960s and the Castlereagh interrogation centre for twenty years in Ireland remain potent symbols of British war crimes. Colonialism and torture are inseparable. In Iraq, US and British military Read more…

Sherene Razack: When is Prisoner Abuse Racial Violence

 My stomach contracts and I feel a deep chill in every  pore of my Brown skin when I see the prisoner abuse photos. I know that this is about racism. So why are so many publicly reluctant to say so? Or is it that we can’t get our words into print? Only a  few people Read more…

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Douglas Dowd: Torture and Abuse

The outrage and horror that spread and deepened after the revelations concerning Abu Ghraid prison in the spring of 2004 were fully justified, as was the revulsion at Nicholas Berg’s beheading and, earlier, the killings and mutilation of Fallujah. Also outrageous, horrifying and repellent, however, were the innumerable responses from members of Congress and the Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Warmakers and Their Auxiliaries

“…the warmakers were still avoiding the eyes of their victims.” … ” Then I noticed a framed photo of a young soldier on the piano top. ‘That’s our son, our Perce,’ Mrs Sykes said. ‘He had it taken on his last leave, on his nineteenth birthday’. A glance across those faces made it unnecessary to Read more…

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Starhawk: Sharon’s Shell Game in Rafah

Just over a year ago, I sat in a home near the Egyptian border in Rafah, in the Gaza strip. A five-year-old, curly-haired charmer of a girl was on my lap. Her older sister and brothers did homework to the background music of the thudding of bullets into the walls. The children were so inured Read more…

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Marta Harnecker: The Venezuelan elite imports soldiers

If anything has become clear following the discovery of an incursion of a significantly large paramilitary group into the country, it is that the ‘anti-Bolivarian and anti-Venezuelan oligarchy and its masters in the north’ have not been able to recruit Venezuelan soldiers for their subversive objectives and ‘have been forced to recruit them in another Read more…

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Brian Dominick: The US Cuts Chalabi’s Funds

Amidst rumors of fraud and double-dealing, the tables have turned against the Ahmed Chalabi and his organization, once praised by the Bush administration. Just two days after Washington announced it would no longer fund Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, US troops and Iraqi police reportedly stormed the group’s offices and sacked its leader’s Baghdad residence. Chalabi, Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: The US Obstructed Medical Care in Fallujah

Doctors from the General Hospital of Fallujah, as well as others involved with clinics throughout the city, are reporting that US Marines obstructed their services during the fighting that engulfed this city in April. They also said US snipers intentionally targeted their clinics and ambulances in the city during the siege. “The Marines have said Read more…

Jim Trutor: Transnationals in Colombia

BOGOTA—The yellow pages here in the Colombian capital show hundreds of transnational companies. Some are marketing products, some are taking advantage of the country’s varied climates, and others seem to be capitalizing on its minimum wage, about $140 a month. They’ve invested billions of dollars into the Colombian economy and are providing thousands of jobs. Read more…

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Tom Hayden: When Bonesmen Fight

I hope some journalist has the guts to ask John Kerry (Skull and Bones, 1965) and George Bush (Skull and Bones, 1967) whether they have any qualms about belonging to a secret, oath-bound network since their college days. Did they discuss Skull and Bones in code when President Bush called Senator Kerry to congratulate him Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Operation Enduring Free Trade

While US forces bombed, murdered and maimed their way to “freedom” and “democracy” in Falluja and across Iraq, George Bush reiterated his vision for the Middle East to the US public on April 13th, 2004: “So long as I’m the President, I will press for freedom. I believe so strongly in the power of freedom….I Read more…

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Mark Engler: Unhappy Birthday, World Bank!

  In 1994, when the IMF and World Bank were celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their creation, very few people in this country could tell you anything about the twin fixtures of corporate globalization. "Globalization" itself was only beginning its life as a buzzword, almost always used to celebrate an uncontroversial march of progress into Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bush Doctrine

If George Bush were to be judged by the standards of the Nuremberg Tribunals, he’d be hanged. So too, mind you, would every single American President since the end of the second world war, including Jimmy Carter.   The suggestion comes from the American linguist Noam Chomsky. His latest attack on the way his country Read more…

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Paul Street: Penn State’s

Sometimes you see two separate stories in the same newspaper that seem so perfectly related you wonder why they weren’t combined. Look for example at the May 14th edition of the Centre Daily Times, the local paper of State College, home to Pennsylvania State University (PSU). One story there reports that PSU’s legendary football coach Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Tuna Meltdown

A family doctor friend of ours was irate.For the past two years, he’s been pushing a simple message — a healthy diet combined with regular exercise helps prevent disease. But he is up against a corporate army that undercuts this simple message almost every day — from drug reps pushing unnecessary or harmful drugs, to Read more…

Sankara Saranam: Why Now?

Let’s be honest. Accusing Republican bishops of politicizing the Eucharist is like accusing John Kerry of politicizing the war in Iraq. Both issues are already political and have ever been political. The history of the Eucharist is the history of an elite minority flexing its dominance over a vast majority with the legerdemain claim that Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: Israel’s Attacks

Israel‘s latest outrages in Gaza have produced a rare but tiny hint of American disapproval. For the first time since the Israeli assault on West Bank cities two years ago, the United States has abstained on a critical UN resolution rather than vetoing it. Colin Powell, the secretary of state, said Israel‘s actions “have caused Read more…

Howard Ryan: My Trek to Lesser-Evil Electoral Politics

When I became a socialist in the mid-1970s, my electoral perspective was shaped by the Trotskyist milieu of the Socialist Workers Party. The SWP rejected any support for the Democratic Party and viewed elections primarily as opportunities to lay bare the ‘shell game’ of the twin capitalist parties. I remember when the party’s organ, The Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: A uterus is no substitute for a conscience

Even those people we might have thought were impervious to shame, like the secretary of Defense, admit that the photos of abuse in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison turned their stomachs. The photos did something else to me, as a feminist: They broke my heart. I had no illusions about the U.S. mission in Iraq — Read more…

Rory Mccarthy: Wedding Party Massacre in Iraq

Mahdi Nawaf shows photographs of his family members – father, wife and six children – killed in a US attack on what is claimed was a sleeping village Photograph: Anna Niedringhaus/AP The wedding feast was finished and the women had just led the young bride and groom away to their marriage tent for the night Read more…

Pedro edu Hondo martin: 9/11 to 3/11

Translated by Miguel Alvarado Following the savage attacks in Madrid on March 11th, 2004, the political strategy of misinformation by the Popular Party (PP) crumbled, causing a public display of civic outrage and restoring to the political arena the strong opposition of Spanish society to the war in Iraq. As a result of the elections Read more…

Pedro edu Hondo martin: 9/11 to 3/11

Back to Part I The ideological campaign Two months after the attack, Acebes and the Popular Party were holding a relentless media campaign against the new Socialist Minister of State, whose terrible mistake was to answer “there was a lack of political foresight” when a reporter asked his opinion of the tragedy. Later, in order Read more…

Haruki Wada: Japan-North Korea Diplomatic Normalization and Northeast Asian Peace

[On the eve of Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro’s second visit to North Korea in eighteen months, Japan Focus presents Wada Haruki’s analysis of the larger stakes in the Japan-North Korea negotiations. Setting off the emotional issues of the kidnapping of Japanese against the record of Japanese colonialism in Korea, Wada examines the prospects for negotiating Read more…

Nicholas Von hoffman: The Big Lie

The frightening shark swimming with toothy grin in a giant aquarium does not see the human faces looking in from the other side of the glass. The shark is in a world of its own, with its own reality. Like the shark, Americans don’t see the people outside the glass. It is as though America Read more…

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Carl Davidson: The 2004 Elections

The 2004 presidential election is most likely to be decided on the stands that the candidates, and the American people themselves, take on the matters of war, terrorism, and now, atrocity and occupation.   The decision, for many people, will not be easy. Ever since the 9/11 attacks and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, Read more…

Samer Elatrash: Rafah and history

Within hours after the Israeli Supreme Court dismissed a petition from the residents of Rafah refugee camp asking for a halt to the home demolitions that have left thousands of Palestinians homeless this month, the streets leading out of Rafah were jammed with cars and carts piled with the belongings of camp inhabitants seeking refuge Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

For the powers-that-be, scapegoating individuals serves as a smokescreen to deflect attention from unjust power structures. When the individuals targeted are far down in the social hierarchy, this serves the added benefit of deflecting attention from the people at the top, the ones who give the orders and who create the structures of injustice and Read more…

Alex Rayfield: Australia & West Papua

In 1788, indigenous people in Australia faced the first wave of European migration. Believing the entire continent was “terra nullius”, an empty land free to be colonised by those who claimed and held it, free settlers with the help of convict labour were quick to establish the new colony. By and large, resistance from indigenous Read more…

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Stephen Soldz: Retribution or Reflection

The last few weeks were deeply disturbing for most Americans. Most were shocked by the pictures out of Abu Ghraib, pictures of scenes that are usually viewed only in pornographic movies. These pictures raised the question for many as to how American soldiers could commit such acts, while some questioned whether these soldiers are, indeed, Read more…

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David Edwards: Tails and Dogs

In January an inquiry presided over by Lord Hutton determined that a report by BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan had been “unfounded”. Last year, Gilligan had reported that senior intelligence officials thought the British government’s claim that Iraqi WMD could be deployed within 45-minutes was “risible”. Gilligan also dared to suggest that the government must have Read more…

Anjum Niaz: When the pictures become the story

Graphically exposed to images of dehumanization of fellow-beings, the brain savaged with stories despicable, how then does every nerve celled in your body react? Are you  sick, nauseated and disgusted at the sight of someone repeatedly denuded of all human dignity? Or are you simply outraged? Or overwhelmed by the unspeakable cruelty? Or your heart Read more…

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George Monbiot: Virginity Campaign

The flame of sexual liberation may soon have to be kept alive by us geriatric delinquents. A US evangelical group has announced that next month it will be recruiting British teenagers to its campaign against sex before marriage. In the States, over a million have taken the pledge. “Great Britain,” the organiser insists, “is fascinated Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Will Bush survive Iraq?

With American elections approaching, the whole world is waiting. Americans are voting, but every other country knows that its future in one or another way will depend on the outcome of this vote. Because G.W. Bush isn’t a problem for Americans, it is a disaster for most of the world. It is commonly held in Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Indian Elections and Resistance

AMY GOODMAN: Welcome to Democracy Now!, Arundhati.   ARUNDHATI ROY: Thank you, Amy   AMY GOODMAN: It’s very good to have you with us. Can you explain what is happening right now in India? Were you surprised by the victory of the Congress party, and then the rejection by Sonia Gandhi of the prime ministership? Read more…

Sodei Rinjiro: Remember

During the recent Congressional testimonies by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and others, the air ran thick with military jargon such as “command influence” and “chain of command”, but nowhere was the word “command responsibility” uttered. In 1945, following Japan‘s surrender to the Allied Powers, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, commander of Japanese military forces in the Read more…

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Linda Burnham: Sexual Domination in Uniform: An American Value

The Abu Ghraib portraits of sexual humiliation and submission have exposed the unbelievably tangled strands of racism, misogyny, homophobia, national arrogance and hyper-masculinity that characterize the U.S. military. Militarized sexual domination is neither “contrary to American values” nor simply the work of a few “bad apples.” It is, rather, a daily practice. The “bad apples” Read more…

Julian Bond: The Broken Promise Of Brown

Note: This speech was presented May 15 at an NAACP education summit in Topeka, Kan.   Fifty years ago this past April , Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his first sermon as the new pastor of Montgomery‘s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. He was 25 years old.   One month later, on May 17, 1954, the Read more…

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Neve Gordon: The Gaza Debacle

Two weeks after 60,000 Likud members voted against a pullout from the Gaza Strip, about 150,000 Israelis filled Rabin Square in Tel-Aviv, calling upon the government to proceed with the withdrawal plan. The first group supports the vision of a Greater Israel, the second supports the state of Israel. The first group believes that without Read more…

Jimmy Massey: Atrocities in Iraq

“We forget what war is about, what it does to those who wage it and those who suffer from it. Those who hate war the most, I have often found, are veterans who know it.” – Chris Hedges, New York Times reporter and author of “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” For nearly Read more…

Akira Iriye: The Russo-Japanese War and the Iraq War

The diary of Victor Klemperer, who had repeated tragic experiences in the 1930s as a German Jew, provides a valuable record of that epoch. In the diary he frequently asks why “extreme nationalism” has become so rampant in Germany and some other countries at a time when “modern technology annuls all frontiers and distances.” Klemperer Read more…

Stan Goff: The Invasion of Haiti

In late March, the International Action Centre [http://www.iacenter.org] organized a delegation to the Dominican Republic to investigate the US role on the February 29th, 2004 coup that overthrew democratically elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas government. The Haitian “rebels” are known to have trained and in and entered Haiti from the neighbouring Dominican Read more…

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