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Edward Herman: The World Confronts U.S. Wars of Terrorism

Edward S. Herman  In discussing the Bush administration’s “war on terrorism,” mainstream analysts and reporters rarely hark back to the Reagan era, which also featured a war on terrorism, with many enlightening similarities to the present. This may be because the similarities are great, even running to overlapping personnel, and because the earlier administration’s policies Read more…

Joseph Hoff: The End of an Era

The blast furnaces loiter on the horizon in this grim steel town of East Chicago, Indiana. They are broken down, inert masses. They are hollow tributes to the bygone days when the American steel industry was strong and vigorous.  One more mill fell silent. The mill predates 1920. It housed operations for several steel companies Read more…

Brian Martin: Nonviolence Versus Capitalism

Brian Martin  London: War Resisters’ International, 2001  Review By Camy Matthay  Brian Martin’s book Nonviolence Versus Capitalism is a cogent argument for the value of using nonviolent action as strategy for moving beyond capitalism. Though Martin knows that some people adhere to nonviolent strategy on moral grounds, Martin is saying that even if one lacks Read more…

Domenico Pacitti: Against “This” Globalization

Vittorio Agnoletto recently represented the Italian movement at the international council of the World Social Forum. In 1987, just two years after graduating in industrial medicine at Milan’s state university, he co-founded LILA, the Italian League for the Fight against AIDS and was president from 1992 until November 2001. Agnoletto has been a member of Read more…

Carmelo Ruiz-marrero: none

Ruiz-Marrero  Redesigning Life? is one of the most complete and up-to-date overviews of the diverse objections against biotechnology. This compilation of essays was conceived and edited by biologist Brian Tokar, who teaches at the Institute for Social Ecology.  One opinion poll after another has shown that most North American and European consumers believe that labeling Read more…

Bernie Sanders: The Export-Import Bank

This country has a $6 trillion national debt, a growing deficit, and is borrowing money from the Social Security Trust Fund in order to fund government services. We can no longer afford to provide over $125 billion every year in corporate welfare—tax breaks, subsidies, and other wasteful spending—that goes to some of the largest, most Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Taking Action

Welcome to Hotel Satire, where gals gather to learn to be the passive twits that nature intended them to be. Here at the hotel, we gals worry about what femlesbiangals have been doing to destroy this great country of ours. Especially post September 11, which was, in large part, the fault of gals. Bush II Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Conspiracies Or Institutions? 9-11 and Beyond

Stephen R. Shalom & Michael Albert  There has been much frenzied debate on the Internet and in the news recently suggesting that “the government knew beforehand about the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks” and let them happen in order to use these horrible events to pursue their right-wing agendas. In the months since 9-11, conspiracy theories Read more…

Jim Smith: The Corporatization of Unions

Jim Smith  Nearly every poll shows that workers favor having a union by a large majority. According to an Associated Press poll (August 30, 2001) “General approval for unions runs by a nearly 3-1 ratio, roughly the same as in recent years but higher than 20 years ago, when it was less than a 2-1 Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Nuclear Weapons, Media Fog

American media outlets roused themselves from outright denial in early June, spurred by belated warnings from top U.S. officials that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would kill millions of people. The tone of news coverage shifted toward alarm. Meanwhile, atomic history remained largely sanitized.  “Even one military move by either of these nuclear-armed Read more…

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Joshua Sperber: As’ad AbuKhalil

As’ad AbuKhalil    Seven Stories Press; 106 pp.  Review by Joshua Sperber  The salient contradiction characterizing the mainstream media has become far more pronounced since September 11. That is, the conflict between disseminating corporate propaganda—a raison d’etre whose aims are largely consistent with those of U.S. global domination—and the fear of undermining its perceived credibility Read more…

Tom Stephens: none

Apex Press, 2001; 336 pp.  Review by Tom Stephens      The members of POCLAD, the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy, have compiled a superb book of essays from the late 1990s, entitled Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy, for people to read and for transnational corporations to suffer such consequences. The taboo subject of the book is Read more…

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Paul Street: Towards A Decent Left?

Paul Street  Among the many disagreeable parts of the aftermath of September 11, we might include the intensification of internal unpleasantness within an American left. This latest unpleasantness has been a fairly one-sided affair, with most of the heat coming from the centrist liberal-left, associated with journals like Dissent and American Prospect and writers like Read more…

Silja j.a. Talvi: none

As the line between the military industrial complex and the criminal justice system continues to blur, Peter B. Kraska, Professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University, brings readers his timely Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System: The Changing Roles of the Armed Forces and the Police.  With contributions from an intriguing combination of academics, Read more…

Silja j.a. Talvi: none

Joshua S. Goldstein  Cambridge University Press, 2001    Reviews by Silja J.A. Talvi  What accounts for the cross-cultural consistency of gender roles in war? What theory best explains the fact that war is nearly always waged by men? And how should we explain the fact that women, despite intermittent yet proven historical success as ‘warriors,’ Read more…

Marc Young: Nigerian Federalism

Many federal politicians in Nigeria are bothered by the entrenchment of fundamentalist Sharia in the criminal codes of the country’s northern states. What annoys them even more is yet another prediction that the country is about to slip into the abyss…unless it is thoroughly reorganized.  Most recent signs of the imminent and bloody collapse of Read more…

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Tim Wise: Honky Wanna Cracker?
A Look at the Myth of Reverse Racism

Recently, when speaking to a group of high school students, I was asked why I only seemed to be concerned about white racism towards people of color. We had been discussing racial slurs, and a number of white students wondered why I didn’t get as upset about blacks using terms like “honky” or “cracker,” as Read more…

Aaron Mate: Trip to Palestine

I’ve just returned from a two-week visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories, a land dear to me. As a Jewish person, it is a part of the world that I have long felt an inherent connection to, a connection that has only been strengthened through many wonderful experiences and friendships that arose during my Read more…

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Gideon Levy: A Million People Under Curfew

Few if any Israelis can understand what it means to be under full curfew for 10 days, incarcerated with the children in a crowded house, usually without an air conditioner or a computer or games to play, maybe a barely functioning television set. But the worst thing is the unnerving density of the close quarters. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Questions On Israel

As a premium to those who support Z through the Z Sustainer Program there are a number of forums where people can ask questions of activists and writers such as Noam Chomsky. Here are Chomsky’s responses to questions about Israel And Palestine during the last week. If you find these helpful consider joining. Bush, Arafat Read more…

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Mark Engler: Exporting Enron

We know the damage Enron has done to the American economy. So why is it still eligible to receive U.S. taxpayer money? Instead of wallowing in bankruptcy, Enron continues to do business internationally. And believe it or not, the scandal-ridden and discredited corporation continues to pursue public funding for its global operations. The ongoing reports Read more…

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Richard Gott: A Silent Majority Finds Its Voice

The great city of Caracas spreads over innumerable mountainous hills, and in the rainy season the peaks poke up through the clouds that hover in the valleys below. Several million people live on these steep slopes in barrios, a word which, when translated into English as “shanty towns”, does little justice to the reality. These Read more…

Alexandra Williams: Our Girl Was Killed By A Suicide Bomber…

Jerusalem. A big red “Free Palestine” sticker has a prominent place on the Elhanan family’s front door. But this is not a Palestinian house in the occupied territories. Remarkably, this home is in an affluent Jewish area in Jerusalem and belongs to a couple whose daughter Smadar, 14, was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. Read more…

Jane Frank: Terrorist Connections Resurface In Florida

Governor Jeb Bush is about to choose a Florida State Supreme Court judge. There are five finalists and his deadline is August 12. Since there is no Hispanic on the Court, most people expect Jeb Bush will want to name a Hispanic. There is only one Hispanic among the finalists. That one Hispanic is of Read more…

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Greg Palast: A Tale Of Two Coups

Blondes in revolt On May Day, starting out from the Hilton Hotel, 200,000 blondes marched East through Caracas’ shopping corridor along Casanova Avenue. At the same time, half a million brunettes converged on them from the West. It would all seem like a comic shampoo commercial if 16 people hadn’t been shot dead two weeks Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Fight For Country

Some strange strange people inhabit this land The earth lives in fear of their uranium mines They kill every livin’ sea thing with their driftnet line Some strange strange people inhabit this earth (Kev Carmody, “Some Strange Strange People”) Nuclear terror is nothing new to the Mirrar people in the Kakadu region of Northern Australia, Read more…

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George Monbiot: White Lies

In the Canadian fastness of Kananaskis this week, the messianic cult of empire will solemnly worship itself. The leaders of the G8 nations will declare that they have come to deliver the world from evil. They will announce that they are sacrificing themselves for the good of lesser nations. They will propose solutions from on Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: What Are They Doing to Argentina?

The head of the IMF’s delegation to Argentina was recently cornered outside his hotel room by reporters from a popular, muck-raking television show. They handed him a set of large, plastic Halloween vampire teeth. “We found these lodged in President Duhalde’s neck,” they told him, “and wanted to return them to you.” Such views of Read more…

Shamai Leibowitz: An Israeli Officer’s Response To President Bush

I am an Orthodox Jew and a criminal defense attorney in Tel Aviv. I am also a tank gunner in reserve duty, and part of a group of 1000 soldiers who have refused to serve in the occupied territories. Many of them were imprisoned in military jails in the past few months. Now that President Read more…

Ali Abunimah: CNN Negates Victims And Ignores International Law

Bowing to strong Israeli pressure, CNN is to broadcast a special series profiling Israeli victims of terror. Ha’aretz newspaper reported on June 24th that: “After months of gnawing agitation over what they perceive as the pro-Palestinian bias of the international media, Israeli officials, and not a small portion of the public, were able to rub Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: A Speech To End All Peace

Rarely since the creation of the state of Israel has peace between Israel and the Palestinians seemed as unattainable as it seems to be right now. Recent days have seen many Israelis killed, including children in Palestinian attacks, and many Palestinians killed, including children, in Israeli attacks. Israel has reoccupied much of the West Bank Read more…

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John Pilger: Our Writers’ Failure

Martin Amis represents a problem: that some of the most acclaimed and privileged writers in the English language fail to engage with the most urgent issues of our time. On 1 June, the Guardian published a long essay by Martin Amis, entitled “The voice of the lonely crowd”. It was about 11 September and the Read more…

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Amira Hass: Both sides Are wrong

A radio interviewer asked IDF Spokesman Ron Kitrey on Sunday about the three children killed in Jenin by Israeli soldiers in a tank (who also killed a 60-year-old civilian). The interviewer chose his words carefully. So carefully, that he asked Kitrey about the “youths” who were killed. These “youths” were 6-year-old Soujoud Turkey, Ahmed Ghazawi, Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: What are they doing to Argentina

The head of the IMF’s delegation to Argentina was recently cornered outside his hotel room by reporters from a popular, muck-raking television show. They handed him a set of large, plastic Halloween vampire teeth. “We found these lodged in President Duhalde’s neck,” they told him, “and wanted to return them to you.” Such views of Read more…

Jan Rocha: On The Frontier

Hunger is spreading in a world of plenty: in Brazil, one of the world’s major food producers, a third of the population goes hungry. The governments and corporations that run the world insist that only free markets, the removal of trade barriers, the spread of GM crops will solve the problem. So far, this sort Read more…

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John Pilger: Israel’s Secret Shame

Ethnic cleansing attended the birth of Israel but, more than 50 years later, the country is still in denial about its bloody past. Those who speak out risk their jobs. Behind the turbulent news from Israel, a struggle for historical truth has passed almost unnoticed outside academic circles; yet its wider significance is epic. In Read more…

Rema Hammami: Interregnum

Operation Defensive Shield is formally over, but what Israel’s climactic offensive in the West Bank will bring in its wake remains unclear. It is unlikely to be the denouement to 20 months of Palestinian resistance, Israeli aggression and US prevarication. Superficially, the current stage seems marked by long-awaited US re-engagement and Palestinian housecleaning, with internal Read more…

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Robert Fisk: I Wonder Why Bush Doesn’t Let Sharon Run His Press Office

Put your flak jackets on, President George Bush has spoken. He wants a regime change in Palestine, just as he wants a regime change in Iraq. He reads the Israeli government press handouts and accurately quotes them to his American people. Ariel Sharon, wants the destruction/ liquidation/ resignation of Yasser Arafat. So does Mr Bush. Read more…

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Justin Podur: Turning the West Bank and Gaza into Prisons

1. Describe what’s happening in Jenin. This is a society that’s slowly being choked to death. It is marked by fear, random violence, and irrational destruction. No one is allowed peace of mind. Even the relatively well-off — those with jobs and some money — live in constant fear. The poor, of course, are the Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Jerusalem Under Attack

The last suicide bomber blew himself up no more than 300 yards from my Jerusalem apartment. The windows shuddered as the deafening sound filled the air. Then came a moment of silence followed by the loud echo of sirens. A friend who had seen the attack was still traumatized a week later. The vivid images Read more…

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Saul Landau: A Post Card From The Enigmatic Island

A two-hour drive from the noxious fumes of Havana takes us to Vinales, in Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s western province. Fidel Castro has ordered all nooks and crannies of the city sprayed so as to eliminate the dreaded Aedis Egipsis, the mosquito that haunts the Caribbean and whose bite causes dengue fever which, in its Read more…

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Marta Russell: A Big Mess in California: Without Health Care People Are Going to Die

The 2002-2003 state budget winds blow cold in sunny California for low-income families, elderly, and disabled residents. The state was riding the crest of a financial wave until the collapse of the dot-com economy which caused stocks to dive and wiped out a part of the California tax base reducing state revenue. Texas billionaires in Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Bush’s Speech

(Chicago, 24 June 2002) — George Bush’s much-anticipated speech on how to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, weighed in at 1,867 words. By my count, more than one thousand words were devoted to criticizing and making demands of the Palestinians, while just 137 words dealt with what Israel should do. And if you look for any Read more…

Palestinians: Urgent Appeal To End Suicide Bombings

We the undersigned feel that it is our national responsibility to issue this appeal in light of the dangerous situation engulfing the Palestinian people. We call upon the parties behind military operations targeting civilians in Israel to reconsider their policies and stop driving our young men to carry out these operations. Suicide bombings deepen the Read more…

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David Edwards: The Mother Of All Ironies

 The fate of Iraq lies in the balance. US Republican Hawks are seeking to launch a further massive attack against the people of Iraq. It won’t happen if politicians sense sufficient public opposition – journalists play a key role in influencing that public opinion. In an Observer article, John Sweeney describes “Saddam’s efforts to portray… Read more…

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David Edwards: The Mother Of All Ironies

The fate of Iraq lies in the balance. US Republican Hawks are seeking to launch a further massive attack against the people of Iraq. It won’t happen if politicians sense sufficient public opposition – journalists play a key role in influencing that public opinion. In an Observer article, John Sweeney describes “Saddam’s efforts to portray… Read more…

Laurie King-irani: The Best Lack All Conviction…

Victoria, BC (23 June 2002)–Lately, we watch the news with one eye shut, the other wincing in anticipation of anguish. Although we mumble to ourselves “It can’t possibly get worse” as the newscast reports that yet another dozen Israelis or Palestinians are dead, we dare not say it out loud, fearful of tempting fate by Read more…

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Charles Glass: Repeat Performance

Paris. Voices in Israel, now backed with the forceful intervention of President George Bush, are demanding that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon crown his reconquista of the West Bank by naming a new Palestinian leader. If he does so, it will be his second exercise in Arab king-making. The first was twenty years ago in Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Corporate Cost-benefit Analysis And Culpable Hiv/aids Homicide

During the last few days of June, at the same time the Treatment Action Campaign and Congress of South African Trade Unions are holding a massive people’s conference in Durban to take forward the struggle against HIV/Aids, Thabo Mbeki will beg for increased investment commitments for Africa from G-8 leaders in Kananaskis, Canada. Included amongst Read more…

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