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Stephen Zunes: Preparing The Nation For War

“My fellow citizens, events in Iraq have now reached the final days of decision. For more than a decade, the United States and other nations have pursued patient and honorable efforts to disarm the Iraqi regime without war.”This is patently false. In 1998, President Bill Clinton successfully pressured UNSCOM director Richard Butler to withdraw inspectors Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Rachel Corrie

Link for News coverage: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article1248.shtml —– Memorial Rachel Corrie was an incredibly good person. I mourn and am very saddened by her death earlier today, 3/1/6/03, killed by a bulldozer as the Israeli military ran over her as she was protesting the destruction of Palestinain homes in the Gaza Strip. . She grew up in Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Talking Points

United for Peace & Justice TALKING POINTS — the Azores Pseudo-Summit 16 March 2003 by Phyllis Bennis 1) Bush’s statement following his brief meeting with Blair and Aznar was an ultimatum to the United Nations, not to Iraq. “Tomorrow is a moment of truth for the world” refers to a final insistence that other countries Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: No To War

The most powerful state in history has proclaimed that it intends to control the world by force, the dimension in which it reigns supreme. President Bush and his cohorts evidently believe that the means of violence in their hands are so extraordinary that they can dismiss anyone who stands in their way. The consequences could Read more…

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Milan Rai: Five Tests

FIVE TESTS! Mr Blair’s Very Last Gamble At The UN ARROW Anti-War Briefing 38 (14 March 2003) WAR PLAN IRAQ Update Number 15 AND THEN THERE WERE FIVE The desperation is mounting. The US dropped its demand for a vote ‘by the end of the week. A European council of war was hastily announced then Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: The Emperor Has Spoken. Let The World Take Heed.

Mark the date: March 16, 2003. It will go down in history as the day our new Caesar crossed his personal Rubicon. Bush’s twin ultimata, to Iraq and to the United Nations, constituted the final and ultimate declaration of the new New World Order. The first formal declaration was in his speech to Congress on Read more…

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George Galloway: Blair Rides Shotgun For Bush

Elvis Costello called it the ‘New World Odour’, adding that it smelt even more malodorous than the old one. That was back when another George Bush proclaimed it, after another war with Iraq. Few had the heart to point out that most tyrants proclaim a new world order; Adolf Hitler himself did so amid the Read more…

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Edward Said: Global Crisis

A SMALL news item reported that Prince Walid Ibn Talal of Saudi Arabia had donated $10m to the American University of Cairo to establish a centre of American studies. The young billionaire had offered an unsolicited $10m to New York City soon after 11 September 2001, with a letter that described the gift

Prashant Bhushan: Bush Must Be Stopped Now Before It Is Too Late

While selling his attack on Iraq, Bush often draws an analogy with Hitler’s Germany. He likens the threat posed to the world by Saddam today to the threat posed by Hitler in the mid 30s. The point that he tries to make is that it would cost the world much more to tackle Saddam later Read more…

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Michael Albert: Support Our Troops

If war comes even despite the historic, tenacious, and comprehensive opposition now raging across the planet, the U.S. government will proclaim triumphantly that everyone who isn’t a traitor needs to rally around Washington to “support our troops.” Opponents of the war could opt for many possible replies.   We could point out that our troops Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Confronting Our Fears So We Can Confront The Empire

I am finally ready to admit what for months I have kept hidden: I am terrified.   I am more scared than I have ever been in my adult life. For weeks now I have felt a new kind of free-floating terror at what has been unfolding, as the Bush administration has made it clear Read more…

Kevin Donegan: His Economic Plan: Start From Scratch

You’ve heard the stats being thrown around. The top 1% of Americans has greater personal net worth than the bottom 95% combined, says NYU economist Edward Wolff in a 1999 report. One out of three non-elderly Americans doesn’t have health insurance, says a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. One in six children lives in Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Why He Can’t Wait

“These are the actions of a regime engaged in a willful charade. These are the actions of a regime that systematically and deliberately is defying the world.” That was George W. Bush talking about Iraq last week, but it describes his own regime quite accurately. Just six days earlier, the White House announced that it Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: By the Rivers of Babylon.

  By Vijay Prashad As a teenager I befriended a boy whose family had moved from Mumbai (India) to Canada. He told me an extraordinary story that has until now marked my sense of resources and the Gulf. His father, he said, once hired a series of ships that tugged an iceberg from the North Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The War of Misinformation has Begun

All across the Middle East, they are deploying by the thousand. In the deserts of Kuwait, in Amman, in northern Iraq, in Turkey, in Israel and in Baghdad itself. There must be 7,000 journalists and crews “in theatre”, as the more jingoistic of them like to say. In Qatar, a massive press centre has been Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: By the Waters of Babylon

As a teenager I befriended a boy whose family had moved from Mumbai (India) to Canada. He told me an extraordinary story that has until now marked my sense of resources and the Gulf. His father, he said, once hired a series of ships that tugged an iceberg from the North Atlantic to West Asia Read more…

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Ariel Dorfman: Guernica

Yes, even here, here more than anywheremore than beforewe know and we see what happenswhat you are doingto the world we have left you What else is there to do with our time? Yes, I was there, Colin Powellto see youstanding in front of my Guernicaa replica, it’s truebut my vision, stillof what fellupon men Read more…

Ramzi Kysia: This Present Moment

“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” – Thich Nhat Hanh I am in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team, and we will stay here throughout any war. We will share the risks of the millions who live here, and do our best to Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Normalizing Nightmares

 Recently, National Public Radio carried a story about how State Farm Insurance was introducing a clause in its auto policies excluding coverage for nuclear or radiological events. Although the commentator noted the absurdity – after all, would replacing your car be the first thing on your mind after a dirty bomb – the effect was Read more…

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Mike Davis: Bush’s Ultimate Thule

In the early summer of 1951, a group of Inuit hunters, guiding a French anthropologist, returned to their homes at Thule in the northwest of Greenland after a daring expedition to Canada’s Ellesmere Island. When they had left the year before, Thule was one of the most remote communities on earth: twenty igloos and a Read more…

Kryss Katsiavriades: Vetos

[NOTE to readers: This list came to us by email, and although we are unsure who collected the information, it appears accurate to us on a quick check.  — ZNet.] List of resolutions vetoed by the USA 1972 – 2002 Year Resolution Vetoed by the USA  1972 Condemns Israel for killing hundreds of people in Read more…

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Site Administrator: Dying to Forget

Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction is the Bush administration’s most consistently cited justification for going to war against Saddam Hussein, a war whose purpose is additionally rationalized in regional and global terms. Citing the President’s State of the Union address, former CIA officer Kenneth M. Pollack observed that it was “important that the Read more…

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Marta Russell: Bush Billions to Turkey

Governors, who’ve been told by President Bush to go home and stare at their own budget spreadsheets, ought to take a look at the president’s spending plans and start screaming bloody murder! Because it seems that many states – foreign states – are going to get the dollars they so badly need to save so Read more…

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John Pilger: Blair’s Lies

THE Blair Government has known, almost from the day it came to office in 1997, that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were almost certainly destroyed following the Gulf War. Of all the pro-war propaganda of Blair and Bush, and their current threats giving Saddam Hussein yet another deadline to disarm, what may be their biggest Read more…

Nono: No Nukes on Okinawa!

Letter to the United Nations Security Council: No Nuclear Weapons on Okinawa! Organizing Committee (NONO!) For six decades Okinawa has been a militarized island, first as Japan prepared to resist the U.S. in the final days of World War II, since 1945 as a military colony of the United States, and since 1972 as the Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: UN Resolution or not, this war is illegal

The majority of the antiwar movement has made a mistake in emphasizing the unilateral nature of the war on Iraq and the need for United Nations approval, and we may well reap the consequences of that mistake. The argument has made major inroads with the public; polls consistently show that the majority of Americans oppose Read more…

Patrick Keaney: Doing the Numbers

There’s a whole lot going on right now – too much to track, really. I’m going to try to give you the best overall look at what’s happening, in a little different format than usual (with apologies to Harper’s Index). Ready? Here goes… 18,000: The number of pounds of “high explosive” carried in the “Mother Read more…

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United for peace & justice Ufpj: Call to Action

A Call to Action from United for Peace and Justice: Step Up the Struggle for Peace! Reclaim Our Capitol, Take Back Our Democracy! Beginning Now: An Emergency Campaign of Lobbying and Nonviolent Direct Action to Stop the War and Fund Schools, Jobs, Health Care and Other Human Needs! Startiing Now: An Immediate Campaign of Sustained Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Conventional Media Wisdom Of Obedience

As the possibility of a U.S. invasion turns into the reality of massive carnage, the war on Iraq cannot avoid confronting Americans with a tacit expectation that rarely gets media scrutiny. In a word: obedience. When a country — particularly “a democracy” — goes to war, the passive consent of the governed lubricates the machinery Read more…

Allen Gunderson: The Education of Corporal Gunderson

I’m originally from Las Vegas. I now live in Long Beach. I was honorably discharged from the Marines as a corporal. I was deployed to the Persian Gulf out of Camp Pendleton the week after Thanksgiving in 1990. It took about 40 days to sail there. We stopped off in Hawaii, then sailed over to Read more…

Terry Jones: Mr. Bush Goes For The Kill

Mr. Bush is right, Saddam Hussein is a nasty man and nobody I know has the least objection to Mr. Bush killing him. It’s just the way he proposes doing it that worries me. Dropping 3000 bombs in 48 hours on Baghdad is going to kill a lot of other people who, as far as Read more…

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Michael Ratner: Against War with Iraq: An Anti-War Primer

1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate? This short, highly readable book summarizes in one place many of the arguments against the war with Iraq. It is trying to arm the reader with a basis for opposition to the war and provides a list Read more…

Patricia Hynes: War And Women

We are on the verge of a U.S.-led pre-emptive war against Iraq.  With one exception, none of the U.S. administration protagonists has fought in a war.  As one veteran recently wrote, “those who declare war should know [its price].”  They should also know who pays the price.  The greatest casualties of modern war are non-combatant Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Liberate?

On March 8, 1917, Lt. Gen. Stanley Maude issued a “Proclamation to the People of the Wilayat of Baghdad”. Maude’s Anglo-Indian Army of the Tigres had invaded and occupied Iraq – after storming up the country from Basra – to “free” its people from their dictators. “Our armies do not come into your cities and Read more…

Lee Sustar: They’re Out To Gut Medicare

  GEORGE W. Bush has an offer for the HMO bosses who ditched 2 million Medicare recipients in recent years. Come back–and we’ll guarantee your profits at the expense of seniors. The Bush administration announced its “revised” Medicare proposal last week that promises a prescription drug benefit to the 34 million people in the government-run Read more…

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Dean Baker: High-Powered Diplomacy at the UN

The six undecided countries on the United Nations Security Council are in a tough bind. If it were put to the vote of their people, these nations would undoubtedly be against the Iraq war, just like the rest of the world. But in the spirit of the Godfather, President Bush is making offers that they Read more…

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John Pilger: Disobey

How have we got to this point, where two western governments take us into an illegal and immoral war against a stricken nation with whom we have no quarrel and who offer us no threat: an act of aggression opposed by almost everybody and whose charade is transparent? How can they attack, in our name, Read more…

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Molly Secours: Angry White Men and the Affirmative Action Debate

If you listen very carefully–in between the deafening war drum beating at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue–you can almost make out the chant reverberating on capitol hill; “ding dong the witch is dead!” Yes, Trent Lott is gone and racism is dead! Immediately after Lott’s faux pas in January, we heard conservatives feigning horror and disapproval over Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Petróleo, petróleo, petróleo

“It has nothing to do with oil,” Rumsfeld said. “Literally nothing to do with it.” It’s not that people around the world don’t acknowledge weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and the human-rights abuses in Iraq as problems. It’s just that people also realize that war is not the solution for those problems, and if not Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Petr—leo, petr—leo, petr—leo

Bush administration officials’ mantra these days is that a war on Iraq will have nothing to do with oil. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said such a suggestion is “nonsense.” “It has nothing to do with oil,” Rumsfeld said. “Literally nothing to do with it.” The problem is — literally — that no one Read more…

Mickey Z: Patience

“The cup of forbearance has been exhausted.”–President James K. Polk, 1846 “This business about, you know, more time, how much time do we need to see clearly that he’s not disarming? As I said, this looks like a rerun of a bad movie and I’m not interested in watching it.” –President-Select George W. Bush, 2003 Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Keeping Americans In The Dark

In his 6 March press conference, President George Bush once again issued a series of assertions that are unsupported and even contradicted by the available evidence. What is most disturbing is the abject failure of the US media to subject Bush’s statements to any form of scrutiny.To take just one example, Bush, in listing justifications Read more…

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David Edwards: When Consumers Become Citizens

The word that keeps tumbling out of the mouths of journalists – often, we suspect, to their horror – is the adjective ‘unprecedented’. The 2 million strong peace march in London was ‘unprecedented’. The round of applause at the UN Security Council in response to the February 14 speech by the French Foreign Minister was Read more…

Roger Burbach: Lula’s Brazil

Rio de Janeiro. As Luis Inacio Lula da Silva enters his third month as president of Brazil he enjoys popular approval ratings approaching eighty percent. His “Zero Hunger” program has begun with pilot projects around the country, and as promised in his electoral campaign, he has set up councils comprised of members of civil society Read more…

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George Monbiot: Wilfull Blindness

The war in Afghanistan has plainly brought certain benefits to that country: thousands of girls have gone to school for the first time, for example, and in some parts of the country women have been able to go back to work. While over 3000 civilians were killed by the bombing; while much of the country Read more…

Sarah Anderson: Washington Bribes, Threatens, And Spies

As the United Nations Security Council prepared to vote on a U.S.-British resolution that would authorize war against Iraq, the Bush administration was working furiously to win over the required nine votes they need for passage of the motion. Employing its levers of economic and military aid, the U.S. has placed enormous pressure on the Read more…

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Yves Engler: A Movement for Workplace Democracy?

Last week we learned about another hit to democracy. This time, however, it wasn’t Bush coercing some government to join his war-drive against the will of that country’s people. Instead, it was another drop in the U.S. unionization rate. According to the N.Y. Times, the number of unionized American jobs dropped by 280,000 to 16.1 Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: The Bubble and the Fleet

The economics team of Colombia’s Uribe government proposed, and won, an increase of $16 billion USD in the state’s external debt. That is an increase of 80% for the state, and an increase of 42% of the external debt of the country as a whole. The government needs to increase debt and all kinds of Read more…

Kristen Ess: Israeli Army Continues Killing Spree

At 8 this morning Gaza City shook. One man just told me, “I was coming up the stairs to work. I thought the whole building was going down.” Neighbors stuck their heads from windows to see what was happening. Four US donated Apache helicopters hung in the sky, two on each side above our heads, Read more…

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David Edwards: Liberation Into Tyranny

“We are not a young people with an innocent record and a scanty inheritance. We have engrossed to ourselves… an altogether disproportionate share of the wealth and traffic of the world. We have got all we want in territory, and our claim to be left in the unmolested enjoyment of vast and splendid possessions, mainly Read more…

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