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Guest Author: Hypocrisy, Hatred And The War On Terror

“Air campaign”? “Coalition forces”? “War on terror”? How much longer must we go on enduring these lies? There is no “campaign” – merely an air bombardment of the poorest and most broken country in the world by the world’s richest and most sophisticated nation. No MIGs have taken to the skies to do battle with Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Advance Australia Fair?

In history’s page let every stage Advance Australia Fair In joyful strains then let us sing Advance Australia Fair.” (Australian National Anthem) “Manifest destiny may lack its old grandeur of theft and blood – “lock the door” is what it means now, with racism a trump card to be played again and again, shamelessly, by Read more…

Sean Healy: The Empire wants war, not justice

Among all the words the Bush administration has used to describe the September 11 terrorist attacks — “atrocity”, “outrage”, “act of evil” — one phrase has been conspicuously missing: “crime against humanity”. It’s an odd absence. International law defines a crime against humanity as an act committed as part of a “widespread or systematic attack Read more…

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Starhawk: Now Is the Time to Act

I’m sitting here scrolling through my backlog of email, and two themes predominate: the illegitimacy and horror of America’s New War, and a multitude of voices from the movement I thought I was a part of telling us to pause, to keep quiet, that protest now might jeopardize our cause. And I find myself thinking Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Biotech Companies As Bioterrorists

While the public is preoccupied by an anthrax scare, another act of bio-terrorism is threatening India’s farmers and our rich biodiversity. Ten thousand hectares of transgenic Bt. cotton was found to have been illegally planted in Gujarat in Western India. At a meeting of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), the Committee in the Union Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: How Wall Street Created a Nation

Oviodio Diaz Espino was working as a corporate lawyer at J.P. Morgan in New York when he went to a Christmas Party in 1997. At the party, Diaz met a movie producer, Webster Stone. Stone noticed Diaz had a foreign accent and asked him where he was from. Diaz said Panama. Stone asked Diaz who Read more…

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Tim Wise: Holding Terrorists Accountable? It Depends on the Color and the Cause…

Members of his terrorist organization and network have killed Americans, on American soil. Those inspired by his message have engaged in a mass atrocity: blowing innocent people out of their offices as the building where they worked crumbled to the ground. He himself has called for total war against the enemy in an effort to Read more…

Guest Author: Nicaraguan Election

As the US administration continues to flex its military muscles in Central Asia, it hasn’t been entirely distracted from events in its own backyard. On November 4, presidential and National Assembly elections take place in Nicaragua. And the polls show that Sandinista (FSLN) head Daniel Ortega is clinging to a narrow lead in the presidential Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Dear Mr. Secretary

Dear Mr. Secretary, Congratulations on your recent deal with the Bayer Corporation of Germany. The newspapers all seem very excited. You got Bayer to give you a cut price on their famous anti-anthrax drug, Cipro. Bayer has agreed to sell the administration 100 million tablets at 95 cents a piece, instead of their usual $4.67 Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The World Series In A Time Of Crisis

The World Series provided a heck of a photo-op for George W. Bush when he threw out the first pitch one night, aiming at a large TV audience. For the most part, the game that followed was a pleasure to watch — midway through a week that combined what’s best and worst about major league Read more…

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George Monbiot: Backyard Terrorism

“If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents,” George Bush announced on the day he began bombing Afghanistan, “they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril.” I’m glad he said “any government”, as there’s one which, though it has yet to be identified Read more…

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Edward Herman: FOR Rationalization–Of Imperial Violence

Apparently Christopher Hitchens cannot understand that attacking supposed rationalizations for X may be de facto rationalizing for Y, as in his "Against Rationalization" (The Nation, Oct. 8). Thus, his furious attack on Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, and their alleged leftist apologists, in this article, and his even more frenzied assault on these same Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The War In Afghanistan: 40 Questions and Answers

Michael Albert and Stephen R. Shalom In the course of our discussions since the bombing of Afghanistan began, we have encountered certain questions over and over. Here we assemble those questions and provide answers to each. 1. What is Islamic fundamentalism? Fundamentalism has been on the rise worldwide. One reason has been the absence in Read more…

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David Barsamian: An Interview With Miriam Ching Louie and Cathi Tactaquin

Barsamian Cathi Tactaquin is a founder and director of the Oakland-based National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an alliance of grassroots, community, labor, and faith organizations. Miriam Ching Louie, of the Berkeley-based Women of Color Resource Center, is the author of Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory, published by South Read more…

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Site Administrator: Boeing Corporation

Martin, Tim Nafziger, Jeremy Shenk, & Mark Swier The Boeing Corporation has always been best known for its line of civilian aircraft, the most famous being the Boeing 747. However, beneath the façade of your friendly neighborhood airplane maker lies a grimmer, darker reality. It is the face of a corporation that profits off the Read more…

Larry Everest: Consequences Of Empire

Everest Americans are asking, ‘Why do they hate us’?” President Bush stated in his nationally televised call to war. His answer was that “they hate our freedoms; our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.” I’ve covered the Middle East for more than 20 Read more…

Milton Fisk: You Can Beat the Privatizers

Milton Fisk      Creating a national climate in which privatizers are put on the defensive is not going to be easy. But they have to be put on the defensive if a turn is to be taken toward strengthening needed social services. The right climate is being created in cities like Bloomington, Indiana. In early Read more…

Adrian Harewood: Race and Class

Harewood ADRIAN HAREWOOD: I want you to begin by talking about the origins of the Institute of Race Relations. Many people in North America and Canada are familiar with the journal Race and Class and that might be their only understanding of what the institute is. Perhaps you could tell us about the institute’s history. Read more…

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Edward Herman: Nuggets From A Nuthouse

Edward S. Herman Left criticisms of the media have always drawn the accusation of conspiracy theory, because media personnel and defenders of the media establishment are either too lazy to examine closely the case made by left analysts, can’t understand it, or are pleased to resort to a smear tactic. They can get away with Read more…

Jeff Lindemyer: Iraqi Sanctions: Myth and Fact

Jeff Lindemyer On August 6, 1990, immediately prior to the “Persian Gulf War,” the United Nations levied sanctions against Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. In the ensuing 11-year span, the sanctions have not changed, though the Iraqi landscape has undeniably been altered forever. Well over one million Iraqis are dead as Read more…

Al Gedicks: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations

Gedicks South End Press, 2001, 241 pages. Review by Janet Lloyd Resource Rebels is a detailed and informative account of modern day genocide that reveals the dark side of the global economic system. By exposing the continuing genocide of indigenous peoples throughout the world, Gedicks reveals the hidden cost of western “progress.” Uncovering the connections Read more…

Patricia Baird-windle: Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism

Baird-Windle & Eleanor Bader St. Martin’s Press Review by Beverly Lowy Stalking, arson, kidnapping, murder. This year’s most chilling read is not from Stephen King. Journalist/rights activist Eleanor Bader and former abortion provider Patricia Baird-Windle have collaborated to produce a book that will make the hairs stand up and the skin become goosefleshed. Never before Read more…

Mark Mcharry: Sex Predator Laws

McHarry The child-sex witch hunts of the 1980s, with their sensational allegations of human and animal sacrifice, satanic rituals, and international sex rings, have faded from public consciousness. The circus-like prosecutions such as California’s McMartin preschool and Massachusetts’ Fells Acres day care center have been discredited, but they have left an odious legacy: sweeping new Read more…

W. michael byrd and linda a. Clayton: none

Michael Byrd and Linda A. Clayton New York, NY, Routledge 2000; 588 pp. Review by John Price Why are Black folks in such poor health? An American Health Dilemma examines this oft-ignored question by probing deeply into the history of medicine and the U.S. health delivery system through the prisms of race and class. Authors Read more…

Ed Rampell: Life & Debt in Jamaica

Rampell The New York Times says Stephanie Black’s powerful new documentary Life & Debt “offers the clearest analysis of globalization and its negative effects…ever seen on a movie or television screen.” Set in Jamaica, Life & Debt is a case study of how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions such as the International Read more…

Lynette Dumble: In the name of freedom: Terror, Death, Hunger, Misogyny, and Genocide in Afghanistan

Contrary to the dreams of US President George W. Bush and his allies, Operation Enduring Freedom is unlikely to be remembered by the world’s women as a successful strategy to either eliminate terrorism or liberate the long-suffering people of Afghanistan. In the first three weeks of extracting "infinite justice" from the Taliban for sheltering Osama Read more…

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Justin Podur: ‘We mean Dead or Dead’

‘If Osama bin Laden were hiding in the jungles of Colombia instead of Afghanistan, whose help would we enlist to find him? U.S. Army Special Forces? The Colombian Army? I don’t think so. Actually, we would enlist the drug cartels. They have the three attributes we need: They know how to operate as a covert Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Stop Israel!

Indymedia, Israel October 25, 2001  For a whole week now, The Israeli army has been terrorizing cities and villages in the West Bank. As in the darkest days at the beginning of the present Intifada, desperate voices and reports pour through the internet, telling of massive shelling, including schools, hospitals, the university and a maternity Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: The Return of Relevance

Trying to stay afloat in the turbulent wake of September 11, I was full of fear like most people, fear of another attack, fear of the U.S. war machine, fear of racist assaults on Arab-Americans and South Asians, fear of further erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security. In many ways this Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Protecting Pharmaceutical Companies from the Threat of Bio-Terrorism

Some principles are so important that they cannot be violated even in a time of national emergency. One of those, it now appears, is the principle of patent rights for multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies. Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, finally reached agreement with the US Department of Health and Human Services over the price at Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Facing WTO Life Sentence

The attacks in New York and Washington have provided the impetus for a new round of rapprochement between the United States and Russia. After several years of cool relations and confrontational rhetoric, the Russian government is demonstrating a willingness to be a military and political ally. It’s another matter that the Kremlin, strictly adhering to Read more…

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Tim Wise: Who’s Being Naïve? War-Time Realism Through the Looking Glass

Lampooning the left for adhering to such ostensibly simplistic slogans as “violence begets violence,” these self-proclaimed pragmatists insist that sometimes massive force is necessary and that in the case of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, little else could possibly serve to diminish the threat of terrorist attack. It takes me back, all this self-assured confidence Read more…

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Tim Wise: WhoÕs Being Na•ve? War-Time Realism Through the Looking Glass

To hear those who support the current air assault on Afghanistan tell it, those of us who doubt the likely efficacy of such a campaign, and who question its fundamental morality are not only insufficiently patriotic but dangerously naïve. Lampooning the left for adhering to such ostensibly simplistic slogans as “violence begets violence,” these self-proclaimed Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Prising Open The Pacific: New Trade Deals Reflect Old Agendas

The winds of change, so the cliché goes, are blowing across the Pacific. Yet looking at the background to two regional trade agreements launched in August makes me think that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. When the world’s tiniest republic hosted the 32nd Leaders Summit of the Pacific Islands Read more…

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Scott Burchill: Corrected: Mad, Bad, Dangerous To Know

WASHINGTON’S decision to renew friendships with the Northern Alliance for its war against al-Qa’ida and the Taliban provides clues as to what George W. Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard mean by “our values”. The Northern Alliance, described by British journalist Robert Fisk as a “confederacy of warlords, patriots, rapists and torturers”, is essentially the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: War Needs Good Public Relations

For some people, war is terror, disaster and death. For others, it’s a PR problem. At the Rendon Group, a public-relations firm with offices in Boston and Washington, pleasant news arrived the other day with a $397,000 contract to help the Pentagon look good while bombing Afghanistan. The four-month deal includes an option to renew Read more…

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Saul Landau: Fast trick on fast track

While Congress remains in its bipartisan spasm, Bush Administration fast talkers try to pass fast track on free trade by placing it into their national unity package. Fast track gives the President power to negotiate broad trade agreements like NAFTA subject only to a yes-or-no vote by Congress. These supposed free trade agreements afford maximum Read more…

Guest Author: War On The Poor And Working Class

This week the U.S. House of Representatives will take up an economic stimulus package that indicates just how much the House has sold out to the big corporate and wealthy interests at the expense of poor and working class people. It is class warfare. According to a New York Times editorial on October 20, the Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: If You Can’t Pay For Chemotherapy – You’ll Die!!

It is a shame that we all can’t, or won’t, see what is going on! Taxol, a drug discovered by the government and used for many of the 100 or so different kinds of cancers has gone generic. It is now 3 years beyond the patient expiration. The cost to consumers is up to $15,000 Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Where are the Afghan Women?

In my previous commentary, I used Cynthia Enloe’s question, “Where are the women?” to explore how gender politics are being used to ignite patriotism on the domestic front. What happens when we apply the same question to the country the U.S. is currently bombing? Where are the women in Afghanistan? Before the Taliban took control Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: In Memory of Lisa Sullivan

On October 1, to the shock of most of her friends and supporters, progressive activist and youth leader Lisa Yvette Sullivan passed suddenly due to congestive heart failure. She had just turned 40 only a few weeks earlier. Not only did I lose someone I embraced as a sister and a political ally, but the Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Constricting critical inquiry in universities

Each year on our annual reports, University of Texas faculty members are asked to list grants we have received, one of the many ways we demonstrate to the bosses that we have been “productive.” When I filled out mine this week, I let my sarcastic side take over, writing, “I am proud to report that Read more…

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Justin Podur: Review of ‘The Activist’s Handbook’ and ‘Rules for Radicals’

Don’t Respond, Strategize. Shaw exhorts activists to not respond to the establishment (one example of a purely reactive strategy is to stage demonstrations at meetings chosen by the establishment) but instead to set an agenda an go on the offensive, taking actions designed to pressure the opposition to relent to the agenda. Then let them Read more…

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Justin Podur: Review of ÔThe ActivistÕs HandbookÕ and ÔRules for RadicalsÕ

‘The Activist’s Handbook’ by Randy Shaw compares itself to all the self-help and managerial expertise how-to books out there, lamenting the absence of similar books designed to help people win social change. Shaw wrote ‘The Activist’s Handbook’ to fill that void. It’s full of valuable lessons learned over long years of successful anti-poverty activism in Read more…

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Michael Albert: What’s So Complex About It?

The U.S. bombing of Afghanistan is a barbaric assault on defenseless civilians. It threatens a nearly incomprehensible human calamity. It is pursuing abominable goals. When people say, but doesn’t the U.S. have a right to defend itself?. I understand their hurt, pain, anger, and confusion. But I also have to admit that I want to Read more…

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Michael Albert: WhatÕs So Complex About It?

In the past few weeks I have minutely explored, often with Stephen Shalom, multifold concerns about September 11 and the “war on terrorism.” With him I have tried to calmly and soberly respond to all kinds of concerns people feel. I recommend doing it. We all need to become adept at rebutting the insanely manipulative Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Mike Harris’s Ontario?

Refuse to cash it — what does that prove? The money had already been taken out of public accounting. It’s not like my uncashed cheque was going to go to a high school teacher’s salary or to a homeless shelter. Many people, confronting this dilemma, gave their tax cuts to charity, trying to plug some Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Mike HarrisÕs Ontario?

For almost a year, I carried Premier Mike Harris’s $200 tax cut in my wallet. Its edges frayed and the ink began to smudge. I looked at it from time to time, then put it away. Refuse to cash it — what does that prove? The money had already been taken out of public accounting. Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Collateral Damage: Neo-Liberalism

Even as they were planning military action in Afghanistan, US leaders were struggling with the contradictions of capitalism. One can almost hear them sighing, ah, if only we could bomb the recession! Capitalism is an amazingly dynamic system, but it has some flaws. We’re seeing one of them as millions of people in the US Read more…

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John Pilger: A war in the American tradition

The Anglo-American attack on Afghanistan crosses new boundaries. It means that America’s economic wars are now backed by the perpetual threat of military attack on any country, without legal pretence. It is also the first to endanger populations at home. The ultimate goal is not the capture of a fanatic, which would be no more Read more…

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