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Mickey Z: Noble Carter?

The October 11, 2002 Washington Post article reported that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had beat out peace-loving nominees like George W. Bush and Tony Blair to win the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic Read more…

Romi Mahajan: What War Means to the Iraqi People

I woke up early to the news today and wish sleep carried me a little longer.  In much poetry, dawn represents the breaking of the methaphorical night of loneliness, a respite from pain.  But for the Iraqi people, this is not that dawn.   In an early morning vote, the Senate voted to approve Bush’s Read more…

Rachael Kamel: Urban Legends

Rachael Kamel is a founding member of the Jewish Mobilization for a Just Peace, a grassroots organization in Philadelphia.   Last year, not long after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, I overheard two well-dressed businessmen talking in the streets of Philadelphia. “Oh yes,” one of them told the other. “All of Read more…

Justin Francese: Thousands Rise Up Against New Era of Corporate Colonialism

indigenous peoples and it continues today with industrial megaprojects like the Plan Puebla Panama.” In Panama, indigenous activists are marching from Costa Rica to Panama City, a distance of over 200 miles, to protest the ecological destruction caused by mining on their lands. In Managua, Nicaragua, actions against the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will expose Read more…

Justin Francese: Thousands Rise Up Against New Era of Corporate Colonialism

This Saturday, October 12th, dozens of demonstrations will be held all over the US, Mexico and Central America to protest the 510th anniversary of Columbus day. Thousands of indigenous activists and supporters from Canada to Panama, will block borders, close highways and conduct various direct actions to demand basic human rights for all native peoples. Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Israel: The Jewish Demographic State?

It sounds like a bad joke, but it really happened: A rabbi went from Israel to Peru, converted a group of Native Americans to Judaism, brought them to this country and put them in a settlement, on land taken away from its Palestinian owners. There they receive, as all settlers do, generous government subsidies, paid Read more…

Eric Herring: The Choice on Iraq

The current crisis is often represented as being caused by Iraq’s refusal to comply with UN resolutions to give up its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programmes. Therefore, the argument goes, Iraq will only comply if major military threats are made, and anyway as Saddam Hussein has never complied so far, we have to be Read more…

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Jean Bricmont: Just Say No-to Imperialism

Neither Iraqi concessions nor objections from leaders of traditionally friendly countries seem able to deter the United States government from its determination to take to the warpath against Iraq to impose “regime change”. This unprecedented defiance of world opinion is a challenge that can and must be met by the rise of a strong new Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Democrats Playing Catch-up In Media War

Many news stories and commentaries have marveled at the failure of Democrats to seize the high political ground this fall. With the nation’s economic stride continuing to falter under a Republican president, the main opposition party should be cruising for a triumph in the midterm elections. Instead, the Democratic Party may be lucky to hold Read more…

Mark Curtis: Blair Jaw Jaw

Poised for war over Iraq in a new phase of the supposed “war against terrorism”, the states that profess their commitment to the highest values continue to resort to the basest of policies in practice. Current British policy towards Iraq is a microcosm of foreign policy over the past five years — contempt for international Read more…

Daid Lieberman: Cracks In The Ice

These have been tense days as we await Congress’s vote on Bush’s proposal for war powers to use against Iraq. By the time this article reaches print, the vote will have been taken and the focus of debate will have moved on, but the situation at this moment of deliberation is worth examining nonetheless since Read more…

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Edward Said: Israel, Iraq, And The US

Many parts of Lebanon were bombed heavily by Israeli warplanes on 4 June, 1982. Two days later the Israeli army entered Lebanon through the country’s southern border. Menachem Begin was prime minister, Ariel Sharon his minister of defense. The immediate reason for the invasion was an attempted assassination in London of the Israeli ambassador, but Read more…

Azmi Bishara: A Staring Contest

At a sizable demonstration recently held in London to protest against a war on Iraq, the Palestinian flag stood out amidst the sea of banners. Curiously enough, it attracted little attention, as though it were entirely normal for the Palestinian symbol to assume prominence at such an event. But such an occurrence is not commonplace Read more…

Lee Sustar: We Support The Dockworkers!

  GEORGE W. Bush and the employers want to use the Taft-Hartley Act–America’s notorious “slave labor law”–to break the West Coast dockworkers’ union. But members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have a message for Bush and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA): We won’t give up this fight. “When the PMA dictates a Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Victory in Brazil

Lula stopped just short of a first round victory in Brazil’s presidential election but is almost certain to win the second round vote on October 27. With 99 percent of polls reporting Lula has 46.4 percent of the vote. All but a tiny corner of the country is painted red in an electoral map showing Read more…

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Site Administrator: Iraq on the Verge Of War

C1. Are U.S. leaders correct in their characterization of Saddam Hussein as a monster? There are two possible meanings of the word “monster.” What most people mean by the term is a leader who pursues policies that grotesquely violate every norm of morality and international human rights law. By this definition, Saddam Hussein is certainly a Read more…

Jennifer Lowenstein: Khan Yunis: Before The Juggernaut

A mobile watchtower, lifted into the air by a crane, surveys Khan Yunis day and night. An ambulance from the city waits behind a nearby concrete building day after day; it waits so that the next child shot for playing too close to the wall can make it to the local hospital before dying. The Read more…

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David Edwards: Idolaters, Inc.

Pacifying people by passing over Western crimes and focusing laser-like on the crimes of demonised enemies is one thing. Infinitely more effective, however, is to simply persuade the public that worrying about political issues is best left to the ‘experts’. Idolatry is the time-honoured means for achieving this end – if ‘the ordinary man and Read more…

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Amira Hass: Always A Fighter, Always A Terrorist

A Palestinian is a terrorist when he attacks Israeli civilians on both sides of the Green Line – in Israel and the territories – and when he attacks Israeli soldiers at the gates of a Palestinian city. A Palestinian is a terrorist when an army unit breaks into his neighborhood with tanks and he shoots Read more…

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Charles Glass: Iraq Must Go!

“There is a dry wind blowing through the East, and the parched grasses wait the spark.” John Buchan, Greenmantle (1916) As Lloyd George’s wartime Director of Information, John Buchan urged Britain to support an incomprehensible Eastern war with the cry: ‘The Turk must go!’ At the beginning of 1916, the Turk was not going anywhere: Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Bush’s Illogic

George Bush got one thing right in his speech Monday night — that “many Americans have raised legitimate questions” about his mad rush to war with Iraq.   But he continues to misunderstand what the American people and the rest of the world want in this debate over war — credible evidence, not speculation and Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Bush Peddles War

George Bush said in his address to the nation on October 7 that the United States “has never permitted the brutal and lawless to set history’s course.”   Apparently, Bush accidentally left out part of this sentence in his talk in Cincinnati.   The statement is true with one small qualification: The U.S. has never Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Spare Us your lectures

On September 24, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1435 making clear its demand for “the expeditious withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities towards the return to the positions held prior to September 2000″ as well as its “demand for the complete cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

There is little that those of us who oppose the coming war with Iraq can now do to prevent it. George Bush has staked his credibility on the project; he has mid-term elections to consider, oil supplies to secure and a flagging war on terror to revive. Our voices are as little heeded in the Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: The Other Good War

“OneTwoThree: F-” — the Beatles “What’s that spell?”– Country Joe and the Fish “There came a voice from over the sea…” — Percy Bysshe Shelley As the full imperial dimensions of current administration policy become clearer, helped along by the recent promulgation of a new “national security” policy that calls explicitly for a new imperialism Read more…

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Robert Fisk: What The President Wants Us To forget

Each day now, someone says something even more incredible – even more unimaginable – about President Bush’s obsession with war. Yesterday, George Bush was himself telling an audience in Cincinnati about “nuclear holy warriors”. Forget for a moment that we still can’t prove Saddam Hussein has nuclear weapons. Forget that the latest Bush speech was Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

Millions of Pakistani voters will exercise their right to choose on October 10. Unfortunately they do not have much to choose from given the constitutional-tinkering, legal wrangling, horse-trading and loyalty swapping that has left the electorate awash in confusion, if not eternally disillusioned. The sum: most candidates are certified thugs and highly inept. While General Read more…

Nicola Bullard: Before they killed us with guns, now they kill us with hunger

Past and present were never far away from each other at the Argentina Social Forum and sometimes they collided in such incandescent moments of poignancy and hope that anything seemed possible: even the revolution itself. This is my attempt to describe some of those moments. On the opening day, we gathered at the Plaza de Read more…

Ned Boudreau: Devil’s Bargain

Alternative and mainstream media reported no breakthrough on AIDS funding at the Jo’burg summit on sustainable development. The mood among AIDS activists in South Africa seemed especially grim. That collective dark cloud has hung over them since a year ago last April, just after a consortium of pharmaceutical companies dropped its legal suit against the Read more…

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Site Administrator: Intervention in General

A1.   Do anti-war critics automatically and reflexively reject any U.S. use of force?   Pacifists will of course reject any use of military force. Many anti-war critics are not pacifists, however. Do they automatically and reflexively reject any U.S. use of force?   Consider a similar question: Should we automatically reject any Russian, Iranian, or Read more…

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Ted Glick: Campaign Trail Insights

Since May of this year I’ve been actively campaigning for the U.S. Senate as an independent, as a candidate of the Green Party of New Jersey. Over this period of time I’ve personally passed out tens of thousands of brochures about myself, the Green Party and what we stand for. The prominent headline at the Read more…

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Tim Wise: Con-fusion Ethic: How Whites Use Asians to Further Anti-Black Racism

It happened again, for what seems like the millionth time. Once again, in response to something I said about ongoing racism in the United States, someone (a white male, naturally) pulled out the all-too-common conservative race card (oh yes, they have one), which they believe disproves the existence of racial injustice. It sounds a bit Read more…

Neil Mackay: The Battle Over Oil

IT is a document that fundamentally questions the motives behind the Bush administration’s desire to take out Saddam Hussein and go to war with Iraq. Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century describes how America is facing the biggest energy crisis in its history. It targets Saddam as a threat to American interests because Read more…

Susan Sontag: Real Battles, Empty Metaphors

Since last Sept. 11, the Bush administration has told the American people that America is at war. But this war is of a peculiar nature. It seems to be, given the nature of the enemy, a war with no foreseeable end. What kind of war is that?There are precedents. Wars on such enemies as cancer, Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Brazil Victory

Lula stopped just short of a first round victory in Brazil’s presidential election but is almost certain to win the second round vote on October 27. With 99 percent of polls reporting Lula has 46.4 percent of the vote. All but a tiny corner of the country is painted red in an electoral map showing Read more…

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Justin Podur: 10/7

10/7 will not go down in history or live in infamy the way 9/11 did.  Those who wish that it would are guilty of something called moral equivalence.  It’s not clear what moral equivalence is, but those who are guilty of it evidently believe something like the following: that it is morally equivalent, equally criminal Read more…

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Robert Fisk: How The League Of Nations Ended Up As Debris

So George Bush Jnr is now an expert on the League of Nations, is he? Across America, he’s been telling the folks that the United Nations is in danger of becoming no more than the old pre-Second World War organisation. A “talking shop” is how he’s been referring to the League. Would that he looked Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Don’ Fence Us In

A few months ago, while riffling through my clippings searching for a lost statistic, I noticed a recurring theme: the fence. The image came up again and again: barriers separating people from previously public resources, locking them away from much needed land and water, restricting their ability to move across borders, to express political dissent, Read more…

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Ted Glick: “Democracy” In New Jersey

I guess I should feel honored that, four days ago, I was given the opportunity to get up in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court and tell them what I think about the “democratic” electoral system they were planning to tinker with later that day. I had been named as a defendant in the Read more…

Simon Pirani: Carving Up Iraq

by Simon Pirani Russia appears close to striking a bargain under which its oil companies would retain lucrative projects in a post-Saddam, US-controlled Iraq. In return, Russia could smooth the path for the UN to back George Bush’s war effort. At the first-ever US-Russia Commercial Energy Summit in Houston, Texas, on 1-2 October, the public Read more…

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Bob Wing: Housing Demolitions

Beit Sahour, West Bank October 6, 2002 Israeli courts have upheld an Israeli Army order to demolish 120 newly built Palestinian homes in Beit Sahour, a Palestinian town adjacent to Bethlehem. Residents today demonstrated against the order and launched an international campaign to save their homes. The new homes were built by a group of Read more…

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Molly Secours: The “I” Words

Don’t abandon Uncle Sam, He needs you! The United States needs world leaders to orchestrate an “intervention”. Using Alcoholic Anonymous12-step terminology; an intervention is a gathering of concerned friends and family members who confront individuals about their destructive behaviors–usually involving the excessive use of drugs or alcohol. Although George W. is a recovered alcoholic, perhaps Read more…

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John Pilger: Palestinians Not Alone

The Palestinians are no longer alone; Israel, despite the craven intimidation of some of its supporters, has ceased to be immune from truthful media criticism Edward Said once asked who, if not the writer, will “defeat the imposed silence and normalised quiet of power”. Ghada Karmi is such a writer. Her book In Search of Read more…

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Jessica Azulay: Presumed Terrorist

On September 13, 2002 three men were stopped along a highway in Florida. They were detained and searched for 17 hours because someone overheard them making suspicious comments while eating at a roadside restaurant in Georgia. The authorities found neither explosives or weapons in their cars or any other evidence of a plot, and they Read more…

Meg Bartlett: Statement For Peace

Meg Bartlett, an emergency medical worker on 9/11 will read the the following statement about why her and other EMS workers will be taking the Pledge of Resistance at the New York Central Park event on October 6th. The National Office wanted to make it available for everyone. It is also available from the Not Read more…

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Edward Said: Low Point of Powerlessness

Sixty years ago, the Jews of Europe were at the lowest point of their collective existence. Herded like cattle into trains, they were transported from the rest of Europe by Nazi soldiers into death camps where they were systematically exterminated in gas ovens. They had offered some resistance in Poland, but in most places they Read more…

Jaffer Ali: Sari Nusseibeh and the Right of Return

When one is a Palestinian growing up outside one’s ancestral home, there is often a contradiction between the Real Politik that one contemplates in the mind, and the dreams one feels in the heart. Today I write from the heart to address what some Palestinians seek to surrender, the inalienable Right of Return. The Right Read more…

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Robert Fisk: NATO Used The Same Old Trick

It’s the same old trap. Nato used exactly the same trick to ensure that it could have a war with Slobodan Milosevic. Now the Americans are demanding the same of Saddam Hussein – buried well down in their list of demands, of course. Tell your enemy that you’re going to need his roads and airspace Read more…

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Hilary Wainwright: `the Imprisoned Arms Inspector’

Sixteen years ago this week, an agent of the Israeli secret police, Mossad, enticed the thirty one year old Israeli nuclear technician, Mordechai Vanunu to a romantic weekend in Rome. The agent’s code name was ‘Cindy’ and the romance ended abruptly with Mordechai being drugged, kidnapped and bundled into the hold of a ship which Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Yearning For World War IV

The irony of Israel’s position between Iraq and the United States, is that the more Israel wants the US to attack Iraq, the quieter Israel will have to stay about it and the lower the profile it will have to keep. The paradox was most clear right after the September 11 attacks when Sharon was Read more…

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