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Tom Engelhardt: Dreaming of George

Optimism then, optimism now: Air Force Lt. Gen. Lance Smith, Centcom’s second in command in January: “We’ve watched the number of significant events (against coalition forces) decline considerably… I won’t say we’ve turned the corner or that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but our soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors are winning Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Legitimising Terrorism

So President George Bush tears up the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and that’s okay. Israeli settlements for Jews and Jews only on the West Bank. That’s okay. Taking land from Palestinians who have owned that land for generations, that’s okay. UN Security Council Resolution 242 says that land cannot be acquired by war. Forget it. That’s okay. Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: Undermining Peace And Law

President George W. Bush’s unconditional endorsement of right-wing Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan constitutes a shocking reversal of longstanding U.S. Middle East policy and one of the most flagrant challenges to international law and the integrity of the United Nations system ever made by a U.S. president.   By giving unprecedented backing for Read more…

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David Bacon: Europe Protests Bitter Cuts

Berlin, Germany – Europe’s war between unions, trying to protect the remnants of the welfare state, and governments bent on shredding them further, brought a million people into the streets on Sunday. Half a million came out in both Berlin and Rome, while smaller numbers demonstrated in France and other German cities. For the first Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Bremer is Powerless to Restrain the US Military

Baghdad –Divisions within the US leadership in Baghdad are hampering negotiations to end the stand-off between the radical cleric Muqtada Sadr and the 2,500 American troops who are surrounding him.   Sadr, who has taken refuge with his black-clad militiamen in the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, has dropped all conditions for talks Read more…

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David Bacon: Occupation and Human Rights

The disaster that is the occupation of Iraq is much more than the war that plays nightly across U.S. television screens. The violence of grinding poverty, exacerbated by economic sanctions after the first Gulf War, has been deepened by the US invasion. Every day the economic policies of the occupying authorities create more hunger among Read more…

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Jason Leopold: Got Juice?

Get ready for another jolt this summer. California energy officials are expected to issue a startling report next week warning that the state is going to be terribly short of electricity, which could result in a repeat of the energy crisis that wreaked havoc on consumers and businesses in the Golden State three years ago. Read more…

Richard Heinberg: Plan War and the Hubbert Oil Curve

Richard Heinberg is a professor at the Santa Rosa branch of the New College of California, where he teaches courses on Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community. In 1994, his monthly on-line newsletter, called MuseLetter (www.museletter.com), received an Alternative Press Award from Utne Reader. He is the author of five books including, A New Covenant with Read more…

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Manning Marable: The Death Of Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is being erased all across America.  To understand how this tragedy happened, we need to review this country’s recent racial history.    The modern assault against black progress in higher education – and collaterally, the future of African-American Studies at white institutions as well – was simultaneously political, economic, cultural, and ideological.  There Read more…

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Manning Marable: The Death Of Affirmative Action

We must be frank about the weaknesses of affirmative action, of which two were especially significant.  Affirmative action policies first were crafted in reaction to the struggles and demands of the Civil Rights Movement.  The central issue, in the language of the day, was the status of the Negro in American society.  Groups who were Read more…

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Yves Engler: Car Domination

What do recent reports about the world’s soon to be third biggest killer, a  BMW driver in China killing a peasant bicyclist, a Global Witness analysis  on corruption in extractive industries and the World Bank refusing to adhere  to recommendations by its own commission have to do with each other? Car  hegemony.   A week Read more…

Mickey Z: Undoing the Latches Recognizing the Gates Around Us

In his brilliant book, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson writes: “I was told by some New Zealand sheep farmers that sometimes a particularly smart lamb will learn to undo the latch of a gate, evidently not an uncommon skill, and the sheep farmer then Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Threatening Leaflet

Baghdad, April 15 — Save us from the horrendous rumor mill of Baghdad. Yesterday we heard a good one: that the Mehdi militia is spreading leaflets around sections of Baghdad instructing people to inform them of any westerners residing in their area.   Almost everyone I know, including most of the NGOs, is leaving now Read more…

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Brian Tokar: The World Bank, Biotechnology and the “Next Green Revolution”

From Z Magazine, April 2004 The World Bank, Biotechnology and the “Next Green Revolution” — Brian Tokar Later this month (April 22 – 25), global justice activists will be gathering in Washington, DC for what has become the annual protest against the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. But this year’s Read more…

Mickey Z: Somalia and Iraq: Looking Back and Ahead

  "Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat." -Jean-Paul Sartre The preamble to the United Nations Charter begins, "We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…." Such idiom becomes useful when the United States intervenes under the Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The American Legacy In Iraq

Quotes of the week leading up to the presidential news conference:   “‘I want heads to roll,’ US President George W. Bush told top US officials here last week following the murder of four and mutilation of two American contractors in Fallujah.” (Matthew Gutman, “Analysis: Will rolling heads crush rebellion, or Iraq itself?” Jerusalem Post, Read more…

J. sean Curtin: Iraq Hostage Crisis Signals Turning Point For Japan

BEIRUT — The dramatic abduction of three Japanese civilians in Iraq — hostage bargaining chips — is reverberating throughout Japan, casting a long shadow over the future of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Iraq policy of dispatching troops on a humanitarian mission to help the United States there. It evokes memories of hostage-taking during Read more…

C. Douglas Lummis: The Madman and the Sword

At the very beginning of the long dialogue between thinkers that makes up western political theory there is Plato’s Republic, and at the very beginning of the Republic there is this strange and interesting exchange.  Socrates asks an old man, Cephalus, if he can define justice.  Cephalus says, Of course, justice means to tell the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Death of Scores of Mercenaries Not Reported

April 13 2004: “The Star” Baghdad – At least 80 foreign mercenaries – security guards recruited from the United States, Europe and South Africa and working for American companies – have been killed in the past eight days in Iraq. Lieutenant-General Mark Kimmitt admitted on Tuesday that “about 70” American and other Western troops had Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Rogue States Embrace the Bush-Sharon Press Conference

OCCUPIED ARAB JERUSALEM – Bush’s embrace of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s unilateral plan to annex six major West Bank settlement blocs and reject the internationally-recognized Palestinian right of return as a quid pro quo for Sharon’s pull-out from most Gaza settlements represents a major defeat for Palestinian human rights and international law, and a Read more…

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Norman Solomon: How the

When the anchor of public television’s main news program goes out of his way to tell viewers that he’s setting the record straight about a recent historic event, the people watching are apt to assume that they’re getting accurate information. But with war intensifying in Iraq, a bizarre episode raises some very troubling concerns about Read more…

Tom Reeves: Return to Haiti

I returned this month from Haiti as part of the first independent U.S.  observer delegation since the removal on February 29 of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. More than a decade ago, I helped organize the New England Observer Delegations to Haiti — nine diverse groups of prominent Boston area people who went to Haiti after Read more…

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John Pilger: Iraq is a War of National Liberation

In the New Statesman, John Pilger writes: “With the most lethal weapons billions of dollars can buy, and the threats of their cowboy generals and the panic-stricken brutality of their footsoldiers, more than 120,000 foreign invaders – terrorists by any understanding of that term – have ripped up the fabric of a nation that survived Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Scores of Dead

April 13 2004: “The Star” Baghdad – At least 80 foreign mercenaries – security guards recruited from the United States, Europe and South Africa and working for American companies – have been killed in the past eight days in Iraq. Lieutenant-General Mark Kimmitt admitted on Tuesday that “about 70” American and other Western troops had Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Misreporting 911:

NEW YORK April 12: Janet Jackson went from being a cartoon on TV to playing one this past weekend. The singer who outraged one America with her “costume malfunction” during a Superbowl half-time show giving new meaning to the phrase “boob tube,” delighted another America when she appeared costumed as a Condoleeza Rice look-alike on Read more…

John Hess: Opening Remarks to The Sorrow of War/The Power of Poetry

[On Feb. 2, 2004, Roslindale Neighbors for Peace and Justice (Roslindale, MA) held a community poetry reading, The Sorrow of War/The Power of Poetry, featuring two antiwar Vietnam veterans: David Connelly and Kevin Bowen. John Hess delivered the following introductory remarks.][It should be noted that these remarks are designed to center on the words of Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Billowing Flame

Last night an older Iraqi man in his shop on Karrada Street told me, “The situation here is worse than I can ever remember. How the Americans handle things in Falluja and down South over the next few days will determine everything. I still can’t understand their policy here. Where is the freedom they promised?” Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Winning Hearts and Minds

Baghdad, Iraq — Aadhamiyah. The mosque of Abu Hanifa, built around the tomb of the founder of the mainstream Hanafi school of Islamist jurisprudence, has stood for 1250 years in the Aadhamiya quarter of Baghdad. When Hulagu sacked Baghdad in 1257, he used it to stable his horses, but otherwise it has escaped indignities from Read more…

Derek Seidman: Looking Ahead

There is an increasing urgency—though not yet an extreme urgency—for young people in the United States involved in various social struggles to take our broader struggle for social and economic justice a big step forward.          Though its implications are not yet exactly clear, the Iraqi rebellion has shattered an impasse, and the Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Sarajevo On The Euphrates

Falluja, Iraq, a low-rise, mostly Sunni city of about 200,000, has become this war’s Sarajevo. I was there on Saturday and Sunday during what was supposed to be a cease-fire. Instead of calm, I found a city under siege from American artillery and snipers. At one of the city’s clinics I saw dozens of freshly wounded women and children, Read more…

Voices in Voices in the wilderness: Submit or Die

A Voices in the Wilderness UK briefing 13th April 2004 Roughly 800 Iraqis have been killed in the latest escalation of US/UK repression and killing in Iraq. In the first of series of emergency updates voices uk looks at what’s likely to happen next and the mind-set of some of the US soldiers fighting in Iraq. A PROLONGED Read more…

Terry Jones: Blair must try harder

Dear Mr and Mrs Blair, I have just had to mark Tony’s essay, Why We Must Never Abandon This Historic Struggle in Iraq, and I am extremely worried. Your son has been in the sixth form now for several years, studying world politics, and yet his recent essay shows so little grasp of the subject Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: This is what occupation looks like

Baghdad, Iraq — Aadhamiyah. People of Baghdad, Sunni and Shia, have been undertaking a massive relief collections for besieged Fallujah, coordinated through the mosques of Baghdad and beyond, with the mosque of Abu Hanifa in Aadhamiyah as the epicenter — we saw it begin on April 7, within hours of the launching of the operation. Read more…

Stephen Kinzer: US Iran Policy

ZNet IranWatch will be presenting some interviews on US Iran policy in the coming weeks.  This interview with Sasan Fayazmanesh, an economist at California State University, is the first of a series. Foaad Khosmood: Since 2001 there have been mixed signals coming out of Washington regarding Iran. Undersecretary of State for non-proliferation, John Bolton, has Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Indecent

Whatever you think about broadcast obscenity, it is hard to make the case that a disk jockey cursing causes greater social harm than someone who puts another person’s life in danger. But that, apparently, is how Congress looks at things. Under the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, which passed the House of Representatives earlier Read more…

: Ned Hanauer – The Search for Justice and Equality in Palestine/Israel

Founder of SEARCH, and life-long peace and human rights activist, Ned Hanauer, talks about the work to bring a just peace to the Palestine/Israel conflict.

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Sonali Kolhatkar: What Are You Doing About Afghanistan

  An Open Letter to Anti-War Activists “We’ve come to think of Afghanistan … as a sort of a backwater, as old news. But the war is still going on there. There’s the same pattern as in Iraq” – Seymour Hersh interview with Amy Davidson, 04/05/04. Afghanistan has been devastated by the U.S. military and Read more…

Juan josé Dalton: One Month After March 11

Spain has made an unexpected turn in its history. Days before the last elections, various surveys announced that the executive power was not going to change and that Mariano Rajoy, right wing candidate promoted by the president of the Spanish government, José María Aznar, was going to be victorious. It was clear that a third Read more…

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George Monbiot: Rwanda: Victim’s License

I first encountered the phenomenom of Victim’s Licence when arguing on a radio show with a British importer of mahogany from the Amazon. I had pointed out that the timber cutters who supplied him were hiring gunmen to shoot indigenous people. “Well,” he replied, “life is cheap in Brazil”. I told him that was a Read more…

Andréa Schmidt: War Without End

Iraq is a country at war. Exactly a year after we were told that the war had ended and that freedom had been brought to the people of Iraq, the square in which Saddam’s statue was toppled was put under curfew again. The curfew didn’t prevent a mortar attack on the Alwiyah Club that stands Read more…

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Paul Farmer: Who Removed Aristide?

On the night of 28 February, the Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was forced from power. He claimed he’d been kidnapped and didn’t know where he was being taken until, at the end of a 20-hour flight, he was told that he and his wife would be landing ‘in a French military base in the middle Read more…

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Paul Street: Scholars to Working America:

“We’re Not Supposed to Be Doing This to Our Kids” Ordinary working people without advanced degrees and professional titles in Griffith, Indiana get it: the United States occupation of Iraq is a reckless mission that is costing young Americans their lives for reasons that U.S. leaders have failed to make clear. Support for the troops Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Collapse?

Quotes of the day: “Saddam should not have been a hard act to follow. After 30 years of disastrous wars, Iraqis wanted a quiet life. All the Americans really needed to do was to get the relatively efficient Iraqi administration up and running again. Instead, they let the government dissolve, and have never successfully resurrected Read more…

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Robert Jensen: U.S. Still Adrift In Mideast

Dallas Morning News, April 12, 2004.   In Monday’s meeting at the presidential ranch in Crawford, George Bush and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are scheduled to discuss terrorism, freedom and the Israel/Palestine conflict — under the rubric of Bush’s “Greater Middle East Initiative.”   The key question is: What new initiative is there?   In Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: What Triggered the Shia Insurrection?

The insurrection in Shia areas of Iraq was not a sudden explosion, nor was it primarily inspired by the events in Falluja. It was, instead, the result of a long series of actions and reactions between the Coalition’s armed forces and increasingly organized and anti-American Shia militias. The most important single event was the immensely Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Americans Slaughtering Civilians In Falluja

I knew there was very little media coverage in Falluja, and the entire city had been sealed and was suffering from collective punishment in the form of no water or electricity for several days now. With only two journalists there that I’d read and heard reports from, I felt pulled to go and witness the Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Report From Fallujah

Fallujah, Iraq — Fallujah is a bit like southern California. On the edge of Iraq’s western desert, it is extremely arid but has been rendered into an agricultural area by extensive irrigation. Surrounded by dirt-poor villages, Fallujah is perhaps marginally better off. Much of the population is farmers. The town itself has wide streets and Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Collapse?

Quotes of the day: “Saddam should not have been a hard act to follow. After 30 years of disastrous wars, Iraqis wanted a quiet life. All the Americans really needed to do was to get the relatively efficient Iraqi administration up and running again. Instead, they let the government dissolve, and have never successfully resurrected Read more…

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Saul Landau: An Irresponsible Accountability Act

The United States has made a terrible error in its Middle East policy. On December 12, 2003, with little fanfare, George W. Bush signed the Syria Accountability (and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration) Act SAA — which empowers the president to place economic and diplomatic sanctions on Syria as punishment for its policies of “harboring terrorists,” “developing Read more…

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Sonia Shah: The Tiniest Trash Bin

As I approach the tiny, blue bucket of wizened, cracked plastic propped near the sink, various molded plastic and rubber items in hand, the servants washing up start to snicker. I falter, standing there in a crumbling tenement apartment in Mumbai, India. My children and I have been visiting relatives, awkwardly attempting for weeks now Read more…

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