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Amira Hass: What Kind of War is This?

Leaning on a cane, the man stood on a huge pile of ruins: a jumble of crushed concrete, twisted iron rods, shreds of mattresses, electric cables, fragments of ceramic tiles, bits of water pipes and an orphaned light switch. “This is my home,” he said, “and my son is inside.” His name is Abu Rashid; Read more…

Mario Novelli: Impunity and Immunity in Colombia

At 4.30 p.m. on the 14th of April, 2002, Tito Libio Hernandez was standing at the main entrance of the University of Nariño where he had worked for the last 28 years.  Two masked men sped past on a high velocity motorbike and shot him repeatedly.  He was rushed to the local hospital and was Read more…

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Greg Palast: Here’s what we read this week:

On Friday, Hugo Chavez, the unpopular, dictatorial potentate of Venezuela, resigned. When confronted over his ordering the shooting of antigovernment protestors, he turned over the presidency to progressive, democratic forces, namely, the military and the chief of Venezuela’s business council. Two things about the story caught my eye: First, every one of these factoids is Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Npr And The Fallow Triumph Of Public Radio

A triumphant story about National Public Radio appeared in late March on the front page of Current, the main newspaper of the public-broadcasting industry. “NPR Lands Most Listeners Ever,” the headline announced, over a summary of the latest Arbitron figures: “NPR programs reached 19.5 million listeners a week last fall, and member stations drew a Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Thomas Friedman’s Brave

“THOMAS FRIEDMAN is one of America’s leading interpreters of world affairs… Mr. Friedman has also won two Pulitzer Prizes for his reporting for The New York Times…” (Biographical note under Friedman’s name on page iii of his book “The Lexus and the Olive Tree,” HarperCollins, 1999) One can imagine the pleasant surprise of the readers Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Moderates Wilt But Radical South Africans Struggle On

“Breaking with some of its anti-globalization allies, the aid agency Oxfam International issued a report yesterday that praised international trade as a potentially enormous boon to the world’s poor… `The extreme element of the anti-globalization movement is wrong,’ said Kevin Watkins, a senior policy adviser for Oxfam who wrote most of the report. `Trade can Read more…

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Norman Solomon: American Journalism: A Class Act

Like most people, American journalists are apt to look at the very rich with awe. Names like Bill Gates, George Soros and Warren Buffett have the ring of modern-day royalty — high above the rest of us, and maybe even vaguely immortal. The inclination to see wealth as a gauge of human worth goes back Read more…

Fair: U.S. Papers Hail Venezuelan Coup as Pro-Democracy Move

When elements of the Venezuelan military forced president Hugo Chavez from office last week, the editorial boards of several major U.S. newspapers followed the U.S. government’s lead and greeted the news with enthusiasm. In an April 13 editorial, the New York Times triumphantly declared that Chavez’s “resignation” meant that “Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened Read more…

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Edward Said: What Israel Has Done

Despite Israel’s effort to restrict coverage of its extraordinarily destructive invasion of the West Bank’s Palestinian towns and refugee camps, information and images have nevertheless seeped through. The Internet has provided hundreds of verbal as well as pictorial eyewitness reports, as has Arab and European TV coverage, most of it unavailable or blocked or spun Read more…

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Mark Steel: Take me to the Promised Land (the long way)

At a time when many people complain that politicians are obsessed with spin, it’s so refreshing to hear Israeli spokesmen, who refuse to make the slightest concession to PR whatsoever. Asked for their attitude towards the shooting of a baby by an Israeli soldier, instead of any waffle about regrets or needing to see the Read more…

Yoel Marcus: A Holiday Of Highs And Lows

Israel’s 54th Independence Day has caught us with our national mood at rock bottom. The Promised Land has become the Land of the Security Check – a land in which citizens are afraid to walk the streets. For the first time in many years, the shadow of economic crisis also looms. Investors are fleeing and Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: Latin America’s Dilemma: Otto Reich’s Propaganda is Reminiscent of the Third Reich

The Bush administration is engaging in damage control for their questionable involvement in the failed 2 day coup against the democratically elected government of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Alarmingly, the ominous Otto Reich is emerging as a key player in the administration’s role in the failed coup attempt to replace Chavez with an oligarchy Read more…

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David Edwards: Ignorance Is Strength

In his book, The More You Watch, The Less You Know, Mediachannel’s Danny Schechter reports a study by the University of Massachusetts, which found that people who relied most on television news coverage knew least about the Gulf War and its origins. Study author, Professor Michael Morgan, reports: “Many of them also had the strongest Read more…

Kristin Schurr: Israel Detains And Beats Civillians And International Observers

I’ve been sitting with a 15 year old girl, a volunteer for the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, under a grapefruit tree here in Nablus. Earlier today about 25 internationals and 6 Palestinian UPMRC workers, including 3 medics, a doctor, the girl sitting with me, and her 16 year old friend, were attacked by Read more…

Shamai Leibowitz: Some Israelis Refuse to Serve as the Only Honorable Option

Israel’s rule over 3 million Palestinian Arabs in the territories has forced it into a position of committing a number of moral outrages. To maintain our rule, we have in the past months committed war crimes, killing and maiming thousands of civilians. Rather than bring security, the occupation has caused a great number of casualties Read more…

Kristen Ess: Report from Gaza

The Israelis have a political term that isn’t applied as much as it should be to the current conflict. ‘Tahalikh Medini,” means “settling state affairs.” Wipe away all of the humanitarian masking on this topic and you are left with Israeli pragmatism. Unchallenged in any serious political manner by either the Palestinians or the Israeli Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Progressives Of The World Unite!

As Red Crescent medics began retrieving dead bodies from the devastated Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin, as many as 100,000 pro-Israel demonstrators massed at the Capitol in D.C. The demonstration brought together conservative Jews and radical right-wing Christians, conservative Republicans and Democrats. Among the speakers were Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition, and Read more…

Rita Giacaman: A Population At Risk

April 16, 2002 Following is a quick review of the consequences of the continuing Israeli onslaught on the state of health of Palestinians. This onslaught began on the evening of March 29th, 2002, and continues until today, with serious ramifications on health status, not only in terms of mortality, injury and disability, but also in Read more…

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Danny Schechter: What’s A Journalist To Do When The Political Gets Personal?

When you write about the world, or report on what’s happening “over there,” the issues can seem far away enough to permit disengagement. The distance encourages detachment and objectification. When warring peoples are labeled and treated like competing sports teams, coverage can easily desensitize as well as inform. The world can then look like a Read more…

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Justin Podur: Re-colonization Is Still On Schedule

For the months leading up to the April 12 coup in Venezuela, there were reports and rumours coming that a coup was imminent. In December 2001, the San Francisco Examiner ran a story by Conn Hallinan who had detected the ‘scent of another coup in Venezuela’ (http://www.zmag.org/content/Colombia/hallinanchavez.cfm). This was cause for alarm. John Pilger, and Read more…

Paula Grosso: The Zapatista Women

It was four o’clock in the morning preceding a July day in 2000. The dark and quiet enveloped me as I walked through the still streets of San Cristóbal de Las Casas in the southeastern state of Chiapas, Mexico. I was heading toward the market where a small bus would take me north to the Read more…

Phil Reeves: Amid The Ruins Of Jenin, The Grisly Evidence Of A War Crime

Jenin. A monstrous war crime that Israel has tried to cover up for a fortnight has finally been exposed. Its troops have caused devastation in the centre of the Jenin refugee camp, reached yesterday by The Independent, where thousands of people are still living amid the ruins.A residential area roughly 160,000 square yards about a Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Feds Promote Prison Racial Disparities

For decades federal prisons were repositories for a relatively small number of mostly white, white-collar embezzlers, tax cheats, racketeers, and swindlers. But that drastically changed in 1994 when then President Clinton shoved through Congress the most punitive crime bill in American history. The law created a parade of new federal offenses and lengthened prison sentences. Read more…

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Amira Hass: Profound Contempt

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is a super-ruler, in the eyes of the Israelis. He has been imprisoned in his office for over two weeks. All the buildings of his government, including prisons and security apparatus, are destroyed, vandalized, empty of people. All his men are scattered and in hiding. His telephone connections are dependent Read more…

Zakaria al Qaq: What’s Happening to Palestinian Society

The effects of the past 19 months of intifada and the last three weeks of war on Palestinian society have been dramatic and have made an indelible mark whose impact will be felt for many years to come. Palestinian society has lost its hope and its faith that peace is a possibility. Palestinian society is Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Fear And Learning In America

As an outspoken critic of US policy in the Middle East, Fisk expected a hostile reception when he paid his first visit to the American Midwest since 11 September. He couldn’t have been more mistaken   Osama bin Laden once told me that Americans did not understand the Middle East. Last week, in a little Read more…

Doug Stokes: Colombia Primer

What is Plan Colombia and the Andean Regional Initiative? Colombia’s 35 year old civil war has created the third largest refugee population in the world, produces over 4,000 politically motivated murders every year, and has contributed to the 1.5 million internally displaced people within its borders.1 Approximately 55 percent of all Colombians live below the Read more…

Ruth Larson: Women, Peace and Justice in Colombia

Colombia is a country of geographical contrasts and extremes. Here one can find desert in the north-east, jungle along the Pacific coast, the mountains of the Serrania de la Macarena and islands off the coast. Colombia boasts an abundance of flora and fauna and it’s a beautiful country. Underneath all of this beauty can be Read more…

Greg Philo: Missing In Action

If you don’t understand the Middle East crisis it might be because you are watching it on TV news. This scores high on images of fighting, violence and drama, but low on explanation. A new study by the Glasgow University Media Group shows the effect of this on public understanding. The group interviewed 12 small Read more…

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Edward Herman: Susan Douglas, And The Nation, On Pacifica

The Nation magazine has had a serious conflict of interest in reporting on the Pacifica struggle. During the reign of the old Pacifica management, the magazine had its own program on Pacifica’s Los Angeles station KPFK, with the program run by Contributing Editor Marc Cooper, a close ally of station manager Mark Schubb and a Read more…

Indymedia Argentina: CHRONOLOGY OF THE CRISIS: A Critical Week in Venezuela

Translated By Mark McHarry April 15, 2002 From last Saturday, when the Workers Confederation of Venezuela (CTV in Spanish) announced it was calling for a 24-hour general strike, a series of brutal events has changed the face of the country. In barely a week, there have been three changes of government. The chronology is as Read more…

Hywel Probert: Thumbs up for the bright, white folks

Eugenics has a loyal and respectable following in the US – especially on the right. Hywel Probert reveals some surprising links between Bush and Hitler “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who Read more…

Kristin Schurr: Report From Nablus

Here in Nablus the Israeli military have cut the phone lines and destroyed the water supply. As in Jenin, the Israeli military not only bulldozes houses, tortures and kills Palestinians, but also targets the infrastructure, bringing more death, terror, and starvation. Access to medical care is nearly impossible for many, especially those on the east Read more…

David Jardine: Indonesia-us Military In New Pas De Deux

Jakarta. Indonesia’s much-vilified military (TNI) are feeling smug with themselves. Washington’s so-called ‘war on terrorism’ is providing them with new windows of opportunity.   In a foreign policy drive apparently shaped in part by former US Ambassador to Jakarta and leading Bush administration hawk Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defence Secretary, Washington is giving the butchers of Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: A Corporate Lawyer Speaks Out

Look at the law in each of the fifty U.S. states. All have a provision similar to that of Maine’s section 716: “The directors and officers of a corporation shall exercise their powers and discharge their duties with a view to the interest of the corporation and of the shareholders.” These laws make it the Read more…

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Charles Glass: Ending the Occupation

Paris. The return of Secretary of State Colin Powell to Israel has revived language that, until now, the Bush administration has avoided: peace process, peace partner and the other words that implied America would intervene in negotiations. The United States has been forced to act, because tolerance of Israeli military assaults in the occupied territories Read more…

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Seumas Milne: Our friends in Jenin

The stories of brutality and destruction filtering out of the Jenin refugee camp have become increasingly ominous. While independent observers have been kept out – along with ambulances and UN blood supplies – the Israeli army has rampaged its way through the hillside shanty town, overwhelming desperate Palestinian resistance. Hundreds are reported killed, including many Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuelan Democracy Survives, In Spite of Washington

A joke that was once popular in Latin America has become relevant again: Why has there never been a military coup in the United States? Answer: because there’s no U.S. embassy here. Latin Americans would not be surprised to read that the military coup which ousted President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela for nearly two days Read more…

Margaret Randall: Gift or loan?—Bushese

When I find myself wishing this I recognize with sorrow and rage how far the current political reality has pushed me. Me: someone who never believed electoral politics, as they operate here and now, could begin to hold the answers to people’s real needs. Desperate times make for desperate wishes. Soon it became apparent that Read more…

Margaret Randall: Gift or loan?ÑBushese

I watch West Wing whenever I can. I confess to loving the program, to wishing President Bartlett was in the White House rather than George W. Bush, and that those with executive power in our country today possessed a fragment of the humanity, belief in democratic principles, concern for issues that matter and openness displayed Read more…

Jaime Aviles: Argentina

MONTEVIDEO.- From the east side of the River Plate, 40 kilometers from Buenos Aires, full of a sadness he does not attempt to hide but which nourishes him with discoveries and revelations in the field of language, Eduardo Galeano bears witness to the terminal crisis in Argentina, a country, he says, that is “a victim Read more…

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William Blum: The CIA And The Venezuela Coup

How do we know that the CIA was behind the coup that overthrew Hugo Chavez? Same way we know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. That’s what it’s always done and there’s no reason to think that tomorrow morning will be any different. Consider Chavez’s crimes: Branding the US attacks on Afghanistan as “fighting Read more…

Peter Popham: An Outbreak of Peace in Sri Lanka?

The astonishing outbreak of peace in Sri Lanka’s vicious intercommunal conflict moved a stage further yesterday when the Tamil Tigers reached an agreement with the island’s Muslims, a minority they victimised as ruthlessly as the Tamils claimed the Sinhalese majority persecuted them. Twelve years ago the Tigers forced 100,000 Muslims out of northern and eastern Read more…

Kristen Schurr: Trying to get back into Jenin

“We’re going to try to get back into Jenin today. We tried all day yesterday and it was a total nightmare. “There are 748 here people combined from two towns who have been dumped off.They are dropped off at 200 meters from the checkpoint in their underwear. They are not allowed to go back to Read more…

Rita Giacaman: Who Lives in Jenin?

The international media has begun to show some of the tragic human consequences of Israel’s assault on Jenin refugee camp: from one BBC report alone images flash of an old woman in a wheelchair abandoned in a field, dislocated families streaming towards neighboring villages, a woman weeping by the roadside for her husband shot while Read more…

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Uri Avnery: In Jenin I founded…

105 years ago, the day after the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Theodor Herzl, wrote in his diary: “ In Basel I founded the State of the Jews.” This week, Ariel Sharon should note in his diary: “In Jenin I founded the State of the Palestinians.” Of course, he did not mean to. Quite the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Mr Powell Must See For Himself What Israel Inflicted On Jenin

Why doesn’t Colin Powell go to Jenin? What has happened to the world’s moral compass indeed to the United States when America’s most famous ex-general, the Secretary of State of the most powerful country on earth, on a supposedly desperate mission to stop the bloodshed in the Middle East, fails to grasp what is taking Read more…

Merip: Merip Primer On The Palestinian Uprising

MERIP Primer on the Uprising in Palestine A Palestinian throws back to Israeli soldiers a teargas canister during clashes in the West Bank town of Ramallah Wednesday Oct. 25, 2000. (AP Photo/Enric Marti) Introduction On April 4, George W. Bush dispatched Secretary of State Colin Powell to Israel-Palestine to attempt to stop the “storm of Read more…

Amnesty International: Israel And The Occupied Territories

”The Palestinians must be hit and it must be very painful. We must cause them losses, victims, so that they feel the heavy price”.Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister, speaking to the press on 5 March 2002Since 27 February 2002 the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have launched two waves of incursions into the Palestinian areas occupied Read more…

Heinz Dieterich steffan: Imperial Coup in Venezuela

[Translated by Jose Luna, ZNet Espanol] Champaign in Caracas and Washington. The recipe never fails. It worked with Salvador Allende in 1973, the Sandinistas in 1989 and in 2002 with Hugo Chávez. It took three years to destroy the Unidad Popular in Chile, eight for the Sandinista Front of National Liberation in Nicaragua and three Read more…

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