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Jim Lobe: The Arrogance of Power

Two years after the passage by a unanimous House of Representatives and all but two senators of the August 7, 1964, Gulf of Tonkin resolution, and amid continuing escalation of the Vietnam War, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman J. William Fulbright published The Arrogance of Power (New York: Random House, 1966) in which he Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Tricky Stuff, Evil

When George Bush sneaked into Baghdad airport for his two-hour “warm meal” for Thanksgiving, he was in feisty form. Americans hadn’t come to Baghdad “to retreat before a bunch of thugs and assassins”. Evil is still around, it seems, ready to attack the forces of Good. And if only a handful of the insurgents in Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Imperial Folly:

Quote of the half-century: Senator J. William Fulbright, 1966: “Power has a way of undermining judgment, of planting delusions of grandeur in the minds of otherwise sensible people and otherwise sensible nations.”   Quote of the day: “‘We have children, we have families and we need to live,’ said Yusuf, sitting with the others [in Read more…

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Paul Street: No Time for “Told You So”: Left Vision, Iraqi Quagmire, and 2004

I first spoke about 9/11 one week after the September terror attacks at a big teach-in at Northern Illinois University. I concluded my talk with a series of dark observations and warnings. “When war machines move into gear,” I said, “ordinary people die in mass, rich people get richer, politicians restrict civil liberties, and reactionaries Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Blood, Oil, Guns And Bullets

Terror, invasion, occupation and militarization are hallmarks of the US-led corporate recolonisation of Iraq. But they have long been the hallmarks of colonialism and imperialism the world over. Neoliberal globalization and war are two sides of the same coin. So too are oil and imperialism. Former Shell scientist Claude Ake, described Shell’s activities in Nigeria, Read more…

Molly Ivins: Wow! Two horrible bills at the same time!

AUSTIN, Texas — Wow! Not one, but two huge, horrible, last-minute life-changing bills, and the second is even worse than the first! Record-shattering bad legislation immediately eclipsed by record-shattering bad legislation. These Republicans have talent: It is not easy to do this much damage to people’s lives with a straight face and that unctuous air Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Purported Bush Tape Raises Fear of New Attacks

A tape today surfaced in U.S. media outlets of someone purporting to be George W. Bush at a U.S. military base in Baghdad. Intelligence analysts around the world are studying the videotapes. “It certainly looked and sounded like him, but we get so few glimpses at Bush in real-life situations that it is hard to Read more…

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Paul Street: “Bush Wins on Security”

When it comes to the arrogant, elitist science of political and media spin, there’s no place quite like the United States. A recent opinion piece by Republican strategist Rich Tafel on the front page of the Chicago Tribune’s Sunday “Perspectives” section is an excellent case in point. Titled “Secure in Office,” Tafel’s commentary is accompanied Read more…

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Gideon Levy: “I punched an Arab in the face”

Staff Sergeant (res.) Liran Ron Furer cannot just routinely get on with his life anymore. He is haunted by images from his three years of military service in Gaza and the thought that this could be a syndrome afflicting everyone who serves at checkpoints gives him no respite. On the verge of completing his studies Read more…

Sharmini Peries: Bush’s Plan for Cuba

“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.” – Voltaire, 1767 FOREGROUNDING the 2004 United States election campaign, President George W. Bush announced on October 10 before a gathering of anti- Castro Cuban-American constituents at a ceremony in the White House’s Rose Garden that the Read more…

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David Bacon: The War on Iraq’s Workers

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (10/20/03) — The disaster that is the occupation of Iraq is much more than the suicide bombings and guerilla ambushes of U.S. troops which play 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 latest invasion. Every day Read more…

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Evo Morales: Legalizing the Colonization of the Americas

This interview took place a month after Bolivia’s Gas War, a massive social uprising against the proposal to export the nation’s gas to the US through a Chilean port. Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in Latin America. Instead of selling these reserves to the US for a meager sum, many protesters demanded Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Why I Hate Thanksgiving

Historian Howard Zinn tells us how Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Price of Free Speech on the Iraq War

In Iraq, they are just numbers, bloodstains on a road. But in the little town of Madison in Wisconsin last week, they were all too real on the front page of the local paper, the Capital Times. Sergeant Warren Hansen, Specialist Eugene Uhl and Second Lieutenant Jeremy Wolfe of the 101st Airborne Division were all Read more…

Dave Mccoy: Global Health Watch

Global civil society does not participate strongly and consistently in international health advocacy. Whilst high-profile success has recently been achieved with the campaigns on access to medicines and the past twenty years have seen positive achievements due to pressure from civil society (for example, on breastfeeding and smoking), there is a striking lack of involvement Read more…

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Rebecca Solnit: Fragments of the Future:

The future was being modeled on both sides of the massive steel fence erected around the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami last Thursday. Inside, delegates from every nation in the western hemisphere but Cuba watered down some portions of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement and postponed deciding on others in an Read more…

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George Monbiot: The Moral Myth

It is no use telling the hawks that bombing a country in which Al Qaeda was not operating was unlikely to rid the world of Al Qaeda. It is no use arguing that had the billions spent on the war with Iraq been used instead for intelligence and security, atrocities such as last week’s attacks Read more…

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Jeremy Scahill: The Miami Model

MIAMI–We were loading our video equipment into the trunk of our car when a fleet of bicycle cops sped up and formed a semi-circle around us. The lead cop was none other than Miami Police Chief John Timoney. The former Police Commissioner of Philadelphia Timoney has a reputation for brutality and hatred of protesters of Read more…

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Saul Landau: FTAA

Kevin Danaher is a founding director of Global Exchange (www.globalexchange.org), an international human rights group based in San Francisco. His new book is “Insurrection: Citizen Challenges to Corporate Power,” co-authored with Jason Mark (Routledge, 2003). Nico Pitney writes daily at NotGeniuses.com. He is a student activist and writer based in southern California. Pitney: Before we Read more…

Shiko Behar: The Israeli Text and Context of the Geneva Accord

The Geneva Accord, the latest unofficial framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace made public in mid-October 2003, has not become the basis for official negotiations. But the initiative has already been successful in one respect: it has uncorked as many vocal hopes as it has protests among Israelis and Palestinians, even though the Israeli government has rejected Read more…

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Naomi Klein: The War on Dissent

In December, 1990, U.S. President George Bush Sr. travelled through South America to sell the continent on a bold new dream: “a free-trade system that links all of the Americas.” Addressing the Argentine congress, he said that the plan, later to be named the Free-Trade Area of the Americas would be “our hemisphere’s new declaration Read more…

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Michael Yates: Working in the US

Left Hook’s Derek Seidman interviewed Michael Yates, author of the new book Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy. Yates is a radical economist, a longtime labor educator, and a former Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburg. He is the author of numerous books, including . He is currently the Read more…

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Mark Engler: Miami’s Trade Troubles

Jeb Bush wanted a win in Miami, and he got one, so the White House says. Any honest observer, however, knows that the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) failed before they ever began. Almost a week before the summit, trade officials announced that none of the substantive issues for the Read more…

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Nick Turse: Eclectic Musical Activist Cadre Demands: “Tell Us the Truth!”

  “When presidents and politicians lie, it is the job of the press to expose and challenge those lies. When the press fails, the lies become laws,”                                         — The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello) In 1992’s A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson’s crusty, tough-as-nails Marine Colonel, Nathan R. Jessup, being told “I want the truth!” Read more…

Mahir Ali: Terrorism Spreads To Turkey

THERE are, naturally enough, efforts afoot to nail down a cause for the suicide bombings that have lately claimed at least 50 lives in Istanbul. Turkey, after all, did not join the “coalition of the willing”. Although influential members of its ruling elite were keen to chip in, the option was rejected by parliament – Read more…

Mickey Z: Anarchy And The FBI

“What a waste of thumbs that are opposable/To make machines that are disposable And sell them to seagulls flying in circles/Around one big right wing Yes, the left wing was broken long ago/By the slingshot of COINTELPRO And now it’s so hard to have faith in anything/Especially your next bold move” –“Your Next Bold Move,” Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Checking Out the Administration Scorecard

More than two years after the World Trade Center towers came down and the President declared his “war on terrorism,” it seems reasonable to offer a little scorecard on the “war(s)” of choice for this administration.   Let’s just start with terrorists and allies (as identified by the administration); you know, the ones we were Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The Media War Has Come Home

During the 60’s, some elements of the anti-war movement believed that it was time to bring the war home. The idea: give America a taste of what Vietnam was suffering by launching an armed resistance. Their “blows against the empire” were misguided and self-destructive, as even most of the surviving wannabe guerilla warriors now agree, Read more…

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Saul Landau: Cui bono? The embargo as ideology for rip offs

OPINION: “U.S. law forbids Americans to travel to Cuba for pleasure. That law is on the books and it must be enforced. We allow travel for limited reasons, including visit to a family, to bring humanitarian aid, or to conduct research. Those exceptions are too often used as cover for illegal business travel and tourism, Read more…

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Walden Bello: People Pour into Miami

MIAMI — The United States will try to paint the Miami meeting of the Free Trade of the Americas (FTAA) as a success, but the reality is that the opponents have pulled off a victory. This was the assessment of movement leaders as thousands of protesters from all over the Americas converged on this city Read more…

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Tom Hayden: Miami

MIAMI. The police force seemed to operate with the brains and appetite of a carnivorous shark today as City officials promoted “the Miami model” of suppression even as protestors and trade ministers were leaving the city. At an afternoon press conference Thea Lee, the chief international economist of the AFL-CIO, spoke of feeling terrified yesterday Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Iraq’s Press

Under US Control, Press Freedom Falls Short in Iraq by Freedom of the press is beginning to smell a little rotten in the new Iraq. A couple of weeks ago, the Arabic Al-Jazeera television channel received a phone call from one of U.S. Proconsul Paul Bremer’s flunkies at the presidential palace compound. The station had Read more…

Hanan Ashrawi: Hurtling Toward the Abyss

Jon Elmer, FromOccupiedPalestine.org: The pro-Israel lobby went on a rabid campaign of defamation and intimidation when you were announced as the winner of the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize. To certain symbolic lengths, they succeeded: Sydney University withdrew the use of the Great Hall for the ceremony, the Lord Mayor of Sydney disassociated the city with Read more…

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Bill Fletcher: Seeing Red over ‘Redskins’

It’s football season and I feel the same way I do every autumn. Perhaps it is just that I want to have a team that I can follow and root for. I don’t know, but my stomach turns each year with both anger and disappointment. I am not going to repeat all of the reasons Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Art and Politics

interview with Sarah Burton Howard Zinn and Thom Yorke have never done lunch, waved to each other along the red carpet, or even had a conversation. But what if they did? We took the recent release of Howard Zinn’s new Seven Stories Press book, “Artists in Times of War,” (http://www.sevenstories.com) as an opportunity to find Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Where Are We Going

It’s the price of joining George Bush’s “war on terror”. They couldn’t hit Britain while Bush was on his triumphalist state visit to London, so they went for the jugular in Turkey. The British consulate, the British-headquartered HSBC bank. London-abroad. And of course, no one – least of all the Turks – imagined they would Read more…

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George Monbiot: George Bush, The Anti-American

This week something unprecedented will happen in Britain. An American president will arrive here and be greeted not by cheering crowds but by howls of execration. The protests in London against George Bush are likely to be the biggest Britain has seen since the anti-war marches in February. The people of the United States will Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Clash in Brazil: A Distant Mirror

RIO DE JANEIRO — After a quarter-century of intensive grassroots organizing and a victorious presidential campaign a year ago, Brazilian social movements are in a strong position as they push the left-wing Workers Party government to fulfill its promises. The contrast to Washington’s current political climate is as diametrical as the opposite seasons of the Read more…

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John Pilger: I Know When Bush Is Lying: His Lips Move

Shortly before the disastrous Bush visit to Britain, Tony Blair was at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. It was an unusual glimpse of a state killer whose effete respectability has gone. His perfunctory nod to “the glorious dead” came from a face bleak with guilt. As William Howard Russell of the Times wrote of another Read more…

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David Edwards: Terror And The Whirlwind

No links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction, and now no question that the invasion of Iraq has led to a massive increase in the threat of terrorism, as the series of bombings across Iraq, in Riyadh (May 12 and November 9), Casablanca (May 16), Jakarta (August 5) and Istanbul (November Read more…

Kristen Ess: Un Resolution 1515 To Back Roadmap

“More resolutions is not the solution,” said Israel’s deputy UN ambassador Aryeh Mekel. They must not be for Israel, considering its history of not honoring them. Since 1967 and the passing of Resolution 242, the UN has passed 130 resolutions against Israel, none of which have been honored. The 15-member United Nations Security Council voted Read more…

Orville Schell: No Exit Strategy?

The Bush administration has brought the notion of the “marketization” of American life to heights unequalled in history. With former (and probably future) business executives and lobbyists in so many key positions, whole cabinet-level departments, the Department of Defense included, are now run more like large corporations than agencies of government. Unsurprisingly, a new, business-style Read more…

Lee Sustar: Steel And The Politics Of Free Trade

IS AMERICAN steel a rust-belt relic or a pillar of the U.S. economy? Should organized labor support high tariffs in an effort to defend steel jobs and manufacturing employment overall? These questions came to the fore last week after the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that the U.S. had violated WTO rules by placing tariffs Read more…

C.p. Pandya: The Chavez Government’s Economic Policies

Despite attempts by the Venezuelan opposition and the US business press to paint the Chavez government as the cause of Venezuela’s economic problems, the economic crisis in Venezuela, and indeed throughout the poor countries, is more widespread, deeper, and longer-running than anything that can be attributed to a single regime. A quick look at the Read more…

Roberto Manriquez: Chile’s Mapuche

Oh Ngvnechen, give me your breathyour breath of powerful airThis one will be a singer, you said, giving methe blue horse of the word-Elicura Chihuailaf Despite 250 years of successful resistance against the invasion of the Spanish kingdom and nearly 200 years of struggle against the state of Chile, the Mapuche (‘people of the earth’) Read more…

Andew Lodge: Bush does London

George Bush arrived in London this week amid great fanfare and an awesome entourage of security personnel to ensure his safety. While this level of security was unprecedented for a visit by the US leader to London, it was justified by the threat of attack and the apparent need to keep the US leader far Read more…

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Saul Landau: FTAA

As kids we swapped baseball cards, or sold them for money (10 cents). But today trade means something very different. Indeed, every child in the Americas should understand that those attending the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) meeting in Miami do not seek to improve your leverage in exchanging vintage Hank Aaron or Read more…

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Hilary Wainwright: The Importance of the Local

Speech at the seminar “The Right to Housing, Municipal Rights in Europe: struggles, analyses and mobilisations”European Social Forum II13 November 2003 I want to make strategic argument, I want to argue for the importance of struggles and strategies in the locality. I also think that a greater stress on the local, at the same time Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Linking Occupation to ‘War on Terror’

Reuters is one of the more independent wire services. So, a recent news story from Reuters — flatly describing American military activities in Iraq as part of “the broader U.S. war on terrorism” — is a barometer of how powerfully the pressure systems of rhetoric from top U.S. officials have swayed mainstream news coverage. Such Read more…

Julian Massaldi: Buenos Aires Consensus

 Some documents are meant to make history, like the Magna Carta or the Declaration of Human Rights. Countless more are lost in the beaurocratic limbo of history. Only time will tell which of these will be the fate of the Buenos Aires Consensus, a 20-point declaration signed by the Lula da Silva and Néstor Kirchner, Read more…

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