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Xanana Gusmao: Interview With

Q: How can be the independence of East Timor guaranteed in the future? There are voices in Indonesia that are still calling for re-possession of your country. Can you trust Indonesia or do you have to prepare yourself militarily? A: No. I must say that when we try to see East Timor in the eyes Read more…

Institute for Energy: 80,000 US Cancers from old nuclear testing

An estimated 80,000 people who lived in or were born in the US between the years 1951 and 2000 will contract cancer as a result of the fallout caused by atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, according to an analysis of government studies by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Well over 15,000 of these cases Read more…

Tni press Release: Puerto Ricans Protest US Bombing Practices on Vieques

Delegation to speak to Dutch Members of Parliament From 17-25 April, Puerto Rican peace activist Moraima Rivera, a delegate of the Comité Pro-Rescate y Desarrollo para Vieques and the pro-independence group Congreso Nacional Hostosiano, will be touring the Netherlands to speak to various NGOs and members of parliament. She will be making an urgent appeal Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

THINGS ARE very bad here in Bethlehem. We’ll hold on and on, even if we are dying. But we are not living. I live in the old city near Manger Square and the Nativity Church. It’s under total military closure. I just saw on local television–I’m one of the lucky families that has electricity–that the Read more…

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Chris Kromm: Israeli Aggression: Made In The USA

By If you pay taxes this April, you are about to send a check to an overseas, rogue element, condemned by the world community, which is engaged in brutal acts of aggression against largely innocent people. It’s not the Al-Qaeda network, nor a country in President Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” The unsavory recipient of your Read more…

Omar Bargh: The By-product Victims of the Holocaust: From Deir Yassin to Jenin

Ramallah: “Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country … . We shall not achieve our goal of being an independent people with the Arabs in this small country. The only solution is a Palestine, at least Western Palestine [west of the Jordan River] without Arabs Read more…

Medha Patkar: Medha Patkar Attacked

[Note: A news summary of the incident from the times of india follows Medha's statement on the violence] The violent incident at the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad on April 7, was an outcome of and continuation of the prevailing intolerance and communalism in Gujarat. It again revealed the nexus of the capitalist, communal and unethical political Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Roots of Anti-Americanism

Public opinion polls show that anti-American sentiment in Russia has reached a level not seen since the days of the Cold War. This hostility is not the product of a political confrontation, as was the case during the Soviet era, or of a diplomatic standoff, as happened on Yevgeny Primakov’s watch as prime minister. Paradoxically, Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Today, 8 April, is the eleventh day of the re-occupation of Ramallah and its twin city El Bireh. It is the fourth re-occupation in as many months, but this one is by far the most extensive, savage, and severe. Since hundreds of Israeli tanks and armoured personnel carriers bearing thousands of soldiers rolled into Ramallah Read more…

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Robert Jensen: U.S. Culpability

I helped kill a Palestinian today. If you pay taxes to the U.S. government, so did you. And unless the policies of the U.S. government change, tomorrow will be no different. It is easy for Americans to decry the “cycle of violence” in Palestine, but until we acknowledge our own part in that violence, there Read more…

Brice c. Smith: Countdown to Doomsday

Seven minutes to midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved the hands on their Doomsday Clock down to seven minutes signifying the increasingly dangerous and unstable nuclear world in which we live. It has been one month now since the Los Angeles and New York Times first published leaked sections of the Bush Read more…

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George Monbiot: World Bank To West Bank

Two sets of human shields are in use in the West Bank. The first is less than willing. The Israeli army, like some of the terrorist groups it has fought, has been taking hostages. Its soldiers have been propelling Palestinian civilians through the doors of suspect buildings, so that the gunmen they might harbor have Read more…

Many Signatories: U.S. Letter to Europeans

LETTER FROM UNITED STATES CITIZENS TO FRIENDS IN EUROPE   The central fallacy of the pro-war celebrants is the equation between “American values” as understood at home and the exercise of United States economic and especially military power abroad.   * * * *   Following the 11 September 2001 suicide attacks on the World Read more…

Assaf Oron: Passover 2002: An open letter to American Jews

A peace-supporting Jewish organization called Tikkun published an advertisement in favor of us, the Israeli reservist ‘refuseniks’, and was immediately bombarded with hate mail and phone calls from American Jews.   Most interesting is that other Jews who consider themselves supporters of peace denounced the Tikkun ad, causing some Tikkun Advisory Board members to resign, Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Memories of Barbarity: Sharonism and September

The Israeli Defense Force continues its inhuman assault on the Palestinian population of the Occupied Territories, sometimes euphemistically called the Palestinian Authority. The Oslo Accords that produced this sham of freedom did not change the fundamental relationship between the Israeli state and the Palestinian people – one of colonial domination in all aspects of life. Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: An Imminent Coup in Venezuela?

It appears that the strategy of President Chavez’ opposition is to create as much chaos and disorder in Venezuela as possible, so that Chavez is left with no other choice than to call a state of emergency. This, in turn could either lead to a military coup or U.S. military intervention. Given that Venezuela has Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Big Macs or Indigenous Autonomy?

[translated by irlandesa] “We haven’t attacked them.  When the Orcao people built their school, we respected their work.  We want there to be respect between everyone.  On the other hand, it was they who came to attack the zapatista bases,” a member of the Autonomous Council told La Jornada in a small back room in Read more…

Gideon Levy: The People’s War

For the second time in Israel’s history, Ariel Sharon is leading the country into a war of choice – as pernicious as any war of choice – and nearly the entire public is following him more than willingly. When history judges this war, only a few will be able to say that they opposed it Read more…

John Miller: Just Say No To New Military Assistance For Indonesia

The Pentagon, with a handful of Congressional allies, is actively working to circumvent the ban on military training for the Indonesian military (TNI) initially put in place in response to the 1999 scorched-earth campaign in East Timor. Even as human rights conditions continue to deteriorate in Indonesia and justice for East Timor remains distant, they Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: Sharon’s Wars

Here we are, twenty years on , and many of the reports of what’s been happening as the Israeli army smashes its way through Ramallah and Bethlehem and the other Palestinian towns remind me of what came out of Lebanon in 1982 as Sharon and his invading army raced north: Israeli troops beating, looting, destroying; Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Going To Dc And On Going Home

The long weekend of April 19-22 in Washington, DC represents an historic opportunity for progressive social change movements. The anti-capitalist globalization movement, the newly forming anti-war movement, the growing mobilization against domestic spending cuts and the undermining of civil liberties, the Palestinian solidarity movement, and the long-standing efforts of Colombia and School of the Americas Read more…

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Linda McQuaig: Gangster Capitalism

An interview with Linda McQuaig, author of All You Can Eat: Greed, Lust and the New Capitalism, on old-style capitalism in new clothes, the triumph of corporate avarice over human rights, and the disturbing centrality of greed in Western society. Q: In All You Can Eat, you talk about a “new capitalism.” What do you Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Israel and the Threat of Transfer

The threat of “transfer” of Palestinians “is a real danger and not just a bunch of empty slogans,” Dr. Haidar Abdel Shafi, an 83-year-old refugee and a Palestinian activist based in the Gaza Strip, told the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz in an interview published April 5.   “[T]he desire to transfer us has roots in the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Interview

TONY JONES: Noam Chomsky, President Bush’s position on the Middle East crisis is evolving fast now, but until recently there have been confusing and contradictory signals coming from his administration. What do you think has been happening? PROFESSOR NOAM CHOMSKY, AUTHOR: The confusion inside the Administration I think, is a confusion about goals. I mean, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: This will be the week when we see who runs the US-Israeli alliance

So what’s the surprise? Suddenly Israel doesn’t want to take our advice. Ex-general Ariel Sharon prefers to go on wrecking the Palestinian Authority, tearing up the Oslo agreement in the name of his Holy War on terror. Why should he worry about the scandalous number of civilian casualties among the Palestinians? After all, didn’t America Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Breaking the Silence on Black Suicides

In his stage days, comedian turned political activist Dick Gregory liked to crack that whites kill themselves by leaping from a tall building, and blacks kill themselves by jumping from a basement. This bit of gallows humor always got an uproarious laugh from black audiences. For decades blacks took perverse pride and comfort in the Read more…

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Edward Said: Thinking ahead: After survival, what happens?

Anyone with any connection at all to Palestine is today in a state of stunned outrage and shock. While almost a repeat of what happened in 1982, Israel’s current all-out colonial assault on the Palestinian people (with George Bush’s astoundingly ignorant and grotesque support) is indeed worse than Sharon’s two previous mass forays in 1971 Read more…

Ron Amundson: Physician Assisted Suicide

Supporters of the assisted suicide bill blame its opposition on the religious right. This distorts the facts. Assisted suicide is opposed on secular, civil rights grounds by at least eleven national disability organizations. The reasons fit perfectly with the progressive tradition of Hawaii’s Democratic Party. It’s time this fact was recognized. I am a member Read more…

Primero de enero autonomous Municipality: Paramilitary attacks in Primero de Enero

To the National and International Press.To Public Opinion.Brothers and Sisters:From the seat of our Primero de Enero Autonomous Municipality, we are denouncing the following:As we already denounced on April 4, we now would like to inform you as to what happened today, April 5, at 4 in the morning.The ORCAO people have a paramilitary group, Read more…

1o de enero autonomous Municipality: 1o de enero vs. ORCAO and the government

[translated by irlandesa] To the National and International PressTo Public OpinionBrothers and Sisters:From the seat of our Primero de Enero Autonomous Municipality we are denouncing the incidents which took place today, April 6, 2002.Today, at 12:00 PM, Señor Marcos Méndez Sánchez, counselor of the INI Regional Fund and resident of Sibacá, was handed over, by Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Palestinians Are Blurry In The Editorial Frame

In times of crisis, many policymakers and journalists pay special attention to the editorializing from America’s most influential papers. The spin of news coverage and the mix of individual opinion pieces usually indicate the outlooks of the media establishment, but the editorials by powerhouse newspapers convey more direct messages. With carnage a daily reality in Read more…

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John Pilger: Hollywood Hurrah

I sat down the other night to watch Mai Masri’s film Frontiers of Dreams and Fears. It was on videotape; like most of her remarkable work about the Palestinians, ten films in all, it has not been shown in the cinema or on television in this country. From Shatila refugee camp in Beirut and Dheisha Read more…

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George Monbiot: America’s Bioterror

Dear President Bush, In commemorating the victims of the attacks on New York and Washington last week, you called for disputes to be “settled within the bounds of reason.” You insisted that “every nation in our coalition must take seriously the growing threat” of biological and chemical weapons. You assured us that on this issue Read more…

Al-jazeera: Mofaz to Destroy Palestinian Refugee Camp

Al-Jazeera TV website.  Saturday, 6 April 2002, 10:30 G.M.T. [translated by Eric Mueller] An al-Jazeera correspondent in Palestine has reported that the Israeli Chief of Staff, General Shaul Mofaz, is personally leading the operation to destroy Jenin refugee camp after two days of failed Israeli attempts to storm the camp. He adds that the commander Read more…

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John Pilger: Not in our name

President George W Bush yesterday called on Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian cities occupied by its forces during the last week. He excused Israel’s violence, but lectured the Palestinians and the rest of the Middle East on the need for restraint and a lasting peace. “The storms of violence cannot go on,” said Bush. Read more…

Neta Golan: The World Just Watches

For the international peace observers currently holed up within Yasser Arafat’s presidential compound – myself among them – it is not Israeli actions but the inaction of the international community that has most shocked us. Inside the pock-marked building surrounded by Israeli tanks and snipers, there is one question on everyone’s minds: How many international Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Barking Up the Wrong Olive Branch

All posturing aside, and despite numerous mixed messages, the US and perhaps even Israeli governments are beginning to admit in murmur what has been a starkly obvious reality for some time now: Whether they like it or not, it is improbable that this Intifada will be brought to a close until after substantial conclusions are Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Speech Laced With Obsessions And Little Else

Ariel Sharon could not have done better. The heaping of blame upon an occupied people, the obsessive use of the word terror – by my rough count there were 50 references in just 10 minutes – and the brief, frightened remarks about “occupation” and (one mention only) to Jewish settlements and the need for Israeli Read more…

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Justin Podur: The War Foretold

Most of the victims of the perpetual war in Colombia are unarmed poor civilians.  For every military casualty there are six civilian deaths.  In the words of one peasant leader, the Colombian war ‘is not a civil war.  It’s a war against civilians’.  Paul Valery put it another way when he said “war is a Read more…

Al-jazeera: Al-Jazeera News April 5, 2002

Al-Jazeera TV Website. 5 April 2002. 13:16 G.M.T. American emissary, Anthony Zinni, has concluded his discussions with Palestinian President Yasir Arafat in his besieged headquarters in Ramallah, the first such meeting between Arafat and a foreign personality since the Israeli occupation army laid siege to his offices and isolated him inside a few rooms in Read more…

Al-jazeera: Demonstrations in Saudi Arabia

Al-Jazeera TV Website. Friday, 5 April 2002, 12:11 G.M.T. Saudi Authorities block pro-Palestinian demonstration in Eastern part of the Country Saudi Authorities have prevented thousands of demonstrators from reaching the American consulate in the city of Dhahran, in the East of Saudi Arabia, to protest Israeli practices against the Palestinian People. The Saudi Popular Committee Read more…

Tom Lewis: Argentina: The next step

TIME HAS become the enemy of Argentina’s president Eduardo Duhalde since he took office in January. Duhalde desperately needs new loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to quiet ongoing social unrest. If the timing is wrong, or if the IMF chooses not to deliver, Duhalde’s government will collapse under the weight of Read more…

Jorge santibáñez Romellón: Migrating to the US: High Crime

On the past 27th of March, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that the business that had employed José Castro, one of the more than three and a half million undocumented Mexicans who live and work in the US, was not obligated to pay him his back salary nor any other compensation, in Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Bloody Battle of Bethlehem

Jerusalem: Rotting bodies in Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers surrounding Palestinian civilians and militiamen in the place of Christ’s birth, unburied corpses in Ramallah – Israel’s latest war is turning into a human and political tragedy on a vast scale as the last physical symbols of the Oslo peace agreement are destroyed. For two days, the suicide Read more…

Al-jazeera: Al Jazeera, April 3-2002

Al-Jazeera TV website. 3 April 2002. 20:53 G.M.T. A short while ago, columns of Israeli tanks invaded the city of Nablus in the north of the West Bank. The Israeli forces began their invasion under heavy covering fire against Palestinian National Security barriers at the entrance to the city. Columns of tanks, armored vehicles, and Read more…

Ocap Executive: Resistance and Retreat

The OCF actions over the weekend of the March 22/23rd were inspiring and are at the forefront of resistance to the Tory regime. As a result, they were also the target of a large police operation aimed at crippling the OCF as a functional coalition of working-class political resistance. While union leaderships mobilized a respectable Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Exile for the Enemy of Peace?

As fighting between Israelis and Palestinians reaches horrible new heights, many are asking whether the time has not finally come to stop tolerating an intransigent leader who refuses to put an end to the violence. Not that he should be killed, or even arrested, but wouldn’t exile be an appropriate response?   The case seems Read more…

Amy Goodman...: Democracy Now Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Democracy Now! at (212) 431-9090 ISRAELI SOLDIERS SHOOT AND KILL A U.S. CITIZEN AS SHE HOLDS HER 9-MONTH-OLD BABY IN HER LAP; WITH THE MORGUE OVERFLOWING, THE FAMILY IS FORCED TO BURY THE 21-YEAR OLD PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN IN THE RAMALLAH HOSPITAL PARKING LOT; THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DOES NOTHING Israeli soldiers on Friday Read more…

Multi-signers: Statement of Artists for Palestine

 “They would love to see me dead,” says the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwsih in one of his poems. We, undersigned UK writers and artists, categorically declare that we believe in his right and the right of the Palestinian people to live free of the nightmare that is now unfolding at their doorstep–the nightmare of living Read more…

Kim Alphandary: In The Aftermath Of Shattered Peace Talks: Chronicle Of A Community Enveloped By War

  Colombian President Andres Pastrana ruptured the Peace Talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on February 20th, ordering the armed forces to retake the demilitarized zone, a 42,139-square-kilometer area of Colombia was given to them three years ago in an effort to establish a peace process. The bombing and troop invasion of Read more…

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