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Mitchell Plitnick: Hope In Days Of Despair

The crime that began this week is almost beyond imagination. Over the course of the past few months, the Bush administration has tried desperately to garner world support for their invasion, and to find some shred of evidence that Iraq actually poses a threat. They failed utterly on both counts, convincing none but the most Read more…

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David Cromwell: All The Indicators Are Already Red

Quote 1 “Iraq: The Human Cost Of War50,000 civilian deaths?500,000 civilians injured?2,000,000 refugees and displaced people?10,000,000 in need of humanitarian assistance?”(Front cover of the March/April 2003 issue of “Amnesty”, Amnesty International UK’s magazine, quoting warnings by UN humanitarian agencies) Quote 2 “All the indicators are already red and we are very, very concerned.” (Veronique Taveau, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: We Bomb, They Suffer

Donald Rumsfeld says the American attack on Baghdad is “as targeted an air campaign as has ever existed” but he should not try telling that to five-year-old Doha Suheil. She looked at me yesterday morning, drip feed attached to her nose, a deep frown over her small face as she tried vainly to move the Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: The War

Just think. In the middle of last year, when this war was still only gestating, George W. Bush stated that ‘we have to be ready to attack in any obscure corner of the world'; ergo, Iraq is an obscure corner of the world. Does Bush believe that civilization began in Texas and his fellow Texans Read more…

Dsm: Fail to Obey!

The movement “Drugaciji svet je moguc” (Another World is Possible) condemns the illegal assault by the US-lead military coalition on the people of Iraq. We believe this “pre-emptive” war has been launched by this coalition in the aim of seizing Iraqi oil reserves and “preserving US power, positions and prestige”, a line that has often Read more…

Cincy Corrie: Rachel Corrie’s Mother Speaks Out

ON MARCH 16, 23-year old Rachel Corrie, a Palestinian rights activist working with the International Solidarity Movement, stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer in the city of Rafah in Gaza. For three hours, there had been a standoff, as Rachel and others blocked the bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home. Activists at the scene Read more…

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Justin Podur: Palestine and Globalization

Review of: “Epidemic of Globalization: Ventures in World Order, Arab Nationlism and Zionism.” Dr.Adel Samara198 pp. Order from publisher: Palestine Research and Publishing Foundation,PO Box 5025, Glendale, California 91221, U.S.A. @ $13.00 In February 2003, Adel Samara faced an Israeli journalist, Samuel Segev, on a Canadian debate television show.  The opponents of Palestinian rights, both Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Missiles

Saddam’s main presidential palace, a great rampart of a building 20 storeys high, simply exploded in front of me a cauldron of fire, a 100ft sheet of flame and a sound that had my ears singing for an hour after. The entire, massively buttressed edifice shuddered under the impact. Then four more cruise missiles came Read more…

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Tim Wise: Mental Botox

I remember the first time I ever visited inmates on Tennessee’s death row. What struck me about the experience was not so much the solemnity or the pall of pending execution that hung over the place like a threatening storm cloud. Nor was it the incredible humanity and even decency of several of the condemned-even Read more…

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Mark Steel: The First Casualty Of This War Is Common Sense

I  suppose Clare Short thinks she can get across her point of view more effectively by staying in the Cabinet. When civilian deaths go over 10,000, she’ll give that Tony Blair such a look. She seems to have convinced herself that she has to be part of a government that bombs Iraq, as without her Read more…

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Sudhanva Deshpande: George Bush in New Delhi

A large demonstration was held today, on 22 March 2003, at the American Embassy in New Delhi. The demonstration was going on expected lines as speaker after speaker condemned the American action in Iraq, till a most unexpected event occurred. A spokesman of the British High Commission arrived and wanted to address the protestors. The Read more…

Paulo Coelho: Thank you, President Bush

Thank you, great leader George W. Bush. Thank you for showing everyone what a danger Saddam Hussein represents. Many of us might otherwise have forgotten that he used chemical weapons against his own people, against the Kurds and against the Iranians. Hussein is a bloodthirsty dictator and one of the clearest expressions of evil in Read more…

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David Edwards: Falling At The Feet Of Power

“Peoples of Egypt, you will be told that I have come to destroy your religion. Do not believe it! Reply that I have come to restore your rights!” (Napoleon Bonaparte, 1798) “Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. Your wealth has been stripped of you Read more…

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John Pilger: Resist

WHEN Bush and Blair begin their illegal and immoral attack on a country that offers us no threat, we all have a choice. We can wring our hands and say there is nothing we can do in the face of such powerful piracy – or we can reclaim the democracy that has been so corrupted Read more…

Cathy Breens: From Bagdhad

Dear Friends, You will excuse me if this is somewhat disjointed. Bombing began at 5:35 m this morning and I will attempt to tell you something of this. We don’t know for how long the Internet center will be open and the servers up and running. So I will be thinking and typing rapidly. We Read more…

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Bush Bets IT All

The United States is in deep trouble. The President of the United States has taken an enormous gamble, and done it from a fundamentally weak position. He decided a year ago or so that the U.S. would make war on Iraq. He did this in order to demonstrate the overwhelming military superiority of the United Read more…

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Ray McGovern: Forgery, Hyperbole, and Half-Truths

 … Summary: Retired and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) professionals write President George Bush with an “increased sense of urgency and responsibility” regarding the looming war between the US and Iraq …  March 18, 2003 MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth: A Problem We last wrote you Read more…

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Tim Wise: No Ribbons, No Flags, No Fireworks

Dear neighbor, Please spare me the lecture. Likewise, don’t bother asking me why I refuse to tie a yellow ribbon around the tree in my front yard, or put out a flag, or slather my Honda Civic with “Support the Troops” bumper stickers. I don’t feel like explaining it every time someone wants answers to Read more…

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Zoltan Grossman: The Next Stage

The carrot-and–stick strategy at first seemed ingenious, or at least crafty. In the days leading up to the U.S.-led war on Iraq, the “stick” of looming invasion would pressure Iraqi military or political officials into arresting or killing Saddam Hussein. The “carrot,” or their incentive to oust Saddam and his sons, would have been to Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Casualties Of War — First Truth, Then Conscience

The national media echo chamber is not receptive to conscience. On television, the voices are usually loud and facile. People often seem to be shouting. In contrast, the human conscience is close to a whisper. Easily unheard. Now, the biggest media outlets are in a frenzy. The networks are at war. Every cable news channel Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Myths And Facts About The War

Last night, our president announced a war to the nation and the world. Let us be clear about what this war is and what it is not. This war is not the result of a failure of diplomacy. This war is not a pre-emptive war. This war is not about weapons of mass destruction. This Read more…

Javier Ortiz: The Great Dictator?

For more than a decade we have been regaled with the shameful precedent of the Munich Accord and the cowardice of European states in the face of Hitler as an argument for standing up to Saddam Hussein. However, to compare Germany in 1938 and Iraq in 2003 is at best laughable. The Hitler regime was Read more…

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John Clarke: What’s at Stake in the OCAP Trial?

On June 15, 2000, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) brought a crowd of 1,500 people to the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park. The March was organized to demand action from the Provincial Tory Government on the growing crisis of homelessness. The organizers of the event sought to break through that Government’s notorious intransigence by Read more…

Michael Bradburn-ruster: A Golden Example of Globalization

In the Shinyanga region of west central Tanzania, one of the poorest in the country, small-scale mining at Bulyanhulu once offered rural people an income about 6 times what they could make from farming.  The nation’s richest gold deposit, Bulyanhulu is located in the Kahama district, about 30 miles south of Lake Victoria, an area Read more…

Verne Harris: South Africa, Nuclear Weapons, and Secrecy

In recent international debate around Iraq and the dismantling of weapons of mass destruction, South Africa has been cited frequently as an exemplary case in nuclear disarmament.  Local media have been quick to pick up on the issue, and we have been treated to interviews with FW de Klerk, Pik Botha and others about the Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: Those Stupid Actors?

What’s up with these talk radio hosts and TV pundits getting all hot and bothered over the various Hollywood celebs who have spoken out against a U.S. invasion of Iraq? I wonder how many of these Hollywood bashers voted for the thespian-turned-politician Ronald Reagan. Should we not pay attention to the “Great Communicator?” A friend Read more…

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Saul Landau: You can’t run an empire by republican rules

Let s stop using the phrase international community, especially as it applies to the United Nations. One member of a civilized community does not tap the phones of other members. But the Bush Administration has thrown away the short book of rules that the United States once supposedly applied and has replaced it with a Read more…

Chris Appy: The President’s Global Credibility Gap

From the fall of Saigon until 2001, perhaps the only Vietnam War lesson most Americans could agree upon was that the United States should never again wage war without the strong and undivided support of its own citizens. This may not have prevented a number of thinly approved wars in the 1980s and 1990s, but Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Uniting For Peace

US LAUNCHES PREEMPTIVE ATTACK AGAINST UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY All over the world, governments and civil society groups are proposing to take the US-led attack on Iraq to the UN General Assembly under a procedure known as “Uniting for Peace.”  The US is so alarmed that it has launched a preemptive attack with a letter to Read more…

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Paul Burrows: Reflections on Rachel Corrie’s Murder

Those of us in the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), and involved in Palestine solidarity work more generally, are deeply shocked and horrified by the recent murder of Rachel Corrie. On Sunday, March 16th, 2003, Rachel was attempting to prevent the demolition of a house in Rafah (a major town in Gaza), owned by a Palestinian Read more…

Laurie King-irani: Birds And Bombs

VICTORIA, BC — “So, when do you think the war will start?” an Iranian friend asked in an email message two weeks ago. “Probably around the 20th,” I responded. “That’s not going to happen!” he quickly wrote back. “First, it’s during the full moon, and second, it’s Nowruz! The US wouldn’t be that crass, would Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: The Invasion Of Iraq

AFTER TWELVE years of deadly siege warfare, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, the United States is again poised to mount a major invasion of Iraq (which will probably be underway when this magazine appears). The Bush administration is hell-bent on war and has made it clear that it will invade Iraq, engineer Read more…

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Amira Hass: As war Approaches Palestinian Fears Rise

Nearly every night these past three weeks, F. has been dreaming that she, her family, her neighbors and the rest of the inhabitants of Ramallah are expelled from their homes. As the attack on Iraq becomes more certain, the scenes have become sharper and more persistent. In her recurring nightmares, the army orders everyone out Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Deep Concerns

At this grim moment, we can do nothing to stop the ongoing invasion.  But that does not mean that the task is over for people who have some concern for justice, freedom, and human rights.  Far from it.  The tasks will be more urgent than before, whatever the outcome of the attack.  And about that, Read more…

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Milan Rai: Blitz-coup

SHOCK, AWE AND COUP D’ETAT The latest news about the US war plan confirms that this war is not for the liberation of Iraq. The war is designed to precipitate a coup. ‘General Richard Myers, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said recently: “If asked to go into conflict in Iraq, what you’d Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: The Lilliputians Are No Longer Tiny People

Yediot Aharonot, March 19, 2003, translated from Hebrew by Irit Katriel. A pointed description of the current situation was provided by Israeli analyst Ehud Ya’ari last week, when he recalled the story of Gulliver, the giant whom the tiny people of Lilliput tied up with thin strings until, contrary to the laws of physics, he Read more…

Dan Stober: Nuclear Inspectors Reportedly Angry

As United Nations nuclear inspectors flee Iraq, some of them are angry at the Bush administration for cutting short their work, bad-mouthing their efforts and making false claims about evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Some inspectors are “scandalized” at the way President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, among others, have “politicized” the Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Pro-war Propaganda Machine

IN THE former USSR, people knew that the country’s state-owned newspaper Pravda would peddle Moscow’s line, no matter how outrageous the lies. George W. Bush can’t boast that the Republican Party owns the country’s newspapers, television stations or radio networks. But he can still count on a press that’s nearly as obedient as Pravda. No Read more…

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Danny Schechter: War Coverage Goes Wall-To-Wall

NEW YORK, Mar 19, 2003 — If you watch American television, it feels like New Year’s eve with clocks counting down the minutes before the big ball drops in Times Square. Only this time, the big ball is likely to be a big bomb and the target is Baghdad, but the anticipation, even excitement is Read more…

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Paul Street: Making Connections

Questioning Domestic Hierarchy United States policymakers were encouraged to scale back and finally call off their military crucifixion of Southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s by realization that their actions overseas were feeding a rebellion that endangered hierarchy at home.  They would have been more willing to withstand mass organizing and protest if the Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Reject Defeatism… Organize!

The onset of war does not negate the unprecedented antiwar activism in recent weeks and months, nor does it provide reason to diminish our efforts. Quite the contrary. Struggle for change should not be apocalyptic. The task is to steadily amass growing commitment to prevent U.S. imperial, anti-democratic, illegal, and immoral assaults on defenseless third Read more…

Michael Poulshock: On The Eve Of War

I really don’t have any thoughts to add on this subject of war that haven’t already been said by those more eloquent, experienced, or clear-minded than myself. But my heart is heavy tonight and I will venture some reflections nonetheless. When I returned from working in Kosovo after the war there, I went around to Read more…

Elizabeth Schulte: Right Wing On Rampage

  GEORGE W. BUSH and the Republican Neanderthals in the Senate are declaring war–this time on women’s right to abortion. Last week, the Senate passed legislation banning abortion procedures that the right wingers call “partial-birth” abortion. “Partial birth” is the term that the Christian Right made up to refer to seldom-used late-term procedures used when Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Empire is not Invincible

Bush has given Iraqis 48 hours to remove Saddam Hussein. If they do not comply they will be bombed and thousands of them will probably be killed. This is only the latest example of a long history of the United States making demands that cannot be met in order to justify war. In 1999, the Read more…

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Paul Street: Moments of Truth, Masters of War

Across the nation, America‘s newspapers announce the same headline, handed as is so often the case to our media poodles by their masters in the White House: “Moment of Truth.”   It is a moment of truth, a pivotal time, one of those fateful points where you have to decide – left or right, in Read more…

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George Monbiot: Left Behind To Starve

There is surely no more obvious symptom of the corruption of western politics than the disproportion between the money available for sustaining life and the money available for terminating it. We could, I think, expect that, if they were asked to vote on the matter, most of the citizens of the rich world would demand Read more…

Lori Berenson: Is Peru the Model for Fighting

Huacariz Prison — Cajamarca, Peru In the early 1990s, at the very same time that the autocratic President Alberto Fujimori implemented a neo-liberal economic policy that sadly further impoverished Peru’s already poor majority and began a political agenda that further removed their social and political rights, the Peruvian government’s propaganda machine labeled the ongoing political Read more…

Nisgua: Analysis Of Situation In Guatemala

Government The balance of the past three years of FRG (Guatemalan Republican Front) party control over the government is negative. Headed by President Alfonso Portillo and President of Congress Efraín Ríos Montt, the deterioration is due to Guatemala’s economic, political, moral and social crises; government corruption; the ongoing confrontation between the government and CACIF (the Read more…

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David Edwards: The Ruthless And The Dead

“The American population was bombarded the way the Iraqi population was bombarded. It was a war against us, a war of lies and disinformation and omission of history. That kind of war, overwhelming and devastating, waged here in the US while the Gulf War was waged over there.” (Howard Zinn) The Great Divide The public Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: Preparing The Nation For War

“My fellow citizens, events in Iraq have now reached the final days of decision. For more than a decade, the United States and other nations have pursued patient and honorable efforts to disarm the Iraqi regime without war.”This is patently false. In 1998, President Bill Clinton successfully pressured UNSCOM director Richard Butler to withdraw inspectors Read more…

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