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Norm Dixon: Pakistan

As proof continues to mount that US President George Bush’s administration systematically lied about Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to justify invading the oil-Rich Persian Gulf country, it has been revealed that Pakistan, one of Washington’s closest allies, has been peddling nuclear weapons technology for more than a decade. On February 4, Read more…

Tom Reeves: The US Double Game in Haiti

Not quite a year ago, after returning from Haiti, I wrote for Z-net, “the United States government is playing the same game as in Iraq – pushing for “regime change” in Haiti. Their strategy includes a massive disinformation campaign in U.S. media, an embargo on desperately needed foreign aid to Haiti, and direct support for Read more…

Tom Reeves: US Double Game in Haiti

Not quite a year ago, after returning from Haiti, I wrote for Z-net, “the United States government is playing the same game as in Iraq – pushing for “regime change” in Haiti. Their strategy includes a massive disinformation campaign in U.S. media, an embargo on desperately needed foreign aid to Haiti, and direct support for Read more…

Mariam Rawi: Afghanistan

When the US began bombing Afghanistan on October 7 2001, the oppression of Afghan women was used as a justification for overthrowing the Taliban regime. Five weeks later America’s first lady, Laura Bush, stated triumphantly: “Because of our recent military gains in much of Afghanistan, women are no longer imprisoned in their homes. The fight Read more…

Paul de Rooij: The BBC and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

At present, ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is ongoing and systematic, yet it is difficult to find any reference to this crime against humanity in most news media. The issue is not so much slanted coverage as scant or selective coverage of the misery Israel is inflicting on the Palestinians. Although the BBC has a reputation Read more…

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Amira Hass: Failed Predictions

“The planners of the fence failed to predict its effects on innocent Palestinians,” National Security Advisor Giora Eiland told a high-level diplomatic-security forum in Germany this week (Haaretz, February 9). Like Eiland, other Israeli representatives are now trying to convince the western countries and the United States in particular that the route of the separation Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Iraqnophobia

Quote of the day: “Michael O’Hanlon, a military specialist at the Brookings Institution, said the discretionary funds readily available to fill any financing gap could be exhausted by February or March. ‘The military doesn’t want to feel like it’s living week to week, hand to mouth at the Congress’s mercy,’ he said.” (Eric Schmitt, “Service Read more…

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Marta Russell: A Brief History of Wal-Mart and Disability Discrimination

Wal-Mart was recently busted for disability discrimination in hiring – again. In January the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed lawsuit against the retail giant for discriminating against Steven J. Bradley, when he applied for a job at Wal-Mart in Richmond, Missouri. Bradley has cerebral palsy and uses crutches or a wheelchair as mobility aids. Read more…

Tetsuya Takahashi: The Emperor Showa standing at ground zero:

  Identification with the Showa Emperor reconsidered   The memory of the Hiroshima bombardment, established by identification of the hibakusha with the Showa Emperor, the memory of the Nagasaki bombardment and the national ‘war memory’ of the Japanese stained by a ‘victim consciousness’ are all inherent ‘fabrications’ and ‘distortions’ that pre-empt the inclusion of the Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Ngo Factor At Wsf Worries Activists

In the third week of January, close to 90,000 people from around the world gathered in Mumbai as part of the fourth World Social Forum (WSF). The level of organization and sheer number of activists and intellectuals who participated in this event reflected the growing intensity and momentum of the anti-globalization movement. Discussions that began Read more…

Tetsuya Takahashi: The Emperor Showa standing at ground zero:

Introduction   A Japanese history textbook for junior high school students, created by the members of the ‘Atarashii rekishi kyokasho o tsukuru kai’ (hereafter referred to as ‘Tsukurukai’; Society for History Textbook Reform)1 and approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in spring 2001 (we shall use the edition published for Read more…

Samer Elatrash: The ‘International Community’ and the Apartheid Wall

The twin spectres of “politicizing” the UN and damaging the “fragility” of non-existent peace talks between General Sharon and the decrepit Palestinian Authority are again being invoked, this time to scuttle the upcoming deliberations in the International Court of Justice at the Hague on the legality of Israel’s separation barrier in the occupied West Bank. Read more…

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Gavan McCormack: Making Sense of the Korean Crisis

(Gavan McCormack is author of the just released Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe, New York, Nation Books (available at Amazon.com for $11.16). He has published widely on aspects of modern and contemporary East Asia and his books have also been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean. A research professor Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Bush — Cracks in the Ice?

For at least six months, I have been resisting early pronouncements of Bush’s political death. Most of them seemed to be composed of wishful thinking, extrapolating from simple facts — the disaster of the Iraq occupation, the mostly jobless recovery, the lies about weapons of mass destruction — to that phenomenally elusive quantity that is Read more…

Jeff Eckhoff: U.S. Officials Drop Activist Subpoenas

Federal authorities retreated Tuesday in their investigation of an Iowa anti-war demonstration, withdrawing grand jury subpoenas delivered last week to four peace activists and Drake University.   The shift came as the investigation drew nationwide condemnation from civil liberties advocates, politicians and peace activists.   Also Tuesday, a federal judge lifted a gag order on Read more…

Anthony Fenton: Media vs. Reality in Haiti

Judging by the corporate media’s recent coverage of the crisis in Haiti, one might be led to believe that they are “aiding and abetting” an attempted coup d’etat aimed at the democratically elected Jean Bertand Aristide. On a daily basis, mainstream international media is churning out stories provided mainly by the Associated Press and Reuters Read more…

Pranjal Ti: Letter to a Chicken

Several million pink slips of paper were recently discovered at the site of a disused chicken farm. Witnesses we interviewed say the messages were dropped by military aircraft apparently patrolling the area before a general quarantine was called due to the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu. The following is a rough transcription.  13 February 2004 Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Return to Rafah

Said Zoroub drives a white pick-up truck with the words “Rafah Municipality” painted on the driver’s side in Arabic and English, a gift from the Norwegians.[1] Less than an hour after my arrival in Rafah, Zoroub, the mayor, receives an urgent call on his cell phone. An Israeli bulldozer has struck a water main eight Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Democracy in an Arab State

For democracy, read fantasy. Iraq is getting so nasty for our great leaders these days that anything – and anyone – is going to be thrown to the dogs to save them. The BBC, the CIA, British intelligence – any journalist that dares to point out the lies that led us to war – get Read more…

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David Edwards: A Few Simple Truths

The New Obedience Chemistry teachers have long delighted students by showing how near-perfect symmetrical structures can be produced simply by pouring a stream of small balls into a square box, whereupon a pyramid inevitably forms. The balls either settle in a pyramid-building position or bounce out. The resulting shape – like crystalline structures found in Read more…

Mustafa Barghouti: Hell Walking On Earth

The disastrous cycle of violence gripping Israel and Palestine receives plentiful news coverage. Largely unreported however, are the more insidious aspects of the conflict. Israel has committed a litany of atrocities during its occupation of Palestine, but the crimes visited daily upon the innocent civilians of Rafah are among the most heinous. Even in the Read more…

Jon Else: Kabul by Submarine

[Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: At this point, Afghanistan is certainly the forgotten war and the forgotten “nation-building” project. As Ahmed Rashid, superb reporter and author of the authoritative book Taliban, has written recently in the New York Review of Books, there’s a reason why. Most of the country remains a failing non-state. Rashid recently went Read more…

Joseph Plaster: Go Forth And Process

“Close your eyes,” directs a young workshop facilitator. In the sticky heat of a secluded Florida campground, under a large open air tent, a group of activists closes their eyes. “Now I want you to picture an anti-corporate globalization activist.” The campers furrow their collective brows. “Okay,” says the facilitator, after a brief pause, “how Read more…

Richard Lichtman: Kevin Cooper

As of this writing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the execution of Kevin Cooper and prepared the way for a new hearing of his case. The State of California appealed to the Supreme Court which refused to vacate the original decision of the federal appeals court., so, at this moment, Kevin Cooper Read more…

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Justin Podur: Palestinian Child Prisoners

Review of: Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel’s Detention of Palestinian Children.  Catherine Cook, Adam Hanieh, and Adah Kay.  Pluto Press, London, 2004.  197 pages. Three more people in masks came into the room.  They blindfolded me, put a hood over my head… they kicked and slapped me.  They beat me with a plastic pipe Read more…

Donna Amoroso: NGOs Helping Migrant Workers in Japan

[Donna Amoroso of Kyoto Review recently talked with Ms. Aoki Reiko about problems faced by migrants and the Japanese laws that affect them. Aoki works with two NGOs in Japan’s Kansai region: Asian People Together, an affiliate of the Kyoto YWCA ([email protected]), and the Center for Health and Rights of Migrants (CHARM) in Osaka ([email protected]). Read more…

Alan Cisco: The Referendum in Veneuzuela

The situation in Venezuela is converging upon a point of crisis, again, and the opposition is threatening violent rebellion if it is proven that they committed electoral fraud.  The object upon which the conflict is focused, in this go-round, is the count of signatures to see if 20% of the nations voters signed the petition Read more…

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John Pilger: The Attack On The Bbc

During the war against Iraq, the BBC’s Today programme sent Andrew Gilligan to Baghdad. Gilligan’s reports were unlike anything the BBC had broadcast. They contradicted the official Anglo-American line about “liberation” and made clear that, for a great many Iraqis, the invasion and occupation were at least as bad as life under Saddam Hussein. This Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Conservative Freak Out

It’s not just the President’s obvious critics to his left who are lining up to have a go at him. Conservatives of various stripes are beginning to freak out as well. Of course, a lie of a budget, a nation seemingly saddled with mountainous debt until the sun rises in the West, a federal government Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The President enters Credibility Gap

Two lines which not so long ago seemed firm as battlements — places where a sign reading “Go no further” might well have been posted — now seem drawn in the sand of an Iraqi desert. The first was, of course, that Florida 50% mark of an evenly divided nation of voters (quite different of Read more…

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Edward Herman: A Critical U.S. Perspective on the Ordfront Controversy

I entered the Ordfront controversy as a critical student of propaganda and the manufacture of consent, and as a dissident analyst of the media’s treatment of the Balkan wars. In the latter connection, I was very familiar with Diana Johnstone‘s book Fools Crusade, which I reviewed favorably in Z Magazine and Monthly Review in the Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bush on the Ropes

Two-hundred and sixty-seven days, he must have been thinking. >From now until the election, without any major disasters. George W. Bush did not have an easy time with Tim Russert on Meet the Press on Sunday. He couldn’t really answer why he led the country to war on the false premise that Iraq “had some Read more…

Tanveer Ahmed: Identity and Islam

The French ban on wearing headscarves at schools is part of the wider challenge of the multicultural state – how to integrate migrants yet foster diversity and difference. It is a problem being played out through the Western world, including Australia. At its essence, it’s about how identities will be shaped in an ever changing Read more…

Anjum Niaz: Piercing the Veil a la NYT

A Pakistani student at Stanford has produced a documentary about re-inventing the Taliban. This she has done on an assignment for the New York Times. What Sharmeen Obaid didn’t ask the MMA beards – several of them – is whether in their 15-month-old reign, they have delivered the dreams of some 20 million voters who Read more…

Jorge Jorquera: New Strike Looms in Bolivia

With a new indefinite strike looming, Bolivia is on the verge of its third national uprising since February last year. That uprising brought hundreds of thousands of workers and peasants into the streets, but failed to resolve the political and economic crises facing the country. President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada survived the February uprising only Read more…

Cecilia Zarate: Department of Colonies

The year 1960 was a very important one for Latin America. This was the year when the Cuban revolution led the beginning of a change, and those winds swept the continent. The United States reacted angrily to the Cuban challenge and used the Organization of American States (OAS) as their political arm, making the beloved Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Of Paradise And Power

I suppose it is part of the corruption of contemporary language that an analysis of American foreign policy by a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace should argue for the right of the United States to use military force, regardless of international law, and international opinion, whenever it unilaterally decides its “national Read more…

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Michael Albert: Mumbai, WSF, and Our Futures

WSF 4 in Mumbai was a quite different experience than prior Porto Alegre WSFs. In many respects it was better organized. Women were far more visible, empowered, and empowering – often providing the most important as well as the best presented material. The attendee composition altered dramatically from being overwhelmingly South American with a significant Read more…

Kavaljit Singh: Parmalat’s Fall

In December 2003, Italian food and dairy giant, Parmalat, went bust. The dramatic fall of family-owned Parmalat was triggered when Bank of America claimed that a document showing 4 billion Euro in company’s Cayman Islands bank account is forged. Just a couple of months ago, Parmalat’s bosses had claimed a cash balance of 4.2 billion Read more…

Ben Granby: Life in Iraq

Aghadir Hotel, Baghdad. Just north of Hilla, some 80km south of Baghdad, the roads pass tiny dusty villages. Situated between much larger towns and cities, these khaki colored hovels seem to flow out of the ground, quite literally in fact. The local industry is the thousands-year old art of brick making, so naturally the surrounding Read more…

Ben Granby: Report from Iraq

Just north of Hilla, some 80 km south of Baghdad, the roads pass tiny dusty villages. Situated between much larger towns and cities, these khaki colored hovels seem to flow out of the ground, quite literally in fact. The local industry is the thousands-year old art of brick making, so naturally the surrounding homes are Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: A Cheney APB

Poll of the week shows President is not pol of the week:   “President Bush’s public support dropped sharply over the past month, especially among older voters, political independents and people in the Midwest, an Associated Press poll found… Bush’s approval rating stood at 47 percent in the AP-Ipsos poll taken in early February, down Read more…

Jeff Eckhoff: Des Moines Activists Ordered to Testify in US Court

Three Des Moines peace activists have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury next week as part of an investigation that the activists believe is being conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.   Activists Brian Terrell, Patti McKee and Elton Davis say they have been ordered to testify in federal court Read more…

Jeff Eckhoff: Fourth activist in Des Moines ordered to testify

A federal investigation expanded Thursday as prosecutors subpoenaed a fourth peace activist to appear before a grand jury and secured a court order forbidding Drake University officials to discuss a demand for information about a November antiwar conference on campus.   Federal authorities so far have refused to disclose what the investigation is about or Read more…

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Stephen Soldz: Security, Terror, and the Psychodynamics of Empire

[Talk delivered at the Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice forum, “The Psychodynamics of Empire,” Cambridge, MA, Feb. 6, 2004]   On September 11, 2001, the United States experienced a massive terrorist attack that killed some 3,000 people. To put this event in perspective, remember, the United Kingdom experienced the latest IRA terror campaign for over Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: Investigation As Cover-Up

Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: Well, it’s been an interesting few days, hasn’t it? The Bush administration seems in some disarray. Only yesterday, Secretary of State Colin Powell managed to make a startling admission to the paper of record in Washington:   “Asked whether he would have helped build the case for war had he known Read more…

Mickey Z: Haiti Fatigue?

A February 5, 2004 New York Times editorial declared Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s second presidency “is declining into despotism.” Reporting from the land of Supreme Court-decided elections, the Times (fresh off suggesting Sharpton and Kucinich go away quietly) laughingly offered this solution to the people of Haiti: “make sure that the next presidential election, due late next Read more…

Jose Steinleger: An Opinion on the Internet in Cuba

Syllogism: an argument containing two premises from which a conclusion is derived; i.e.: “The United States maintains an economic blockade on Cuba; such blockade influences all aspects of life in Cuba.” Besides the propositional context…, what valid conclusion is obtained from both premises? In school, we learned that a syllogism constitutes a tautology because its Read more…

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David Edwards: Find Me a Way to Do This

Sometimes it really is possible to fail to see the wood for the trees. We need to be clear that Tony Blair is claiming that the threat of Iraqi WMD justified a massive war against Iraq. We are to believe that after a major conflict in which 88,500 tons of bombs were dropped in 1991, Read more…

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Sonali Kolhatkar: World Social Forum 2004

The fourth annual World Social Forum was, for the first time, held in a different location from Porto Alegre, Brazil, its usual home. But it wasn’t just the location that was different — the city of Mumbai, this year’s location, was of an entirely different magnitude. Mumbai is home to more than ten million inhabitants Read more…

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