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Edward Said: Low Point Of Powerlessness

Sixty years ago, the Jews of Europe were at the lowest point of their collective existence. Herded like cattle into trains, they were transported from the rest of Europe by Nazi soldiers into death camps where they were systematically exterminated in gas ovens. They had offered some resistance in Poland, but in most places they Read more…

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Sonali Kolhatkar: Outwardly Progressive, Internally Corporate: Pacifica’s Next Challenge

In an article on Pacifica titled “Gloves Off”, Michael Albert wrote: “progressive organizations should employ participatory and self-managing rather than corporate structures … advocating self-managing structures has not only long-run but also short-run relevance to Pacifica, because Pacifica activism will grow quicker and be stronger and wiser if it pursues positive aims.”(http://www.zmag.org/ZSustainers/ZDaily/2001-02/06albert.htm) As a listener and Read more…

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Michael Albert: Democracy Is Coming To Pacifica!

This essay was written in early January 2002, ten months ago, immediately after the turning over of Pacifica to new hands, resolving the years-long struggle with the old bosses. The only addition is the subtitle… Pacifica’s struggle is in a new phase, about to take a big leap forward. Countless activists have pursued diverse strategies and Read more…

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Tariq Ali: London Report

London: Saturday 28th September. It was a beautiful clear blue sky. No mists but a great deal of mellow fruitfulness. The Stop the War Coalition— a united front that includes socialists of most stripes, liberals and radicals, pacifists and the moderate Muslim groups—-had expected 200,000 people, but the mood in Britain was uneasy and large Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Print Excerpt / Lannan Speech

Recently, those who have criticised the actions of the US government (myself included) have been called “anti-American”. Anti-Americanism is in the process of being consecrated into an ideology. The term is usually used by the American establishment to discredit and, not falsely – but shall we say inaccurately – define its critics. Once someone is Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Come September

Howard Zinn: Well, thank you. [Applause]. This is a very nice crowd. [Laughter] Thank you Patrick Lannan for that introduction. I almost recognized myself. [Laughter] I’m here to introduce Arundhati Roy. I say this in hushed tones. Really, I never thought I would introduce Arundhati Roy. I first encountered her – not personally – I Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: German Luck

It looks as though everyone lost. Or almost everyone. The German elections have come and gone. Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his coalition, headed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), are the formal victors. But despite the traditional optimistic announcements, there is confusion in the winning camp. And, for that matter, among the losers. What has Read more…

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Paul Street: Iraq War Debate

As George W. Bush signals world history’s most lethal military machine to ready an indefinitely dated but seemingly inevitable assault on Iraq, numerous commentators from various points along the political spectrum are making the case against the White House’s clamor for war. Here are the primary points, some being made by leading supporters of United Read more…

Anti-war activists on okinawa Anti-war activists on okinawa: GIs: This Means You!

In May, 2002, the following leaflet was circulated to G.I.s on Okinawa. The leaflet raises for U.S. servicemen, as well as for the highest U.S. leaders in Washington, the issue of responsibility for war crimes in light of international law.These are issues that confront the U.S. military globally. TO ALL U.S. GIs: THIS MEANS YOU! Read more…

Omar Bargh: On Refugees, Creativity and Ethics

On the second anniversary of the second Palestinian intifada, I would like to focus not on the pain, the destruction and the calamitous loss of life that accompanied it, but on what I consider the most momentous of its achievements: its resurrection of the plight of the millions of Palestinian refugees as the immutable core Read more…

Henry Siegman: Sharon’s Real Purpose Is To Create Foreigners

Palestinian suicide bombings that target Israeli civilians are a moral obscenity. But the sensibility of those in Israel who seek to exploit this Palestinian obscenity to extend and deepen Israel’s hold on the territories, a situation that in the end can only lead to the expulsion of most Palestinians and the permanent subjugation of those Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: 10 (More) Reasons to Protest the IMF and World Bank

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank are again holding their annual meetings in Washington, D.C. With financial crises wracking Argentina and Brazil, and deepening poverty further engulfing most of Africa — even as all these nations bow to still more dictates from the IMF and World Bank — the institutions are increasingly discredited. Read more…

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Site Administrator: Theme Song for 21st Century Famines: “We own the world, We ignore the children”

“The situation in Zimbabwe hit you guys hard, I suppose” said my neighbor to the young woman who had just sauntered out of the customs area at the airport. She was from Malawi, he was trying to make small talk about the famine ravaging her country. She was resignedly nodding till he mentioned Zimbabwe. With Read more…

Seiji Yamada: The Ongoing Assault

As the Bush administration gears up for an assault on Iraq, let us keep in mind that the people of Iraq have sustained a continuous assault on their existence by means of economic sanctions since 1990.  Imposed by the United Nations on Iraq soon after it had invaded Kuwait, the sanctions preceded the Gulf War Read more…

Jack Balkin: The Most Dangerous Person On Earth

When George W. Bush was governor of Texas, his basic strategy was to stake out a position and refuse to budge, hoping to bully others into acquiescing. Only when met with strong opposition did he back down and compromise. We are seeing the same strategy in his policy over Iraq. In the past weeks, the Read more…

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Justin Podur: South Asia, ‘Stiffed’

With terror feeding terror all over the world, with the United States preparing to escalate a war against Iraq that has killed hundreds of thousands over the past ten years, to think of the kind of voice, the kind of force, India should have been in the world compared to what it is, is tragic.  Read more…

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Sudhanva Deshpande: Terror Feeds Terror

On the evening of Tuesday, 24 September 2002, thirteen days after 9/11, armed militants stormed into the Swaminarayan temple in Gandhinagar, the capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat, and opened fire on Hindu devotees gathered there for evening prayers. The firing went on all night, and at least three militants have reportedly been Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Spinning Media Gears For A Far Away War

BAGHDAD — From the 12th floor of the Al-Rashid Hotel, the view is much like the panorama of any large metropolis. Along wide streets, cars are in constant motion. The cityscape is filled with tall buildings and residential neighborhoods. Nothing seems out of the ordinary — except that if all goes according to plan, my Read more…

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George Monbiot: They Are Systematically Destroying Economies

 GEORGE MONBIOT has become one of the leading voices of the global justice movement worldwide. He is a regular columnist for Britain’s Guardian newspaper and author of Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain. He was recently interviewed by the Socialist Worker,  the transcript of that interview follows below WHAT’S THE first thing that people Read more…

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David Edwards: Hide The Looking Glass

When order and symmetry manifest in the natural world in the absence of conscious design, we feel a sense of wonder – the structural perfection of a snowflake, for example, is remarkable precisely because it is unplanned. Similarly, media reporting is sometimes so exact and perfect in its unconscious bias that it also inspires a Read more…

Mayor of nagasaki: Hiroshima And Nagasaki Declarations

For more than half a century, the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have issued peace declarations in the name of the victims of the atomic bomb. Reflecting the spirit of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, which transcends international enmity among nations in the search for world peace, the annual peace declarations of the two cities have never warned of Read more…

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Tariq Ali: War and Rumours of War

[A major rally was organised by the South Asian Alliance in Birmingham on Sunday 15th September 2002.The aim of the rally was to look at the world one year on from September the 11th.The speakers at the rally were Tariq Ali, Shaukat Butt, Asma Jhangir, Tariq Mehmood, Colin Prescod, Amrit Wilson.] What follows is the Read more…

Doug Stokes: US Military Doctrine and Colombia’s War of Terror

Under the new presidency of Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe Velez paramilitarism is once again legal. His new network of a million paid informants essentially makes overt what has long been a joint covert US-Colombian strategy of brutal counter-insurgent paramilitary warfare. Counter-insurgency has long formed the primary means through which the US has exerted its power via Read more…

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Amira Hass: Everyday Occurences

Last Thursday morning, two huge bulldozers dug into the earth energetically, as they have been doing in recent months, in a wadi north of Ramallah. Over the past two years, with the gradual closure to Palestinian traffic of all the roads in the West Bank, this wadi has become a central and important juncture crossed Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Dishonesty Of This So-called Dossier

Tony Blair’s “dossier” on Iraq is a shocking document. Reading it can only fill a decent human being with shame and outrage. Its pages are final proof – if the contents are true – that a massive crime against humanity has been committed in Iraq. For if the details of Saddam’s building of weapons of Read more…

Tetsu Nakamura: Words on Receiving The Okinawa Peace Prize

NAKAMURA Tetsu, a Japanese physician, has worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan for nineteen years as head of the Peshawar Medical Association, an NGO that he founded and heads. PMA initially provided medical care. Activities center on the main hospital in Peshawar, a Pakistan frontier city on the Afghan border, as well as three clinics in Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Artificial Crisis, Artificial Response

If it were to be judged only by its text, Palestinians should be largely satisfied with UN Resolution 1435 passed early on September 24 by 14 votes to 0 with the US abstaining. The resolution demanded that “Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah, including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure,” and Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Prosecute Sharon For War Crimes, Israeli Women Say

    In an astonishing letter to the Palestinian survivors of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila camps massacres, nine Israeli women’s peace groups have told Palestinians in Beirut that they support their efforts to indict the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, for “war crimes” committed against them almost exactly 20 years ago. The women’s letter, Read more…

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Amira Hass: Ramallah Diary

Suddenly, at about 11 P.M. on Saturday night, people started calling one another to ask with disbelief if it was true there was demonstrating in the streets. “Is it true what Al Jazeera is reporting – that dozens of young people are demonstrating in support of the besieged Yasser Arafat? Could the tear gas suddenly Read more…

Human Rights bulletin: Emergency Continues To Grip Aceh

Since July a political issue constantly on the front pages in Jakarta has been the likelihood that a civil or military emergency/martial law will be declared in Aceh. The idea was first floated by retired Lt. General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs and soon became a major topic for Read more…

Tetsu Nakamura: An Omen

It all began on July 18th, 2001, when I made a visit to reconstruct the clinic in Darya-ye Nur. It was the first time for me to enter Afghanistan since the Taliban had come into power. It had been a while since I last crossed the Khyber Pass. I went around each PMS clinic in Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: The Case Against Bush’s War

Once again, the U.S. government is gunning for Iraq. After twelve years of imposing the most comprehensive and deadly sanctions in history, after destroying much of the country and killing tens of thousands of civilians in the 1991 Gulf War, and after periodically bombing the country in the years since, U.S. warmongers are now openly Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: Colombia: The Struggle Against Uribe Begins

[translated by Justin Podur] The new Colombian government’s program includes: -A labor reform that reduces overnight and overtime wages-A pension reform that increases the retirement age by 1/3 -The reduction of public sector salaries by 30%, overnight, in a single decree These changes upset workers and their unions, who declared a day of protest and Read more…

Gershon Baskin: “Force The Palestinians To Surrender”

“Force the Palestinians to Surrender and End the War” – the streets of Israel have been placarded with this slogan that correctly paraphrases the sentiments of the average Israeli. The Israeli public has been blinded or chooses not to see the true reality that we are living. The Israeli Government is lost. The IDF has Read more…

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Edward Herman: Christopher Hitchens And The Uses Of Demagoguery

In his latest phase as flack for the war party, Christopher Hitchens has taken on some of the qualities of his leader George W. Bush. A notable similarity is in his demagogic statement of the issues “we” face since 9/11–in W’s words, an “evil” enemy who hates our freedom, so “you are either with us Read more…

Geov Parrish: A Moment Of Deep Hope

Recently I had the tremendous honor, and pleasure, of sitting down for a conversation with one of the true heroes of global efforts to create a more equitable and sustainable world. Indian physicist Vandana Shiva is one of the most renowned and respected grassroots leaders in the global South. She has worked extraordinarily effectively to Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: The Bush Victory In Iraq

George Bush has already won a victory in Iraq, and we’re not talking about weapons inspectors’ access inside the country. The administration’s beating of the war drums has drowned out the dominant stories of two months ago — the corporate scandals and failing economy. The scandals continue to unfold, in ever more gory detail. In Read more…

Alirio arroyave Arquimedes vitonás: Direct Democracy In Colombia

Colombian community leaders Alirio Arroyave and Arquimedes Vitonás were in Toronto last month to give talks, part of the Canada-Colombia Solidarity Campaign. rabble interviewer Justin Podur caught up with both men during their stay and spoke with them about participatory politics, direct democracy and what can happen when the people making the decisions are also Read more…

Michael Brown: Killings Of Dozens Once Again Called Period Of Calm By US Media

Many US media reports were quick to declare that two suicide bombings in Israel on September 18 and 19, in which eight Israelis were killed, had brought an end to a period of “calm” simply because there had been no similar attacks for six weeks and few Israelis had been victims of Palestinian violence. In Read more…

Lee Sustar: Employers Attack: Unions Blink

WITH THE Bush administration firmly behind them, employers are aggressively moving to break the strength of some of the historically most powerful unions in the U.S.–on the West Coast docks, in the airlines, and beyond. Yet rather than prepare union members for inevitable confrontations, labor leaders are trying to sidestep these battles. In his Labor Read more…

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John Pilger: Diplomacy?

The making of a United Nations fig leaf, designed to cover an Anglo-American attack on Iraq, has a revealing past. In 1990, a version of George W Bush’s mafia diplomacy was conducted by his father, then president. The aim was to “contain” America‘s former regional favourite, Saddam Hussein, whose invasion of Kuwait ended his usefulness Read more…

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David Edwards: Power, Fear, And Silence

It is ironic that when politicians hail the urgent need to defend ourdemocratic traditions, their words are generally communicated by giantmedia corporations, which are essentially totalitarian structures ofpower. There is not even a pretence of democracy in a corporation – thepower flow is strictly top-down, with no significant employee (much lesspublic) input into decision making.While Read more…

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David Cromwell: Mass Media Stoke The Fires Of War

News broadcasts and column inches are rapidly saturating with the rhetoric of war. The fate of the Iraqi people hangs in the balance. Iraq has now backed down in the face of overwhelming US/UK threats to launch a massive attack on that devastated country, and has offered unconditional access to UN weapons inspectors, as confirmed Read more…

Lauri King-irani: Massacres Don’t Just Happen

Twenty years ago today, on a hot and muggy Saturday morning, a shocking reality came to light in Lebanon. Some people approaching the contiguous refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in the outskirts of Beirut had their suspicions that dark deeds had taken place in the alleyways, homes, and streets of the camps for a Read more…

Scott Ritter: A Semantic Game

-> Your 1999 book on Iraq was entitled Endgame: Solving the Iraq Problem Once and For All. What about the game now, has it come to an end? Personally I never played any game. Endgame is a term used by political scientists when they speak of a situation where the players pursue the conflict to Read more…

Robert Appleby: “They Never Did Anything with the Land”

In May of this year I was in Jerusalem to make a TV documentary about the South Hebron cavedwellers’ case in the Israeli Supreme Court. We were interviewing lawyers and human rights activists in Jerusalem and shooting in the villages, so we had to travel several times through the West Bank to reach the caves. Read more…

Nathalie Alsop: Colombian Government Attacks National Mobilizations

On September 16th, only one month after Uribe Velez took office, over 800,000 people protested the Uribe government’s policies of war and repression throughout Colombia. When the national mobilization was mentioned publicly, the minister of defense, Martha Ramirez, said that the guerillas were behind the mobilization and threatened numerous repercussions for those who participated. Despite Read more…

Ivan Hristov: Direct Democracy march in Bulgaria

On Sept. 12th 2002 in Sofia, Bulgaria a march for direct democracy rights passed through the centre of the city starting from the National Assembly and visiting the two public media – BNRadio and BNTelevision. A real responsibility for bad governance and 90% taxation of illegal or significantly exceeding declared incomes property was also demanded. Read more…

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Yifat Susskind: MADRE Factsheet

“Our principles and our security are challenged today by outlaw groups and regimes that accept no law of morality and have no limit to their violent ambitions.”   Conservative commentator Samuel Huntington has pointed out that many people worldwide consider the US to be “the single greatest external threat to their societies” (Foreign Affairs, 1999). Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Bush Wants War Not Justice

You’ve got to hand it to Saddam. In one brisk, neat letter to Kofi Annan, he pulled the rug from right under George Bush’s feet. There was the American president last week, playing the role of multilateralist, warning the world that Iraq had one last chance – through the UN – to avoid Armageddon. “If Read more…

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