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Frederic F. Clairmont: Blair: The Lie Machine

One would have thought that the awesome, apocalyptic event that smashed the psyche of the Spanish nation, and toppled one of Bush’s prime collaborators, Jose Maria Aznar, and a kindred war criminal would have had a cathartic effect on his other leading accomplice in 10 Downing Street. To the contrary, he shows no signs of Read more…

Andrew Dewit: Japan’s Third Way:

1. Economic Stagnation and the Safety NetKaneko Masaru is one of Japan’s best-known students of the country’s crisis-ridden political economy and public finances. He is also a very prolific public intellectual. Over the past five years, he has authored or co-authored over 20 books, co-edited six, and written dozens of articles in the monthlies and Read more…

Sami Ramadani: Iraqis told them to go from day one

First it was Saddam and his two sons, Uday and Qusay, who were leading a rump of diehard loyalists to regain power; then it was Saddam’s deputy, Izzat al-Douri, leading the same rump; then it was a leaderless rump of diehards who had no place in the new free and democratic Iraq; then it was Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Kerry’s ‘Benedict Arnold’ Democrats

Kerry’s ‘Benedict Arnold’ Democrats By Roger Bybee "You can’t prosper if you’re the Democratic Party with what could be called Goldman-Sachs economics. You’ve got to have ‘average-person economics.’" — former Republican strategist and author Kevin Phillips. John Kerry has been loudly denouncing "Benedict Arnold CEOs" for their policy of outsourcing US jobs overseas. But when Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply To Democracy And Nature Comments

Having been kindly invited to contribute to an upcoming issue of Democracy & Nature, I was sent some back issues, including No. 9. In it I found Takis Fotopoulis’s “Outline for an Economic Model” and in that I found a number of references to an economic vision that Robin Hahnel and I have offered, called Read more…

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Michael Albert: Revolutions in the East

As a Czech poster put it, “the Poles took ten years, the Hungarians ten months, the East Germans ten weeks, and the Czechoslovaks only ten days” to topple regimes once viewed as unassailable. Here is an attempt to distinguish the good news from the bad, taking note of what is most surprising as well as Read more…

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Jonathan Schell: The Phantom Sovereign

The Iraqi struggle for independence from American rule has begun in earnest. US forces there now face a double insurrection-one part Sunni Muslim, the other Shiite Muslim-that threatens at the same time to turn into a civil war. Only the Kurdish north is quiet. With these events, US policy for Iraq has taken leave of Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The tunnel at the end of the light

Here’s a scenario for you: American aircraft are firing into residential neighborhoods inhabited by the very people we claim to be protecting; American casualties are spiking; local security forces we’ve built and supported collapse or flee the scene; American officials are confined to their “compounds” because of “security worries”; top officials are rushing on air Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Quest for a Monopoly on Violence

With warfare escalating in Iraq, syndicated columnist George Will has just explained the logic of the occupation. “In the war against the militias,” he wrote, “every door American troops crash through, every civilian bystander shot — there will be many — will make matters worse, for a while. Nevertheless, the first task of the occupation Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Airlifting Saddam

THE UNITED States has secretly flown Saddam Hussein out of Iraq and imprisoned him under high security at a vast American air base in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar.   After his capture last December, he was initially taken by helicopter to a US aircraft carrier in Gulf waters for extensive interrogation. After lengthy Read more…

Julian Borger: Iraq Dissolution

Baghdad. The Bush administration was last night facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq, fighting on two fronts against Sunni and Shia militants less than three months before it is due to hand over power to an Iraqi government. Facing a critical moment in the effort to pacify the country, President George Bush vowed he would Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Iraq Anarchy

Fallujah. Not content with surrounding the largest Sunni city west of Baghdad with tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy machine-guns, US forces used Apache helicopters to attack the Shia Muslim slums of Shoula yesterday, sent dozens of their heavy battle tanks into the hovels of Sadr City and then slapped an arrest warrant on the Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Opening the Gates of Hell

Before the Iraq war, at a meeting of the Arab League, Secretary General Amr Moussa famously said that a U.S. war on Iraq would “open the gates of hell.”   In Iraq, those gates are yawning wider than they ever have before — at least for the United States.   “Sunni and Shi’a are now Read more…

Junaid Alam: Iraq Intifada Begins

Barely a year after America closed its eyes to reason, its greatest nightmare has arrived.     The neoconservative elites who launched America into war with lofty rhetoric about overthrowing Arab tyranny are now witnessing mass resistance against the most brutal tyranny in the region today – their own. The combination of a renewed insurgency in the Read more…

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Victor Grossman: Aufstehen – Stand Up

Berlin. Old Karl Marx would surely have been happy to see them: on the boulevard named in his honor, the Karl Marx Allee in what was once East Berlin, at countless buses were lined up in good, German-orderly rows. Though they were tourist buses of every size, color and advertising slogan, their passengers were not Read more…

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George Monbiot: Jump on our Bandwagon

Beside the disaster in Iraq, the new Islamic terror campaign and the battle over immigration policy, the survival of the black-browed albatross may not look like the most pressing political issue. For many of those on the left, environmentalism is at a best a distraction, at worst a regression. As Christopher Hitchens said in a Read more…

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George Monbiot: Jump on our Bandwagon

Beside the disaster in Iraq, the new Islamic terror campaign and the battle over immigration policy, the survival of the black-browed albatross may not look like the most pressing political issue. For many of those on the left, environmentalism is at a best a distraction, at worst a regression. As Christopher Hitchens said in a Read more…

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David Edwards: Kosovo And Iraq

The truth about the invasion of Iraq was perhaps best summed up by Ray McGovern, one of the CIA’s most senior analysts:   “It was 95 per cent charade. And they all knew it: Bush, Blair, Howard.” (Quoted John Pilger, ‘Universal justice is not a dream’, ZNet, March  23, 2004)   One might think that Read more…

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Kevin Danaher: Outsource the CEOs

April 1, 2004 — As veteran corporate accountability activists, we both have spent years challenging big business to be more responsive to the needs of workers, communities, and the environment. We have picketed outside corporate headquarters, organized sit-ins, sponsored shareholder resolutions and bird-dogged company executives. When it comes to pressuring Corporate America, we’ve done it Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Freedom Fires

I heard the sound of freedom in Baghdad’s Firdos Square, the famous plaza where the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled one year ago. It sounds like machine gun fire. On Sunday, Iraqi soldiers, trained and controlled by Coalition forces, opened fire on demonstrators here, forcing the emergency evacuation of the nearby Sheraton and Palestine Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Shoot Out

Baghdad. TO THE horror of the occupying powers in Iraq, the country’s ever more bloody insurgency spilt into the majority Shia Muslim community yesterday as Spanish and other Western soldiers fought gunmen in the holy city of Najaf, with the loss of at least 22 lives, most of them Iraqis. The shooting started after protesters Read more…

Asahi shimbun: The Flag and the Anthem:

  Both Japan and the United States are embroiled in controversies over state enforcement of rituals of patriotism. In the U.S., the controversy now before the Supreme Court centers on the appropriateness of requiring students to daily recite a pledge of allegiance containing the words “under God”.  The Japanese controversy centers on state enforcement of Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Into the Shadows

The clue for seventeen across, a seven-letter empty space in the Friday March 26 New York Times crossword puzzle was “detainee’s entitlement.” It took me a while to break the code — the Friday crossword’s always a nightmare — and discover that the “entitlement” was “one call” (which fit with five down, “obsessed captain” — Read more…

Hazel Smith: Intelligence Failure and Famine in North Korea

Recent inquiries in the USA and the UK into alleged intelligence failures regarding the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have highlighted shortcomings in the way information is used and conclusions are drawn by Western intelligence agencies. There is a danger the same errors could be repeated in North Korea.Given the seriousness of Read more…

Tom Driver: On the way home from Haiti

Tom Driver has visited Haiti many times, and just returned from a delegation that was in the country between March 23 – April 2, 2004.  This is a letter he wrote on his flight home. Haiti exists, but not happily. Before getting home to all my catching- up, I want to send you some news Read more…

Mark Caprio: Nuclear Dominos:

          The Libyan Foreign Ministry’s December 19, 2003 “Statement” outlining its plan to “get rid of [weapons of mass destruction] materials, equipment and programs, and to become totally free of internationally banned weapons” prompted some to ponder whether North Korea might be next.{1} Will the Northeast Asian “rogue state” join the Middle East “rogue state” Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Families Rage

Yesterday morning, I sat down in a Baghdad home with a poor old man and his daughter who were mourning their adored son and brother who was killed by American soldiers. Now, you may ask why I do not write about Fallujah and the atrocities which occurred there three days ago: the cruel and atrocious Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Let’s Make Enemies

Do you have any rooms?” we ask the hotelier. She looks us over, dwelling on my travel partner’s bald, white head. “No,” she replies. We try not to notice that there are sixty room keys in pigeonholes behind her desk–the place is empty. “Will you have a room soon? Maybe next week?” She hesitates. “Ahh… Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Strategy Memo

Some of the most closely guarded documents in the White House are sure to be the ones written by the president’s top media strategist. The public will never get to see the key memos from Karl Rove, but a typical one these days might read something like… To: George and Dick Re: Media Terrain First, Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: Genetically Modified Crops in India

Opinion is divided on whether genetic engineering and genetically modified (GM) crops offer a solution to hunger in the developing countries. Devinder Sharma, a former visiting fellow at the International Rice Research Institute and Cambridge University, tells Aditi Kapoor that GM technology will not make food cheaper or more nutritious for the South: Will GM Read more…

Toufic Haddad: In The Wake Of The Yassin Assassination

Introduction Much has been written about the assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin when US supplied helicopter gunships fired rockets at his wheelchair in the pre-dawn hours of March 21 while exiting a mosque in the destitute Sabra neighborhood of Gaza city. Yet despite the wide media attention the assassination received, the gravity Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The Old Switcheroo

If anything can be called “amusing” any more, the most amusing political headline of the week certainly appeared on the front page of the Wednesday New York Daily News: “Bush Serves Up Rice.” It also captured the focus of media coverage ever since former counterterrorism “tsar” Richard Clarke appeared on 60 Minutes. The main story Read more…

Charles Arthur: Haiti’s Army Turns Back The Clock

It didn’t take long for the new order in Haiti to reveal itself. The day after President Aristide ‘left’ for exile, 34 union members at the Ouanaminthe garment assembly factory run by the Dominican Grupo M company, were fired. The next morning, when the 600-strong workforce decided to strike, a group of armed men launched Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Strategy Memo to George and Dick

Some of the most closely guarded documents in the White House are sure to be the ones written by the president’s top media strategist. The public will never get to see the key memos from Karl Rove, but a typical one these days might read something like…   To: George and Dick   Re: Media Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Getting Worse

What has happened to the Coalition Provisional Authority, also known as the occupying power? Things are getting worse, much worse in Iraq. Yesterday’s horrors proved that. Yet just a day earlier, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, America’s deputy director of military operations, assured us that there was only an “uptick” in violence in Iraq. Not a Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Democracy?

Another little lesson in democracy. “The Americans and the Governing Council are kaffirs,” the Iraqi Shias screamed yesterday from the minibus in Al-Hurriyah Square. Hurriyah means freedom. Kaffirs means infidels, atheists, apostates. On Sunday morning, American troops blocked the four roads into the square and Iraqi policemen – 90, according to the journalists of the Read more…

Fair: Beltway Humor

When presidents appear appear at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner, it’s traditional for them to tell a few jokes. But when George W. Bush appeared last week (3/24/04), he made a series of “jokes” about the failure to find the weapons of mass destruction that had been the central justification of his invasion Read more…

Joel Beinin: Thought Control in Mideast Studies

A band of neoconservative pundits with close ties to Israel have mounted a campaign against American scholars who study the Middle East. Martin Kramer, an Israeli-American and former director of the Dayan Center for Middle East Studies at Tel-Aviv University, has led the way in blaming these scholars for failing to warn the American public Read more…

Ritt Goldstein: Africa, Oil, & US Military

Africa’s Maghreb and Sahel regions recently exploded into world view with allegations that the Madrid bombers were tied to those areas’ “al Qaeda” groups. And while United States concerns about terrorism in the region have been increasingly voiced, critics of the administration of President George W Bush say that the ongoing US pursuit of energy Read more…

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John Pilger: Bush’s Sheriff

Ten years ago, I filmed secretly in East Timor, a small country in south-east Asia whose brutal occupation was largely unknown to the outside world. The title of the film, Death of a Nation, was hardly an exaggeration. The Suharto military dictatorship in Indonesia, having invaded the Portuguese colony in 1975, caused the death of Read more…

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George Monbiot: The British Threat

The paradox of modern warfare works like this: by enhancing our military strength, we enhance our opponents’ capacity to destroy us. The Russian state developed thermobaric bombs (which release a cloud of explosive material into the air) for use against Muslim guerillas. Now, according to New Scientist, Muslim terrorists are trying to copy them.1 The Read more…

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Yves Engler: Toxic Lobbying

Monday’s Financial Times had 2 reports about the Bush administration’s pro chemical lobbying that should alarm all those concerned about human health and the environment. The first was titled “US diplomats to lobby EU on chemicals rules” and second “US wins deal over Montreal Protocol.”   The FT reports: “Colin Powell, US secretary of state, Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: Fickle, Bitter, and Dangerous

Chalmers Johnson served in the Navy during the Korean War. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at UC Berkeley and taught there and at UC San Diego until 1992. He served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chalmers Johnson Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Coalition of the Mercenaries

An army of thousands of mercenaries has appeared in Iraq’s major cities, many of them former British and American soldiers hired by the occupying Anglo-American authorities and by dozens of companies who fear for the lives of their employees. Many of the armed Britons are former SAS soldiers and heavily armed South Africans are also Read more…

Camilo Mejía: AWOL

DAN RATHER, co-host: In the year since American forces invaded Iraq, we’ve learned hundreds of American soldiers have broken the law and gone AWOL, “absent without leave.” This is the story of one of them and of the men he deserted. Tonight you will hear how Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia abandoned his unit in the Read more…

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Site Administrator: Fear and Voting in Latin America

Henry Nava is a hospital worker in the city of Merida, Venezuela. He is the executive coordinator of the health care workers union in Merida, and a national director of the Union of Venezuela Workers (UNT). He recently observed the elections in El Salvador, where the right-wing ARENA government’s presidential candidate was triumphant. Seven Oaks Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Clarke and Media Failures

NEW YORK, March 29, 2004 — Please raise your hand if the name Richard Clarke rang a bell for you three weeks ago?   How many of us knew who he was or what he did? And who among us can cite examples of TV stories or commentators discussing in any detail his contention that Read more…

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Site Administrator: Aristide Must Be Restored to Power in Haiti

In the midst of the current crisis in Haiti, an issue has emerged among many people of conscience in the U.S.A. concerned about the future of that country.   The question facing pro-democracy forces is whether, in addition to demanding an investigation of the US role in the destabilization of President Aristide, and in addition Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: Bush’s Warfare State

Here’s one way our President proposes to “support our troops”: According to his 2005 budget, the extra pay our soldiers receive for serving in combat zones–about $150 a month–will no longer count against their food stamp eligibility. This budget provision, if approved, should bring true peace of mind to our men and women on the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Justice for Palestine?

1. What do you see as the best solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict? It depends what time frame we have in mind. In the short term, the only feasible and minimally decent solution is along the lines of the international consensus that the US has unilaterally blocked for the last 30 years: a two-state settlement Read more…

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