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Toni Solo: Ecuador

Just as the long-standing political crisis in Bolivia hangs fire pending future elections, so too in Ecuador people await some serious attempt at a new political settlement. In both countries the fundamental cause of unrest is widespread popular rejection of “free market” economic policies that have resulted in deepening poverty for the majority. Former President Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The Other Campaign

Words of Subcomandante Insurgente MarcosMeeting with Political Organizations of the LeftAugust 6, 2005Tzeltal Selva Region [translated by irlandesa] I want to more or less explain to you about the format we’re proposing: our proposal is that first we’re going to talk and to explain some questions about the Sexta, about what we’re proposing, and maybe Read more…

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Robert Fisk: US Win?

There’s the wreckage of a car bomb that killed seven Americans on the corner of a neighbouring street. Close by stands the shuttered shop of a phone supplier who put pictures of Saddam on a donkey on his mobiles. He was shot three days ago, along with two other men who had committed the same Read more…

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Dick Meister: Contraceptive Equity

It’s called “contraceptive equity,” and it’s one of the newest and most important demands being raised by union activists. They’re insisting that employers, whose health insurance plans pay for many preventive drugs, devices and services, cover the cost of drugs, devices and services aimed at the unwanted pregnancies that inflict such an emotional and financial Read more…

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Amira Hass: No Compensation

Today is Omar’s last day of work for his employer in one of the religious settlements of Gush Katif. He will finish what he began a week ago: packing up the contents of the house and dismantling whatever can be dismantled. “I asked my boss if he would give me something from his house, as Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Cindy, Don, and George

Retired four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey to Time Magazine: “The Army’s wheels are going to come off in the next 24 months. We are now in a period of considerable strategic peril. It’s because Rumsfeld has dug in his heels and said, I cannot retreat from my position.”   Cindy Sheehan testifying at Rep. John Read more…

Hiromichi Umebayashi: Toward A Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone

[While world attention focuses on the failure to reach agreement in the Six-Party talks in Beijing focusing on North Korea nuclear weapons, we present a report that reflects on the activities over several decades on the part of both states and citizens to frame a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone for Northeast Asia as an alternative to Read more…

Fred Pearce: Siberia Melting…

THE world’s largest frozen peat bog is melting. An area stretching for a million square kilometres across the permafrost of western Siberia is turning into a mass of shallow lakes as the ground melts, according to Russian researchers just back from the region. The sudden melting of a bog the size of France and Germany Read more…

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Yves Engler: Market Famines

Starving children get media attention, well-fed imperial economists don’t. Yet modern history shows they are usually two sides of the famine coin. Over the past month thousands have died of starvation in Niger. All the while food has been available. The poor simply don’t have the money to pay rising food costs, so they starve. Read more…

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Doug Ireland: Rape Charges?

As worldwide protests are taking place against the death penalty and criminalization of homosexuality in Iran in the wake of the hanging of two teenage males in the Iranian city of Mashad, new information is coming in from that country casting doubt on the validity of the rape charges the government there used to justify Read more…

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Jerry Fresia: Sheehan Strategy

The strategy employed by Cindy Sheehan to hold President Bush accountable needs to be examined for its effectiveness.  I believe her effectiveness is rooted in something that Martin Luther King pointed to as an essential feature of any effective non-violent action and that is the use of “confrontation” to make “the invisible visible.” Recall, first, Read more…

Roxanne dunbar-ortiz Dunbar-ortiz: Being a Protestant Fundamentalist

Sometimes, I think I may be the only leftist, Marxist, feminist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist in the United States who was raised as a Protestant Christian fundamentalist. I remained an evangelizing true believer of the Southern Baptist faith (the largest Christian denomination in the U.S.) in rural Oklahoma until I was 19 years old. My dream growing Read more…

William Fisher: DNA Crusaders

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (IPS) – The work of the Innocence Project is a ”good news, bad news” story. The good news is that as of Aug. 11, 161 wrongfully convicted people have walked out of prison on the basis of DNA evidence. Of these, 14 were on death row, though not all of them Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Sheehan Bush and Dean

In 1972, after many years of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg wrote: “In that time, I have seen it first as a problem; then as a stalemate; then as a crime.” That aptly describes three key American perspectives now brought to bear on U.S. involvement in Iraq. The moral clarity Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Israel’s Nuclear Puzzle Resolved

The BBC’s striking revelations regarding the secretive and disconcerting British role in making an Israeli nuclear bomb possible, deserves more than a quick pause and a few dozen news reports. It obliges a thorough investigation coupled with a complete reversal in the double standard that views Israel’s fully-fledged nuclear capabilities as a trivial concern. The Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Ten Minutes

It was the same lunatic corkscrew landing in the same little Lebanese plane, barrelling down into the sandstorm of Baghdad airport. Piloting his 20-passenger twin-prop aircraft – from Flying Carpet Airlines, no less – Captain Hussam has three things on his mind: American helicopters, pilotless reconnaissance drones and incoming missiles. So we all scan the Read more…

Richard Tanter: Voice and Silence in the First Nuclear War:

“Hiroshima had a profound effect upon me. Still does. My first reaction was personal relief that the bomb had ended the war. Frankly, I never thought I would live to see that end, the casualty rate among war correspondents in that area being what it was. My anger with the US was not at first, Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Rage

Mid-August 2005 may be remembered as a moment in U.S. history when the president could no longer get away with the media trick of solemnly patting death on its head. Unreality is a hallmark of media coverage for war. Yet — most of all — war is about death and suffering. War makers thrive on Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: Big Tobacco’s Toll

IN 1996, Peter Jennings led off an ABC News special by saying, ‘Tonight we’re going to show you how the tobacco companies continue to prosper despite the damage these things do and despite the increased pressure the companies are under from lawsuits and proposed government regulation. This is a very, very smart industry that has Read more…

Ian Sample: Warming Hits ‘Tipping Point’

A vast expanse of western Sibera is undergoing an unprecedented thaw that could dramatically increase the rate of global warming, climate scientists warn today. Researchers who have recently returned from the region found that an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometres – the size of France and Germany combined – has started to Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Occupied Zones

IT has quickly become clear that Iraq is not a liberated country, but an occupied country. We became familiar with that term during the second world war. We talked of German-occupied France, German-occupied Europe. And after the war we spoke of Soviet-occupied Hungary, Czechoslovakia, eastern Europe. It was the Nazis, the Soviets, who occupied countries. Read more…

Ignacio Ramonet: London, Twinned With Baghdad

NOTHING can justify the 7 July attacks in London, which killed 56 people along with their suicide bomber perpetrators. Murdering innocent civilians in the name of a supposed just cause is never a defence of a just cause. It is just murdering innocent citizens. These attacks were predictable. In the words of Christophe Chaboud, head Read more…

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Dick Meister: Is It Labor Party Time?

Here’s an idea for those who are trying to revitalize the badly slumping labor movement: Create a Labor Party that would truly represent America’s working people and truly challenge the Democratic and Republican parties. Far-fetched? Sure. But the union activists who’ve been trying to put together a Labor Party for more than a dozen years Read more…

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David Bacon: Unions At War

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In Chicago’s cavernous Navy Yard convention center, delegates were lined up at the four microphones scattered across the floor. San Francisco’s Nancy Wohlforth stood at mic number 2. She’d been waiting for this moment for two years. The mic went live, and she stepped forward. Wohlforth is a slight woman, but Read more…

Biju Mathew: Stop Funding Hate

Biju Mathew is an Indian leftist social activist based in New York. In this interview he talks about his work, particularly about the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate that has sought to stop American funding to Hindutva groups in India. Q: Could you tell us about the sort of work that you have been engaged Read more…

Shirley Pate: MINUSTAH Lies, Haitians Die

On August 2, MINUSTAH, the Brazilian-led UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, issued a curious press statement concerning a training course it will offer to political parties preparing for Haiti’s upcoming elections.  The course will emphasize the harmful effect that conflict has on children and the need for politicians to incorporate concerns of children into party Read more…

Wendy Kristianasen: Niger

THE leaders of the Group of Eight, pressured by enthusiastic Live8 pop concerts around the world masterminded by Bob Geldof and a Make poverty history march to Gleneagles in Scotland, committed to a comprehensive package of aid to Africa on 8 July. Britain’s prime minister, Tony Blair, announced the G8 would increase aid to Africa Read more…

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Site Administrator: Killing the peace-keeping myth

August 9 marked the 60th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki, a massive terrorist act that killed 70 000 people instantly, and which previewed the ruthlessness of the United States’ post-World War II dominance. Curiously, August 9 is also observed in Canada as Peacekeeper Day, in homage to the nine killed on that day Read more…

Andrew m. Mcgreevy: Arlington National Cemetery and Yasukuni Jinja:

Arlington National Cemetery and Yasukuni Jinja (The Shrine of the Peaceful Land) are symbols of the histories of the United States of America and Japan. Arlington National Cemetery and Yasukuni Jinja have a common purpose–to honor the war dead–but the two are very different. Arlington National Cemetery, which was created in controversy, is today is Read more…

Elizabeth De la vega: Plame in the Courtroom

[Introduction: The significance of the Plame case was never really about the outing of a CIA operative — often a noble endeavor — but about the lengths to which the Bush administration would go to crush any who dared challenge its war plans. Many commentators now claim that whatever else Karl Rove did, he did Read more…

Robert Dreyfuss: Bigger Than AIPAC

Robert Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone. His book, Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Read more…

Mickey Z: Vermin And Souvenirs

Because Japan chose to invade several colonial outposts of the West, the war in the Pacific laid bare the inherent racism of the colonial structure. In the United States and Britain, the Japanese were more hated than the Germans. The race card was played to the hilt through a variety of Allied propaganda methods. Spurred Read more…

Judith Scherr: Arrest of Lavalas Spreads to Dominican Republic

Like hundreds – some say thousands – of other supporters of President Jean Bertrand Aristide, Paul Raymond fled for his life soon after the democratically elected president was forced out of Haiti. Raymond had been living with his family in the Dominican Republic since March 2004, but was picked up July 21 by Dominican and Read more…

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Kim Scipes: Distilling the 2005 AFL-CIO Convention: Disaster Ahoy!

The Convention is over, delegates have returned home, and it’s time to make sense of the mess. First of all, the “Change to Win” Coalition’s boycott of the convention and split from the AFL-CIO was stupid. Workers are going to suffer for this stupidity for a while, at least. And they are going to suffer Read more…

Sankara Saranam: A Tower of Turtles

We’ve probably all heard past “scientific theories” of what the world rests on. There’s Atlas’s shoulder, begging the question, “What’s Atlas standing on?” There’s the comforting children’s song “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” And there’s the turtle theory: The world is sitting on the back of a turtle, and it’s turtles all Read more…

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David Swanson: Unspinning War

Norman Solomon’s new book, “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death,” opens with a disturbing prologue.  The U.S. media has refused to give serious coverage to the Downing Street Memos on the grounds that they are “old news.”  In the initial pages of his book, and supplemented by the rest, Read more…

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Doug Ireland: Occupied Iraq: Boys Forced By Criminal Gangs Into Sex Work, U.s. Silent

A growing number of Iraqi boys are joining the commercial sex trade — some forced to do so by gangs, some out of poverty in a country where official government figures for youth unemployment at 48 % — although the real figure is undoubtedly much higher –according to a report from the UN Office of Read more…

Greg Moses: Sheehan Draws Tears of Support

When Robert DeLozier saw the story of Cindy Sheehan on television Sunday, he told his spouse right away: “I’m going up there. We have to drop everything and go.” At the Sam’s Club of all places, says Robert, he nearly broke down crying while he was shopping Monday morning thinking about what Sheehan was doing Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: The Ironies of Conquest

In 1998, neo-conservative theorist Robert Kagan enunciated what would become a foundational belief of Bush Administration policy. He asserted that “a successful intervention in Iraq would revolutionize the strategic situation in the Middle East, in ways both tangible and intangible, and all to the benefit of American interests.”   Now, over two years after Baghdad Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Bush Sends John Bolton to the United Nations

President George W. Bush, relying on an emergency constitutional provision designed for a mid-1700s era when congress met for only a few months each year and it took six months to get from anywhere to anywhere, used the Senates summer recess to appoint UN-basher John Bolton to be the new U.S. ambassador to the global Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Big Star-Spangled Lies for War

A lot of people want to believe that the current war on Iraq is some kind of aberration — a radical departure from the previous baseline of U.S. foreign policy. That’s a comforting illusion. Yes, the current administration in Washington is notable for the extreme mendacity and calculated idiocy of its claims. But — decade Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Chaos under Heaven

“Asked about continued political challenges such as Iraq and Social Security, Bush said he doesn’t care about the polls.   “Q But power is perception.   “THE PRESIDENT: Power is being the President.” (George Bush in an interview with Texas reporters.)   G-SAVE Yourself!   Last week, the State Department issued an “updated worldwide caution” Read more…

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Saul Landau: Globalization And Its Discontents

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness; the other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.                                  —     Woody Allen   The act of four alleged suicide bombers, three British born and one Jamaican born, who supposedly Read more…

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Doug Ireland: The Real AIPAC Spy Ring Story–it Was All About Iran

Here’s what the stories in today’s Washington Post and New York Times on the new indictments of the two AIPAC spies aren’t telling you: their espionage was principally about helping to prepare an attack by Israel on Iran. And one of the Israeli embassy officials who knows all about AIPAC’s role in helping plan the Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: HIROSHIMA MEMORIES: THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FORGETING

Hiroshima, Japan — The day has grown dark and so has the river but the sky has remained luminous and clear.   Cyclists zip intermittently past empty benches and pedestrians walking along the bank of the gently flowing Motoyasu river.  A few meters away, a heavy tram rumbles across the steel bridge, past the room-less Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Blaming the Mosques For the Sins of Governments

The deadly terror attacks in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheik Red Sea resort in July and the earlier October 2004 bombings at two other Red Sea resorts seem to have disrupted the consistency of the rationale that links the current terrorism upsurge in the Middle East to the US war effort in Iraq. The Christian Science Monitor Read more…

Joel Rocamora: Unstable Stalemate, Uncertain Game

  This crisis should now be over. Friday July 8 was not a Friday the 13th, but for Pres.Arroyo it certainly was a very Black Friday. The resignation of seven cabinet secretaries and three bureau chiefs, the core of the administration’s economic team, followed by resignation calls from the Liberal Party, the Makati Business Club, Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Ascent Of Fashionism; The Decline Of Consciousness

“Fascism has taken hold,” friends warn, referring to how Bush has used the Patriot Act to whittle away liberties (like habeas corpus) and increase the power of Homeland Security. “It’s fashionism, not fascism,” offers another friend, referring to the thousands of unsolicited daily messages offered by media, which lead us to lose focus on the Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Bin Laden And Hiroshima

The decision to incinerate Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not taken in anger. White men in grey business suits and military uniforms, after much deliberation, decided the US “could not give the Japanese any warning; that we could not concentrate on a civilian area; but that we should seek to make a profound psychological impression on Read more…

Frank Brodhead: A New Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki

For the last 60 years we have been taught that the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II.  To be sure, there has been an intense debate about whether the bombs were necessary to end the war, or whether there were alternatives.  Now a new study argues that not only were Read more…

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