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Brian Wilson: Medal Tossers

Dear John, It has been a long time since we have had contact. As you might remember our very first meeting was at VVAW’s Dewey Canyon III, “A Limited Incursion Into the Country of Congress,” April 19-23, 1971, in Washington, D.C. I’m sure you remember asking the Senate that week in an impassioned speech, “How Read more…

Lee Sustar: An Attack On All Workers

  SHIPPING BOSSES are aggressively using George W. Bush’s intervention in the West Coast dockworkers’ contract dispute to gut the union’s power. Technically, the Taft-Hartley Act invoked by Bush empowered a federal judge to order employers in the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to end their lockout of 10,500 dockworkers. But Bush’s intervention was aimed squarely Read more…

Walter Covington: Letter from the Towers at South Bay Prison

My name is Walter Covington and I am currently incarcerated at the Suffolk County House of Correction.  I’ve been in and out of different county and state institutions since 1981.  I am not proud of this but must say that I’ve learned quite a bit over the years.  As I’ve gotten older I haven’t had Read more…

Zulfiqar Ahmad: Gathering storm in Pakistan

After three years of military rule, Pakistani voters have spoken. The message from the Oct. 10 elections is ominous, with immediate implications for U.S. policymakers: For the first time in Pakistan’s history, religious parties have won significant popular support. (“Foes of U.S. in Pakistan make unexpected gains,” The Chronicle, Oct. 12.) Muttehidda Majilis-e-Amal — an Read more…

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Mark Steel: Saddam Seems To Won Over His Floating Voters

I wonder how the leader of the “no” campaign tried to inspire his supporters after Saddam got a 100 per cent “yes” vote in his election. I suppose he said: “Obviously we’re disappointed, but we fought a good campaign and I enjoyed every minute. I’ve made no decision about my own position yet, though there Read more…

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Amira Hass: Scraping The Bottom of The Cistern

Where will America and the EU succeed more: In their pressure on Yasser Arafat to lead governmental, financial and security reforms, or in their pleas with Israel to guarantee enough water of reasonable quality and price to 200,000 Palestinians? Another delegation from the UN is in the country to monitor Israeli and Palestinian Authority promises Read more…

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Site Administrator: 80% Killed During Curfew Are Children

For the past four months, Israel has imposed a full curfew, unprecedented in scope and length, on hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. This curfew constitutes collective punishment, and as such is in contravention of international law.B’Tselem has found that in many cases IDF soldiers fire live ammunition at civilians who are Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Hartmann Interviewed

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, The Truth About Fire, is about? What is it trying to communicate? The Truth About Fire is a political thriller about the Far Right in the U.S. and Germany. Set mainly in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the novel interlaces the stories of two women, Read more…

Stan Winer: Strategy turns full circle in South Africa

There was a time in South Africa when political activists thought all that was required for change to occur was to dangle before the working class a revolutionary program of action, and the working class would spontaneously rise en masse. How wrong they were. Eight years after the formal demise of apartheid, there is still Read more…

Mukoma Ngugi: Elections in Kenya

In feudal Europe, every five or so years, a grand festival was held. Everyone was invited: the rich as well as the poor. For the powerful and the powerless, the rulers and their subjects, this was the day that expressed a universal fraternity of all. On this day, the precursor of modern day role-playing in Read more…

Anjum Niaz: They can’t wish her away

“I have never known a riot which has used the sexual subjugation of women so widely as an instrument of violence. There are reports everywhere of [the] gang-rape of young girls and women, often in the presence of members of their families, followed by their murder by burning alive.”  -Harsh Mander, “Cry, the Beloved Country: Read more…

Anjum Niaz: When lobbying is not a dirty word

Lobbying in America is a study in status crazed connections. Yet, if denuded of its three- piece-business-suit respectability, lobbying, soliciting and hustling happen to be clones of the oldest profession in the world. But in the American system, lobbyists command deference if not awe. And for their schmoozefests, they are paid what they demand. Why? Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Terror And History

As the momentous debates in the United States Congress over whether or not that body would abdicate its constitutional responsibility and hand over to a radical right-wing president a free hand in launching a full-scale war on Iraq rambled on this week, another event in and around the US capitol managed to top it for Read more…

Brian Oliver Shepphard: From Lockout To Lockin

SAN FRANCISCO – On Oct. 8, President George W. Bush invoked the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act to request an injunction ending a 10 day lockout of the ILWU on the West Coast. The injunction replaces the lock out with what many workers are calling a “lock in.” “The employers got what they wanted – the ports Read more…

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Linda McQuaig: How Deep Is America’s Loathing for Iraq

It’s always useful, in a debate, to be able to cite sources from your opponent’s side. But, has it really come to this: The definitive case against invading Iraq may now be coming from the Central Intelligence Agency? The Bush administration was struggling last week to figure out what spin could possibly be put on Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interviewing Michael Albert

Michael Albert is interviewed for The Bookpress by Satya Mohanty and Lourdes Beneria, professors at Cornell and members of the Cornell Forum for Justice and Peace.  Albert will visit Ithaca November 22nd and 23rd to participate in the Ithaca Social Forum.  SM: Why do you think the Bush administration is interested in a regime change in Read more…

Paul Rogat Loeb: Making Our Voices Heard

For those of us who think Bush’s pending war against Iraq is reckless madness, it’s tempting to retreat into bitter despair after the Senate vote giving him a blank check to attack. Like Dickens orphans pleading for gruel, the Democratic leadership politely requested that Bush consult them, work with the UN and other allies, and Read more…

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Robert Jensen: The American Political Paradox

Since September 11, I have been speaking freely in the United States, a nation whose institutions have many democratic features. My free speech, which has been harshly critical of the leaders of the United States and their policies, has been disseminated widely through print publications, web sites, email, radio, and television. Most of the exposure Read more…

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David Cromwell: ZNet Interviews David Cromwell

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Private Planet, is about? What is it trying to communicate?   Capitalist society, so we are told by authority, is inextricably linked with ‘democracy’, ‘efficiency’ and ‘openness’. But rational examination of the post-WWII historical record reveals the appalling gap between the ‘peaceful’ intent of Western Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: ZNet Interviews Anthony Arnove

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what the updated edition of Iraq Under Siege is about? What is it trying to communicate?   When people have asked me if I would bring out an updated edition of Iraq Under Siege, which first came out in 2000, my answer has always been no — that I Read more…

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Michael Albert: ZNet Interviews Michael Albert about…

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Trajectory of Change, is about? What is it trying to communicate?   Trajectory of Change is a collection of my essays about aspects of building a powerful, effective movement for social change. It takes up questions of goals, methods, and commitment. It addresses attaining solidarity Read more…

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Robert Jensen: ZNet Interviews Robert Jensen About

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, “Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream,” is about? What is it trying to communicate?   Sometimes people tell me it seems strange that I teach a radical critique of the commercial news media and at the same time am a Read more…

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Site Administrator: ZNet Interviews Stephen Shalom About

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Which Side Are You On? is about? What is it trying to communicate?Which Side Are You On? is a textbook meant for use in introductory college courses in political science. Where most texts in political science emphasize the “science,” I try to put the politics back Read more…

Sam Bahour: Reform by Imprisonment

While the most brutal of measures are being taken against the Palestinian population, the world is being deceived into believing that political reforms can happen in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. As the Bush Administration continues to call for regime change in the Palestinian Authority, Israel is silently Read more…

Gideon Levy: A Fictitious Debate

There is no difference between an “illegal outpost” and a “legal settlement”: the question of the settlements’ legality should not even be on the public agenda. The only thing that differentiates a “legal” settlement from an “illegal” outpost is a piece of paper, usually in the form of retroactive “laundering” of the outpost by the Read more…

A.j Chien: Iraq: Is It About Oil?

Institute for Health and Social Justice Those who question the stated motives of the US administration for threatening war against Iraq – to strike at dictatorship, or to eradicate its alleged weapons of mass destruction – have good reason for skepticism. I assume that readers hardly need be reminded of the US’s past support for Read more…

Neil Sammonds: Israeli WMD

The tenth anniversary of the crash of El Al flight LY1862 in the Netherlands passed virtually unnoticed by the world’s media. On 4 October 1992, a Boeing 747 airliner of the Israeli airline El Al crashed into apartment blocks at Bijlmermeer, near Schiphol Airport, south-east of Amsterdam, en route from New York to Tel Aviv Read more…

Richard Cummings: Iran, Iraq, Whatever…

One day, quite a few years ago, I was having lunch with my Iranian friend, Rudy Alam, who was attending the University of Pennsylvania, and who was the daughter of the then Prime Minster of Iran. It was a student hangout, and a waitress recognized her.   “Well, I guess you’ll be going home to Read more…

Mickey Z: Noble Carter?

The October 11, 2002 Washington Post article reported that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had beat out peace-loving nominees like George W. Bush and Tony Blair to win the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic Read more…

Romi Mahajan: What War Means to the Iraqi People

I woke up early to the news today and wish sleep carried me a little longer.  In much poetry, dawn represents the breaking of the methaphorical night of loneliness, a respite from pain.  But for the Iraqi people, this is not that dawn.   In an early morning vote, the Senate voted to approve Bush’s Read more…

Rachael Kamel: Urban Legends

Rachael Kamel is a founding member of the Jewish Mobilization for a Just Peace, a grassroots organization in Philadelphia.   Last year, not long after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, I overheard two well-dressed businessmen talking in the streets of Philadelphia. “Oh yes,” one of them told the other. “All of Read more…

Justin Francese: Thousands Rise Up Against New Era of Corporate Colonialism

indigenous peoples and it continues today with industrial megaprojects like the Plan Puebla Panama.” In Panama, indigenous activists are marching from Costa Rica to Panama City, a distance of over 200 miles, to protest the ecological destruction caused by mining on their lands. In Managua, Nicaragua, actions against the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will expose Read more…

Justin Francese: Thousands Rise Up Against New Era of Corporate Colonialism

This Saturday, October 12th, dozens of demonstrations will be held all over the US, Mexico and Central America to protest the 510th anniversary of Columbus day. Thousands of indigenous activists and supporters from Canada to Panama, will block borders, close highways and conduct various direct actions to demand basic human rights for all native peoples. Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Israel: The Jewish Demographic State?

It sounds like a bad joke, but it really happened: A rabbi went from Israel to Peru, converted a group of Native Americans to Judaism, brought them to this country and put them in a settlement, on land taken away from its Palestinian owners. There they receive, as all settlers do, generous government subsidies, paid Read more…

Eric Herring: The Choice on Iraq

The current crisis is often represented as being caused by Iraq’s refusal to comply with UN resolutions to give up its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programmes. Therefore, the argument goes, Iraq will only comply if major military threats are made, and anyway as Saddam Hussein has never complied so far, we have to be Read more…

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Jean Bricmont: Just Say No-to Imperialism

Neither Iraqi concessions nor objections from leaders of traditionally friendly countries seem able to deter the United States government from its determination to take to the warpath against Iraq to impose “regime change”. This unprecedented defiance of world opinion is a challenge that can and must be met by the rise of a strong new Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Democrats Playing Catch-up In Media War

Many news stories and commentaries have marveled at the failure of Democrats to seize the high political ground this fall. With the nation’s economic stride continuing to falter under a Republican president, the main opposition party should be cruising for a triumph in the midterm elections. Instead, the Democratic Party may be lucky to hold Read more…

Mark Curtis: Blair Jaw Jaw

Poised for war over Iraq in a new phase of the supposed “war against terrorism”, the states that profess their commitment to the highest values continue to resort to the basest of policies in practice. Current British policy towards Iraq is a microcosm of foreign policy over the past five years — contempt for international Read more…

Daid Lieberman: Cracks In The Ice

These have been tense days as we await Congress’s vote on Bush’s proposal for war powers to use against Iraq. By the time this article reaches print, the vote will have been taken and the focus of debate will have moved on, but the situation at this moment of deliberation is worth examining nonetheless since Read more…

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Edward Said: Israel, Iraq, And The US

Many parts of Lebanon were bombed heavily by Israeli warplanes on 4 June, 1982. Two days later the Israeli army entered Lebanon through the country’s southern border. Menachem Begin was prime minister, Ariel Sharon his minister of defense. The immediate reason for the invasion was an attempted assassination in London of the Israeli ambassador, but Read more…

Azmi Bishara: A Staring Contest

At a sizable demonstration recently held in London to protest against a war on Iraq, the Palestinian flag stood out amidst the sea of banners. Curiously enough, it attracted little attention, as though it were entirely normal for the Palestinian symbol to assume prominence at such an event. But such an occurrence is not commonplace Read more…

Lee Sustar: We Support The Dockworkers!

  GEORGE W. Bush and the employers want to use the Taft-Hartley Act–America’s notorious “slave labor law”–to break the West Coast dockworkers’ union. But members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have a message for Bush and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA): We won’t give up this fight. “When the PMA dictates a Read more…

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Site Administrator: Iraq on the Verge Of War

C1. Are U.S. leaders correct in their characterization of Saddam Hussein as a monster? There are two possible meanings of the word “monster.” What most people mean by the term is a leader who pursues policies that grotesquely violate every norm of morality and international human rights law. By this definition, Saddam Hussein is certainly a Read more…

Jennifer Lowenstein: Khan Yunis: Before The Juggernaut

A mobile watchtower, lifted into the air by a crane, surveys Khan Yunis day and night. An ambulance from the city waits behind a nearby concrete building day after day; it waits so that the next child shot for playing too close to the wall can make it to the local hospital before dying. The Read more…

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David Edwards: Idolaters, Inc.

Pacifying people by passing over Western crimes and focusing laser-like on the crimes of demonised enemies is one thing. Infinitely more effective, however, is to simply persuade the public that worrying about political issues is best left to the ‘experts’. Idolatry is the time-honoured means for achieving this end – if ‘the ordinary man and Read more…

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Amira Hass: Always A Fighter, Always A Terrorist

A Palestinian is a terrorist when he attacks Israeli civilians on both sides of the Green Line – in Israel and the territories – and when he attacks Israeli soldiers at the gates of a Palestinian city. A Palestinian is a terrorist when an army unit breaks into his neighborhood with tanks and he shoots Read more…

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Charles Glass: Iraq Must Go!

“There is a dry wind blowing through the East, and the parched grasses wait the spark.” John Buchan, Greenmantle (1916) As Lloyd George’s wartime Director of Information, John Buchan urged Britain to support an incomprehensible Eastern war with the cry: ‘The Turk must go!’ At the beginning of 1916, the Turk was not going anywhere: Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Bush’s Illogic

George Bush got one thing right in his speech Monday night — that “many Americans have raised legitimate questions” about his mad rush to war with Iraq.   But he continues to misunderstand what the American people and the rest of the world want in this debate over war — credible evidence, not speculation and Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Bush Peddles War

George Bush said in his address to the nation on October 7 that the United States “has never permitted the brutal and lawless to set history’s course.”   Apparently, Bush accidentally left out part of this sentence in his talk in Cincinnati.   The statement is true with one small qualification: The U.S. has never Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Spare Us your lectures

On September 24, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1435 making clear its demand for “the expeditious withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities towards the return to the positions held prior to September 2000″ as well as its “demand for the complete cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts Read more…

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