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Subcomandante Marcos: Some Changes

[translated by irlandesa] July 19, 2003. To the People of Mexico: To the Peoples of the World: Brothers and Sisters: This is our word: FIRST. –  The globalization of power has demonstrated throughout the world that it has entered its most aggressive stage by making military war its primary weapon of domination.  Nonetheless, the attack Read more…

Kristen Ess: All In A Days Work For A Mythical Democracy

In the mid-Gaza Strip, an old man dressed in white sits on a wooden box, watching an Israeli driven bulldozer destroy his land. The tree leaves are deep green and are crushed and caught in the pusher. This is making the trunks more mangled. He watches. The destruction goes on for hours. There is nothing Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Common sense Interview

On May 3, 2002, MIT linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky was interviewed by CommonSense: The Intercollegiate Journal of Humanism and Freethought CS: You have made an analogy between the conflict in Palestine and apartheid South Africa – do you think universities should respond to Israel in the same way they did to South Africa? Read more…

Doug Lorimer: Guerrilla War in Iraq

Iraqis “are conducting what I would describe as a classical guerrilla-type campaign against us”, General John Abizaid, the newly appointed commander of the US occupation army in Iraq, admitted on July 16. Only a week earlier, US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld had vehemently refused to admit that the US was facing a growing guerrilla war Read more…

Dale Mckinley: ANC’s ‘consensus’

JOHANNESBURG – When the African National Congress government of South Africa introduced its neoliberal Growth Employment and Redistribution (GEAR) macro-economic framework in 1996, it promised South Africans that it would result in economic growth and investment that would “deliver a better life for all”. Instead, hundreds of thousands of workers have lost their jobs, hundreds Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: Gm Foods: Towards An Apocalypse

After taking control over one-third of the world’s crude oil supplies and that too after a futile search for ‘weapons of mass destruction’, American President George Bush appears ready to take over the world’s food market and that too by emotionally misleading the world in the name of removing hunger. Accusing Europe of undercutting efforts Read more…

Mickey Z: History Forgave Churchill Why Not Blair And Bush?

On July 17, 2003, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. House and Senate. The subject of WMD, of course, was on the front burner. “If we are wrong, then we will have destroyed a threat that was at its least responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering,” Blair said. “I Read more…

Nikos Valance: Leading Democrats Go AWOL on Overtime Vote

There are millions of men and women in America who not only work hard every day but also put in overtime. Sometimes the overtime helps to pay the bills. Sometimes it helps them stay a little ahead of the game or to save for things they otherwise couldn’t afford, like a college education or a Read more…

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Yves Engler: Capitalism Ruins Public Health

Last Thursday U.S. Medicare officials followed the lead of a number of U.S.corporations and announced a plan to pay bonuses for better care. A few months back a group of major corporations including General Electric, Ford and others launched a pilot program in Cincinnati,Lexington and Boston, to pay doctors bonuses of up to 10% if Read more…

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Mandisi Majavu: The failure of an African political leadership

Professor Wamba dia Wamba is a leader of the Rassemblement Congolais la democratie (RCD-Kisangani), and is based in Kinshasa, the capital town of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a recipient of the prestigious Prince Claus Award for Culture and Development in recognition of his “scholarly contribution to the development of African philosophy and Read more…

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Dilip Hiro: The

So, will United States military forces be deployed on the streets of America, enforcing the deep social repair and reconstruction advocated by black slaves and ex-slaves and their allies during and after the Civil War? I ask this impertinent question because I recently looked at an interesting report titled Iraq: The Day After, issued by Read more…

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Norman Solomon: War Boosters

The superstar columnist George Will has an impressive vocabulary. Too bad it doesn’t include the words “I’m sorry.” Ten months ago, Will led the media charge when a member of Congress dared to say that President Bush would try to deceive the public about Iraq. By now, of course, strong evidence has piled up that Read more…

Michael Ware: Enough is Enough

TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant Verizon has been ordered to reinstate 2,300 employees laid off in New York state last December and pay them back wages. This victory for union workers has shaken up high-stakes contract negotiations in the run-up to an August 2 deadline. The July 11 ruling by arbitrator Shyam Das means that employees, members of Read more…

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Katha Pollitt: Us: Feminism Lite

THE women’s movement has transformed the United States in just over 30 years. Stroll through a park and you’re likely to see a team of girls playing soccer. Drop in at a law or medical school and women occupy almost half the seats. Women own about one in four of small businesses, and have made Read more…

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Mark Engler: Hawks Say The Damnedest Things!

Keeping track of the “real reason” for the invasion of Iraq can be quite a chore these days. The Bush administration doggedly maintains that its claims about weapons of mass destruction were legitimate. Yet a litany of apologists has scrambled for other explanations. As it became evident that Saddam’s deadly arsenal was unlikely to ever Read more…

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Justin Podur: Revolutionizing Culture Part One

On to Part II   MICHAEL ALBERT: Throughout the left, broadly understood, everyone agrees that anti-racism should be part of our agenda. We should oppose structural and ideological features of society (and also in our movements) that relegate people to having less influence, status, power, income, or having worse living conditions, or being consigned to Read more…

Glen Rangwala: 20 Lies About the War

Falsehoods ranging from exaggeration to plain untruth were used to make the case for war. More lies are being used in the aftermath. By and 13 July 2003 1 Iraq was responsible for the 11 September attacks A supposed meeting in Prague between Mohammed Atta, leader of the 11 September hijackers, and an Iraqi intelligence Read more…

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Victor Grossman: Unionbusting in Germany

Berlin. The pressure is on in Germany – pressure against the union movement – in as dirty a campaign as has been seen in a long time. Chancellor Schroeder, respected in some areas because of his rejection of the Iraq war – has long since been backing down from that position and trying to mend Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Bomb Before You Buy

The military occupation of Iraq has not gone according to the plan made in Washington long before the war was launched against Saddam Hussein’s government. Since President Bush declared major hostilities over in Iraq on May 1, more than 30 U.S. and British troops have been killed in an intensifying series of guerrilla attacks. With Read more…

Ignacio Ramonet: State-sponsored Lies

“I cannot tell a lie” – George Washington   IT’S LIKE the story of the thief who yelled “Stop, thief!” The dossier against Saddam Hussein that President George Bush presented to the UN General Assembly on 12 September 2002 was called A Decade of Lies and Deceit. And what did he offer for proof? Lies. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Revolutionizing Culture Part Two

Back to Part I ALBERT: Multiculturalism says there are lots of cultures, we should respect them all, but it doesn’t provide clear means for the smaller and weaker cultures to avoid reduced status, rights, or even existence at the hands of larger stronger cultures, even though protection seems to be multiculturalism’s priority. Multiculturalism also ignores Read more…

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Walden Bello: Crisis of the Globalist Project

(Prepared for the McPlanet Conference, Berlin, June 27, 2002. The original version of this piece will appear in the Fall issue of New Labor Forum.) “Capitalism constantly erodes man and woman’s being-in-nature (creature) and being-in-society (citizen) and, even as it drains them of life energy as workers, it moulds their consciousness around one role: that Read more…

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Roger Bybee: From Green Bay to Bombay: Global pillage not global village

From Green Bay to Bombay: Global Pillage, Not Global Village By Roger Bybee Instead of an interconnected global village, we are witnessing global pillage on a grand scale: Ordinary citizens are losing job security and a democratic voice as corporations roam the globe to find the lowest wages, weakest environmental laws, and the most pliable Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: Horta Explains…

Jose Ramos-Horta, Foreign Minister of East Timor, was the keynote speaker at the Flagship Conference: International Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation at University of Melbourne in Australia. Mr. Ramos-Horta has been often criticized by the left wing and the peace movements for what definitely appeared as endorsing US-led invasion to Iraq. But in Melbourne, on Read more…

Michael Ware: Verizon Wants More Cuts

NEW YORK–As the August 2 contract expiration nears for Verizon and its unions, the company has gone on the offensive once again to demand major givebacks on job security, health care, sick pay and outsourcing. While the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are coordinating their efforts to Read more…

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Rania Masri: Re-Constructing or De-Constructing Iraq?

WE ARE regularly told, by our corporate-I mean, our “free” press-and by our “president,” elected by this “free” nation in our functioning “democracy,” that the “war” against Iraq is over, “liberation” for the Iraqis has begun and we are now working towards “reconstruction” efforts in that poor war-torn country. Post-war? Or new phase of the Read more…

Veteran intelligence professionals for sanity: Memorandum to the President

Introduction by Tom Engelhardt [Quote of the day (taken from Josh Marshall’s Talkingpointsmemo.com weblog): “I will bring honor to the process and honor to the office I seek. I will remind Al Gore that Americans do not want a White House where there is ‘no controlling legal authority.’ I will repair the broken bonds of Read more…

Lee Sustar: What’s Behind Liberia’s Crisis

THE RHETORIC is about AIDS and poverty, but the agenda is oil and empire. George W. Bush’s mid-July tour of Africa highlighted the ways in which the U.S. is consolidating its economic and strategic role across the continent–from preparing a possible deployment of American troops amid Liberia’s civil war, to praising pro-market “neoliberal” policies in Read more…

Gregory Clark: Shabby Cause to Shed Blood

The bad news is that the Japanese government wants to send troops to Iraq. Tokyo‘s rush into overseas military involvements is far stronger than anyone would have imagined possible even a few years ago.   The good news is that this time Tokyo has probably gone too far. In its efforts to legitimize an overseas Read more…

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Yves Engler: Profits Not Patients

Two weeks ago both the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times ran front page articles about accussations against Medco, a subsidiary of Merck & Co. over false statements and claims to the government. This is in addition to investigations of Medco over violations of anti-trust, consumer-protection and pharmacy-licensing laws by at least 25 state attorney Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: Where Is The Apology For Slavery?

THERE IS a simple reason American presidents will not apologize for slavery. An apology for the past means asking white Americans to take responsibility for the present. One hundred and forty years after the Emancipation Proclamation, that remains a task too heavy for presidents to perform. The truth remains too terrible for Americans to bear. Read more…

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Paul Street: Shocking New York Times Revelation: Democracy Requires A Level Playing Field

“Managing Freedom” Among the many unpleasant aspects of the American Empire, few are more disturbing than the way it reflects and reinforces many Americans’ dangerous and self-satisfied indifference, ignorance, and/or denial as to the nature of their own society and history.  For an excellent example, see a recent commentary in the New York Times.  The Read more…

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Yifat Susskind: Adjusting To Empire

"America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon of freedom and opportunity in the world." -George Bush, September 11, 2001  On September 11, 2001, George Bush supplied the first official answer to the new quintessential American question: "Why do they hate us?" Abroad, the question resounds along a continuum of disbelief, impatience, and disgust, Read more…

Robert Mcruer: Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here;or, An Accessible World Is Possible This talk was delivered as part of the opening roundtable, “In Whose Interest? The World Bank and Disabled Persons,” for the sixteenth annual meeting of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS), held in Bethesda, Maryland, June 11-15, 2003. The theme of the annual meeting was “Disability Read more…

Jitsuro Terashima: Japan Should Not Follow U.S. Logic of Force

A government-sponsored bill to send the Self-Defense Forces to Iraq to take part in postwar reconstruction cleared the Lower House last week. There is little doubt this legislation is a demonstration by Japan of its willing cooperation with the U.S. global strategy.   The following is an in-depth commentary contributed recently to The Asahi Shimbun Read more…

Saskia Sassen: Afriica and the Warlord

Warlords. They have a bad name but not all they do is bad. Their basic premise is that a good gun is better than a good law. Then there is the horsetrading: you give me oil, I will get you aid for Aids treatment; horsetrading can work when bureaucrats fail. Some warlords are grubby, others Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bush in Africa

The Two Faces of George By President Bush is doing a barnstorming tour of Africa to call attention to his administration’s commitment to addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the continent. One problem: He’s simultaneously trying to impose on African countries enhanced patent protections that would undermine their ability to gain access to affordable medicines. (Actually, Read more…

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Jason Leopold: Mini-War Against Iraq Prior to 9-11 May Explain Why U.S. Targeted The Country

While the Bush administration is beset by questions about the accuracy of intelligence information the President cited in building a case for war against Iraq, the White House hawks have still not fully explained how Iraq became a target of the administration shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The administration has maintained that Iraq had Read more…

Paul Woodward: Baghadad’s New Blogger

Salam Pax is still the best known Baghdad blogger, but another picture of life in the city newly emerges, this time from a blogger who arrived there just a few weeks ago. The weblog is Turningtables, its author is a U.S. Army sergeant camped outside one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces.Soldiers on active duty are often Read more…

Paul Woodward: Baghdad’s New Blogger

Salam Pax is still the best known Baghdad blogger, but another picture of life in the city newly emerges, this time from a blogger who arrived there just a few weeks ago. The weblog is Turningtables, its author is a U.S. Army sergeant camped outside one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces.Soldiers on active duty are often Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bush in Africa

President Bush’s five-day, five-country tour of Africa has had political observers wondering: is this just another photo-op, crafted to show that the President is not just a “bring them on,” unilateralist gun-slinger but a “compassionate conservative?” Or does he intend — for whatever political reasons — to actually deliver something of substance?   It should Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Politics Of Money

While President Bush’s re-election campaign accumulates an unprecedented pile of dollars, the country’s news media are deep in a rut of reporting about the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. With the next national Election Day scarcely 15 months away, most signs point to a new triumph for the politics of money.   Rather than Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Sustainability And Politics

Wes Jackson and his colleagues at The Land Institute are working on a 10,000 year-old problem — agriculture. Not simply problems in agriculture, but the problem of agriculture. That fundamental problem is that no one has come up with a sustainable system for perpetuating agricultural productivity. High yields mask what Jackson has called “the failure Read more…

Mozghan Bahar: Tehran

Tehran University was completely shut down by the Islamic regime on Wednesday July 9th 2003 in an attempt to stop student protests in Tehran. Every entrance was locked up and the security police had taken over the University compound. Earlier, the Islamic regime had declared all gatherings on the “National Day of Protest” in support Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: The Iron Wall of Fear

Back in 1923, the situation in Palestine was markedly different from what we have been familiar with for the past half-century. The eventual rise of the state of Israel was considered a pipe dream, even by most of the Zionist immigrants of the day. Though there were high tensions between the Jewish immigrants and the Read more…

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Paul Street: A Dark Independence Day For American Historians

Knowledge of history is a tool for democracy. It contains great lessons, both positive and negative, on how best to proceed in making a just and democratic society. It provides standards, models, values, and examples of resistance to deploy against those who would subjugate, manipulate, and insult the populace. It bequeaths rich legacies of sense Read more…

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Carl Bloice: African Americans & the Reality of Joblessness

The story of the nation’s unemployment situation was exactly buried; it disappeared about as fast as Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. On Thursday, July 4, the media reported on the joblessness statistics for June. The news wasn’t good. It soon disappeared. Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the story simply vanished. One searched high Read more…

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Many Authors: Feminists For Kucinich

We are feminists who consider the Bush administration a danger to our country and the world, and see a regime change in 2004 as the highest political priority. Rather than waiting to hear what all the Democratic candidates have to say, then jumping on the bandwagon of the least offensive, we decided to make our Read more…

Brian Forrest: Concealing Guns?

When Charlton Heston played Moses in the classic DeMille film, he brought the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Today, Heston’s leadership of the NRA has brought another law to the people of Minnesota: the Minnesota Personal Protection Act of 2003. Sometimes called the concealed carry (or conceal and carry) law, the Act changes Minnesota from Read more…

Lansana Gberie: Liberia

In 1821 a group of freed American slaves retraced the steps of their forebears to West Africa to start a new country. At first the Africans didn’t want to turn over a huge hunk of land to the American blacks, but when a U.S. naval officer accompanying the group ordered the Africans at gunpoint to Read more…

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