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Andrew Gumbel: Ecuador’s Parliament Removes President After Popular Uprising

Ecuador’s embattled president Lucio Gutierrez was unexpectedly thrown out of office yesterday after a week-long popular uprising in Quito and other cities in which he was accused of attempting to cling to power through dictatorial means. An extraordinary session of Ecuador’s parliament, which convened amid the shouted slogans of tens of thousands of protesters in Read more…

Barbara Mcmahon: Italian Pm Bows To Pressure To Resign

Silvio Berlusconi resigned as prime minister of Italy yesterday but pledged to form a government with a new programme in an attempt to resolve the political crisis that has engulfed him. The 69-year-old leader was forced into the move as a way of holding together his faltering four-way conservative coalition, which was threatening to collapse Read more…

Dave Wearing: Blessed are the poor in spirit

When Joseph Ratzinger, the man who will be Pope Benedict XVI, is described as conservative, we should remind ourselves of what he would be conservative in relation to. The Pope is the supreme leader of an ancient and powerful hierarchy dedicated to the strict enforcement of a two-millennia-old religious dogma. In this case conservative means Read more…

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Andrew J. Bacevich: The Normalization of War

At the end of the Cold War, Americans said yes to military power. The skepticism about arms and armies that pervaded the American experiment from its founding, vanished. Political leaders, liberals and conservatives alike, became enamored with military might.   The ensuing affair had and continues to have a heedless, Gatsby-like aspect, a passion pursued Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: The Catholic Church Steps Backwards

With the election of Joseph Ratzinger to be Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church is not joining the 21st century anytime soon. After all the speculation that it was time for a pope from a developing country and after the debate of whether the conclave of cardinals would pick someone who would build bridges toward Read more…

Tim Anderson: Imperial ‘transition’ And Human Rights

Amidst the many monstrous human rights abuses in the world, most of them committed by imperial armies, the United Nations has recently chosen to focus on Cuba. At issue has been about 70 Cubans who were arrested and jailed in 2003. These people (variously called ‘dissidents’, ‘independent journalists’, and even labelled ‘prisoners of conscience’ by Read more…

Aasim Sajjad: Politics at the frontline

After the geo-political upheaval following September 11th, interest in Pakistan and its political economy has heightened in the first world. The corporate media has predictably heaped praise upon Pakistan’s army (effectively the ruling class), and made somewhat of a liberal icon out of General Pervez Musharraf. Just as predictably, radical Islam has been depicted as Read more…

David Mcneill: Japan and China Battle over History

Sino-Japanese relations sunk to a new low on the weekend of April 9-10 when an estimated 10-20,000 Chinese protestors surrounded the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, pelting it with missiles and shouting “Japanese pigs come out” and “Be ashamed of distorting history.” Thousands more vented their rage in other parts of the capital and in Guangzhou, Read more…

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Michael Albert: WTO, Globalization, and Alternatives

Q: Michael, the WTO is set to come to Hong Kong for its next ministerial in December 2005. Could you describe briefly just what the WTO is, and also the process of ‘globalization’ that it fits into? MA: The WTO is an international organization whose purpose is to govern trade and more general exchange norms Read more…

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George Monbiot: Signal Your Opposition

Michael Howard could not have done a better job of proving people like me wrong. He has missed no opportunity to demonstrate that, however much they agree on economic, foreign and defence policy, there is still a real difference between Labour and Conservative. His campaigns against Gypsies and asylum seekers, his ghoulish opportunism in hijacking Read more…

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Sasha Lilley: Meat Packer’s Union on the Chopping Block

The Tyson Fresh Meats beef slaughter and processing facility in Pasco, Washington is an industrial tower of Babel. Fifteen hundred workers from Mexico, Bosnia, Vietnam, and other far-flung countries, labor elbow-to-elbow along the plant’s disassembly lines, cutting off heads, legs, and hooves, and skinning the enormous cattle carcasses. The bodies are then carried along by Read more…

Suadi sulaiman Laweueng: Aceh Seperatist Leader

Suadi Sulaiman Laweueng is the Free Aceh Movement’s (GAM) spokesperson for the Pidie regency in north Aceh, and he spoke to Green Left Weekly about the struggle in Aceh. The interview was translated by James Balowski. Can you explain the situation there? The conditions on the ground are indeed extremely repressive. Every single civilian has become Read more…

Igor Volsky: Uncle Sam Would Be a Good Used Car Salesman

Progressive policy critics and moderate government insiders have long cautioned against a sustained American presence in the Middle East. American encroachment, they warn, radicalizes young Muslim fundamentalists and substantiates Bin Laden’s message of religious Jihad. Administration officials dismiss these critics publicly (although rare words of candor do sometimes escape—CIA Chief Goss admitted that the Iraqi Read more…

Eriko Arita: Engaging History and Peace in a Time of Conflict

[Rarely does a documentary film, many months in production, appears as timely as the nightly news when it’s released. But the premiere in Tokyo on April 23 of “Japan’s Peace Constitution” (Japanese title: “Eiga Nihon-koku Kempo”), directed by Japan Focus associate John Junkerman, comes at a moment when tensions with China and Korea over Japan’s Read more…

Kai Bird: Robert Oppenheimer, the Bomb, and Nuclear Insecurity

In his interviews and writings over the past decade, Osama bin Laden has repeatedly talked about America’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He believes (incorrectly) that it was the atomic bombings that shocked the Japanese imperial government into an early surrender — and, he says, he is planning an atomic attack on America that Read more…

Simon Tisdall: Japan emerges as America’s deputy sheriff in the Pacific

Escalating tension with China, violently illustrated by renewed anti-Japanese protests in Shanghai and other big cities at the weekend, is increasing pressure on Tokyo to expand its military capabilities and back a deepening strategic alliance with the US reaching from East Asia to the Gulf.   Japan’s pacifist postwar constitution restricts its armed forces to Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: 150 hostages and 19 deaths leave US claims of Iraqi ‘peace’ in tatters

Mosul. Iraqi and United States-led forces were last night preparing to launch a rescue mission for up to 150 Shia hostages held by Sunni insurgents. The threat by Sunni militants in the town of Madaen, south of Baghdad, to execute the hostages unless Shias leave the area, intensified the growing sectarian fears. The upsurge in Read more…

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William Blum: The Anti-Empire Report, No. 20

Eastern European “revolutions” In previous reports I’ve discussed why I thought that the political uprisings in Eastern Europe of the past 18 months, which have resulted in changes of government in Georgia and Ukraine and the potential for the same elsewhere, have not entirely been phenomena of spontaneous combustion. I’ve pointed out that in each Read more…

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Mike Davis: Riotous Real Estate

Last February the sirens howled in Hollywood as the LAPD rushed reinforcements to the 5600 block of La Mirada Avenue. While a police captain barked orders through a bullhorn, an angry crowd of 3000 people shouted back expletives. A passerby might have mistaken the confrontation for a major movie shoot, or perhaps the beginning of Read more…

Duroyan Fertl: Ecuadorian Protests

On April 13, thousands of Ecuadorians protesting in the capital Quito were violently attacked by riot police with tear gas. The protesters, led by unionists and students, blocked roads with burning tyres and shut down the centre of the city, demanding the resignation of President Lucio Gutierrez and the reinstatement of the Supreme Court judges Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Feminism’s Gift — And Challenge — To Men

I  have lost count of the number of times since her death earlier this month that I have heard feminist writer Andrea Dworkin referred to as a “man-hater.” Of all the lies told about feminists, one that always made me particularly angry and sad is the claim that Dworkin — and by extension, any woman Read more…

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David Cromwell: Rapid Response Media Alert:

The BBC has published an online Newswatch article entitled ‘Has the BBC ignored weapons claims?’ (April 14, 2005, http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid_4390000/newsid_4396600/4396641.stm). This is in response to a large number of emails generated by our March 30 Media Alert, ‘No Great Way to Die,’ (see under ‘Latest’, www.medialens.org). Unfortunately, the BBC has again failed to address the many Read more…

John Conyers: Scapegoating Immigrants

John Conyers, Jr. is a United States Congressman representing Michigan’s 14th district.__ Like a bad cold, anti-immigration legislation is back again. Last year, the GOP tried to attach anti- immigrant provisions to the legislation on 9/11 intelligence reform, even though the 9/11 commissioners and the vast majority of the 9/11 families opposed their inclusion. This Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Before the Law

A review of the book “Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza”,  by Lisa Hajjar. University of California Press. An Israeli Jew and a Palestinian meet in transit right after having been sentenced in court. The Palestinian asks the Jew how much time he got. “Three years,” says the Jew. Read more…

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Milan Rai: Voting Anti-War

OUR OPTIONS The British anti-war movement currently has three broad options in relation to the British General Election: vote anti-Tory (as Tony Blair is urging us); vote anti-Labour (as Michael Howard and the more punitive elements of the movement are urging us); or to vote anti-war. (There is also the option of not voting, discussed Read more…

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Naomi Klein: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Last summer, in the lull of the August media doze, the Bush Administration’s doctrine of preventive war took a major leap forward. On August 5, 2004, the White House created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, headed by former US Ambassador to Ukraine Carlos Pascual. Its mandate is to draw up elaborate Read more…

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Norman Solomon: When Media Dogs Don’t Bark

The recent decision by General Motors to pull its advertising from the Los Angeles Times has not gone over very well. “Blame the press,” Daily Variety scoffed in mid-April, after several days of publicity about the automaker’s move. “That’s the latest coping mechanism for General Motors, whose slumping share price and falling profits have generated Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: Toribio Attacked

The town of Toribio has been cruelly attacked by war since April 14. Yes, this is the same people that promoted and then made a reality the massive Indigenous ‘Minga’ that marched to Cali from September 13-16 of 2004 against the Free Trade Agreement with the US (TLC or FTA in english); against the ‘constitutional Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Feminism’s gift — and challenge — to men

I have lost count of the number of times since her death earlier this month that I have heard feminist writer Andrea Dworkin referred to as a “man-hater.” Of all the lies told about feminists, one that always made me particularly angry and sad is the claim that Dworkin — and by extension, any woman Read more…

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David Cromwell: Rapid Response Media Alert: Doubt Cast On BBC Claims Regarding Fallujah

The BBC has published an online Newswatch article entitled ‘Has the BBC ignored weapons claims?’ (April 14, 2005). This is in response to a large number of emails generated by our March 30 Media Alert, ‘No Great Way to Die,’ (see under ‘Latest’, www.medialens.org ). Unfortunately, the BBC has again failed to address the many Read more…

Stephen Bezruchka: From Womb to Tomb: the influence of early childhood on adult health

Let me begin with a few assumptions. One is that you are here because you are interested in your health and that of your children. The second is that most of you assume that producing health in yourself or your children is something that one does today and reaps benefits tomorrow or the next day, Read more…

John Petrovato: Israel/Palestine Democracy

On April 14th, the Boston Globe published an editorial called “Does Israel want Arab Democracy?” The author of the article, Jeff Jacoby, began with the question of whether Palestinian political culture (which he refers to as an uncivilized “dangerous, hate-filled dictatorship”) has an interest in democracy, human rights, and peace with Israel. He questions if Read more…

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Gavan McCormack: Disputed Bones

On 14 April, the 61st session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting, adopted a resolution drafted and submitted jointly by Japan and the EU on the situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). It called on North Korea to immediately return Japanese abductees and on the UN Read more…

Luke Stobart: Among Men And Women Of Steel

Imagine going to a demonstration with a small group of friends and finding only a thousand pole-wielding riot police alongside plain-clothes colleagues and chiefs looking disturbingly like Chilean dictator Pinochet. Then you are swiftly moved on to the central city square where every walkway, every wall, is lined with the same black-clad riot police. And Read more…

Catherine Hodgson: Why You Will Be Paid Less Than Your Contemporary Male Graduates, Regardless Of Your Degree Classification, Skills And Experience.

So, you’ve applied for your ideal job. You sweat over the application and covering letter, and when the deadline passes – ‘We would like to invite you to an interview. This is the second round of the application process.’ Preparing and presenting yourself well, you perform to the best of your abilities. And the next Read more…

Mynah meagher and Ben shannon: Media As Judge

(In 2004 American-born environmentalist Tre Arrow fled the United States for Canada to escape trumped up charges that he had participated in an arson attack on some logging equipment. At the time it was clear that he was being targeted because he was a very effective activist. Tre Arrow is currently being held in Canada Read more…

Aiden Delgado: New Revelations about Racism in the Military

Aiden Delgado, an Army Reservist in the 320th Military Police Company, served in Iraq from April 1st , 2003 through April 1st, 2004. After spending six months in Nasiriyah in Southern Iraq, he spent six months helping to run the now-infamous Abu Ghraib prison outside of Baghdad. The handsome 23-year-old mechanic was a witness to Read more…

Mahir Ali: The Limits Of Beetle Mania

WHEN Quentin Wheeler and Kelly Miller, a pair of Americans who describe themselves as “two of the only politically conservative scientists around”, were naming some of the 65 newly discovered species of mould-eating beetles, they decided it was a good opportunity to honour some of their heroes. As a result, three of the insects now Read more…

M. junaid Alam: Does the Resistance Target Civilians?

The ceaseless demonization of Iraqis committed to ending foreign control of their country is a key ideological crutch for maintaining the American occupation. Smearing the armed resistance as a band of murderous thugs is well understood by American war planners to be a crucial part of effective counter-insurgency work. (1) Obviously, brutal and horrific attacks Read more…

Steven Bodzin: The Quest for Desired Endstate

Sixty years ago this summer, New Yorkers threw open skyscraper windows and unfurled a joyous storm of tickertape. Paperboys hawked extra editions of the New York Herald Tribune. A sailor in dress whites dipped a nurse, their heady smooch preserved forever in a Life magazine photograph. The allies had won on the twin battlefields of Read more…

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Carl Bloice: Oh, darn. The democracy thing.

At one point, while Air Force One was making its way back to Crawford, Texas, and the ranch, the President called the small group of pool reporters abroad up to the front cabin to chat. He is said to have shown “little sign of worry” about a recent slide in his public polling numbers. He Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Gaza: The Line of Memory and Despair

I’ve known of Kassim Kafarneh for many years. His thick, wild beard is now neatly trimmed and his once unruly, black hair is combed in an orderly fashion. His spirit however is as free as the day I saw him filming in our refugee camp one Friday afternoon, 17 years ago. I know for sure Read more…

Carlos Villarreal: Washington Is Bolstering An Anti-immigrant Movement, Will The First Latino A.g. Take A Stand?

Ever since September 11th, a nationalist, anti-immigrant mood has intensified in the United States. While this sentiment seemed at first to be aimed mostly at Arabs, South Asians and Muslims, it is now clear that all but white immigrants are targets. Meanwhile reactionary legislation from Washington, such as the REAL ID Act, affirms and bolsters Read more…

Marguerite Laurent: The UN Security Council Goes To Haiti To Stop The Call For Resignation Of The Latortue Regime

All 15 members of the United Nations Security Council are in Haiti from April 12 to April 16, 2005 to, according to their press release on the matter, “review progress achieved in areas such as security, development, the political transition, human rights, institution-building and the humanitarian situation.” Well, if in fact it is human rights Read more…

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John Pilger: The Fall Of Saigon 1975: An Eye Witness Report

Saigon, April 1975. At dawn I was awake, lying under my mattress on the floor tiles, peering at my bed propped against the French windows. The bed was meant to shield me from flying glass; but if the hotel was attacked with rockets, the bed would surely fall on me. Killed by a falling bed: Read more…

Mark Roberts: Realities and Roots of Pro-Israeli Harassment at Columbia University

 Introduction by M. Junaid Alam Readers who have been following the attacks on Arab professors at Columbia University may have read my recent investigative article on the subject. The piece elicited many positive responses, including from Columbia staff and students. One such respondent was a recent European graduate who shared some startling revelations about the Read more…

Igor Volsky: Papal Shortcomings

The passing of the pope John Paul II has led to an outpouring of world emotion. Iconic-like devotion portrayed the pope as a flawless global leader and has cost him his humanity. While the pope’s accomplishments are noteworthy, his shortcomings provide critical insight.   Great emphasis has also been placed on the future of the Read more…

Black Commentator: Draft

The debate on the draft, to the extent it exists, focuses too heavily on the U.S. military crisis in Iraq and far too little on American domestic arrangements that enabled the Bush Pirates to launch their War Against All, in which Iraq was supposed to be only the first, triumphal episode. Although it is unquestionably Read more…

Lisa Lambert: GodAssault

Because certain trees are sprouting in the Middle East, the world will soon end. Because the European Union has grown to its current size, fiery death and plagues of locusts are about to descend on the planet. Because Israel established a homeland, non-believers will, in a short while, suffer agonizing horrors before being damned to Read more…

Regan Boychuk: The Case Against Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz is a well-known lawyer and professor at Harvard law school, a prolific author, and makes regular appearances in the media. When it comes to Israel, he is particularly outspoken and taken quite seriously within certain segments of the North American mainstream. Whether he deserves to be taken seriously is another issue altogether. In Read more…

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