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Darren Ell: State Of Seige In Palestine

The road to Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city, is a dangerous one.  As we stop at the Gush Katif Junction, my Palestinian driver becomes nervous. “They often shoot here,” he says.  A group of 10-year-old Palestinian boys approach our car.  My driver opens the door and lets one in.  He then speeds past the armed Israeli Read more…

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Carola Reintjes: Letter from Cordoba: Civil Disobedience

[Translated by Francisco González] Dear friends, I don’t want to fill your mailboxes with more arguments against this war. Everything has already been said and there is no need for more arguments. Maybe Aznar should “vote for another people,” as Brecht suggested in cases like this, because everything indicates that this “preemptive” attack is not Read more…

Kristen Ess: Israeli Goverment Talks About “The Solution”

Kids are gathered round a burned out car in Manger Square. There is no school today, their town under curfew. A Palestinian ambulance is stopped and searched in the rain. It’s another day under Israeli military occupation. For weeks Israeli soldiers have been invading and reinvading the Bethlehem area, holding the residents captive in their Read more…

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Jessica Azulay: Beyond Demonstration

Note: This article was originally created as a handout to be passed around on the bus to a demonstration. Feel free to download in its original form and pass it out at upcoming actions.Z —————— BEYOND DEMONSTRATIONThe world-wide demonstrations on February 15th will be a powerful display of antiwar conviction. It is crucial that we Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Antiwar Questions and Answers

1. As anti-war sentiment grows and the anti-war movement gains momentum, what are the most important priorities for peace and justice organizations? To build a movement able to marshal sufficient numbers of sufficiently informed and committed people to compel ruling elites around the world, and ultimately in the U.S., to restrain or even terminate their Read more…

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David Edwards: Blair’s Betrayal: Part 2

In Part 1 we showed how Tony Blair profoundly misled the British public on the ‘threat’ posed by Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during a recent BBC2 Newsnight interview and debate. Blair claimed that Unscom inspectors (1991-98) were thrown out of Iraq – they were withdrawn. Blair claimed that inspectors left in December Read more…

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Mark Steel: We Shall Not Be Moved

Every veteran of protests and demonstrations agrees – nothing has ever been like this. The tradition is that you inform an average civilian that you’re going on a march, and they look at you with a mixture of puzzlement and pity, as if you’d said you were spending the weekend morris dancing. But this time Read more…

Sanjay Basu: Life And Death At The WTO

If you cross paths with Robert Zoellick’s mother over the next few weeks, please remind her that applications to George Washington University’s School of Public Health are due soon. Her son needs to hurry up and submit his paperwork. Mrs. Zoellick might be surprised at the suggestion that her son Robert, our US Trade Representative, Read more…

Richard Du boff: The Bush Budget: Deficits Aren’t The Problem

President Bush has sent to Congress his Budget for fiscal 2004 (starting in October), calling for $2.23 trillion in expenditures and a deficit of $304 billion, compared to $159 billion of red ink last year and a surplus of $127 billion in 2001. For the President’s Budget Director, Mitch Daniels, this deficit is “acceptable,” because Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: War Games

The ink was barely dry on the headline of USA Today — “Bush: The Game Is Over” — when the response came from French Prime Minister Jean- Pierre Raffarin: “It’s not a game. It’s not over.” For the first time in decades, the “Old Europe” that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld so contemptuously dismissed is standing Read more…

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Sonali Kolhatkar: From Afghanistan To Iraq

On August 29th 2002 in Little Rock, Arkansas, George W Bush said: “We liberated Afghanistan from the clutches of a barbaric regime… We’re liberators, not conquerers here in America”(1). Addressing U.S. troops this January in Fort Hood, Texas, Bush said, “Should Saddam seal his fate by refusing to disarm, by ignoring the opinion of the Read more…

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David Edwards: Blair’s Betrayal: Part 1

The French and German governments have acted for sanity and hope by proposing a peace plan that involves the tripling of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq possibly backed up by thousands of UN troops. In a public debate, German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, spoke for millions of people around the world when he shouted his Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Mexico of Below

[translated by irlandesa] The gaze accompanies the hand as it leafs through the calendar and stops at the month of MAY.  And it is the May sun which illuminates one word:  HIDALGO. Hidalgo.  According to the INEGI, it had more than two and a quarter million inhabitants three years ago.  Of them, more than 300,000, Read more…

Andy Higginbottom: Wakeup Call

Listeners to CARACOL radio station got a wake up call this morning. Carlos Castaño, the leader of the paramilitary Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia AUC, had a 47 minute interview on the main breakfast show. Castaño’s main message is that opposition to Uribe’s referendum project is subversive and hence the leaders of the abstention campaign are Read more…

Ibne Ashraf: Notes from Bangladesh

[translated from Bengali by Azfar Hussein] I am writing from a tiny yet huge country–Bangladesh. This is a country in which you continue to witness one of the most brutal spectacles of the twenty-first century: both dogs and children desperately compete for the crumbs of rotten food in the garbage. This is a country where Read more…

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John Clarke: From Protest to Resistance

OCAP often argues that social movements need to move “from protest to resistance” if they wish to have a serious impact. What do you mean by that?     OCAP talks of going from “protest” to resistance and fighting to win in an attempt to capture in a phrase or slogan a vital question regarding trying to Read more…

Petition: Conscientious Objectors Abused

Dear friends and supporters of the conscientious objectors, The abuse of the conscientious objectors continues. The Israeli military is sentencing them to repetitive prison terms, with no end in sight. We must step up the campaign to release these courageous prisoners of conscience. Below is a short petition we plan to publish in Israeli press Read more…

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America Vera-zavala: An Extrordinary Coup At The WSF pt.1

When I listened to Lula speak at the World Social Forum I was moved and cried. I wish he had not come. For the first time since the Zapatista uprising, the MAI victory and Seattle the movement has taken a step back. The first steps have been taken, from one side of the left, to Read more…

Gideon Levy: The Idf’s ‘permissiveness’ In The Territories

A war in Iraq will soon break out, and with it a great darkness will descend on events in the territories. As long as what goes on there doesn’t affect the war’s execution, no one in the world will take an interest, no one will so much as cast a glance, at the West Bank Read more…

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Michael Albert: Organize, Demonstrate!

I hate apocalyptic politics. I was radicalized by the civil rights movement and Vietnam. People shouted all kinds of furor about the environment imploding, about fascism rising, and about imminent Armageddon. The hollering had provocation. We witnessed jackbooted thugs from the FBI murdering Panther activists in their beds. We saw mile-high bombardiers massacre children and Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Powell’s Flimsy Evidence

Only two days after Colin Powell made his presentation to the U.N. Security Council, the evidence he provided is unraveling. Through interviews with experts, intelligence sources, and an examination of the physical evidence, reporters are piecing together facts that refute all of his major claims. Powell’s presentation was full of allegations with few sources given. Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Life After Social Forums

Usually, when talking about the forum history, historians talk about three important meanings of this word. According to the first meaning, the word “forum” refers to “agora”, a place for meetings and discussion.. According to the second meaning, forum is a market. According to the third meaning of the word, forum is a elected central Read more…

Charles Lewis: Justice Dept. Drafts Sweeping Expansion of Anti-Terrorism Act

(WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2003) — The Bush Administration is preparing a bold, comprehensive sequel to the USA Patriot Act passed in the wake of September 11, 2001, which will give the government broad, sweeping new powers to increase domestic intelligence-gathering, surveillance and law enforcement prerogatives, and simultaneously decrease judicial review and public access to information. Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Landscape of Resistance

[translated by irlandesa] Mexico, 2003. Another Calendar:  That of Resistance Place:  Mountains of the Mexican southeast.  Date:  January of 2003.  Hour:  Dawn.  Climate:  Cold, rainy, tense.  Altitude:  Various meters above sea level.  Visibility:  Without a flashlight you can’t see a bloody thing. In a hut, a shadow counters with the fragile light from a candle, Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The Errant Ones

[translated by irlandesa] February:  Puebla, the second stele (resistance and another church, the errant ones) Candle and shadow continue to tremble.  Brushing aside the smoke and the “January” page in the calendar, the hand reveals, contradictory and luminous, FEBRUARY, and, with it, another gaze, another hand and another word:  PUEBLA. It is February, a month Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: A Left Which the Right Finds Acceptable

[translated by irlandesa] March:  Veracruz, the third stele. (An updated viceroy, or the PRD, a left which the right finds acceptable). Now it is the wind, and not the hand, which turns the pages of the calendar.  After a momentary disorder, as is law, happy March appears, blowing one word:  VERACRUZ.  Above the word, the Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The Rebels of Always

[translated by irlandesa] April:  Tlaxcala, the Fourth Stele (The rebels of always) This time it is history which moves the hand and wind in order to give way to the next month on the calendar.  APRIL it says up top, and then, always rebellious, one word appears:  TLAXCALA. Tlaxcala.  According to INEGI data, in the Read more…

Mickey Z: From Dresden To Baghdad

“If war is forced upon us, we will fight in a just cause and by just means sparing, in every way we can, the innocent.” –George W. Bush, in his State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003 ———— The Pentagon recently revealed its plan for the first day of the inevitable saturation bombing of Read more…

Kristen Ess: Occupied Palestine

How can Palestinians resist the brutality of the Israeli military government. How can they survive it? One Palestinian journalist, a friend for the past year told me, “We chose non-violence and they occupied our kitchens.” There are about 9,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Last night Israeli soldiers abducted 14 more. Since Sharon was Read more…

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Neve Gordon: The IDF’s Slippery Moral Slope

Jerusalem: Following my last military reserve duty, I was kicked out of my unit, the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) educational corps.  There was a surrealistic dimension to the whole experience. I had driven a few hours to a base located near the Egyptian border after having been asked to lecture about “Leadership” to 60 soldiers Read more…

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Brian Dominick: We Will March

Today I called the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I left a short message for him, stating that I will be marching on the streets of his town next Saturday, February 15, in protest of a renewed war on Iraq. I added that I will do so whether a permit is granted Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Towards An Another Anarchism

Rough transcript of a talk given by Andrej Grubacic as part of the Life After Capitalism forum (WSF3, Porto Alegre, 2003.) A friend of mine has written recently that: “no one needs another -ism from19th century, another word which imprisons and fixes meaning, another word that seduces a number of people into the clarity and Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Corporations, War, You

One thing is clear about the Bush administration’s current rush to war: It has nothing to do with protecting U.S. security.   There is no evidence nor reason to believe that Iraq possesses nuclear weapons. The Iraqi military is among the weakest in the Middle East. And the CIA says that Iraq does not pose Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Colin Powell Is Flawless — Inside A Media Bubble

There’s no doubt about it: Colin Powell is a great performer, as he showed yet again at the U.N. Security Council the other day. On television, he exudes confidence and authoritative judgment. But Powell owes much of his touted credibility to the fact that he’s functioning inside a media bubble that protects him from direct Read more…

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David Edwards: Tortured Liberals

Army Of Mothers On January 29 the front page of the Daily Mirror carried a full-page picture of Tony Blair with dripping red fingers and palms. The title in large letters: ‘Blood On His Hands’. On pages 4 and 5, John Pilger’s article, ‘Bloody Cowards’, was illustrated with a large picture of three Iraqi soldiers Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Health Care Privatization In Pakistan

Gen. Musharraf’s regime virtually became an ordinance passing factory last year, trying to force through as many laws as possible before the current period of quasi-democracy started in October 2002. Pressure by the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) was often the primary motivation behind these laws, with the Punjab Health Ordinance being no exception. The Punjab Read more…

Scott Ritter: Dismissing Powell

TOKYO – Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Thursday dismissed U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s allegation before the U.N. Security Council that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction as “unsubstantiated” and based only on “circumstantial evidence.” “There’s nothing here that’s conclusive proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction,” Ritter, a former Read more…

Justin Delacour: Can you believe Venezuela’s pollsters?

Over the last year, several correspondents in Venezuela have repeatedly attempted to portray Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as an unpopular leader. The most common basis for these statements has been the recitation of “polls” claiming that Chávez’s approval rating is down to around 30 percent. The commercial media correspondents rarely cite the source of their Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Powell Presentation

Sources, foreign intelligence sources, “our sources,” defectors, sources, sources, sources. Colin Powell’s terror talk to the United Nations Security Council yesterday sounded like one of those government-inspired reports on the front page of The New York Times – where it will most certainly be treated with due reverence in this morning’s edition. It was a Read more…

Michael Mandel: Resolution 1441 And The Security Council

According to President Bush, though further Security Council authority would be “welcome,” there is already enough authority for a war against Iraq in Resolution 1441, passed last November. Our independent Canadian leaders seem to be saying the same thing. This is supposed to be a way of showing support for the United Nations. But Resolution Read more…

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Pablo Ortellado: Whose Movement?

I guess it was on year 2000, while organizing for the S26 protests when I first heard about the World Social Forum (WSF). The idea was to have a permanent counter forum to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the meeting of corporations’ CEOs, governments’ officials and academic leaders to discuss global Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Responding To Colin Powell

By If one believes everything Colin Powell said to the Security Council yesterday, one’s first response ought to be that there’s no reason to fight a war, since U.S. surveillance capabilities are so awesome that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) can easily be found. And one’s first question should be why has the United Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Powell Doctrine Or Doctrinaire?

It used to be called the Powell Doctrine. Yesterday, it sounded pretty doctrinaire. The thesis: Overwhelm your adversaries. Never fight a war you won’t prevail in. And so, Overwhelming force was the mantra again yestrday at the UN as the New York Times notes, we saw a replay of that approach yesterday in his 79 Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Another Forum is Possible

      It was the first World Social Forum, 2001. The teleconference between representatives of the WSF and the World Economic Forum in Davos was already tense, when Hebe de Bonafini –the spokesperson of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo– told George Soros “I actually have nothing to talk with someone like you”. She meant, Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: To Say No

[Translated by Francisco González] The President of our planet announces his next killing campaign in the name of God and Democracy. Thus he defames God, and he also defames Democracy, which has barely managed to survive despite the dictatorships that the United States have been establishing all over the world for over a century.Bush’s Government–which Read more…

Stan Winer: 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…

Stephen James-kerr: The ‘Modified Vehicles’ Powell Forgot To Mention

Colin Powell was full of fire and brimstone in the UN Security Council Chambers yesterday. Iraq had once again committed an outrage. “The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction pose to the world. Let me now turn to those deadly weapons programmes and Read more…

Joao Penha: The Trap of the Participatory Budget

SAO PAULO, Oct. 29 — Immediately after the Oct. 27 landslide election of Workers Party (PT) presidential candidate Luis Inacio (Lula) da Silva, editorials in the world major financial daily newspapers began telling Lula, as he is known widely in Brazil, exactly what he must do in the economic arena if he is to be Read more…

Etsuko Urashima: Okinawa Base Dooms Dugong

Plans to transfer a U.S. military airfield to Henoko in northern Okinawa have been fiercely, but in the end abortively, contested by Okinawan citizens. Construction of the airfield is now imminent in the coral sea off Henoko, the home of the dugong, a large water mammal that is a highly endangered species. Opponents of the Read more…

Nobumasa Tanaka: Yasakuni Shrine, Japanese Nationalism, and the Constitution

The Yasukuni shrine to Japan’s war dead, more specifically to those who gave their lives for the Japanese emperor, has long been a center of controversy in postwar Japan. Now it becomes the focus of a series of judicial challenges to its constitutional legitimacy. This article discusses court actions arising from Prime Minister Koizumi’s formal Read more…

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