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Robert Fisk: Afghanistan is on the Brink of Another Disaster

The garden was overgrown, the roses scrawny after a day of Kandahar heat, the dust in our eyes, noses, mouth, fingernails. But the message was straightforward. “This is a secret war,” the Special Forces man told me. “And this is a dirty war. You don’t know what is happening.” And of course, we are not Read more…

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Edward Said: Punishment By Detail

Terrorism, and its obsessive pursuit, have become an entirely circular, self-fulfilling murder and slow death of enemies who have no choice or say in the matter. Aside from the obvious physical discomforts, being ill for a long period of time fills the spirit with a terrible feeling of helplessness, but also with periods of analytic Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Blood for Blood

There is a bouquet of plastic purple flowers in the center of a cheap wooden table. It’s easier to stare at it than into the faces of either of the men speaking. The air is suffocatingly hot — no breeze passes through the half-open window. I’m thirsty but won’t drink the orange soda our host Read more…

Agustin Fernandez: The Crisis in Uruguay

[NOTE: Agustin Fernandez is a translator for ZNet, from Uruguay.  He was asked to provide some insight into the financial collapse there.  This is the note he sent to the group of ZNet translators-- which was in turn translated into English by Craig M Johnson] At the beginning of the year 2000, the candidate of Read more…

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George Monbiot: Our Racist Demonology

The most evil man on earth, besides Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, is Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe. That, at least, is the view of most of the western world’s press. Yesterday Mugabe insisted that 2,900 white farmers will have to leave their land. He claims to be redistributing their property to landless Read more…

Bryan Rostron: The Business Of Apartheid

Cape Town. ”Some call me the devil,” says Ed Fagan, delightedly. We are in a smart Cape Town waterfront hotel and Fagan, a consummate showman, is thoroughly enjoying himself as he details the multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit he has launched against multinational corporations and banks, including Barclays Bank, accused of propping up apartheid. “I’m not the Read more…

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Starhawk: Targeting the Innocent

Lisa and I are walking in the Zone of Total Destruction in Jenin Camp, where in April the Israeli Defence Forces, after four nights of shelling, bulldozed four hundred and fifty houses, some with the occupants still inside. We are in Jenin, in the Occupied Territories of Palestine, with the International Solidarity Movement, a group Read more…

Anjum Niazi: Democracy and the Press

The Press in Pakistan has its moments of glory when suddenly it becomes the darling of the person dismissing an elected government. His advisors go into overdrive to cull together any bit of damning evidence they can lift from newspapers and magazines for their boss to lay his claim for seizing power. Added to this Read more…

Anjum Niaz: FBI and INS play catch up

Caramel colored clouds that hang atop Brooklyn Prison and Detention Center lend a sober sight to a treeless, flowerless and a friendless neighborhood. Dog dirt strewn across the pavement emits a fowl smell while the desolate structures all around look like a wild west movie set. An odd immigrant shopkeeper shuffles around, eyes downcast lost Read more…

Anjum Niaz: A Cry for Help

With several hundred more Pakistanis waiting to be deported by the United States on visa violations, many human rights organizations and volunteers here are actively involved in providing legal, moral and financial support to the victims and their families. Here is the story of one such victim… Last year, on October 17, Qaiser Rafiq, a Read more…

Anjum Niaz: Phantoms of Liberty and its Victims

“To those who pit Americans against immigrants and citizens against noncitizens, to those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve.” So said Attorney General John Ashcroft. But later went ahead and authored the USA Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Whose Goals does Violence Serve?

Just today, I received the following message from Gila Svirsky, the long-time peace activist of the Coalition of Women for Peace and Women in Black in Israel: “Dafna Sphruch z”l died today of her injuries from the pigua [terrorist attack – ed.] at Hebrew University. Dafna was a veteran peace activist and a Woman in Read more…

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David Bacon: Bush Threatens Dockers’ Right To Strike

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (8/7/02) — A labor war is looming on the west coast docks, which could become the defining union conflict of the Bush administration. But the traditional issues of union bargaining — wages, benefits and working conditions — have been preempted this spring by a much more basic one: Do dockers have the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Return to Afghanistan

Gul Afgha knows how to handle the United Nations. He smiles, he praises, he loves the UN, and he is immensely grateful for the advice of Under Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, the diminutive Ugandan Olara Utunnu. Every time Mr Utunnu talks about democracy and peace Read more…

Juan Balboa: Twinning of Cities in Chiapas and Catalonia

[translated by irlandesa] Roberto Barrios, Chiapas From the Barcelona Mediterranean to the Lacandona Selva, zapatistas and Catalans formalized, in this Aguascalientes, the twinning of the two municipalities El Trabajo and La Garriga, in a fiesta which was characterized by both as the beginning of the “globalization of solidarity.”  This would extend even beyond the meeting Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Zapatista Assassinated

[translated by irlandesa] The Network of Community Human Rights Defenders confirmed today that on the night of the 7th José López Santiz, a zapatista support base from the community of 6 de Agosto, “was assassinated by eight gunshots” in front of his two small children, who identified Baltasar Alfonso Utrilla – a trucking businessman – Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: For Hire: The Boy Human Shields In Gaza’s Most Desperate Town

Khan Yunis. Every day Usama Khalid jumps into a car or taxi queuing at an Israeli checkpoint, travels 300 yards, and gets one shekel for the trip. The 11-year-old Palestinian is an officially sanctioned human shield.   For the Israeli troops who squint out of a watchtower above the road, the boy’s presence is taken as Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Why Black Murder Rates Remain So High

The same week that public and media attention was riveted on the shocking murder-abduction of Samantha Runnion, the mother of seven-year old Jaunnicia Milton was gunned down in Oakland. Her shooting was only the latest in a string of murders in the city and got only passing notice. At the present rate, the murder toll Read more…

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David Edwards: Conspiracy Free Conformity

Chemistry teachers have long delighted students by showing how near-perfect symmetrical structures can be produced by pouring a large number of small balls into a square box, whereupon a perfect pyramid is inevitably produced. The balls either land in a pyramid-building position, bounce into such a position, or bounce out of the structure. The resulting Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: How Low Can You go?

Many corporations dogged by popular opposition to their environmentally devastating projects have rebranded themselves as ecological crusaders, hiring public relations consultants to greenwash their activities, and seek “dialogue” with their critics. So too the language of anti-corruption and good governance is being wheeled out in the face of growing popular resistance to corporate globalisation as Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Fending Off The Threat Of Peace

To fend off the threat of peace, determination is necessary. Elected officials and high-level appointees must work effectively with reporters and pundits. This is no time for the U.S. government to risk taking "yes" for an answer from Iraq. Guarding against the danger of peace, the Bush administration has moved the goal posts, quickly pounding Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: The Left in Peru

AV:  What problems does Peruvian left face?RRM: After ten years long crises we are now in the process of reconstruction and renovation of the left. We were affected by three principal factors: First, the neo-liberal offensive all over the world that was represented here by the dictatorship of Fujimori. This dictatorship triggered enormous campaign that Read more…

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Walden Bello: Capitalist Crisis And Corporate Crime

The unraveling of the reputations of firms that were once the toast of Wall Street continues and the end is not in sight. But one thing is certain: already fragile prior to Enron, the legitimacy of global capitalism as the dominant system of production, distribution, and exchange will be eroded even further, even in the Read more…

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George Monbiot: The Logic Of Empire

There is something almost comical about the prospect of George Bush waging war on another nation because that nation has defied international law. Since Mr Bush came to office, the United States government has torn up more international treaties and disregarded more UN conventions than the rest of the world has done in twenty years. Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Review Of Defying Corporations,Defining Democracy

There is no alternative. Capitalism is the only future. Free markets are the essence of democracy. How do we know? Because we are told repeatedly by smart guys from corporations and government, and by the journalists and academics paid to explain why the smart guys are right. In the face of that “consensus,” the folks Read more…

Samuel Blixen: Freely Associated State

[translated by Cole Miller] There’s no way I’d let my friend Jorge fall,” said George W. Bush as he authorized a bridge loan for 800 million dollars from the Treasury Department.   The president of the United States certainly deals with privileged information, but there was nothing to make one suspect, on the afternoon of Tuesday the Read more…

Marga Vidal: Immigration in Spain

Immigrants have a hard time in this country. Those without documents have no protection from criminal exploitation and racist attacks and instead are expelled or simply served with an order of expulsion. Legal immigrants are at the mercy of a poorly functioning public administration and civil servants who have discretionary powers that they use against Read more…

Stan Winer: Truth Report Blocked

State-sponsored terrorists, or freedom fighters? Apartheid government stooge, or enlightened tribal chief? This will be for the court to figure out as South Africa’s Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and its sabre-rattling leader, Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi strive to clear their names of human rights violations reported to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). They are Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Media Distortions and The UN Report On Jenin

The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on August 1, 2002 published his report, mandated by the United Nations Security Council, into the Israeli attack on Jenin refugee camp in the Occupied West Bank last April. [http://www.un.org/peace/jenin/index.html] Israel is crowing that the report exonerates it from charges that there was a “massacre” in the camp. As Read more…

Brian oliver Sheppard: Anarchism And The Labor Movement

A North American anarchist magazine, Barricada, presented in its Issue 11 the organizational views of some anarchists of the past, including the anti-union views of Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani. The series of articles on “anarchist organization” in that issue merit some comments on the relation of workers’ groups to the anarchist movement. Luigi Galleani wrote Read more…

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Robert Fisk: One Year On In Afghanistan

President George Bush’s “war on terror” reached the desert village of Hajibirgit at midnight on 22 May. Haji Birgit Khan, the bearded, 85-year-old Pushtu village leader and head of 12,000 local tribal families, was lying on a patch of grass outside his home. Faqir Mohamed was sleeping among his sheep and goats in a patch Read more…

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Justin Podur: What Happened In Jenin? What Is Happening In Jenin

What happened in Jenin? What is happening in Jenin? The second question is more important than the first, but the two are related. With the United Nations report on Jenin having been published, and the Human Rights Watch Report tabled some time ago, the official voices have spoken. The United Nations report is so ‘balanced’ Read more…

Alejandro Bustos: A Crash Course on Fighting the Narco-Warriors

Vancouver, on Canada’s west coast, is proving to be a nightmare for those who insist on fighting the war on drugs. From constitutional court challenges to the creation of the largest medicinal marijuana club in the country, this Pacific Coast city is full of activists who are organizing against the drug warriors. As a case Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

Why is the corporate crime scandal getting attention now, and what will Washington try to do to contain it? AS A general pattern, when there are splits within or between the two major political parties, that becomes mainstream news. In the absence of such splits, it’s very difficult to gain high-profile media attention to specific issues. Read more…

Gideon Levy: At The Salah Shehadeh Home In Gaza City

The pilot who pressed the button and dropped the bomb; the commanding officer who gave him the order; the Shin Bet agent who reported the houses uninhabited; the engineering expert who promised limited casualties; the Air Force commander who pushed for it and the new chief of staff who supported it; the minister who gave Read more…

Paul Rogat Loeb: Patriotic Ballads

It’s been almost a year since Sept 11, but the flags remain. They decorate our clothing, cars, and houses, to convey a sense of common spirit in a land now vulnerable and threatened. Bush officials play on these sentiments, insisting that true patriots don’t question.   The anthem of Bush’s patriotism, Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless Read more…

Rachel Cooke: Life On Six Bucks An Hour

Four years ago, the journalist Barbara Ehrenreich had lunch with the editor of a rather serious American magazine called Harper’s (not to be confused with Harper’s Bazaar; it is one place where you’re unlikely to find Liz Hurley talking about the dastardly Bing). Over salmon, greens and fizzy mineral water, the pair discussed a few Read more…

Rachel Cooke: Interviewing Ehrenreich: Life On Six Bucks An Hour

Four years ago, the journalist Barbara Ehrenreich had lunch with the editor of a rather serious American magazine called Harper’s (not to be confused with Harper’s Bazaar; it is one place where you’re unlikely to find Liz Hurley talking about the dastardly Bing). Over salmon, greens and fizzy mineral water, the pair discussed a few Read more…

Scott Ritter: What, If Anything, Does Iraq Have to Hide?

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), has announced that he plans to hold hearings on Iraq starting tomorrow. Given Sen. Biden’s open embrace of regime removal in Baghdad, there is a real risk that any such hearings may devolve into a political cover for the passing of a congressional Read more…

Ben Lynfield: Settlers’ Revenge Leaves Hebron Bleeding

Hebron. The thuds came one after the other and then glass splintered inside the room. The latest violence in the anti-Arab assault waged by Hebron’s Jewish settler community was under way. The stones were thrown by youngsters with large skull caps and long sidecurls. They could not have been more than 12. They moved around Read more…

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Norman Solomon: War And Forgetfulness — A Bloody Media Game

Three and a half years ago, some key information about U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq briefly surfaced on the front pages of American newspapers — and promptly vanished. Now, with righteous war drums beating loudly in Washington, let’s reach deep down into the news media’s Orwellian memory hole and retrieve the story.   “U.S. Spied Read more…

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Michael Albert: Dialogue Concerning Anti-Semitism in Z and in the Left

Michael Albert was a guest on an upper NY State talk radio show with host Jeremy Anderson. Jeremy accused Z of anti-semitism regarding publication of an article some years back. Subsequent E-Mail exchange led to this public ZNet forum exchange. Mitchell is a ZNet users who contributed, Sysop is Albert, and Nobody (that’s his user Read more…

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Paul Street: Welfare Reform and the Limits of Acceptable Debate in the United States

Welfare Reform, Cold and Warm   It is now nearly six years after the passage of landmark welfare “reform” legislation (the wonderfully named “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act”) that ended poor families’ 60-year entitlement to cash assistance and required work from adult welfare recipients.   Debate continues between and among the nation’s establishment Read more…

Krystalline Kraus: Do the Pope Squat

With as many as 200,000 Catholic pilgrims in Toronto last week for World Youth Day, who knows how many people, at any given moment, faced with a difficult situation, were asking themselves: What would Jesus do? (or “WWJD?” for short) But seeking guidance about what’s right is not the purview of pilgrims alone. On July Read more…

Lucy Grinnell: Plan Puebla Panama and Chiapas

“I am opposed to terrorism, but we have to look at who constructed terrorism. We have to keep in mind Vietnam, Chile, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala when we think about terrorism, says a member of the Center of Economic and Political Investigation and Community Action (CIEPEC), based out of San Cristobal de Las Read more…

Carlos Pelaez: Uruguay: A Wrecked Country

[translated by Alfred Sola] The banks Banco Montevideo, Caja Obrera, Comercial and next the Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay are going bankrupt, plus there are five other affected institutions The banking holidays imposed yesterday by treasury authorities have put the country in one of the most important crises in its history, maybe just less important than Read more…

Yitzhak Frankenthal: The Ethics Of Revenge–by a father who lost his son to terror

My beloved son Arik, my own flesh and blood, was murdered by Palestinians. My tall blue-eyed golden-haired son who was always smiling with the innocence of a child and the understanding of an adult. My son. If to hit his killers, innocent Palestinian children and other civilians would have to be killed, I would ask Read more…

Marejada-en-el Estrecho: The Main Dish

[from a local Algeciras Fanzine, translated by Robert Ross] Last Tuesday there was a celebration dinner held in the hotel Reina Cristina, Algeciras (Spain), to commemorate the third year of the current king of Morocco’s Mohamed the Sixth’s ascension to the throne. This hotel is the place where European governments got together at the beginning Read more…

Roger Burbach: Another World is Possible

Rio de Janeiro — Luis Inacio da Silva, the left-leaning candidate of the Workers Party, has taken a commanding lead in the upcoming October presidential elections. A victory by da Silva, commonly known as “Lula”, would have political repercussions that resonate throughout the Western Hemisphere. Brazil is the largest country with the biggest economy in Read more…

Ken Silverstein: No War for Oil!

The war in Afghanistan is a sham. The Bush administration had advance knowledge of the September 11 attacks but took no action, using the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as an excuse to topple the Taliban regime and legitimize the takeover of Afghanistan. Well-placed government insiders, knowing of the impending attacks, Read more…

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