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Laura Van tosh: The Politics of Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health & The

Politics surrounds just about everything, and the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health is no exception. We in the disability rights community need to be alert to the political opportunities it offers. The following ideas about the Commission reflect the need for a smart strategy that transcends our desire to “fix” problems or fundamentally Read more…

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Paul Street: Defending Civilization And The Myth Of Radical Academia

I know it is no laughing matter when America’s thought police control go on patrol. Still, even if it is just as a defense mechanism, I couldn’t help but laugh when I finally read the by-now notorious report on alleged academic anti-Americanism put out last November by the arch-reactionary American Council of Trustees and Alumni Read more…

Erin Ralston: Evo Morales and opposition to the US in Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia. The poorest country in South America may be sending the U.S. an eviction notice.On June 30, 2002 an historic election was held in which a radical leftist indigenous government won substantial power. Running on a strong anti-neoliberal campaign Evo Morales (“Evo”) and his MAS(Movement Toward Socialism) party struck a direct blow to Read more…

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John Pilger: The Great Charade

It  is 10 months since 11 September, and still the great charade plays on.  Having  appropriated  our shocked response to that momentous day, the rulers of the world have since ground our language into a paean of cliches and lies about the ‘war on terrorism’ – when the most enduring menace, and source of terror, Read more…

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Ilan Pappe: The Fence At The Heart Of Palestine

In the middle of last month, Israel began building a fence to separate itself physically from the West Bank. Among my friends on the Israeli left, there are those who received this news with great enthusiasm. These are the same friends who were convinced that the Oslo process would inevitably lead to a lasting and Read more…

Bernardo Alvarez: Venezuela’s Fight for Control of the National Wealth

In an interview in Caracas with Susana Santos, of Hour of the People (Hora do Povo, Sao Paulo, Brasil), Bernardo Alvarez, Vice-Minister of Mines and Energy of Venezuela, spoke of the challenge to the State and society to consolidate control of its main source of wealth and detailed the Bolivarian Revolution’s policies to develop Venezuela, Read more…

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Amira Hass: The IDF Shuts Away The Sea At Rafah

Israel Defense Forces posts and vehicles block the entry of Palestinians along the Gaza coast, from Rafah to Dir al-Balah. Those who have special permission occasionally travel to their relatives in Gaza City, and swim in the sea. But with unemployment festering and Rafah virtually shut down, very few people have money in hand to Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Strange Kind Of Freedom

Inside the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, the Californian audience had been struck silent. Dennis Bernstein, the Jewish host of KPFA Radio’s Flashpoint current affairs programme, was reading some recent e-mails that he had received from Israel’s supporters in America. Each one left the people in the church – Muslims, Jews, Christians – in a Read more…

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Eric Mann: What Are We Going to Do About the United States?

  Author’s Introduction. This year, in late August 2002, the United Nations will hold the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), an international conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, ostensibly to create a new model of sustainable development that integrates economic development, social justice, and environmental imperatives. WSSD is supposed to be a ten year follow-up Read more…

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Milan Rai: Torpedoing the Inspectors

  THE MISSING DOSSIER   On 11 March 2002, President Bush signalled his determination to attack Iraq: ‘Men with no respect for life must never be allowed to control the ultimate instruments of death.’ (Times, 12 March 2002, p. 23.) ‘Mr Blair was more hawkish than Mr Bush, declaring emphatically that Iraq had weapons of Read more…

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John Pilger: Wasted Freedom

“Freedom of the press” is a phrase that sounds well. But in the world of George W Bush and Enron, freedom is not meant to be that free. On 4 July, the front page of the Daily Mirror was as powerful as any I have known, a tabloid at its best. George W Bush was Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Cauca: Their Fate Lies in Our Hands

At the time of this writing, the municipalities of Toribio and Jambalo in Northern Cauca are being bombarded by both FARC and the Colombian government.  Northern Cauca is home to one of the most remarkable experiments in resistance to neoliberalism and in the actual construction of alternatives in the hemisphere, not to mention a courageous Read more…

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Edward Said: One Way Street

Even by the terribly low standards of his other speeches, George W Bush’s 24 June speech to the world about the Middle East was a startling example of how an execrable combination of muddled thought, words with no actual meaning in the real world of living, breathing human beings, preachy and racist injunctions against the Read more…

William Mcdougall: Starbucks: The Cup That Cheers

Berlin. Weltstadt and home to some of the world’s most famous cultural and historical landmarks. Add to that list Starbucks, who have recently opened two flagship stores; one in the historically Jewish Hackesche Markt quarter, and another in Pariser Platz – a stone’s throw from the Brandenburg Gate, symbol of Prussian triumphalism and unity. It Read more…

Indra Sinha: Bhopal Hunger Strike

I am writing this because the life of a very precious friend is in danger. Together with two companions he is staging a satyagraha in the form of an indefinite fast outside the Indian parliament in New Delhi. The three have been without food since June 28th, (as you receive this they will be in Read more…

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Amira Hass: No Materials To Build In Gaza

The dentist called to say he was sorry but the appointment would have to be put off indefinitely. For some time now, none of the substances necessary for dental care have arrived in Gaza. The patient, Ali Abu Shahale, who owns a large engineering firm and is chairman of the Gaza merchants’ association, was surprised. Read more…

Neta Golan: The Example of the Crazies

Neta Golan has been described as “a legendary figure” and is one of very few Israelis who has been arrested, beaten, and harassed repeatedly for working against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. She lives in the West Bank where she works with the International Solidarity Movement. You have said that one way or another this Read more…

Stan Winer: Grim Reaper Stalks South African Farms

A deadly but apparently unnoticed phenomenon is threatening to engulf rural South Africa, where more than 1 000 white commercial farmers have been murdered in the past four years. In short, South African farmers are dying today at a greater rate than at any time during the violent struggle against apartheid. Few political commentators, politicians, Read more…

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Marta Russell: Jury Duty

No one really wanted to do jury duty except me. Per my summons I reported at 8 am to the jury administration room of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Only I was almost late because of an access problem. The parking attendants had directed us all to Level B. Dozens of prospective jurors in Read more…

Danny Postel: The Awful Truth: Lynching In America

On a warm June day here at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site,currently home to a much-discussed exhibit on the history of lynching in America, an elderly man began crying, buried his face in his hands, and then rushed out. He had traveled from Florida to see the exhibit, but had to excuse Read more…

Helio Enriquez: Encuentro for Peace in San Cristobal

[translated by irlandesa] San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. July 7. The more than one thousand participants in the National Encuentro for Peace with Justice and Dignity – which concluded in this city today – agreed to defend the San Andrés Accords and to direct all civil struggles towards creating the conditions for peace in Read more…

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David Cromwell: Deputy Director of BBC News responds re Iraq

Mark Damazer, the deputy director of BBC News, has declared his support for the recent controversial BBC Correspondent documentary on Iraq (see archived media alerts). In a letter to The Guardian, Damazer defends the biased and distorted programme as ‘a fair report’ (letters, July 4, 2002). Media Lens readers will recall Correspondent reporter John Sweeney’s Read more…

Simon Roughneen: Blowback

The American philosopher Santayana remarked “those who do not know their history are condemned to repeat it”. As the Bush administration continues on its almost unquestioning support for the policies of the Sharon government, it appears that history, sadly, is about to repeat itself on those who do not know it. In this case, however, Read more…

Kyodo News: Kusturica Opposes Bombardment in the Name of Humanity

Zlatibor, Yugoslavia, May 17, 2002 (Kyodo) – Emir Kusturica, the Sarajevo-born filmmaker, has won two Palme d’Or awards at Cannes since starting out as a film director in 1981. During his 20-year career he has produced only seven films, all of which have won praise. Asked what he thinks of events in Afghanistan, Kusturica said Read more…

Wesley Smith: Futile Care: Who decides?

Imagine your husband is in a hospital, struggling against a debilitating or life-threatening disease. If something goes wrong, you tell the doctor to do what he can because your husband wants to live. But the doctor says no, he does not believe that the quality of your husband’s life is worth doing as you ask. Read more…

Canadian dimension Editorial: Sovereignty In Canada

Introduction Over the past few years, the U.S. role as an economic giant with the entire globe in its sights has become visible to all, along with its intent to take whatever steps it deems necessary to expand and police its imperial system. The initial response to this growing imperial presence was the spawning of Read more…

Drazen Simlesa: Croatia

Several years ago the Department of Tourism led a big marketing campaign to attract the long dreamed about tourists which were still afraid of the instability of the region. The Department promised “a small country for a great holiday”. The only thing left of the entire advertising trick is the above title. The minister in Read more…

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John Pilger: Leading Rogue State And It’s Mercenaries

Shooting at shadows, and the occasional tribesman, blowing up mounds of dirt and displaying “captured” arms for the media, all have been part of the Marines’ humiliating role in Afghanistan – a role foisted upon them by the Blair government, whose deference to and collusion with the Bush gang has become a parody of the Read more…

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Tariq Ali: Midnight’s Bastards

The military response of the American Empire to September 11 has made the world more dangerous and insecure. Its political strategy has led to the promotion of Ariel Sharon and Vladimir Putin as key allies in the ‘war against terror’ and ‘Islamo-fascism’. Palestinian and Chechen lives have become insignificant in the eyes of the Bush Read more…

Fair: Euphemisms for Israeli Settlements Confuse Coverage

The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported last month (5/31/02) that at the behest of a Likud party minister, the Israel Broadcasting Authority has banned its editorial departments from using the terms “settlers” or “settlements” on radio and TV. According to Ha’aretz, “it is not clear if the editors will obey the order,” which was seen as Read more…

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Mark Steel: When Bart Simpson Goes To War, Take Cover

The American military must take tips from Bart Simpson. As survivors gaze in bewilderment at the four bombarded Afghan villages and 40 people at a wedding killed by American missiles fired from American planes, the Pentagon thinks for a moment and says: “I didn’t do it.” What else can have caused this then? Maybe it’s Read more…

Gideon Levy: Buried With Chocolate In His Hand

The video shows it all: Here are the three kids on their bikes, three black dots on the slope of the road, two on the right, close together, the third on the left, and a white car passes between them. A woman calls out something unclear, maybe a warning to the children about the tank; Read more…

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Uri Avnery: A Maddened Cow

Israel is the only state in the world that has a population of 200%. And that’s a fact. Public opinion polls show that it has two simultaneous majorities. One is peace- loving, the other supports extreme nationalism. At the present time, it looks like this: In every public opinion poll there is a large majority Read more…

Shlomi Segall: Why I Won’t Serve Sharon

It is remarkable how easily one learns to live with occupation. When I was born, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories was already three years old. When I became 18 the occupation was still in full force, only by then the Palestinians had had enough of it. That was the first intifada. I was Read more…

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Aijaz Ahmad: Cry, the Beloved Country

Today India faces the classic situation of a pre-fascist upheaval. What used to be the political centre has collapsed, with the Congress reduced to a parliamentary minority and all the rest so splintered as to be assimilated as small ineffectual groupings into support for the fascist project. EVEN by the standards of the planetary turbulence Read more…

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David Cromwell: Climate Of Silence

On May 13, 2002, Media Lens issued a media alert titled ‘The Media’s Stranglehold on the “Climate” Debate’: We suggested that Media Lens readers contact Michael McCarthy and John Vidal – the environment editors of The Independent and The Guardian, respectively – to ask why their newspapers provide such minimal and skewed coverage of the Read more…

Asha Amirali: Rebellion In Pakistan

July 3, 2002 Dear Sup, Greetings. And much love. We write to inform you of the plight of landless tenants in nine districts in this state of Punjab, Pakistan. A war rages here. On one side, thousands of police, rangers, and the military; on the other, thousands of men and women armed with nothing more Read more…

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Jessica Azulay: Breeding Points Of Terror

Everywhere you go in Ramallah people talk about checkpoints. Then they talk about living in a prison. But they are not talking about prison as we know it. They are talking about the ongoing strangulation of their city by frustrating checkpoints, stifling barbed wire, and hostile Israeli settlements. In Ramallah, like most of the West Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Why I Will Not Celebrate The 4th Of July

I am an American. Let me be clear about that. It feels strange saying that because I have so often been made to feel a foreigner in my own country — first because of my Indian ethnicity, and then more recently because of my outspoken criticism of American foreign policy. My colleague Robert Jensen and Read more…

Azmi Bishara: Quest For The Unholy Grail

Imagine a story from folklore in which a young man wants to marry a king’s daughter, and the king sets certain conditions before he will agree. The young man must sail through uncharted seas, explore unknown lands and then return having won a magic object from its fearsome guardian, a multi-headed hydra. In the contemporary Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Talk Of

I was wearing a pro-Palestinian t-shirt; he was wearing a yarmulke. As we sat at the airport waiting for the same flight, he glanced at my shirt and asked me to turn so he could read the message: “Palestine — 50 years of dispossession, 1948-1998″ a shirt produced during Israel’s 50th anniversary. He scowled, and Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Lynne Cheney’s Primer

This Fourth of July, many American parents will no doubt be reading Lynne Cheney’s alphabet book, America: A Patriotic Primer, to their children. If kids pay close attention they will learn a lot, but unfortunately it will be a lesson in obfuscation and distortion. Cheney –the wife of the vice president, former chairman of the Read more…

Roger Burbach: Blood In The Streets Of Buenos Aires

While George W. Bush and the other G-8 leaders were meeting at their isolated retreat in Canada, two demonstrators were murdered in cold blood by policemen in the streets of Buenos Aires. The murdered youths belonged to the “piqueteros,” or picketers, the Argentine movement of unemployed workers who blockade major highways and commercial arteries demanding Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Interview

1. How far do you belive will the US sacrifice its basic civil liberties for a greater sense of security? It is doubtful that the current attack on civil liberties has much to do with security. In general, one can expect the state to use any pretext to extend its power and to impose obedience Read more…

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Amira Hass: The Civil Administration Was Never Disbanded

The Civil Administration Was Never Disbanded

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Amira Hass: How Abd a-Samed became the 116th child killed in Gaza

GAZA – He loved nothing more than to go down to the sea, swim, and fly his home-made kite – but on Friday morning, June 21, Abd a-Samed Shamalekh, aged 10, went instead to his family’s plot of land to pick eggplants and cucumbers. This is how Abd a-Samed and his brother Mohammed, 12, spent Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Terror and Just Response

September 11 will surely go down in the annals of terrorism as a defining moment. Throughout the world, the atrocities were condemned as grave crimes against humanity, with near-universal agreement that all states must act to “rid the world of evildoers,” that “the evil scourge of terrorism” — particularly state-backed international terrorism — is a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Terror and Just Response

September 11 will surely go down in the annals of terrorism as a defining moment. Throughout the world, the atrocities were condemned as grave crimes against humanity, with near-universal agreement that all states must act to “rid the world of evildoers,” that “the evil scourge of terrorism” — particularly state-backed international terrorism — is a Read more…

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Paul Street: The Case Against School Vouchers

In an ominous 5-4 decision yesterday, the United States’ right-wing Supreme Court used disingenuous claims of concern for poor inner-city children to remove a major roadblock to a leading goal of the conservative movement: letting parents use public funds to pay for their children’s tuition at private and religious schools. In an opinion that elicited Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: Crime in the Suites Enabled by Political Corruption Causes a Crisis in

The continuing revelations of corrupt corporate governance enabled by political campaign contributions is deepening daunting doubts about the credibility of U.S. equity markets and political leadership. The corruption is creating a widening crisis of confidence and is the sort of pernicious pathogen that can inflict a debilitating blow to the United States’ leadership in economic Read more…

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