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Tom Engelhardt: Giving Good War

Can’t you feel the war already slipping away, just like Saddam Hussein or Mullah Omar or Osama Bin Laden? How briefly triumphal it was, the Iraqis falling before our forces, our tanks heading north, our missiles hitting home, much of it in real time on our own private screens. There was the heroic rescue of Read more…

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Paul Street: Bennett

The first chapter of leading right-wing moral-crusader, Republican political strategist, and educational magnate William J. Bennett’s The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Moral Stories (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1993) is titled “Self-Discipline.” “There is much unhappiness and personal distress in the world,” Bennett writes, “because of failures to control and temper appetites, passion and Read more…

Pranjal Ti: All In The Timing

Timing is everything, as they say. The day before East Timor celebrated the anniversary of its independence from Indonesia, the Jakarta government launched an all-out attack on another independence movement, this time in Aceh, a northern Sumatran province rich in oil and natural gas. The 30-50,000 Indonesian troops, covered by warships and fighter jets, constitute Read more…

Damien Kingsbury: Aceh

In trying to justify the actions of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh, Indonesia’s foreign minister Hassan Wirayuda says that nothing less than the future of the state is at stake. Wirayuda may be right, but not in the way that he thinks. The behavior of the TNI in Aceh has, Read more…

Gideon Levy: ‘Sniffing out Arabs’

Shock is the proper reaction to the remark of cabinet Minister Gideon Ezra, who explained last week that Arabs should be used as security guards in Israel because only they have “the sense of smell needed to smell other Arabs, more so than guards who are immigrants from the former Soviet Union.” If anyone in Read more…

Simon Tisdall: Next Stop Tehran?

Imagine for a moment that you are a senior official in Iran’s foreign ministry. It’s hot outside on the dusty, congested streets of Tehran. But inside the ministry, despite the air-conditioning, it’s getting stickier all the time. You have a big problem, a problem that Iran’s president, Mohammad Khatami, admits is “huge and serious”. The Read more…

Ben Granby: Violence And The Road Map

It was an all too familiar scene in Afula on 19 May 2003. Screams, sirens and blood stained ground. When Hiba Daraghmeh detonated the explosives strapped around her just outside a shopping mall, she took the lives of three innocent people in a most brutal fashion. Most of the American public knows about this, as Read more…

Stephen James-kerr: Meet Canada The Global Arms Dealer

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its Read more…

Adam Hanieh: A Road Map To The Oslo Cul-de-sac

The “road map” to resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the subject of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s recent diplomacy in the Middle East, may never reach the conclusion of its first phase. To date, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has yet to accept the initiative developed by the Quartet of the US, UN, European Union Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: War Talk

The book Page for War Talk is: http://www.southendpress.org/books/wartalk.shtml ZNet: Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate? Roy: War Talk is about the war, resistance, democracy, corporate globalization, empire, racism, religious fascism, the media, and how all these things are connected. I don’t mean connected in Read more…

Lee Sustar: Union Leaders Sound Alarm

  KEY UNION leaders are finally sounding the alarm about the crisis in organized labor–and they’re calling for bold action to rebuild the movement. At a 300-person organizing conference May 14 hosted by the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), keynote speaker Bruce Raynor of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) tore into Read more…

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Tariq Ali: The UN Has Capitulated

Unsurprisingly, the UN security council has capitulated completely, recognised the occupation of Iraq and approved its re-colonisation by the US and its bloodshot British adjutant. The timing of the mea culpa by the “international community” was perfect. Yesterday, senior executives from more than 1,000 companies gathered in London to bask in the sunshine of the Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Is Kashmir Ready For Peace?

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – India’s Prime Minister has taken a welcome initiative to open a way out of the tragic, bloody and painful morass that passes for relations between India and Pakistan. It is an overdue recognition of the fact that Kashmir does not have any military solution – Pakistan lacks the muscle to wrest Kashmir Read more…

Graciela Monteagudo: The Argentine Autonomist Movement And The Elections

The Argentine social movements are at once young and old. They were born in 1945 with the spontaneous mass mobilization that brought Peron to power. They were also born in 1959 in Cuba. The people of those movements were disappeared, tortured, and eventually killed from 1975 to 1982, first under a peronist government and then Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: The Real Target

It was an operation organised with the kind of ruthless precision needed to capture Osama Bin Laden. In the early hours of Tuesday 13 May, hundreds of armed Israeli police and security officials massed at different locations in northern Israel and snatched senior members of the country’s largest Arab organisation. The biggest catch was netted Read more…

Kathy kelly And wade hudson: Eyewitness To War

Since September 2002, nonviolent activists have been on the ground in Iraq maintaining a constant presence to stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people. Initiated by Voices in the Wilderness, the Iraq Peace Team members have remained inside the country even as the US launched its invasion, and occupation. Iraq Peace Team activists stood witness Read more…

Chris Crass: Towards An Anti-Racist Politics And Practice

part one: “Don’t you know what color you are?” As I walked that picket line, in front of the administration office, I could feel the anxiety and tension growing. I knew that it would be unpopular to protest for Chicano Studies at Fullerton College in Orange County, California. But I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t know Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Decoding The Media Fixation On Terrorism

By now, it’s a media ritual. Whenever the U.S. government raises the alert level for terrorism — as when officials announced the orange code for “high risk” on May 20 — local, regional and national news stories assess the dangers and report on what’s being done to protect us. We’re kept well-informed about how worried Read more…

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David Edwards: Concealing Catastrophe

In a recent Media Alert, ‘Grit Your Teeth – Basic Surgery In “Liberated” Iraq’ (May 16, 2003), Media Lens invited readers to ask the BBC and ITN why they had devoted so little coverage to the severe crises afflicting the civilian population of Iraq. One reader forwarded a copy of this letter sent to ITN’s Read more…

Michael Sweiven: The Great Beyond

"Another world is possible." Millions of people have come to believe in this motto in the last few years, as a wave of new movements sweeps the globe. Exactly what that world would look like, though, is something which many have difficulty articulating. Michael Albert seeks to remedy this shortcoming in his latest book, Parecon: Read more…

Toufic Haddad: Road Map to Where?

SECRETARY OF State Colin Powell traveled to the Middle East and Europe last week to promote the newly released “road map” to Middle East peace. But all of the State Department’s spin can’t disguise the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejects the basic framework–and won’t even utter the words “road map” in public. Read more…

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David Cromwell: The Independent On Sunday And Orwell’s Memory Hole

The media system is not monolithic – dissident material does appear, comparatively honest documentaries are seen. The point is that they are few and far between, and effectively swamped by the vast mass of deceptive material. Once in a while, newspapers may even decide to hold established power to account on a subject that really Read more…

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Yves Engler: Fight The WTO

editors note: The next six months are crucial for re-igniting the worldwide challenges to Corporate Globalization. There will be massive mobilizations in Sacramento, Cancun, and Miami. ——————–  Last week Liberal Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew announced that Montreal would be hosting a special meeting of the World Trade Organization in late July. As soon as this Read more…

Sohn Seok-choon: An Urgent Letter to President Roh Moo-Hyun

[Editor’s Note: When South Korean president Roh Moo Hyun, a former human rights lawyer who was elected last year on the promise that he would not kowtow to the U.S., met Mr. Bush in Washington D.C. last week, many South Koreans anticipated that Mr. Roh would demand a non-military solution to the North Korean nuclear Read more…

Katsuyuki Yakushiji: Japanese Foreign Policy in Light of the Iraq War

[Like the Gulf War of 1991, the Iraq War of 2003 sent tremors through Japan’s foreign policy establishment in the face of widespread Japanese opposition to the U.S. invasion,  and particularly to U.S. invasion  in the absence of an authorizing U.N. resolution. This article, written on the eve of invasion, explores the Japanese government decision Read more…

Mark Curtis: As British As Afternoon Tea

Iraqis facing an uncertain future in the wake of forcible “regime change” have every reason to fear not only US but also British policy. While past American behaviour in the region is widely criticised, contributing to fears of real US intentions, Britain’s role is often regarded as more benign. The reality is that overthrowing governments Read more…

Ian Hoffman: State monitored war protesters

By Ian Hoffman, Sean Holstege and Josh Richman Days before firing wooden slugs at anti-war protesters, Oakland police were warned of potential violence at the Port of Oakland by California’s anti-terrorism intelligence center, which admits blurring the line between terrorism and political dissent. The April 2 bulletin from the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) arguably Read more…

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Empire and the Capitalists

No doubt, George W. Bush thinks he is in the forefront of those sustaining the world capitalist system. No doubt, a large part of the world left thinks that too. But do the great capitalists think so? That is far less clear. A major warning signal has been launched by Morgan Stanley, one of the Read more…

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George Monbiot: Prosecute Franks

Belgium is becoming an interesting country. In the course of a week, it has managed to upset both liberal opinion in Europe – by granting the far-right Vlaams Blok 18 parliamentary seats – and illiberal opinion in the United States. On Wednesday, a human rights lawyer filed a case with the federal prosecutors whose purpose Read more…

Scott Harris: War Profiteering And Halliburton

Well before the Bush administration launched its war against Baghdad, U.S. corporations were lining up to win lucrative contracts for the rebuilding of Iraq, a nation devastated by war and 12 years of economic sanctions. But because companies with close ties to the White House, such as Halliburton, Bechtel, and the Carlyle Group have been Read more…

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Mitchell S: Review of Parecon

I once saw a protest sign which asked a possibly-not-premature question: “Communism is dead.  Is capitalism next?”  If the answer is “yes,” what decent economic scheme might take its place? Parecon: Life After Capitalism by Michael Albert offers ananswer: PARticipatory ECONomics, an economy which includes the sharing of empowering and disempowering tasks, and allocation through Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Argentina’s Cancelled Election

If ever there was an election that could be summed up by “It’s the economy, stupid” the Argentine election is it. In fact, the economic failure is so clear and the popular consensus so pronounced that last Sunday’s election was cancelled. In a highly unusual move for a candidate who won the first round of Read more…

Asahi shimbun: Japanese Chemical Weapons Left in China in 1945

[Who is responsible for the thousands of tons of dangerous weapons left behind on battlefields throughout the world? A Tokyo district court has ruled that the Japanese Army illegally dumped chemical weapons in China at the end of World War II. The same court rejected, however, compensation for Chinese victims of the ordinance. The issue Read more…

Cristina Feijoo: Representation and the Social Movements

(translated by Justin Podur) The social movement in Argentina gained strength and vigor with the formation of unemployed workers’ organizations, who arrived on the scene in the late 1990s, joining the indigenist and campesino movements.  It was not until more recently, however– in December 19-20, when the urban citizenry went out into the streets and impelled Read more…

Zachary Hurwitz: Will Economic Integration Destroy the Amazon?

“First it is necessary to deepen integration with our equals, the Andean countries, and then extend integration to the rest of South America. This is already under way and we have even made contacts for joining Mercosur (Southern Common Market – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay).” -Ecuadorian President Lucio Gutierrez(1) Regional integration is seen by Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Why Ari Should Have Resigned In Protest

At the White House today, Ari Fleischer announced that he will resign as press secretary to President Bush effective in July. Ari says he has spent 21 years in government, he never intended to spend the rest of his life in government, he’s recently married and wants to spend some time with his wife, he Read more…

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Tim Wise: Cleaning Up The Funk

Thank you very much, to the administration, faculty, assembled guests and parents but mostly to the graduating seniors, who for some totally inexplicable reason have chosen me to give today’s commencement address. I am still convinced that there must have been some terrible, terrible mistake, perhaps some kind of vote fraud, as it is not Read more…

Mickey Z: Tough On the Spine

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” -Niels Bohr The newly democratic Iraq has descended into chaos and feminist Afghanistan must be in pretty sorry shape if the media never crows about it. There’s a suicide bombing every ten hours in the Middle East, the wily Osama and Saddam are still not accounted for, Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Terminating the Bush Juggernaut

Introduction The Bush administration is presenting itself to the world as a juggernaut – a “massive inexorable force that advances irresistibly, crushing whatever is in its path.”   Bush’s National Security Strategy envisions its “war against terrorism” as “a global enterprise of uncertain duration.”  It says the US will act against “emerging threats before they are Read more…

Laurie King-irani: How Do You Spell Democracy In Arabic?

  It is jarring to hear the words “democracy” and “democratization” twanging on the Texan tongue of President George W. Bush, a leader who came to power through an election of dubious democratic processes. It is even more jarring to realize that American leaders, and perhaps a large percentage of the American public, assume that Read more…

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Rebecca Solnit: Acts of Hope: Challenging Empire on the World Stage

On January 18, 1915, eighteen months into the first world war, the first terrible war in the modern sense — slaughter by the hundreds of thousands, poison gas, men living and dying in the open graves of trench warfare, tanks, barbed wire, machine guns, airplanes — Virginia Woolf wrote in her journal, “The future is Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy

In these times, when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our freedoms are being snatched from us, and when few can afford the luxury of retreating from the streets for a while in order to return with an exquisite, fully formed political thesis replete with footnotes and references, what Read more…

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Tim Wise: Inventing Jayson Blair

If Jayson Blair did not exist, white America would have to create him. The confirmed New York Times plagiarist and all-around journalistic con man, after all, is the perfect foil for those whites who have always needed to find a dark face capable of confirming pre-existing biases towards, suspicions of, and fears about black people.Indeed Read more…

Mahir Ali: More Bang For Their Buck

“Al Qaeda is on the run,” the president of the United States announced earlier this month. “That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated … They’re not a problem anymore.” Last week, after the blasts in Riyadh but before the bombings in Casablanca, he sounded a more cautious note: Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Children’s Teeth

One of the most progressive Jewish principles of old is now being put to the test: “In those days they shall say no more, ‘The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, Read more…

Mickey Z: Instant Understanding

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: The era of classified documents and backroom scheming has gone the way of the elected president. U.S. leaders:Republican, Democrat, or corporate (pardon the redundancy)feel little need to conceal their criminal agendas. Someone, somewhere made the assessment that enough of us have been sufficiently indoctrinated. There is no Read more…

Helen Luu: Discovering A Different Space Of Resistance

A Budding Consciousness: Discovering a Different Space of Resistance In the summer of 2000, I was involved with a coalition that worked to mobilize and organize a demonstration against the Organization of American States (OAS) when they held their meeting in Windsor, Canada. Included in the OAS’s portfolio is the detrimental implementation of the Free Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Imperial Ambition

David Barsamian: What are the regional implications of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq?   Noam Chomsky: I think not only the region but the world in general perceives it correctly as a kind of an easy test case to try to establish a norm for use of military force, which was declared in Read more…

Laurie King-irani: The Edge Of Reason

So it all comes down to this: a jagged fence, an armored jeep, and a sniper tower; a lone, bullet-scarred house barely sheltering a terrified family at the edge of Rafah, at the edge of Palestine, at the very edge of human decency and endurance. A swirling wind whips dust, sand, and garbage along a Read more…

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David Edwards: Demoloshing Compassion

You would not be mistaken if you have noticed that there is a certain harshness about mainstream corporate journalists, their reporting and their responses to readers. Anyone who has worked for large corporations, as we have, knows that compassion, kindness and concern for others find little space in the bottom line accounting of corporate managers. Read more…

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