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Ewen Mcaskill: Children are new martyrs of Gaza

A tragic new twist was added to the Middle East conflict when three 14-year-old Palestinian classmates were buried in Gaza yesterday after mounting a futile attack that ended with them being shot dead by Israeli soldiers. They were victims of a disturbing trend among Palestinian children to copy their elders by participating in the 19-month-old Read more…

Jon Hillson: Reporter’s Notebook from Argentina
 

BUENOS AIRES, April 24 (NY Transfer)–”Don’t cry for me, Argentina, the truth is I never left you,” implores the romanticized persona of Eva Duarte in the musical “Evita.” But the powerful fact today is that millions do not long for her, or her husband, deceased dictator Juan Domingo Perón. The cry instead is for justice, Read more…

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Michael Moore: Fear of Whites?

I don’t know what it is, but every time I see a white guy walking towards me, I tense up. My heart starts racing, and I immediately begin to look for an escape route and a means to defend myself. I kick myself for even being in this part of town after dark. Didn’t I Read more…

Eric Johnson: This is What Democracy Looks Like

I was huddled against a wall on Broadway and 5th, just after dawn, when I noticed a woman with a gas mask strapped to her belt. “Don’t worry,” I heard someone next to me say (probably having noticed that my lips were turning white) “this won’t be like Seattle, at least, probably not.” Despite those Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Old Hates Fueled By Fear

I knew from e-mail reports that something new was going on in Washington last weekend. A demonstration against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund was joined by an antiwar march, as well as a demonstration against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. In the end, all the marches joined together in what organizers described Read more…

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George Monbiot: Diplomacy US-Style

Tony Blair might believe he belongs to an international coalition, but George Bush has other ideas. Bush’s international war against terrorism has not stopped him from waging a parallel war against cooperation. Two weeks ago, the US ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna failed, for the first time, to attend a meeting of the Read more…

Chris mcgreal in Jerusalem: Israel accused over Jenin assault

The International Committee of the Red Cross yesterday accused Israel of breaching the Geneva conventions by recklessly endangering civilian lives and property during its assault on the Jenin refugee camp, and by refusing the injured access to medical personnel for six days. Amnesty International concurred and called for an investigation on the same basis as Read more…

Lee Siu hin: What’s Oil Got to Do With It

Since April of this year, after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to make progress in his mission to Israel and Palestine, international oil prices have reached $25 per barrel — 25% higher then the same period last year. And on April 8th Iraq announced its 30-day oil embargo to protest Israeli attacks on Read more…

Estacion Libre: Estacion Libre Report

Estación Libre and Project 169 denounce the recent rise in violence in the state of Chiapas. This latest situation does not amount to a series of simple coincidences but rather a concerted and systematic effort by Mexico’s state and federal governments to undermine the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and open the way for the Read more…

Gideon Levy: Building the Terror Infrastructure

1. Fares Smaha bought a new pair of shoes for the holiday last year. At the time, he was a fatherless 14-year-old boy. His older brother Ahmed was serving time in jail in Israel for theft; his sister had been sold into marriage to an old Bedouin in the Negev, and Fares was the breadwinner Read more…

David Clark: The Brilliant Offer Israel Never Made

Yesterday’s carnage in the West Bank provided a bloody illustration of the limits of Ariel Sharon’s military strategy. Armed force cannot provide his people with the security they crave because the terrorist infrastructure he has set out to destroy consists of little more than the willingness of ordinary Palestinians to kill themselves while taking as Read more…

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David McReynolds: April 20

When I got home at midnight Saturday from Washington I was dead tired – as were tens of thousands of others across they country.To catch the 6 a.m. bus from the War Resisters League office in lower Manhattan I had skipped sleep Friday night. But I had enough energy left when I got home that Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Something Stinks

There is full agreement between all those who were in the Jenin refugee camp on only one thing. A week after the end of the fighting, foreign journalists and IDF soldiers, UN representatives and hired hacks in the Israeli media, members of the welfare organizations and government propagandists all report that a terrible stench of Read more…

William j. Rees: Squeezing the Poor

On April 12, the Council of Canadians released a leaked copy of the G8 environment ministers’ proposed final statement on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg in August. Not surprisingly, the environment ministers from the eight leading industrialized countries will again support the corporate trade agenda of the WTO, Read more…

Ed Vulliamy: Venezuela Coup Linked to Bush Team

The failed coup in Venezuela was closely tied to senior officials in the US government, The Observer has established. They have long histories in the ‘dirty wars’ of the 1980s, and links to death squads working in Central America at that time. Washington’s involvement in the turbulent events that briefly removed left-wing leader Hugo Chavez Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Jenin- The Propaganda War

In Israel, Jenin is perceived mainly as a public relations problem (called in Hebrew ‘hasbara’ -explaining). It appears even that the army and the government believe that Israel is winning the propaganda battle. After all, all relevant principles of this battle have been strictly adhered to: The first principle: No pictures or information in real Read more…

Jose Bustani: Peacemaker’s reply

[Note: ZNet Commentator George Monbiot wrote a summary of this disgraceful situation.  Please see that article for background... below is a speech given by Bustani on the situation] Statement by the Director-General at the Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties 1. Back in 1997, when I decided to accept the request of Read more…

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Iraq War: The Coming Disaster

New Haven — George W. Bush is a geopolitical incompetent. He has allowed a clique of hawks to induce him to take a position on invading Iraq from which he cannot extract himself, one which will have nothing but negative consequences for the United States — and the rest of the world. He will find Read more…

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Amira Hass: What Kind of War is This?

Leaning on a cane, the man stood on a huge pile of ruins: a jumble of crushed concrete, twisted iron rods, shreds of mattresses, electric cables, fragments of ceramic tiles, bits of water pipes and an orphaned light switch. “This is my home,” he said, “and my son is inside.” His name is Abu Rashid; Read more…

Mario Novelli: Impunity and Immunity in Colombia

At 4.30 p.m. on the 14th of April, 2002, Tito Libio Hernandez was standing at the main entrance of the University of Nariño where he had worked for the last 28 years.  Two masked men sped past on a high velocity motorbike and shot him repeatedly.  He was rushed to the local hospital and was Read more…

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Greg Palast: Here’s what we read this week:

On Friday, Hugo Chavez, the unpopular, dictatorial potentate of Venezuela, resigned. When confronted over his ordering the shooting of antigovernment protestors, he turned over the presidency to progressive, democratic forces, namely, the military and the chief of Venezuela’s business council. Two things about the story caught my eye: First, every one of these factoids is Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Npr And The Fallow Triumph Of Public Radio

A triumphant story about National Public Radio appeared in late March on the front page of Current, the main newspaper of the public-broadcasting industry. “NPR Lands Most Listeners Ever,” the headline announced, over a summary of the latest Arbitron figures: “NPR programs reached 19.5 million listeners a week last fall, and member stations drew a Read more…

Fair: U.S. Papers Hail Venezuelan Coup as Pro-Democracy Move

When elements of the Venezuelan military forced president Hugo Chavez from office last week, the editorial boards of several major U.S. newspapers followed the U.S. government’s lead and greeted the news with enthusiasm. In an April 13 editorial, the New York Times triumphantly declared that Chavez’s “resignation” meant that “Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened Read more…

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Edward Said: What Israel Has Done

Despite Israel’s effort to restrict coverage of its extraordinarily destructive invasion of the West Bank’s Palestinian towns and refugee camps, information and images have nevertheless seeped through. The Internet has provided hundreds of verbal as well as pictorial eyewitness reports, as has Arab and European TV coverage, most of it unavailable or blocked or spun Read more…

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Mark Steel: Take me to the Promised Land (the long way)

At a time when many people complain that politicians are obsessed with spin, it’s so refreshing to hear Israeli spokesmen, who refuse to make the slightest concession to PR whatsoever. Asked for their attitude towards the shooting of a baby by an Israeli soldier, instead of any waffle about regrets or needing to see the Read more…

Yoel Marcus: A Holiday Of Highs And Lows

Israel’s 54th Independence Day has caught us with our national mood at rock bottom. The Promised Land has become the Land of the Security Check – a land in which citizens are afraid to walk the streets. For the first time in many years, the shadow of economic crisis also looms. Investors are fleeing and Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: Latin America’s Dilemma: Otto Reich’s Propaganda is Reminiscent of the Third Reich

The Bush administration is engaging in damage control for their questionable involvement in the failed 2 day coup against the democratically elected government of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Alarmingly, the ominous Otto Reich is emerging as a key player in the administration’s role in the failed coup attempt to replace Chavez with an oligarchy Read more…

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David Edwards: Ignorance Is Strength

In his book, The More You Watch, The Less You Know, Mediachannel’s Danny Schechter reports a study by the University of Massachusetts, which found that people who relied most on television news coverage knew least about the Gulf War and its origins. Study author, Professor Michael Morgan, reports: “Many of them also had the strongest Read more…

Kristin Schurr: Israel Detains And Beats Civillians And International Observers

I’ve been sitting with a 15 year old girl, a volunteer for the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, under a grapefruit tree here in Nablus. Earlier today about 25 internationals and 6 Palestinian UPMRC workers, including 3 medics, a doctor, the girl sitting with me, and her 16 year old friend, were attacked by Read more…

Shamai Leibowitz: Some Israelis Refuse to Serve as the Only Honorable Option

Israel’s rule over 3 million Palestinian Arabs in the territories has forced it into a position of committing a number of moral outrages. To maintain our rule, we have in the past months committed war crimes, killing and maiming thousands of civilians. Rather than bring security, the occupation has caused a great number of casualties Read more…

Kristen Ess: Report from Gaza

The Israelis have a political term that isn’t applied as much as it should be to the current conflict. ‘Tahalikh Medini,” means “settling state affairs.” Wipe away all of the humanitarian masking on this topic and you are left with Israeli pragmatism. Unchallenged in any serious political manner by either the Palestinians or the Israeli Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Progressives Of The World Unite!

As Red Crescent medics began retrieving dead bodies from the devastated Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin, as many as 100,000 pro-Israel demonstrators massed at the Capitol in D.C. The demonstration brought together conservative Jews and radical right-wing Christians, conservative Republicans and Democrats. Among the speakers were Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition, and Read more…

Rita Giacaman: A Population At Risk

April 16, 2002 Following is a quick review of the consequences of the continuing Israeli onslaught on the state of health of Palestinians. This onslaught began on the evening of March 29th, 2002, and continues until today, with serious ramifications on health status, not only in terms of mortality, injury and disability, but also in Read more…

Paula Grosso: The Zapatista Women

It was four o’clock in the morning preceding a July day in 2000. The dark and quiet enveloped me as I walked through the still streets of San Cristóbal de Las Casas in the southeastern state of Chiapas, Mexico. I was heading toward the market where a small bus would take me north to the Read more…

Phil Reeves: Amid The Ruins Of Jenin, The Grisly Evidence Of A War Crime

Jenin. A monstrous war crime that Israel has tried to cover up for a fortnight has finally been exposed. Its troops have caused devastation in the centre of the Jenin refugee camp, reached yesterday by The Independent, where thousands of people are still living amid the ruins.A residential area roughly 160,000 square yards about a Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Feds Promote Prison Racial Disparities

For decades federal prisons were repositories for a relatively small number of mostly white, white-collar embezzlers, tax cheats, racketeers, and swindlers. But that drastically changed in 1994 when then President Clinton shoved through Congress the most punitive crime bill in American history. The law created a parade of new federal offenses and lengthened prison sentences. Read more…

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Amira Hass: Profound Contempt

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is a super-ruler, in the eyes of the Israelis. He has been imprisoned in his office for over two weeks. All the buildings of his government, including prisons and security apparatus, are destroyed, vandalized, empty of people. All his men are scattered and in hiding. His telephone connections are dependent Read more…

Zakaria al Qaq: What’s Happening to Palestinian Society

The effects of the past 19 months of intifada and the last three weeks of war on Palestinian society have been dramatic and have made an indelible mark whose impact will be felt for many years to come. Palestinian society has lost its hope and its faith that peace is a possibility. Palestinian society is Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Fear And Learning In America

As an outspoken critic of US policy in the Middle East, Fisk expected a hostile reception when he paid his first visit to the American Midwest since 11 September. He couldn’t have been more mistaken   Osama bin Laden once told me that Americans did not understand the Middle East. Last week, in a little Read more…

Doug Stokes: Colombia Primer

What is Plan Colombia and the Andean Regional Initiative? Colombia’s 35 year old civil war has created the third largest refugee population in the world, produces over 4,000 politically motivated murders every year, and has contributed to the 1.5 million internally displaced people within its borders.1 Approximately 55 percent of all Colombians live below the Read more…

Ruth Larson: Women, Peace and Justice in Colombia

Colombia is a country of geographical contrasts and extremes. Here one can find desert in the north-east, jungle along the Pacific coast, the mountains of the Serrania de la Macarena and islands off the coast. Colombia boasts an abundance of flora and fauna and it’s a beautiful country. Underneath all of this beauty can be Read more…

Greg Philo: Missing In Action

If you don’t understand the Middle East crisis it might be because you are watching it on TV news. This scores high on images of fighting, violence and drama, but low on explanation. A new study by the Glasgow University Media Group shows the effect of this on public understanding. The group interviewed 12 small Read more…

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Edward Herman: Susan Douglas, And The Nation, On Pacifica

The Nation magazine has had a serious conflict of interest in reporting on the Pacifica struggle. During the reign of the old Pacifica management, the magazine had its own program on Pacifica’s Los Angeles station KPFK, with the program run by Contributing Editor Marc Cooper, a close ally of station manager Mark Schubb and a Read more…

Indymedia Argentina: CHRONOLOGY OF THE CRISIS: A Critical Week in Venezuela

Translated By Mark McHarry April 15, 2002 From last Saturday, when the Workers Confederation of Venezuela (CTV in Spanish) announced it was calling for a 24-hour general strike, a series of brutal events has changed the face of the country. In barely a week, there have been three changes of government. The chronology is as Read more…

Hywel Probert: Thumbs up for the bright, white folks

Eugenics has a loyal and respectable following in the US – especially on the right. Hywel Probert reveals some surprising links between Bush and Hitler “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who Read more…

Kristin Schurr: Report From Nablus

Here in Nablus the Israeli military have cut the phone lines and destroyed the water supply. As in Jenin, the Israeli military not only bulldozes houses, tortures and kills Palestinians, but also targets the infrastructure, bringing more death, terror, and starvation. Access to medical care is nearly impossible for many, especially those on the east Read more…

David Jardine: Indonesia-us Military In New Pas De Deux

Jakarta. Indonesia’s much-vilified military (TNI) are feeling smug with themselves. Washington’s so-called ‘war on terrorism’ is providing them with new windows of opportunity.   In a foreign policy drive apparently shaped in part by former US Ambassador to Jakarta and leading Bush administration hawk Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defence Secretary, Washington is giving the butchers of Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: A Corporate Lawyer Speaks Out

Look at the law in each of the fifty U.S. states. All have a provision similar to that of Maine’s section 716: “The directors and officers of a corporation shall exercise their powers and discharge their duties with a view to the interest of the corporation and of the shareholders.” These laws make it the Read more…

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Charles Glass: Ending the Occupation

Paris. The return of Secretary of State Colin Powell to Israel has revived language that, until now, the Bush administration has avoided: peace process, peace partner and the other words that implied America would intervene in negotiations. The United States has been forced to act, because tolerance of Israeli military assaults in the occupied territories Read more…

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Seumas Milne: Our friends in Jenin

The stories of brutality and destruction filtering out of the Jenin refugee camp have become increasingly ominous. While independent observers have been kept out – along with ambulances and UN blood supplies – the Israeli army has rampaged its way through the hillside shanty town, overwhelming desperate Palestinian resistance. Hundreds are reported killed, including many Read more…

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