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Mitchell Plitnick: What does Mitzna Promise?

Since the beginning of the second Intifada, it has often been said that both the Israelis and Palestinians are afflicted with leadership that is not capable of making peace. Many people, across the political spectrums of both peoples have posited that the current leaders are simply entrenched in ways of thinking that have proven ineffective, Read more…

Ned Boudreau: Oxymorons

Who else thinks the term “Washington Consensus” is oxymoronic? Who else thinks the corporate globalists are, themselves, not merely morons, but oxymorons guilty of duplicity and hypocrisy? Cheerleaders for globalization insist that so-called “free trade,” based on the neo-liberal policies of the Washington Consensus, is inevitable and inevitably the key to economic growth. However, political Read more…

Sidharth Bhatia: Lighting the Fuse of Hatred

Provincial elections in India rarely have an impact outside their borders, fought as they are on mainly local issues. But last week’s elections in the western state of Gujarat were seen as being of national importance. Gujarat, the land where Mahatma Gandhi was born, was in the news earlier this year for a brutal genocide Read more…

Natasha Walter: How We Forget About The Women Of Afghanistan

When I was in Afghanistan six months ago, I met some women from Herat, in the west of the country, who had come to Kabul for the great political assembly, the loya jirga. We met in a stifling tent in the courtyard of the loya jirga offices. I will never forget, as long as I Read more…

Ganesh Lal: Election Nightmare In Gujarat

Earlier this year, Aijaz Ahmad sounded a note of alarm in the pages of Frontline magazine: “Today India faces the classic situation of a pre-fascist upheaval.” An anti-Muslim pogrom had left nearly a thousand Muslims dead in the western state of Gujarat. More than 120,000 Muslims had lost their homes. The pogroms were instigated and Read more…

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John Pilger: The Secret War

THE American and British attack on Iraq has already begun. While the Blair government continues to claim in Parliament that “no final decision has been taken”, Royal Air Force and US fighter bombers have secretly changed tactics and escalated their “patrols” over Iraq to an all-out assault on both military and civilian targets. American and Read more…

Mickey Z: His Own People?

It appears more inevitable than ever that the US and a few allies will broaden the assault on Iraq that began in 1990 and has continued unabated since then (as of Dec. 16, the US and Britain have bombed Iraq 61 times in 2002 alone). The ostensible reason involves the belief that Iraq may be Read more…

Dan Feder: AP’s One Sided Venezuela Coverage

The statement seemed clear enough. After a total of 25 hours of negotiations that framed this past weekend, the Organization of American States – representing 34 governments – released a much-awaited declaration on the crisis in Venezuela. The OAS rejected any solution that is not consistent with the Venezuelan constitution – which went into law Read more…

Various Contributors: U.S. Corps In Iraq

First, when the massive pile of documents from Iraq appeared, in photos, in the paper, and the U.S. immediately pulled out all stops to get first access, to shut down wide dissemination, etc. — the smart money said that buried in the morass there would be evidence of U.S. (and European) culpability in aiding the Read more…

Jaggi Singh: Slow Ethnic Cleansing

JERUSALEM, December 19, 2002 — Today, in Tel Aviv District Court, a Palestinian worker, Jihad Abu Id, will be demanding his release from an Israeli prison. Abu Id has been detained for the last six months, ever since he was arrested for working in Israel without a permit. Abu Id comes from a village called Read more…

Kristen Ess: Report From Gaza

Block O is almost empty now. Most of the people have gone. The sewage flood is knee deep in places. One old man is walking around the muddy edges. His house is flooded. The 8 meter high, 10 meter deep prison wall the Israeli military government is building as it devastates Rafah is growing. Reddish Read more…

Andrew Gumbel: California Orders Mass Arrest Of Muslim Foreigners

Hundreds of Middle Eastern and North African men, some just 16, have been hauled into custody across southern California in the past few days, enraging civil liberties groups and drawing comparisons with the internment of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during the Second World War. The round-ups in Los Angeles, San Diego and suburban Read more…

Laurie King-irani: Fundamentalisms, media, and the new McCarthyism

(A presentation delivered at the seventh annual “Common Terms: The Dialogue of Civilizations” conference sponsored by the Imam Musa Sadr Foundation, 13 December 2002, in Beirut, Lebanon.) “Faiths strive for one objective: War against the self-appointed gods and tyrants of earth, and support for the oppressed and the unjustly treated, which are two versions of Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: On The Verge Of War

Isin ELICIN: I would like to begin with a current issue topic for Turkey. EU rebuffed US’s pressure for early entry talks for Turkey. Starting from this example, can you elaborate on the rift or maybe rather the rivalry between the EU and the US? Tarik ALI: Well, the rift between the US and the Read more…

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David Bacon: Immigrants In The Crosshairs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (12/15/02) — Erlinda Valencia came from the Philippines almost two decades ago. Like many Filipina immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay area, she found a job at the airport, screening passengers’ baggage. For 14 years she worked for Argenbright Security, the baggage- screening contractor used by airlines across the country. For Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: US is still intervening in Venezuela

CARACAS (Dec. 18) “Where are they getting their money?” asks historian Samuel Moncada, as the television displays one opposition commercial after another. Moncada is chair of the history department at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. We are sitting in one of the few restaurants that is open in the eastern, wealthier part of Caracas. Read more…

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Milan Rai: War Plan Iraq

1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate? War Plan Iraq tries to explain and document how the US has been hostile to both UN weapons inspectors and to real regime change in Iraq. It also sets out reasons why a war on Iraq would Read more…

Chris Nineham: The European Social Forum In Florence

No one really knew what to expect. For the Italians particularly there was the stress created by the scare campaign co-ordinated between the state and the media. Everyone else was probably uneasy about how Berlusconi would respond and worried that his strategy of tension might work. But there were other fears. Some worried that the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Why Blair’s Magic Fix Is Destined To End In Failure

First, it was Secretary of State Colin Powell who announced a Middle East peace conference. That was back in the spring – nothing happened. There was no peace conference. Now it’s Tony Blair announcing a conference, along with that familiar rider about Palestinian “reform” – which means getting rid of Y Arafat Esq. But the Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Coup D’Petrol In Venezuela

Exactly one year after the opposition’s first “general strike,” on December 10, 2001, which launched the campaign to oust the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the opposition is engaged in its fourth “general strike” and has come very close to finally achieving its goal. The fourth employer-sponsored general strike, which began on December Read more…

Zia Mian: October Elections in Pakistan

In October 2002, Pakistan had its first national and provincial elections under the military order established by General Pervez Musharraf after his October 1999 coup. With sweeping changes to the constitution, new election laws, and after declaring himself President for at least another five years, and U.S. support for his new role as an ally in Read more…

Pranjal Ti: Demonstrations in Hong Kong

On a day of protest in Hong Kong, more than 63,000 people took to the streets in two demonstrations targetting two particularly odious government proposals. By far the larger march was the one later in the day, a 60,000-strong demonstration against proposed “national security” laws that the Hong Kong SAR government has been planning to Read more…

Shaun Harkin: NYC Transit Heads For Showdown

  Thousands of New York’s subway and transit workers, members of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, voted unanimously at mass meetings in early December to authorize a strike when their contract expires December 15. Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki, both Republicans, have declared war on the 33,000 bus and subway workers Read more…

Binu Mathew: The Gujarat Elections

A few months back, a German friend of mine was here to visit me. His name was Martin D’costa. He was a 27 year old documentary film maker. He was here to document the life of young Indians. By the time he came down to Trivandrum, he had travelled across the country meeting and interviewing Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Anti-Globalization Protests In Pakistan

Echoes of the world wide discontent with globalization are currently being heard in Pakistan. A widespread movement, sparked by the so-called reforms that the government of Pakistan has introduced in the health and education sectors ostensibly to improve the quality of both sectors, is increasing in momentum, disrupting governmental plans to quietly privatize both. Very Read more…

Gideon Levy: Eyeless In Israel

Is it too much to ask Israelis to take a look, even a glimpse, at what’s going on in their backyard? Are we even capable of dropping our relentless preoccupation with primaries and the battle between Tnuva and Strauss over cottage cheese, to pay attention to what is happening in the territories under our occupation? Read more…

Daniel Mazir: 18 Political Prisoners Are Dying In Algeria

Eighteen political prisoners in the Kabylie region, about 100 kms east of the capital Algiers, have reached the limit of their physical strength and their lives are at stake due to a hunger strike that is going on its third week, with no medical assistance of any kind. They have been denied visits by their Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: A Decade Of US War On Iraq

“IT IS not a war they are starting, it’s a slaughter. It will be a catastrophe.” That’s how Vincent Hubin, director of Premiere Urgence, the largest foreign aid agency operating in Iraq, described the Bush gang’s drive for a new war on Iraq. But this will be only the latest stage in more than a Read more…

Nobumasa Tanaka: High School Students Struggle Against National Anthem Enforcement

According to a survey by the Ministry of Education and Science, this spring’s graduation ceremonies’ enforcement rate of singing “Kimigayo” (the Japanese national anthem) crept ever closer to their target of 100%. Behind these figures, there remain a not insignificant number of students who question, object and oppose it. Students at Hokkaido’s Sapporo Minami High Read more…

Abe Takahashi: The Feud Behind the Scenes

The rape of a twelve year old Okinawan schoolgirl in 1995 by US servicemen touched off an upsurge in anti-US base sentiment and a fierce legal and political contest between then Okinawan Governor Ota Masahide and the Japanese government. Less than six months later, the two governments agreed to return the highly controversial Futenma Marine Read more…

Roger Burbach: Incoming Brazillian President Adept At Check Mating Bush

Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the incoming president of Brazil, is demonstrating an uncanny ability to move forward a progressive agenda while keeping his conservative antagonists at bay. This was clearly demonstrated in his meeting with George W. Bush in Washington on December 10. Pablo Gentili, an Argentine international analyst at the State University of Read more…

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Gavan McCormack: North Korea

North Korea ranks high on the Bush administration’s list of ‘terror states’. The January 2002 ‘Axis of Evil’ speech and the June 2002 commitment to preemptive war were stark signals from Washington to Pyongyang. The formal presidential statement of strategy presented to Congress in September 2002 referred only to two ‘rogue states’, meaning states that Read more…

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Norman Finkelstein: Whither The Peace Process?

Q. Professor Finkelstein, on Friday [Nov. 15] a senior Israeli military official declared that the army’s recent siege of Hebron had “succeeded to clean these streets of terrorists” – only hours later Islamic Jihad attacked settlers and soldiers in Hebron, killing 12 people including the commander of Israeli forces in Hebron Judging by this definition Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Decoding Some Top Buzzwords

How words are used can be crucial to understanding and misunderstanding the world around us. The media lexicon is saturated with certain buzz phrases. They’re popular — but what do they mean? “The use of words is to express ideas,” James Madison wrote. “Perspicuity, therefore, requires not only that the ideas should be distinctly formed, Read more…

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Robert Geo: Smoke and Mirrors: An examination of factors affecting an individual’s development of awareness of the role of oppressions in U.S. society

Smoke and Mirrors: An examination of factors affecting an individual’s development of awareness of the role of oppressions in U.S. society Robert F. George   Smoke and Mirrors: An examination of factors affecting an individual’s development of awareness of the role of oppressions in U.S. society Introduction The right is relatively untroubled by American life; Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Bush Vision And The Culture Of Power

“Why do they hate us?” George W. Bush asked. I waited for his answer as did millions of others after the 9/11 events. We had lost our collective virginity when we had to acknowledge that some serious characters did not have our best interests at heart. As Bush spoke I conjured up the image of Read more…

Michael Berube: Berube Responds To More Severe Problems

My reply is as follows. Ed Herman is playing on his home field, and therefore deserves the last word in this exchange. For that reason I will let stand most of his reply, “Much More Severe Problems on the Cruise Missile Left.” But Herman makes two remarks about my November 29 Chronicle of Higher Education Read more…

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Edward Herman: Further Reply To Michael Berube

I owe an apology to Michael Berube on the point of the title to his article in the Chronicle, although I do believe the title does convey a true picture of its tone and message. He is lecturing to the antiwar movement, and he does call for its greater maturity, sloughing off those wild lefties Read more…

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John Pilger: America’s Bid For Global Dominance

  The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the world’s resources, it said, was “some catastrophic and catalysing event – Read more…

Mickey Z: Today

As we go on with our lives we tend to forget that the jails and the hospitals and the madhouses and the graveyards are packed. Today, I walk the stairs up to the elevated platform, ready to join 3.5 million of my closest friends on the subway. Just a few days before a possible transit Read more…

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Mark Steel: Watch Out For Scuds On The London Underground

Could anyone have a more useless job than those weapons inspectors in Iraq? Does anyone honestly believe there is any vague chance that George Bush might say “Well, fair enough, we couldn’t find anything so it’s nice to know that he’s mended his ways.” And then the Pentagon would call off the war, as long Read more…

Richard Gott: Racist Rage Of The Caracas Elite

Pilin Leon, a former Miss Venezuela, was busy judging the Miss World competition in London on Saturday when the oil tanker that bears her name, illegally at anchor in Lake Maracaibo (principal source of Venezuela’s oil), was boarded by Venezuelan marines. The end of history was supposed to mean an end to class struggle, but Read more…

Crimethinc Crimethinc: Call For Authors

DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2003    We are working on a new Crimethinc book by women, about women, and for everybody.  This is not a book about gender, although gender will be addressed: this is a big shaggy compendium of inspiring, useful, thought-provoking writing and art about all the things that we as radical anarchist women are Read more…

Al Giordano: Gaviria Should Leave Venezuela

These are the hours of immediate history. As in Eastern Europe 13 years ago, the final defeat of dictatorial power in Venezuela came last night at the doors of its “control rooms” – the TV stations. On Monday night, the Venezuelan majority – unwilling to allow an upper-class economic coup d’etat that poses dishonestly as Read more…

Gerardo Young: Argentina’s New Social Protagonists

by Gerardo Young, Lucas Guagnini, and Alberto Amato The poor, as everyone knows, are invisible when you speed past their homes on the highway. But when things are the other way around, and the poor get out on the road and set up roadblocks, people say, “Piqueteros, damn it!” They set fire to tires, stop Read more…

Jillian Schwedler: Occupied Maan

An expanded campaign to silence outspoken critics of the Jordanian government has followed the October 20 assassination of USAID official Lawrence Foley in Amman. On the pretext of unsubstantiated speculation that Foley’s killing was orchestrated by a group of Islamist militants, the regime has arrested foreign and local journalists, detained prominent professionals for their political Read more…

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David Edwards: Final Exchange With George Monbiot On The Guardian And The Propaganda Model

In response to our recent Media Alert Update, “George Monbiot Responds Again on Iraq and ‘Just War’” (December 7, 2002), Monbiot has sent the following response. He has also published a Guardian article (‘Who guards the guards’, December 10, 2002) mentioning this debate: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,856994,00.html Dear David and David, I said I would write no more, Read more…

Harold Pinter: The American Administration Is A Bloodthirsty Wild Animal

By Earlier this year, I had a major operation for cancer. The operation and its after effects were something of a nightmare. I felt I was a man unable to swim bobbing about under water in a deep dark endless ocean. But I did not drown and I am very glad to be alive. However, Read more…

Dr. majed Nassar: Amram Mitzna: Candidate for Prime Minister of Israel

In less than two months, on January 28, 2003, the Israeli public will vote in an early parliamentary election. Israelis will have the chance to change their future and opt for a peaceful settlement to the Palestinian conflict. Polls show that 65% of the Israeli population support an end to the occupation of the West Read more…

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George Monbiot: Who Guards the Guards?

If there is a characteristic which unites all human societies, past or present, it is surely an inordinate fondness for violence. Those who can force others to submit to their demands will do so until they meet a greater force. We tend, in the superficially peaceful communities of the rich world, to forget that violence Read more…

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