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John W. Dower: Remaking History:

In a recent speech in London, President Bush declared that not only were we making “substantial progress” in Iraq but that “much of it has proceeded faster than similar efforts in Germany and Japan after World War II.”   What are we to make of this murky use of history? The truth is that what Read more…

Radhika Sainath: My Abduction

What does the Israeli government have to fear from nonviolent civil disobedience against the occupation that it would spend so much time, money and energy into the abduction and arrest of a 25-year-old female American non-violent human rights activist? In the ten months I have spent in the West Bank as a volunteer with the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Participatory Society and The Trajectory of Change

Assuming we agree that a society built on authoritarianism, patriarchy, racism, and capitalist exploitation is abysmal, what new social systems do we want and how do we expect to attain them? People in civilization inevitably combine efforts to accomplish social functions. We establish institutions which delimit what society can and will provide us. Among the Read more…

Gary Cohen: NINETEEN YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:

Nineteen years ago this month, families in Bhopal were awakened in the middle of the night by terrible burning in their eyes and lungs. Within minutes, children and mothers and fathers staggered into the street, gasping for air and blinded by the chemicals that seared their eyes. As they ran in complete terror, someone yelled Read more…

Yuki Tanaka: Indiscriminate Bombing and the Enola Gay Legacy

“Suddenly There was a brilliant white-hot flash. Buildings crumbled, Fire blazed, Smoke swirled all around, Wires dangled everywhere, And a writhing mass of humanity fled for safety.” This passage from a poem by Hiroshima A-bomb victim Kurihara Sadako, graphically depicts the horror experienced not only by A-bomb victims, but by all who have suffered air Read more…

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Alex Callinicos: The Case For Revolutionary Socialism

It’s a media cliché that the anti-globalization movement is purely anti – that it knows what it is against, not what it is for. In fact, to be against neo-liberalism, corporate globalization, and imperial war is already to stand for quite a lot. This is reflected in the slogan of the World Social Forum –  Read more…

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Alex Callinicos: The Case For Revolutionary Socialism

It’s a media cliché that the anti-globalization movement is purely anti – that it knows what it is against, not what it is for. In fact, to be against neo-liberalism, corporate globalization, and imperial war is already to stand for quite a lot. This is reflected in the slogan of the World Social Forum –  Read more…

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Michael Albert: Participatory Society and The Trajectory of Change

Assuming we agree that a society built on authoritarianism, patriarchy, racism, and capitalist exploitation is abysmal, what new social systems do we want and how do we expect to attain them? People in civilization inevitably combine efforts to accomplish social functions. We establish institutions which delimit what society can and will provide us. Among the Read more…

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David Edwards: Johann Hari and Noam Chomsky

On November 20, we received the following email from Johann Hari of the Independent in response to our Media Alert, Friendly Bombs, Part 1 (November 20, 2003): Dear David and David, Thank you for your e-mail. While I obviously disagree profoundly with you, I am never less than provoked and stimulated by your alerts, which Read more…

Lance Selfa: The Democrats Medicare Disaster

IN 1993, during the congressional debate over Bill Clinton’s health care reform bill, right-wing pundit William Kristol, advising Republicans seeking to torpedo the effort, issued a memo warning that if the bill passed, it might revive the Democrats’ reputation “as the generous protector of middle-class interests.” Therefore, Kristol concluded, the GOP had to do everything Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Multifaceted Fraud

Irshad Manji, according to the jacket of her book, is “a broadcaster, author, public speaker, and media enterpreneur, born in East Africa and raised on the west coast of Canada.”  She was the producer and host of QueerTelevision and calls herself “a journalist with a reputation for flinging open doors” (pg. 76).  Her new book, Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Multifaceted Fraud, Part 2

Back to Part I Manji the searching moral critic Manji says she wants to revive the idea of ‘ijtihad’, of self-criticism and reformation, from the Islamic tradition.  She probably got the idea from Ziauddin Sardar’s May 2002 article in the New Internationalist, which she cites (27) .  Sardar writes: “For well over a century, Muslim Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Russian Communist Party in Pre-Election Crisis

“We’re putting our hopes on the vote-rigging,” a Communist Party official sighed. “How’s that?” I asked, more than a little surprised. “The [presidential] administration has told the regional authorities to keep our vote total below a certain level. But to make sure we reach that level the bureaucrats will have to give us a top-up.” Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Geneva Accords offer False Hope

The medium-term future for Israelis and Palestinians remains bleak, but in the long run peace will be created. It has been almost two months since the last deadly attack on Israeli civilians by a Palestinian suicide bomber and there are currently intense diplomatic efforts, principally by Egypt, to turn this hiatus into a new global Read more…

Chris Mcgreal: ‘We are air force pilots, not mafia’

For two months, a rebel group of Israeli Black Hawk helicopter and F-16 fighter pilots has been denounced as traitors for saying they will no longer bomb Palestinian cities. Until now they have maintained a resolute silence on their motives, preferring to limit their criticism of Ariel Sharon’s war to a letter signed by 27 Read more…

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Joseph Gerson: U.S. Foreign Military Bases & Military Colonialism

Several of us spend a lot of our time doing political and geo-strategic analysis, what people sometimes call “big picture” analysis..  We don’t do it because we particularly like to think in abstract or strategic terms, or out of any fascination with military hardware and technology. Most of us do what we do because of Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Amistad Revisited At Guantanamo?

In the 1841 Amistad case – vividly portrayed in Stephen Spielberg’s movie “Amistad” – the U.S. Supreme Court courageously held that human rights and the rule of law must apply to captives who had been seized in Africa and imprisoned in the United States. The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the eerily parallel case Read more…

Lee Sustar: Defying The Police State In Miami

“WELCOME TO the police state of Miami.” That’s Florida AFL-CIO President Cynthia Hall’s greeting to thousands of union members gathering in the city’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater on November 20, as we prepare to march against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) summit. Lines of cops are aiming rifles loaded with plastic bullets at Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Parecon: Life After Capitalism

The word “Parecon” in the title of  this book is unknown to almost all Greeks. Likewise, unknown is to all the inhabitants of the Earth what will be the “Life After Capitalism”, which is the subtitle of this book. Michael Albert tries to offer a vision for this unknown life after capitalism. After a brief survey of Read more…

Katha Pollity: Gay Marriage

Will someone please explain to me how permitting gays and lesbians to marry threatens the institution of marriage? Now that the Massachusetts Supreme Court has declared gay marriage a constitutional right, opponents really have to get their arguments in line. The most popular theory, advanced by David Blankenhorn, Jean Bethke Elshtain and other social conservatives Read more…

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Jeremy Scahill: Oh The LIttle Saddams We Weave

There is a despot in Iraq, ruling with an iron fist from the comfort of his luxury palace on the banks of the Tigris River. He oversees a ruthless military force and a web of repressive domestic “intelligence” thugs that have terrorized Iraqis for decades. His name is not Saddam Hussein; it’s L. Paul Bremer. Read more…

Laura Hein: Citizens, Foreigners, and the State in the United States and Japan since 9/11

Pacifism has been another major theme of domestic resistance to the Japanese government since 1945 and, since 1948, has been couched as protest against American military priorities in Asia as well. Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro used the occasion of 9/11 attacks to rush through Japan‘s Antiterrorism Measures Special Law of 2001, which gave the government Read more…

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John Pilger: The Bbc And Iraq; Myth And Reality

Greg Dyke, the BBC’s director general, has attacked American television reporting of Iraq. “For any news organisation to act as a cheerleader for government is to undermine your credibility,” he said. “They should be… balancing their coverage, not banging the drum for one side or the other.” He said research showed that, of 840 experts Read more…

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Norman Finkelstein: The Road Map

Mr. Finkelstein, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Israel was an enthusiastic supporter of America’s war on Iraq, and the Sharon government viewed the removal of Hussein as complementary to his own efforts to topple Arafat. During the war, the New York Times ran an article about the sense of imminent victory over the Read more…

Laura Hein: Citizens, Foreigners, and the State in the United States and Japan since 9/11

[This article, and Geoffrey White’s “War Memory and American Patriotism: Pearl Harbor and 9-11” originally appeared in Laura Hein and Daizaburo Yui, Crossed Memories: Perspectives on 9/11 and American Power, Center for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo, 2003. http://www.cpas.c.u.-tokyo.ac.jp/ The texts have been revised and condensed for Japan Focus.   The articles Read more…

Geoffrey m. White: War Memory and American Patriotism: Pearl Harbor and 9-11

  Sacred Ground: Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center   At both Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center, rescue workers attempting to recover bodies soon realized that most of the bodies would never be recovered. They had simply disappeared in the force and intensity of explosions and physical collapse. At Pearl Harbor, 1177 Read more…

Geoffrey m. White: War Memory and American Patriotism: Pearl Harbor and 9-11

Visualizing the Past: Flashbulb Images   Pearl Harbor has been represented for Americans for more than sixty years in photographs of exploding and burning battleships; so September 11 has come to be represented in photos and videos of the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center. In both cases, visual images of destructive attacks Read more…

Geoffrey m. White: War Memory and American Patriotism: Pearl Harbor and 9-11

[This article, and Laura Hein’s “Citizens, Foreigners, and the State in the United States and Japan since 9/11″ originally appeared in Laura Hein and Daizaburo Yui, Crossed Memories: Perspectives on 9/11 and American Power, Center for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo, 2003. http://www.cpas.c.u.-tokyo.ac.jp/  The texts have been revised and condensed for Japan Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Empire and Revolution in Bolivia

“It’s a utopia going in who knows what direction.”Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, ex-President of Bolivia It is difficult, not to mention pointless, to resist being caught up in the tide of a revolutionary process on the capitalist periphery for the sake of maintaining analytical distance from immediate events, particularly when the counterrevolutionary current in the Read more…

Leah Tsemel: An occupation that creates children willing to die

[Leah Tsemel is an Israeli lawyer working in Jerusalem. This is an edited version of her talk on childhood and human rights at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice] MY PARENTS left Europe just before the Holocaust and they lost most of their family members in it. They came to that part of the world Read more…

Jordan Green: The Democrats Rehearse

In Des Moines last week the Democrats hashed out the particulars of the war in Iraq, the fate of Medicare, the hemorrhaging of jobs, and the deplorable state of healthcare in this country. All are issues of vital importance, and the candidates made sounds of outrage at the reckless foreign policy, corporate cronyism, and the Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: THREE RAPES:

  SOFA Negotiations   This case, as banal and routine as it was in the context of the vast array of military sex crimes in Okinawa, was nonetheless the last straw for both the Japanese and American governments. It led them into hardened positions that seem likely to be resolved only by some American pretext Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: THREE RAPES

America’s 703 officially acknowledged foreign military enclaves (as of September 30, 2002), although structurally, legally, and conceptually different from colonies, are themselves something like microcolonies in that they are completely beyond the jurisdiction of the occupied nation.1 The United States virtually always negotiates a “status of forces agreement” (SOFA) with the ostensibly independent “host” nation, Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Signs of Economic Recovery Haven’t Trickled Down

How’s the economy doing? This is shaping up to be the number one question affecting President George W. Bush’s re- election bid. If you turn on the TV or pick up the newspaper, it looks like the economy is picking up steam, roaring out of a long slump just in time for the election season. Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Appointment in Samarra

Quote of the day: “‘They attacked and they were killed,’ General [Peter] Pace [vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] said of the insurgents [in Samarra]. ‘So I think it will be instructive to them.”   Quote of the day (2): “‘It was like out of a movie,’ said… private, Curtis Lawrence of New Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: THREE RAPES:

  NOTES   1.  The number of 703 U.S. military bases located in other people’s countries is from the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Installations and Environment), Base Structure Report (A Summary of DoD’s Real Property Inventory) (Washington, DC: Department of Defense, 2003), www.defenselink.mil/news/Jun2003/basestructure2003.pdf. The figure for 2001 was 725. For details and Read more…

Toni Solo: Game Playing By

“I eat propaganda,With a side dish of promises.Guess who am I?That’s me, the Indonesian worker!” That’s what over 200 Indonesian factory workers sang as they demonstrated in front of the Indonesian Labor Ministry in January 1991. The workers, mostly women, were also protesting against army involvement in the settlement of industrial disputes. Right through the Read more…

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Greg Palast: Chavez Versus The Free Trade Zombies Of The Americas

Caracas. It’s as if they were locked in a crypt for the last ten years. The finance ministers of every Latin American nation last week signed on to a resolution in principle to join the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the hemispheric expansion of NAFTA. The walking corpse of Argentina’s economy was there, Read more…

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Ron Daniels: The People Vs. Ashcroft

November 17th at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Center for Constitutional Rights (where I serve as Executive Director) launched the People vs. Ashcroft Campaign — a web based initiative calculated to spark a massive grassroots movement to demand the resignation/removal of Attorney General John Ashcroft from office as a danger to democracy. Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: THREE RAPES:

The Sergeant Timothy Woodland Case   Around 2:30 AM, June 29, 2001, in a parking lot within the so-called American Village entertainment and shopping plaza in the town of Chatan, just outside Kadena Air Force Base, several off-duty servicemen observed Air Force Staff Sergeant Timothy Woodland, 24-years-old, of the 353rd Operational Support Squadron at Kadena Read more…

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John Pilger: Bush And Blair Are In Trouble

Shortly before the disastrous Bush visit to Britain, Tony Blair was at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. It was an unusual glimpse of a state killer whose effete respectability has gone. His perfunctory nod to “the glorious dead” came from a face bleak with guilt. As William Howard Russell of the Times wrote of another Read more…

Satya Sagar: India = Cow + Kamasutra

India= Cow + Kamasutra. That in general is the equation that defines this vast, ancient and populous South Asian country even today for many people in the West. I can hear the howls of protest coming in. Sure, there are a few ex-hippies who would throw some pot into the picture and some serious scholars Read more…

Indymedia Paris: European Communist Parties vs. Squats : European Social Forum Actions

When the various European Communist Parties evict squats: action in support of the Ernst Kirchweger House, the only large squatted social center in Vienna, and the “La Charade” squat in St.-Martin d’Hères, during the ESF. On Saturday, November 15, at the “City of Arts and Sciences” at Porte de la Villette, in Paris, Walter Baier, Read more…

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George Monbiot: The Bottom of the Barrel

Oil is running out, but no one wants to talk about it.   By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 2nd December 2003   The oil industry is buzzing. On Thursday, the government approved the development of the biggest deposit discovered in British territory for at least 10 years. Everywhere we are told that this Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Yokos And Others

Russia is moving towards parliamentary elections but the real big question, which makes people excited, worried or intrigued is not about how many votes this or that party is going to get. More important is to understand which corporate groups are going to be more present in the next Duma. Foreigners don’t understand a thing Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Iraq: More Dangerous Every Day

Is the “security situation” in Iraq improving? The best clue may be George Bush’s 2-hour, top-secret visit to Iraq on Thanksgiving Day, in which he never left the heavily fortified grounds of the Baghdad International Airport. Bush was not the first official to visit Iraq in recent weeks. Paul Wolfowitz was the target of missiles Read more…

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Hugo Chavez: Interview Pt. 1

This interview was conducted last May by Mark Weisbrot, and published by the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) website www.NACLA.org M: First I would like to try to set the record straight. This is for a U.S. audience. I have spoken with almost all of the journalists who report for U.S. newspapers from Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: Sorrows of Empire

Although tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people.   Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism   With the fall of Baghdad, America‘s dutiful Anglophone allies–the British and Australians–are due for their Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The Squawking Chicken

  Aid and comfort to himself: “Administration officials said Bush enjoys surprises and showing himself in charge, and Thursday’s whirlwind trip involved both. The president told reporters on Air Force One afterward that he had watched the landing from the cockpit and had spent weeks quizzing his pilot and military and security officials about the Read more…

Joseph Huff-hannon: East Coast ‘Autonomista Caravan

  What better way to end the caravan than with an outlaw puppet show? Right as the cardboard police came to evict the cardboard workers from their cardboard factory in the show, flesh and blood police officers showed up to tell Graciela Monteagudo, the Argentine “puppetista”, that they had come to evict the audience. According Read more…

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