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Norman Solomon: Linking Occupation to ‘War on Terror’

Reuters is one of the more independent wire services. So, a recent news story from Reuters — flatly describing American military activities in Iraq as part of “the broader U.S. war on terrorism” — is a barometer of how powerfully the pressure systems of rhetoric from top U.S. officials have swayed mainstream news coverage. Such Read more…

Julian Massaldi: Buenos Aires Consensus

 Some documents are meant to make history, like the Magna Carta or the Declaration of Human Rights. Countless more are lost in the beaurocratic limbo of history. Only time will tell which of these will be the fate of the Buenos Aires Consensus, a 20-point declaration signed by the Lula da Silva and Néstor Kirchner, Read more…

Julio Godoy: Capitalism works against women

BOBIGNY, France, Nov 15 (IPS) – The dismantling of welfare institutions in Western Europe and the growth of capitalism in Eastern Europe are eroding women’s rights, feminist groups say. Members of women’s organisations from several Western and Eastern European countries participating in the European Social Forum (ESF) have expressed alarm over the deterioration of living Read more…

Dave Bleakney: Miami Tuesday – A Tale Of Two Struggles

It has been an interesting two days in Miami. In spite of the massive repression, forums and meetings continue to take place. Farmers, workers, greens, indigenous people and the poor are all part of this delicious milieu of resistance and power preparing to take to the streets on Thursday. But there are differences of style.  Read more…

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Justin Podur: Letter to a Zionist

It’s been almost a year. Do you remember it? It was a speaking event like any other but it sticks out in my mind even now. A friend from the International Solidarity Movement had come back from the Occupied Territories and was giving his report. Others offered some analysis of the situation there. It was Read more…

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John Pilger: Bush’s Occupation Of Iraq

JOHN PILGER is a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker. In a career that spans more than three decades, he has reported from the scenes of some of the U.S. government’s most terrible war crimes–from Vietnam and Southeast Asia, to the frontline states attacked by apartheid South Africa, to Palestine and Iraq in the Middle East.  Read more…

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David Bacon: NAFTA AT TEN

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (11/16/03) — This week thousands of demonstrators will fill Miami streets, in a show of opposition to free trade unseen (at least in this country) since the battles in Seattle four years ago. Opponents plan to hit the proposal for a Free Trade Area of the Americas with the same one-two punch Read more…

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David Edwards: Corporate Media

Following the killing of 27 people including 19 Italian troops in Nassiriya on November 12, Channel 4 News presenter, Jon Snow, asked Labour MP Ann Clwyd: “Are we now losing the Shias? That would be a tragedy.” We asked Snow to explain the meaning of this question: “Did you mean to suggest that you view Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: Assassins R Us

As the Iraqi resistance expands and perfects its attacks, the American military, like so many occupying armies before it, is turning to methods of warfare long outlawed by civilized nations — assassinations and reprisals against civilians. When it comes to the first, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has long been on record as wanting Saddam Read more…

Chris Mcgreal: Israel’s Secret Torture Prison

The men under the black hoods all have the same question once the blindfolds and manacles are off: Where am I? A voice filtering through a narrow slit in the steel door told Sameer Jadala he was “in Honolulu”, Raab Bader that he was “in a submarine” and “outside the borders of Israel”, Bashar Jadala Read more…

Aram Publishing house: Peace Initiative in Turkey

During the period of ‘low intensity warfare’ of the 1990s, as it is called by Turkish officials, the Kurdish provinces of Turkey witnessed a series of shocking events which have been recorded in many human rights organizations reports. Just a short period after the leader of PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), Abdullah Ocalan, was captured and Read more…

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Gabriel Kolko: Iraq and Vietnam

There are great cultural, political and physical differences between Vietnam and Iraq that cannot be minimised, and the geopolitical situation is entirely different. But the US has ignored many of the lessons of the traumatic Vietnam experience and is repeating many of the errors that produced defeat. In both places, successive American administrations slighted the Read more…

Saul j. Escalera: Bolivia for Americans

John Doe is a young and determined Texan who has established himself in the Panhandle region of his state.  His dream to have land for agriculture has been fulfilled and he and his family (wife and two children) are owners of 500 acres of good arable land, but there is not enough water because the Read more…

Derek Seidman: Demoralization of the Troops

As the situation in Iraq spirals into evermore chaos for the occupying forces, there are some telling letters coming home from America’s bravest: “What are we getting into here? The war is supposed to be over, but everyday we hear of another soldier getting killed. Is it worth it? Saddam isn’t in power anymore. The Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Social Movements

When tens of thousands filled the streets of Seattle to protest a summit of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1999, many news reports focused on the spectacle of the moment — the tear gas in the air, the smashed storefront windows, the clashes between police and black-garbed anarchists. Drowned out were the issues that Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Bring Him On

Quote of the day: George Bush to British journalists, “I travel in somewhat of a bubble.” (Caren Bohan, “Bush to Keep Distance from Protests on London Trip,” Reuters, Nov. 16, 2003)   Who can even remember — it might as well have been the Neolithic age — the moment when Bill Clinton exuberantly walked the Read more…

Kristen Ess: When Will Reality Become Newsworthy?

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 14 year old boy Saturday night, 15 November 2003 at 7 pm. IOF were invading the boy’s village, Beit Forik, near Nablus. As is common in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers were randomly firing throughout the village. After Israeli soldiers shot and killed the 14 year Read more…

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George Monbiot: Rattling The Bars

When a few hundred elderly people converge on a seaside town for the annual conference of the Conservative Party, all leave for Britain’s journalists is cancelled. Every stave and quaver of the death rattle of a moribund movement is recorded and drummed into our ears. But when 51,000 mostly young people converge for a conference Read more…

Ike Naijaman: “Nigeria is a Poor Country”

The Nigerian President, General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd.), recently made the news by declaring that Nigeria was a poor country. Put in simple terms, he believes our GDP and our national budget are both quite small when compared to our huge population and considerable geographic expanse. I agree with him. Our fiscal, financial, and economic size Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Democracy and Occupation

Facing the most serious escalation in U.S. casualties in Iraq, with the New York Times proclaiming “Iraq Policy in Crisis,” and with the spectre of Viet Nam-style quagmire hovering over the 2004 elections, the Bush administration has issued two major policy pronouncements. One was the November 6 speech on democracy in the Middle East, the Read more…

Herbert Docena: Critical Collaboration

NOVEMBER 17 – This week, in the aftermath of the bloodiest period of the occupation since the invasion, talk was rife that members of the US-handpicked Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) will soon be shown the door. Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) chief Paul Bremer suddenly flew back to Washington after a CIA report finally acknowledged what Read more…

Michael Hodson: The Future of East Timor

There was widespread joy amongst Australians in 2001 as East Timor became the newest independent nation in the region.  There was a ground swell of goodwill towards our neighbour, and more than a bit of self-adulation at the positive role Australia had played. The extent of this reaction can in part be explained by the Read more…

James Brooks: Fence Or Machine Of War

Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories passed through a profound transformation during the last several months. Through a series of policy changes and military orders, the West Bank “security fence” has gradually revealed itself to be the backbone of a comprehensive new system of land theft, imprisonment, collective punishment, and dispossession. The question now is Read more…

Stan Goff: Open letter to GIs

Dear American serviceperson in Iraq, I am a retired veteran of the army, and my own son is among you, a paratrooper like I was. The changes that are happening to every one of you–some more extreme than others–are changes I know very well. So I’m going to say some things to you straight up Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Fire and Word

Message sent by Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos to the opening of the “EZLN 20 & 10, Fire and Word” campaign and to the presentation of the book of the same name, written by Gloria Muñoz Ramírez.  Present at the table were:  Hermann Bellinghausen, Rosario Ibarra, Juan Bañuelos, Javier Elorriaga, Adriana López Monjardín, Sergio Rodriguez Lascano and Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Matrix Reloaded- Yet Again

Israeli academic Jeff Halper has coined the phrase “the matrix of control” to describe the system of settlements, outposts, bypass roads, confiscated land masquerading as national parks, military zones, checkpoints and now hundreds of kilometres of a “separation wall” that together effectively entrap the Palestinian population in ghettoes across the West Bank and Gaza. Halper’s Read more…

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Yves Engler: Empire Or Africa

While on a visit to the U.S, last week, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni paid visit to the halls of the Wall Street Journal. Thursday, a piece submitted by the President appeared in the Journal’s pages and Friday the editorial board sang the leader’s praises. In his article, “We Want Trade Not Aid”, Museveni argues in Read more…

Robert Weissman: Howard Clinton?

Howard Dean is a man with strong Clinton-esque tendencies. He’s a self-described triangulator. Say good words about the environment. Take some positive action. Schmooze with the environmentalists. But when push comes to shove, don’t offend the powers that be. Mark Sinclair is an senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation in Vermont. Sinclair was dismissed Read more…

William Macdougall: World Childrens Day

November 20 at McDonald’s – Save the date to help the world’s children” goes the current McDonald’s corporate campaign slogan to promote this year’s Justin Timberlake and Williams sisters backed World Children’s Day. As you read this, thousands of McDonald’s restaurants in more than 100 countries will be gearing up towards the now annual cheeseburgers Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Mr. Kurtz! The Horror! The Horror!

In mid-October, my email in-box began to receive forwards from Michael Bednar, a graduate student in the department of history at the University of Texas, Austin. The subject line suggested that it was an email joke: “Congress moves to regulate postcolonial studies.” Thanks to the vigilance of Michael Bednar many of us now know that the Read more…

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Mike Davis: The Scalping Party

In his dark masterpiece, Blood Meridian (1985), novelist Cormac McCarthy tells the terrifying tale of a gang of Yanqui scalp-hunters who left an apocalyptic trail of carnage from Chihuahua to Southern California in the early 1850s.   Commissioned by Mexican authorities to hunt marauding Apaches, the company of ex-filibusters and convicts under the command of Read more…

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Site Administrator: Cautious Optimism For The Anti-Occupation (Not Win The Occupation) Movement

The size and clear political message of the October 25 anti-occupation of Iraq rallies in the U.S. and worldwide should be cause for cautious optimism amongst anti-war activists. I’m not even going to get into the numbers game, because I think there’s been more than enough collective hand-wringing on this question since the watershed February Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Clash In Brazil: A Distant Mirror

After a quarter-century of intensive grassroots organizing and a victorious presidential campaign a year ago, Brazilian social movements are in a strong position as they push the left-wing Workers Party government to fulfill its promises. The contrast to Washington’s current political climate is as diametrical as the opposite seasons of the two countries. Yet Brazilian Read more…

Bob Kafka: Disability Rights Vs. Workers Rights: A Different Perspective

The disability rights movement frequently uses civil and human rights analogies to bolster our argument that people with disabilities are battling similar power systems that have historically blocked the equal participation of women, people of color and gay/lesbians. One area that has been ignored in most of the country has been the relationship of the Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Venezuela’s Mission To Fight Poverty

Over the past two years or so there has been much polemic between the government and the opposition over the issue of poverty. Chavez was originally elected on a platform to pay particular attention to the needs of Venezuela’s poor. Also, without a doubt, the poor represent Chavez’ most important constituency. Opinion polls, whose accuracy Read more…

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Saul Landau: Words Of War From Warmakers And Warmongers

George W. Bush’s malapropism (the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar) no longer makes me laugh. On November 2, Iraqis fired a surface to air missile into a US helicopter, killing 15 and wounding 21 servicemen.  Iraqis downed more helicopters in the next few days. Casualties hit 35 before November Read more…

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Paul Street: “Bush’s Best Speech”

Shunning the Mirror According to the Buddhist writer Pema Chodron, “not harming ourselves or others is the basis of enlightened society.  It is how there could be a sane world.”   In Chodron’s view, “the first and most fundamental harm” is done by and to our selves.  It is “to remain ignorant by not having the Read more…

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George Monbiot: Dreamers And Idiots

Those who would take us to war must first shut down the public imagination. They must convince us that there is no other means of preventing invasion, or conquering terrorism, or even defending human rights. When information is scarce, imagination is easy to control. As intelligence gathering and diplomacy are conducted in secret, we seldom Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Taking the Saudi Out of Arabia?

Osama bin Laden has an awful lot of friends in Saudi Arabia. In the mosque, among the disenchanted youth, among the security forces, even–and this is what the West declines to discuss–within the royal family. Saudi ambassadors routinely dismiss these facts as “unfounded”, but Sunday’s attack in the capital, Riyadh, is part of a growing Read more…

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Mark Engler: Victory In Miami?

Good news has arrived for people concerned with workers’ rights and the state of the environment in the hemisphere: When trade ministers meet in Miami this month to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), their talks will probably fail. Most likely, their conference will produce only a symbolic declaration of intent and Read more…

Studs Terkel: Hope Dies Last

Usama Alshaibi   He is a sound engineer at the Chicago Historical Society, as well as an independent filmmaker. He is thirty-two years old. He had been sworn in as an American citizen a few days before this conversation.   Throughout my whole childhood, it was from school to school, country to country, language to Read more…

Studs Terkel: Hope Dies Last

Eliseo Medina   I first met him thirty years ago when he was an organizer for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (UFW). “I am the executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union SEIU, the fastest-growing union in America.”   I was born in Mexico. My father used to come to the Read more…

Studs Terkel: Hope Dies Last

Hope has never trickled down. It has always sprung up. That’s what Jessie de la Cruz meant when she said, “I feel there’s gonna be a change, but we’re the ones gonna do it, not the government. With us, there’s a saying, ‘La esperanza muere última. Hope dies last.’ You can’t lose hope. If you Read more…

Kazuya Amano: An Eighteen-Year-Old Works to Abolish Child Labor

[It has been estimated that throughout the world 250 million minors under eighteen, “Child Laborers”, are engaged in dangerous and cruel professions.  This is the story of a Japanese high school student and her activities with an NGO devoted to ending this situation. It is widely believed that the problem of child labor is primarily Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: The Fall of Rios Montt

Months of political violence reached a surprising anti-climax on November 9, as the Guatemalan elections were realized amid relative calm. Even the main result of the election was positive, as General Efrain Rios Montt lost his bid for the presidency and accepted his distant third place. Of course, after the bloodiest campaign period since before Read more…

Mukoma Ngugi: Conversing With Africa

Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate? In Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change, I am trying to communicate the need of activists in Africa and elsewhere to restore a much needed radical dialogue.  In a forthcoming book from Kimaathi Publishing House (Looking at America: Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Mass Transit: What Our Tax Dollars Should Be Paying For

Here in the U.S., we live under the myth that mass transit should have to pay for itself, that it should exist without infusions of taxpayer money. The whole notion is absurd. Freeways and road improvements use up public funds, and the auto industry thrives on tax breaks and government incentives–the worst of which are Read more…

Stan Goff: Bring the Troops Home Now

Stan Goff knows better than most people about what really goes on in the US military. He served from 1970 through 1996, for many years as a Master Sergeant with the Special Forces and Delta Force and as a military instructor at West Point. In the process of his military career he was deployed to Read more…

Imran andrew Price: Australia’s Responsibility in Iraq

Although final details have not yet been announced from the recent International Donor Conference in Madrid for the reconstruction of Iraq, Australia is contributing much less than many other countries, and very little considering their role in the invasion. A list of the published amounts promised by various governments is as follows: $20bn from the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Palestine Regiment

No one remembers the Palestine Regiment. Even this morning, on the actual day of remembrance, few will recall that Arab and Jew once fought together under the British flag against Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Even fewer will know the extraordinary story of an Arab and a Jew who fought side by side against Hitler, Read more…

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