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Pablo Ortellado: Why We Oppose Intellectual Property[1]

While open publishing is a well-known facet of the Independent Media Center[2], its sister idea, copyleft — undermining copyrights, has received little attention. At the foot of the website’s main page, instead of the traditional note reminding readers of the copyrights, we read the following: “© Independent Media Center. All content is free for reprint Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Embryonic African anti-capitalism

Introduction: Africa’s structural burdens When it comes to anti-capitalist resistance, the most economically-marginalized sites are amongst the most interesting. Not because the greatest number of militant activists are out in force–but because the trials and tribulations they overcome along the way, and the consciousness they express, teach us vital lessons about uneven capitalist development. Consider Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Reflexiones acerca de las Asambleas en Argentina, y sobre el proyecto de una “Red Mundial de Movimientos Sociales”

Introducción   El fenómeno de las Asambleas en Argentina es muy complejo, cada Asamblea es un mundo aparte, de modo que voy a comenzar con alguna información general sobre todo el movimiento, para luego hablar de mi propia experiencia como miembro de la Asamblea Popular Cid Campeador, de la ciudad de Buenos Aires.   Para Read more…

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Marta Harnecker: The Venezuelan Revolution

(espanol abajo) TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH: MARIA CARLA BASSEGIO 1. Hugo Chávez Frías-military man who had attempted to remove corrupt president Carlos Andrés Pérez from office in February 1992 by means of a military rebellion with civil support-won the elections as President of the Republic six years later, with an important majority vote of 56 %. Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: U.S. Anti War Actvism

Crafting an anti-war movement from inside the belly of the beast is not easy. I’m going to talk today about how the U.S. anti-war movement is gaining momentum, despite the challenges, and I hope to convey to you all the hope that I feel, and that is expressed daily by the many millions of people Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Sexuality, masculinity and men’s choices

One of the most divisive issues on the left regarding sexuality has been the sex industry — prostitution, pornography, strip bars, and similar enterprises. Feminist critics have focused on the harm to women and children in these systems, while sex liberals have argued that there should be no collective restrictions, or sometimes even criticism of, Read more…

Ovidio Waldemar: Family Life

The subject is vast and complex and generalizations are both necessary and dangerous. As a psychiatrist and and family psychotherapist , someone who deals with daily  problems and their solutions, I will in this panel focus on my experience with recent trends in western middle class family life, which I assume to be the family Read more…

Helena Singer: Educação

  Porto Alegre, 27 de janeiro de 2003   A escola que hoje predomina nas sociedades capitalistas não é fundamentalmente diferente daquela que predominava nas sociedades ditas comunistas. Não é portanto criação e prerrogativa do capitalismo, mas certamente terá que ser superada em uma sociedade que supere a atual configuração de forças.  O ponto pelo Read more…

Adrienne Huber: The getting of An-education

Brazil is magical. I’ve been here three and a half months now and I live in a kind of magical realism a bit like being in a novel (apologies to writers who use the literary technique of the same name). Last weekend I had the enormous pleasure of being a guest at that most beautiful Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Uneven Health Outcomes and Political Resistance under Residual Neoliberalism in Africa

Presented to the seminar on Life After Capitalism: Health ZNet at the World Social Forum Porto Alegre, Brazil – 25 January 2003       Introduction   In the wake of the devastation wrought in Africa by two decades of ‘neoliberalism’–i.e., state policies that are market-oriented, export-led, subjet to fiscal austerity and characterized by the Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Uneven Health Outcomes and Political Resistance under Residual Neoliberalism in Africa

Presented to the seminar on Life After Capitalism: Health ZNet at the World Social Forum Porto Alegre, Brazil – 25 January 2003       Introduction   In the wake of the devastation wrought in Africa by two decades of ‘neoliberalism’–i.e., state policies that are market-oriented, export-led, subjet to fiscal austerity and characterized by the Read more…

Dawn Belkin Martinez: Mental Health After Capitalism

Thank you. It is an honor and privilege to be with you here today. My talk will focus on mental health care under capitalism and on an alternative vision of what mental health systems would look like in a post-capitalist society.   Mental Health Care Under Advanced Capitalism Health care is in profound crisis in Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: ?Por que la guerra, y por que la resistencia no violenta en Colombia?

Porto Alegre, enero 23 de 2003 El agravamiento de la situación de Colombia tiene como base la conjunción de la actual crisis económica internacional con el sistema histórico de dominación que rige en el país. Generalmente se olvida el factor externo de la violencia, el clima actual de guerra en el mundo y más comunmente Read more…

Jeffrey St. Clair: Drug War According to Mengele

Hostile intentions toward the people of another country. Deployment of chemical weapons and biological agents. Pursuit of a scorched earth policy. Sound like Saddam’s Iraq? Think again. This neatly capsulizes the Bush administration’s ongoing depredations in Colombia, all under the shady banner of the war on drugs. The big difference is that Saddam’s hideous use Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Kashmir and Jihad International

On the night of 19 December 2002, a group of men entered the home of Mohammed Sadiq in Hast village, Rajouri district, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. They killed his twenty-year old daughter Nosen Kousar. They then went down the road to Khalid Ahmed’s house and killed his twenty-two year old daughter Read more…

Hasan Barghouthi: Political Economy of Occupation

Hasan Barghouthi is a long time Palestinian activist  in  the field of social and workers’ rights. He is well known in Palestine  for his many years of struggle as a trade unionist. He was arrested by Israeli forces and placed under house arrest for several years for organizing unions and strikes and defending the freedom Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Various and Sundry

Zapatista Army of National Liberation: Mexico, December 29, 2002. To Whom It May Concern: Greetings.  Yes, the cold and rain are encircling us in their embrace, and not even a bonfire made up of all the criticisms they have sent me (us) can manage to even moderately warm one up.  It must be because most Read more…

Mickey Z: “We can use the fruits of it”

“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day…” (U2) In the corporate media equivalent of a scoop, Dana Priest and Barton Gellman of the Washington Post “broke” the story of US torture of Arab and Afghan “detainees.” The December 26 article, perfectly timed to get lost in the holiday shuffle, begins like a bad spy novel: “Deep Read more…

Dennis Halliday: Scylla And Charbydris

In the vast machinery of the behemoth that is the United Nations, even a high-level figure is just a worker bee. Or so it seems after talking to Denis Halliday, who four years after resigning his post as chief UN relief co-ordinator for Iraq still seems to relish the liberty to speak freely about the Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Operation Provoke Iraq

In recent weeks, the Bush administration has stepped up efforts to destabilize the Iraqi government, while aggressively deploying troops and ships in a manner that could provoke an attack from Iraq — and provide an excuse to start a war. Over the weekend of December 14 to 16, the U.S. hosted a conference in London Read more…

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Site Administrator: Back To Iraq As A Human Shield

Day by day, the latest headlines tell us that we are moving ever closer to war with Iraq. So many people around the world are ashamed and outraged by this prospect and yet feel powerless to make their voices heard. Large rallies for peace have been held in cities around the world. Yet the bulletins Read more…

Bryan Rostron: The Rise Of Mblaireki

In a move that will sound eerily familiar to old Labour folk in Britain, the South African president, Thabo Mbeki, and his ANC government have lurched decisively to the right and are directing an assault against their own left wing, particularly the unions. The government is currently directing far more bitter venom at its alliance Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Year 2002, R.I.P.

It’s impossible to adequately sum up any year, and 2002 is probably more difficult than most to grasp. Bursts of militaristic fervor bracketed the 12 months, which began in the terrible aftermath of 9/11 with the United States waging a fierce war in Afghanistan. Now, an even larger war against Iraq seems about to begin. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Interview With Chomsky

Mark Thomas: If we can start with US foreign policy in relation to Iraq and the War on Terror, what do you think is going on at the moment? Noam Chomsky: First of all I think we ought to be very cautious about using the phrase ‘War on Terror’. There can’t be a War on Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Human Rights Week 2002

Human Rights Week is not much of an occasion in the US, with some notable qualifications. But it does receive considerable attention elsewhere. For me personally, Human Rights Week 2002 was memorable and poignant. The week opened on the eve of Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where thousands of Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Christmas Eve In Bethlehem

Jerusalem: At around 9:00 am, the first fifty Israelis passed the military checkpoint and climbed over the dirt barricade. They were entering Bethlehem, which is considered “Area A” of the Palestinian territories and therefore out of bounds for Israeli citizens. Determined to meet their Palestinian partners, these Israelis, members of Ta’ayush, Arab-Jewish Partnership, had decided Read more…

Kristen Ess: Bethlehem To Rafah

At the last minute, at the end of the day before Christmas Eve, the Israeli government announced it would lift its curfew of Bethlehem. This was another move in the endless game of Israeli propaganda, and one that was expected. Thousands of eyes were on Bethlehem, the West Bank city that has been under curfew Read more…

Laurie King-irani: It’s Up To Us Not To Heed The Call

A bleak Christmas Eve, bringing news of despair in Bethlehem and killings near Jenin, has been made even bleaker with the news that Joe Strummer, the lead singer for the legendary British punk band “The Clash,” has died at the early age of 50. Ironically, he and the original members of the group, which infused Read more…

Vatche Sahakian: An Early Peek Into Homeland Security

Fear can be a powerful driving force for resolute and determined action; albeit action that is often irrational and self-defeating. Hence, the use of tension in society has long been a powerful tool for controlling and rallying the masses. History abounds with uncountable instances of governments or leaders manipulating entire populations towards consent, for goals Read more…

Chris Crass: Let’s Build Liberation

Could you give a brief history of your own organizing and activist work? I got into politics in high school when I was 15. My best friend, Mike Rejniak introduced me to politics and punk rock. We had a group at our high school called the United Anarchist Front (UAF) and we handed out flyers, Read more…

Hank Wrightstorm: The Return Of Uncle Scrooge

(Z has obtained a leaked copy of President G.W. Bush’s speech to the first annual Republican book club meeting. As with the famous “Axis of Evil” address, this speech was ghostwritten by a Canadian.) “The Return of Uncle Scrooge” My fellow Republicans, tonight we savor our recent electoral gains and gleefully anticipate two full years Read more…

James Meek: Silent screams

The corpse of someone you do not know is not necessarily a frightening or moving sight, unless some detail brings it home that this stranger was a breathing, thinking, laughing being. It was like that at a common grave for civilians killed in the Russian bombardment of Grozny in early 1995. When I visited, on Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: A Vote For Mitzna Is A Vote For Sharon

Just over a month ago, Mitzna appeared to offer a new hope to Israeli politics. He was even perceived by some as the potential Israeli de Gaulle. Throughout the years of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, the Israeli political system has managed to generate only two alternatives: eternal negotiations while preserving the occupation Read more…

David Hilfiker: Biological Warfare

[ The following letter from Iraq first appeared on www.tomdispatch.com, a weblog of the Nation Institute, which offers a steady flow of alternate sources, news and opinion from Tom Engelhardt, a long time editor in publishing, the author of The End of Victory Culture, and a fellow of the Nation Institute. Dr. David Hilfiker is Read more…

David Hilfiker: Letter from David Hilfiker

[ The following letter from Iraq first appeared on www.tomdispatch.com, a weblog of the Nation Institute, which offers a steady flow of alternate sources, news and opinion from Tom Engelhardt, a long time editor in publishing, the author of The End of Victory Culture, and a fellow of the Nation Institute. Dr. David Hilfiker is Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: The men who would replace Lott

THE MEN most talked about as potential successors to Trent Lott as Senate majority leader are Don Nickles of Oklahoma, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Bill Frist of Tennessee, and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. The four cannot decide whether to throw the drowning man a life preserver or a cinder block.   Nickles holds the cinder Read more…

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Anonymous Anonymous: The Miniature Earth

If we could turn the population of the earth into a small community of 100 people, keeping the same proportions we have today, it would be something like this: 61 Asians 12 Europeans 14 Americans (from North and South America) 13 Africans 01 Australian (Oceania) 50 women 50 men 10 homosexuals 33 Christian (Catholics, Protestants Read more…

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Milan Rai: Iraq’s Weapons Declaration

MISREPORTING IRAQ‘S WEAPONS DECLARATION   On 7 Dec., a day early, Iraq handed over to UN weapons inspectors a declaration of its activities concerning weapons of mass destruction and long- range missiles-all banned by UN Security Council Resolution 687.   The declaration-‘A Currently Accurate, Full and Complete Declaration plus supporting documents’-is over 12,000 pages long: Read more…

Erin Ralston: December 20th in Argentina

Two weeks ago I ran into a fellow American in Buenos Aires. He’s a journalist living there. We had met before, thus we engaged in the meaningless chitchat that marks such occassions. “Are you going home for the holidays?” I asked. He assured me he was but, “After the 20th. I hope there’s work.” “The Read more…

Romi Mahajan: The Second Hindu Country?

Some years ago, when I lived in Bombay, I sat in a meeting called by a Non-Resident Indian business man. There were about 30 high-level business leaders from India present and the NRI was explaining to them the need to create “a group, a network” of Indian business people who work together to create an Read more…

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Edward Said: Immediate Imperatives

The daily hemorrhage of Palestinian lives and property accelerates without respite. Both the Arab and Western media report horrifically sensational suicide bombings, complete with pictures and names of the victims as well as gut-wrenching details. I do not hesitate now to say again that these efforts are morally repugnant and politically disastrous on all sorts Read more…

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Paul Street: A Whole Lott Missing

The most disturbing aspect of the recent national melodrama over Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott’s offensive declaration of retrospective support for the race-segregationist 1948 Presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond is not the content of Lott’s remarks. The really depressing thing is what the entire episode says about the superficial level at which racism is discussed Read more…

Stephen Kerr: America’s Chemical Weapons

In 1991, the Iraqi regime agreed to destroy and stop developing all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles, and to prove to the world it has done so by complying with rigorous inspections. Iraq has broken every aspect of this fundamental pledge. United Nations’ inspections also revealed that Iraq likely maintains stockpiles of VX, Read more…

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David Edwards: ITN Declares War On Iraq

Any lingering notions that we have an independent and free media system must surely be evaporating under the vast weight of evidence emerging as the US and Britain manipulate and deceive their way to a war for control of Iraq’s oil. Consider tonight’s breathtaking report on ITN’s Evening News at 6:30. Newsreader Katie Derham began Read more…

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Edward Said: Immediate Imperatives

The daily hemorrhage of Palestinian lives and property accelerates without respite. Both the Arab and Western media report horrifically sensational suicide bombings, complete with pictures and names of the victims as well as gut-wrenching details. I do not hesitate now to say again that these efforts are morally repugnant and politically disastrous on all sorts Read more…

Akhila Raman: Renegade Militants in Kashmir

On July 16, the DNA test by the Central Forensic Laboratory, Kolkata, has established[1] that the five persons killed by Indian security forces in an “encounter” in Panchalthan following the massacre of 35 Sikhs in Chattisinghpora in Kashmir Valley in March 2000, were in fact civilians and not “foreign militants” as claimed by the forces. Read more…

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…

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