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Tim Wise: Snatching Victory From The Jaws Of Defeat

In the early 1980’s, the Boomtown Rats scored a hit with their song “I Don’t Like Mondays,” in which they told the true story of a young woman who a few years earlier had shot up her San Diego school, and when asked why she did it, gave the response enshrined in the song’s title. Read more…

Kristen Ess: The IOF Keeps On Killing

Near midnight last night Israeli soldiers killed four and injured four Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. The town has suffered under Israeli siege for several months. Israeli Occupation Forces inside the town began shelling from one of the tanks. Palestinian sources say that the Israeli military began shooting without reason. Read more…

Keiichi Tsuneishi: Japanese Government Should Dispose of World War II Vomiting Gas

For the first time in 30 years, the Environment Ministry decided in April to begin a nationwide inquiry into poison gas used by the Japanese military before and during World War II.   Last November, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda spoke negatively about resuming the search, saying safety measures have been taken against the gas Read more…

Keiichi Tsuneishi: Japanese Government Should Dispose of World War II Vomiting Gas

For the first time in 30 years, the Environment Ministry decided in April to begin a nationwide inquiry into poison gas used by the Japanese military before and during World War II.   Last November, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda spoke negatively about resuming the search, saying safety measures have been taken against the gas Read more…

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Mandisi Majavu: War And Peace In Burundi

On 01 July, Burundi will be celebrating its independence of 1962 from the Belgians, and while they will be observing this remarkable day the rest of the world will be hoping for the lasting peace of a ten year civil war that has ravaged that country, leaving more than 300 000 dead with over a Read more…

Suneet Chopra: Artists Against Imperialism

Art exhibitions organized across the country to condemn the invasion of Iraq show that contemporary art is an integral part of humanity’s struggle against imperialist onslaughts. CONTEMPORARY art of the world has a powerful tradition of siding with the oppressed and the downtrodden. One of the best known contemporary artists, Pablo Picasso, not only painted Read more…

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John Nichols: Whose Media?

The FCC did not listen to the American people, but the Senate Commerce Committee did. Prodded by thousands of e-mails, letters and petitions from Americans angered by the June 2 decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to loosen media ownership rules, the Senate Commerce Committee voted on June 19 to restore the rules and Read more…

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Amira Hass: What The Doctor Orders

  GAZA CITY – The two young people handed their host a piece of paper and all three of them huddled in a whisper. The time: late evening; the place: Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. The two are members of Iz a Din al-Kassam, the military wing of the Hamas movement. Their host Read more…

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John Pilger: Bush’s Vietnam

America’s two “great victories” since 11 September 2001 are unravelling. In Afghanistan, the regime of Hamid Karzai has virtually no authority and no money, and would collapse without American guns. Al-Qaeda has not been defeated, and the Taliban are re-emerging. Regardless of showcase improvements, the situation of women and children remains desperate. The token woman Read more…

Andy Mcsmith: Afghanistan Regains Its Title As World’s Biggest Heroin Dealer

Afghanistan is still the source of almost all of the heroin sold in London, even though Britain has poured millions into trying to stamp out the war-wrecked country’s resurgent drugs production business. Opium poppies are springing up from the plains to the mountains of Afghanistan in far higher quantities than in the final year of Read more…

Kurt Biddle: U.S. Journalist in Danger

  Contact: Kurt Biddle, Coordinator, Indonesia Human Rights Network, 510-559-7762 June 19, 2003 ‹ The U.S.-based Indonesia Human Rights Network (IHRN) today called upon the Indonesian government to respect freedom of the press, ensure the safety of journalists and human rights workers working in Aceh, and to end harassment and intimidation of activists and reporters Read more…

John W. Dower: The Other Japanese Occupation

As we enter a dramatically altered world, both internationally and domestically, it is only natural that we look to history for bearings, points of comparison, glimmerings of the familiar. In these predictable uses of the past, “Japan” has emerged as a small trope for both horror and hope. Thus, September 11 became our generation’s Pearl Read more…

Darren Puscas: Enron-Style Corporate Crime and Privatization

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Praful Bidwai: Indian Troops in Iraq?

The proposal to despatch Indian troops to Iraq under the general command of the United States military has ballooned into a first-rate political controversy in the country. Going by the mood of a well-attended public meeting in New Delhi on Monday — the very day a Pentagon team met senior Indian officials at President Bush’s Read more…

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Jeffrey Sommers: Dollar Crisis and American Empire

America has postponed the day of reckoning since the dollar crisis of the early 1970s when the soaring cost of killing Vietnamese in order to “save them,” along with other expenses of empire, became too high. The tab only rose when the US matched this imperial project with efforts to buy off its own poor Read more…

Joao Pedro Stedile: Brazil

Brazilian society is being bombarded every day by falsified news generated by the lobbies of large, multinational companies that want to impose Genetically Modified (GM) seeds on us as though they are a necessity; a question of progress. These companies present only the alleged advantages and conceal the dangers to the public and to our Read more…

David Wall: Foreign Aggressors Target North Korea Again

CAMBRIDGE, England — The war of words goes on. U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has warned the North Korean government that any aggressive activity on the Korean Peninsula sponsored by North Korea would be met by a “devastating response.”   Presumably that is a threat of military action by the United States. At the Read more…

Willie Baptist: Bennett Interviews Baptist: Class War

When Willie Baptist recently received the Educating for Justice Award from the Bread and Roses Community Fund, he talked about the different forces shaping who he is today: “I am a member of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. It is a powerful, multi-racial organization of poor and homeless families including the working poor. It is Read more…

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Michael Albert: From Despair to Revolution

CS: The opening of the 21st Century has been marked by the complete globalization of capitalism, the September 11th terrorist attacks, the subsequent bombing of Afghanistan, colonial occupation of Iraq and continued exploitation of 9.11 to strengthen elite positions. What relevance does the concept of Revolution have in this new century?   MA: I think Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Media Politics Of Impeachment

Early summer has brought a flurry of public discussion about a topic previously confined to political margins — the possibility of impeaching President George W. Bush. The idea is still far from the national media echo chamber, but some rumblings are now audible as people begin to think about the almost unthinkable. A few generations Read more…

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David Cromwell: Stenographers To Power

Honourable Deception When it came to power in 1997, Britain’s Labour government claimed that it would be a “force for good in the world” (quoted, Mark Curtis, Web of Deceit, Vintage, 2003, p.1). What proportion of the British public would find that credible now? In a recent YouGov poll, 63% of UK respondents said they Read more…

Satya Sagar: The Untouchables

First, the good news. After years of wrangling the Cambodian government and the United Nations have, earlier this month, finally agreed on the outline of a Tribunal to bring former Khmer Rouge leaders to justice. The notorious Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, was responsible for the genocide of at least several hundred thousand people during its Read more…

Naseer Aruri: Breakdown Of The Roadmap

LAST WEEK, mainstream media commentators in the U.S. wondered how the “hopefulness” of Bush’s Middle East “peace” summit quickly disintegrated into renewed violence. But the U.S.-backed “road map” for peace was bound to break down. After more than 10 years of watching their leaders make concessions throughout the U.S.-brokered Oslo “peace” process, few Palestinians believe Read more…

The Onion: Gen. Tommy Franks Quits Army To Pursue Solo Bombing Proj

WASHINGTON, DC–Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of American forces in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, announced plans Monday to step down as U.S. Central Command chief to focus on solo bombing projects. Above: Gen. Franks tells reporters, “It’s time for me to see what I can destroy on my own.” “The years I’ve spent with Read more…

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David Edwards: The Killing

Moral Tourism And The Killing It is an elementary truism that suffering caused by our own government should be of far greater concern to us than suffering caused by other governments. While we can do comparatively little to influence the actions of foreign regimes, we have the power to elect our own government, to protest Read more…

John barry Kotch: U.S. Occupation of Iraq Recalls Failure in Korea

SEOUL — The spectacle of political confusion in Iraq today provides a window into the past. Rather than emulating the successful occupation of Germany or Japan as originally envisaged by U.S. policy planners, it is increasingly a carbon copy of the occupation that failed in Korea. And as Yale historian Paul Kennedy reminds us, “although Read more…

Rick Fantasia: Bush Administration’s Low-intensity War Against Labour

There was unanimous and universal praise for those (unionised) ordinary people of the United States who had died doing their jobs on 11 September 2001. And then the Bush administration returned to its policy of stripping workers of their rights and de-unionising whole zones of employment. [full story by Rick Fantasia And Kim Voss follows: Read more…

Paul Hunt: Thailand’s Hilltribe Atrocities

Meeh Purh, a 19 year old Akha girl from Huuh Yoh Akha village in Northern Thailand, was taken along with seven other villagers while working in their fields at noon on 26th May 2003. At the time of their arrest and imprisonment Meeh Purh and one of the other hilltribe women were 8 months pregnant. Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The World

[translated by irlandesa] Introduction While the Power’s calendars break down, and while the large media corporations vacillate between those absurdities and tragedies being staged and promoted by the world’s political class, below, in the great and extensive basement of the tottering modern Tower of Babel, the movements are not ceasing and, even though they are Read more…

Roger Burbach: Brazil’s Lula

Rio de Janeiro. After nearly six months in office President Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva is encountering opposition from within his own party while he stakes out foreign policy positions that challenge the Bush administration. As Emir Sader, a political analyst at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, proclaims: “The government has adopted a Read more…

Gregory Clark: Finding Shortcuts to Conflict

The new Bush-Blair-Howard-Koizumi rules for waging war deserve attention. They say you are free to use whatever justification you like that if you want to attack someone. If the justification proves false — harboring terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, in the case of Iraq — you simply say that they might have Read more…

Yukiko Yamazaki: Fiscal Cuts or Common Sense?

Japan is stuck between lots of rocks and several hard places. It confronts the escalating costs of the world’s most rapid pace of ageing with a low and declining birthrate and virtually no support for mass immigration. Moreover, the country faces these costs while severely handicapped by a public debt 1.5 times its GDP plus Read more…

Maria Tomchick: The War Continues

The circus lions of the U.S. media faithfully refrained from reporting on the June 9th launch of the largest U.S. military offensive in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad, leaving Americans blissfully unaware that George W. Bush lied about more than the existence of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Bush’s stage-managed victory celebration on an Read more…

Margaret Atwood: Orwell And Me

I grew up with George Orwell. I was born in 1939, and Animal Farm was published in 1945. Thus, I was able to read it at the age of nine. It was lying around the house, and I mistook it for a book about talking animals, sort of like Wind in the Willows. I knew Read more…

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Ted Glick: Kucinich, Sharpton and the Greens

I was surprised, pleasantly surprised, to receive an email this past week announcing a rally in Baltimore on June 26th at which Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich will be the featured speakers. It’s a good move by Nader, leading by example for those who haven’t yet grasped the importance of Greens, other independents and genuinely Read more…

Mickey Z: WMD And The Sleeping Giant

“It is not true that life is one damn thing after another – it’s one damn thing over and over.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay So, there may not be WMD after all…why is anyone surprised? Whenever the U.S. has needed a pretext for military intervention, it has fabricated or provoked it. Zachary Taylor’s excursions in Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Whose Security?

It took only two days from last week’s handshakes at the Aqaba summit between US President George W Bush and the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas, setting the seal on the latest peace initiative for the Middle East, for the folds of the so-called “roadmap” to start falling apart. The Read more…

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Paul Street: Deep Poverty, Deep Deception: Facts That Matter Beneath The Imperial Helicopters

An abbrievated version of these comments was presented at the Illinois Welfare Symposium I want to open with five quotations, all from Texas Republicans, three from the president of the United States, that speak to the dark and dubious times in which we live. The first is from US Senator Fay Bailey Hutchinson, making her Read more…

Bob2 Mcchesney2: Reclaiming the media

It should come as no surprise that the decision of the Federal Communications Commission to rewrite media ownership rules has stirred a firecry in Congress. Unlike the members of the FCC, members of the House and Senate must face the voters at election time. And, while Americans may disagree about many issues, they are united Read more…

Philip Knightley: Turning The Tanks On The Reporters

The Pentagon made it clear from the beginning of the Iraq war that there would be no censorship. What it failed to say was that war correspondents might well find themselves in a situation similar to that in Korea in 1950. This was described by one American correspondent as the military saying: ‘You can write Read more…

Gregory Clark: Finding Shortcuts to Conflict

The new Bush-Blair-Howard-Koizumi rules for waging war deserve attention. They say you are free to use whatever justification you like that if you want to attack someone. If the justification proves false — harboring terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, in the case of Iraq — you simply say that they might have Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: What’s Happening?

Atilio A. Boron: Looking at the recent US policies in Iraq, What do you think was the real goal behind this war? Noam Chomsky: Well, we can be quite confident on one thing. The reasons we are given can’t possibly be the reasons. And we know that, because they are internally contradictory. So one day, Read more…

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Uri Avnery: To Aqaba and Back

First thoughts after the Aqaba meeting: # Solo performance. If there had been a printed program, it would have looked something like this: “Peace in the Holy Land” by George W. Bush. Director: George Bush. Principal actor: W. B. George. Music: G. W. Bush. Mis en scene: Bush W. George. Speeches: G.W.B. # What makes Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Season of Offensives

The past few days have seen more carnage in the land of Palestine/Israel than nearly any during the previous 31 months of conflict. And if the rhetoric of Hamas and the Israeli government is to be taken seriously (and it should be), the coming days will see much more bloodshed. Early this week, Palestinian militias Read more…

Dennis Hans: A Fake Reporter for a Fake Magazine

On May 11, the same day the New York Times devoted four pages to Jayson Blair’s errors and deceptions, CBS’s 60 Minutes devoted a segment to the Blair of the 1990s, Stephen Glass of the New Republic (NR). But correspondent Steve Kroft missed the really big story: The magazine Glass wrote for is every bit Read more…

Dennis Hans: A Fake Magazine Reporter for a Fake Magazine

On May 11, the same day the New York Times devoted four pages to Jayson Blair’s errors and deceptions, CBS’s 60 Minutes devoted a segment to the Blair of the 1990s, Stephen Glass of the New Republic (NR). But correspondent Steve Kroft missed the really big story: The magazine Glass wrote for is every bit Read more…

Hiromichi Umebayashi: Achieving a Nuclear-Free Northeast Asia

The first step calls for South Korea, North Korea and Japan to form the core of the zone as nonnuclear states. Concurrent with this, China, Russia and the United States will extend legally binding guarantees to these three countries that they will engage neither in nuclear strikes nor threats of such aggression.   The Preparatory Read more…

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John Pilger: The Unravelling Of Tony Blair

SUCH a high crime does not, and will not, melt away; the facts cannot be changed. Tony Blair took Britain to war against Iraq illegally. He mounted an unprovoked attack on a country that offered no threat, and he helped cause the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The judges at the Nuremberg Tribunal following Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Bush’s Case For War Exposed

GEORGE W. BUSH said that he had an airtight case for war on Iraq. “Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised,” Bush said in his pre-invasion ultimatum to Saddam Hussein. Months later–with Washington’s brutal war Read more…

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