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Site Administrator: Struggle against Coca Cola in Kerala

Coca-cola Company in Plachimada, Kerala has devastated the Livelihood Resources of the Tribals, Dalit Landless, Small and Marginal Farmers of the State of Kerala. In India, for the last five months, the Tribals and the Dalits in Kerala are fighting against the Plant of Coca Cola for appropriating the ground water resources and polluting the Read more…

Jose Saramago: Manu Chao, Jose Saramago, Ernesto Sabato on Indigenous Counter-reform

[ZNET CHIAPAS NOTE:  The indigenous reform law was a key demand of peace negotiations between the Zapatistas and the government since 1996.  A gutted version of the law was passed in 2001 but was challenged in court.  The supreme court struck down the legal challenges to the law.  Below are some reactions by supporters of Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

The United States has made the “war on terrorism” the centerpiece of its global strategy since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has proclaimed its leadership of a world-wide alliance to exterminate an “Axis of Evil.” But what is terrorism? Who are its perpetrators? And what is Read more…

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Mark Selden: Terrorism Before and After 9-11

The United States has made the "war on terrorism" the centerpiece of its global strategy since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has proclaimed its leadership of a world-wide alliance to exterminate an "Axis of Evil." But what is terrorism? Who are its perpetrators? And what is Read more…

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Howard Zinn: What Bush’s

For half a century, HOWARD ZINN has been one of the leading voices to speak out against the injustices carried out in the name of “democracy” by the U.S. government. An emeritus professor of history at Boston College, he’s the author of the classic A People’s History of the United States. His latest book is Read more…

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Mark Steel: Don’t Look Now: Saddam Is Drowning Kittens

So, they’ve got the evidence, about the weapons of mass destruction, but we can’t see it just yet. Is it still at the printers? Is it being held up by a row about how you spell “aflatoxin”? Perhaps there’s a problem with the plot, and the scriptwriters are refusing to let it go because the Read more…

Simon Roughneen: Office Of Global Communications: A New Departure Or More Of The Same?

After September 11, the Bush administration posed the question, “Why do they hate us?” The answer to this is elusive, the permutations vary in tenor and make-up as one moves along the political spectrum from left to right, or along the geo-economic spectrum from north to south, periphery to core. Some of the reasons are Read more…

Siva Naguleswaran: Amnesty International and Political Culture

1 Background and Introduction I have been an active member of Amnesty International for the past couple of years. The reasons why I joined AI were twofold. First, AI obviously does a lot of good work in the field of human rights. And second, I believed that some of AI’s activities aren’t really compatible with Read more…

Phil Reeves: Israel Accused of Whitewash Over Palestinian Deaths

An internal inquiry by the Israeli army into the killing of 12 Palestinian civilians by its forces last week, including four fruit-pickers blown up by a tank shell packed with thousands of darts, has cleared the soldiers involved. Investigations by the Israeli army into the killing or maiming of Arab civilians in the 23-month conflict Read more…

Nazir Majally: Sharon Declares Oslo Dead

The hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview published yesterday that for Israel, the 1993 Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians no longer exist. Speaking to the Ma’ariv daily to mark the Jewish New Year, Sharon said the same fate had befallen the offers made by his predecessor Ehud Barak at talks Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Palestinian Rights in the Document Shredder

The fact that the details of a proposed Israeli-Palestinian final peace agreement reached by PLO Jerusalem representative Sari Nusseibeh, and Ami Ayalon, former head of the Israeli “Shin Bet” secret police were published in Haaretz without a reporter’s byline, suggests that the document is indeed the work of the two authors themselves (“The Nusseibeh-Ayalon Agreement: Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Thirsty For Justice

Shown the folly of over-reliance on markets even in the world’s richest country, the market fundamentalists at the World Bank are continuing their push for privatization of services — with the provision of drinking water at the top of the list — in the developing world. Water works plagued by poor service and underinvestment can Read more…

Stan Winer: South African treason arrests resurrect ghosts of the past

The subversive strategy of white supremacists currently awaiting trial in South Africa should not be viewed in isolation of past influences and a ruthless ensemble of clandestine techniques that underpinned the former apartheid state. The subject may be of some importance, because the present derives from the past and the future from both. It also Read more…

Amer Abdelhadi: The Illegal Settlements

Thursday September 5th, 2002. Another day in the strict curfew. No breaks for the seventh consecutive day in the seventy-sixth day of curfew. No news of our radio transmitting equipment, which was taken by the Israeli army from a location they forced open. Nothing to do except reading papers and write. Many people in the Read more…

Larry Everest: Fueling the Iran-Iraq Slaughter

If you think you’ve heard it all in terms of U.S. imperialist hypocrisy, lies, manipulation, and mass slaughter-wait. There’s more. Today the U.S. government is beating the drums for a preemptive war on Iraq. President Bush casually-dressed on his month-long Texas vacation, talks casually of “regime change” in Baghdad–a euphemism for a U.S. military assault Read more…

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David Edwards: Iraq And Nuclear Weapons

Media Lens recently challenged Robert Moore, ITN’s Washington Correspondent, on his support for the claim that Iraq might soon be armed with a nuclear weapon. This is a really key claim as it is likely to prove central in determining the extent of public support for a further massive assault against Iraq. We were extremely Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Powell Trap: Easing Us Into War

There’s something pathetic — and dangerous — about the crush of liberal commentators now pinning their hopes on Colin Powell.   Yes, the secretary of state is a “moderate” — compared to the likes of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. But that’s not saying much. And history tells us, even if the press won’t, that Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Your Duplicity is Killing Us

Few are those in the “international community” who fail to condemn Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets, whether civilians, soldiers or armed settlers. But many are those who find it less urgent and compelling to condemn the killing of Palestinians, whether civilians, Palestinian police officers or armed activists. The American administration in particular and the pro Read more…

Aaron Mate: Attacking Iraq

A year ago this month we witnessed a horrendous terrorist attack. Sadly, we may soon witness another, should the Bush administration go ahead with its plans to bomb Iraq. Of course, it is misleading to say that the tragedy is in the works, when there already has been one occurring in the country over the Read more…

Dvaid3 Edwards3: How To Legitimise War – Iraq And The British Media

In our society, choices decrease to the extent that they matter. When it comes to chocolate bars, the options are impressive – supermarket shelves are filled with them. When it comes to political parties, foreign policy and the media, choices merge, narrow and disappear to nothing. Defenders of the mainstream media tell us there is Read more…

William Mcdougall: September 11th: One Year On

‘The day that sent shockwaves around the world. The BBC marks the anniversary of September 11 with a series of special reports and commemorative broadcasts from across the globe.’ BBC Programme Information 7-13 September 2002   As the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 approaches, broadcasters are preparing to go toe to Read more…

William Mcdougall: September 11th: One Year ON

‘The day that sent shockwaves around the world. The BBC marks the anniversary of September 11 with a series of special reports and commemorative broadcasts from across the globe.’ BBC Programme Information 7-13 September 2002 As the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 approaches, broadcasters are preparing to go toe to toe Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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David Smith-Ferri: Dancing With The Devil

Some things you thought you could count on: the prevailing westerlies, temperatures according to the season…Forget it. Washington now controls the weather. That chill you’ve felt in your bones despite the calendar is a cold wind blowing east to west. It is the breath of war. It carries the message, “Prepare for war.” Yes, the Read more…

: On Improving Pro-Palestinian Activism

Most pro-Palestinian activists, whose articles are featured on the various Palestinian websites, and whose publications are slowly but surely breaking through the barriers of the editorial boards of the major news media of the west, deserve a huge compliment for their achievements, their dedication, and their tireless efforts to bring the Palestinian cause under the Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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Amira Hass: 30 of 49 Palestinians killed in August were civilians

Between August 1 and last night, 49 Palestinians were killed by Israel Defense Forces fire in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; around 180 were injured, with at least 65 of them sustaining wounds from live fire (including shrapnel from shells and missiles). Thirty of those killed were unarmed civilians. Another two Palestinians, both in Read more…

Gideon Levy: Children Of War

From this morning, thousands of policemen will guard Israel’s children as they return to school after the summer vacation. For this reason, it is worth recalling that just an hour’s drive away, yesterday also marked the end of the summer vacation for Palestinian children, whose lives are in greater danger, but who have no protection. Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Argentina’s Social Movement Goes Global

The first thematic meeting of the World Social Forum in Argentina was held from the 22nd to the  25th of August in Buenos Aires, to discuss the theme of “The Crisis of Neo-Liberalism in Argentina and the Challenges for the Global Movement”. With the attendance of over 20.000 people in the opening demonstration, the phenomenon Read more…

Stan Winer: Business as usual for South African media

In the aftermath of a long and traumatic history, there is still censorship in South Africa. Not censorship by the state, but a rather more indirect, insidious and hence virulent form of censorship – self-censorship by the mainstream media. Their message is clear: South Africans are not to be trusted to know what’s going on Read more…

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John Pilger: The Great Charade

It is 10 months since 11 September, and still the great charade plays on. Having appropriated our shocked response to that momentous day, the rulers of the world have since ground our language into a paean of cliches and lies about the ‘war on terrorism’ – when the most enduring menace, and source of terror, Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Geopolitics of Jo’burg Protests

For ninety years, we’ve waited to see the combined geographical and political implications of locating an urban bantustan in a small block of land in northeast Johannesburg called Alexandra Township. Today was breakout day, with South Africa’s most militantly anti-government march since 1994 pulling at least 20,000 activists (according to even the BBC) in and Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Ariel Sharon’s Subjugation Strategy

JERUSALEM — Israel recently agreed to withdraw its forces from Bethlehem and populated Palestinian areas in the Gaza Strip while the Palestinian Authority takes on the responsibility of policing residents there. Israeli soldiers and tanks moved to the outskirts of Bethlehem, allowing the residents who have been under curfew for nine weeks to leave their Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: The World Responds to Chiapas Situation

[translated by irlandesa] As a result of the recent attacks against the Autonomous Municipalities in Chiapas (which have left four dead, more than 20 wounded, families displaced and great tension in the indigenous communities), environmental as well as human rights civil groups and solidarity committees, persons engaged in various cultural fields and academic specialists, have Read more…

Tetsu Nakamura: Words On The Occasion Of Receiving the Okinawa Peace Prize

It all began on July 18th, 2001, when I made a visit to reconstruct the clinic in Darya-ye Nur. It was the first time for me to enter Afghanistan since the Taliban had come into power. It had been a while since I last crossed the Khyber Pass. I went around each PMS clinic in Read more…

Peter Popham: Bhopal Still Waits for Justice

After 18 years, Bhopal still waits for justice Blighted city continues to pay the price for industrial tragedy, while fight goes on to bring chief executive to trial Peter Popham The land on which the factory stood is still fiercely toxic, the victims’ families are being compensated at the rate of £5 per month, and Read more…

Ranjit Devraj: India’s Green Movements Under Attack

As the World Summit on Social Development (WSSD) gets underway in South Africa, India, a country of over a billion people, can report little but the gross failure of its best-known environment movements. These range from the movements campaigning against large dams, to those warning of the dangers of allowing cultivation of genetically modified products, Read more…

Rania Awwad: Ethnic Cleansing by Starvation

A US-financed assessment of the overall malnutrition level among Palestinian children, released this month by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), found that one in five Palestinian children under the age of five now suffers from chronic or acute malnutrition. This astonishing statistic is on par with impoverished nations such as Chad and Nigeria, Read more…

Benjamin Blackwell: Micropolitics and the Cooking-Pot Revolution in Argentina

On New Year’s Eve of 2001, the US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, rang the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s Presidential Palace in the centre of Buenos Aires and asked to be put through to the President. After being cut off several times, Powell called a “more private” number, only to be told by a low Read more…

Claire Theret: Days Under Fire

This document consists of diary entries from two British solidarity activists who worked with the International Solidarity Movement in Occupied Palestine. The entries are long, but both highly analytical and vividly descriptive. Claire’s journal — Aida Camp, Bethlehem Tuesday, 30 July Israeli television announces more suicide bombings are to come. At the Hebrew University in Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Interview With Noam Chomsky about US Warplans

Various questions are circulating among people worried about war. On August 29, 2002, Michael Albert put some of these to Noam Chomsky, via email. Here are the questions and his responses… 1. Has Saddam Hussein been as evil as mainstream media says? Domestically? Internationally? He is as evil as they come, ranking with Suharto and Read more…

Mohamed khaled El-azar: One Into Four

In laying the foundations for the 1991 peace conference in Madrid US Secretary of State James Baker was anxious to secure Washington’s role as primary sponsor of the Arab- Israeli peace process. He supervised all the arrangement for the conference, from the venue and guest lists to the agenda and gave various, if contradictory, assurances Read more…

Marwan Bishara: Unbuilding Babel

It is evident from recent statements coming out of Washington that Palestinians, Israelis and the international community speak three different languages. As a people under occupation, the Palestinians want a future free of Israeli domination. As occupiers, the Israelis demand unconditional surrender by all the Palestinians. The American-led international community is proposing a compromise that Read more…

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Amira Hass: Deterrents That Haven’t Deterred

The IDF and Shin Bet claim that demolishing the homes of terror suspects and expelling their families to Gaza is a deterrence that has already yielded results. Such an opinion relies on the ignorance or willful amnesia of the Israeli public. Senior IDF and Shin Bet officers depend on Israelis not taking note of the Read more…

Ali Abunimah: The Growing Clamor for Ethnic Cleansing

(AMMAN — August 27, 2002) — An Israeli organization has published detailed plans for the “complete elimination of the Arab demographic threat to Israel” by forcibly expelling all Palestinians, including Palestinians in the occupied territories and Palestinian citizens of Israel from the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea within a 3-5 year Read more…

Eric Margolis: The War only the Whitehouse Wants

NEW YORK — U.S. forces are rapidly massing in the Arabian Gulf to invade Iraq. Four heavy brigades have been positioned near Iraq, a huge new air complex is now operational in Qatar and American special forces are active in Iraqi Kurdistan. The White House is hoping its threats of war will provoke a coup Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Paramilitary Offensive Continues

[translated by irlandesa: 3 articles 1) update: another murder of a Zapatista in Olga Isabel Autonomous Municipality by paramilitaries and 2 & 3) Articles by La Jornada's Hermann Bellinghausen on the paramilitary offensive] Brothers and sisters: Our New Olga Isabel Autonomous Municipality in Rebellion is denouncing the incidents of violence which are being carried out by Read more…

Sam Bahour: The Violence of Curfew

“Oh God, please tell Sharon to end the curfew by this Saturday so I can go to school.” This is how my secular, eight year old daughter, Areen, has put herself to sleep for the last two weeks. Areen, like so many others here, have turned to the divine powers to intervene in ending the Read more…

Autonomous Municipalities: 2 Zapatistas Murdered

[translated by irlandesa] San Manuel Autonomous Municipality   By means of this denuncia, we would like to make public the following incidents:   1. –  On August 22, several persons from the OPDIC organization met in Ach’lum Monte Líbano to organize a new action against the security checkpoint which our compañeros are maintaining at the Read more…

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