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Yves Engler: Haiti and Media

Extra, extra, read all about it … but only in ZNet. Here are just a few of the recent non- or under-reported stories involving Canada and Haiti. Did you read in your local paper that in mid-May, 250 people braved a rainy Sunday morning in downtown Montreal to confront Canadian colonialism? The demonstration, at the Read more…

Robert Shetterly: Administration’s Offenses Impeachable

Let’s consider an item from the news of about two weeks ago: A British citizen leaked a memo to London’s Sunday Times. The memo was of the written account of a meeting that a man named Richard Dearlove had with the Bush administration in July 2002. Dearlove was the head of the England’s MI-6, the Read more…

Sonia Nettnin: Waiting for Quds

In April 2005, “Waiting for Quds” premiered at the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival where it was selected as a “Favorite Pic.” It screened at the DocAviv Film Festival in Tel Aviv also. Blachor worked on the film for the last three years. She says the response has been positive and overwhelming, as well as Read more…

Aura Bogado: Hustling the Left

In August of last year, just days before the Republican National Convention in New York, I received an email from a local (Los Angeles) chapter of Not In Our Name (NION). The group, which I have never been a member of, had been organizing a letter-writing campaign with hopes of pressuring Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Erasing the Past in Israel

This is the most Arab-free area in Israel. It was the scene of total ethnic cleansing, which left not a vestige apart from the heaps of ruins and the sabra bushes. On the coastal plain, between Jaffa and Gaza, not one Palestinian village remains intact. Now the settlers of the Gush Katif bloc from the Read more…

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Nick Turse: Rummy Rules

When we last left our hero, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, I sarcastically conjectured that poor Rummy had been “dropped from the loop” at the Pentagon. Reviewing situation after situation in which he pleaded ignorance — he hadn’t been able to view the Abu Ghraib photos until they were in the media, never received critical Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Blurbing and Blurting

In my non-Tomdispatch life as a book editor, I used to have a modest dream. Every season, editors like me send the galleys of books they’re publishing off, en masse, to likely blurbees, who will, if all goes well, reach for their thesauruses, gather their adjectives into serried ranks, and say the best things possible Read more…

Jonah Gindin: Bush and Sumate

From an ad hoc podium Maria Corina Machado addresses the gathered reporters sprawled out on the White House lawn before her. “Good morning. Yes, I had a meeting with Mr. President just now,” she says, “and we were invited [to the White House] because he’s very interested to know the perspective of civil society about Read more…

Roberto Manriquez: The Chilean Way of Development

Five years ago, and by a ‘curious set of chances’, I ended up in a casual talk held among journalists and the Mexican chancellor Jorge Castañeda, in the lobby of a downtown hotel in Santiago. This was happening while Mexican President, Vicente Fox, was on official visit to Chile. In what I recall to be Read more…

Diego Hausfather: Haiti Q & A

Haiti has once again fallen victim to a U.S.-orchestrated coup d’etat, and this time the Canadian government is deeply complicit. What’s happened in Haiti since Feb. 29 2004? => After the democratically elected government was overthrown, the rebels and the newly formed police have been on a killing spree; thousands of poor peasants and slum Read more…

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Mark Engler: CAFTA

The pressure is on for the survival intact of the Bush administration’s larcenous “free trade” policies, at least in their most virulent form. Writing on the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) in the Washington Post last week (1), Robert Zoellick gave a good insight into the mindset of the imperial bootleggers currently struggling to Read more…

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Susan George: Why French And Dutch Citizens Are Saying No

The French referendum on the EU constitution takes place on 29 May, followed by a similar referendum in The Netherlands on 1 June. Opinions polls show the ‘no’ side edging ahead, but in both countries it’s still too close to call. The following virtual interview is based on presentations given at the Transnational Institute (TNI) Read more…

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Jill soffiyah Elijah: Has President Castro Struck A Nerve?

In April 2005 the international community began to take a closer look at the United States justice system as its government attempted to explain and or deny the presence of admitted terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles. As news stories sprouted from even the more main stream media such as the New York Times, the Washington Post Read more…

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Harvey Wasserman: Fundamentalist Attack On Separation Of Church & State Defames America And Its Founders

The right-wing’s multi-front war on American democracy now aims at our core belief in separation of church and state. It includes an attempt to say the founding fathers endorsed the idea that this is a “Christian nation,” with an official religion. But the founders—and a vast majority of Americans—repeatedly, vehemently and with stunning clarity denounced, Read more…

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Site Administrator: Appreciating Steve Nash, basketball’s anti-war MVP

Despite the fact that his Phoenix Suns – who are trailing the experienced San Antonio Spurs 3 games to 1 in the Western Conference finals — appear destined to be eliminated from the NBA Playoffs this week, Steve Nash has nevertheless put together a truly remarkable season. The Victoria-raised point guard has reached the pinnacle Read more…

Pierre Laurent: A Time of Great Hope – The NO victory in the French Referendum

“The way is now open to rebuild, along with the other peoples of Europe, a new European Constitution’ – French voters in the May 29th French Referendum rejected unequivocally the neoliberal European Constitution, by a margin of 55% to 45%. It has been done. They French have said NO. They had the guts to say Read more…

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Jason Leopold: Watergate Proves That Even Presidents Will Break Laws To Achieve Goals

Tuesday’s revelation that W. Mark Felt, the former number two man at the FBI, was the anonymous source known as Deep Throat, who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein unravel the Watergate scandal in the pages of the Washington Post 30 years ago should be seen as an important reminder that even the leader of Read more…

Nikolas Barry-shaw: The Crucifixion of Haiti

Part I: Historical Background & Political Struggles – December 1990 to February 2004 INTRODUCTION: MAKING SENSE OF HAITI Today, like so many other times since its birth as a nation in 1804, Haiti bleeds.  It bleeds because the powerful nations of the world are once again making an example of Haiti, forcing Haiti spend its Read more…

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Greg Palast: Cowardice in Journalism Award for Newsweek

“It’s appalling that this story got out there,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on her way back from Iraq. What’s not appalling to Condi is that the US is holding prisoners at Guantanamo under conditions termed “torture” by the Red Cross. What’s not appalling to Condi is that prisoners of the Afghan war are Read more…

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Edward Herman: From Ingsoc And Newspeak To Amcap, Amerigood, And Marketspeak

(This is a chapter in a just published book, edited by Abbott Gleason, Jack Goldsmith and Martha G. Nussbaum, On Nineteen Eighty-Four: Orwell and Our Future, Princeton University Press, 2005, based on a conference on Orwell in 1999) Although 1984 was a Cold War document that dramatized the threat of the Soviet enemy, and has Read more…

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Site Administrator: French Say “Non”

Paris. The French went ahead and did it. Despite being lectured by government and party leaders, media pundits and foreign leaders flown in from neighboring countries, all telling them that they must vote “yes” to the Treaty establishing a Constitution for the European Union or the sky would fall, a solid majority of 55% voted Read more…

Omar Bargh: The AUT Boycott:

On May 26, the Association of University Teachers (AUT) in Britain reversed its previous decision — taken on April 22 — to boycott Israeli universities. Intimidation and bullying aside, no tool was as persistently used, abused and bandied about as much as the claim that academic boycott infringes on academic freedom. Freedom to produce and Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: Major Sweep By Iraqi Troops in Baghdad

On Friday, May 27, Iraqi military officials announced that as many as 40,000 Iraqi troops — supported by the U.S. military — would be sweeping through Baghdad and cleaning up the resistance fighters there. This huge operation is a response to the recent series of car bombings and relentless attacks against any and all signs Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Bases, Bases Everywhere

The last few weeks have been base-heavy ones in the news. The Pentagon’s provisional Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list, the first in a decade, was published to domestic screams of pain. It represents, according to the Washington Post, “a sweeping plan to close or reduce forces at 62 major bases and nearly 800 minor Read more…

Sakai Tanaka: Canadian-U.S. Conflicts

EVEN CANADA IS LEAVING AMERICA’S SIDE   Recently, not only are countries in Latin America parting ways with the United States, so too is its northern neighbor, Canada. On February 24, 2005, Canada’s Prime Minister, Paul Martin, announced that Canada would no longer participate in the Ballistic Missile Defense agreement (or the BMD, the anti-ballistic Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Death and Humiliation

“Iraq Dispatches” The mayhem continues in Iraq, with today at least 40 people dead, including five US soldiers in Diyala province as the meltdown of the failed US-led occupation continues. Two suicide bombers detonated themselves after walking into a crowd of police officers in Hilla, south of Baghdad. The policemen were demonstrating outside the mayor’s Read more…

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David Edwards: Manufactured Consensus – The Sun And Saddam Hussein

Just over one year ago, British journalists and politicians were fulminating over photographs published in the Daily Mirror that appeared to show Iraqi prisoners being abused by British soldiers. The British military, it was claimed, now possessed incontrovertible proof that the pictures were fake. Mirror editor, Piers Morgan – a fierce opponent of the war Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Social Security: Another Media Failure

After it was established that the Bush administration’s stated reasons for invading Iraq were false — Iraq’s alleged nuclear program, weapons of mass destruction, links to Al-Qaeda — many journalists, editors, and producers felt that the U.S. media had not done its job during the march to war. The New York Times and Washington Post Read more…

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Ralph Nader: Impeachment

THE IMPEACHMENT of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse. Minutes from a summer 2002 meeting involving British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveal that the Bush administration was ‘fixing” the intelligence to justify invading Iraq. US intelligence used to justify the Read more…

Justine Mccabe: What Indians And Palestinians Share

Controversy over Indian rights in Connecticut recently intensified when the federal government reversed its recognition of Stonington’s Eastern Pequots and Kent- based Schaghticoke tribes. Overall, officials and the public appear pleased. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said, “One reason this is so historic is because no positive recognition decision has been reversed before. This is a Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: The Car Bombings in Iraq

To many critics of the war, the situation in Iraq has gotten a lot more confusing since the election. The election itself was confusing: though originally forced upon the occupation by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, they were nevertheless conducted in the enthusiastic embrace of the U.S. government and media. And, while the winning ticket was elected Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Zapatista Soccer

[Letter from Massimo Moratti follows] Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico May 25, 2005 To: Massimo Moratti, President of the Milan International F.C. Milan, Italy From: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos EZLN Chiapas, Mexico Don Massimo, We have received the letter in which you inform us that your football team, the International F.C., has accepted the fraternal Read more…

Lawrence Boxall: South Africa and Palestine

Lawrence Boxall is an anti-war activist and socialist; a member of Jews for a Just Peace, Stopwar.ca and the International Socialists, as well as being a veteran of the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa. Before moving to Vancouver in time to participate in the ignominious Operation Solidarity (thanks again, Jack Munro), Boxall was an alternative Read more…

Lynn Gonzalez: The Case of Pablo Paredes

“The moment we first sentenced German service members for not disobeying orders that they “should have known were illegal” we accepted that the responsibility to determine which orders are legal and which illegal rests in the conscience of the service member. It also, therefore, holds true that to punish service members who acted on their Read more…

Mike Whitney: The EU Constitution; savaging national sovereignty

The EU constitution is a Trojan horse slapped together by corporate and banking elites with the clear purpose of undermining national sovereignty and accelerating globalization. Thank God the French had the common sense to read the document and vote it down. Unlike their American counterparts, who have been the victims of a barrage of free Read more…

Laura Hein: Remembrance of World War II and the Postwar in the United States and Japan

One of the central lessons of the literature on the invention of tradition is that historical symbols are always available for reinterpretation in a variety of ways. Yet, there are some facts that are still rooted in the incontrovertible logic of the human life span. The sixtieth anniversary of anything means that those who were Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: Aceh: Take Action Now

ACEH: There is no “Ground Zero” in Banda Aceh – no single point which can be defined as the epicenter of disaster. A tremendous wave leveled entire neighborhoods to the ground. Closer to the coast, what remains of the city has a striking resemblance to the old black and white photographs of Hiroshima after the Read more…

Charles k. Armstrong: South Korea and the United States Sixty Years On

September 8, 2005, marks the sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of US soldiers on the Korean peninsula to accept the surrender of Japanese forces. There will likely be little fanfare accompanying this event. At the end of World War II, Koreans viewed the Soviets and the Americans equally as liberators, and neither occupation force was Read more…

Mark Danner: What Are You Going to Do with That?

[The following is based on the commencement address given to the graduating students of the Department of English of the University of California at Berkeley in the Hearst Greek Theatre, May 15, 2005.]   When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked for a title. I dillied and dallied, begged for more Read more…

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America Vera-zavala: French Vote on European Constitution

The French will be voting against neoliberalism today. “This No is a left-wing No, for another Europe, a Europe for the people and not for the market”, says Vladimir Cruells, artist and activist living in France. Olivier Hoedeman, a long time activist at the Corporate Europe Observatory based in Amsterdam describes the campaign in the Read more…

Nick paton Walsh: Anger as US backs brutal regime in Uzbekistan

Heated criticism was growing last night over ‘double standards’ by Washington over human rights, democracy and ‘freedom’ as fresh evidence emerged of just how brutally Uzbekistan, a US ally in the ‘war on terror’, put down Friday’s unrest in the east of the country. Outrage among human rights groups followed claims by the White House Read more…

Sarah Wagner: Knocking over Dominos in Latin America

On Monday, May 16th tens of thousands of Bolivian Indigenous descended from the shantytowns surrounding La Paz, the capital, demanding that the government of Carlos Mesa increase royalties on foreign transnational corporations from 18% to 50%. By the time the march ended that night in a shower of tear gas, rubber bullets and water hosing, Read more…

Geoffrey Lean: Revealed: health fears over secret study into GM food

Rats fed on a diet rich in genetically modified corn developed abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood, raising fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. The Independent on Sunday can today reveal details of secret research carried out by Monsanto, the GM food giant, which shows that rats Read more…

Robin Cook: America’s Broken Nuclear Promises Endanger Us All

 Not a day goes by without a member of team Bush lecturing us on the threat from weapons of mass destruction and assuring us of the absolute primacy they give to halting proliferation. How odd then that the review conference on the non-proliferation treaty will break up this evening, barring an 11th-hour miracle, with no Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Killing Their Own Poster Boy

To kill with no pain Like a dog on a chain He ain’t got no name But it ain’t him to blame He’s only a pawn in their game. – Bob Dylan When former Arizona Cardinals football player turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman died in Afghanistan, sonorous bugles moaned from coast to coast. We were Read more…

John Breen: Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni is first and foremost a site for the performance of ritual before the kami (gods), those men, women and some children who sacrificed their lives for the imperial cause. This article examines the organizing of space and ritual at Tokyo’s shrine to the war dead and the implications for memory.   The most important Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Sketchy Details

Yesterday Iraq’s Minister of Defense, Sadoun al-Dulaimi, announced that starting Saturday 40,000 Iraqi troops will seal Baghdad and begin to “hunt down insurgents and their weapons.” Baghdad will be divided into two main sections, east and west, and within each section there will be smaller areas of control. There will be at least 675 checkpoints Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Muslim Lives are desecrated, not just their book

The reported desecration of the Quran by US guards at the infamous Guantanamo prison, as originally reported by Newsweek on May 9, 2005, was not – as it should’ve been – an opportunity for a thorough examination of US army practices, and thus human rights abuses, toward Muslim inmates in the numerous detention camps erected Read more…

Rawa: RAWA’s View of Afghanistan Protests

Afghan Women’s Mission recently asked RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) what they thought of the anti-US protests in Afghanistan, the desecration of the Koran, and the prisoner abuses. The answer of RAWA member Selay is printed below: /(edited for English, removed salutations)/ The recent wave of demonstrations are not something new. Read more…

Jonathan N: Reply to ‘Country of Parallels’

[NOTE: This is a reply from a reader to America Vera-Zavala’s article, ‘Venezuela, Country of Parallels’] Hello Ms. Vera-Zavala, I appreciate your thoughtful column, and like your analysis of how the revolution in Venezuela is building new parallel institutions. However, having recently returned from covering the pro-government and opposition May Day marches in Caracas for Read more…

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