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David Edwards: Vindication – A Statue Falls

On April 9, a US tank recovery vehicle tightened a metal rope and a statue of Saddam Hussein came crashing down in central Baghdad. The event was celebrated by “dozens” of Iraqi people at the scene, according to BBC online, but by hundreds of mainstream journalists in Britain and America. A rare, long shot photograph Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: The Day After the Statues Fall

It is not surprising, and like everyone else we anticipated that some Iraqis would welcome U.S. troops and cheer their arrival. Many have already tempered their welcome with urging the U.S. not to stay in Iraq for long. Most Iraqis are almost certainly relieved and thrilled at the imminent end of a terribly repressive regime Read more…

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Michael Albert: Whose Standards?

When a New York Times correspondent indicated on its front page of February 16th 2003, that there were now only two super powers in the world — the U.S. and public opinion – dissidents everywhere trumpeted the article as recognizing activism’s stature and importance. But did we understand the broader implications? The Times observation indicates Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Battle of Baghdad

The fall of Baghdad has been proclaimed, though there is still fighting in various parts of the city. At this point, one can’t tell how long resistance will continue. Historically there have often been cases of foreign occupiers defeating large scale enemy forces, only to face years of low-level combat. The Israelis were at first Read more…

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Robert Jensen: The Unseen War

It was the picture of the day — the toppling of a Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad — and may end up being the picture of the war, the single image that comes to define the conflict. The message will be clear: The U.S. liberated the Iraqi people; the U.S. invasion of Iraq was just. Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Final Proof That War Is About The Failure Of The Human Spirit

It was a scene from the Crimean War; a hospital of screaming wounded and floors running with blood. I stepped in the stuff; it stuck to my shoes, to the clothes of all the doctors in the packed emergency room, it swamped the passageways and the blankets and sheets.     The Iraqi civilians and Read more…

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John Pilger: Crime Against Humanity

A BBC television producer, moments before he was wounded by an American fighter aircraft that killed 18 people with “friendly fire”, spoke to his mother on a satellite phone. Holding the phone over his head so that she could hear the sound of the American planes overhead, he said: “Listen, that’s the sound of freedom.” Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Sophisticated Transfer

On the eve of the Iraq war, fears were expressed in different circles that under the cover of war, Israel may attempt a transfer of Palestinians in the “seam line” area of the northern West Bank (Kalkilya, Tulkarem). Last week, the army produced a scene from this scenario. On April 2 at 3 AM, a Read more…

Jimmy Breslin: Bombs Away, And Poor Pay

People know the figure as well as their home address. “A million dollars a missile,” Eddie Rodriguez said. “Tomahawks,” Mark Rosenthal said. “They shoot hundreds of them,” Rodriguez said. “Thousands of them. A million each. I guess it costs hundred of millions.” They see them on the television, night and day, a nation’s treasure exploding Read more…

David Hilfiker: Bringing the War Back Home

The preparation for the United States‘ attack on Iraq must have been the most public in history. In contrast, the Bush Administration’s stealth attack on the poor has gone almost unnoticed. There has been no “shock and awe,” no massing of the troops, no nightly commentaries. Indeed, the attack on the poor is camouflaged in Read more…

Javier Elorriaga: Campesino Movements

The San Andrés dialogue is completing one stage.  The fight for the recognition of indigenous rights continues.  Its path will travel alongside other paths, alongside other Mexicans who have the same flags, those of democracy, liberty and justice, and who have one thought, that of national liberation.  The San Andrés dialogue and indigenous rights and Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Durito on Trains and Pedestrians

Durito (who once was a railroad worker) says the politics of Power under neoliberalism (“Write it completely,” he tells and orders me, “because it is not a truth for all times, but something for now”) are like a train. Durito says that, in the train of neoliberal politics, the forward coaches are foolishly fought over Read more…

James Petras: Manifesto for a global economic boycott of the empire

[Translated from the Spanish by Alistair Ross] At last, with the fearful inevitability of a Greek tragedy, Washington’s murderous warriors have sown the ancient land of Iraq with the seeds of death. Nothing it seems can assuage their thirst for revenge – not the fierce objections of some European governments, not the opposition of the Read more…

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Rania Masri: Fog of War

In the fog of war, we are being told that this invasion against Iraq, this premeditated act of aggression, is actually a liberation.  We are told that our soldiers, our troops, are the good men and good women, doing good things, as they drop missiles and cluster bombs on cities and villages, and fire at Read more…

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Marie Trigona: Continuing Police Repression in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina At 9 months since police killed two young piquetero activists, Darío Santillan and Maximiliano Kosteki, June 26, human rights groups say that activists are experiencing a reactivated government and media campaign to instill fear and begin a repressive offensive.  Strong police force and discrediting of social movements are at the heart of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: A Lethal Way To Dispatch News

In times of war, journalists can serve as vital witnesses for the people of the world. So it’s especially sinister when governments take aim at reporters and photographers. A few weeks ago, when I was talking with a CNN cameraman, he recalled an overseas stint to cover events in the West Bank. Anger was evident Read more…

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Zoltan Grossman: The Easier The Victory, The Harder The Peace

As U.S. and British forces occupy Iraq’s major cities, it seems that most Americans and Iraqis are relieved that the invasion of Iraq is drawing a close. Whatever their opinions about the war, most wanted it to end quickly, in order to prevent further casualties on both sides. It is an understandable human reaction to Read more…

Mickey Z: Surgical Strikes

“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.” George Orwell As fate would have it, on the day I began writing an article about bombs being called “smart,” “precision,” and “laser guided,” the top story was the deadliest “friendly fire” incident (to date) in Operation Iraqi Freedom Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Does The US Military Want To Kill Journalists

First the Americans killed the correspondent of al-Jazeera yesterday and wounded his cameraman. Then, within four hours, they attacked the Reuters television bureau in Baghdad, killing one of its cameramen and a cameraman for Spain’s Tele 5 channel and wounding four other members of the Reuters staff. Was it possible to believe this was an Read more…

Carmen Lawrence: What War?

Despite the thump and stutter of war, there is an eerie silence in Australia. So many people have all but stopped watching and listening to the incessant, if sanitised, coverage of the war. They’ve turned off the “militainment”. They’re not ringing or writing to their MPs. They’ve cut back their consumption to the necessities of Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Parecon Review

If not capitalism, what then? asks journalist and activist Albert as he proffers this dogged, humanist alternative to private enterprise. Let’s admit, suggests Albert (a founder of Z Magazine and South End Press), that capitalism has its downside: the zero-sum me-first logic, the downplaying of public good and prioritizing of private good, the decline of Read more…

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Paul Street: Who Hates America?

A Terrorist Recruiting BonanzaAs American armed forces tighten the freshly minted War Criminal George W. Bush’s bloody grip on Baghdad, some interesting answers emerge to the question of who really “hates America.”   Certain obvious and officially acknowledged haters come quickly to mind – Saddam Hussein and his supporters and the members of al Qaeda and Read more…

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Michael Moore: Dissent Works

April 7, 2003 Dear friends, It appears that the Bush administration will have succeeded in colonizing Iraq sometime in the next few days. This is a blunder of such magnitude — and we will pay for it for years to come. It was not worth the life of one single American kid in uniform, let Read more…

Kristen Ess: Israeli Government Ignores Yet Another International Law

At 8 o’clock last night Israeli flown, US made, F16s swept over Gaza City, shooting more than 40 flares into the night sky as a diversion, while three US donated Apache helicopters fired three missiles into a car, killing Said Arabeed and Ashraf al-Halabi from Hamas. It was a targeted assasination, illegal under the International Read more…

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David Cromwell: Horror, Cruelty And Misery – The Real Meaning Of

The priorities are clear, the perspective of power unthinkingly adopted. And so mainstream news headlines declaim that “coalition forces have penetrated deep into the centre of the Iraqi capital”. Troops “storm central Baghdad”. Pentagon briefings that itemize the number of armoured vehicles, “tank-busting” A-10 Warthog planes and B-1 bombers are breathlessly forwarded by mainstream media Read more…

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Greg Palast: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, is about? What is it trying to communicate? It’s about the Bushes and the billionaires that love them. It’s about a War Hero President who got the ‘top gun’ job in the Texas Toy Airforce with a call from Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Zimbabwe’s Plunge

ZNet commentator Patrick Bond and his colleague Simba Manyanya — a Zimbabwean currently employed in Johannesburg by a UN agency — provide information about the new, second edition of *Zimbabwe’s Plunge: Exhausted Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Search for Social Justice*.   (1) Can you tell ZNet, please, about your new book, Zimbabwe‘s Plunge? What is Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism is trying to communicate? My main point is that, in addition to the important moral and legal concerns about U.S. Middle East policy, current U.S. policy is contrary to even mainstream notions of the country’s Read more…

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Tristan Ewins: Grozny And Baghdad: Disturbing Parallels

Today in Chechnya, the city of Grozny – formerly the home of almost half a million people – lies in ruins: utterly devastated. The fate of Grozny thus stands as a testament to the brutal and terrible cost of modern urban warfare. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, separatist ambitions previously Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Amid Jubilation A Child Lies In Agony

They lay in lines, the car salesman who’d just lost his eye but whose feet were still dribbling blood, the motorcyclist who was shot by American troops near the Rashid Hotel, the 50-year-old female civil servant, her long dark hair spread over the towel she was lying on, her face, breasts, thighs, arms and feet Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Moving The Peace Movement Forward

As the U.S. army occupies Baghdad, the peace movement is faced with a series of strategic challenges, challenges we must face openly, and challenges for which there are no easy answers. We must develop political strategies that draw on solidarity and information from activists and analysts in diverse social movements and incorporate those into our Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: The Outline Of the Beast

Arnove: The Corporate media ask the question over and over again: What can be done about Saddam Hussein? What’s your response? The question is disingenuous. Let’s turn it around and ask instead: What do we do with George Bush and Tony Blair? Should we just stand by and watch while they bomb and kill and annihilate people? Read more…

Todd Chretien: Oakland Cops’ Brutal Attack

POLICE IN Oakland, Calif. shot wooden bullets and tossed concussion grenades at peaceful antiwar protesters and union dockworkers, injuring several people, in an April 7 confrontation. Some 500 activists had set up a picket on Oakland docks–at the terminals of American Presidential Lines, a military cargo shipper, and Stevedoring Services of America, which just won Read more…

Dennis Halliday: Iraqi People Facing Humanitarian Crisis

As U.S. and British soldiers fight for control of southern Iraq on their way toward a crucial battle in Baghdad, civilians in large cities like Basra and smaller towns are confronting severe shortages of water, food and medicine. But with the American military insisting that they alone will control the distribution of aid, several international Read more…

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John Pilger: The War For Truth

WE HAD a great day,” said Sgt Eric Schrumpf of the US Marines last Saturday. “We killed a lot of people.”  He added: “We dropped a few civilians, but what do you do?” He said there were women standing near an Iraqi soldier, and one of them fell when he and other Marines opened fire. Read more…

Gunter Grass: Core Values?!

BEHLENDORF, Germany. A war long sought and planned for is now underway. All deliberations and warnings of the United Nations notwithstanding, an overpowering military apparatus has attacked preemptively in violation of international law. No objections were heeded. The Security Council was disdained and scorned as irrelevant. As the bombs fall and the battle for Baghdad continues, Read more…

Ben Cashdan: Greece Rebels!

The air outside the US embassy is acrid with tear gas. Dozens of young people scatter, coughing behind scarves and tissues held over their noses and eyes. A three-year old boy yells, tears streaming down his face.   Directly in front of the embassy building – a whitewashed chunk of concrete covering an entire block Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Twisted Language Of War That Is Used To Justify The Unjustifiable

Why do we aid and abet the lies and propaganda of this filthy war? How come, for example, it’s now BBC “style” to describe the Anglo-American invaders as the “coalition”. This is a lie. The “coalition” that we’re obviously supposed to remember is the one forged to drive Iraqi occupation troops from Kuwait in 1991, Read more…

Desmond Tutu: Anti-War Thinking:

It is difficult not to feel despair and powerlessness at this awful juncture. Millions in the world fought with all their hearts and minds to avoid violence in Iraq. Inevitably, when bombs fall, there is a deep and emotional void that is opened. Many will pray. Others will simply reflect. Countless numbers will continue to Read more…

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David Edwards: Why Even Talk About It? Part II

In researching our latest New Statesman article (April 7, 2003), David Edwards interviewed George Entwistle (March 31, 2003), editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight. Part of the interview involved asking Entwistle if former chief UNSCOM weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, had appeared on Newsnight in recent months. As we have discussed many times, Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Reconstruction Of Iraq

One day after the war officially started, Tony Blair met with the European Union leaders to discuss the “re-construction of post war Iraq”. Re-construction, after wilful destruction of Iraqi public and private property through US and UK bombing raids. Re-construction, after destruction of public infrastructure by target oriented missiles. Re-construction, after destroying, through economic sanctions, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: It Seemed As If Baghdad Would Fall Within Hours

It started with a series of massive vibrations, a great “stomping” sound that shook my room. “Stomp, stomp, stomp,” it went. I lay in bed trying to fathom the cause. It was like the moment in Jurassic Park when the tourists first hear footfalls of the dinosaur, an ever increasing, ever more frightening thunder of Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: Irregular Weapons Used Against Iraq

This document presents collected information on irregular weapons used by the United States and the United Kingdom since the official beginning of their war against Iraq. Regular air and ground weapons such as missiles, light bombs and bullets often cause more civilian casualties than irregular weapons (cluster weapons, depleted uranium, napalm, etc.).   However, the terrorizing, Read more…

Fair: Official Story Vs. Eyewitness Account

A recent Washington Post article describing the killing of civilians by U.S. soldiers at a checkpoint outside the Iraqi town of Najaf proved that “embedded” journalists do have the ability to report on war in all its horror. But the rejection by some U.S. outlets of Post correspondent William Branigin’s eyewitness account in favor of Read more…

Anton Antonowicz: The Saddest Thing Of All

(photos by Mike Moore) AN old man cries over the coffin of his daughter. His wife and younger daughter sit in the dirt outside the mortuary in shock and abject sadness. It is only an hour and 20 minutes since Nadia Khalaf died, too early for total grief to set in. But time enough to Read more…

Aaron Brown: CNN’s Aaron Brown

A discussion with Amy Goodman, Aaron Brown, Steve Rendall and Jeremy Scahill on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!, April 4, 2003. AMY GOODMAN, DEMOCRACY NOW!: You’re listening to Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report, I’m Amy Goodman. With more than 25 years of journalism experience, Aaron Brown is CNN’s lead anchor during breaking news and Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Zapatistas statement on ‘We work for Peace and Justice’

[The following are three communiqués from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN] #1 Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico. April of 2003. To:   The promoters of the We Are Working For Peace and Justice Manifesto, http://www.zmag.org From:  CCRI-CG of the EZLN, Mountains of the Mexican Southeast. In the name of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee Read more…

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Edward Herman: A

David Ross: In The Real Terror Network (1982), you documented how the U.S. government did not support democracy around the world as we’ve all been taught, but instead, supported totalitarian states that would insure a good climate for investment… Ed Herman: We support democracy when it will serve our interests, but as The Real Terror Read more…

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John Pilger: We See Too Much, We Know Too Much. That’s Our Best Defense

We now glimpse the forbidden truths of the invasion of Iraq. A man cuddles the body of his in-fant daughter; her blood drenches them. A woman in black pursues a tank, her arms outstretched; all seven in her family are dead. An American Marine murders a woman because she happens to be standing next to Read more…

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Tim Wise: Liberation or Libation?

I figured it would happen sooner or later. Having written several columns questioning the notion that the current war in Iraq is about “liberation” of that nation’s people, it was only a matter of time before I received an email like the one this morning. “Well smartass,” it began, indicating the level of discourse so Read more…

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