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Jeremy Scahill: UN Plans For Post Saddam Iraq

Iraq has become one bizarre series of contradictions. Construction of what the government boasts will be one of the world’s largest mosques continues in Baghdad, as does work on a new presidential palace, described by one official as being “like our version of the White House.” On Abu Nuwas Street, workers are putting the finishing Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Globalization And It’s Malcontents

One of the big media buzzwords to emerge in recent years is “globalization.” By now, we’re likely to know what it means. That’s unfortunate — because at this point the word is so ambiguous that it doesn’t really mean much of anything. News outlets have reported that key international pacts like NAFTA and the World Read more…

Adele Oliveri: This Is Only The Beginning

I am not into self-celebrations, but maybe this time I ought to make an exception. Those of us who took part to last weekend’s massive anti-war demonstrations have got every reason to congratulate themselves. If anything, it looks like to have successfully brought back public opinion at the center stage of international politics, at least Read more…

Kamil Mahdi: Iraqis will Not Be Pawns

Having failed to convince the British people that war is justified, Tony Blair is now invoking the suffering of the Iraqi people to justify bombing them. He tells us there will be innocent civilian casualties, but that more will die if he and Bush do not go to war. Which dossier is he reading from? Read more…

Sebastian Hacher: The Vandalism of the Bolivian Media

[translated by Justin Podur] On Friday afternoon President Sanchez de Losada met with the directors of the media, in his office, to ratify his denunciation of the ‘effort to destabilize democracy’. He spoke of an attempt on his life and an attempted coup. To prove this he showed six bullet holes (of the hundreds that Read more…

Mario Novelli: Privatizing EMCALI

Internationalists and activists will remember with pride the heroic 36- day occupation carried out by public service workers in Cali, Colombia against the privatisation of EMCALI. One year after the agreement signed by the Colombian government and the local community, the threat of privatisation has returned with the passing of Resolution 000141, which has removed Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: September

[translated by irlandesa] (The prosperity of the rich is built, with the complicity of the politicians, upon expropriating from the poor) By times flying and by times rolling, by times cloud and by times stone, the hand and eyes reach the ninth month of the calendar: September.  And, upon reaching September, they also arrive in Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: October

[translated by irlandesa] (Political prisoners and the disappeared:  rebel memory) There is a bit of sorrow and courage when the hand and the eyes reach October and Guerrero.  But there is no futile bitterness nor resigned defeat in the hand when it becomes cloud, nor in the eyes when they become stone.  Because this is Read more…

Lee Sustar: 2002: Year Of The Almost Strikes

  WILL 2003 be the year that labor finally fights back? Certainly employers are pushing unions to the wall. From wage cuts ordered by bankruptcy judges at United Airlines and US Airways to the wipeout of retiree benefits in the buyout of bankrupt steel companies, Corporate America is finding ways to push the cost of Read more…

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Michael T. Klare: Scheduling War

For months, the attention of much the world has been focused on the diplomatic contest at the United Nations over the wording of Security Council resolutions on Iraq and the scope of UN weapons inspections.  This has led many observers to conclude that the pace and timing of the coming showdown with Iraq has largely Read more…

Paul Boyer: Duct (Tape) and Cover

Well, at least we now know who’s behind the current terrorism crisis: Polyken Technologies of Westwood, Massachusetts, the manufacturer of duct tape. They must be making millions. As a journalist in the Daily Press of Hampton, Virginia, writes, “Never in American history has simple duct tape assumed such prominence.” Citizens are lining up at Home Read more…

Gideon Levy: Deafening Silence in Israel

The United States is poised to go to war within missile’s throw of our homes, but no public discussion is taking place in this country, either about the necessity for a military campaign or its rightness. From one end of the world to the other people are taking to the streets to demonstrate against the Read more…

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Amira Hass: Threats of forced mass expulsion

Le Monde diplomatique —————————————————– February 2003 THREATS OF ENFORCED MASS EXPULSION Israel: a new Palestinian diaspora _______________________________________________________ The repugnant idea of the ‘transfer’ of the Palestinians – meaning their total expulsion – now appeals to many Israelis. The Israeli army and some settlers are already organising ‘mini-transfers’ in the West Bank, and any serious new Read more…

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Starhawk: What Happened in New York

The weekend of February 15 and 16 marks an historic, global uprising for peace. The number of marches is uncounted: the number of marchers estimated in the range of ten million. There were marches and vigils and protests in national capitals and small towns, in the heartlands of middle America and in small Pacific islands, Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Russia and the War

The global crisis that came to a head over the weekend has resulted in defeat and unprecedented humiliation for the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. Washington had been sure that France would not veto its proposed UN resolution on launching military action against Iraq. But last Friday it became clear that the U.S. Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Arab Response to War…

Could anything be more pathetic than the Arab demonstration against war? A million Britons marched in London, more than half a million Spaniards in Madrid; 200,000 in Paris and New York. And Cairo? Well, just 600 Egyptians turned up in their capital to protest at America’s forthcoming invasion of brotherly Iraq – surrounded by 3,000 Read more…

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Paul Street: Anti-Empire

It is hard not to notice the shift in the emphasis of American left protest and activism since 9-11. The so-called “new New Left” is looking a bit more like the old New Left as the struggle against corporate globalization makes way for – or transforms into – the struggle against American imperialism. The leading Read more…

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Paul Street: Broadcast Priorities

Strange Expectation Let’s start with four basic observations. First, by the widely accepted and often passionately embraced description of its own citizens, media and elected officials, the United States is a democracy. Second, a functioning democracy depends to no small extent on wide, intensive and unbiased media coverage of important contemporary political developments at home Read more…

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David Edwards: Blair’s Betrayal: Part 3

Introduction – Passionately ‘Sincere’ Truth Reversal In Parts 1 and 2 of this three-part Media Alert, we showed the dramatic extent to which Tony Blair has attempted to deceive the British public on Iraq. In an earlier Media Alert (February 3, 2003), we described how Blair had changed his stated justification for waging war on Read more…

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Amira Hass: One arrested, 3 dead, 23 wounded

This is already the kind of news that gets buried in the inside pages: Three Palestinians were killed last Sunday when a trop of IDF soldiers in Nablus arrested one of the leaders of the tiny Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Taisar Khaled. Another routine operation, and nobody argues over its necessity or Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: August

[Translated by irlandesa](The Indian Peoples Teach Governance and Govern Themselves) From rebel and dignified Italy, the cloud makes a complicated detour in order to return. For reasons of wind and current history, she is trapped by an eddy of stones and Indian airs.  At times they are the skies of Chihuahua and Durango, then the lands Read more…

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George Monbiot: Too Much of a Good Thing

We are a biological weapon. On Saturday the anti-war movement released some 70,000 tonnes of organic material onto the streets of London, and similar quantities in locations all over the world. This weapon of mass disruption was intended as a major threat to the security of western governments.   Our marches were unprecedented, but they Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Kurdish leaders enraged by ‘undemocratic’ American plan to occupy Iraq

Arbil, northern Iraq. The US is abandoning plans to introduce democracy in Iraq after a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, according to Kurdish leaders who recently met American officials. The Kurds say the decision resulted from pressure from US allies in the Middle East who fear a war will lead to radical political change in Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bush Unites the World

“I’m a uniter, not a divider,” said George W. Bush during his presidential campaign. He got that one right. He has managed to unite the whole world against him and the war he proposes to wage against Iraq. From New York to Johannesburg, millions of people hit the streets last weekend in the largest collection Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: Iraqi Refugees

Nearly 1.5 million refugees and asylum seekers are likely to try to flee from Iraq, and 30% of the country’s children under five “would be at risk of death from malnutrition” in the case of war on Iraq, according to a secret United Nations planning document. The estimates were made by all the top UN Read more…

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Edward Herman: War-makers, Bribees, And Poodles Versus Democracy

One of the most dramatic features of the Bush-Blair drive to war–actually, "massacre" given the imbalance of forces– has been the split and struggle between governments and their citizenry. It might be argued that this ongoing struggle demonstrates that democracy works. But such struggles occur even in authoritarian systems, where there are frequent protests and Read more…

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Judy Rebick: A People’s Led Globalization Emerges

It was the largest protest in human history. It was not only a protest against George W. Bush and his sidekick Tony Blair but also a cry from the heart of the peoples of the world that we will never accept a war of civilizations provoked by our leaders. The millions that took the streets Read more…

: US to punish German ‘treachery’

America is to punish Germany for leading international opposition to a war against Iraq. The US will withdraw all its troops and bases from there and end military and industrial co-operation between the two countries – moves that could cost the Germans billions of euros. The plan – discussed by Pentagon officials and military chiefs Read more…

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John Pilger: The Blood

As the world protests against war, we hear again the lies of old. “A painful decision,” say the supporters of an invasion. But it is not they who will feel the pain: it will be the Iraqi infants writhing in the dust when the cluster bombs fall   In “Dulce et decorum est”, his classic Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Putting The Public Back In Public Policy

On Saturday (Feb. 15), we stood on the Capitol steps in Austin, Texas — across the street from the governor’s mansion where George W. Bush once lived — and spoke to 10,000 Texans who had gathered to reject Bush’s mad rush to war in Iraq. The next morning we watched National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice Read more…

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William Blum: What Do the Imperial Mafia Really Want?

Which is the more remarkable — that the United States can openly announce to the world its determination to invade a sovereign nation and overthrow its government in the absence of any attack or threat of attack from the intended target? Or that for an entire year the world has been striving to figure out Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Nation Divided, With No Bridges Left To Build

The show was over, recorded for one of those nice liberal local American TV cable channels ­ this time in Texas ­ where everyone agrees that war is wrong, that George Bush is in the hands of right-wing Christian fundamentalists and pro-Israeli neo- conservatives. Don Darling, the TV host, had just turned to thank me Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview About Parecon

Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Parecon: Life After Capitalism, is about? What is it trying to communicate? Parecon: Life After Capitalism is about an economic system called Participatory Economics that seeks to accomplish production, consumption, and allocation to efficiently meet needs consistent with the guiding values: equity, diversity, solidarity, and self-management. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Showdown

Even the New York Times was forced to admit it, after the mammoth Feb. 15-16 demonstrations: “there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.”  But as all activists and indeed all people of good will justifiably celebrate this weekend’s tumultuous successes, we must also begin the next Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Friendly French Resistance

Only George W. Bush can match Jean-Marie Le Pen when it comes to bringing protesters into the streets of Paris. The estimated 250,000 people who demonstrated in the French capital on February 15 were clearly a cross section of the whole population, united in a rare consensus against U.S. plans to make war against Iraq. Read more…

Luke Harding: Bush Dumping Democracy for Iraq

Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq. A leading figure in Iraq’s opposition last night rounded on American plans to install a US military governor in Baghdad to rule post-war Iraq, describing the plans as an ‘unmitigated disaster’, ‘deeply stupid’ and a ‘mess’. In an interview with The Observer, Kanan Makiya, an adviser to Iraq’s main opposition group, the Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Funnels and Pens

As dissent grows and diversifies, the tactics and strategies for containing it must grow and diversify right along with it. Today, in New York City, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators united in a cry of outrage against war in Iraq and their protests were met by police tactics meant to separate, dissipate, or at least Read more…

Monthly Review: Weapons of Mass Destruction

On December 19, 2002 U.S.Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that the 12,000 page document that Iraq delivered to the United Nations on December 7, listing its secret weapons programs together with any dual use agents that could be used in proscribed weapons systems, contained significant omissions. It thus constituted, in the view of the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: No to war

[Communiqué from the EZLN which was read during the demonstration in Rome, Italy, on February 15, 2003.  It was read by Heidi Giuliani, the mother of activist Carlo, who was assassinated by the Italian police in Genoa in July of 2001.  Translated by irlandesa]Brothers and Sisters of Rebel Italy: Greetings from the men, women, children Read more…

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Justin Podur: Instead of War

Inspections, not war? The world is saying no to war. But demanding inspections as an alternative might not be enough to derail the war. This must be the most unpopular war in history. Anti-war marches on February 15 brought out a million each in Madrid and Barcelona, a million in London, 800,000 in Paris, over Read more…

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Starhawk: Choose Peace

Somewhere tonight in Iraq, a small girl lies sleeping who in a few weeks may be a lump of scorched flesh buried under concrete. On a basketball court somewhere in the United States a young man lands a jump shot, who in a few weeks may have no legs, or eyes, or have tumors already Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Tired of Being Lied to

In the end, I think we are just tired of being lied to. Tired of being talked down to, of being bombarded with Second World War jingoism and scare stories and false information and student essays dressed up as “intelligence”. We are sick of being insulted by little men, by Tony Blair and Jack Straw Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: June

[translated by irlandesa] (The PAN and the Mexico of Change.  Part 1:  Yes, my dear, here the term “an imbecile of the right” is redundant, and “a corrupt person of the right” is national policy) In order to reach the middle of the calendar, hand and eyes are joined.  Together they contemplate a month, JUNE, Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: July

[translated by irlandesa] JULY:   GUANAJUATO, THE SEVENTH STELE (The PAN and the Mexico of Change, Part II): The problem with privatizing the Nation’s History is that it’s being done by absolute “heretics” – which is what the right-made-government calls the rebels. If you want to be picked by a “headhunter,” you have to be Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: The Case Against Powell’s Case For War

  GEORGE W. BUSH said that Colin Powell would present the definitive case against Iraq at the UN. Did he do that? Anthony: All that Powell did was to rehash a series of unproven, speculative and at times ridiculous accusations that did nothing to prove the case. The French newspaper Le Monde put it very Read more…

Sebastian Hacher: Gringo Go Home

[translated by Justin Podur] At this time the count is 21 dead in the past two days and hundreds of wounded and arrested all over the country.  All day, workers, campesinos, and youth mobilized in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz.  In Potosi, workers in the mine that is owned by the president blocked roads.  Read more…

Alexandros Pagidas: Blair Witch Project

I couldn’t resist using this title although it would be more appropriate to name it “The Blair/Bush Witch Project”. The title is perfect, because in reality, there is no Witch. Witches exist only in films and the mass media. The case for war, is pretty much the same with witch hunts: “witches” burnt on stakes Read more…

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David Cromwell: Day of Global Action for Peace

On Saturday 15 February, anti-war demonstrations will be taking place around the world. The Media Lens co-editors will be joining upwards of half-a-million peace activists in London. This promises to be the biggest public protest in British history. We await the mainstream coverage of this day with interest: not only to see the extent and Read more…

Emrah Goker: Turkey at war

Wholeheartedly or not, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP by its Turkish acronym) of Turkey is playing a very dangerous game. Squeezed between two pro-war minorities, the militarist elite – led by the Army and its faithful underdogs in corporate media and political circles – and the big bourgeoisie – the “White Turks” of Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Reclaiming Anti-Semitism

Those of us who are involved in activism around Israel/Palestine, and take a position critical of the standard American and Israeli views of the conflict are constantly peppered with accusations of anti-Semitism; or, in the case of Jews, we are told we are “self-hating”. Indeed, for Jews active on this issue, it becomes incumbent upon Read more…

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