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Rohan Pearce: Iraq: The Right To Resist

“When are the Iraqis going to fight for their own country? … We want to know when the Iraqis are going to go out there and shed their blood, as American service men … are willing to shed theirs”, a plaintive Democrat Senator Edward Kennedy asked a US Senate armed services committee hearing on February Read more…

Tim Anderson: Cuba: The Propaganda Offensive

Minor objections to the official US line can lend a semblance of independent credibility to Australian commentaries, in the current climate of global war. Such is the case with Paul McGeough’s recent caricature of Cuba (“Castro’s last stand”, the Sydney Morning Herald’s and the Age’s Good Weekend, February 19). In his coverage of the occupation Read more…

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Seumas Milne: It Is Not Democracy That’s On The March In The Middle East

For weeks a western chorus has been celebrating a new dawn of Middle Eastern freedom, allegedly triggered by the Iraq war. Tony Blair hailed a “ripple of change”, encouraged by the US and Britain, that was bringing democracy to benighted Muslim lands. First the Palestinians, then the Iraqis have finally had a chance to choose Read more…

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Seth Sandronsky: Over 55 in U.S.? Get Back to Work!

Who took one of every two new jobs created in the U.S. over the past 12 months? Give up? “Over the last year, workers over age 55 accounted for 918,000 of the 1,810,000 rise in employment shown in the (Labor Department’s) household survey,” says economist Dean Baker. “This is a very striking and relatively new Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: No Longer the ‘Lone’ Superpower

I recall forty years ago, when I was a new professor working in the field of Chinese and Japanese international relations, that Edwin O. Reischauer once commented, “The great payoff from our victory of 1945 was a permanently disarmed Japan.” Born in Japan and a Japanese historian at Harvard, Reischauer served as American ambassador to Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: A Scofflaw in the White House: Undermining Respect for Law

The Ides of March are upon us and, much like the situation with Julius Caesar in ancient Rome, we have an imperialist, authoritarian chief resident in the White House. Please understand, I do not believe President Bush will be physically attacked and assassinated like Caesar. However, as a sneering scofflaw whose pre-emptive use of force Read more…

Ignacio Ramonet: The road to Damascus

WAS Syria responsible for the assassination on 14 February of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri? A part of Lebanese public opinion, which has been profoundly shocked, believes so. The denunciation by the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, of the perpetrators of “this odious crime”, and of those who are behind them, has done little Read more…

Jane Frank: Who’s Afraid Of Venezuela-Cuba Alliance?

For a long time there was only one country in Latin America offering free health care to all its citizens. Now there are two. The governments of both countries regard health care as a basic human right. So Cuba, rich in health care, and Venezuela, rich in oil, have arranged a barter deal for the Read more…

Terri Ginsberg: Academic Integrity Travestied at Columbia Middle East Studies Conference

On Sunday, March 6, Columbia University hosted a conference called “The Middle East and Academic Integrity on the American Campus.” Despite its repeated and advertised calls for “balance” and “objectivity” in academic scholarship, the gathering exemplified nothing of academic integrity. The conference was sponsored by U.S. organizations which support the Israeli right wing, including Scholars Read more…

Danusha veronica Goska: Political Paralysis

It was September, 1998, in Bloomington, Indiana. As part of the conference on “Spirituality & Ecology: No Separation,” a group of concerned citizens was gathered in the basement of St. Paul Catholic Center. They were thinking and talking about living their ideals. Some had planted trees in Africa. Some described ways that they honor the Read more…

Haiko Lietz: Repressive Democracy

Mainz – February 23rd, 2005, will be a day to remember for Martin Wejbera. At seven thirty in the morning a stranger entered his bedroom, opened the window, removed the five foot banner saying “George who?”, and left the room. No one said a word. The 22 year old rubbed his eyes. Then his cohabitant Read more…

Salim Lamrani: The Five Cuban Political Prisoners And International Press Censorship

Why is the international press not discussing the case of the five Cuban political prisoners, which is in fact one of the greatest political and legal scandals of the century? How is it possible that a scandal of record-breaking sensationalism, adaptable to any kind of media coverage by its political and legal content, has been Read more…

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David Peterson: Social Contracts, American-Style

  Right-wing attacks on the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance Trust Funds (a.k.a. Social Security) I can live with. They fool nobody. Nobody who’s honest, anyway. (Not a trivial qualification.)   Ultimately, they are nothing but attempts to sell a political choice according to cooked numbers. As if it were etched in Read more…

Girish Mishra: World Bank on India’s Fiscal Policy

In the early days after Independence, India was not only conscious of but asserted its sovereignty in policy making in every sphere of life, be it economic, social, political and defence. It listened to all but took its own decisions keeping in view its own interests. The goals championed by the national movement remained supreme Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Apartheid targets Palestinian home-owners inside Israel

You won’t hear about the story of my Palestinian friend Ali Zbeidat and the threatened demolition of his “illegal” home, either from the hundreds of international correspondents in Jerusalem or from the Hebrew media – not even from those remarkable Israeli journalists Amira Hass and Gideon Levy, two lone beacons inside Israel in the campaign Read more…

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Stuart Munckton: Chavez steps up calls for socialism

Speaking on his television program, Hello President on February 27, Venezuela’s popular pro-poor president, Hugo Chavez, explained: “I am convinced, at this stage of my life — I am now 50 years old — after six years as a president, after nearly 30 years of political struggle… after many readings, debates, discussions and many travels Read more…

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Bertell Ollman: Letter Of Resignation From The Jewish People

“Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe”. Elie Wiesel (Acceptance Speech, Nobel Prize Read more…

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Karen J. Greenberg: The Courts and the War on Terror

On the eve of his departure from office, Attorney General John Ashcroft boasted, “The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.” In this, he echoed a drumbeat of announcements by top officials who have repeatedly proclaimed that, when it came to the war on terror, the administration was Read more…

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Katha Pollitt: The Cheese Stands Alone

Beijing Plus 10, the follow-up on the momentous 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, is opening at the United Nations as I write, and like other UN gatherings since George W. Bush became President, it offers a great chance to spend time with our new best friends. Egypt! Qatar! the Holy See! You Read more…

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David Swanson: Nursing Against the Odds: The Workers’ View

“Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care,” by Suzanne Gordon, Cornell University Press, 450 pages. Nurses. Nurses. Nurses. Already I’ve guaranteed that more people will find this article on the internet who are searching for pornography than who are searching for answers to Read more…

William Martin: Who is Pushing Whom into the Sea?

On 11 October 1961 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion declared in the Israeli Knesset: ‘The Arabs’ exit from Palestine…began immediately after the UN resolution, from the areas earmarked for the Jewish state. And we have explicit documents testifying that they left Palestine following instructions by the Arab leaders, with the Mufti at their head, Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Jewish Lawyers

In the rush of recent news about renditions, extraordinary renditions, the beating to death and systematic abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan, the holding of children as young as 11 in Abu Ghraib prison, the desire of Donald Rumsfeld to transfer large numbers of prisoners in Guantánamo back to their countries of origin, and other tales Read more…

Gene c. Gerard: E.P.A. Nominee Supports Testing of Chemicals on Human Subjects

President Bush recently nominated Stephen L. Johnson, a 24-year veteran of the Environmental Protection Agency, to be the agency’s new administrator. Mr. Johnson has been the acting administrator since January, and prior to that oversaw the EPA office handling pesticides and other toxic substances. In nominating Johnson, Mr. Bush described him as “a talented scientist” Read more…

Press Release: International Women’s Groups Mobilize to Tackle Poverty

New York, March 9th 2005 — Leaders of prominent international women’s rights groups gathered in New York City on Sunday, March 6, 2005 to mark the global launch of a new alliance aimed at ending poverty among women.   Established under the umbrella of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), this broad group Read more…

Amy Quinn: What Now For The Peace Movement?

Polls in recent weeks show a full 59 percent of Americans are now in favor of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. But they’re not acting on this view, in part because they worry about the potential for even greater chaos following a U.S. exit. The task for the peace movement–responsible for the huge public demonstrations Read more…

Doyle Canning: Turn Your Back On Bush

January 20th 2005 was a day of profound public theater, and a grotesque spectacle of power. The Inaugural ceremony was a stunning ritual consecration of control; each marching band, each sleek stretch SUV limo, each biblical declaration, each tank and each soldier, was meant to speak power in spectacle and force.   But this spectacle Read more…

Signe Waller: Manlin Chee, Another Benchmark in Government Repression

For the government to have a free hand in the bloody domination of Iraq and the reshaping of the Middle East to suit the glory and profit of Empire-euphemistically called promoting democracy-it must repress dissent at home. The vicious federal prosecution and March 2, 2005 sentencing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, of Manlin Chee, who was Read more…

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Jerry Fresia: Targeting Giuliana

The top U.S. general in Iraq, Army gen. George Casey, has stated that the US had no indication that Italian officials gave advance notice of the route of the vehicle in which Giuliana Sgrena and slain officer Nicola Calipari were riding. As a former Air Force intelligence officer, I would argue that this statement is Read more…

Moshe Machover: A FAQ: What do you think about suicide bombers?

The common motivation behind this frequently asked question is by no means an innocent one. In fact, the question itself is quite strange: why ask about suicide bombers rather than about bombers simpliciter? Is the questioner interested in our view about suicide bombers as distinct from non-suicide ones? Surely, whether a perpetrator of a bombing Read more…

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Norman Solomon: MoveOn.org: Making Peace With the War in Iraq

Sadly, it has come to this. Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse MoveOn.org — which built most of its member base with a strong antiwar message — is not pushing for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. With a network of more than 3 million “online activists,” the MoveOn leadership has Read more…

Kevin Pina et al: UN destabilizing Haiti

Bernstein interview with Kevin Pina, Ira Kurzban and Rep. Maxine Waters Bernstein: Evidence continues to mount of the United Nations complicity in the ongoing campaign by the U.S. installed government of Gerard Latortue to terrorize, exile, or kill supporters of President Jean Bertrand Aristide’s popular Lavalas party. Despite detailed documentation of a series of massacres Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Kansas, Conviction & the Future of the Dems

TV images of transgressive sexuality, driven home again and again by the conservative media axis and evangelical preachers, have attained far more urgency than the daily experience of driving past ghostly, empty factories whose jobs had been exported to Mexico and China, and seeing Main St. crumble as taxpayer-subsidized Wal-Mart drives out local pharmacies, drugstores, Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

We traveled to Graceland last year, and picked up a CD. 30 Elvis Number One Hits.   A seven-year old we know borrowed the CD. He had never heard about Elvis or heard an Elvis song. His favorite song?   It wasn’t Jailhouse Rock. It wasn’t Hound Dog. It wasn’t Heartbreak Hotel. It wasn’t Hardheaded Read more…

James marc Leas: Burlington Votes to Bring the Troops Home Now!

“A town meeting revolt over the Iraq war” is what The Christian Science Monitor called Vermont’s historic votes for anti-war resolutions in 49 of 57 cities and towns. The resolutions passed not only in traditional liberal strong holds, but also in rural areas usually dismissed as conservative. The votes demonstrated overwhelming anti-war sentiment. In the Read more…

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Kim Scipes: AFL-CIO Foreign Policy Leaders Help Develop Bush’s Foreign Policy

AFL-CIO foreign policy leaders are helping develop U.S. State Department policy regarding labor through an initiative called the Advisory Committee on Labor Diplomacy (ACLD). AFL-CIO leaders have participated in ACLD since its beginning in May 1999. Top AFL-CIO officials have been involved in the committee, including John Sweeney and Linda Chavez-Thompson, as well as William Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Another Species of Cedar

It was a warning. They came in their tens of thousands, Lebanese Shia Muslim families with babies in arms and children in front, walking past my Beirut home. They reminded me of the tens of thousands of Iraqi Shia Muslims who walked with their families to the polls in Iraq, despite the gunfire and the Read more…

Gary Engler: Hockey Book Interview

What is The Meaning of Hockey and why was the title changed from Noam Chomsky on Hockey? Can a sports novel also be political? Will a novel about a former star hockey player going through male menopause be of interest to feminists? Is political-sports-romance a new Canadian fiction genre? Is working class fiction possible? These Read more…

John Munro: Black Bourgeoisie at 50

With last year’s semicentennial commemoration of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, we have entered the season of 50-year anniversaries of the African American civil rights movement. 2005 marks 50 years since the Montgomery bus boycott projected the black freedom movement onto the national consciousness. Perhaps less noteworthy, 1955 is also when E. Franklin Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Which War Is This Anyway?

Throughout much of the Cold War, people feared above all else a global hot war, the third great one in a century of devastating world wars; and we crept up to it more than once — most desperately, there can be no doubt, at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. For Read more…

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Site Administrator: Building a democratic, humanist socialism

We have to invent the new socialism for the 21st century. Capitalism is not a sustainable model of development. Hugo Chavez, March 4, 2005 In recent months, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has begun to explicitly advocate for socialism, marking a significant development for both the Bolivarian Revolution in that country and for the broader international Read more…

Rickey Singh: No Limits To US Hypocrisy?

THERE seems to be no limits to the arrogance and hypocrisy of the George Bush administration when it comes to lecturing the world on human rights and democracy, with complete disregard for America’s own human rights violations at home and abroad. Latest example of this came with the release earlier this month of the US Read more…

Reed Lindsay: Stability still eludes Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A year after U.S. Marines whisked elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide away to exile in Africa, the jury is still out on whether an interim government backed by a U.N. peacekeeping mission can restore stability and democratic rule in Haiti, or whether it will return to its former violence and ruin. Recent events Read more…

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Brooks Berndt: Rachel, Full of Life

At the age of 23, Rachel Corrie was full of life. At the age of 23, she was a senior in college ignited by a passion for justice. At the age of 23, she traveled to the Gaza strip as an activist for peace. And, it was at the age of 23 that Rachel Corrie Read more…

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Eva Golinger: White House and Media Escalate War of Words Against Hugo Chavez

Although the left has gained ground throughout Latin America with the recent election of progressive heads of state in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and most recently Uruguay, the White House has singled out populist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as the region’s most potentially unstable government and “a threat to democracy.” Since President Bush’s re-election victory last Read more…

Lou Plummer: Recruiting Iraq Vets Against the War

Why pick a military town as the site for an antiwar rally? As a veteran and a resident of Fayetteville, N.C. near Ft. Bragg, I can think of at least 50 reasons. Each of those reasons has a name and each were members of our community prior to their deaths in Iraq. Some may argue Read more…

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Site Administrator: Member of Worker-Run Factory in Argentina Was Kidnapped, Tortured

Zanon ceramics factory, one of the most prominent of the recuperated, worker-run factories in Argentina, was taken over by workers in 2001 and since then has been economically successful as a cooperative. However, as a major symbol of Argentina’s recuperated factory movement, (over 200 such cooperatives exist in the country), it has been a target Read more…

Press Release: Not Dead Yet to Leaflet Oscar Gala: “Million Dollar Baby” Gets

Clint Eastwood’s latest film, “Million Dollar Baby,” has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, including the five leading categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Supporting Actor.  The Boston Globe called it “sublime,” “Eastwood’s autumnal masterpiece,” and the Boston Herald hailed Eastwood’s Read more…

Aaron Mate: In the shadow of Aristide

The one-year anniversary of the overthrow of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was marked by events all too familiar to the poorest nation in the hemisphere, events that should give Canadians pause to reflect on our role in its ongoing tragedy. On February 28, Haitian police fired on a peaceful demonstration in the capital slum of Read more…

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Ward Churchill: Who’s the Terrorist?

Once again what I have said has been turned into the opposite of itself. First, Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and numerous other right-wing media spinmeisters asserted that I “advocated” terrorist attacks on the United States in my Op-Ed piece of Sept. 12, 2001. Even a casual reading of that piece, as well as the 300-page Read more…

Jim Lobe: Bush Appoints Right-Wing Extremist to UN

WASHINGTON, Mar (IPS) – In a breathtaking victory for right-wing hawks, U.S. President George W. Bush has nominated Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton to become his next ambassador to the United Nations.   Bolton, widely considered the most unilateralist and least diplomatic of senior U.S. officials during Bush’s first Read more…

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