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Ori Nir: Arab Group: Change Dictionary Entry on Anti-semitism

Washington – An Arab-American organization is demanding that the Merriam Webster company drop references to “opposition to Zionism” and “sympathy for the opponents of Israel” from its definition of anti-semitism. The American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, the leading Arab civil rights organization, yesterday sent a letter to Merriam Webster demanding that the changes be made to Read more…

Tom Barry: Sanctioning Syria

Getting out of the political quicksand of Iraq, or at least burying the bloody occupation as an embarrassing daily news item, is mission number one for the Bush campaign. Extricating U.S. troops and political capital from the mess the Bush administration created in Iraq may be mission impossible. But the president’s political and ideological handlers Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Same Old Iraq

BAGHDAD. EACH TIME I return to Iraq, it’s the same, like finding a razor blade in a bar of chocolate. The moment you start to believe that “New Iraq” might work – just – you get the proof that it’s the same old Iraq, just a little tiny bit worse than it was last month. Read more…

Ginger s. Gentile: Argentine Lessons

Every day, the 330 workers of Zanón Ceramics Factory (Cerámica Zanón) who both work at and run the largest ceramic floor-tile factory in Argentina are, legally speaking, usurping the factory and its machinery. That they have been able to sustain this legally precarious situation for two years is due to the incredible solidarity they have Read more…

Nawal El saadawi: Unveilling

CAIRO, Egypt (WOMENSENEWS)–The subject of this interview, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, one of the most well-known feminists and political dissidents in the Arab world, was born in 1931 in Kafr Tahla, a small village north of Cairo. A psychiatrist by training, she first rose to international prominence with her 1972 book, “Women and Sex,” which Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: How to turn a government into a pariah

Media Coverage of the Clashes between Protesters and State Security Forces According to Venezuela’s opposition leaders, the oppositional media, and most international observers, the events of this past week in Venezuela were a perfect example of the Chavez government showing its true nature. The supposed facts of the story resembled to a large extent the Read more…

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Mike Davis: An Academy Award for Bigotry

The most evil film ever made was probably Jud Suess, commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in 1940 to fan hatred of the Jews on the eve of the Final Solution. A thousand years of European anti-Semitism were condensed in the image of the cowering rapist Suess, with his dirty beard, hook nose, and Read more…

Robert jay Lifton: Violent Purification

[Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: We all now know that, with Mel Gibson’s Aramaic epic, Americans have fallen for a subtitled movie for the first time in memory. Why couldn’t it have been Jules and Jim? This slasher-film version of the Christ tale has not only broken box-office records but filled the papers with commentary (of Read more…

Jean-claude Aristide: Goodman Interviews Aristide

AMY GOODMAN: I am Amy Goodman from the radio/TV program Democracy Now! around the United States. We would like to know why you left Haiti.   PRESIDENT ARISTIDE: Thank you. First of all, I didn’t leave Haiti because I wanted to leave Haiti. They forced me to leave Haiti. It was a kidnapping, which they Read more…

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Gary Younge: The ouster of democracy

“All books about all revolutions begin with a chapter that describes the decay of tottering authority or the misery and sufferings of people,” wrote Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski in his book, Shah of Shahs, about the Iranian revolution. “They should begin with a psychological chapter, one that shows how a harassed man breaks his terror Read more…

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Ted Glick: Richie Perez

“There are those who fight for a day, and are good. There are those who fight for many years, and are very good. But there are those who fight for a lifetime- those are the indispensable ones.”                         Bertolt Brecht A great man, a great revolutionary, is lying very sick in the hospital as I Read more…

Charles b. Rangel: Statement at Haiti Hearings

PREPARED STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN CHARLES B. RANGEL AT THE HEARING ON HAITI OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MARCH 3, 2004   I want to thank Chairman Ballenger and Ranking Democratic member Menendez for holding this hearing on Haiti.   The crisis in Haiti is of great importance for this Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Twilight Zone, Fighting the Fence

These were not rubber bullets. You don’t have to be a ballistics expert to know that bullets that slice through a car, enter its flank, penetrate the upholstery and exit via the door are not rubber bullets. This is the red and white Ford Transit with which the driver, Nidal Rian, tried to evacuate a Read more…

Carmelo Ruiz: Brave New Transgenics

[Translated by Miguel Alvarado] Just when the global diatribe over food and genetically modified crops (GM) is heating up in tone and breadth, the corporations that create them are staging a showcase for a fresh batch of transgenics. These new GM crops, known as biopharmaceuticals, or biopharms for short, produce industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals within Read more…

Jon Elmer: The Cost of Zionism

Jon Elmer: Israel’s raison d’etre is to be a national safe haven for Jews of the world, yet we know now that Israel is the most dangerous place in the world for a Jew to live. Elsewhere you have written that Israel is a breeding ground for anti-Semitism internationally. How has Israel helped or hindered Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The Luck of the Draw

Traffic jam on the Beltway Here’s a little rundown of various developments of the last week, not a single one of which adds up to good news for the Bush administration as it launches itself into eight months of mortal combat with not-quite-Democratic-presidential-nominee Senator John Kerry. As a start, the two great props for the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Convenient Carnage

Odd, isn’t it? There never has been a civil war in Iraq. I have never heard a single word of animosity between Sunnis and Shias in Iraq. Al-Qa’ida has never uttered a threat against Shias – even though al-Qa’ida is a Sunni-only organisation. Yet for weeks, the American occupation authorities have been warning us about Read more…

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Jean Bertrand Aristide: Aristide Statement

Aristide Details Last Moments In Haiti, Calls For Stop To Bloodshed In First Address To Haitian People From Exile “In overthrowing me, they have uprooted the trunk of the liberty. It will grow back because its roots are many and deep.” In the shadow of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the genius of the race. I declare in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Poland Watch Parecon Interview

> 1) Effects of this what is now called ‘globalisation’ but should be rather called ‘investors rights agreements’ are very visible in Poland. For example, a few days ago the decision was made that Hundai will build new plants in Slovakia, not in Poland. That is simply because wages on Slovakia are lower and labour Read more…

Roni Ben efrat: The Gaza Striptease

When Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his decision to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip and dismantle 17 settlements, there was reason, one might think, for celebration in certain quarters. Yet few rejoiced. There is the uneasy feeling that his words do not bode an end to the 37-year-old Occupation, rather further entanglement. Some Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: Old Domino’s New Clothes in Colombia

There are moments in American foreign policy that run a déjà vu chill down one’s spine. Just such a moment was the recent talk to a group of Cali businessmen by William Wood, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia. In his remarks, Wood endorsed efforts by the present government of President Alvaro Uribe to overturn that country’s Read more…

Dario Azzelini: The Destabilization Script as applied to Venezuela

These days the audience of Venezuela’s four most important private TV-channels must have the impression that there is a popular revolt against the Chávez government going on. Globovision is in a leading position with an uninterrupted live program. The local news-source for CNN is selling the idea of street fighting throughout the whole country. Even Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Ghetto Inside

“It is easier to get the Jews out of the ghetto than to get the ghetto out of the Jews!” – this dictum of the early Zionists is now assuming a new meaning. Israel is cutting itself off from the world and enclosing itself in a ghetto, and not only physically. In The Hague, the Read more…

Glen Ford: Godfather Colin Powell

“The deed is done. Haiti has been raped. The act was sanctioned by the United States, Canada and France.” – Editorial, Jamaica Observer Colin Powell is “the most powerful and damaging black to rise to influence in the world in my lifetime.” – TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson ”All the people that supported [Aristide] will be Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: Colombia Today

The first thing you need to know about Colombia today is that there is an economic recovery underway.  Many, especially on the left, like to believe that whatever crisis is going on now is the final one and that capital is on its way out.  But in fact, these things are cyclical.  They provide the Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Congo Conflict

Reviewing Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja.  The Congo From Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History. Zed Books, London, 2002.  Nzongola-Ntalaja was interviewed in preparation for the review on Jan 29, 2004. John F. Clark.  The African Stakes of the Congo War.  Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2002. The genocidal war in Congo, beginning in 1998 and currently paused by Read more…

Stephen Kerr: Paul Martin’s Haitian Adventure

On Monday I opened my morning paper to learn that Canadian troops had turned their guns on the people of Haiti and their elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide. In 2000 and 2001 the overwhelming majority of Haitians voted for Aristide and his Lavalas movement. Aristide was committed to making investments in healthcare, education and improving Read more…

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John Pilger: Bush Or Kerry?

A myth equal to the fable of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic. It is that John Kerry offers a world-view different from that of George W Bush. Watch this big lie grow as Kerry is crowned the Democratic candidate and the “anyone but Bush” movement becomes Read more…

Andrew Gumbel: Intl Opposition

South Africa added its voice last night to a growing international chorus questioning the circumstances surrounding Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s departure from Haiti and demanded an investigation into allegations that the US forcibly removed a democratically elected president from office.   In a thinly veiled attack on the Bush administration, South Africa‘s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Read more…

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Nick Turse: The Wild Weapons of DARPA

When, in October 1957, the USSR launched the first man-made earth satellite, the basketball-sized Sputnik, it caught the United States off guard and sent the government into fits. Not only had the Soviets exploded an atomic bomb years before the Americans predicted they would, but now they were leading the "space race." In response, the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Assuming the Right to Intervene

If Mark Twain were living now instead of a century ago — when he declared himself “an anti-imperialist” and proclaimed that “I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land” — the famous writer’s views would exist well outside the frame of today’s mainstream news media. In the current era, Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Regime Change in Haiti: A Coup By Any Other Name

We still don’t know the exact circumstances of President Aristide’s departure from Haiti last Sunday. Aristide, as well as some members of the U.S. Congress, call it a kidnapping. The Bush Administration denies these charges. But one thing seems clear: he did not voluntarily step down from the presidency. He was forced out, and the Read more…

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William Blum: If John Kerry Is The Answer, What Is The Question?

Of all the issues that the presidential campaign will revolve around, none is more important to me than foreign policy. I say this not because that is my area of specialty, but because the bombings, invasions, coups d’état, depleted uranium, and other horrors that are built into United States foreign policy regularly bring to the Read more…

Yoichi Funabashi: Islanders Want The Truth About Bikini Nuclear Test

From 1946 to 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands. The total volume translates into 7,000 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs detonated at the pace of 11 a week. In particular, the hydrogen bomb tested in Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954, named Bravo, had an explosive force equivalent to 1,000 Hiroshima-sized Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: Food as Political Weapon

Devinder Sharma is a journalist, writer, thinker, and policy analyst who plays a crucial role in the global effort to turn back ill-advised neoliberal trade policies and biotechnology. Trained as an agricultural scientist, Sharma served as the development editor of the Indian Express, the largest selling English language daily in India at that time. He Read more…

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David Edwards: Hell To Haiti, 2

Killing Hope Jean-Bertrand Aristide told the Associated Press yesterday that he was forced to leave Haiti by US military forces. Asked if he left on his own, Aristide answered: “No. I was forced to leave. Agents were telling me that if I don’t leave they would start shooting and killing in a matter of time.” Read more…

Tony Clarke: The Battle for Water

We are taught in school that the Earth has a closed hydrologic system; water is continually being recycled through rain and evaporation and none of it leaves the planet’s atmosphere. Not only is there the same amount of water on the Earth today as there was at the creation of the planet, it’s the same Read more…

Mickey Z: Friedman’s Education

Criticizing the op-ed columns of Thomas L. Friedman is often redundant. His writing is so laughable, one is typically tempted to “stand back and let it all be” (as The Boss might suggest). However, on February 29, 2004, Tommy Boy took his standard paean to globalization to a new level of smugness and oblivion. In Read more…

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Kevin Skerrett: Regime Change By Social Collapse

In March of 2003, Canada’s federal Liberal government broke with its traditional support for US foreign policy by refusing significant pressure to join the illegal bombing, invasion, and occupation of Iraq.  Today, in early 2004, the new Martin government is eager to demonstrate its enthusiasm for a renewal of the Canada-US partnership, and the recent Read more…

Alberto Ruiz: The Question Remains: What Is the AFL-CIO doing in Venezuela?

On April 25, 2002, shortly after the short-lived coup which ousted President Hugo Chavez, the New York Times ran an article entitled, “U.S. Bankrolling Is Under Scrutiny for Ties to Chavez Ouster.” In this article, which detailed numerous grants given by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to various pro-coup groups in Venezuela prior to Read more…

Cristina Feijoo: Argentina’ Networks

Talking about networks is as fashionable as talking about reality shows, feng shui or Iranian films. To the extent that you could be forgiven for thinking networks were a kind of royal sushi as there is not an article around that doesn’t contain, at least once, the word network-a nod to those in the know. Read more…

Jim Straub: Argentina’s Piqueteros and Us

[Introduction by Mike Davis: Events in Argentina have little urgency to most Americans, even to hardcore anti-globalization activists. Yet, as Jim Straub shows in this powerful report, it is time that we started paying close attention to that vast land under the Southern Cross. Argentineans, thanks to an exterminist military dictatorship and its elite civilian Read more…

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Paul Krugman: Maestro of Chutzpah

The traditional definition of chutzpah says it’s when you murder your parents, then plead for clemency because you’re an orphan. Alan Greenspan has chutzpah. Last week Mr. Greenspan warned of the dangers posed by budget deficits. But even though the main cause of deficits is plunging revenue the federal government’s tax take is now at Read more…

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Peter Hallward: Haiti’s elected leader was regarded as a threat by France and the US

Jean-Bertrand Aristide was re-elected president of Haiti in November 2000 with more than 90% of the vote. He was elected by people who approved his courageous dissolution, in 1995, of the armed forces that had long terrorised Haiti and had overthrown his first administration. He was elected by people who supported his tentative efforts, made Read more…

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Howard Zinn: The Ultimate Betrayal

I cannot get out of my mind the photo that appeared on the front page of The New York Times on December 30, alongside a story by Jeffrey Gettleman. It showed a young man sitting on a chair facing a class of sixth graders in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. Next to him was a woman. Not the Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The (Big) Cheese Stands Alone

When the wrong people say the right things Hosni Mubarak of Egypt is hardly a paragon of virtue, though, to the tune of multibillions in aid, his corrupt and oppressive government has long been supported by the United States as a regional bulwark. The other day, as Steven R. Weisman and Neil MacFarquhar of the Read more…

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David Cromwell: Bringing Hell To Haiti – Part 1

Introduction – Anyone Here Feeling Stupid? Have you noticed how stupid you feel when you watch the news? Hands up anybody who understands what’s going on in Haiti? The media is good at repeatedly broadcasting footage of armed gangs roaming in trucks, and at quoting senior officials. But the absence of meaningful context and informed Read more…

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Greg Guma: Dirty Tricks in Haiti

  The first time US intervened in Haiti, not many people even noticed. Few journalists were on hand in 1915, and most newspapers were ready to accept the official version. According to President Woodrow Wilson, establishing a protectorate was part of a grand effort to halt a “radically evil and corrupting” revolution, support the “slow Read more…

Seiji Yamada: 50 Years Since Bravo

March 1 is the 50th year commemoration of the Bravo thermonuclear test.  At 15 megatons, the equivalent of 15 million tons of TNT, Bravo was the largest hydrogen bomb ever tested by the U.S.  The people of Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands had given up their home to become the test site in 1946 Read more…

Democracy Now: Aristide Kidnapped

Multiple sources that just spoke with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide told Democracy Now! that Aristide says he was “kidnapped” and taken by force to the Central African Republic. Congressmember Maxine Waters said she received a call from Aristide at 9am EST. “He’s surrounded by military. It’s like he is in jail, he said. He says Read more…

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