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Jonathan Schell: The Importance of Losing

The basic mistake of American policy in Iraq is not that the Pentagon-believing the fairy tales told it by Iraqi exile groups and overriding State Department advice-forgot, when planning “regime change,” to bring along a spare government to replace the one it was smashing; not that, once embarked on running the place, the Administration did Read more…

Evan henshaw Plath: Ag Subsidies?

Cancun. The UK Guardian has launched a new campaign blog website  http://kickaas.typepad.com ] focused on eliminating Agricultural Subsidies using the WTO with a specific look at the upcoming Cancun Ministerial. It’s a welcome contribution to the world of advocacy journalism which many alternative journalists/activists have been pushing for years. The problem is that their call Read more…

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Carl Bloice: Neocons and the Military-Industrial Complex

It’s been my experience that a lot of people have trouble dealing with the idea that those most anxious to wage war are usually tied directly to the weapons manufacturers. Maybe it’s because it just seems just too venal to contemplate. Then, there is the tendency of the major media to keep its head in Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Radio Havana Interviews Chomsky

Telephone interview by Bernie Dwyer for www.cubadebate.cu with Professor Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 28th August 2003. The agreed theme of the interview was ‘Corporate Journalism’ but, like all good interviews, the topic spread to take in many other themes – always with the rigorous political analysis that we are used to Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Shredding the Social Contract:

War, fear, and a virulent contempt for social needs have now become the dominant motifs shaping the domestic and foreign policies of the United States. This is evident in the militarization of public life that is emerging under the combined power and influence of neoliberal zealots, religious fanatics, and far right-wing conservatives who currently control Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Interviewing Vijay Prashad

(1) Can you tell Znet, please, what your new book, Title? What is it trying to communicate? The book is called Keeping Up with the Dow Joneses: Debt, Prison, Workfare, and it is published by South End Press. A few years ago, Ravi Ahuja of a Marxistishe Blatter asked me to scribble some thoughts on Read more…

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George Monbiot: Rich/Poor Trade 1

  The world is beginning to look like France, a few years before the Revolution. There are no reliable wealth statistics from that time, but the disparities are unlikely to have been greater than they are today. The wealthiest 5% of the world’s people now earn 114 times as much as the poorest 5%.1 The Read more…

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Mike Davis: Cry California

Every candidate in California‘s dark recall-election comedy should be obliged to answer the question: “Whither Duroville?” “Duroville” is the California visitors never see and that pundits ignore when they debate the future of the world’s sixth largest economy. Officially this ramshackle desert community of 4000 people in the Coachella Valley doesn’t even exist. It is Read more…

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Mark Steel: Looking For WMD? Come To London’s Docklands

I found the weapons of mass destruction. Next week they’ll be in London‘s Docklands, at a vast arms fair. Which sounds almost quaint, as if it’s like a record fair, and should be in a school hall on a Sunday afternoon with obsessive collectors flicking through items on a table and asking questions such as: Read more…

Dan Clawson: Is Labor on the Edge of a New Upsurge?

Imagine our goal is to revive the power of the labor movement, not just to hold on for another year, not just to do a little better. What might make that possible?   Most of the labor movement’s focus has been on the need to put more resources into organizing, but if the labor movement Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: When The Saints Go Marching Out

August 28, 1963 … forty years later, Martin Luther King Jr.’s words remembered: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: `We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….’”   THIS is the 40th anniversary of the Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: WTO and Agriculture

As expected, the United States and the European Union have arrived at a new accord, just ahead of the fifth WTO Ministerial at Cancun, which in letter and spirit lays out a detailed road map for what can be called as the second phase of the great trade robbery. The new framework – a “common Read more…

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Patrick Bond: My lesson from the WSSD: no more UN summits, thanks

As a Johannesburg resident since 1990, and an academic who teaches environment and development in a public policy school, the WSSD was an enormously important educational experience for me, and also for our local social movements. They decided, notwithstanding an undeclared state of emergency and vicious repression by the government of host president Thabo Mbeki, Read more…

Daniel Mittler: More Wasteful Summits?

When I got on a plane one year ago to attend the biggest ever United Nations summit, the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August 2002, I was under no illusion that it would have any chance of being a giant step forward for mankind. It had become all too obvious in the Read more…

P Sainath: War, Propaganda, Empire

Presented at a public forum, ‘Media and the War on Iraq’ orgainsed by Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives, Hong Kong. My topic really is war propaganda and empire. Before I get into the history of it, I would like to say something. Embedded journalism is a state of the mind. You don’t have to Read more…

Aj Doherty: Uzbekistan

Shockwaves are continuing to reverberate around the Republic of Uzbekistan following the recent arrest of human rights Ruslan Sharipov, one of the last independent critics of the repressive government of this former Soviet Central Asian state. While Sharipov has been charged with homosexuality – which is illegal in Uzbekistan – few doubt that the real Read more…

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Herbert P. Bix: Remembering the Nanking Massacre

After Japan invaded and occupied Manchuria in 1931, the Nationalist Party government of Chiang Kai-shek sought to resist diplomatically. But as the Japanese imperium widened, Chinese resistance stiffened. In autumn 1937 small-scale fighting between Japanese and Chinese forces in North China spread to Shanghai and turned into full-scale war. In early November, Nationalist Chinese troops Read more…

Jun Ui: U.S. Military Bases and Environmental Problems

In cases where there is pollution, the Japanese government is burdened with the fees for its removal, and it already knows that removing pollution and restoring the land is no easy task from its experience with environmental pollution. If it does not admit the damage or underestimates it, it can save on the measures. The Read more…

Jun Ui: U.S. Military Bases and Environmental Problems

[Introduction: Sixteen years ago, in 1987, Ui Jun left his post as an assistant in the engineering department at Tokyo University to go to Okinawa, then becoming an important new front in the anti-pollution struggle. With three of Japan’s five most polluted rivers, and with the nation’s worst water pollution, tropical Okinawa was simultaneously the Read more…

Mahir Ali: Uncle Sam Needs A Helping Hand

FOUR months after President George W. Bush announced the end of major combat in Iraq, the level of American as well as British military casualties in post-conquest Iraq has passed the numbers killed during the first phase of the conflict. At the same time, Iraqis have access to far less electricity, water and medical facilities Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: The loneliness of Noam Chomsky

“I will never apologise for the United States of America — I don’t care what the facts are.”President George Bush Sr. SITTING in my home in New Delhi, watching an American TV news channel promote itself (“We report. You decide.”), I imagine Noam Chomsky’s amused, chipped-tooth smile. Everybody knows that authoritarian regimes, regardless of their Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Civil War

In Iraq, they go for the jugular: two weeks ago, the UN’s top man, yesterday one of the most influential Shia Muslim clerics. As they used to say in the Lebanese war, if enough people want you dead, you’ll die.   So who wanted Ayatollah Mohamed Bakr al-Hakim dead? Or, more to the point, who Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Iraqi Liberation: Bush Style

Now that American-British lies and distortions about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaida links have been thoroughly exposed, Bush administration officials have had to create new rationalizations for the Iraq war. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in late July that “military and rehabilitation efforts now under Read more…

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Yves Engler: Capitalist Contradictions

As World Trade Organization meetings in Cancun draw nearer and the voices of capitalist globalization grow louder, now may be a good time to analyze their ideology with an eye to what modern capitalism is really all about. Advocates of ?globalization? usually claim that economic advancement is the expected byproduct of international competition. This is Read more…

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Edward Said: Dreams And Delusions

During the last days of July, Representative Tom Delay (Republican) of Texas, the House majority leader described routinely as one of the three or four most powerful men in Washington, delivered himself of his opinions regarding the roadmap and the future of peace in the Middle East. What he had to say was meant as Read more…

Emrah Goker: Conscripting Turkey

On December 30th, 1900, amidst the heated debates about US military campaigns in Asia and the Philippines and about the “burden” on the shoulders of British gentlemen serving the Empire in her “savage” colonies, Mark Twain bitterly saluted the new century: “I bring you the stately matron called Christendom – returning bedraggled, besmirched and dishonored Read more…

Doug Stokes: US Human Rights Monitoring in Colombia

The Leahy law is intended to address the issue of US military aid to human rights abusers by refusing to supply, train or equip any military units who are shown to have committed gross violations of human rights. Since it’s inception in 1997, it has been expanded to encompass all forms of US global military Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuela’s Recall Referendum

WASHINGTON  All too often White House statements about Iraq’s pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, and other dubious justifications for war, were taken at face value by the American press. Now there is another example of the triumph of misinformation, which – not coincidentally – again concerns an oil-rich country where the U.S. government seeks Read more…

Salman Abu sitta: Right to Return of Palestinian Refugees

For the Palestinians, the right of return to their pre-1948 homes is sacred. For the international community, the right of return is enshrined in international law, as evidenced by the sustained affirmation of this right by the UN 135 times so far. For planners, the implementation of the right of return is quite feasible according Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Intellectuals

D:  Last year we worked on a seminar, made by the students, called  Genealogy of dominion. We studied Max Stirner, Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, Etienne De la Boetie and Hannah Arendt. I worked on Max Stirner, The Ego and Its Own, he believes language has a disciplinary effect that through the words goes straight to Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Ten Commandments — Are They Fair And Balanced?

A national media spotlight has focused on the battle between the Constitution of the United States and some religious fundamentalists who viewed themselves as angels of Montgomery. The removal of a big Ten Commandments monument from an Alabama courthouse on Aug. 27 was good news for people who prefer democracy to theocracy.   But as Read more…

Sarah Ensor: Reviewing Parecon

There are, there have always been, and there will always be alternatives. The denial of human freedom to construct a different social order is the mantra of the dominant, but it doesn’t matter how many times it is repeated, how loudly it is broadcast by the priesthood of the status quo, nor how long people Read more…

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David Edwards: Carnage And Tears

In the aftermath of September 11, the media reported endlessly on the likely identities and motives of those responsible, on the options open to Western leaders, and on the urgent need for decisive action. On September 12, 2001, for example, an impassioned Guardian editorial wrote of, “the heartfelt conviction that Britain and the British people… Read more…

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Tom Wetzel: About Anarchism

(1) How about if we start by trying to situate anarchism today. Are there main strands that you think compose the whole?   Anarchism is a rather vague term, covering a variety of anti-authoritarian stances and its influence can be rather diffuse. Quite a few people who engage in civil disobedience around issues likethe war Read more…

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Ted Glick: The United Nations and Iraq

I support the demand of the peace movement, “Bring the Troops Home Now!” I also support the demand, “Democracy and Self-Determination for the Iraqi People.” It’s very easy to take such positions.   The hard part is, what next? Is that it? Is that the extent to which we should go? Should we have nothing Read more…

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John Pilger: Needed: An Inquiry Into A Slaughter

The 1994 inquiry by Lord Justice Scott into the scandal of Britain’s illegal supply of weapons to Saddam Hussein produced memorable moments. There was Mark Higson’s detailed description of “a culture of lying” at the Foreign Office, where he was the Iraq Desk Officer. And there was the anxious moment when it seemed that Margaret Read more…

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Ariel Dorfman: Martin Luther King: A Latin American Perspective

Far away. I was far away from Washington, D.C. that hot day in August of 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I was far away in Chile, twenty-one years old at the time and entangled, like so many of my generation, in the Read more…

Sanjay Basu: Doha Declaration Nearly Decided

Over the course of the past two years, trade negotiators from around the world have negotiated over patents and medicine access. At issue is the question of whether the privileges of companies to hold temporary (now 20+ year) monopolies over the sale of specific medicines, and thereby prevent price competition, is to outway public health Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Missile Strikes, Suicide Bombings

Today’s headlines tell us that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have declared that the temporary truce with Israel is at an end in the wake of Israel’s attack in Gaza City which assassinated a leading figure of Hamas. The headlines tell us that Israel is responding in force to the suicide bombing in Jerusalem last week Read more…

Ari Shavit: No more two-state solution?

As negotiations with the Palestinians lurch forward and the separation wall snakes its way through the West Bank, two veteran leftists have reached a startling conclusion: There cannot be two states for two peoples in this land.  1. The groundwater Meron Benvenisti and Haim Hanegbi did not exchange views. Benvenisti lives in Jerusalem, on the Read more…

Hossam Al-hamalawy: Torture in Egypt

While security crackdowns on Islamist suspects have become almost routine over the past few years, the Egyptian government has started to move against the country’s radical left. During the first week of August, the High State Security prosecutor charged five alleged leftists of “forming an illegal organization, the Revolutionary Socialists, … that calls for the Read more…

Kathy m. Kristof: Study Ties Biggest CEO Raises to Largest Layoffs

Chief executives of companies that had the largest layoffs and most underfunded pensions and that moved operations offshore to avoid U.S. taxes were rewarded with the biggest pay hikes in 2002, on average, a new report has found.   The study, released Monday by United for a Fair Economy in Boston and the Institute for Read more…

Peter Preston: Getting into Iraq proved easy. Getting out is already a nightmare

There is one grim, twisty rule about the politics of death in action. It isn’t the bodybags coming home that make the difference, sap the resolve and drain the popularity. It is the suitcases packed and stacked on the front porch for those who may replace the fallen. The real pressure points are in the Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Marching On Washington And Moving In The Movement

I can still remember the morning. We had spent the week circulating flyers and trying to anticipate what would happen. No one had ever even attempted a March on the scale of this one.   It had been a hot summer of protest. The civil rights struggle was in full throttle. In August 1963, I Read more…

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Paul Street: “Systematic Distortion”

As George W. Bush sets new campaign fundraising records, reflecting dedicated service to the wealthy few, the threat of being removed from office ought to be the least of his worries. Title 18, part 1, chapter 47, and section 1001 of the United States federal statutory code (US Code Collection, http://www4.law.cornell. edu/uscode/ 18/1001.html) mandates fines Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: Grassroots Democracy in Iraq, American Style

Majid Muhammed Yousef yearns for democracy. As an Iraqi Kurd, he and his family suffered tremendously under Saddam Hussein. After the US overthrew Saddam, Majid was grateful and excited about building a new Iraq.   But the first four months of US occupation have left him wondering what the US means by democracy.   At Read more…

Mickey Z: War Is A Racket

“Why don’t these damned oil companies fly their own flags on their personal property-maybe a flag with a gas pump on it.” – Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler (1937) On August 26, 2003, CBS.com wrote of a “grim milestone” being reached in post-war (sic) Iraq: “A soldier’s death on Tuesday means more troops have died Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Gunpoint Democracy in Iraq

The United States is now a formal colonial power in Iraq, and the combination of the Administration’s deceptions and the mounting American casualties has dimmed the shine on the colonialists’ boots. In March and April, public support for the war was in the neighborhood of 75 percent; by the end of July, it had fallen Read more…

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Site Administrator: Invisible Children: AIDS, Africa and Selective Vision

In a July 11th article, the British weekly The Economist recounts the latest grim statistics on AIDS, noting emphatically that the 9,000 people who die each day from AIDS represents three times the number killed in the World Trade Center attacks. “If all men are created equal, all avoidable deaths should be regarded as equally Read more…

Frances m. Beal: Reclaiming the Legacy on the 40th anniversary of the historic March on Washington

It was truly a sight to behold. On August 28, 1963 a quarter million people descended on the nation’s capital to demand that the politicians listen to their demand for jobs and freedom. Never before had the country seen that many people amassed at one point for any purpose let alone the fight against Jim Read more…

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