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John Mcmurtry: “What Did Bush Know?”

Michael Albert joins the corporate media, the Republican Party and most of the Washington establishment in his blanket abuse of forensic questions on 9-11. The argument that relevant decision setters in the Bush Jr. executive covertly allowed the pathway of 9-11 to go ahead to serve this regime’s massive interests in its occurrence is not Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to John McMurtry PhD, FRSC

McMurtry concludes his piece saying that I was sectarian in arguing that it isn’t useful for leftists to pursue the question "what did Bush know, when?" Oddly for someone conerned about sectarianism, however, McMurtry begins his piece by lumping me with "corporate media," the "Republican Party," and the "Washington establishment" as if the article I Read more…

Frances Moore Lappé: A Better Way to Feed the Hungry

Bill Gates thinks he’s got a brilliant idea: fighting malnutrition abroad by fortifying food. The scheme, backed with $50 million from the Gates Foundation, in part encourages Proctor & Gamble, Philip Morris’ Kraft, and other companies to develop vitamin and iron-fortified processed foods. It then facilitates their entry into Third World markets. Gates seems to Read more…

Doug Stokes: Perception Management and the US Terror War in Colombia

During the 1980s, US counter-insurgency took on a new form, and became what is today known as Low Intensity Conflict. With the Vietnam experience behind them, US military planners recognised two crucial lessons that led to this change. First, the American public was not prepared to tolerate heavy US casualties in its imperial wars within Read more…

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George Monbiot: Choose Life

Every week, sometimes every day, someone writes to me asking for advice about the career they should take. I can’t, unfortunately, respond to them all, so I thought I should try to formulate some general guidelines, which I hope people will be able to adapt to their own circumstances. This advice applies only to those Read more…

Sarah Cox: The Dark Side of Flowers

A traveller flying into the Colombian city of Bogotá from the southwest sees lush green fields give way to white patches the size of city blocks. It takes a few moments to realize that the incongruous scene below is not snow-dusted farmland but row upon row of greenhouses encased in chalky plastic. Underneath the plastic Read more…

Peter Rosset: Hungry for answers

Why do more than 800 million people still go hungry in a world marked by incredible affluence? A total of 180 nations are to gather in Rome from Monday to Wednesday next week to address just that question at a meeting called the World Food Summit: Fives Years Later. At the 1996 World Food Summit, Read more…

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Paul Street: Misunderstanding Power

Thanks in part to recent disclosures that a minimally competent federal security establishment would have had reasons to know and act on intelligence predicting something like what occurred last September, conspiracy theorists are having a field day with 9-11. It didn’t take such disclosures or the current Congressional inquiry into what the relevant federal officers Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Nuclear Weapons And Media Fog

American media outlets roused themselves from outright denial in early June, spurred by belated warnings from top U.S. officials that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would kill millions of people. The tone of news coverage shifted toward alarm. Meanwhile, atomic history remained largely sanitized. “Even one military move by either of these nuclear-armed Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Diary of a trip to Palestine and Israel

Monday, June 3. Monique Simard and I watched from atop a hill. At first, the scene was not so strange: the tear gas, the people running away and back again. It was a little like the scene at the fence in Quebec City last April. But here there was one difference. When the shooting began, Read more…

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Victoria Brittain: The Horror Behind The Front Line

In February this year, Jonas Savimbi, Angola‘s rebel leader, was killed. Within weeks, a civil war that had lasted for nearly 30 years ended. Sebastiao Salgado, one of the world’s greatest photographers, was the first to witness the misery of those who had been trapped in the no-go areas of the country’s Central Highlands, long Read more…

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George Monbiot: Moral Flight

There is something dreamlike about our contemplation of the drift to war in Kashmir. While India and Pakistan move their missiles into position, in Britain our concerns are focused on the evacuation of our own citizens, the destination of the likely refugees, and the possibility that the Indian cricket team might be prevented from visiting Read more…

J. sri Raman (india): South Asia: Waiting For The Usa

The whole world outside the India-Pakistan subcontinent is watching the situation here with extreme anxiety. Never in the past two decades, it is generally agreed, has the humanity been closer to a nuclear holocaust. Conspicuous by its absence, however, is any sign of serious concern on this score among the establishments of the two countries Read more…

Lisa Rosen: From Grief, Activism

It has been only two weeks since East Timor became the newest country on the planet, and already it has fallen out of the news. But the triumph of that day, achieved against such impossible odds, will be with me forever. The last time I had seen East Timor, it was over my shoulder. I Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: IMF and World Bank: Out of Control

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are institutions out of control. For evidence, consider the institutions’ feeble and fatally flawed debt relief program. Under their Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative, the world’s poorest countries can receive reduction of approximately one third of their current payments to overseas creditors — if they endure six Read more…

Roldan tomasz Suarez: Five Facts about April 11

I would like to point out a series of facts about the current situation in Venezuela that are just as valid for times to come. They are pillars on which we must base our political opinions and actions, as well as shields to protect ourselves from an avalanche of lies, deceit and manipulation, with which Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Conspiracies Or Institutions: 9-11 and Beyond

(1) What Is a conspiracy and a conspiracy theory? The most common definition of a conspiracy is two or more people secretly planning a criminal act. Examples of related conspiracy theories include belief that JFK was assassinated by rogue CIA elements attempting to ward off unwanted liberalism; that negotiations between the United States government and Read more…

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Neve Gordon: The Caterpillar Effect

“This is the first time that bulldozers have determined the outcome of a war,” L., one of the Palestinian fighters from the Jenin refugee camp was recently quoted in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot. The officer in charge of the military penetration into the camp affirmed L.’s claim, declaring in the same article that the Read more…

Sean Healy: Angola The Crisis You Aren’t Hearing About

Out of sight of the world, a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions is unfolding in Angola, as perhaps hundreds of thousands of people flee the “grey zones”, the 90% of the country which have until now been closed to outsiders, including humanitarian aid agencies and even civilian medical structures. Many are dying of starvation on Read more…

C. clark Kissenger: Alan Dershowitz And Torture

In early November controversy irrupted on the internet over Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s proposal to legalize torture in the United States to extract information from terrorism suspects. So when Dershowitz appeared on January 27 for a long scheduled lecture on civil liberties at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the entire audience was Read more…

Andre gunder Frank: Blowback and Fallout

The present threat of nuclear war between Pakistan and India is the direct responsibility of irresponsible provocation by the Bush Administration. Whatever were the remote and immediate causes of previous Indo-Pakistani wars over Kashmir, the present nuclear threat must be laid at the door of Washington, which did everything it could to provoke it and Read more…

Rita Giacaman: Shattered Lives

Following is a brief statistical report on the daily life, health and environmental conditions of families living under curfew and in fear and in danger, during the latest Israeli invasion of Ramallah and Al-Bireh, two towns with separate municipalities but intertwined physically, socially and economically. This report is the first in a series of reports Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: Sex Among The Sacred

An evolving sex scandal involving dozens of Roman Catholic priests and their often young parishioners has the media focusing on sexual predators concealed for decades within religious institutions. Complete with cover-ups by higher-ups, the disturbing stories of sex among the sacred has gained a life of its own in the mainstream media. Over the past Read more…

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David Bacon: Teaching Peace in a Time of War

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (5/28/02) — On Sunday, Colombian voters elected President the former mayor of Medellin, Alvaro Uribe. The candidate of the right, Uribe has long-standing ties to the paramilitaries, who are accused of the worst of the human rights violations and massacres which have marked Colombia’s decades-long civil war. Uribe has called for an Read more…

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David Edwards: East Timor And The British Press

The emergence of an independent East Timor on May 20 this year provided a good example of how the British ‘free press’ cover up Western crimes. Many reports, though not all, mentioned that around 200,000 East Timorese – a quarter of the population – were massacred and starved to death following Indonesia’s invasion of the Read more…

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John Pilger: How Britain’s Armaments Fuel War And Poverty

With nuclear powers India and Pakistan on the edge of war, the role of the Blair government in fuelling the conflict has been critical. In the year 2000, the Government approved nearly 700 export licences for weapons and military equipment to both countries. These had a total value of £64million. India, which gets the great Read more…

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Justin Podur: Prepare for 4 years of the Uribe Model

“A dignified President, doctor Alvaro Uribe Velez, has been elected conclusively and consciously in the first round, by and for a Fatherland that wants to make itself peaceful and to grow in solidarity.” — Salvatore Mancuso, Commander of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, May 26, 2002 The ringing endorsement of Colombia’s paramilitaries might have given Read more…

Scott Lucas: The Dishounarable Policeman Of The Left

It was a sudden, devastating attack. The perpetrator struck mercilessly, leaving no time for a considered response. When he had finished, the “left” was in ruins. “I have no hesitation in describing this mentality, carefully and without heat,” the author wrote heatedly, “as soft on crime and soft on fascism. No political coalition is possible Read more…

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William Blum: The Bloody Road To Empire

David Ross: In “Killing Hope” you have fifty-four chapters on different interventions by the U.S. government into sovereign countries around the world. William Blum: Well, many of the chapters deal with multiple interventions. There are probably well over a hundred separate and serious interventions by the U.S. government into maybe seventy or eighty countries, in Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Antoine Walker and the Trajectory of Change

By What did Antoine Walker say? When did he say it? How did it help bring about the impossible? And why should leftists care? For those of you who are following the NBA playoffs, saw the Celtics/Nets game on Saturday night, and/or read the papers on Sunday, please skip the following paragraph. For all those Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: A World Without War

I hope you won’t mind if I set the stage with a few truisms. It is hardly exciting news that we live in a world of conflict and confrontation. There are lots of dimensions and complexities, but in recent years, lines have been drawn fairly sharply. To oversimplify, but not too much, one of the Read more…

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Justin Podur: Movements of Resistance in the Americas

  A proposed view of history Much of Latin America won independence from Spain in the 19th century.  All countries that were independent faced the same problem: the former imperial powers continued to control decisive military, financial, and propaganda might.  How could the newly decolonized (or, in the case of indigenous nations, never decolonized) countries Read more…

Irlandesa: Deconstructing Conservation International, Part I

Conservation International.  We know it as that shadowy “NGO” that has been rather overtly lurking in the Selva Lacandona – and other places – for the last number of years.  We know that it has been “mapping” the countryside, setting up trendy eco-tourism roosts and “advising” the Lacandón on how to expel the pesky autonomous Read more…

\Rafael lopez, gustavo estrada, alejandro Mendez\: Communique from Released Zapatista Prisoners

We, the political prisoners of The Voice of Cerro Hueco who were released from jail on May 23, 2002, Rafael López Santiz, Gustavo Estrada Gómez and Alejandro Méndez Díaz, wish to declare to the nation that our release was not due to “political goodwill,” as the Federal Government would like to have believed, but rather Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Lighting the Nuclear Fire

A nuclear war is said to have no winners, but Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee seems to think otherwise. His exhortations to Indian troops in Kashmir to prepare for sacrifices and “decisive victory” have set off widespread alarm. It seems plausible that India is preparing for a “limited war” to flush out Islamic militant Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Talk

NOAM CHOMSKYBERKELEY, MECA, 3.21.02 NOAM CHOMSKY:  Unfortunately, I can’t see anybody out there but I assume there are people there.  I’m going to be talking–I’ll be talking primarily about West Asia, which overlaps pretty closely with what we call, here, the Middle East or the Near East.  Some of these remarks are going to be Read more…

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Site Administrator: Judi Bari and the FBI

Judi loved to howl, so we howled for her, we howled for fun, and we howled for justice. 24 May 2002 marked exactly twelve years since a bomb ripped through Judi Bari and the car that she and Darryl Cherney were in. The motion-activated pipe bomb was conveniently placed right under her driver’s seat with Read more…

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Starhawk: The G8 June Meeting In Kananaskis: A Strategic Moment

The G8, the heads of the eight most industrialized countries in the world, are preparing to meet in late June in the isolated wilderness area of Kananaskis, near Calgary, in Alberta, one of the most prosperous and conservative provinces of Canada. Last July, their Genoa summit was met by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, and Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Iraq: Smart Sanctions And The Us War

The Bush administration is declaring another victory in its “propaganda war” with Iraq, following the unanimous vote of the United Nations Security Council to endorse its plan to impose “smart sanctions” on Iraq. On May 14, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1409, setting in place a new framework for the sanctions that will take effect Read more…

Marc Siverstein: Anarchism And Youth Liberation

Children in today’s society are uniquely oppressed, but for the most part their oppression goes un-noticed even by people who consider themselves progressives or radicals. The fact that the relations between children and adults are based on inequality and compulsion is considered a separate issue from oppressions based on race, gender or sexual orientation, because Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Firestorm Is Coming

So now Osama bin Laden is Hitler. And Saddam Hussein is Hitler. And George Bush is fighting the Nazis. Not since Menachem Begin fantasised to President Reagan that he felt he was attacking Hitler in Berlin – his Israeli army was actually besieging Beirut, killing thousands of civilians, “Hitler” being the pathetic Arafat – have Read more…

Arjan el Fassed: Torture Distorts Hope For Palestinians

(Ram, Occupied Palestine, 24 May 2002) – “DON’T FORGET that it’s one of our rights as people under occupation, to keep resisting this occupation. Peace is the shortest way to security and stability. But peace cannot be built on occupation,” reads a message from Marwan Barghouti from his prison cell. Prison bars could not prevent Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Who’s Jerking Who Off On Terror Alerts?

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld bluntly told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Pentagon budget that the terrorists are “jerking us” around with their terror threats. Rumsfeld then upped the terror ante by gravely warning that the terrorists soon will have nuclear weapons and will use them against the U.S. Rumsfeld didn’t say when the Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: East Timor Is Independent

It’s a hard world to be born into, even for nation-states. This week East Timor, half of a small island a few hundred miles north of Australia, became the youngest member of the so-called international community. Out went a temporary UN administration, established three years ago after Indonesian troops had run amok when the Timorese Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: East Timor Is Independent

It’s a hard world to be born into, even for nation-states. This week East Timor, half of a small island a few hundred miles north of Australia, became the youngest member of the so-called international community. Out went a temporary UN administration, established three years ago after Indonesian troops had run amok when the Timorese Read more…

Benjamin Evans: Deconstructing The War On Terror: Race, Gender And History

Since September 11th, 2001 many North Americans are convinced of the necessity of war. They see themselves as victims, or potentials victims, of terrorism. They feel that the bush regime’s bombing of Afghanistan, and Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian people, are justified as part of the “war on terrorism”. Last November I traveled to Brooklyn. The Read more…

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Paul Street: Liar Liar

It’s been quite an interesting experience hearing United States Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tell us that more Americans are probably going to perish in future terror attacks. It’s “inevitable,” they say, and there’s really not all that much that they or anyone else can do about it. “Let’s get real,” Read more…

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David Edwards: Burying Big Business

One of the secrets of media manipulation is to report the horror and strife of the world as though Western power, interests and machinations did not exist. Vast poverty, injustice and chaos in the Third World are depicted as unconnected to the cool oases of civilisation in Europe and the United States, which look on Read more…

Susan j. Abuhalwa: Apartheid’s Accidental Prophecy

The apartheid government of South Africa came to power in 1948, the same year that the State of Israel was created in Palestine. Having lived and witnessed the legacy of Zionism, I wonder sometimes if this shared birth year was not an accidental prophecy. Both governments were born on the miserable premise of entitlement for Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Challenges and Opportunities for Progressive Movements Post-911

Through the framework of cause and effect, you can see the obstacles posed by the War on Terrorism. Militarization, globalization, and racism have accelerated; their intersections compounded. Chris Spannos discussed these intersections and prospects for social change after Sept. 11 with Noam Chomsky on May 24, 2002. Noam Chomsky is one of America‘s most prominent Read more…

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