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Mark Weisbrot: Brazilian Democracy Faces Obstacles from the North

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In this slum carved out of the hilltops overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Claudia de Andrade Burgo explains why she plans to vote for Lula, the presidential candidate of the Workers’ Party, in Brazil‘s 2002 elections. “He is from the people — the poorer classes. The Workers’ Party is more likely Read more…

Heinz Dieterich steffan: Re-colonization of Latin America

[Translated for ZNet by José Luna] The rupture of diplomatic relations with Cuba, the coup d’état in Venezuela, the cancelling of peace negotiations in Colombia and the economic destruction in Argentina to annihilate MERCOSUR [trading treaty] show the dramatic advances of Latin America’s re-colonization. After two centuries, the annexationist essence of the Monroe doctrine has Read more…

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Amira Hass: Destruction and Degradation

No one deluded himself that the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, which takes up five of the eight floors of a new building in the center of El Bireh, would be spared the fate of other Palestinian Authority offices in Ramallah and other cities – that is, the nearly total destruction of its contents and particularly Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Sharon the merciless and Arafat the corrupt have nothing meaningful to offer each other

Jerusalem. Self-delusion has crossed the Atlantic. George Bush is having visions again – just as he did before the most recent bloodbath in Israel and Palestine – and Colin Powell, whose latest Middle East mission was a wholesale disaster, wants to devise “a set of principles” for an Arab-Israeli peace. And, as usual, it is Read more…

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John Pilger: Clare Short’s treatment of Ghana

Clare Short promotes herself expertly in the media. She is the “rebel” in the Blair cabinet, the outspoken rough diamond opposed to “those privileged middle-class types” who challenge the diktats of the World Bank, of which she is a governor. In truth, she is invaluable to Tony Blair, providing the illusion of a people’s government Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: When Surrender Isn’t Good Enough

WASHINGTON, DC — The world’s two most powerful financial institutions, the IMF and World Bank, have just concluded their annual spring meetings here. Their officials committed themselves to such niceties as “a new partnership between developed and developing countries,” “sustainable growth and poverty reduction,” and “participatory processes.”   But just look at what they are Read more…

Roger Burbach: The Argentine Abyss

Buenos Aires. Argentina is in the midst of an unprecedented upheaval. In office for just four months, President Eduardo Dudalde last week reshuffled his cabinet, appointed a new economics minister, and called for yet another austerity program designed to meet the demands of Washington and the International Monetary Fund. But virtually no one here believes Read more…

Stan Winer: Truth Betrayed

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), emerged originally out of a debate over whether the criminal justice process or the truth process was best suited to exposing the many gross violations of human rights that took place during the apartheid years. Clearly, however, truth bas been betrayed on both counts. Both the criminal Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Destruction of Lands, Deliberate Fires

Primero de Enero Autonomous Municipality, Chiapas.May 3. Aside from the daily patrols through the community of Patria Nueva (in which between 200 and 300 soldiers participate, and even armored tanks), two other threats have materialized here, in the form of cows and fire.  Not because cows and fire are intrinsically “bad,” but because, in the Read more…

Colacot: Solidarity Economics

[COLACOT is the Confederacion Latinoamericana de Cooperativas y Mutuales de Trabajdores, Latin American Confederation of Cooperatives and Worker's Associations.  Translated by Justin Podur, ZNet] Problems At the start of another year of life and work, 43 million Colombians are suffering a growing and accelerating deterioration of the quality of life.  This is suffered by the Read more…

Pattrice le-muire Jones: Plants Versus Profits

I live in the region of the United States where the techniques of industrial poultry production were first devised. Our landscape is littered with low buildings, each of which contains 20,000 young birds. In these buildings, dead and dying birds lie upon piles of fecal waste, side by side with live birds destined to be Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Gujarat Cannot and Must Not Become the Future of India

First, in February 2002, came news of the Hindu Right’s renewed campaign to build a temple at the site of the destroyed 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, in northern India. In 1992, the leaders of the Hindu Right’s political party, the BJP, joined with thousands of cadre who destroyed the mosque, as the might of Read more…

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Justin Podur: Against Fear and Invisibility

The struggle of Colombians is a struggle against fear and a struggle against invisibility. These are two of the worst weapons used against Colombians.  Fear, because it causes the silence elites need to fulfill their agendas.  Invisibility, because of its isolating effect: people cannot fight alongside, or build solidarity with, those they cannot see.  In Read more…

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Kim Scipes: AFL-CIO and Venezuela: Return of Labor Imperialism, or a Mistaken Reaction?

There has been considerable debate and discussion recently on labor-related e-mail lists concerning possible AFL-CIO involvement in the recent attempted coup to overthrow President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. The AFL-CIO has been supporting the Confederation of Venezuelan Workers (CTV), the national labor center, and there have been concerns raised about the CTV’s national leadership’s possible Read more…

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David Edwards: A Tale Of Two ‘massacres’ – Jenin And Racak

“I think newsmen are inclined to side with humanity rather than with authority and institutions.” (Quoted Schechter, The More You Watch, The Less You Know, Seven Stories Press, 1997, p.36)   Or so U.S. TV anchorman, Walter Cronkite, would have us believe. Leading New York Times intellectual, Thomas Friedman, provides some of the reality:   Read more…

Armen Georgian: Us Eyes Caspian Oil In “War On Terror”

The arrival of US military advisors in Georgia 29 April raised as many glasses in Ankara and Baku as it did jitters in Moscow. Touted as a new front in the “war on terror,” the US is in reality scrambling for Caspian oil in a bid to oust Russia from its traditional backyard.   Washington Read more…

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John Pilger: Venezuela and Censorship

Last month, I wrote about Venezuela, pointing out that little had been reported in this country about the achievements of Hugo Chavez and the threat to his reforming government from the usual alliance of a corrupt local elite and the United States. When the conspirators made their move on 12 April, the response of the Read more…

Duncan Campbell: American Navy ‘helped Venezuelan Coup’

The United States had been considering a coup to overthrow the elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, since last June, a former US intelligence officer claimed yesterday.   It is also alleged that the US navy aided the abortive coup which took place in Venezuela on April 11 with intelligence from its vessels in the Caribbean. Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Bleak Horizons After Operation Defensive Wall

On April 28, both Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accepted an American proposal whereby US and British security personnel will be dispatched to Jericho to supervise the imprisonment of six Palestinians besieged with Arafat in what remains of the Ramallah governorate. Barring last-minute surprises, the end of what is arguably Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Still Separate But Not Necessarily Unequal

Nearly a half century after the Supreme Court knocked out school segregation in its Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, black and white students at Taylor County High School in Central Georgia made brief national news when they agreed to end their racially separate proms. The Taylor County school is not the only public school Read more…

Desmond Tutu: Apartheid in the Holy Land

In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I am patron of a Holocaust centre in South Africa. I believe Israel has Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Real Aim of

 The real aim of “Operation Defensive Shield” was not to “destroy the infrastructure of terrorism”.   This was merely a good slogan for uniting the people of Israel, who are angry and afraid after the suicide bombings. It is also a good political device, allowing Sharon to ride on the bandwagon of President Busch’s “war Read more…

Michael r. Gordon: Palestinians Show Link Between The U.S. And Israeli Terror

The Palestinian authority has prepared a report showing that the United States has not only provided a steady stream of weapons to the Sharon government as that government stepped up its violence against civilians in the occupied territories, the report also describes a series of U.S. political actions that have supported Israeli state terrorism and Read more…

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Paul Street: Towards a “Decent Left”

The Liberal-Left Attack Among the many dark aspects of September 11th’s aftermath we might include the intensification of internal division within an American left that was already rather snippy with itself. This latest intra-“progressive” unpleasantness has been a fairly one-sided affair, with most of the heat coming from the more centrist liberal-left, associated with journals Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Irony of French Elections:

French presidential elections are vastly more democratic than the American system. The first round allows anyone who can get endorsement from 500 of France’s 36,000 mayors (any small village will do) to be an official candidate. All get free television time. This allows a range of political expression and the emergence of new political currents, Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: A French Lesson

No-one was particularly excited about the presidential elections in France. The differences between the leading candidates were so minuscule that the victory of one or the other could have significance only for the candidate himself and for people who were hoping to be appointed to the administration. Then when France finally went to the polls, Read more…

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George Monbiot: Black Shirts in Green Trousers

The polling stations had scarcely closed before Le Pen’s success was being blamed on the greens and the new left. The leader of France’s Front National, commentators on both sides of the Channel agree, had done so well because the radicals first established the political territory he exploited, then split the left-wing vote. Both charges Read more…

Michael Poulshock: Anti War Demos

It would be understandable if one had the impression that American Jews were united in their support for Israel, particularly given the events of the past month. However, the escalation of the conflict in the last few weeks is jarring many American Jews from their reflexive support for Israeli policy. A significant number of Jews, Read more…

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Tim Wise: Anti-Semitism, Real and Imagined

Watching former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress a few weeks ago, I must admit, I was almost sucked in. No, not by his distorted version of reality in the Occupied Territories, nor by his opportunistic and transparently disingenuous comparisons between Yasir Arafat and Osama bin Laden. Nor by his insistence that there Read more…

Njeri Rugene: Kenyan MPs Rebel Against WB and IMF

An attempt to broker better understanding between Parliament and donors fell flat on its face after MPs rebelled and accused lenders of imposing policies which hurt ordinary people. Members of Parliament were meeting officials of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank at a closed-door conference on economic management in Mombasa. There has been Read more…

Katherine Hoyt: Concerns Over Possible AFL-CIO Involvement in Venezuela Coup Led to February Picket

Could the bad old days be returning to the AFL-CIO’s operations in other countries? Fear that in Venezuela the AFL-CIO was supporting both a right-wing union federation and a U.S.-backed coup led some solidarity activists to mount a picket line at AFL-CIO headquarters in February. The coup arrived in the early morning hours of April Read more…

John Bunzl: Le Pen is Chief Beneficiary of Corporate Globalization

The rise of the far-right across Europe and elsewhere, of which Le Pen is but the latest and most high-profile example, has met with a predictable barrage of outrage and political hand-wringing amongst Europe’s mainstream politicians. Tony Blair describes the policies of Le Pen’s Front National as “repellent” while Jacques Chirac refuses a TV debate Read more…

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Robert Fisk: They are coming

They are coming. That’s what most Gazans tell you. The Israelis are coming. But the sand barricades are pathetic. Even a mile from the Erez “safe crossing” point constructed during the early days of the mad dream of Oslo, the best that Yasser Arafat’s legions can do is erect a 15ft rampart of earth and Read more…

Azmi Bishara: A Strange Case Of Casting

At the very moment the Arab masses were being transformed into a collective movement, taking to the streets in order to exercise just one aspect of their rights as citizens, demanding that their leaders should act as leaders and take resolute decisions against US and Israeli policies — at precisely this moment, leaders (who, by Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: The Machine

 [Translated by Francisco González] Sigmund Freud had learned it from Jean-Martin Charcot: ideas can be implanted by hypnosis in the human mind. More than a century has gone by since then, and the technology of manipulation has made great strides. This is a colossal machine, the size of the planet, that orders us to repeat Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: What are these ‘other threats’ to Colombia’s Security?

On April 18, 2002, the US Congress announced a new bill intended to raise the amounts and the involvement of military aid to the government of Colombia. The text of the bill, released with the visit of Colombian President Andres Pastrana to Washington, extends military aid that is now no longer legally limited to the Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Real Aim

The real aim of “Operation Defensive Shield” was not to “destroy the infrastructure of terrorism”. This was merely a good slogan for uniting the people of Israel, who are angry and afraid after the suicide bombings. It is also a good political device, allowing Sharon to ride on the bandwagon of President Busch’s “war against Read more…

Baruch Kimmerling: Israeli democracy’s decline

Jerusalem – More than 350 combat officers and soldiers from the Israeli reserve forces recently declared that they are no longer willing to serve in the occupied territories; they will not be partners to the war crimes and atrocities that the Israeli army is carrying out there. If these reserve soldiers refuse to serve, they Read more…

Ahmad Faruqui: Worse Than No Deal At All

 Speaking in Los Angeles last month, Al Gore argued that the cycle of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians began when Yasir Arafat rejected an “extremely generous” peace settlement that Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had offered him in 2000 at Camp David. Characterizing Israel’s offer as “generous” has been a Read more…

Ahmad Faruqui: Worse Than No Deal

Speaking in Los Angeles last month, Al Gore argued that the cycle of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians began when Yasir Arafat rejected an “extremely generous” peace settlement that Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had offered him in 2000 at Camp David. Characterizing Israel’s offer as “generous” has been a Read more…

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Judy Rebick: French Election Has Lessons For Us All

The results of the French Presidential election are the latest, and perhaps most significant sign, that the shifts in global politics following September 11 are much greater than anyone on the left predicted. The failure of the French left to move to the second round in a run off election for the first time since Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: No Kidding:

A key anti-bribery law has taken a major hit. A startling decision handed down last week by a federal judge in Houston undermines the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and will make it difficult for weak and demoralized prosecutors to bring to justice U.S. corporate executives who openly bribe foreign government officials. The judge in the Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Did Israel Perpetrate a ‘Massacre’ in the Jenin Refugee Camp?

Even before the Israeli military completed its conquest of the Jenin refugee camp on 11 April, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had established a public relations committee specifically devoted to defending the Jewish state’s conduct in the camp. That a sustained exercise in damage control would be required had Read more…

Justin Huggler: What really happened in Jenin?

The thought was as unshakable as the stench wafting from the ruins. Was this really about counterterrorism? Was it revenge? Or was it an episode – the nastiest so far – in a long war by Ariel Sharon, the staunch opponent of the Oslo accords, to establish Israel’s presence in the West Bank as permanent, Read more…

Ewen Mcaskill: Children are new martyrs of Gaza

A tragic new twist was added to the Middle East conflict when three 14-year-old Palestinian classmates were buried in Gaza yesterday after mounting a futile attack that ended with them being shot dead by Israeli soldiers. They were victims of a disturbing trend among Palestinian children to copy their elders by participating in the 19-month-old Read more…

Jon Hillson: Reporter’s Notebook from Argentina
 

BUENOS AIRES, April 24 (NY Transfer)–“Don’t cry for me, Argentina, the truth is I never left you,” implores the romanticized persona of Eva Duarte in the musical “Evita.” But the powerful fact today is that millions do not long for her, or her husband, deceased dictator Juan Domingo Perón. The cry instead is for justice, Read more…

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Michael Moore: Fear of Whites?

I don’t know what it is, but every time I see a white guy walking towards me, I tense up. My heart starts racing, and I immediately begin to look for an escape route and a means to defend myself. I kick myself for even being in this part of town after dark. Didn’t I Read more…

Eric Johnson: This is What Democracy Looks Like

I was huddled against a wall on Broadway and 5th, just after dawn, when I noticed a woman with a gas mask strapped to her belt. “Don’t worry,” I heard someone next to me say (probably having noticed that my lips were turning white) “this won’t be like Seattle, at least, probably not.” Despite those Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Old Hates Fueled By Fear

I knew from e-mail reports that something new was going on in Washington last weekend. A demonstration against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund was joined by an antiwar march, as well as a demonstration against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. In the end, all the marches joined together in what organizers described Read more…

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George Monbiot: Diplomacy US-Style

Tony Blair might believe he belongs to an international coalition, but George Bush has other ideas. Bush’s international war against terrorism has not stopped him from waging a parallel war against cooperation. Two weeks ago, the US ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna failed, for the first time, to attend a meeting of the Read more…

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