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Jeff Juris: The London ESF and the Politics of Autonomous Space

The third ESF has officially ended, but the barrage of attacks and counter-attacks around the autonomous actions and arrests continues to rage. The simmering conflict between the horizonal and verticals became fully visible when a group of activists from Beyond ESF, including the Wombles and many others, rushed the stage during an anti-Racism plenary Saturday Read more…

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Paul Burrows: Ammar Khatib Faces Deportation to Syria

The latest deportation order has arrived. After pursuing various legal avenues over the last few years, Syrian-born Ammar Khatib received a letter at the end of October stating that he must present himself at the Winnipeg International Airport on Monday, November 15th at 9:00 A.M. sharp. Unless there is a groundswell of community support, and Read more…

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Site Administrator: Eminem vs. Bush:

Eminem has gone way beyond Rockin’ the Vote. In this last week of the campaign for the U.S. presidency, the abrasive, over-the-top rapper has stolen the show with a provocative, disturbing, and possibly galvanizing music video denouncing George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. The song, Mosh, and its dark and angry video take Read more…

Richard Oxman: Take the Deal:

“The task at hand is to recapture…energy, imagination…adding to it a broadbased and unequivocal acceptance of the proposition that the dissolution of state power here can be no more ‘nonviolent’ here than it would have been –in fact, was– in nazi Germany, and that pretending otherwise simply increases the overall level of violence involved in Read more…

Richard Miller: The Day after the Election

At Cornell University for Peace and Justice, a student/faculty/staff group at Cornell, we have decided to launch a campaign against the U.S. occupation of Iraq, starting the day after the election. Our thought is that whatever happens, this will be an important next step. If Bush wins, people will be utterly demoralized. If Kerry wins, Read more…

Yasuko Kato: Are Electromagnetic Waves the Culprit?

In two communities in Nagano Prefecture an increasing number of citizens are complaining of swollen lymph glands and muscle pain, and at the same time deformities are appearing in plants. The causes have not been clarified, but some people suspect that the electromagnetic waves from mobile phone base stations may be a factor.   Ms. Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Something Big

There’s something big going on here and it’s not just about November 2. It’s about democracy in America.   I said last week, the Good Old Boy Party of the GOP is engaged in a last-ditch stunt to put Jim Crow America on life support. I take it back. The party of preemptive war is Read more…

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James O\'nions: ESF At The Crossroads?

When November 2002 saw the first European Social Forum (ESF) take place in Florence, Italy, it was undoubtedly a watershed for the European movement. In excess of 35000 people registered for the forum itself, with some putting the figure for the closing demonstration as high as a million. The battles which Italy’s social movements were Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: A couch potato’s guide to election night

Let me, following my own roundabout route, suggest some of the factors all you political jockeys and the rest of us election-night couch potatoes might consider as we turn on our television sets.   As a start, there can be no question that this has been the year of a striking activist upsurge which has Read more…

Scott Ritter: We Are All Moral Cowards

The full scale of the human cost already paid for the war on Iraq is only now becoming clear. Last week’s estimate by investigators, using credible methodology, that more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians – most of them women and children – have died since the US-led invasion is a profound moral indictment of our countries. Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Eve of Elections Talking Points

As the election count-down goes into its final days, new evidence has come to the fore of just how high is the actual cost of the Iraq war and the administration’s disastrous Middle East policy. According to a new report by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and published in the prestigious British medical Read more…

Reed Lindsay: Police Terror Sweeps Across Haiti

Port-au-Prince. The bodies had been whisked away but the dried pool of blood covering the dirt-floor dead end of a twisting alley was a chilling sign of what happened here last week.   Residents in the National Fort district, which like most of Port-au-Prince’s slums is a bastion of support for former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Read more…

Harold Meyerson: The Tsunami

ORLANDO, Florida – I have seen the present, and it works – I think.   I have spent the past week observing the official Democratic Party and unofficial 527 field operations in the battleground states of Ohio and Florida. And I have found something I’ve never before seen in my 36 or so years as Read more…

Salim Vally: Israel and South Africa

It’s not every Saturday in downtown Johannesburg that one sees a crowd of kaffiyeh-clad protesters shouting slogans about Palestinian liberation.  But then again it’s not every day that South Africa’s government of former freedom fighters plays host to a top official from what many now refer to as an “apartheid state”. On October 16th protests Read more…

Kevin Pina: Haiti Emergency

Bernstein: Repressive forces acting on behalf of puppet Prime Minister Latortue continued their attacks on the pro-democracy movement. On Tuesday U.S. backed Haitian police reportedly entered the neighbourhood of Fort Nationalle, forced 13 people to the ground, and executed them one by one. The UN special envoy to Haiti has called for the U.S. installed Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Ghosts of October

The Last Czar On October 20, in revenge for Bolivian President Carlos Mesa’a approval of the “trial of responsibilities,” congressional representatives affiliated with former president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada’s party, MNR (National Revolutionary Movement), voted for the Hydrocarbons Law presented by the Mixed Commission on Economic Development. Given that MAS (Movement Toward Socialism) led the Read more…

Satoshi Kamata: Toyota: Suicide and Worker Depression at the World’s Most Profitable Manufacturer

Toyota is the most profitable company in Japan. Its net profit for fiscal 2004 was reported at 1.16 trillion yen ($10.5 billion). This is after-tax, clear profit, the first time in the history of Japanese capitalism that a company has passed one trillion yen in profits.   Toyota sold 1.3 million fewer cars than world-leader Read more…

Denis Drew: 21st Century Wage Depression

If we predicted to working Americans of 1968 that, 35 years hence, 25% of them would be earning less than the federal minimum wage of that day ($8.70/hour), they would have conjured up visions of another great depression or a nuclear exchange or crazies closing off mid-east oil fields – not of economic output grown Read more…

Farooq Sulehria: BALLOTS IN BATTLEFIELDS

Hamid Karzai has won the election. That was hardly any surprise. However, the high turn out (69%) was a surprise indeed. And a pleasant one. With 97 percent of the votes counted, Karzai with 55 percent of the votes was an outright winner. Had any candidate not obtained a majority, the top two would have Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Osama’s Surprise

Looked at realistically Osama bin Laden’s intervention in our presidential election was undoubtedly an act of immediate organizational weakness, not strength. Had he had been capable of orchestrating the bringing down of another American tower or its equivalent, he certainly would have done so, but it was no less ingenious for that. His last major Read more…

David Zirin: Bush League

They didn’t think he was good enough to be their baseball commissioner and follow in the immortal footsteps of people like Bowie Kuhn and Ford Frick, but the Major Leagues’ cabal of billionaire owners is ponying up the dough to keep George W. Bush in the White House. A recent Associated Press review found that Read more…

Michel Warschawski: Anti-war movement: The centrality of the Palestinian question

At the last international conference of the anti-war movement it was decided that the next meeting would be held at Beirut in Lebanon. It was obvious that no Israeli activist could be present in Beirut for this conference, nonetheless I heartily approve of this decision. It is of the highest importance that the world anti-war Read more…

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Paul Street: Why Didn’t We Attack Sweden?

What do Osama bin-Laden and the owners and top editors of the gigantic corporate media outlet the Chicago Tribune have in common? They both want George W. Bush to return for a second term. The Tribune’s masters want Bush back because they are Republicans who see the Crawford Chickenhawk and his jingoist, ultra-regressive “posse” as Read more…

Hope Bastian: Uncovering The Bush Plan For Regime Change In Cuba

I’m living in a war zone, but what I see when I look out the window of my apartment in Havana, Cuba does not resemble the pictures in the papers of the war in Iraq. No missiles have been fired here, there are no camouflaged soldiers in the streets with guns, no armored tanks roll Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Nader’s Game of Chicken

Ralph Nader won’t receive more than 1 percent of the vote nationwide on Election Day, but he’s already the winner in a spectacular game of “chicken.” After the vast majority of former allies jumped off his electoral vehicle, Nader kept flooring the accelerator — while scorning them as “scared liberals” who “lost their nerve.” For Read more…

Jeremy Laurance: 100,000 Lives

The first scientific study of the human cost of the Iraq war suggests that at least 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives since their country was invaded in March 2003. More than half of those who died were women and children killed in air strikes, researchers say. Previous estimates have put the Iraqi death toll Read more…

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Immanuel Wallerstein: MidEast Cauldron

Whoever is President of the United States, the basic political dilemmas of the Middle East will be the same in the coming five years. There are three loci of crucial happenings and probable major shifts in the coming period: Iraq, Iran, and Israel/Palestine.   The issue in Iraq that will have most impact on the Read more…

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Serge Halimi: The United States: Bush’s Record

Despite the usual voter apathy of Americans, the turnout on 2 November is expected to exceed European levels (1). Will that be because of 9/11 and George Bush’s response to it – the provocative policies coming out of the White House; the enthusiasm with which, on the pretext of reacting to the attacks on New Read more…

Physicians for a National Health Program - NY Metro Chapter: Health Care and the Free Market

The New York Times, published October 30, 2004   To the Editor: The flu vaccine emergency is a dramatic example of our health care crisis. In Europe, there is no shortage because governments there take responsibility for the public’s health, by assuring universal health care coverage through national health insurance. This responsibility for the health of Read more…

Sharbani Banerji: Rocket Launchers and Shells in My Backyard

The events of the past few weeks have unearthed some frightening facts. “India is being unwittingly turned into a dumping ground for scrap containing explosives from war-ravaged countries” ( “Scrap ammo: The big dump”, Hindustan Times (HT), 9th Oct 2004). What no one has pointed out till now is that these are in all probability, Read more…

Davina Baum: Eminem, Anti-Hero

There was merely a ripple in the cultural zeitgeist when Bruce Springsteen put aside his genial nonpartisan everyman stance and headlined the Vote for Change concerts, benefiting America Coming Together (ACT), and ultimately, John Kerry. No one blinked when Ani diFranco set off on her own tour, boldly titled Vote Dammit. Same with Moby, who Read more…

James Mcnulty: Iraq Is All About Oil — And George W. Bush Wants Canada’s Too

The way veteran author and journalist Linda McQuaig sees it, George W. Bush’s war in Iraq was always about oil, oil, oil.   Not weapons of mass destruction, not bringing democracy to the Middle East, not terrorism.   If that premise seems radical, it won’t after a reading of McQuaig’s latest vigorous expose, It’s the Read more…

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Roger Bybee: McGoverrn’s ‘Essential America’

Mcgovern Ties Progress To Liberalism The Capital Times :: EDITORIAL :: 11A Friday, October 29, 2004 By Roger Bybee Venom directed at American liberalism seems to be reaching all-time toxic levels as Tuesday’s election nears. U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., proclaims, "If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election." Meanwhile, rightists Read more…

Jay Rosen: Off the Charts

On October 7th I was interviewed by Elizabeth Jensen, a media-beat reporter for the Los Angeles Times, who sometimes calls me for expert commentary. She had some news and wanted to get my reaction, but my first reaction was disbelief. My second reaction was: This is going to be huge. What she described sounded so Read more…

Diego Cevallos: Female Chiapas Mayor

MEXICO CITY – In December María Sánchez will become the first woman to govern an indigenous municipality in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, where she is bucking local tradition. “I am the first, but there will be many more,” she says. “I can see that my brothers and sisters respect me and I respect Read more…

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Holly Sklar: Imagine Gore Running For Re-election With Bush’s Record

Imagine there was no electoral college and Al Gore became president after winning the popular vote in 2000. Now, imagine President Gore running for re-election with George W. Bush’s record. How would you vote? What if al-Qaeda easily hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001 after Gore received an Aug. 6 Presidential Daily Brief, titled “Bin Read more…

Tom Robbins: The Soldiers Who Said No

No matter how the military ultimately decides to deal with Staff Sergeant Michael Butler for disobeying orders, once the war in Iraq is through with him, he’ll be welcomed home by an adoring family and the big yellow ribbon that is pinned to the tall long-leaf pine tree outside his one-story brick house in Jackson, Read more…

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Ruth Rosen: Women Really on Their Own

Last winter, newspapers across the country publicized the startling fact that 22 million single women — including those never married, divorced, separated or widowed — simply didn’t bother to vote in the 2000 presidential election. “Women’s Voices. Women Vote” (WVWV), the nonpartisan project that released this focused poll data, quickly dubbed these voters “Women on Read more…

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Chris Spannos: StopWar.ca demands that company bidding on RAV project withdraw from bullet consortium

Press Release October 29, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE StopWar.ca demands that company bidding on RAV project withdraw from bullet consortium StopWar.ca, the Lower Mainland’s broad-based anti-war coalition, is demanding that the RAV Project Management Ltd. (RAVCO) Evaluation Committee require SNC-Lavalin Inc. to withdraw from a multinational consortium that has been set up to supply bullets Read more…

Mahmood Mamdani: Darfur Crisis

This article originally appeared in Pambazuka News, an information service for social justice in Africa.   How can we name the Darfur crisis? The US Congress, and now Secretary of State Colin Powell, claim that genocide has occurred in Darfur. The European Union says it is not genocide. And so does the African Union.   Read more…

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Ricardo Levins Morales: Beyond the Election

Let’s take a moment to look past the looming presidential election. Within a few days the formal voting will take place. How long until the dust settles and one or another candidate is anointed the winner is anybody’s guess. Soon enough we will have to come to terms with a new, post-election, reality. The Left Read more…

Scott Mclarty: What about November 3?

In September, a group of journalists, political activists, actors, musicians, and other prominent Americans issued a short statement titled “Nader 2000 Leaders Organize To Defeat Bush” . The statement urges swing-state voting for Mr. Kerry with the sole purpose of defeating President Bush’s reelection, while admitting that they “strongly disagree with Mr. Kerry’s own positions Read more…

Paul Rogat Loeb: PleaTo Nader Supporters

If Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jim Hightower, Stephen Shalom, and Ralph Nader’s former running mate Winona LaDuke haven’t convinced you that voting for Nader is too great a risk this election, maybe nothing will. But the stakes are high enough to try. As Nader supporters continually point out, Kerry is a compromised, centrist Read more…

P r Dubhashi: Participative Economics

Parecon: Life after Capitalism by Michael Albert; Verso 2003;pp 311, $16. Capitalism rules triumphant today all over the world in the era of globalisation. It has been left with no rival or alternative after the collapse of communism in the erstwhile Soviet Union and other eastern European countries. Soviet Union has disintegrated and many eastern Read more…

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Doug Ireland: THE FORGOTTEN DICTATORSHIP: TUNISIA

The re-election on October 24 of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, with the Ceausescu-like score of 94.49%, was scarcely noticed in the Stateside news media. Even the New York Times only posted a brief dispatch from AP on its website. In most U.S. media, a Nexis search reveals, the event rated only a Read more…

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Ariel Dorfman: Memories of Chile in the Midst of an American Presidential Campaign

[Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: As Ariel Dorfman wrote in an essay collected in his new book Other Septembers, Many Americas, sometime before September 11th — 1973, not 2001 — he took to the streets of Santiago with other Chilean demonstrators crying out, “It can’t happen here!” But, of course, it did happen there on that Read more…

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Michael A. Lebowitz: Cuban Measures

* The measures announced by the Cuban government yesterday in relation to the use and circulation of the USD in Cuba are the latest in a series attempting to deal with the serious problems the Cuban economy faces. Previous measures related to the USD include (a) the removal of US coins from currency two years Read more…

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Greg Palast: Adventure Capitalism

In February 2003, a month before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a 101-page document came my way from somewhere within the U.S. State Department. Titled pleasantly, “Moving the Iraqi Economy from Recovery to Growth,” it was part of a larger under-wraps program called “The Iraq Strategy.” The Economy Plan goes boldly where no invasion plan Read more…

Daniel Morduchowicz: The Take

Derrick O’Keefe of Seven Oaks Magazine (www.SevenOaksMag.com) caught up with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis after a special Vancouver showing of their documentary, The Take. Derrick O’Keefe: What was your initial motivation in making this film? Avi Lewis: We set out to make a resolutely hopeful film. We wanted to find people constructing real alternatives to corporate Read more…

Steve Cobble: No Stolen Elections

Let’s start with the conclusion: We encourage people to work for regime change at home all day on November 2nd, Election Day, and then prepare to return to the streets on November 3rd (and perhaps beyond), at predetermined, symbolic, convenient locally-chosen sites. Set your rallies now. Volunteer to help get-out-the-vote on Election Day, but also Read more…

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