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Boris Kagarlitsky: An Attack Against Society

After special forces commandos stormed the Theater Na Dubrovke early Saturday morning, the authorities proclaimed the operation a complete success. They first announced that the enemy had been destroyed with no losses among the hostages or special forces. Then they mentioned 30 dead. By midday on Saturday the death toll had reached 67, and in Read more…

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George Monbiot: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Democracy in Brazil both won and lost on Sunday night. It won because, for the first time in its history, the nation chose a man of humble origins and radical views to be its president. It lost because that man is now forbidden to be radical. The strictures imposed by the capital markets and the Read more…

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David Edwards: Iraq And Arms Inspectors: part two

What A Difference 3 Years Makes: UK News Coverage of Why the Inspectors Left Iraq In 1998 and 1999 it was difficult for the media to avoid some of the more obvious facts about the withdrawal of arms inspectors from Iraq in December 1998. NBC Today accurately reported at the time: “The Iraq story boiled Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Branding New And Improved Wars

Marketing a war is serious business. And no product requires better brand names than one that squanders vast quantities of resources while intentionally killing large numbers of people. The American trend of euphemistic fog for such enterprises began several decades ago. It’s very old news that the federal government no longer has a department or Read more…

Kristen Ess: Israel’s Daily Destruction of Gaza

In this prison it matters less every day whether or not Israel drops another bomb on Rafah or Khan Younis. Israel has military control of 42% of the Gaza Strip in order to “protect” its 6,000 illegal Israeli settlers. Many of the settlers are armed. 1.25 million Palestinians are dying on less than 60% of Read more…

Rita Hamad: Free Speech And Intimidation On Campus

As the debate over Israel-Palestine has heated up recently on campuses, questions concerning the right to free speech have taken center stage. For students of Middle Eastern descent, ourselves included, the constitution’s first amendment may just be our last line of defense both on and off campuses in the post- September 11th climate. Jewish students Read more…

Rita Hamad: Free Speech And Intimidation On Campus

As the debate over Israel-Palestine has heated up recently on campuses, questions concerning the right to free speech have taken center stage. For students of Middle Eastern descent, ourselves included, the constitution’s first amendment may just be our last line of defense both on and off campuses in the post- September 11th climate. Jewish students Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Hope Wins Over Fear In Brazil

Lula said it best: “Hope won over fear.” In a decisive victory with a record 83 million votes cast, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Workers’ Party (PT) – known everywhere as Lula – became the President-elect of Brazil last night with 61 per cent of the total. In what could be an excellent Read more…

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David Edwards: Iraq And Arms Inspectors: The big Lie

Introduction To read the 34 short pages (pp.20-54) at the heart of former chief UN arms inspector Scott Ritter’s book, War On Iraq (Ritter and William Rivers Pitt, Profile Books, 2002), is to understand the utter fraudulence and staggering immorality of the proposed war on Iraq. In these pages, Ritter describes exactly how and why Read more…

Sam Bahour: Another Road Map To Nowhere

The new US “road map” to peace in the Middle East presented by US Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns is nothing but a placebo for the Palestinians and the world community amidst war talk and sabre-rattling in Washington, DC. The new plan is not an adequate response to Palestinian and international demands that Read more…

Jessica Mccallin: Israel bans new West Bank wells

Israeli infrastructure minister Effi Eitam last week banned Palestinians from drilling for water in the West Bank and put a freeze on the issue of permits for future drillings. The decision will have a severe effect on Palestinian agriculture, which relies mainly on water drilled from the ground, and will make it difficult for some Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Bush’s Lies And Simple Truths

A few weeks ago Jim McDermott, a courageous congressman from Washington state, traveled to Baghdad in pursuit of peace and was sharply criticized, particularly for his comment that George Bush “might mislead” the American public to build support for an attack on Iraq. He got only one thing wrong — the “might.” George Bush HAS Read more…

Yigal Bronner: An Open Letter To The General

GENERAL, YOUR TANK IS A POWERFUL VEHICLEIt smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men.But it has one defect:It needs a driver.(Bertolt Brecht)Dear General,In your letter to me, you wrote that “given the ongoing war in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, and in view of the military needs,” I am called upon to “participate Read more…

Michael Wolff: A Place Of Tears

On the first morning of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge, after our meeting with Dr. Hashimi, our delegation met in front of the Al-Rasheed hotel in downtown Baghdad. We gathered our gear together and prepared to go to the place that for many, including myself, was one of the most disturbing and emotionally distressing parts of Read more…

Geov Parrish: The Enemy Within

Let us assume — as virtually all of the news coverage today is doing — that John Allen Muhammad and his unfortunate stepson, arrested yesterday, are in fact the persons behind the sniping attacks that have terrorized the Washington, D.C. area for weeks. A story that muscled the War On Terror (Iraq division) off the Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: ZNet Interviews Robin Hahel

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, The ABCs of Political Economy, is about? What is it trying to communicate? The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach (Pluto Press, November 2002) is an introduction to modern, radical, political economy. It presumes no prior economics background. It provides a radical framework for Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Milosovec at the Hague

In the latest instalment of the cycle of trials at the Hague, where Milosevic is charged with alleged war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia, the current president of Croatia Stjepan Mesic and Slobodan Milosevic had a much anticipated confrontation. According to the Serbian and Croatian press, the televised verbal duel between Milosevic and Mesic in Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Why Venezuela’s Middle Class (for the most part) Opposes Chavez

“Chavez’ greatest error was to screw the middle class,” says Carlos Escarrá, a prominent constitutional lawyer and former Venezuelan supreme court judge, who describes himself as being with the “proceso,” but not a Chavista. The “proceso” is the process of social transformation that was initiated by the movement which brought President Chavez to power. When Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: ‘I couldn’t Believe I Was Doing This’

It was in Gaza that Major Rami Kaplan, a 29-year-old “veteran” of Israel’s prestigious Armoured Corps, began to feel that he had had enough. He was increasingly uneasy about the orders he was given, and the next time he was called up for his annual reserve duty, he said no. Now, after a month in Read more…

Mickey Z: Convincing The Skeptics

As I write this on a day of worldwide protest (October 26, 2002), the US government and the corporations that own it are poised for another exercise in international criminality. This time it’s a major escalation of the ongoing assault on Iraq. With much of the world lined up against such action, the first weapon Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Naboth Had A Vineyard

Had they been there last Saturday at sunset, most Israelis would not have believed their eyes.In the middle of Havarah, a small village south of Nablus, 63 Israelis, men and women, young and old, were standing together with dozens of Palestinian villagers. Jews and Arabs talked together, drank juice offered by the hosts, exchanged addresses Read more…

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John Pilger: Bali and Imperialism

What passing bells for these who die as cattle?” wrote the great First World War poet Wilfred Owen. His famous line might have been written for those who perish in today’s secret wars and terrorist outrages.   His generation never used the word “terrorism”, but the slaughter they suffered was terrorism on a breathtaking scale, Read more…

Samia Nakhoul: Parents Of Dying Iraqi Children Vent Fury At Bush

Baghdad – If President George W. Bush believes that ordinary Iraqis will welcome U.S. troops with open arms he may be in for a rude surprise. However much they fear to say what they think under the ruthless rule of President Saddam Hussein, their feelings of deep-seated hatred towards Bush are only too clear. They Read more…

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Amira Hass: It’s The Pits

Four frightened farmers emerged from the old Renault that screeched to a halt in the center of the path. “The settlers didn’t let us get to our grove,” they told their fellow villagers of Akrabeh, who were picking olives along the sides of the path. It was Monday afternoon, four days after the majority of Read more…

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David Cromwell: Moderate Extremism

Western state power prides itself on its ‘moderation’, along with its self-lauded commitments to freedom, tolerance, and “the inalienable rights of man”, as U.S. defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld put it recently in a British newspaper (“We must act to prevent a greater evil, even if that act means war”, The Independent on Sunday, 8 September, Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: Silence Is Betrayal

Dan Handelman is haunted by two images of Iraq that most Americans never see on television. One is a frail two-year-old slowly dying of dehydration in a Basra hospital while his mother sits next to him, helpless to stop the ravages of diarrhea and infection. He is, according the World Health Agency, one of the Read more…

Declan Mccullagh: Judge: Disabilities Act doesn’t cover Web

A federal judge ruled Friday that Southwest Airlines does not have to revamp its Web site to make it more accessible to the blind. In the first case of its kind, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies only to physical spaces, such as restaurants and movie theaters, and Read more…

Lee Sustar: Defending The ILWU

  SAN FRANCISCO–Shipping bosses are preparing to use an 80-day federal court injunction to attack the West Coast dockworkers’ union. And the Bush administration is ready to help. As Socialist Worker went to press, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) was preparing a report that it claims will prove that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Single Sex Schools

  LOST LAST MONTH amid the debate about Iraq was the start of the school year. And a debate that we should be having about a domestic issue — single-sex education — isn’t happening. Last May, toward the end of the school year, the Bush administration proposed making public funds available for the establishment of Read more…

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Robert W. Mcchesney: Book Interview with ZNet

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Our Media Not Theirs? What is it trying to communicate? Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media is about the crisis of media in the United States and the growing movement to reform the media system. John Nichols and I make the Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Fact and Myth

  MYTHSaddam Hussein is “gaining the power to threaten our cities with annihilation.”–New York Times columnist William Safire FACTIn truth, Iraq has no nuclear capacity and is years away from having the ability to turn fissile nuclear material–even if this could somehow be obtained–into a weapon. Iraq also lacks any long-range missiles. Even the CIA Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ten Q&A On Antiwar Organizing

(1)     What are the reasons to oppose war in Iraq? Because of despising and rejecting the carnage it will likely wreak upon the Iraqi people, who are overwhelmingly innocent civilians. War consequences are inherently unpredictable, but there is great danger that the losses from a new assault could exceed even the horrors created by the Read more…

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David Barsamian: Clamor Of The Chorus For War

  DAVID BARSAMIAN is the director of Alternative Radio, based in Boulder, Colo., and author of The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting. He talked to Socialist Worker about Washington’s propaganda campaign for a new war on Iraq–and the corporate media’s complicity. – – – – – – – – – – – – – Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Opposition and Government Supporters Rally Their Forces

Evidence for the passions in and polarization of Venezuelan society was clearly on display on October 10, at the anti-government demonstration, and on October 13, at the pro-government demonstration. Both protests managed to draw crowds that probably exceeded any previous demonstration in Venezuelan history. Estimates for each demonstration range between 400,000 and well over one Read more…

Gary Goff: US Labor And The War On Iraq

At the “Paths to a Just and Secure Future: Resisting Washington’s Endless War” Conference organized by the American Friends Service Committee (Simmons College, Boston, Oct. 11-12, 2002) I was one of four respondents to the Mary Lord’s plenary talk, “Organizing for Peace and Justice.” -Gary Goff * * * Hi, I’m Gary Goff. I’m Vice Read more…

Nathan Mauger: Iraq Journal

Sunday, Sept. 22; Jordan-Iraq border There are lines and lines of oil tankers. They sit motionless in the heat, idling. Their drivers cannot be seen; the windows of the cabs act as mirrors and reflect the sun and the desert. I’m sitting in the back of a Chevrolet GMC sports utility vehicle. We finally pass Read more…

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Robert Fisk: How To Shut Up Your Critics With A Single Word

Thank God, I often say, for the Israeli press. For where else will you find the sort of courageous condemnation of Israel’s cruel and brutal treatment of the Palestinians? Where else can we read that Moshe Ya’alon, Ariel Sharon’s new chief of staff, described the “Palestinian threat” as “like a cancer – there are all Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: The War That Can Be Stopped

As I write, the US Congress has just passed by an overwhelming margin a resolution authorising President Bush to launch a unilateral pre-emptive attack on Iraq . The world needs to understand that there is no force in the US at present able to control its aggression, no matter how ruthless or how reckless. US Read more…

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Amira Hass: It Only Leads To Disaster

“This is my daughter,” B. pointed proudly at the girl walking beside him in the Tul Karm neighborhood. “She is 10,” he said in Arabic and Hebrew, adding, “but she is not a local product.” B. spent 15 years in an Israeli prison for Fatah activities. He was released and in the first intifada was Read more…

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Tom Wetzel: Talk At Anarchist Conference

I’m going to talk a bit about the theoretical presuppositions of anarchosyndicalism, and I’m going to make some comparisons with Marxism since both political perspectives claim to base themselves on the class struggle. Actually they aren’t exactly comparable because Marxism purports to be a complete worldview whereas I would argue that anarchosyndicalism is best understood Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Chain Of Command

There is little controversy about the facts: last Thursday, in an IDF action in Rafah, at least eight Palestinians were killed (the number will probably climb, since some of the wounded were severely hurt). Five of those killed were woman and children. Almost fifty people were wounded – many of them children who had just Read more…

Activists Ciepac: Plan Puebla Panama Primer

1. Is there a one or two sentence summary of what the PPP is? On one level the Plan Puebla Panama is very easy to understand. It is a vast infrastructure construction project, designed to please big business, that covers 9 states in south-southeast Mexico and the 7 Central American republics. 2. Who is pushing Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: Uribe’s Dictatorial Rule Suits Oil Companies

On August 7, 2002, mortar attacks hit the inauguration ceremony of President Alvaro Uribe, symbolizing a new phase in the Colombian conflict. Evading the 20,000-strong force of soldiers and police guarding the capital during Uribe’s big day, and operating undetected by U.S.-supplied helicopters and radar jets, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) launched nineteen Read more…

Pranjal Ti: Article 23

The government of Hong Kong has recently announced its desire to enact, as soon as possible, a set of repressive new laws aimed at criminalizing such vagaries as “sedition, subversion, and treason”. Passing the legislation, according to the territory’s Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa, is “the duty of all Chinese”, and the proposed laws are Read more…

Mark Curtis: US And British Complicity In Indonesia 1965

US officials at the time called a “reign of terror” and British officials “ruthless terror”. However, unlike the terrorists responsible for the outrage of September 11, precisely nothing has ever been done to bring those responsible in Indonesia – and their supporters in Washington and London – to account. The killings in Indonesia started when Read more…

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William Blum: American Empire For Dummies

Part One Go To Part Two Good evening, it’s very nice to be here, especially since the bombs have not yet begun to fall; I mean in Iraq, not Boulder; Boulder comes after Iraq and Iran if you folks don’t shape up and stop inviting people like me to speak. The first time I spoke Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Citizens As Soldiers, Citizens As Prey

In what could be one of the final steps toward the permanent militarization of U.S. society, we all are being recruited as soldiers in the Bush administration’s unlimited war against endless enemies (also known as the “war on terrorism”). Last December, highway workers were enlisted as “foot soldiers in the war on terrorism,” watching for Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Citizens As Soldiers, Citizens As Prey

In what could be one of the final steps toward the permanent militarization of U.S. society, we all are being recruited as soldiers in the Bush administration’s unlimited war against endless enemies (also known as the “war on terrorism”). Last December, highway workers were enlisted as “foot soldiers in the war on terrorism,” watching for Read more…

Danny Rubenstein: C ast Away

Three weeks ago last Thursday, an Israel Defense Forces unit, accompanied by a few policemen and a bulldozer, came to the neighborhood of Sheikh Saad in southeast Jerusalem. The unit’s commander informed a few local residents, whom he encountered at the entrance to the neighborhood, that within two hours the bulldozer would heap up boulders Read more…

Fair: What A Difference Four Years Makes

Mainstream Media sources have repeatedly asserted that UN Weapons inspectors were kicked out of Iraq. EXTRA the magazine published by FAIR every month has provided an excellent comparison of coverage by major news outlets in 1998 and recently, and exposed the lies and distortions currently being used to support a war against Iraq… Make sure Read more…

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