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Rebecca Solnit: Acts of Hope: Challenging Empire on the World Stage

On January 18, 1915, eighteen months into the first world war, the first terrible war in the modern sense — slaughter by the hundreds of thousands, poison gas, men living and dying in the open graves of trench warfare, tanks, barbed wire, machine guns, airplanes — Virginia Woolf wrote in her journal, “The future is Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy

In these times, when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our freedoms are being snatched from us, and when few can afford the luxury of retreating from the streets for a while in order to return with an exquisite, fully formed political thesis replete with footnotes and references, what Read more…

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Tim Wise: Inventing Jayson Blair

If Jayson Blair did not exist, white America would have to create him. The confirmed New York Times plagiarist and all-around journalistic con man, after all, is the perfect foil for those whites who have always needed to find a dark face capable of confirming pre-existing biases towards, suspicions of, and fears about black people.Indeed Read more…

Mahir Ali: More Bang For Their Buck

“Al Qaeda is on the run,” the president of the United States announced earlier this month. “That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated … They’re not a problem anymore.” Last week, after the blasts in Riyadh but before the bombings in Casablanca, he sounded a more cautious note: Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Children’s Teeth

One of the most progressive Jewish principles of old is now being put to the test: “In those days they shall say no more, ‘The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, Read more…

Mickey Z: Instant Understanding

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: The era of classified documents and backroom scheming has gone the way of the elected president. U.S. leaders:Republican, Democrat, or corporate (pardon the redundancy)feel little need to conceal their criminal agendas. Someone, somewhere made the assessment that enough of us have been sufficiently indoctrinated. There is no Read more…

Helen Luu: Discovering A Different Space Of Resistance

A Budding Consciousness: Discovering a Different Space of Resistance In the summer of 2000, I was involved with a coalition that worked to mobilize and organize a demonstration against the Organization of American States (OAS) when they held their meeting in Windsor, Canada. Included in the OAS’s portfolio is the detrimental implementation of the Free Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Imperial Ambition

David Barsamian: What are the regional implications of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq?   Noam Chomsky: I think not only the region but the world in general perceives it correctly as a kind of an easy test case to try to establish a norm for use of military force, which was declared in Read more…

Laurie King-irani: The Edge Of Reason

So it all comes down to this: a jagged fence, an armored jeep, and a sniper tower; a lone, bullet-scarred house barely sheltering a terrified family at the edge of Rafah, at the edge of Palestine, at the very edge of human decency and endurance. A swirling wind whips dust, sand, and garbage along a Read more…

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David Edwards: Demoloshing Compassion

You would not be mistaken if you have noticed that there is a certain harshness about mainstream corporate journalists, their reporting and their responses to readers. Anyone who has worked for large corporations, as we have, knows that compassion, kindness and concern for others find little space in the bottom line accounting of corporate managers. Read more…

Sharon Smith: The Resegregation Of US Schools

  THE U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deliver another–perhaps fatal–blow to affirmative action, in its pending decision on the University of Michigan’s admissions policies. But the Bush administration is already pursuing the next target in its mission to destroy the gains of the civil rights movement. At least 10 universities–including Princeton and the Massachusetts Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Guaranteed Failure Of The Roadmap

Every few months, a “peace plan” is pulled out of the drawers of the white house and keeps the public discourse busy for a few weeks. Although this ritual has a fixed pattern and predetermined end, it is curious that many in Israel are still tempted to believe that this time it is different. The Read more…

Bob2 Mcchesney2: Making Media Monopoly Part of the Constitution

As I write this, the Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote on June 2 to relax several longstanding media ownership rules. By nearly all accounts it will lead to a wave of media mergers and market consolidation that is unprecedented in U.S. history. In my view, such moves would be a disaster for our Read more…

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Milan Rai: Mass Graves

How The US And Britain Are Betraying the Iraqi People ARROW Anti-War Briefing 44 (15 May 2003) WAR PLAN IRAQ Update Number 22 A NEW JUSTIFICATION FOR WAR? A NEW LIE No evidence has yet been discovered that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. The US and UK are therefore seeking new political cover for Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Why The Fcc’s Rules Matter

Media outlets are the lifeblood of the body politic. Extensive circulation of ideas, information, analysis and debate must exist — not just once in a while, but all the time — or the consequences are severe, even catastrophic. You can gauge our society’s political and social health by checking some vital media signs: Scrutinize the Read more…

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Mark Engler: Those Who Don’t Count

Since the invasion of Iraq has ended, a tone of vindication and bravado has seeped into the national mood. Television newscasters and the Department of Defense agree: America is delighted. Soldiers are giving high-fives. Those of us who opposed the president and his generals should be ashamed in the face of a brilliantly successful war. Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Going Global: Building A Movement Against Empire

As the Bush administration strengthens its military victory and consolidates its occupation of Iraq, it continues its trajectory towards international expansion of power and global reach. The arrogance of its triumphalism, ignoring civilian carnage and dismissing the destruction of the ancient cities because, in Rumsfeld’s words, "free people have the right to do bad things Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Elections vs. Democracy in Argentina

In most of the world, it’s the sign for peace, but here in Argentina it means war. The index and middle finger, held to form a V, means to his followers, Menem vuelve, Menem will return. Carlos Menem, poster boy of Latin American neoliberalism, president for almost all of the 1990s, is looking to get Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Who controls US foreign policy?

The comments by Rep. James Moran (D-VA), just before the invasion of Iraq, regarding the role of the Jewish community in the march to war set off a small firestorm in Washington. Moran’s statement that “if it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for the war with Iraq, we would not Read more…

Lesley Mcculloch: Aceh: The more things change …

MELBOURNE – Extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture, rape and the targeted harassment of human-rights defenders. This was life in Aceh five years ago; it is also life in Aceh today. Add to that the attacks by unknown persons on peace-monitoring teams and their infrastructure, and the arrest of official negotiators, and one has described the environment Read more…

Lesley Mcculloch: Aceh: The more things change …

MELBOURNE – Extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture, rape and the targeted harassment of human-rights defenders. This was life in Aceh five years ago; it is also life in Aceh today. Add to that the attacks by unknown persons on peace-monitoring teams and their infrastructure, and the arrest of official negotiators, and one has described the environment Read more…

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George Monbiot: Don’t Cry for Clare

Some of the Guardian’s readers will, for all her faults, have shed a few tears at the departure of our development secretary. Clare Short may have failed, in March, to act upon her threat to resign over the war with Iraq. But even those who have turned against her will miss that splash of colour Read more…

Michael Renner: Iraq’s Oil Wealth May Be Headed For Privatization

While U.S. military and civilian appointees of the Bush administration attempt to restore order and repair Iraq’s infrastructure, protests against American occupation continue across the war-torn nation. Over the last several weeks, U.S. soldiers shot and killed 18 civilians and wounded nearly 100 demonstrators who took to the streets, angrily objecting to the presence of Read more…

Satya Sagar: The Wannabe Chalabi’s

“ The best part is when I see the Iraqi people cheering, celebrating, and welcoming the coalition forces. I just have to cry. The joy of knowing there is someone who cares, there is hope for freedom, and there is still someone who will save us from a similar evil which has ruled Burma for Read more…

Jamil Omar: On the Picket Line in Islamabad

It is Islamabad’s best-known secret. The picket lines at KFC and Pizza Hut are well into their second month and there has not been a word about it in the local press. Stories filed by reporters, on the city’s longest non-violent resistance, have a habit of mysteriously disappearing – the godfathers protecting American franchises must Read more…

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Jason Leopold: Defense Dept. Secretly Tapped Halilburton Unit To Operate Iraq’s Oil Industry In Nov.

Months before the United States military showered Iraq with bombs and missiles, the Department of Defense was secretly working with Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company, Halliburton Corp., on a deal that would give the world’s second largest oil services company total control over Iraq’s oil fields, according to interviews with Halliburton’s most senior executives. Read more…

Ali Abunimah: Israel’s ‘We Have The Right To Kill You’ Visa For Gaza

On 8 May 2003, the Electronic Intifada obtained and published the text of a document distributed by the Israeli military to foreign diplomatic representatives. The document, entitled “Form to be filled out and submitted to IDF authorities prior to entry to the Gaza Strip“, is mandatory for all internationals to sign in exchange for passage Read more…

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David Bacon: Using National Security To Bash Workers

After a year of fighting with the Federal government over the rights of displaced airport baggage screeners, Kawal Ulanday finally got a response from authorities. The FBI knocked on his door. Agent William Root arrived with a list of questions reminiscent of an earlier era, but gave them a new twist. Were you born in Read more…

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Paul Street: Rachel Corrie, Jessica Lynch, And The Unequal Worthiness Of Victims

You can learn much about the toxic and authoritarian role of the American “mainstream” (corporate-state) media by asking a representative sample of Americans to identify and tell you what they know and think about two young women recently in the news – Rachel Corrie and Jessica Lynch. Your respondents will certainly know and care a Read more…

David Solnit: Back To The Docks

I’m going back to the Oakland docks to picket, to confront the corporations behind the war, to face the Oakland police who attacked us, and to redefine a new antiwar movement that can topple the empire and build a better world. At sunrise April 7, I joined 750 students, community and antiwar activists, trade unionists, teachers, Read more…

Katherine Ainger: The New Peasants Revolt

Everything in a supermarket has a story to tell, if only we could find it out. The produce defies seasons, geography, wars, distance, nature. It is winter outside, but inside the supermarket golden-shell pineapples from Côte d’Ivoire, still small and green, bathe in humming halogen light. There is civil unrest in the Côte d’Ivoire, but Read more…

Mahir Ali: Roadmap To A Concentration Camp

The toll continues to rise. A couple of weeks ago, gunfire from an Israeli tank cut short the life of award-winning British journalist James Miller. He and reporter Saira Shah – the two of them had collaborated on Beneath the Veil, a ground-breaking documentary on the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban – were Read more…

Azmi Bishara: Refusing Pessism

The recent experience of Iraq, certainly as it plays out in Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine, leads to a single conclusion — the US expects its dictates to be accepted without discussion. Any attempts to water down this message or make its substance contingent on the similarity of circumstances or systems of governments, or on the Read more…

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Justin Podur: Murdering Solidarity

Picture this: 20 military vehicles, including an armoured personnel carrier, surround an office in broad daylight.  Dozens of soldiers and police proceed to raid and loot the office, breaking equipment, stealing computers, and kidnapping the workers in the office-three unarmed women, one of whom has since been released.  But it was the Israeli army and Read more…

Mark Curtis: Partners In Imperialism

Recent months clearly show that the British government of Tony Blair sees itself as the junior partner in a new phase of US imperialism. Blair’s Britain is a systematic violator of international law and ethical standards in its foreign policy – an outlaw state of its own. It is a key ally of some of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Introspective Media Not In The Cards

A new poll tells us that — by a two-to-one margin — Americans “use clearly positive words in their descriptions of the president.” The Pew Research Center, releasing a nationwide survey on May 7, declared “there is little doubt … that the war in Iraq has improved the president’s image” in the United States. Such Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Don’t Lift The Sanctions Yet

After five years spent working to end the sanctions on Iraq, I find myself in an odd position. I’m opposed to the current U.S. plans to end the sanctions. The new situation is fascinating. For a dozen years, every time we in the anti-sanctions movement talked about the suffering caused by the sanctions (well over Read more…

Haruki Wada: The Era of Northeast Asia

[Wada, emeritus professor of Tokyo University, is a well-known scholar on Russian and Korean history, author of path-breaking works on the Korean War, Japan-Korea relations, and the development of North Korea. In the 1970s and 1980s he was a key figure in the Japanese movement of support for democratization in South Korea, and he is Read more…

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Joel Kovel: On left anti-semitism and the special status of Israel

The tangled question of anti-Semitism within the United States Left was highlighted this past February in a heated controversy between Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor and founder of Tikkun, and the Marxist-Leninist anti-war group, A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). In what follows, I take no position on who was right and wrong Read more…

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Tristan Ewins: After Iraq: Which Way Forward For The Movement?

As the dust settles in newly ‘liberated’ Iraq, the neo-conservative Right has become increasingly bold and shrill in their denunciations of prior Left opposition to the war. With victory, we are told, has come vindication. Amid apparent signs of jubilation on the ‘Iraqi street’, the Left, so the story goes, has been ‘shamed’ by its Read more…

Focus on the global south: International Demands Regarding The Illegal Occupation of Iraq

In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal judged that “To initiate a war of aggression is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” Consequently, we demand An immediate end to the illegal occupation of Iraq Read more…

Dara Silverman: Struggling Forward

I have a tattoo on my back as a reminder of why I organize. It’s an image of a woman pushing a boulder up a hill. It’s also a reinterpretation of the myth of Sisyphus, who was forced to spend eternity pushing a boulder up hill. When he reached the top, it rolled down to Read more…

Abu Spinoza: Dr. Huda Amash’s Detention

The US occupation military forces in Iraq recently detained Dr. Huda Sali Mahdi Ammash, a Iraqi scientist. South End Press, the publishers of Dr. Huda Ammash, in a press release has suggested that “there may be political motivation for her detention.” Dr. Ammash published a peer-reviewed paper, “Toxic Pollution, the Gulf War, and Sanctions,” in Read more…

Richard Drezen: Library Journal Reviews Parecon

The title of Albert’s new book is short for Participatory Economics, which might just be the answer for those anticapitalists in our midst looking for other economic alternatives. Albert, author, activist, and founder of Z Magazine, firmly rejects modern capitalism and presents a new economic model built on the principles of equity, solidarity, diversity, and Read more…

Lesley Abdela: No place for a woman

Plans to rebuild Iraq exclude more than half the population – women. Our correspondent warns that the new nation will be fatally flawed JUST AFTER THE liberation of Basra, as I stared at my TV watching the British military commander appoint clerics to help to run Iraq’ s second-largest city, I realised that there was Read more…

Patricia Dahl: Carlos Castano, Honorable Senator?

The U.S. Department of State’s American Bureau of Consular Affairs decided that “based on all relevant information,” there are areas in the world that pose “significant risks to the security of American travelers.”  The danger of “anti-American violence” is a “result of the military action in Iraq.”  Between January 2002 and April 2003, a total Read more…

German Castro caycedo: A Miraculous Catch

First published on Indepaz in January 2003 See En Camino’s Media Alert on this issue[translated by Justin Podur] The 500 billion pesos in taxes (about $250 million dollars) paid by Colombians in a few weeks disappeared under the gaze of the bank superintendent, Sara Ordonez, a woman with the voice and intonation of a child Read more…

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Howard Zinn: My Country: The World

Our government has declared a military victory in Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead — the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there have been many, many more. I will mourn the Iraqi children, not just those who are dead, but those who have been Read more…

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Paul Street: Behind The Smoking Gun

People who wonder why a majority of African Americans do not support George W. Bush’s illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq might want to talk to a black gentleman and fellow Chicagoan I know named Tony. They should also review some recent and important research on hiring discrimination in and around Chicago, to Read more…

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David Edwards: Chaining The Watch Dog: Part III

“In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim high.” (Thoreau) Friendly Fascism In the first two parts of this 3-part series, we showed how systemic media bias constitutes one of many “dangerous ideas” excluded from the media as a result of “collusion between the press and the Read more…

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