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Justin Podur: A Referendum on the Iraq Occupation

(from killingtrain.com) C. P. Pandya mentioned in the blog today about how mercenary companies are still making massive profits in Iraq. Bombings and massacres continue to happen on a daily basis in Iraq: today’s by insurgents killed 4 American DynCorp mercenaries and 6 Iraqis inside the famed “Green Zone”. Massacres by US are reported by Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections III

Just as there is a “standard set of cliches and patriotic symbols that are mobilized to justify U.S. intervention,” Edward Herman and Frank Brodhead wrote 20 years ago in Demonstration Elections, so, too, there is a standard set of cliches and—if not quite patriotic symbols, in the strict sense of the word—humanitarian and otherwise benevolent Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections II

Are there any doubts that, some time around the end of this month (maybe a little later), after all of the ballots are transported to one of the eight counting centers around the country, and the final ballot tabulated—or, whether they are all sealed in lead-weighted sacks and dumped somewhere in the Florida Everglades, the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Another Trip Abroad and a Major Talk Transcript: Life After Capitalism – And Now Too

Friday I take off to Italy and then to Greece. The former trip is for a conference and, very oddly, an award. The latter trip is for introducing the Greek edition of Parecon: Life After Capitalism, giving talks, etc. I will try to write about both experiences, either from there, or when I return. The Read more…

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David Peterson: Nader/Camejo 2004

According to Nader 2000 Leaders Organize To Defeat Bush, an Open Letter addressed to “progressives” of all sizes, shapes, and colors: This year, we urge support for Kerry/Edwards in all swing states, even while we strongly disagree with Kerry’s policies on Iraq and other issues. For people seeking progressive social change in the United States, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Replying to Nader

[Nader wrote a response to a letter many, including Chomsky, signed. Noam was asked his reactions to Nader’s criticisms of the letter and its authors.] The letter [Nader 2000 Leaders Organize To Defeat Bush](http://www.vote2stopbush.com) very briefly repeated the same position that I (and probably other signers) took in 2000: that it’s important to keep the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Optimism since The Fateful Triangle?

What’s happened since 1982 (when I wrote The Fateful Triangle) is a mixed story. Some of it is reviewed in the extended updated edition. In some respects, there has been some progress. Official Israeli policy in 1989 (a coalition government, Labor-Likud) was that there can be no “additional Palestinian state” between Jordan and Israel (the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Systems of Power and their Human Costs

In dealing with enemies (say, Pol Pot, or Maoist China), we properly attribute to them deaths caused by starvation, disease, overwork, etc., insofar as these result from institutional structures and political choices. That’s quite independent of intention. Thus in the Black Book of Communism, compiled to demonstrate the evil of our enemies and very highly Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Silence On Israeli Terrorism

Below is a letter from Hanna Kawas, Chairperson of Canada Palestine Association, to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin regarding threats from the Canadian Foreign Minister against the UN Relief and Works Agency for employing Hamas members. Hanna points to the number of Palestinians killed over the last week and a half, while below his letter Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections I

At last some good news from the colonies! The solidarity of the 15 presidential candidates who joined the document that came out of the meeting at the Kabul residence of Abdul Satar Sirat, protesting Saturday’s national election in Afghanistan, “began to unravel Sunday,” Knight Ridder reports this morning, “when one of the 15 candidates [Mohammad Read more…

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