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Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Strategic Thinking

For some time, the right wing has been warning that if Israel is to deal with the “demographic problem” — too many non-Jews in a Jewish state — it is either going to have to expel the Arab population, which is regarded as unfeasible (except insofar as conditions will be made so miserable that those Read more…

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Paul Street: Geneva Conventions? They’re Leaving on a Jet Plane…Don’t Know When They’ll Be Back Again

Here, pasted in below, are two items from today’s newspapers on some of the fascist machinations of the U.S. global police state. The first story, from the New York Times, relates soon-to-be bipartisanally approved right-authoritarian Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales’ opinion that non-Iraqi occupation… resisters captured in Iraq have no protections under the Geneva Conventions. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: American Fundamentalism

There are studies, often, asking people whether religious beliefs are “very important” to them, how often they attend religious services, etc. There are also interesting studies relating intensity of religious belief (by such measures) with economic development. It turns out that there is a very close correlation: the more developed the society, the lower the Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Aid Through the Eyes of Empire

In an earlier posting I suggested that western governments could do more to help those effected by the tsunami disaster. Specifically, through a massive increase in aid, opening our borders to refugees, simultaneous debt cancellation and a restructuring of neoliberal economic policy. Within days of that posting, media reports announced a “US-led aid coalition”, a Read more…

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Paul Street: Carlos Beltran v. the People of South Asia: Radio Reflections on American Compassion

I recently spent 5 evening hours on U.S. Interstate Highway 80, the semi-trailer-packed “main street of America.” Meanwhile, people in Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Sri Lanka were experiencing the worst natural human disaster to take place in a very long time. I searched the radio for the latest news and information about the terrible events, Read more…

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Justin Podur: New Year’s Eve 2004: It ain’t over yet

Let’s take a look at the past year. I was looking back over my files on Colombia for the past year, trying to put together an article about it. Just write some straight history. Colombia’s seen a mixed year. Brutal paramilitary violence, to be sure. Ongoing massacres, assassinations, neoliberal restructuring, an outbreak of yellow fever. Read more…

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Justin Podur: New Year’s Eve 2004: It ain’t over yet

Let’s take a look at the past year. I was looking back over my files on Colombia for the past year, trying to put together an article about it. Just write some straight history. Colombia’s seen a mixed year. Brutal paramilitary violence, to be sure. Ongoing massacres, assassinations, neoliberal restructuring, an outbreak of yellow fever. Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Western Governments can do more to help tsunami victims

Like many others I have been shocked and horrified by the current tragedy that has struck hundreds of thousands throughout Asia. I have a hard time comprehending the scale of the disaster, and indeed it grows day by day. I have to say that I could not assimilate news of the event for the first Read more…

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Justin Podur: 886,000 black people died unnecessarily – in the world’s wealthiest country – from 1991-2000

This story came from the LiP people who do a ‘media picks’ weekly mailing. You have heard of the Lancet study that conservatively estimates that the US killed 100,000 in Iraq. You have heard of the UN figures that suggested in 1996 that excess mortality due to the US sanctions against Iraq was around 500,000 Read more…

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Justin Podur: 886,000 black people died unnecessarily – in the world’s wealthiest country – from 1991-2000

This story came from the LiP people who do a ‘media picks’ weekly mailing. You have heard of the Lancet study that conservatively estimates that the US killed 100,000 in Iraq. You have heard of the UN figures that suggested in 1996 that excess mortality due to the US sanctions against Iraq was around 500,000 Read more…

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