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Paul Street: Crazy “Cryofan”/Raging “Randy” Gets His Own ZNet Page

In the three years I’ve kept a blog at ZNet I’ve run across no single commenter more bizarre and unbalanced than "cryofan" (whose real first name may be "Randy"). "cryofan’s"  most consistent theme is that I should never talk about race (or gender) because doing so is to advance the agenda of the capitalist overclass and to Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Ah, (Western) Objectivity

Ran across this gem on the CNN site in my daily readings: In addition to their Western look and feel, [Iraqi campaign ads] carry Western messages such as freedom, tolerance and inclusion. That must be what they mean by a “moral compass.”

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Paul Street: An Opportunity to Reflect on Ruling Class Vulgarity and Extreme inequality in Washington DC

The pompous, corporate-plutocratic re-coronation of New Imperial War Criminal Bush will “cost tens of millions of dollars – $40 million alone in private donations to the balls and invitation-only parties” (Will Lester, Associated Press… [see http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=544&u=/ap/20050114/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inaugural_price_tag_3&printer=1]). This revolting display of craven ruling-class vulgarity, defended by a massive concentration and display of the latest police-state-of-the-art hardware Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Redeye: Radical Radio & Current Affairs

In addition to volunteering for ZNet, I also produce radio with Redeye, a weekly radical current affairs program heard on Vancouver Cooperative Radio. Redeye is a collectively produced show which covers politics, arts, culture and ideas. The show has been around for well over 25 years and I have been a collective member for the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Control of Oil & World Power

Japan and Europe have been working hard to achieve a measure of energy independence for a long time, ever since they had the opportunity. Japan has had long-standing relations with Iranian oil production, and got a multi-billion dollar contract for opening a new field a year or two ago.  China is seeking to do so Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: American Empire from the 1940’s to today

US power peaked in the late 1940s, when it had half the wealth of the world and unmatched control over international institutions, trade, etc. It’s been declining ever since. By 1970, the world was becoming “tripolar,” with three major economic centers: North America, Europe, Japan-based Asia.  The US by then had about 25% of world Read more…

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Paul Street: Martin Luther King. Jr. and “The Triple Evils That Are Interrelated”*

As the United States experiences its second Martin Luther King. Jr Day to occur with Iraq under American occupation, it’s an opportune moment to remember King as a border crosser who refused to restrict his focus to just one city or one nation or to just one or two social and political problems…. King thought Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Vancouver Protests New Israeli Ambassador to Canada

Last night, a cold, dark icy night, at the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver, 25-30 activists joined together to peacefully protest the new Israeli Ambassador to Canada, Alan Baker and Israeli war crimes. Mr. Baker’s position against the National and Human Rights of Palestinians is well known. He has justified war crimes and daily massacres Read more…

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Paul Street: “Five Dead” in “Military Error”: A Barely Noticeable Example of War Crime Journalism

Imagine that a Canadian Air Force jet on a military exercise accidentally crossed into US airspace and mistakenly dropped a bomb that killed, say, 14 US residents. On what page of your local U.S. newspaper do you think THAT story would appear? How much print space would be dedicated to the coverage of that remarkable Read more…

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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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