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Neil Mackay: Bush planned Iraq ‘regime change’ before becoming President

A secret blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure ‘regime change’ even before he took power in January 2001.   The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a ‘global Pax Americana’ was drawn up for Dick Cheney Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: International Criminals

Saddam Hussein called the hand of George W. Bush and put a stumbling block in front of U.S. war plans by informing U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan that he would allow U.N. weapons inspectors to immediately return to Iraq without condition. The White House was dismissive of Hussein’s olive branch and said disarmament, not inspections, Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Advertise This!

Corporations are gaining ground fast in their effort to assume all of the U.S. constitutional protections afforded human beings. Some of the last limitations on corporate free speech rights may be about to fall, thanks to Supreme Court decisions that increasingly equate commercial advertising with political speech, and a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that Read more…

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Starhawk: Linking The Bank And The War: Why Go To Washington?

In November of 1969, President Nixon was preparing to use nuclear weapons against Hanoi and Haiphong. What stopped him were the anti-war mobilizations of that autumn. There were “too many people in the street.” This September, as Bush continues to push for an invasion of Iraq, to support Sharon¹s seige of Palestine, and to reinforce Read more…

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Michael Albert: Marxism Debate

Our topic in this debate (see the whole exchange at http://www.zmag.org/debateiso.htm) has been the relevance of Marxism for seeking social change today. My view has been that while Marxism of course contains many powerful and important insights, adhering to Marxism as a guiding ideology that we label ourselves by ultimately does more harm than good. Read more…

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John Pilger: Palestine is still the Issue

LAST October, in the early hours of the morning, a young expectant mother called Fatima Abed-Rabo awoke with intense labour pains; and she and her husband Nasser set out in a friend’s car for the hospital in Bethlehem, in Israeli occupied Palestine.   The couple had been trying for a second child for three years Read more…

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Michael Albert: What Do We Want? How Do We Get It?

We don’t want capitalism with its soul-deadening commercialism, markets, corporations, inequality, hunger, profits, and wage slavery. Goodbye to all that.   We also don’t want an economy like in the old Soviet Union or Yugoslavia – with their regimented state ownership, central planning, markets, corporate workplaces, decision and surplus mopolizing elites, and subordination for working Read more…

Cecilia Zarate-laun: The Forgotten War

Every day 20 persons are killed in Colombia and 1,000 are displaced. Here and there, I will use some examples.On January 19, 2002 more than 200 paramilitares entered the towns of Florida, Miranda and Corinto; they massacred 15 people, several disappeared and many were displaced; some children and adults were tortured. Charrito was disappeared in Read more…

Cecilia Zarate-laun: The Forgotten War

Every day 20 persons are killed in Colombia and 1,000 are displaced. Here and there, I will use some examples.On January 19, 2002 more than 200 paramilitares entered the towns of Florida, Miranda and Corinto; they massacred 15 people, several disappeared and many were displaced; some children and adults were tortured. Charrito was disappeared in Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Yom Kippur in Palestine

Yom Kippur in Palestine and the Palestinian people are atoning for Israel’s sin of occupation. The lockdown in Gaza and the West Bank is complete: for three days no Palestinian will travel past a checkpoint; no swimmers will be allowed on the beaches, more heavily patrolled by gunboats than ever; the electric fence around the Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Yom Kippur in Palestine

Yom Kippur in Palestine and the Palestinian people are atoning for Israel’s sin of occupation. The lockdown in Gaza and the West Bank is complete: for three days no Palestinian will travel past a checkpoint; no swimmers will be allowed on the beaches, more heavily patrolled by gunboats than ever; the electric fence around the Read more…

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Gideon Levy: A Passion For The Grave

Here is the whole story in one grave: For those of us who were children in the 1950s and 1960, Rachel’s Tomb was our heart’s desire. In those days, nearly every home had one of the bronze sculptures or oil paintings that depicted the site, souvenirs of a small, modest stone structure capped with a Read more…

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Robert Fisk: America’s Case For War Is Built On Blindness, Hypocrisy And Lies

Years ago, in a snug underground restaurant in downtown Tehran, drinking duq – an Iranian beverage of mint and yoghurt – Saddam Hussein’s former head of nuclear research told me what happened when he made a personal appeal for the release of a friend from prison. “I was taken directly from my Baghdad office to Read more…

Sidharth Bhatia: Defending Freedom of Press in India

Indian journalists have watched with dismay and not some disgust at the ham-handed manner in which the Central Government has gone about trying to bring some of their colleagues to heel by methods that were perhaps not used even during Emergency. Those 19 months are generally considered the darkest for the country as a whole Read more…

Mohammed Shehzad: What I Saw In Okara

Mohammad Shehzad of The News (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi) interviewed Dr. Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, professor of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University. Although scheduled for publication on 15 September, the interview did not appear in print. —— MS: What took you to Okara? PAH: As you know, there’s a state of high tension over land issues between local Read more…

Jennifer Lowenstein: Days Of Darkness, Days Of Awe

Yom Kippur in Palestine and the Palestinian people are atoning for Israel’s sin of occupation. The lockdown in Gaza and the West Bank is complete: for three days no Palestinian will travel past a checkpoint; no swimmers will be allowed on the beaches, more heavily patrolled by gunboats than ever; the electric fence around the Read more…

Guest Author: Afghanistan Is On The Brink Of Another Disaster

The garden was overgrown, the roses scrawny after a day of Kandahar heat, the dust in our eyes, noses, mouth, fingernails. But the message was straightforward. “This is a secret war,” the Special Forces man told me. “And this is a dirty war. You don’t know what is happening.” And of course, we are not Read more…

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Scott Burchill: If Weapons Were Found

The English historian A.J.P. Taylor once argued that the principal difference between the methodologies of the lawyer and the historian was that “the lawyer aims to make a case; the historian wishes to understand a situation.” According to Taylor, the evidence amassed by the lawyer is “loaded” in ways that will maximise the chances of Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: The Disastrous Economics Of Counterterrorism In Colombia

The ambassador of the United States demanded that the Colombian army call up its reserves; the Pastrana government said that it could not do so for lack of funds; but Uribe Velez’s minister of defense has announced that the new government will indeed call up 40,000 reservists. It will also create an intelligence network of Read more…

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Ariel Dorfman: An Open Letter To America

You gave me, an americano from the Latino South, this language of love that I return to you  Ariel Dorfman Sunday September 8, 2002  Let me tell you, America, of the hopes I had for you.  As the smoke was swallowing Manhattan and the buildings fell and the terror spread into the farthest recesses of Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Operation Against Paramilitaries in Chiapas Raises Questions

[translated by irlandesa]   The detention of members of Peace and Justice on Friday has raised some questions:  Does the state government admit that paramilitary groups exist, or not?  Are these the only ones whose existence is officially recognized?  The rest of them – which have recently caused deaths and injuries in Ocosingo, Altamirano, Chilón Read more…

Duncan Campbell: Relatives Protest At War Plans

Relatives of the victims of the September 11 attacks brought a packed Baptist church to its feet in downtown Los Angeles on the eve of the anniversary, with calls against a war on Iraq. The meeting was one of many addressed by relatives of those who died but who are opposed to military action in Read more…

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David Edwards: We Cry. We Live. We Feel: September 11 – October 7

Two possible options were immediately obvious in the aftermath of the appalling atrocities of September 11: we could seek to identify and address the true causes of the catastrophe in the real and perceived grievances of those who caused it; or we could reject such attempts in an effort to protect and enforce the status Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Bush At The U.n.:

In the age of American empire, this is what diplomacy looks like: After months of open expressions of contempt for international law and disregard for the opinions of other nations (allies and enemies alike), the U.S. president deigned to appear before the United Nations on September 12. In the hectoring tones of an annoyed parent Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Mantra That Means This Time It’s Serious

How small he looked in the high-backed chair. You had to sit in the auditorium of the UN General Assembly yesterday to realise that George Bush Jnr – threatening war in what was built as a house of peace – could appear such a little man. But then again Julius Caesar was a little man Read more…

Mark Crispin miller: In the Wake of 9-11, the American Press Has Embraced a ‘Demented Caesarism’

Just after 9/11, I was one of those who thought, and said out loud, that the catastrophe might knock some sense into the gibbering “culture” of the US media. Now there would be no more prime-time seminars about the likely cruising style of Gary Condit, no more shark watches, and quite a lot more coverage Read more…

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Mark Steel: The Tortured Logic That Leads Iraq To This Memorial

After all that business yesterday, there must be dozens of celebrities devastated that no one asked them where they were when they heard the news. And they’d have a point, as most of them managed to get a piece in somewhere along the lines of “I’d just taken my cat Penny to the vets when Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Counting For Nothing: Reflections On The First Anniversary Of 9/11

“The media seems to be implying as if this was the first ever macabre happening in this world and no other atrocity has been seen before. From the projection of pain and grief by media one can assume that intensity of feeling pain is measured on one’s place in the power systems of the world.” Read more…

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Michael Albert: Disputes about Anti-War Strategy

(This commentary was spurred and informed by a Chomsky ZNet Forum Post on the same topic.) Numerous opponents of the “war on terrorism” and war against Iraq have lately urged a new approach to expressing opposition. For example, in an August article in The Progressive David Cortwright writes: “[We should] focus on the dangers of Read more…

Martin Espada: Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100

Alabanza. Praise the cook with a shaven head and a tattoo on his shoulder that said Oye, a blue-eyed Puerto Rican with people from Fajardo, the harbor of pirates centuries ago.Praise the lighthouse in Fajardo, candle glimmering white to worship the dark saint of the sea. Alabanza. Praise the cook’s yellow Pirates cap worn in Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky replies about Avoiding American Crimes

In A recent post in the ZNet forum system Chomsky was asked to respond to a recent article by David Cortright in the Progressive. In Particular Chomsky was asked to respond to this paragraph “We need to win the support of many of those who favored the war in Afghanistan…. This means focusing on the dangers Read more…

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Tariq Ali: Doing As The Romans Did

The consequences of 11 September remain visible on several fronts. Psychologically, the American empire has constructed a new enemy: Islamic terrorism. Its practitioners were evil, the threat was global and, for that reason, bombs had to be dropped unilaterally and wherever necessary. The leaders of the United States wish to be judged by their choice Read more…

Rawa: Fundamentalism is the Enemy of All Civilized Humanity

RAWA joins with the rest of the civilized world in remembering the innocent lives lost on September 11th, as well as all those others lost to terrorism and oppression throughout the world. It is with great sadness that RAWA sees other people experiencing the pain that the women, children and men of Afghanistan have long Read more…

Maurice Lemoine: Venezuela’s Press Power

“We had a deadly weapon: the media. And now that I have the opportunity, let me congratulate you.” In Caracas, on 11 April 2002, just a few hours before the temporary overthrow of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, Vice-Admiral Victor Ramírez Pérez congratulated journalist Ibéyiste Pacheco live on Venevision television. Twenty minutes earlier, when Pacheco had Read more…

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John Pilger: This War Is A Failure

THE anniversary of September 11 will be remembered with highly charged images, especially those of the grieving families of the victims. The respect and sympathy owed to these suffering people will, or ought to be, unqualified and universal. That much is clear. What will not be clear is the exploitation of their grief and of Read more…

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Uri Avnery: War Now

Slowly, President Bush’s war plan against Iraq is emerging from the thick fog. At first it looked like a collection of hazy slogans, but gradually it is becoming clear that it has definite – if hidden – aims. The plan is unconnected to the famous “war on terrorism”, to the personality of Saddam Hussein or Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: September 11

A Palestinian friend of mine was severely wounded on September 11. He will too commemorate that dreadful day, along with his family and many families in Jenin and in New York. My friend is a Reuters cameraman. He was hit by the shrapnel of a tank shell. He was thrown many meters in the air Read more…

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Robert Fisk: One Year On

September 11 did not change the world. Indeed, for months afterwards, no one was allowed even to question the motives of the mass murderers. To point out that they were all Arabs and Muslims was fair enough. But any attempt to connect these facts to the region they came from – the Middle East – Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: It’s Illegal To Have Aids In Burma

The government of Burma (renamed ‘Myanmar’ by the ruling military junta) is still divided, not certain whether to recognize HIV/AIDS as a major disaster facing the country, or to hide behind official (forged) statistics while accusing foreigners of exaggerating the seriousness of the situation. Needle sharing and unprotected sex are probably the two main channels Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Were We Too Hijacked On 9/11?

Al-Qaida had to be bombed, to let the Taliban be was not an option. When fanatics, inspired by Osama bin Laden, flew airliners packed with people into two of America’s tallest buildings, it was unreasonable to expect otherwise. So, yes, I agree with Anthony Barnett that a “focused military response was essential”. And yes, I Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Being A Vigilant Parent

The picture in the Boston Globe shows parents hovering over their children while they play in the pool — watching their every step, never taking their eyes off their offspring. During the summer of high-profile child abductions, the message to parents is: Be vigilant. Your child’s safety is up to you. “Parents are on red Read more…

Guest Author: Against War

I am against the war, the (perpetual) war on terrorism as well as the war against Iraq. I am against empire, the control of nearly 40 percent of the world’s resources secured by the deployment of air, naval, and ground forces in over 800 bases across the globe. And I am against deception; the claim Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Drain The Swamp And There Will Be No More Mosquitoes

September 11 shocked many Americans into an awareness that they had better pay much closer attention to what the US government does in the world and how it is perceived. Many issues have been opened for discussion that were not on the agenda before. That’s all to the good. It is also the merest sanity, Read more…

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Marta Harnecker: Rebick Interviews Marta Harnecker

Last April, a failed military coup took place in Venezuela. The news coverage was confusing. First there was a coup, and, then, Venezuela’s populist president, Hugo Chávez, was back in power. To find out what really happened rabble’s publisher, Judy Rebick, interviewed Chilean writer Marta Harnecker in Montreal at the end of August. Harnecker had Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Some Of Us Did Not Die

A year ago, I stumbled up here to Union Square looking for other people who were feeling as I was: shocked, sad, angry, scared. I was looking for other people – and it turned out that a lot of us were doing the same thing – looking for people who wanted to talk, to ask Read more…

Jaggi Singh: Protest Against Benjamin Netanyahu in Montreal

MONTREAL, September 9, 2002 (2:37pm) — Montreal riot police used pepper spray and tear gas inside Concordia University against Palestinian solidarity demonstrators. The main building at Concordia has been evacuated by security guards as the air in the building was unbreatheable. Several individuals were bent over, coughing and vomiting, as they tried to get away Read more…

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Site Administrator: Struggle against Coca Cola in Kerala

Coca-cola Company in Plachimada, Kerala has devastated the Livelihood Resources of the Tribals, Dalit Landless, Small and Marginal Farmers of the State of Kerala. In India, for the last five months, the Tribals and the Dalits in Kerala are fighting against the Plant of Coca Cola for appropriating the ground water resources and polluting the Read more…

Jose Saramago: Manu Chao, Jose Saramago, Ernesto Sabato on Indigenous Counter-reform

[ZNET CHIAPAS NOTE:  The indigenous reform law was a key demand of peace negotiations between the Zapatistas and the government since 1996.  A gutted version of the law was passed in 2001 but was challenged in court.  The supreme court struck down the legal challenges to the law.  Below are some reactions by supporters of Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

The United States has made the “war on terrorism” the centerpiece of its global strategy since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has proclaimed its leadership of a world-wide alliance to exterminate an “Axis of Evil.” But what is terrorism? Who are its perpetrators? And what is Read more…

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Mark Selden: Terrorism Before and After 9-11

The United States has made the "war on terrorism" the centerpiece of its global strategy since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has proclaimed its leadership of a world-wide alliance to exterminate an "Axis of Evil." But what is terrorism? Who are its perpetrators? And what is Read more…

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