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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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Howard Zinn: What Bush’s

For half a century, HOWARD ZINN has been one of the leading voices to speak out against the injustices carried out in the name of “democracy” by the U.S. government. An emeritus professor of history at Boston College, he’s the author of the classic A People’s History of the United States. His latest book is Read more…

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John Pilger: Remembering 9/11

Remembering 11 September merely as gruesome spectacle is an insult to the victims of that epic crime. However, remembering is important in order to make sense of it, and especially of what happened next. Most of the hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, a US protectorate. Saudi Arabia is the home of the Bin Laden family, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Albert Interviews Chomsky on Iraq

Various questions are circulating among people worried about war. On Sept 1, 2002, Michael Albert put a dozen of these to Noam Chomsky, via email. Here are the first three questions and his responses…the whole interview will appear in the October issue of Z Magazine. 1. Has Saddam Hussein been as evil as mainstream media Read more…

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Mark Steel: Don’t Look Now: Saddam Is Drowning Kittens

So, they’ve got the evidence, about the weapons of mass destruction, but we can’t see it just yet. Is it still at the printers? Is it being held up by a row about how you spell “aflatoxin”? Perhaps there’s a problem with the plot, and the scriptwriters are refusing to let it go because the Read more…

Simon Roughneen: Office Of Global Communications: A New Departure Or More Of The Same?

After September 11, the Bush administration posed the question, “Why do they hate us?” The answer to this is elusive, the permutations vary in tenor and make-up as one moves along the political spectrum from left to right, or along the geo-economic spectrum from north to south, periphery to core. Some of the reasons are Read more…

Siva Naguleswaran: Amnesty International and Political Culture

1 Background and Introduction I have been an active member of Amnesty International for the past couple of years. The reasons why I joined AI were twofold. First, AI obviously does a lot of good work in the field of human rights. And second, I believed that some of AI’s activities aren’t really compatible with Read more…

Phil Reeves: Israel Accused of Whitewash Over Palestinian Deaths

An internal inquiry by the Israeli army into the killing of 12 Palestinian civilians by its forces last week, including four fruit-pickers blown up by a tank shell packed with thousands of darts, has cleared the soldiers involved. Investigations by the Israeli army into the killing or maiming of Arab civilians in the 23-month conflict Read more…

Nazir Majally: Sharon Declares Oslo Dead

The hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview published yesterday that for Israel, the 1993 Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians no longer exist. Speaking to the Ma’ariv daily to mark the Jewish New Year, Sharon said the same fate had befallen the offers made by his predecessor Ehud Barak at talks Read more…

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Ali Abunimah: Palestinian Rights in the Document Shredder

The fact that the details of a proposed Israeli-Palestinian final peace agreement reached by PLO Jerusalem representative Sari Nusseibeh, and Ami Ayalon, former head of the Israeli “Shin Bet” secret police were published in Haaretz without a reporter’s byline, suggests that the document is indeed the work of the two authors themselves (“The Nusseibeh-Ayalon Agreement: Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Thirsty For Justice

Shown the folly of over-reliance on markets even in the world’s richest country, the market fundamentalists at the World Bank are continuing their push for privatization of services — with the provision of drinking water at the top of the list — in the developing world. Water works plagued by poor service and underinvestment can Read more…

Stan Winer: South African treason arrests resurrect ghosts of the past

The subversive strategy of white supremacists currently awaiting trial in South Africa should not be viewed in isolation of past influences and a ruthless ensemble of clandestine techniques that underpinned the former apartheid state. The subject may be of some importance, because the present derives from the past and the future from both. It also Read more…

Amer Abdelhadi: The Illegal Settlements

Thursday September 5th, 2002. Another day in the strict curfew. No breaks for the seventh consecutive day in the seventy-sixth day of curfew. No news of our radio transmitting equipment, which was taken by the Israeli army from a location they forced open. Nothing to do except reading papers and write. Many people in the Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Government’s Mask Comes Off In Chiapas

Two years ago, just after Vicente Fox’s election ended the PRI’s 71-year long dictatorship over Mexico and just before Pablo Salazar’s election as governor of Chiapas raised such high hopes of change, there was a literacy class in the Tzotzil, Abeja refugee community of X’oyep in the Altos. The teachers, young urban university students from Read more…

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Paul Street: Labor Day Reflections: Time as a Democracy Issue

The Overworked Work Harder The real outcome of the 2000 Presidential elections – a clear Gore victory if the votes had been properly counted and if numerous voting irregularities that especially discriminated against blacks had been prevented – is not the only piece of vital information relevant to the state of American democracy that got Read more…

Larry Everest: Fueling the Iran-Iraq Slaughter

If you think you’ve heard it all in terms of U.S. imperialist hypocrisy, lies, manipulation, and mass slaughter-wait. There’s more. Today the U.S. government is beating the drums for a preemptive war on Iraq. President Bush casually-dressed on his month-long Texas vacation, talks casually of “regime change” in Baghdad–a euphemism for a U.S. military assault Read more…

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David Edwards: Iraq And Nuclear Weapons

Media Lens recently challenged Robert Moore, ITN’s Washington Correspondent, on his support for the claim that Iraq might soon be armed with a nuclear weapon. This is a really key claim as it is likely to prove central in determining the extent of public support for a further massive assault against Iraq. We were extremely Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Powell Trap: Easing Us Into War

There’s something pathetic — and dangerous — about the crush of liberal commentators now pinning their hopes on Colin Powell.   Yes, the secretary of state is a “moderate” — compared to the likes of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. But that’s not saying much. And history tells us, even if the press won’t, that Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Your Duplicity is Killing Us

Few are those in the “international community” who fail to condemn Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets, whether civilians, soldiers or armed settlers. But many are those who find it less urgent and compelling to condemn the killing of Palestinians, whether civilians, Palestinian police officers or armed activists. The American administration in particular and the pro Read more…

Aaron Mate: Attacking Iraq

A year ago this month we witnessed a horrendous terrorist attack. Sadly, we may soon witness another, should the Bush administration go ahead with its plans to bomb Iraq. Of course, it is misleading to say that the tragedy is in the works, when there already has been one occurring in the country over the Read more…

Dvaid3 Edwards3: How To Legitimise War – Iraq And The British Media

In our society, choices decrease to the extent that they matter. When it comes to chocolate bars, the options are impressive – supermarket shelves are filled with them. When it comes to political parties, foreign policy and the media, choices merge, narrow and disappear to nothing. Defenders of the mainstream media tell us there is Read more…

William Mcdougall: September 11th: One Year On

‘The day that sent shockwaves around the world. The BBC marks the anniversary of September 11 with a series of special reports and commemorative broadcasts from across the globe.’ BBC Programme Information 7-13 September 2002   As the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 approaches, broadcasters are preparing to go toe to Read more…

William Mcdougall: September 11th: One Year ON

‘The day that sent shockwaves around the world. The BBC marks the anniversary of September 11 with a series of special reports and commemorative broadcasts from across the globe.’ BBC Programme Information 7-13 September 2002 As the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 approaches, broadcasters are preparing to go toe to toe Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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David Smith-Ferri: Dancing With The Devil

Some things you thought you could count on: the prevailing westerlies, temperatures according to the season…Forget it. Washington now controls the weather. That chill you’ve felt in your bones despite the calendar is a cold wind blowing east to west. It is the breath of war. It carries the message, “Prepare for war.” Yes, the Read more…

: On Improving Pro-Palestinian Activism

Most pro-Palestinian activists, whose articles are featured on the various Palestinian websites, and whose publications are slowly but surely breaking through the barriers of the editorial boards of the major news media of the west, deserve a huge compliment for their achievements, their dedication, and their tireless efforts to bring the Palestinian cause under the Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: What If We Didn’t Need Labor Day?

Labor Day may be a fitting tribute to America’s workers. But what about the other 364 days of the year? Despite all the talk about the importance and dignity of working people, they get little power or glory in the everyday world of news media. What if the situation were reversed? Once a year, big Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Geopolitics of Jo’burg Protests: Independent Left beats Ruling Party

For ninety years, we’ve waited to see the combined geographical and political implications of locating an urban bantustan in a small block of land in northeast Johannesburg called Alexandra Township. Today was breakout day, with South Africa’s most militantly anti-government march since 1994 pulling at least 20,000 activists (according to even the BBC) in and Read more…

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Amira Hass: 30 of 49 Palestinians killed in August were civilians

Between August 1 and last night, 49 Palestinians were killed by Israel Defense Forces fire in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; around 180 were injured, with at least 65 of them sustaining wounds from live fire (including shrapnel from shells and missiles). Thirty of those killed were unarmed civilians. Another two Palestinians, both in Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Children Of War

From this morning, thousands of policemen will guard Israel’s children as they return to school after the summer vacation. For this reason, it is worth recalling that just an hour’s drive away, yesterday also marked the end of the summer vacation for Palestinian children, whose lives are in greater danger, but who have no protection. Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Argentina’s Social Movement Goes Global

The first thematic meeting of the World Social Forum in Argentina was held from the 22nd to the  25th of August in Buenos Aires, to discuss the theme of “The Crisis of Neo-Liberalism in Argentina and the Challenges for the Global Movement”. With the attendance of over 20.000 people in the opening demonstration, the phenomenon Read more…

Stan Winer: Business as usual for South African media

In the aftermath of a long and traumatic history, there is still censorship in South Africa. Not censorship by the state, but a rather more indirect, insidious and hence virulent form of censorship – self-censorship by the mainstream media. Their message is clear: South Africans are not to be trusted to know what’s going on Read more…

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John Pilger: The Great Charade

It is 10 months since 11 September, and still the great charade plays on. Having appropriated our shocked response to that momentous day, the rulers of the world have since ground our language into a paean of cliches and lies about the ‘war on terrorism’ – when the most enduring menace, and source of terror, Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Geopolitics of Jo’burg Protests

For ninety years, we’ve waited to see the combined geographical and political implications of locating an urban bantustan in a small block of land in northeast Johannesburg called Alexandra Township. Today was breakout day, with South Africa’s most militantly anti-government march since 1994 pulling at least 20,000 activists (according to even the BBC) in and Read more…

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Marta Russell: The Social Movement Left Out

It is disheartening, to say the least, when I can still pick up a book or read a call for unity to fight for social justice which omits or does not give equal weight to the disability social movement against oppression. Here is one recent call for forming alliances with various groups in the struggle. Read more…

Guest Author: Beware Americans Bearing Gifts

The United States Agency for International Development recently chartered a ship – The Liberty Star – to deliver thirty six thousand tons of grain to an estimated 13 million starving people Southern Africa. The Malawian government accepted the donation, and Zimbabwe has just allowed the grain to be imported, as long as it is milled. Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Conservative Watch

Bill Berkowitz Neighborhood Watch  In early March, consumate pitchman and former Johnny Carson sidekick, Ed McMahon introduced Attorney General John Ashcroft to  an enthusiastic audience of representatives from more than 300 Neighborhood Watch groups gathered in Washington, DC. The attorney general was there to unveil a new mission for the National Sheriff’s Association’s National Neighborhood Read more…

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Bill Blum: Cuban Political Prisoners in the United States

Bill Blum  Defending pro-Castro Cubans in Miami, in a criminal case utterly suffused with political overtones, with the U.S. government wholly determined to nail a bunch of commies, is a task on a par with conducting a ground war with Russia in the wintertime. Even in the absence of known anti-Castro Cuban exiles on the Read more…

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Michael Bronski: The Attack of the Wealthy Queers

Michael Bronski  Two of the hottest media scandals this summer center around the charge that the love that once dared not speak its name is now taking over the world —well, at least Provincetown and Hollywood. Bryan Burroughs’s interview with former Tinseltown mogul and millionaire Michael Ovitz in the August issue of Vanity Fair made Read more…

Diane Farsetta: Independence and Beyond

FOKUPERS, the Communication Forum for East Timorese Women, was established in 1997 to promote women’s rights. The founders were widows, wives of political prisoners, women who were former political prisoners, and women who had been raped by the Indonesian military. During the September 1999 post-referendum scorched-earth operation, the Indonesian military destroyed FOKUPERS’ office and targeted Read more…

Charles k. Fink: Terrorism and the Health-Care Crisis

Charles K. Fink  There are, of course, greater threats to humanity than terrorism. It is telling, however, to compare how the United States allocates resources in response to these threats. Approximately 3,000 people died in New York and Washington as a result of terrorism in 2001. But that same year three million people died worldwide Read more…

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Edward Herman: Tragic Errors in U.S. Military Policy

Edward S. Herman  U.S. military policy has long been based on strategies and tactics that involve a heavy civilian toll. This has followed from a combination of factors, whose proportions and effects vary depending on circumstances. But this combination always yields a large, sometimes vast, civilian toll. However, as it is claimed by the war Read more…

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