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Amira Hass: Profound Contempt

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is a super-ruler, in the eyes of the Israelis. He has been imprisoned in his office for over two weeks. All the buildings of his government, including prisons and security apparatus, are destroyed, vandalized, empty of people. All his men are scattered and in hiding. His telephone connections are dependent Read more…

Zakaria al Qaq: What’s Happening to Palestinian Society

The effects of the past 19 months of intifada and the last three weeks of war on Palestinian society have been dramatic and have made an indelible mark whose impact will be felt for many years to come. Palestinian society has lost its hope and its faith that peace is a possibility. Palestinian society is Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Fear And Learning In America

As an outspoken critic of US policy in the Middle East, Fisk expected a hostile reception when he paid his first visit to the American Midwest since 11 September. He couldn’t have been more mistaken   Osama bin Laden once told me that Americans did not understand the Middle East. Last week, in a little Read more…

Doug Stokes: Colombia Primer

What is Plan Colombia and the Andean Regional Initiative? Colombia’s 35 year old civil war has created the third largest refugee population in the world, produces over 4,000 politically motivated murders every year, and has contributed to the 1.5 million internally displaced people within its borders.1 Approximately 55 percent of all Colombians live below the Read more…

Ruth Larson: Women, Peace and Justice in Colombia

Colombia is a country of geographical contrasts and extremes. Here one can find desert in the north-east, jungle along the Pacific coast, the mountains of the Serrania de la Macarena and islands off the coast. Colombia boasts an abundance of flora and fauna and it’s a beautiful country. Underneath all of this beauty can be Read more…

Greg Philo: Missing In Action

If you don’t understand the Middle East crisis it might be because you are watching it on TV news. This scores high on images of fighting, violence and drama, but low on explanation. A new study by the Glasgow University Media Group shows the effect of this on public understanding. The group interviewed 12 small Read more…

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Edward Herman: Susan Douglas, And The Nation, On Pacifica

The Nation magazine has had a serious conflict of interest in reporting on the Pacifica struggle. During the reign of the old Pacifica management, the magazine had its own program on Pacifica’s Los Angeles station KPFK, with the program run by Contributing Editor Marc Cooper, a close ally of station manager Mark Schubb and a Read more…

Indymedia Argentina: CHRONOLOGY OF THE CRISIS: A Critical Week in Venezuela

Translated By Mark McHarry April 15, 2002 From last Saturday, when the Workers Confederation of Venezuela (CTV in Spanish) announced it was calling for a 24-hour general strike, a series of brutal events has changed the face of the country. In barely a week, there have been three changes of government. The chronology is as Read more…

Hywel Probert: Thumbs up for the bright, white folks

Eugenics has a loyal and respectable following in the US – especially on the right. Hywel Probert reveals some surprising links between Bush and Hitler “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who Read more…

Kristin Schurr: Report From Nablus

Here in Nablus the Israeli military have cut the phone lines and destroyed the water supply. As in Jenin, the Israeli military not only bulldozes houses, tortures and kills Palestinians, but also targets the infrastructure, bringing more death, terror, and starvation. Access to medical care is nearly impossible for many, especially those on the east Read more…

David Jardine: Indonesia-us Military In New Pas De Deux

Jakarta. Indonesia’s much-vilified military (TNI) are feeling smug with themselves. Washington’s so-called ‘war on terrorism’ is providing them with new windows of opportunity.   In a foreign policy drive apparently shaped in part by former US Ambassador to Jakarta and leading Bush administration hawk Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defence Secretary, Washington is giving the butchers of Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: A Corporate Lawyer Speaks Out

Look at the law in each of the fifty U.S. states. All have a provision similar to that of Maine’s section 716: “The directors and officers of a corporation shall exercise their powers and discharge their duties with a view to the interest of the corporation and of the shareholders.” These laws make it the Read more…

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Charles Glass: Ending the Occupation

Paris. The return of Secretary of State Colin Powell to Israel has revived language that, until now, the Bush administration has avoided: peace process, peace partner and the other words that implied America would intervene in negotiations. The United States has been forced to act, because tolerance of Israeli military assaults in the occupied territories Read more…

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Seumas Milne: Our friends in Jenin

The stories of brutality and destruction filtering out of the Jenin refugee camp have become increasingly ominous. While independent observers have been kept out – along with ambulances and UN blood supplies – the Israeli army has rampaged its way through the hillside shanty town, overwhelming desperate Palestinian resistance. Hundreds are reported killed, including many Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuelan Democracy Survives, In Spite of Washington

A joke that was once popular in Latin America has become relevant again: Why has there never been a military coup in the United States? Answer: because there’s no U.S. embassy here. Latin Americans would not be surprised to read that the military coup which ousted President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela for nearly two days Read more…

Margaret Randall: Gift or loan?—Bushese

When I find myself wishing this I recognize with sorrow and rage how far the current political reality has pushed me. Me: someone who never believed electoral politics, as they operate here and now, could begin to hold the answers to people’s real needs. Desperate times make for desperate wishes. Soon it became apparent that Read more…

Margaret Randall: Gift or loan?ÑBushese

I watch West Wing whenever I can. I confess to loving the program, to wishing President Bartlett was in the White House rather than George W. Bush, and that those with executive power in our country today possessed a fragment of the humanity, belief in democratic principles, concern for issues that matter and openness displayed Read more…

Jaime Aviles: Argentina

MONTEVIDEO.- From the east side of the River Plate, 40 kilometers from Buenos Aires, full of a sadness he does not attempt to hide but which nourishes him with discoveries and revelations in the field of language, Eduardo Galeano bears witness to the terminal crisis in Argentina, a country, he says, that is “a victim Read more…

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William Blum: The CIA And The Venezuela Coup

How do we know that the CIA was behind the coup that overthrew Hugo Chavez? Same way we know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. That’s what it’s always done and there’s no reason to think that tomorrow morning will be any different. Consider Chavez’s crimes: Branding the US attacks on Afghanistan as “fighting Read more…

Peter Popham: An Outbreak of Peace in Sri Lanka?

The astonishing outbreak of peace in Sri Lanka’s vicious intercommunal conflict moved a stage further yesterday when the Tamil Tigers reached an agreement with the island’s Muslims, a minority they victimised as ruthlessly as the Tamils claimed the Sinhalese majority persecuted them. Twelve years ago the Tigers forced 100,000 Muslims out of northern and eastern Read more…

Kristen Schurr: Trying to get back into Jenin

“We’re going to try to get back into Jenin today. We tried all day yesterday and it was a total nightmare. “There are 748 here people combined from two towns who have been dumped off.They are dropped off at 200 meters from the checkpoint in their underwear. They are not allowed to go back to Read more…

Rita Giacaman: Who Lives in Jenin?

The international media has begun to show some of the tragic human consequences of Israel’s assault on Jenin refugee camp: from one BBC report alone images flash of an old woman in a wheelchair abandoned in a field, dislocated families streaming towards neighboring villages, a woman weeping by the roadside for her husband shot while Read more…

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Uri Avnery: In Jenin I founded…

105 years ago, the day after the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Theodor Herzl, wrote in his diary: “ In Basel I founded the State of the Jews.” This week, Ariel Sharon should note in his diary: “In Jenin I founded the State of the Palestinians.” Of course, he did not mean to. Quite the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Mr Powell Must See For Himself What Israel Inflicted On Jenin

Why doesn’t Colin Powell go to Jenin? What has happened to the world’s moral compass indeed to the United States when America’s most famous ex-general, the Secretary of State of the most powerful country on earth, on a supposedly desperate mission to stop the bloodshed in the Middle East, fails to grasp what is taking Read more…

Merip: Merip Primer On The Palestinian Uprising

MERIP Primer on the Uprising in Palestine A Palestinian throws back to Israeli soldiers a teargas canister during clashes in the West Bank town of Ramallah Wednesday Oct. 25, 2000. (AP Photo/Enric Marti) Introduction On April 4, George W. Bush dispatched Secretary of State Colin Powell to Israel-Palestine to attempt to stop the “storm of Read more…

Amnesty International: Israel And The Occupied Territories

”The Palestinians must be hit and it must be very painful. We must cause them losses, victims, so that they feel the heavy price”.Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister, speaking to the press on 5 March 2002Since 27 February 2002 the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have launched two waves of incursions into the Palestinian areas occupied Read more…

Heinz Dieterich steffan: Imperial Coup in Venezuela

[Translated by Jose Luna, ZNet Espanol] Champaign in Caracas and Washington. The recipe never fails. It worked with Salvador Allende in 1973, the Sandinistas in 1989 and in 2002 with Hugo Chávez. It took three years to destroy the Unidad Popular in Chile, eight for the Sandinista Front of National Liberation in Nicaragua and three Read more…

La jornada Editorial: Venezuela: The Coup

 [Translated by José Luna – Znet Espanol] Whatever opinion one might have of his performance, an overwhelming majority elected president Hugo Chávez. Venezuela had National Magistrates, a National Assembly, law and institutions. Thanks to a military coup from those who have the power of money and control the media, supported by the high command and Read more…

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David Edwards: The Bbc, The Sunday Telegraph, And Cancer In Iraq

Regular Media Lens readers will know that we have generally focused on the performance of the ‘liberal’ media. The reason for this is that we assume that it is obvious that the ‘right wing’ media – the Times and the Telegraph, for example – is not to be taken seriously. We believe that, for many Read more…

Guest Author: An Imminent Coup in Venezuela?

It appears that the strategy of President Chavez’ opposition is to create as much chaos and disorder in Venezuela as possible, so that Chavez is left with no other choice than to call a state of emergency. This, in turn could either lead to a military coup or U.S. military intervention. Given that Venezuela has Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Going to D.C. and On Going Home

The long weekend of April 19-22 in Washington, DC represents an historic opportunity for progressive social change movements. The anti-capitalist globalization movement, the newly forming anti-war movement, the growing mobilization against domestic spending cuts and the undermining of civil liberties, the Palestinian solidarity movement, and the long-standing efforts of Colombia and School of the Americas Read more…

Azmi Bishara: Check But Not Mate

The ferocious, tightly coordinated assault on Palestinian cities in the West Bank was not a spontaneous act geared to satiating popular outrage in Israel over the Netanya suicide bombing. The plan for this assault, which certainly contains alternative scenarios, existed well in advance, as did the political resolve to put it into effect, even if Read more…

Fair: Palestinian Deaths Aren’t Headline Material at New York Times

How many Palestinian lives equal one Israeli life, according to the editors of the New York Times? The main headline on the front page of the New York Times’ April 10 final edition was “At Least 8 Killed In Suicide Bombing On A Bus In Israel.” The late edition, which is available to more readers, Read more…

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Laura Flanders: New Yorkers say no

          The mood was somber in Public School 3 this Tuesday, when members of New Yorkers Say No To War gathered to talk about Israel, Palestine and Us. New Yorkers Say No has been meeting each week since September 18th. Each Tuesday the group gathers and not since that first week Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: The Only Truth About Jenin is the Cover-Up

On the morning of Wednesday 10 April, reports began to emerge from the Jenin refugee camp in the extreme north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank that its Palestinian defenders had run out of ammunition and were thus no longer able to resist the Israeli offensive that began on 2 April. While this appeared to put Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Coup in Venezuela: An Eyewitness Account

The orchestration of the coup was impeccable and, in all likelihood, planned a long time ago. Hugo Chavez, the fascist communist dictator of Venezuela could not stand the truth and thus censored the media relentlessly. For his own personal gain and that of his henchmen (and henchwomen, since his cabinet had more women than any Read more…

Xanana Gusmao: Interview With

Q: How can be the independence of East Timor guaranteed in the future? There are voices in Indonesia that are still calling for re-possession of your country. Can you trust Indonesia or do you have to prepare yourself militarily? A: No. I must say that when we try to see East Timor in the eyes Read more…

Institute for Energy: 80,000 US Cancers from old nuclear testing

An estimated 80,000 people who lived in or were born in the US between the years 1951 and 2000 will contract cancer as a result of the fallout caused by atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, according to an analysis of government studies by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Well over 15,000 of these cases Read more…

Tni press Release: Puerto Ricans Protest US Bombing Practices on Vieques

Delegation to speak to Dutch Members of Parliament From 17-25 April, Puerto Rican peace activist Moraima Rivera, a delegate of the Comité Pro-Rescate y Desarrollo para Vieques and the pro-independence group Congreso Nacional Hostosiano, will be touring the Netherlands to speak to various NGOs and members of parliament. She will be making an urgent appeal Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

THINGS ARE very bad here in Bethlehem. We’ll hold on and on, even if we are dying. But we are not living. I live in the old city near Manger Square and the Nativity Church. It’s under total military closure. I just saw on local television–I’m one of the lucky families that has electricity–that the Read more…

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Chris Kromm: Israeli Aggression: Made In The USA

By If you pay taxes this April, you are about to send a check to an overseas, rogue element, condemned by the world community, which is engaged in brutal acts of aggression against largely innocent people. It’s not the Al-Qaeda network, nor a country in President Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” The unsavory recipient of your Read more…

Omar Bargh: The By-product Victims of the Holocaust: From Deir Yassin to Jenin

Ramallah: “Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country … . We shall not achieve our goal of being an independent people with the Arabs in this small country. The only solution is a Palestine, at least Western Palestine [west of the Jordan River] without Arabs Read more…

Richard Du boff: Stopping Terrorism Vs. Promoting The Right

By high noon September 11, 2001 it should have been obvious what this generation of Republicans–and more than a few Democrats–would do with the attacks on New York and Washington: seize upon them as manna from heaven to promote a hard right-wing political and economic agenda at home and abroad. Dominant at this moment is Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Rotten To The Core

Frank Easterbrook and Daniel Fischel are University of Chicago law professors who believe that, when it comes to making profits, nothing — not even the law — should stand in the way. (For almost two decades, Easterbrook has also been a federal appeals court judge.) Twenty years ago, writing about antitrust crimes in the Michigan Read more…

Medha Patkar: Medha Patkar Attacked

[Note: A news summary of the incident from the times of india follows Medha’s statement on the violence] The violent incident at the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad on April 7, was an outcome of and continuation of the prevailing intolerance and communalism in Gujarat. It again revealed the nexus of the capitalist, communal and unethical political Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Roots of Anti-Americanism

Public opinion polls show that anti-American sentiment in Russia has reached a level not seen since the days of the Cold War. This hostility is not the product of a political confrontation, as was the case during the Soviet era, or of a diplomatic standoff, as happened on Yevgeny Primakov’s watch as prime minister. Paradoxically, Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Today, 8 April, is the eleventh day of the re-occupation of Ramallah and its twin city El Bireh. It is the fourth re-occupation in as many months, but this one is by far the most extensive, savage, and severe. Since hundreds of Israeli tanks and armoured personnel carriers bearing thousands of soldiers rolled into Ramallah Read more…

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Robert Jensen: U.S. Culpability

I helped kill a Palestinian today. If you pay taxes to the U.S. government, so did you. And unless the policies of the U.S. government change, tomorrow will be no different. It is easy for Americans to decry the “cycle of violence” in Palestine, but until we acknowledge our own part in that violence, there Read more…

Brice c. Smith: Countdown to Doomsday

Seven minutes to midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved the hands on their Doomsday Clock down to seven minutes signifying the increasingly dangerous and unstable nuclear world in which we live. It has been one month now since the Los Angeles and New York Times first published leaked sections of the Bush Read more…

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George Monbiot: World Bank To West Bank

Two sets of human shields are in use in the West Bank. The first is less than willing. The Israeli army, like some of the terrorist groups it has fought, has been taking hostages. Its soldiers have been propelling Palestinian civilians through the doors of suspect buildings, so that the gunmen they might harbor have Read more…

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