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Marie Trigona: Continuing Police Repression in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina At 9 months since police killed two young piquetero activists, Darío Santillan and Maximiliano Kosteki, June 26, human rights groups say that activists are experiencing a reactivated government and media campaign to instill fear and begin a repressive offensive.  Strong police force and discrediting of social movements are at the heart of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: A Lethal Way To Dispatch News

In times of war, journalists can serve as vital witnesses for the people of the world. So it’s especially sinister when governments take aim at reporters and photographers. A few weeks ago, when I was talking with a CNN cameraman, he recalled an overseas stint to cover events in the West Bank. Anger was evident Read more…

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Zoltan Grossman: The Easier The Victory, The Harder The Peace

As U.S. and British forces occupy Iraq’s major cities, it seems that most Americans and Iraqis are relieved that the invasion of Iraq is drawing a close. Whatever their opinions about the war, most wanted it to end quickly, in order to prevent further casualties on both sides. It is an understandable human reaction to Read more…

Mickey Z: Surgical Strikes

“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.” George Orwell As fate would have it, on the day I began writing an article about bombs being called “smart,” “precision,” and “laser guided,” the top story was the deadliest “friendly fire” incident (to date) in Operation Iraqi Freedom Read more…

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George Monbiot: Chemical Hypocrites

When Saddam Hussein so pig-headedly failed to shower US troops with chemical weapons as they entered Iraq, thus depriving them of a retrospective justification for this war, the American generals explained that he would do so as soon as they crossed the “red line” around Baghdad. Beyond that point, the desperate dictator would lash out Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Does The US Military Want To Kill Journalists

First the Americans killed the correspondent of al-Jazeera yesterday and wounded his cameraman. Then, within four hours, they attacked the Reuters television bureau in Baghdad, killing one of its cameramen and a cameraman for Spain’s Tele 5 channel and wounding four other members of the Reuters staff. Was it possible to believe this was an Read more…

Carmen Lawrence: What War?

Despite the thump and stutter of war, there is an eerie silence in Australia. So many people have all but stopped watching and listening to the incessant, if sanitised, coverage of the war. They’ve turned off the “militainment”. They’re not ringing or writing to their MPs. They’ve cut back their consumption to the necessities of Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Parecon Review

If not capitalism, what then? asks journalist and activist Albert as he proffers this dogged, humanist alternative to private enterprise. Let’s admit, suggests Albert (a founder of Z Magazine and South End Press), that capitalism has its downside: the zero-sum me-first logic, the downplaying of public good and prioritizing of private good, the decline of Read more…

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Paul Street: Who Hates America?

A Terrorist Recruiting BonanzaAs American armed forces tighten the freshly minted War Criminal George W. Bush’s bloody grip on Baghdad, some interesting answers emerge to the question of who really “hates America.”   Certain obvious and officially acknowledged haters come quickly to mind – Saddam Hussein and his supporters and the members of al Qaeda and Read more…

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Michael Moore: Dissent Works

April 7, 2003 Dear friends, It appears that the Bush administration will have succeeded in colonizing Iraq sometime in the next few days. This is a blunder of such magnitude — and we will pay for it for years to come. It was not worth the life of one single American kid in uniform, let Read more…

Kristen Ess: Israeli Government Ignores Yet Another International Law

At 8 o’clock last night Israeli flown, US made, F16s swept over Gaza City, shooting more than 40 flares into the night sky as a diversion, while three US donated Apache helicopters fired three missiles into a car, killing Said Arabeed and Ashraf al-Halabi from Hamas. It was a targeted assasination, illegal under the International Read more…

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David Cromwell: Horror, Cruelty And Misery – The Real Meaning Of

The priorities are clear, the perspective of power unthinkingly adopted. And so mainstream news headlines declaim that “coalition forces have penetrated deep into the centre of the Iraqi capital”. Troops “storm central Baghdad”. Pentagon briefings that itemize the number of armoured vehicles, “tank-busting” A-10 Warthog planes and B-1 bombers are breathlessly forwarded by mainstream media Read more…

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Greg Palast: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, is about? What is it trying to communicate? It’s about the Bushes and the billionaires that love them. It’s about a War Hero President who got the ‘top gun’ job in the Texas Toy Airforce with a call from Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Zimbabwe’s Plunge

ZNet commentator Patrick Bond and his colleague Simba Manyanya — a Zimbabwean currently employed in Johannesburg by a UN agency — provide information about the new, second edition of *Zimbabwe’s Plunge: Exhausted Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Search for Social Justice*.   (1) Can you tell ZNet, please, about your new book, Zimbabwe‘s Plunge? What is Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism is trying to communicate? My main point is that, in addition to the important moral and legal concerns about U.S. Middle East policy, current U.S. policy is contrary to even mainstream notions of the country’s Read more…

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Tristan Ewins: Grozny And Baghdad: Disturbing Parallels

Today in Chechnya, the city of Grozny – formerly the home of almost half a million people – lies in ruins: utterly devastated. The fate of Grozny thus stands as a testament to the brutal and terrible cost of modern urban warfare. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, separatist ambitions previously Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Amid Jubilation A Child Lies In Agony

They lay in lines, the car salesman who’d just lost his eye but whose feet were still dribbling blood, the motorcyclist who was shot by American troops near the Rashid Hotel, the 50-year-old female civil servant, her long dark hair spread over the towel she was lying on, her face, breasts, thighs, arms and feet Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Moving The Peace Movement Forward

As the U.S. army occupies Baghdad, the peace movement is faced with a series of strategic challenges, challenges we must face openly, and challenges for which there are no easy answers. We must develop political strategies that draw on solidarity and information from activists and analysts in diverse social movements and incorporate those into our Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: The Outline Of the Beast

Arnove: The Corporate media ask the question over and over again: What can be done about Saddam Hussein? What’s your response? The question is disingenuous. Let’s turn it around and ask instead: What do we do with George Bush and Tony Blair? Should we just stand by and watch while they bomb and kill and annihilate people? Read more…

Todd Chretien: Oakland Cops’ Brutal Attack

POLICE IN Oakland, Calif. shot wooden bullets and tossed concussion grenades at peaceful antiwar protesters and union dockworkers, injuring several people, in an April 7 confrontation. Some 500 activists had set up a picket on Oakland docks–at the terminals of American Presidential Lines, a military cargo shipper, and Stevedoring Services of America, which just won Read more…

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Molly Secours: Easy To Kill Those Who are “Not One of Us”

While walking the halls in juvenile prison each week, there is an eery sensation of bearing witness to childhoods sent up in flames. Peering deeply into the ashen masks worn by these young offenders, I look for vital signs indicating it isn’t too late for an infusion of hope. It’s not that faith is a Read more…

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Starhawk: A Bone From Rafah

While bombs are falling on Baghdad, killing uncounted numbers, and my friends around the world are marching, blockading, shutting down corporations and roadways and cities in protest, I find myself in Rafah, at the southern border of the Gaza strip, dealing intimately with one woman’s death. A week ago Rachel Corrie was crushed to death Read more…

Dennis Halliday: Iraqi People Facing Humanitarian Crisis

As U.S. and British soldiers fight for control of southern Iraq on their way toward a crucial battle in Baghdad, civilians in large cities like Basra and smaller towns are confronting severe shortages of water, food and medicine. But with the American military insisting that they alone will control the distribution of aid, several international Read more…

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John Pilger: The War For Truth

WE HAD a great day,” said Sgt Eric Schrumpf of the US Marines last Saturday. “We killed a lot of people.”  He added: “We dropped a few civilians, but what do you do?” He said there were women standing near an Iraqi soldier, and one of them fell when he and other Marines opened fire. Read more…

Gunter Grass: Core Values?!

BEHLENDORF, Germany. A war long sought and planned for is now underway. All deliberations and warnings of the United Nations notwithstanding, an overpowering military apparatus has attacked preemptively in violation of international law. No objections were heeded. The Security Council was disdained and scorned as irrelevant. As the bombs fall and the battle for Baghdad continues, Read more…

Ben Cashdan: Greece Rebels!

The air outside the US embassy is acrid with tear gas. Dozens of young people scatter, coughing behind scarves and tissues held over their noses and eyes. A three-year old boy yells, tears streaming down his face.   Directly in front of the embassy building – a whitewashed chunk of concrete covering an entire block Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Twisted Language Of War That Is Used To Justify The Unjustifiable

Why do we aid and abet the lies and propaganda of this filthy war? How come, for example, it’s now BBC “style” to describe the Anglo-American invaders as the “coalition”. This is a lie. The “coalition” that we’re obviously supposed to remember is the one forged to drive Iraqi occupation troops from Kuwait in 1991, Read more…

Desmond Tutu: Anti-War Thinking:

It is difficult not to feel despair and powerlessness at this awful juncture. Millions in the world fought with all their hearts and minds to avoid violence in Iraq. Inevitably, when bombs fall, there is a deep and emotional void that is opened. Many will pray. Others will simply reflect. Countless numbers will continue to Read more…

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David Edwards: Why Even Talk About It? Part II

In researching our latest New Statesman article (April 7, 2003), David Edwards interviewed George Entwistle (March 31, 2003), editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight. Part of the interview involved asking Entwistle if former chief UNSCOM weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, had appeared on Newsnight in recent months. As we have discussed many times, Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Reconstruction Of Iraq

One day after the war officially started, Tony Blair met with the European Union leaders to discuss the “re-construction of post war Iraq”. Re-construction, after wilful destruction of Iraqi public and private property through US and UK bombing raids. Re-construction, after destruction of public infrastructure by target oriented missiles. Re-construction, after destroying, through economic sanctions, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: It Seemed As If Baghdad Would Fall Within Hours

It started with a series of massive vibrations, a great “stomping” sound that shook my room. “Stomp, stomp, stomp,” it went. I lay in bed trying to fathom the cause. It was like the moment in Jurassic Park when the tourists first hear footfalls of the dinosaur, an ever increasing, ever more frightening thunder of Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: Irregular Weapons Used Against Iraq

This document presents collected information on irregular weapons used by the United States and the United Kingdom since the official beginning of their war against Iraq. Regular air and ground weapons such as missiles, light bombs and bullets often cause more civilian casualties than irregular weapons (cluster weapons, depleted uranium, napalm, etc.).   However, the terrorizing, Read more…

Fair: Official Story Vs. Eyewitness Account

A recent Washington Post article describing the killing of civilians by U.S. soldiers at a checkpoint outside the Iraqi town of Najaf proved that “embedded” journalists do have the ability to report on war in all its horror. But the rejection by some U.S. outlets of Post correspondent William Branigin’s eyewitness account in favor of Read more…

Anton Antonowicz: The Saddest Thing Of All

(photos by Mike Moore) AN old man cries over the coffin of his daughter. His wife and younger daughter sit in the dirt outside the mortuary in shock and abject sadness. It is only an hour and 20 minutes since Nadia Khalaf died, too early for total grief to set in. But time enough to Read more…

Aaron Brown: CNN’s Aaron Brown

A discussion with Amy Goodman, Aaron Brown, Steve Rendall and Jeremy Scahill on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!, April 4, 2003. AMY GOODMAN, DEMOCRACY NOW!: You’re listening to Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report, I’m Amy Goodman. With more than 25 years of journalism experience, Aaron Brown is CNN’s lead anchor during breaking news and Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Globalisation And Its Fall Out

Neither Prosperity nor Peace Globalization was imposed on the world with a promise of peace and prosperity. Instead we are faced with war and economic crisis. Not only has prosperity proved elusive, the minimal economic securities of people and countries are fast disappearing. Hunger deaths have started to occur in countries such as Argentina where Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Zapatistas statement on ‘We work for Peace and Justice’

[The following are three communiqués from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN] #1 Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico. April of 2003. To:   The promoters of the We Are Working For Peace and Justice Manifesto, http://www.zmag.org From:  CCRI-CG of the EZLN, Mountains of the Mexican Southeast. In the name of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee Read more…

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Edward Herman: A

David Ross: In The Real Terror Network (1982), you documented how the U.S. government did not support democracy around the world as we’ve all been taught, but instead, supported totalitarian states that would insure a good climate for investment… Ed Herman: We support democracy when it will serve our interests, but as The Real Terror Read more…

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John Pilger: We See Too Much, We Know Too Much. That’s Our Best Defense

We now glimpse the forbidden truths of the invasion of Iraq. A man cuddles the body of his in-fant daughter; her blood drenches them. A woman in black pursues a tank, her arms outstretched; all seven in her family are dead. An American Marine murders a woman because she happens to be standing next to Read more…

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Tim Wise: Liberation or Libation?

I figured it would happen sooner or later. Having written several columns questioning the notion that the current war in Iraq is about “liberation” of that nation’s people, it was only a matter of time before I received an email like the one this morning. “Well smartass,” it began, indicating the level of discourse so Read more…

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David Edwards: Why Even Talk About It?

“Isn’t it in fact true that America, by dint of the very accuracy of the weapons we’ve seen, is the only potential world policeman?” (Quoted, John Pilger, Hidden Agendas, Vintage, 1998, p.45) Thus, the BBC’s David Dimbleby, interviewing a guest, not during “Operation Iraqi Freedom” but during the last Gulf War. Of the 88,500 tons Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Embeds in Washington

Years ago, New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm produced a book, The Journalist and the Murderer, in which she claimed that the essence of journalism was betrayal. Actually, she took an extreme example of journalism — a reporter who entered into a contractual relationship with his subject — but she made literal a certain feeling familiar Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Between Old Yugoslavia and New Europe

In the month prior to the most recent events to rock Serbia, the question posed to me most frequently concerned the February 15th antiwar demonstrations and why such a small number of people in Yugoslavia had protested against the planned bombing of Iraq. In Belgrade, unlike Zagreb where over 10,000 protestors were mobilized, only around Read more…

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Tim Wise: So This Is What War Looks Like?

Well, now we know. War is not a high-tech video game; or grainy footage of exploding bombs as seen through night-vision goggles. It’s not swiftly moving tanks, displaying their mechanical prowess across the Iraqi desert. It’s not like the war games the solders planned for. It’s not like wrestling your unit buddy in the sand Read more…

David Miller: Embed With The Military

Embedded journalists are the greatest PR coup of this war. Dreamt up by the Pentagon and Donald Rumsfeld the ’embeds’, as they are now routinely described, are almost completely controlled by the military. Embeds as is now well known agree to give up most of their autonomy in exchange for access to the fighting on Read more…

Akhila Raman: Nadimarg and Kashmiriyat

Massive solidarity demonstrations by the Kashmiri Muslims following the brutal killings of Pandits at Nadimarg reveal that Kashmiriyat continues to flourish and also highlights the alienation and plight of the Kashmiris who continue to be brutalized by the militants and the Indian forces. In a dastardly act, “unidentified gunmen” massacred 24 Kashmiri Pandits including 11 Read more…

Ruri Ito: Engendering the Concept of Peace

This article draws on the Tokyo Tribunal on the Military Comfort Women to reexamine issues of violence against women in both wartime and peacetime. In highlighting the centrality of the issue of violence against women, Ito offers a feminist alternative to dominant peace discourse. The Tokyo Tribunal of December 2000, organized by Asian feminists, presented Read more…

Omar Bargh: Raid and Aid Charade

“Senior British military officers on the ground are making it clear they are dismayed by the failure of US troops to try to fight the battle for hearts and minds,” The Guardian proclaimed [April 1, 2003], exposing details of how the noble British “Raid and Aid” approach to Iraqi civilians contrasts sharply with the “brutal” Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey and The US War On Iraq

1.Turkey is being bitterly criticized in the US for failing to allow us combat troops to use Turkey as a launching pad to open a second front in northern Iraq. There are indeed some who say US and British soldiers are dying in higher numbers because of Turkey. How would you respond to such claims Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Wailing Children, The Wounded The Dead;

The wounds are vicious and deep, a rash of scarlet spots on the back and thighs or face, the shards of shrapnel from the cluster bombs buried an inch or more in the flesh. The wards of the Hillah teaching hospital are proof that something illegal – something quite outside the Geneva Conventions – occurred Read more…

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