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Mark Weisbrot: US is still intervening in Venezuela

CARACAS (Dec. 18) “Where are they getting their money?” asks historian Samuel Moncada, as the television displays one opposition commercial after another. Moncada is chair of the history department at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. We are sitting in one of the few restaurants that is open in the eastern, wealthier part of Caracas. Read more…

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Milan Rai: War Plan Iraq

1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate? War Plan Iraq tries to explain and document how the US has been hostile to both UN weapons inspectors and to real regime change in Iraq. It also sets out reasons why a war on Iraq would Read more…

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Tim Wise: Making Nice With Racists: David Horowitz and The Soft Pedaling Of White Supremacy

I’m not sure who said it first, but whatever the case, it bears repeating: there are plenty of assholes on both the right and left of the political spectrum, and David Horowitz has the distinction of having been both in the course of one lifetime. Pretty good work if you can get it. Since his Read more…

Sarwat Viquar: Our Home on Native Land

Canada is a country which prides itself on its efforts in ‘peace-building’, always taking care to distinguish its ‘peace-building’ efforts from similar efforts as claimed by its southern neighbour. Abroad, this peace-building translates into ‘supporting sustainable development in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.’ Volumes can be Read more…

Chris Nineham: The European Social Forum In Florence

No one really knew what to expect. For the Italians particularly there was the stress created by the scare campaign co-ordinated between the state and the media. Everyone else was probably uneasy about how Berlusconi would respond and worried that his strategy of tension might work. But there were other fears. Some worried that the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Why Blair’s Magic Fix Is Destined To End In Failure

First, it was Secretary of State Colin Powell who announced a Middle East peace conference. That was back in the spring – nothing happened. There was no peace conference. Now it’s Tony Blair announcing a conference, along with that familiar rider about Palestinian “reform” – which means getting rid of Y Arafat Esq. But the Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Coup D’Petrol In Venezuela

Exactly one year after the opposition’s first “general strike,” on December 10, 2001, which launched the campaign to oust the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the opposition is engaged in its fourth “general strike” and has come very close to finally achieving its goal. The fourth employer-sponsored general strike, which began on December Read more…

Zia Mian: October Elections in Pakistan

In October 2002, Pakistan had its first national and provincial elections under the military order established by General Pervez Musharraf after his October 1999 coup. With sweeping changes to the constitution, new election laws, and after declaring himself President for at least another five years, and U.S. support for his new role as an ally in Read more…

Pranjal Ti: Demonstrations in Hong Kong

On a day of protest in Hong Kong, more than 63,000 people took to the streets in two demonstrations targetting two particularly odious government proposals. By far the larger march was the one later in the day, a 60,000-strong demonstration against proposed “national security” laws that the Hong Kong SAR government has been planning to Read more…

Shaun Harkin: NYC Transit Heads For Showdown

  Thousands of New York’s subway and transit workers, members of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, voted unanimously at mass meetings in early December to authorize a strike when their contract expires December 15. Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki, both Republicans, have declared war on the 33,000 bus and subway workers Read more…

Binu Mathew: The Gujarat Elections

A few months back, a German friend of mine was here to visit me. His name was Martin D’costa. He was a 27 year old documentary film maker. He was here to document the life of young Indians. By the time he came down to Trivandrum, he had travelled across the country meeting and interviewing Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Anti-Globalization Protests In Pakistan

Echoes of the world wide discontent with globalization are currently being heard in Pakistan. A widespread movement, sparked by the so-called reforms that the government of Pakistan has introduced in the health and education sectors ostensibly to improve the quality of both sectors, is increasing in momentum, disrupting governmental plans to quietly privatize both. Very Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Eyeless In Israel

Is it too much to ask Israelis to take a look, even a glimpse, at what’s going on in their backyard? Are we even capable of dropping our relentless preoccupation with primaries and the battle between Tnuva and Strauss over cottage cheese, to pay attention to what is happening in the territories under our occupation? Read more…

Daniel Mazir: 18 Political Prisoners Are Dying In Algeria

Eighteen political prisoners in the Kabylie region, about 100 kms east of the capital Algiers, have reached the limit of their physical strength and their lives are at stake due to a hunger strike that is going on its third week, with no medical assistance of any kind. They have been denied visits by their Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: A Decade Of US War On Iraq

“IT IS not a war they are starting, it’s a slaughter. It will be a catastrophe.” That’s how Vincent Hubin, director of Premiere Urgence, the largest foreign aid agency operating in Iraq, described the Bush gang’s drive for a new war on Iraq. But this will be only the latest stage in more than a Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Crisis Capsule

NEW YORK, Dec 12, 2002 — When the story broke, there was the gasp of “Gotcha!” in the world’s news rooms. Finally, after all these weeks of those faceless inspectors racing around the boonies of Iraq to visit sites they’ve seen before, we have a dramatic seizure on the high seas. Suddenly, and, for a Read more…

Nobumasa Tanaka: High School Students Struggle Against National Anthem Enforcement

According to a survey by the Ministry of Education and Science, this spring’s graduation ceremonies’ enforcement rate of singing “Kimigayo” (the Japanese national anthem) crept ever closer to their target of 100%. Behind these figures, there remain a not insignificant number of students who question, object and oppose it. Students at Hokkaido’s Sapporo Minami High Read more…

Abe Takahashi: The Feud Behind the Scenes

The rape of a twelve year old Okinawan schoolgirl in 1995 by US servicemen touched off an upsurge in anti-US base sentiment and a fierce legal and political contest between then Okinawan Governor Ota Masahide and the Japanese government. Less than six months later, the two governments agreed to return the highly controversial Futenma Marine Read more…

Roger Burbach: Incoming Brazillian President Adept At Check Mating Bush

Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the incoming president of Brazil, is demonstrating an uncanny ability to move forward a progressive agenda while keeping his conservative antagonists at bay. This was clearly demonstrated in his meeting with George W. Bush in Washington on December 10. Pablo Gentili, an Argentine international analyst at the State University of Read more…

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Gavan McCormack: North Korea

North Korea ranks high on the Bush administration’s list of ‘terror states’. The January 2002 ‘Axis of Evil’ speech and the June 2002 commitment to preemptive war were stark signals from Washington to Pyongyang. The formal presidential statement of strategy presented to Congress in September 2002 referred only to two ‘rogue states’, meaning states that Read more…

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Norman Finkelstein: Whither The Peace Process?

Q. Professor Finkelstein, on Friday [Nov. 15] a senior Israeli military official declared that the army’s recent siege of Hebron had “succeeded to clean these streets of terrorists” – only hours later Islamic Jihad attacked settlers and soldiers in Hebron, killing 12 people including the commander of Israeli forces in Hebron Judging by this definition Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Decoding Some Top Buzzwords

How words are used can be crucial to understanding and misunderstanding the world around us. The media lexicon is saturated with certain buzz phrases. They’re popular — but what do they mean? “The use of words is to express ideas,” James Madison wrote. “Perspicuity, therefore, requires not only that the ideas should be distinctly formed, Read more…

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Justin Podur: Yes, Americans can understand suicide bombers

It might be hard to believe, but Americans have within themselves all of the emotional equipment needed to understand suicide bombers. What is required is shock, rage, and an irrational desire for revenge that goes so deep that it ceases to be picky about what the targets for that revenge actually are. Such feelings can Read more…

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Robert Geo: Smoke and Mirrors: An examination of factors affecting an individual’s development of awareness of the role of oppressions in U.S. society

Smoke and Mirrors: An examination of factors affecting an individual’s development of awareness of the role of oppressions in U.S. society Robert F. George   Smoke and Mirrors: An examination of factors affecting an individual’s development of awareness of the role of oppressions in U.S. society Introduction The right is relatively untroubled by American life; Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Bush Vision And The Culture Of Power

“Why do they hate us?” George W. Bush asked. I waited for his answer as did millions of others after the 9/11 events. We had lost our collective virginity when we had to acknowledge that some serious characters did not have our best interests at heart. As Bush spoke I conjured up the image of Read more…

Michael Berube: Berube Responds To More Severe Problems

My reply is as follows. Ed Herman is playing on his home field, and therefore deserves the last word in this exchange. For that reason I will let stand most of his reply, “Much More Severe Problems on the Cruise Missile Left.” But Herman makes two remarks about my November 29 Chronicle of Higher Education Read more…

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Edward Herman: Further Reply To Michael Berube

I owe an apology to Michael Berube on the point of the title to his article in the Chronicle, although I do believe the title does convey a true picture of its tone and message. He is lecturing to the antiwar movement, and he does call for its greater maturity, sloughing off those wild lefties Read more…

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John Pilger: America’s Bid For Global Dominance

  The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the world’s resources, it said, was “some catastrophic and catalysing event – Read more…

Mickey Z: Today

As we go on with our lives we tend to forget that the jails and the hospitals and the madhouses and the graveyards are packed. Today, I walk the stairs up to the elevated platform, ready to join 3.5 million of my closest friends on the subway. Just a few days before a possible transit Read more…

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Mark Steel: Watch Out For Scuds On The London Underground

Could anyone have a more useless job than those weapons inspectors in Iraq? Does anyone honestly believe there is any vague chance that George Bush might say “Well, fair enough, we couldn’t find anything so it’s nice to know that he’s mended his ways.” And then the Pentagon would call off the war, as long Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: On the Tenth Anniversary of Ayodhya: at least one small victory.

Ten years ago, on 6 December 1992, a fascist spectacle enveloped northern India and the Indian Diaspora. In the small town of Ayodhya, a well-organized band of Hindutva activists demolished the 16th Century mosque erected by Mir Baqi. News came soon after about the blood that flowed from the outskirts of Delhi to the center Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: A Nightmare to Love

A nightmare scenario is facing the Bush Administration. Imagine that Iraq continues to let UN arms inspectors inspect without impediment. By the December 8 deadline for reporting on its weapons of mass destruction, the Iraqi government makes an extensive declaration of activities and materials that might be used to make such weapons but also might Read more…

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Richard Gott: Racist Rage Of The Caracas Elite

Pilin Leon, a former Miss Venezuela, was busy judging the Miss World competition in London on Saturday when the oil tanker that bears her name, illegally at anchor in Lake Maracaibo (principal source of Venezuela’s oil), was boarded by Venezuelan marines. The end of history was supposed to mean an end to class struggle, but Read more…

Crimethinc Crimethinc: Call For Authors

DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2003    We are working on a new Crimethinc book by women, about women, and for everybody.  This is not a book about gender, although gender will be addressed: this is a big shaggy compendium of inspiring, useful, thought-provoking writing and art about all the things that we as radical anarchist women are Read more…

Al Giordano: Gaviria Should Leave Venezuela

These are the hours of immediate history. As in Eastern Europe 13 years ago, the final defeat of dictatorial power in Venezuela came last night at the doors of its “control rooms” – the TV stations. On Monday night, the Venezuelan majority – unwilling to allow an upper-class economic coup d’etat that poses dishonestly as Read more…

Gerardo Young: Argentina’s New Social Protagonists

by Gerardo Young, Lucas Guagnini, and Alberto Amato The poor, as everyone knows, are invisible when you speed past their homes on the highway. But when things are the other way around, and the poor get out on the road and set up roadblocks, people say, “Piqueteros, damn it!” They set fire to tires, stop Read more…

Jillian Schwedler: Occupied Maan

An expanded campaign to silence outspoken critics of the Jordanian government has followed the October 20 assassination of USAID official Lawrence Foley in Amman. On the pretext of unsubstantiated speculation that Foley’s killing was orchestrated by a group of Islamist militants, the regime has arrested foreign and local journalists, detained prominent professionals for their political Read more…

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David Edwards: Final Exchange With George Monbiot On The Guardian And The Propaganda Model

In response to our recent Media Alert Update, “George Monbiot Responds Again on Iraq and ‘Just War’” (December 7, 2002), Monbiot has sent the following response. He has also published a Guardian article (‘Who guards the guards’, December 10, 2002) mentioning this debate: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,856994,00.html Dear David and David, I said I would write no more, Read more…

Harold Pinter: The American Administration Is A Bloodthirsty Wild Animal

By Earlier this year, I had a major operation for cancer. The operation and its after effects were something of a nightmare. I felt I was a man unable to swim bobbing about under water in a deep dark endless ocean. But I did not drown and I am very glad to be alive. However, Read more…

Dr. majed Nassar: Amram Mitzna: Candidate for Prime Minister of Israel

In less than two months, on January 28, 2003, the Israeli public will vote in an early parliamentary election. Israelis will have the chance to change their future and opt for a peaceful settlement to the Palestinian conflict. Polls show that 65% of the Israeli population support an end to the occupation of the West Read more…

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George Monbiot: Who Guards the Guards?

If there is a characteristic which unites all human societies, past or present, it is surely an inordinate fondness for violence. Those who can force others to submit to their demands will do so until they meet a greater force. We tend, in the superficially peaceful communities of the rich world, to forget that violence Read more…

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Justin Podur: Venezuela’s ‘National Strike’

The ‘general strike’ called by the opposition in Venezuela is now on its eighth day.  The strike is the fourth called by the opposition over the past year, including the failed coup attempt in April.  The economy is suffering.  There have been at least three killed in the violence already, in a shooting on December Read more…

George Rishmawi: International Solidarity Movement

In November 2002, two of the founders of the International Solidarity Movement toured North America to build support for the ISM (www.palsolidarity.org).  Here is part of the talk they gave in Toronto on November 20, 2002. George Rishmawi: Thank you for being here.  My name is George Rishmawi and I was born in 1973, in Read more…

: A Sacred Day In New York

Today the faith-based revolt against the impending war in Iraq poured out of hallowed halls and into the streets. Joining people in 120 other cities and towns under the banner of United for Peace, New York’s religious leaders celebrated International Human Rights Day by bearing witness to the poverty and suffering of those both in Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Trials and Tribulations: Supporting Our Comrades

Last month, in the Opera House in the small Vermont town of Plainfield, I attended a fundraising evening of drama and music for the legal costs of Institute For Social Ecology alumnus Camilo Viveiros. It was one of a number of fundraisers held to raise money for legal expenses. Viveiros, a 30-year old social justice Read more…

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Tim Wise: Selling Sloppy Statistics

So the Supreme Court has announced it will hear the long-simmering affirmative action case from the University of Michigan law school, in which white plaintiffs sued, claiming to have been denied admission even though they had grades and test scores that were comparable to those of students of color who were admitted. The case in Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: Kissinger?

You’ve got to be kidding? And just when you though it couldn’t get any more Orwellian Henry Kissinger is named chairman of the “independent” commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. What’s next? Pete Rose being named chairman of a blue ribbon committee to investigate gambling in professional sports? Or how about Oliver North being Read more…

Guest Author: To Noam is to Love Him

“This is a dissident linguist Bono stole from the radicals. I’m stealing him back.” Some years ago, I remember reading an article in The Nation about rock stars “idolizing” Noam Chomsky and attempting to bring him into the fold, so to speak. I learned that music producer Don Was not only had a “large portrait” Read more…

Becky Johnson: Phillip Berrigan Anti War Activist Dies

BALTIMORE – December 6 – Phil Berrigan died December 6, 2002 at about 9:30 PM, at Jonah House, a community he co-founded in 1973, surrounded by family and friends. He died two months after being diagnosed with liver and kidney cancer, and one month after deciding to discontinue chemotherapy. Approximately thirty close friends and fellow Read more…

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Edward Herman: Answering The Cruise MIssile Left On Iraq

It is pretty depressing to see how frequently liberals and some leftists have been unable to maintain a principled opposition to the U.S. policies toward Iraq, which, following more than a decade of “sanctions of mass destruction” are now rushing us toward a war of outright aggression. There is significant opposition, manifested in the growing Read more…

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