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Robert Fisk: A Firestorm Is Coming

So now Osama bin Laden is Hitler. And Saddam Hussein is Hitler. And George Bush is fighting the Nazis. Not since Menachem Begin fantasised to President Reagan that he felt he was attacking Hitler in Berlin – his Israeli army was actually besieging Beirut, killing thousands of civilians, “Hitler” being the pathetic Arafat – have Read more…

Arjan el Fassed: Torture Distorts Hope For Palestinians

(Ram, Occupied Palestine, 24 May 2002) — “DON’T FORGET that it’s one of our rights as people under occupation, to keep resisting this occupation. Peace is the shortest way to security and stability. But peace cannot be built on occupation,” reads a message from Marwan Barghouti from his prison cell. Prison bars could not prevent Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Who’s Jerking Who Off On Terror Alerts?

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld bluntly told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Pentagon budget that the terrorists are “jerking us” around with their terror threats. Rumsfeld then upped the terror ante by gravely warning that the terrorists soon will have nuclear weapons and will use them against the U.S. Rumsfeld didn’t say when the Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: East Timor Is Independent

It’s a hard world to be born into, even for nation-states. This week East Timor, half of a small island a few hundred miles north of Australia, became the youngest member of the so-called international community. Out went a temporary UN administration, established three years ago after Indonesian troops had run amok when the Timorese Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: East Timor Is Independent

It’s a hard world to be born into, even for nation-states. This week East Timor, half of a small island a few hundred miles north of Australia, became the youngest member of the so-called international community. Out went a temporary UN administration, established three years ago after Indonesian troops had run amok when the Timorese Read more…

Benjamin Evans: Deconstructing The War On Terror: Race, Gender And History

Since September 11th, 2001 many North Americans are convinced of the necessity of war. They see themselves as victims, or potentials victims, of terrorism. They feel that the bush regime’s bombing of Afghanistan, and Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian people, are justified as part of the “war on terrorism”. Last November I traveled to Brooklyn. The Read more…

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Paul Street: Liar Liar

It’s been quite an interesting experience hearing United States Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tell us that more Americans are probably going to perish in future terror attacks. It’s “inevitable,” they say, and there’s really not all that much that they or anyone else can do about it. “Let’s get real,” Read more…

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David Edwards: Burying Big Business

One of the secrets of media manipulation is to report the horror and strife of the world as though Western power, interests and machinations did not exist. Vast poverty, injustice and chaos in the Third World are depicted as unconnected to the cool oases of civilisation in Europe and the United States, which look on Read more…

Susan j. Abuhalwa: Apartheid’s Accidental Prophecy

The apartheid government of South Africa came to power in 1948, the same year that the State of Israel was created in Palestine. Having lived and witnessed the legacy of Zionism, I wonder sometimes if this shared birth year was not an accidental prophecy. Both governments were born on the miserable premise of entitlement for Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Challenges and Opportunities for Progressive Movements Post-911

Through the framework of cause and effect, you can see the obstacles posed by the War on Terrorism. Militarization, globalization, and racism have accelerated; their intersections compounded. Chris Spannos discussed these intersections and prospects for social change after Sept. 11 with Noam Chomsky on May 24, 2002. Noam Chomsky is one of America‘s most prominent Read more…

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Michael Albert: What Did Bush Know, When?

The above question screams from mainstream newspapers. It froths from liberals’ lips. What troubles me more, however, is that some leftists also find it important. Prevalent Question: What did Bush know and when did he know it regarding possible terrorism threats preceding 9/11–and what did Bush do in light of his knowledge? Absent Question 1: Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Iraq: Smart Sanctions and the US Propaganda War

The Bush administration is declaring another victory in its “propaganda war” with Iraq, following the unanimous vote of the United Nations Security Council to endorse its plan to impose “smart sanctions” on Iraq. On May 14, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1409, setting in place a new framework for the sanctions that will take effect Read more…

Paul Saba: Fifteen Theses on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Introduction All too frequently the mainstream media in the United States treats the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a timeless confrontation between eternal enemies – Arabs and Jews. But the crisis in Israel/Palestine is not an ahistorical one. It grew out of material social conditions, economic processes and the political decisions of governments and peoples. And the Read more…

Charlie Schneider: International Solidarity After Independence

On May 22, 2002, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the government of East Timor hosted a half-day seminar and reception with about 100 international solidarity activists from around the world entitled “The Role of International Solidarity for an Independent East Timor.” The meeting was addressed by President Xanana Gusmao, Foreign Minister Jose Read more…

Ontario coalition against Poverty: Two Victories

A couple of weeks ago, OCAP was approached by a man called Bryian with a dreadful and urgent situation. He is fighting throat cancer and the radiation treatment he has received has sped up the decay of his teeth. Three of them had to be removed but this created for Bryian a serious problem. The Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Counteracting the Media Evildoers

To: George, Dick and John Re: Counteracting the Media Evildoers Damage control efforts are on track after those rough days in mid-May. First, let’s note a silver lining. John’s move to prosecute Arthur Andersen pushed Enron off a lot of front pages, and the recent media commotion about "advance warnings" has helped too. However, complacency Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Sharon’s war plans: The Great Reformer?

When the inhabitants of Bethlehem came out of their homes, after the long weeks during which Israeli soldiers shot at everything in town that moved, they discovered that the landscape had changed. While they were imprisoned in their homes, the army had been working day and night to separate them from the world by a Read more…

Michael Sfard: Why Israel’s ‘seruvniks’ Say Enough Is Enough

By It is said that in the first few years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, no one seriously thought of holding on to these territories forever. It was at the time widely assumed, that these newly conquered lands were to be handed back to the Arabs as part of Read more…

Oren Yiftachel: The Lurking Shadow of Expulsion

The State of Israel has reached an important crossroad. For some months now the nationalist camp, aided by the media, has been trickling into the public discourse the idea of expulsion — branded in Israel as “transfer” — despite the fact that it is antithetical to both international norms and human rights covenants. There are, Read more…

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George Monbiot: Riddle of the Spores

The more a government emphasises its commitment to defence, the less it seems to care about the survival of its people. Perhaps it is because its attention may be focused on more distant prospects: the establishment and maintenance of empire, for example, or the dynastic succession of its leaders. Whatever the explanation for the neglect Read more…

Madeleine Bunting: This Futile Campaign

There was almost relief in Brigadier Roger Lane’s voice on Friday morning as he told the Today programme that they’d finally found and killed some AQT – al-Qaida/Taliban – in the remote mountain valleys of eastern Afghanistan. They had engaged their enemy, hitherto as elusive as the snow leopard, and around 1,000 British soldiers were Read more…

Sean Donahue: The Life and Crimes of General Montoya Uribe

PUTUMAYO DEPARTMENT COLOMBIA, JANUARY 2001 — All of us knew we were taking certain risks when we flew by helicopter from Puerto Asis to La Hormiga with Gen. Mario Montoya Uribe – the countryside in Putumayo is controlled by FARC guerillas who are rumored to have anti-aircraft weapons. But I’m not sure we realized how Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: East Timor Independence Day: May 20, 2002

When is hopelessness a reasonable response to a terrible situation? Surely, the East Timorese people during the last quarter of the last century might have been forgiven for succumbing to despair. After all, this half-island nation had been invaded and illegally occupied by the neighboring military giant, Indonesia, which was aided and abetted by the Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: The Second Boot Effect

There is a classic joke in which an old man is woken up every night by two dull thuds on the wall. This is the sound of his neighbour, a worker on the late shift, throwing off his boots after returning home. One day, coming upon his neighbour in the corridor, the old man tells Read more…

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Michael Albert: What Did Bush Know, When?

The above question screams from mainstream newspapers. It froths from liberals’ lips. What troubles me more, however, is that some leftists also find it important. Prevalent Question: What did Bush know and when did he know it regarding possible terrorism threats preceding 9/11–and what did Bush do in light of his knowledge? Absent Question 1: Read more…

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Amira Hass: The Real Disaster is the checkpoints

Qalandiyah checkpoint. Nigel Roberts, the World Bank representative in Israel/Palestine, is convinced Western societies would break down if confronted with an “economic disaster of such proportions.”When the director general of the Palestinian Finance Ministry, Ataf Alaune, returned to his office on April 21, a few hours after the army pulled out of Ramallah, he found Read more…

Jessica Mccallin: Making the blooms desert

Many people wonder why Israel won’t give back the occupied territories in return for peace. One reason is that more than half of Israel’s water supplies now come from the Mountain Aquifer and Jordan river basin, which are situated deep within them. Jericho used to be one of Palestine’s prime agricultural spots. An abundance of Read more…

Sarah Graham-brown: Sanctions Renewed On Iraq

Concluding almost a year of diplomatic wrangling, the UN Security Council has agreed to revise UN sanctions on Iraq when the eleventh phase of the oil for food program ends on May 29. Under the oil for food program, Iraq is allowed to sell its oil on the world market to import needed civilian goods. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Replies About East Timor

Note: this post is a response from Noam Chomsky in the ZNet Forum’s, a benefit to all ZNet Sustainers…. if this interests you, check out the program today, and consider supporting ZNet… Reply from NC, Alan Nairn and Amy Goodman were among those at the independence day celebration yesterday (May 19) near Dili. I had Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: East Timor: Independence Day,

When is hopelessness a reasonable response to a terrible situation? Surely, the East Timorese people during the last quarter of the last century might have been forgiven for succumbing to despair. After all, this half-island nation had been invaded and illegally occupied by the neighboring military giant, Indonesia, which was aided and abetted by the Read more…

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Marta Russell: Affordable Accessible Housing Needs To Be On Housing Radar Screen

Affordable housing was already at a crisis point pre-S11 during the economic “boom.” Now in the recession, people are being pink-slipped and losing their jobs by the tens of thousands. The Bush economic stimulus bail out plan does nothing for laid off workers rather it is a giveaway of taxpayer dollars to the richest corporations Read more…

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Saul Landau: World News In Shotgun Pellets From The Media

Did the extra cup of coffee or the TV news cause my anxiety? Or should I attribute my uneasiness to the news headlines blaring over my car radio as I brake to a stop on a ten lane Los Angeles freeway? The media will report on any “news” that might produce anxiety in the reader, Read more…

Jeff Kingham: I Want To Say Something

After nearly two weeks in this so-called Holy Land senses and skill of analysis begin to fail me, confounded as they are by disbelief and indignation. The conditions under which the Palestinians have been forced and are continuing to endure are nothing short of barbaric; I know this from personal observation … from continuing evictions Read more…

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Amira Hass: Israel Forces Internal Movement Permit On Palestinians

The Israeli army has been tightening its grip on movement of Palestinians in cities and towns in the West Bank by insisting that they obtain new freedom-of-movement permits from the regional administration to travel from one city to another. This has become clear in information reaching representatives of donor and international non-profit organizations that operate Read more…

Stan Winer: South African presidential pardon provokes paranoia

The presidential pardon in South Africa of 33 black, long-term political prisoners has stirred up some strong reactions in the country. Many white South Africans, from the comfort of their middleclass surroundings, are complaining predictably about the government’s “deceit”. And Archbishop Desmond Tutu views the controversial move as “a mockery” of the Truth and Reconciliation Read more…

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Marta Russell: Affordable Accessible Housing Needs To Be On Housing Radar Screen

Affordable housing was already at a crisis point pre-S11 during the economic “boom.” Now in the recession, people are being pink-slipped and losing their jobs by the tens of thousands. The Bush economic stimulus bail out plan does nothing for laid off workers rather it is a giveaway of taxpayer dollars to the richest corporations Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Greece: “The Odd Man Out”

In 1453 the Turks (Ottomans) conquered Constantinople. Three years later, in 1456, they conquered Athens (an insignificant small town at the time) and by 1461 they were occupying almost all the Greek areas. After the fall of Constantinople, the economic and intellectual elites from the Greek lands gravitated to Phanari, the seat of the Greek Read more…

Richard Du boff: France Between Elections: Beware Of Logos

France has finished two rounds of voting for President, with Jacques Chirac elected to another term (five years this time). In the second round on May 5, his opponent, neo-fascist candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, garnered 18 percent of the vote–probably less than a comparable candidate would have received in a comparable run-off round in the Read more…

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Edward Said: Crisis For American Jews

A few weeks ago, a vociferous pro-Israel demonstration was held in Washington at roughly the same moment that the siege of Jenin was taking place. All of the speakers were prominent public figures, including several senators, leaders of major Jewish organisations, and other celebrities, each of whom expressed unfailing solidarity with everything Israel was doing. Read more…

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Ilan Pappe: Demons of The Nakbah

As a Jewish child, born in Haifa in the early 1950s, I did not encounter the term Nakbah (catastrophe), nor was I aware of its significance. Only in my high- school days did the term make its first appearance. There were three Israeli Palestinian pupils in my class, and we all participated in joint and Read more…

Rep. bernie Sanders (i-vt): Congress Must Address Corporate Control Of The Media

One of the best-kept secrets in this country is the degree to which a handful of huge corporations own and control the flow of information in the United States. Whether it is television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books or the internet, fewer and fewer giant conglomerates are determining what we see, hear and read. And, as Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Case Of The 9-11 Photo

Politicians are often eager to outdo their foes with media images of greater patriotism or piety. But in mid-May 2002, Republican and Democratic leaders also vied to appear more offended than their opponents. The catalyst was a GOP effort to boost campaign donations by offering the faithful a Sept. 11 photo taken as President Bush Read more…

William Macdougall: Strike One! Blair Takes A Baseball Bat To The Poor

 The queue starts early on Monday mornings, winding and snaking its way from the barred heavy wooden doors, down past the municipal cleansing department depot and right again as it borders the local park, before almost turning back on itself into the nondescript shopping arcade. The scene is one reminiscent of a thousand pre-perestroika cold Read more…

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Norman Solomon: No Media Interest In A Basic Matter Of Democracy

A basic principle of democracy is that every person’s vote should have equal weight. So we might expect some public discourse about the fact that the U.S. Senate is fundamentally undemocratic. But it’s a complete non-issue among politicians and journalists alike. One of the key roles of news media should be to raise important questions Read more…

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Tim Wise: Defining Democracy Down

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines democracy as, among other things, “the principle of equality of rights, opportunity and treatment, or the practice of this principle.” Keep this in mind, as we’ll be coming back to it shortly. Now, imagine that the United States were to abolish our Constitution, or perhaps had never had one to Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: What About the Trade Deficit?

The much-feared Federal budget deficit is back in the news: the latest projections show it could be twice as high in the coming year as previously thought. Should anyone be worried? One way to put this borrowing in perspective is to compare it to a much more glaring example of spending beyond our means: the Read more…

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Charles Glass: Palestine’s Petain?

The old fox escaped the hencoop again. For almost two weeks, Yasser Arafat has paraded through the ravaged streets of the West Bank as if he had won Palestine’s war of independence. It was like old times, with Sharon squeezing him, then letting him go. King Hussein of Jordan had let him off too, after Read more…

Omar Bargh: On Dance, Identity and War

In the middle of our regular dance rehearsal, our second after the end of the latest Israeli assault, a group of Belgian artists quietly sauntered into our well-lit, yet cozy, studio in Ramallah, some for the first time. Unmistakably surprised by what they saw and heard — I had chosen a track from Brave Heart Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Why Does John Malkovich Want To Kill Me?

It used to be just a trickle, a steady drip-drip of hate mail which arrived once a week, castigating me for reporting on the killing of innocent Lebanese under Israeli air raids or for suggesting that Arabs – as well as Israelis – wanted peace in the Middle East. It began to change in the Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Autonomous Municipality Demands Removal of Military Checkpoints

Roberto Flores Magón Autonomous Municipality, Chiapas.May 12.The Autonomous Municipal Council today demanded the withdrawal of military control and search checkpoints and the suspension of army movements in their communities.  “It’s assumed that they had been suspended on orders of the government,” they noted.  According to their daily experience, that is not the case.“The word from Read more…

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