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C. clark Kissenger: Alan Dershowitz And Torture

In early November controversy irrupted on the internet over Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s proposal to legalize torture in the United States to extract information from terrorism suspects. So when Dershowitz appeared on January 27 for a long scheduled lecture on civil liberties at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the entire audience was Read more…

Andre gunder Frank: Blowback and Fallout

The present threat of nuclear war between Pakistan and India is the direct responsibility of irresponsible provocation by the Bush Administration. Whatever were the remote and immediate causes of previous Indo-Pakistani wars over Kashmir, the present nuclear threat must be laid at the door of Washington, which did everything it could to provoke it and Read more…

Rita Giacaman: Shattered Lives

Following is a brief statistical report on the daily life, health and environmental conditions of families living under curfew and in fear and in danger, during the latest Israeli invasion of Ramallah and Al-Bireh, two towns with separate municipalities but intertwined physically, socially and economically. This report is the first in a series of reports Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: Sex Among The Sacred

An evolving sex scandal involving dozens of Roman Catholic priests and their often young parishioners has the media focusing on sexual predators concealed for decades within religious institutions. Complete with cover-ups by higher-ups, the disturbing stories of sex among the sacred has gained a life of its own in the mainstream media. Over the past Read more…

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David Bacon: Teaching Peace in a Time of War

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (5/28/02) — On Sunday, Colombian voters elected President the former mayor of Medellin, Alvaro Uribe. The candidate of the right, Uribe has long-standing ties to the paramilitaries, who are accused of the worst of the human rights violations and massacres which have marked Colombia’s decades-long civil war. Uribe has called for an Read more…

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David Edwards: East Timor And The British Press

The emergence of an independent East Timor on May 20 this year provided a good example of how the British ‘free press’ cover up Western crimes. Many reports, though not all, mentioned that around 200,000 East Timorese – a quarter of the population – were massacred and starved to death following Indonesia’s invasion of the Read more…

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John Pilger: How Britain’s Armaments Fuel War And Poverty

With nuclear powers India and Pakistan on the edge of war, the role of the Blair government in fuelling the conflict has been critical. In the year 2000, the Government approved nearly 700 export licences for weapons and military equipment to both countries. These had a total value of £64million. India, which gets the great Read more…

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Justin Podur: Prepare for 4 years of the Uribe Model

“A dignified President, doctor Alvaro Uribe Velez, has been elected conclusively and consciously in the first round, by and for a Fatherland that wants to make itself peaceful and to grow in solidarity.” — Salvatore Mancuso, Commander of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, May 26, 2002 The ringing endorsement of Colombia’s paramilitaries might have given Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: The Voiceless Majority

Yediot Aharonot, May 21, 2002: To judge by the polls, the political system in Israel is very far from representing the positions of the majority in Israeli society. For several months the polls have shown a 60% majority or more in favor of dismantling settlements, even in the framework of a “unilateral separation”. The questions Read more…

Sean Healy: Angola: The Crisis You Aren’t Hearing About

Out of sight of the world, a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions is unfolding in Angola, as perhaps hundreds of thousands of people flee the “grey zones”, the 90% of the country which have until now been closed to outsiders, including humanitarian aid agencies and even civilian medical structures. Many are dying of starvation on Read more…

Scott Lucas: The Dishounarable Policeman Of The Left

It was a sudden, devastating attack. The perpetrator struck mercilessly, leaving no time for a considered response. When he had finished, the “left” was in ruins. “I have no hesitation in describing this mentality, carefully and without heat,” the author wrote heatedly, “as soft on crime and soft on fascism. No political coalition is possible Read more…

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William Blum: The Bloody Road To Empire

David Ross: In “Killing Hope” you have fifty-four chapters on different interventions by the U.S. government into sovereign countries around the world. William Blum: Well, many of the chapters deal with multiple interventions. There are probably well over a hundred separate and serious interventions by the U.S. government into maybe seventy or eighty countries, in Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Antoine Walker and the Trajectory of Change

By What did Antoine Walker say? When did he say it? How did it help bring about the impossible? And why should leftists care? For those of you who are following the NBA playoffs, saw the Celtics/Nets game on Saturday night, and/or read the papers on Sunday, please skip the following paragraph. For all those Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: A World Without War

I hope you won’t mind if I set the stage with a few truisms. It is hardly exciting news that we live in a world of conflict and confrontation. There are lots of dimensions and complexities, but in recent years, lines have been drawn fairly sharply. To oversimplify, but not too much, one of the Read more…

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Justin Podur: Movements of Resistance in the Americas

  A proposed view of history Much of Latin America won independence from Spain in the 19th century.  All countries that were independent faced the same problem: the former imperial powers continued to control decisive military, financial, and propaganda might.  How could the newly decolonized (or, in the case of indigenous nations, never decolonized) countries Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Still Not Good Enough — From Barbie To Botox

In a twist of fate, obituaries appeared for the inventor of the Barbie doll just as a $50 million advertising campaign got underway for an anti-wrinkle drug with a name that memorably combines the words “botulism” and “toxin.” Expensive injections of Botox are already popular among women eager to remove lines from their faces. The Read more…

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George Monbiot: A New Mobilisation

The left, almost everyone agrees, is on the run. George Bush’s seizure of power has dragged governments everywhere still further to the right. Most of the world’s media are deeply hostile to progressive ideas. Now the war in Afghanistan has greatly empowered the illiberal men who launched it. 2002, most commentators believe, will be the Read more…

Irlandesa: Deconstructing Conservation International, Part I

Conservation International.  We know it as that shadowy “NGO” that has been rather overtly lurking in the Selva Lacandona – and other places – for the last number of years.  We know that it has been “mapping” the countryside, setting up trendy eco-tourism roosts and “advising” the Lacandón on how to expel the pesky autonomous Read more…

\Rafael lopez, gustavo estrada, alejandro Mendez\: Communique from Released Zapatista Prisoners

We, the political prisoners of The Voice of Cerro Hueco who were released from jail on May 23, 2002, Rafael López Santiz, Gustavo Estrada Gómez and Alejandro Méndez Díaz, wish to declare to the nation that our release was not due to “political goodwill,” as the Federal Government would like to have believed, but rather Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Lighting the Nuclear Fire

A nuclear war is said to have no winners, but Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee seems to think otherwise. His exhortations to Indian troops in Kashmir to prepare for sacrifices and “decisive victory” have set off widespread alarm. It seems plausible that India is preparing for a “limited war” to flush out Islamic militant Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Talk

NOAM CHOMSKYBERKELEY, MECA, 3.21.02 NOAM CHOMSKY:  Unfortunately, I can’t see anybody out there but I assume there are people there.  I’m going to be talking–I’ll be talking primarily about West Asia, which overlaps pretty closely with what we call, here, the Middle East or the Near East.  Some of these remarks are going to be Read more…

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Site Administrator: Judi Bari and the FBI

Judi loved to howl, so we howled for her, we howled for fun, and we howled for justice. 24 May 2002 marked exactly twelve years since a bomb ripped through Judi Bari and the car that she and Darryl Cherney were in. The motion-activated pipe bomb was conveniently placed right under her driver’s seat with Read more…

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Starhawk: The G8 June Meeting In Kananaskis: A Strategic Moment

The G8, the heads of the eight most industrialized countries in the world, are preparing to meet in late June in the isolated wilderness area of Kananaskis, near Calgary, in Alberta, one of the most prosperous and conservative provinces of Canada. Last July, their Genoa summit was met by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, and Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Iraq: Smart Sanctions And The Us 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…

Marc Siverstein: Anarchism And Youth Liberation

Children in today’s society are uniquely oppressed, but for the most part their oppression goes un-noticed even by people who consider themselves progressives or radicals. The fact that the relations between children and adults are based on inequality and compulsion is considered a separate issue from oppressions based on race, gender or sexual orientation, because Read more…

Guest Author: The Lone Eagle: 75 Years Later

May 20 marks seventy-five years since Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. flew across the Atlantic and into the history books. It seems as good a time as any to examine yet another American myth. Perhaps the most visible pro-Nazi/anti-communist American isolationist in the years leading up to World War II, Lindbergh followed in the isolationist Read more…

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Robert Jensen: “I know I’m a racist but ….”

White folks are often parodied — and rightly so — for beginning sentences about race with the disclaimer, “I’m not a racist, but …” What follows is more often than not an overtly racist statement. But just as often in white liberal circles these days, one hears the phrase flipped. “I know I am a Read more…

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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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