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Will Hutton: Greed is the creed

American democracy is increasingly a fraud. Money buys votes, influence and office. Contemporary Washington makes Caligula’s Rome look like a vicar’s tea party. American politicians’ need for business donations on a gigantic scale to win their election campaigns now pollutes the discourse of the country’s public life, with business writing public policy and corrupting everything Read more…

Peter Beaumont: American Cant

Imagine the scene. A group of alleged Irish terrorists is seized and handed over to the British Government by a third country. They are held without access to any lawyers. Some are threatened by interrogating intelligence officers. They are told that if they don’t tell them what they want to know then they might simply Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Ships on the Way

The chiefs of the three big parties in Israel – the Likud, the Labor Party and the army – were sitting on the stage. They were frustrated. They knew already that they had not succeeded in selling the great show that they had prepared with so much effort: the capture of a ship loaded with Read more…

Kera Bolonik: Marian And Me

Jan. 7, 2002 | It was the kind of battle that provocateur journalistMichael Moore would ordinarily consider red meat: a major media corporationthreatening a writer’s freedom of speech. Moore’s new book, “Stupid WhiteMen and Other Excuses for the State of the Nation,” which pointedlycriticizes President George W. Bush and his administration, was due instores on Read more…

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Douglas Dowd: From the Unthinkable to the Probable in Israel/Palestine

Since our birth in 1776 and Israel”s rebirth in 1948, the two nations have had some important thngs in common. Most important for present purposes is that in both countries most of their peoples — if never all — have seen their nation’s birth as an historic act of heroism; and have seen their nation Read more…

Guest Author: Bioterrorism: We May Not Be So Lucky Next Time

It may be due to dumb luck – not public health preparedness – that only four people died from anthrax bioterrorism to date according to some experts. They warn that other organisms, such as smallpox, which are highly contagious, could cause hundreds of thousands of deaths in a matter of weeks. Problems with the anthrax Read more…

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Michael Albert: Democracy Is Coming To Pacifica

Pacifica’s struggle is in a new phase, about to take a big leap forward. Countless activists have pursued diverse strategies and have resisted recriminations and have now finally overcome reactionary obstacles. A majority progressive interim board is in place. What can one say – hooray! The interim board chair, holding office for fifteen months until Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: The Global Goodfellas at the IMF

Here’s a riddle: What is the difference between Tony Soprano and the International Monetary Fund? Answer: Nothing, except that Tony and his Mafia pals, who extort and impoverish a handful of people in New Jersey, are a television creation. The IMF, on the other hand, does this to hundreds of millions in the real world. Read more…

Colombia support Network: CSN Statement on the Current Crisis

[Note: This went out on the CSN’s mailing list on January 11.  The negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC have been suspended, and the Colombian government has given the FARC 48 hours to leave the demilitarized zone, a large portion of territory under FARC’s control.  The government is building up troops around the Read more…

Hans von Sponeck: There Are Alternatives to a Military Option

In October 1998, the US Congress defined US policy on Iraq and passed the ‘Iraq Liberation Act’. It contains a passage which confirms that the ultimate objective of the United States authorities is the removal of Saddam Hussain and his government. This puts the tug of war between the US Departments of State and Defence Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Black Hawk — and Truth — Down

  I went to a war last night, and for two and half hour had my adrenaline pumped and my patriotic heart strings tugged by U.S. soldiers in battle, bravely tracking down and trying to capture the enemy. No it wasn’t Osama, because the movie which felt like it might have taken place in the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Making People Think

The response to Professor Noam Chomsky’s visit to Pakistan in November 2001 was too overwhelming for words. Chomsky is known to be a crowd-puller in the United States and elsewhere — his talks being heard typically by standing-room-only audiences. Hence it was not strange that his planned visit should send a wave of excitement among Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Hawks Circle South Asia.

The Fifth Afghan War, now slowly coming to a close, has changed the rules of international engagements. The Bush doctrine against terrorism stated that the US or any aggrieved party would retaliate for acts of terror not only against those who perpetuate the violence, but also against those who harbor terrorists. In other words, the Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Euro-Ambitions

In Russia no one trusts banks or the rouble, and as a result, people usually conceal envelopes stuffed with hundred-dollar bills on shelves between books or in wardrobes between sheets. From this January, however, a new mysterious currency — the euro — will enter circulation. Maybe we should all convert all our savings into euros Read more…

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Roger Bybee: REVIEW: Chomsky’s 9-11

Chomsky’s ‘9-11’ Powerful Antidote to Conventional Wisdom, Cowardice How about a quick quiz on "terrorism"? What is the only nation ever found guilty of this crime by the World Court? If you answered the United States, you’re right. The US earned this dubious distinction in the World Court for its relentless activities against the revolutionary Read more…

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Douglas Dowd: From The Unthinkable To The Probable In Israel/Palestine

Since our birth in 1776 and Israel”s rebirth in 1948, the two nations have had some important thngs in common. Most important for present purposes is that in both countries most of their peoples — if never all — have seen their nation’s birth as an historic act of heroism; and have seen their nation Read more…

David Grossman: What Had to Be Proved

The seizure of the Palestinian arms ship brings great relief because the terrible weaponry will not be aimed at Israelis, as well as a sense of gratitude toward the soldiers who participated in the mission. However, in the voices of spokesmen for the Israel Defense Forces, the government and the media there was also an Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Lethal Truth

As the totalitarianism rustles continue to rise across the American landscape sowing intolerance, more and more progressive voices are being targeted. Danny Glover is the latest. The world-renown actor, philanthropist, political organizer, and human rights activist, is the latest quarry of the forces of “patriotic” fanaticism. Extremism and prevarication, charges leveled at Osama bin Laden Read more…

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Robert Jensen: September 11 And The Politics Of University Teaching

At various time in my teaching career — more than ever since Sept. 11 — I have been advised by faculty colleagues that I should avoid being “too political” in the classroom. To the degree that the advice is simply pragmatic — avoid being political to avoid being criticized — I can understand it. But Read more…

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Ted Glick: “The Least of These”

And most importantly of all, how do we keep the faith for a lifetime of committed organizing, however long we are given on this earth, not get sidetracked or deflected by the system’s seeming power or seductive lures? But it’s also due to some recent, disturbing, email correspondence with a long-time socialist activist who essentially Read more…

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Ted Glick: ÒThe Least of TheseÓ

Why do people become activists and organizers for positive social change? Even more importantly, why do they continue to live lives of activism even after they experience the difficulties of this line of work? And most importantly of all, how do we keep the faith for a lifetime of committed organizing, however long we are Read more…

Guest Author: Fiat Justitia Et Pereat Mundus – Let There Be Justice, Though The World Perishes.

The current pissing match between India and Pakistan speaks volumes about our times. While we all know that the ‘war on terrorism’ has further criminalised resistance, the bilious current affairs from the sub-continent have submerged both the sad and continuing history of repression there, and a thoughtful critique of it from the National Alliance of Read more…

Guest Author: Lessons From Durban

It is hard to believe that just two short months ago, the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance (WCAR) took place in Durban, South Africa. Since that important gathering, the world has shifted on its axis as the repercussions of the horrific terrorist assault on the World Read more…

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David Peterson: Morality’s Avenging Angels

  ( * A version of this document originally was published as Chapter 10 in David Chandler, Ed., Rethinking Human Rights: Critical Approaches to International Politics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), pp. 196-216.)     MORALITY’S AVENGING ANGELS: THE NEW HUMANITARIAN CRUSADERS IN THE KOSOVO WAR AND NEW WORLD ORDER   By Edward S. Herman Read more…

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Saul Landau: Chilean Socialists Use Ultra Lite Model

I left Chile in late November, just as the political parties prepared for their December congressional elections. Campaign posters hung from electric wires, clung to walls and glowed as bumper strips on cars. But the human excitement was absent. In March 2000, I had attended Ricardo Lagos’ inauguration, the first socialist president elected since the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Urgent Patient Tasks

Michael Albert The architect wants to know future changes in architectural insights. The militarist wants to know future weapons. The mathematician wants to know future theorems. The musician wants to know future compositional styles. The engineer wants to know future mechanical and electrical innovations. Their motive? If they can confidently envision future innovations, they can Read more…

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Michael Albert: Extending U.S. Dominance

Michael Albert Interviews Noam Chomsky In place of our usual editorial, this month we lead off with a Noam Chomsky interview regarding the “war on terrorism.” MICHAEL ALBERT: Why did the U.S. unleash war instead of pursuing the world court or UN channels, or testing the Taliban’s offer to extradite bin Laden? NOAM CHOMSKY: There Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Closet Drama

Michael Bronski Outing hardly raises an eyebrow anymore. Kevin Spacey? Who cares. Rosie O’Donnell? Please. But recently when the National Enquirer published its front-page expose of Mohamed Atta, the mastermind behind the September 11 terrorist attacks (“Mohamed Atta and several of his bloody henchmen led secret gay lives—and Atta’s ‘boyfriend’ died with him in his Read more…

Joshua Devries: Airline Layoffs, Worker Concessions

The attack of September 11 will spread its effects far and wide, but no group of workers are seeing their jobs change to the degree of those in the aviation industry. Roughly 140,000 will be laid off. Those who are fortunate enough to still have jobs after the new year, are seeing increased pressure from Read more…

Tom Gallagher: Empire Review

  Harvard University Press, 478 pp Review by Tom Gallagher A specter haunts the globe—the specter of postmodernism?—    Slavoj Zizek calls Empire “nothing less than a rewriting of The Communist Manifesto for our time,” and while the Slovenian political philosopher’s assessment is more effusive than most, there’s no denying the buzz that Michael Hardt and Antonio Read more…

Jordan Green: Colombia is the third largest recipient of U.S. military aid

The two major leftist guerilla groups in Colombia, the FARC and the ELN, or Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia and Ejército de Liberación Nacional, are not very much discussed in the apprehensive ranks of the American left. The left has decried the escalating American military intervention in Colombia with its discredited pretext of the “war Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Threat Of Global State Terrorism

S. Herman & David Peterson We are living in a very dangerous time, but for reasons almost exactly the opposite of those conventionally accepted. The consensus view in the United States right now is that the danger lies in the terror threat from Bin Laden and his network, and perhaps other terrorists hostile to the Read more…

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Site Administrator: An interview with Tahmeena Faryal of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

An interview with Tahmeena Faryal of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan By Sonali Kalhatkar   SONALI KALHATKAR: Afghanistan has experienced brutal war for the past 20 years. There have been many different eras of conflict from the Soviet invasion and  occupation to the subsequent pullout of the Soviets to  a puppet regime Read more…

Binu Mathew: In Memory Of Bhopal

In Memory Of Bhopal By Binu Mathew On the night of December 2, 1984, 40 tons of Methyl Isocyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide factory (UCC) situated in one of the most densely populated neighborhoods of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Management first knew about the leak at 11:00 PM. The factory alarm was started Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Movement Building Is the Only Match for the Emergency at Hand

Movement Building Is the Only Match for the Emergency at Hand By Cynthia Peters It’s inevitable. At the end of every lecture that Noam Chomsky has ever given—in which he spells out the workings of U.S. institutions and how they foster inequality and injustice—someone gets up and asks, “But what do we do?” His answer’s Read more…

James Petras: Signs of a Police State Are Everywhere

Signs of a Police State Are Everywhere By James Petras Years ago, a well known author, Bertram Gross, wrote that fascism would come to the U.S. with a friendly face: not with Nuremburg rallies, or doctrines of racial superiority, without formally banning parties, abrogating the Constitution or eliminating the three branches of government, but with Read more…

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E. Wayne Ross: The Schools We Want

  One month after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, corporate executives and state governors descended on IBM’s Executive Conference Center in Palisades, New York to devise the next round of “standards-based” reforms at the 2001 National Education Summit. As with the three prior summits—in 1989, 1996, and 1999—no students, teachers, Read more…

Michael Steinberg: Nuclear Nightmare Goes Critical

Michael Steinberg On October 11, 2001, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission put the following message on their website: “Our site is not in operation at this time. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken the action to shut down its web site. In support of our mission Read more…

Sophie Style: People’s Global Action

Cochabamba, the third largest city in Bolivia, is best known as the “city of eternal spring.” But, as Oscar Olivera, a factory laborer and spokesperson for la Coordinadora (the Coalition for the Defense of Water and Life) reminded us at the beginning of the third People’s Global Action (PGA) conference, it wasn’t the pleasant climate Read more…

Jordan Goodman: none

Goodman & Vivien Walsh Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2001 Review by Kip Sullivan The book is about how Bristol-Myers Squibb ripped off U.S. taxpayers and U.S. cancer patients and their insurers. Since at least 1959, when Sen. Estes Kefauver opened his investigation into the high price of prescription drugs, the pharmaceutical industry has Read more…

David Miller: World Opinion Opposes the Attack on Afghanistan

According to Tony Blair and George Bush respectively, ‘world opinion’ and the ‘collective will of the world’ supported the attack on Afghanistan. Yet analysis of international opinion polls shows that with only three exceptions majorities in all countries polled have opposed the policy of the US and UK governments. Furthermore there have been consistent majorities Read more…

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David Edwards: Lethal Conceits

Truth is not always a casualty of war. In a recent Guardian article, Roy Greenslade reports the dramatic and, for the press, devastating collapse in advertising revenues following the terrorist atrocities of September 11: "…We can now see the full effects of the British press price war after eight years. General Rupert Murdoch’s great crusade Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Age Of Scorpio (vrishchika): Star Wars And Star Signs

This is the dawning of the Age of Scorpio, or as our Sanskrit texts have it, the Age of Vrishchika. The symbol of Vrishchika is the umbrella and its planet is Mars. If the latter is the godhead of War, then the former might stand in for the umbrella National Missile Defense so coveted by Read more…

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Brian Dominick: First We Must Help Ourselves
A Response to Brecher’s ‘Open Letter to the World’

Though an enormous admirer of Jeremy Brecher’s work in the fields of labor issues and global economics, I was quite troubled by his recent ZNet Commentary, “Open Letter from an American to the World: HELP!” (12/28/01). I am afraid Jeremy has vastly underestimated and perhaps undercut the potential of the US Left by pleading with Read more…

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Justin Podur: Consumption, Complicity, And SUVs

Are people in poor countries suffering because we drive SUVs? Are they starving because we eat too much? Is it our consumption that is the foundation of the exploitative system we live in? These are important questions for people who want to alleviate suffering, end poverty, and change the exploitative system. I think that the Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: The Scent of Another Coup

There is the smell of a coup in the air these days. It was like this in Iran just before the 1953 U.S.-backed coup overthrew the Mossedeah government and installed the Shah. It has the feel of 1963 in South Vietnam, before the military takeover switched on the light at the end of the long Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Open Letter from an American to the World: HELP!

The Bush Administration is blundering into a global conflagration. There is currently no force within the U.S. likely to stop it. It is up to the rest of the world, and especially America’s friends and allies – both governments and their citizens — to constrain its rush to disaster. The Bush administration was warned by Read more…

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John Pilger: The Real Story Behind America’s War

By spreading “fear and respect”, as a Washington Post reporter put it, America intends to see off challenges to its uncertain ability to control and manage the “global economy”, the euphemism for the progressive seizure of markets and resources by the G8 rich nations.   Today international trade is worth more than £11.5bn a day. Read more…

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John Pilger: The Real Story Behind AmericaÕs War

Since 11 September, the “war on terrorism” has provided a pretext for the rich countries, led by the United States, to further their dominance over world affairs. By spreading “fear and respect”, as a Washington Post reporter put it, America intends to see off challenges to its uncertain ability to control and manage the “global Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: A Post Mortem On The Peace Movement?

Today a Village Voice reporter called to interview me for a story he is writing. His assignment? To do a post-mortem on the peace movement. "But wait," I say. "A post-mortem is what you do when something’s dead." "Right," he agrees. "Who says the peace movement is dead?" I ask, trying to suppress a rising Read more…

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