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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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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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Norman Solomon: Bloomberg’s Victory And The Triumph Of Business News

After billionaire Michael Bloomberg won the race to become New York’s next mayor, the French news agency AFP noted that he “was among the first to see how the information age could serve investors in unprecedented — and lucrative — ways.” Bloomberg’s campaign spent $69 million from his vast personal fortune, made possible by a Read more…

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Edward Herman: Coalitions Of The Willing, Coerced, And Bribed

When the United States pummels tiny states like Grenada and Panama, the U.S. media and public have no apparent embarrassment at the imbalance of power and the bully-boy aspect of the incursions; in fact, there is pride at super-Goliath beating up the mini- Davids. This rests in good part on the prior demonization of the Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: The Riddle Of Putin

MOSCOW – There is evidently some kind of natural law at work: if the business press and the leaders of the financial world name some country or other as a success story, then this is precisely the country where you can expect things to go badly wrong. Not long ago the newspapers were full of Read more…

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Starhawk: Passcode Redwood: Keeping Repression In Perspective

Every day when I check my email or look through the alternative newspapers or turn on the radio, I hear something that arouses my fear. A new bill threatening our civil liberties has been passed, or is being passed, here or abroad. An activist has been stopped at an airport, a border: a student has Read more…

Alain Cypel: An Unconditional Withdrawal from the Territories is Urgently Needed

[Ami Ayalon, 55, headed Israeli interior security, Shin Beth, from February 1996 until May 2000. Small, lean, dressed in jeans and an open shirt, he speaks calmly, but forcefully.] Alain Cypel (Le Monde): How do you see the state of political debate in Israel? Ami Ayalon: Israeli society, top to bottom, is sinking into confusion. Read more…

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George Monbiot: The End of the Enlightenment

The pre-Enlightenment has just been beaten by the post-Enlightenment. As the last fundamentalist fighters are hunted through the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the world’s most comprehensive attempt to defy modernity has been atomised. But this is not, as almost everyone claims, a triumph for civilisation; for the Taliban have been destroyed by a regime which Read more…

Guest Author: Rogue Nation

1. In December 2001, the United States officially withdrew from the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty, gutting the landmark agreement-the first time in the nuclear era that the US renounced a major arms control accord. 2. 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention ratified by 144 nations including the United States. In July 2001 the US walked Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Why I Write (for Newspapers)

My clearest memory of the 1991 Persian Gulf War is a few moments on a bus when the world melted in front of me. I was in graduate school at the time, finishing a doctoral degree and working evenings on a daily newspaper copy desk. I was going to antiwar demonstrations and arguing with people Read more…

Guest Author: Rush to Judgement

Just a few weeks ago, in Massachusetts, acting Governor Jane Swift approved a bill that exonerates the accused witches hung in 1692 and 1693 during the Salem Witch Trials. The women were the last of the 20 victims to be cleared by the legislature since their executions more than three centuries ago. Although the descendants Read more…

Guest Author: Private Power

In Papua New Guinea a quiet revolution has just taken place, demonstrating the power of major transnational companies, and writing into law what has long been the defacto, and until now not publicly acknowledged, relationship between this country’s government and the resource corporations. With legislation presented to the PNG parliament and passed on the same Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Momentum Returns to the Movements against Corporate Globalisation

I was glad to see Mokhiber/Weissman writing for ZNet last week on the durability of the anti-neoliberal movement. Here in Johannesburg, September 11 came and went, with linkages made between the Left peace movement’s urgent agenda–anti-war demonstrations against US consulates in several South African cities–and the broader problem of imperialism’s new form. I don’t call Read more…

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Tim Wise: Playing the World War Two Card: Nostalgia in the Crusade Against Terrorism

Traveling through airports, as I often do, can prove to be quite an educational experience. Therein, one can engage in people watching, examine the culinary habits of corporate types and tourists, and occasionally gain insight into the mindset of ones fellow citizens–or at least some of them. This one can do in any number of Read more…

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Charles Glass: The Scene Is Set For Another Lebanon

Another Palestinian has killed himself in Jerusalem. He was walking towards the David Citadel Hotel in King David Street, where two Israeli ministers were staying. The minister of public security, Uzi Landau, and the religious affairs minister, Asher Ohana, could not have known that the boy was on his way to kill them. Then, at Read more…

Sean Healy: Mai Rises From The Dead

In B-grade splatter films, even after the evil villain has been sliced, diced and dunked in lava, you just know he’ll be back for the sequel. Apparently it’s the same with corporate plots to take over the world — because the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, which many had thought dead and buried, has now risen Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Beyond The Burqa

There was a moment in this war when the Bush administration appeared to care about nothing so much as women’s liberation. Out came First Lady, Laura Bush, to talk to the nation about the matter. Mrs. Bush became what her publicists cheered was “the first first lady to deliver an entire presidential radio address” by Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Do the (Ordinary) Americans Know?

Does the ordinary American know what the American Government has been doing to the other peoples of the world? There are three ways to know what is going on in the world. A person can have a vague idea of what is going on, or can have some information that makes the picture more intelligible, Read more…

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Marta Russell: Damn Lies

Economist/pundits, distanced from the harsh realities of the now official recession, talk of the rising numbers of unemployed as if there is no human cost to the “natural” business cycle. Worse, they act as public relations agents for capitalism; they lie by omission. The big lie on National Public Radio (NPR) this morning (Dec. 3) Read more…

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Marta Russell: Damn Lies

Economist/pundits, distanced from the harsh realities of the now official recession, talk of the rising numbers of unemployed as if there is no human cost to the “natural” business cycle. Worse, they act as public relations agents for capitalism; they lie by omission. The big lie on National Public Radio (NPR) this morning (Dec. 3) Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Mekim Na Savvy: Bougainville – Small Nation, Big Message

These days we are swamped by information about the impact of corporate capitalism, structural adjustment, and the power and influence of transnational corporations. We are bludgeoned with propaganda about the inevitability of globalisation, of there being no alternative to the global free market economy, of promises of globalisation with a human face. The US-led “war Read more…

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Ted Glick: The Democrats in Wartime

As I write it’s now seven weeks since the U.S. began it’s near-unilateral war against Al Qaeda, the Taliban and, in the words of President Bush on November 21st, “other terrorists who threaten America and our friends,” as well as “other nations who sponsor them. . . Across the world, and across the years, we Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Logic Of Our Time

Since September 11, our officials have offered a strange brand of logic to the apparently accepting American public. Let me analyze the meaning of the new axioms and twists in bureaucratic discourse. Although evidence appears to lead to the conclusion that the September 11 terrorists had their headquarters and funding sources in Saudi Arabia, the Read more…

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David Cromwell: Terror, Delusion And Obscenities

It was a strange moment. I was waiting for my flight home from Heathrow to Glasgow when I encountered an alleged war criminal walking around freely. His name? Robin Cook. Yes, the former British foreign secretary, now leader of the House of Commons. Iraq, Serbia, East Timor. How distant those places must seem to him Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: The New Economy?

In economic history, great myths are often made and sustained not so much by the difficulty of the subject matter, but by the failure of the discussants to look at the readily available data. America’s longest business cycle expansion, which has now been officially certified as running from March 1991 to March 2001, is a Read more…

Guest Author: December 7 Means More Than Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2001 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Between the recent Hollywood version of this event and the endless analogies with September 11th, the media focus that day will predictably be squarely on 1941. While there are undoubtedly many other December Sevenths worth recalling, I¹d like to reflect Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Protect Us, Please

Senate Democrats split in early November over a deal that would limit punitive damage claims in cases of terrorism. At issue was a deal on so-called “emergency government terrorism insurance,” specifically, a bill before the Senate Banking committee that seeks to set the terms for corporate liability and government aid to companies facing terrorist-related insurance Read more…

Guest Author: Boondocks Cartoon Censored

By Frances M. Beal The missiles and bombs raining down upon Afghanistan have claimed another victim, this one within the borders of the U.S. of A. His name is Huey Freeman and he is the surly son of Aaron McGruder who conceives and inks the ever-popular Boondocks comic strip. Huey is the main protagonist in Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Doha: Saving Wto, Killing Democracy

Doha was described by Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative, as having “removed the stain of Seattle”. Seattle stands as a historical watershed, through which citizens mobilised democratically to respond to free-trade treaties and agendas of corporate globalisation. W.T.O., like NAFTA, FTAA is designed to exclude democratic decision making in economic affairs. At the domestic Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to Mandell and Finger

[ZNet Editor’s note: ‘New Politics: a journal of socialist thought’ invited Michael Albert to answer the query "Is Socialism Still on the Agenda?" Albert answered, and two New Politics editors replied, and Albert responded. Below is Albert’s final rejoinder to Mandell and Finger. The four pieces appeared in the bi-annual New Politics journal, linked from the Read more…

Barry Finger: Response to Michael Albert

[ZNet Editor’s note: ‘New Politics: a journal of socialist thought’ invited Michael Albert to answer the query "Is Socialism Still on the Agenda?" Albert answered, and two New Politics editors replied, and Albert responded. Below is Barry Finger’s reply to Michael Albert. The four pieces appeared in the bi-annual New Politics journal, linked from the ZNet Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: The Cipro Rip-Off and the Public Health

Confronted with the prospect of bioterrorism on a massive scale, the Bush administration and the pharmaceutical industry have colluded to protect patent monopolies rather than the public health. When the anthrax scare first hit, Cipro was understood to be the drug of choice for treatment. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson said he Read more…

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