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Michael Bronski: Gays of Our Lives

There are so many things wrong with this story. On October 11th a photograph was transmitted by the Associated Press that featured a bomb on he deck on the USS Enterprise flight deck stationed in the Arabian Sea. An unidentified sailor had scribbled graffito on the bomb that read: “HIGH JACK THIS FAGS.” Within hours Read more…

Molly Ivins: In Total Disregard Toward The Poor

AUSTIN, Texas — There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear…

Jim Lobe: Human Rights Watch Scores U.S. ‘Hypocrisy’ on ‘War on Terrorism’

The United States-led anti-terrorist campaign, which followed the devastating attacks on New York and Washington September 11, is threatening human rights in many countries, including the United States itself, according to a review of 2001 released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Many repressive governments around the world have used the campaign as a way Read more…

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Ted Glick: Labor And Human Progress

The AFL-CIO’s uncritical support of the government’s war in Afghanistan and sham “war on terrorism” has disappointed, if not disillusioned, many activists, including progressive labor activists. For some radicals and progressives, the organized labor movement is seen as the most important social grouping in the country. As the late Saul Alinsky put it in Reveille Read more…

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George Lakey: Let the Debates Begin!

Two days after September 11 my grandaughter Crystal, a college student, found her teacher’s jingoism too much to swallow. “These attacks are the chickens come home to roost!” she said to the class. “Now we get the chance to know what it’s like for those people in the world who get bombed by our country!” Read more…

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Tim Wise: Rationalizing Racism: Panic And Profiling After 9/11

Random security checks. That’s what they’re called anyway: those extra bag searches and body scans being done at airports across the U.S., presumably to deter a new round of terrorist attacks. On each flight, a handful of passengers are pulled aside and given additional scrutiny, despite having gone through souped-up metal detectors and having their Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: All This “civil Society” Talk Takes Us Nowhere

If there’s one phrase I could do with hearing less of during 2002, it’s “civil society”. I’m not alone. Many of my friends, community activists and organisers in a number of countries also cringe at the ritualized, ubiquitous usage of the phrase. We shudder at the thought that we might be mistaken for being part Read more…

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Edward Said: Emerging Alternatives in Palestine

Since it began 15 months ago the Palestinian Intifada has had little to show for itself politically, despite the remarkable fortitude of a militarily occupied, unarmed, poorly led, and still dispossessed people that has defied the pitiless ravages of Israel’s war machine. In the United States, the government and, with a handful of exceptions, the Read more…

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Paul Krugman: Crony Capitalism, U.S.A.

Four years ago, as Asia struggled with an economic crisis, many observers blamed “crony capitalism.” Wealthy businessmen in Asia didn’t bother to tell investors the truth about their assets, their liabilities or their profits; the aura of invincibility that came from their political connections was enough. Only when a financial crisis came along did people Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Gays of Our Lives

There are so many things wrong with this story. On October 11th a photograph was transmitted by the Associated Press that featured a bomb on he deck on the USS Enterprise flight deck stationed in the Arabian Sea. An unidentified sailor had scribbled graffito on the bomb that read: “HIGH JACK THIS FAGS.” Within hours Read more…

Amnesty International: Criticism of POW Treatment

News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International Amnesty International urged the United States to ensure respect for the human rights of all people who have been or may be transferred from Afghanistan to a US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “The US is placing these people in a legal limbo. They Read more…

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George Monbiot: Greens Get Eaten

Environmentalism as an argument has been comprehensively won. As a practice it is all but extinct. Just as people in Britain have united around the demand for effective public transport, car sales have broken all records. Yesterday the superstore chain Sainsbury’s announced a six per cent increase in sales: the number of its customers is Read more…

Geov Parrish: White America Misuses MLK Day

On Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be 72. If he had survived. And in every conceivable sense of the word, he has not. At least, not in White America.

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Tim Wise: Rationalizing Racism

Random security checks. That’s what they’re called anyway: those extra bag searches and body scans being done at airports across the U.S., presumably to deter a new round of terrorist attacks. On each flight, a handful of passengers are pulled aside and given additional scrutiny, despite having gone through souped-up metal detectors and having their Read more…

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Gideon Levy: A crime against the innocent

The punitive action executed by Israel at the weekend in the Gaza Strip, and in particular the mass demolition of homes in Rafah on Thursday morning, constitute a war crime. There is no other way to describe and define the collective punishment of hundreds of innocent civilians who have been left utterly destitute.

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Gideon Levy: Crime Against the Innocent

 Monday, January 14, 2002   The punitive action executed by Israel at the weekend in the Gaza Strip, and in particular the mass demolition of homes in Rafah on Thursday morning, constitute a war crime. There is no other way to describe and define the collective punishment of hundreds of innocent civilians who have been Read more…

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John Pilger: Blair’s meeting with Arafat

Tony Blair’s heroic peacemaking is not as it seems. Take the Middle East. When Blair welcomed Yasser Arafat to Downing Street following 11 September, it was widely reported that Britain was backing justice for the Palestinians. Editorialists drew a favourable comparison with the bellicose Bush administration. Indeed, the promotion of Blair as the steadying influence Read more…

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John Pilger: Blair’s Disguised Support for Sharon and the Zionist Project

Tony Blair’s heroic peacemaking is not as it seems. Take the Middle East. When Blair welcomed Yasser Arafat to Downing Street following 11 September, it was widely reported that Britain was backing justice for the Palestinians. Editorialists drew a favourable comparison with the bellicose Bush administration. Indeed, the promotion of Blair as the steadying influence Read more…

Dr. hanan Ashrawi: A Question of Conscience

Jerusalem – Although the oft lamented, near demise of the peace camp in Israel has become the subject of current debate-whether in disappointment, anger or in horror, some heroic stories still persist in defying the prevailing “wisdom.” The ilks of Peres and Ben Eliezer are no longer the objects of amazement and condemnation, since they Read more…

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David Cromwell: The public threat to private power

‘The single greatest threat to the multilateral trade system is the absence of public support.’ Thus spoke Charlene Barshefsky, Clinton’s U.S. trade representative, in the run-up to the 1999 WTO summit in Seattle. Elite state-corporate interests sweet-talk, bludgeon, or simply circumvent the public to get their way. The general public are to be regarded as 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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Justin Podur: Differing Agendas in South Asia

A Difficulty Criticizing Third World States For a leftist from the third world, living in the first world, there is a certain difficulty in criticizing the administration of a third world country, like India or Pakistan.  First, such criticism abounds in the mainstream, and there isn’t really a need to present scathing criticisms of corruption Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Towards An Anti-Capitlaist Globe

“EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED. NOTHING HAS CHANGED.” I cannot say how many times I’ve heard that sentiment expressed by leftists since September 11. We all know it. The elites’ aspirations are exactly the same as before. They have found a way to use September 11 to their advantage, to accelerate already-held plans for increased global hegemony Read more…

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Greg Guma: Enron, We Hardly Knew Ye

Until it imploded last October, Enron — long known as End-Run by its critics — was often described as just another aggressive corporation eager to expand its portfolio and open routes into new markets, albeit sometimes with “strong arm” tactics. The implication in most press reports was that, so long as consumers and shareholders came Read more…

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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