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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…

Guest Author: Creating Pretexts: The Post-9/11 Campaign Against Iraq

In the aftermath of September 11, powerful forces within the U.S. establishment have been engaged in a campaign of lies, disinformation, and speculation to pin blame for the World Trade Center attacks and the anthrax mailings on Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Over the past decade, more than a million Iraqis have died as a result Read more…

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Judy Rebick: It Really Is About New Politics

The New Politics Initiative (www.newpolitics.ca), which made its debut at the convention of the New Democratic Party (Canada’s social democratic party) in Winnipeg last weekend, could be one of the most innovative and significant developments on the left in Canada in a long time. Of course I am a little bias since I’m a co-founder. Read more…

Marvin Mandell: 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 Marvin Mandell’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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Michael Albert: Is Socialism Still on the Agenda?

 [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 the Albert’s first essay. The four pieces appeared in the bi-annual New Politics journal, linked from the ZNet debate pages for your Read more…

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Michael Albert: On Terror And War

Michael Albert & Stephen R. Shalom The following essay was written in mid November just after the retreat/collapse of the Taliban when many people were feeling that current events had dramatically changed the morality of what has been done in Afghanistan, calling into question much of the analysis and assessment that has been offered by Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Shake, Rattle, and Rolling Over Roe v. Wade

Bill Berkowitz Janet Folger, veteran leader of the highly publicized anti-gay conversion crusade a few years ago, is back with a new campaign aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade. Her newly formed coalition, made up of more than two-dozen anti-abortion groups, will soon gear up again to “Shake the Nation Back to Life.” Since the Read more…

Andrew Hartman: The Politicization of Terror

Hartman September 11 will forever be synonymous with terrorism. If Americans lacked a clear definition of terrorism prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, those events have now generated an unwelcome familiarity with terrorism. Defining terrorism is not simple, but for the sake of clarity, here is a definition of Read more…

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Edward Herman: The New World Order Rule Of Injustice

S. Herman The U.S. war against Afghanistan was entitled “Operation Infinite Justice,” before this was changed after Arab protests that only God displays infinite justice. This shows once again that Arabs do not understand New World Order reality: what the United States does is simply because it chooses to do it. When it decides, its Read more…

John Kaminski: Are You A Patriot?

John Kaminski The Patriot Act, now passed and the law of the land, has eliminated the Constitutional guarantee of probable cause when investigating a crime, and allows the police—at any time, for any reason—to enter and search your house, files, bank account—and not even tell you about it. Are you a patriot? Well, the fact Read more…

Richard alan Leach: Nuclear Hubris

Richard Alan Leach After the Soviet system imploded, the U.S. reveled in its role as the world’s sole superpower, giving many indications that the consequences for the inhabitants of the periphery were a matter of imperial indifference. Among the hard lessons learned from September 11 is that, on this polarized planet, no unbreachable fortresses can Read more…

Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Country Abandoned

Makhmalbaf An Afgan poet from Herati, who was turned back from Iran, wrote: “I came on foot; I’ll leave on foot. The same stranger, who had no piggy bank, will leave. And the child, who had no dolls, will leave. The spell on my exile will be broken tonight. And the table that had been Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Feminist Analysis and the Crisis

Cynthia Peters (This is a slightly corrected version of the article published in the 12/01 issue of Z.) Cynthia Enloe, feminist scholar and author of several books and articles about women and the military, suggested that it is useful to ask, "Where are the women?" A casual observer of recent events might be justified in Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Bioterror And Biosafety

Vandana Shiva The reports of anthrax cases in Florida and New York have put a renewed focus on bioterror and the risks and hazards posed by biological agents. From the U.S. to India, governments are on high alert. Even the World Health Organization has issued warnings. Americans and Europeans have been stockpiling gas masks and Read more…

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Kavaljit Singh: Anthrax, Drug Transnationals And TRIPs

Kavaljit Singh The current anthrax crisis has, once again, raised highly controversial issues related to intellectual property rights. Just a few months back, the world witnessed heated debate on the patent controversy when the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (PMASA), a body representing South African subsidiaries of 39 drug transnational corporations (TNCs), took the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media War Without End

Norman Solomon In the wake of September 11, the White House has repeatedly sent news executives and working journalists an unsubtle message: Exercise too much independence and you’ll risk accusations of giving aid and comfort to the terrorist enemy. While a few American journalists made feisty noises during the first tumultuous weeks of autumn, for Read more…

Sarah Turner: Companies Cash in on Patriotism

Sarah Turner In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Madison Avenue wasted little time devising ways to draw customers to their products. Some of these efforts have bordered on the unseemly. United Airlines is running a commercial about a firefighter who boarded a recent flight. The advertisement says that once the crew found out Read more…

Sean Healy: Aids Fight Boosted By Big Pharma’s Defeat

  By Sean Healy There’s not often something to celebrate on World AIDS Day, December 1, but there might be this year: a small, much fought-over clause in a World Trade Organisation declaration may signify a turning of the tide, at least insofar as poor peoples’ access to needed medicines is concerned. The clause is Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky’s Second Reply to Hitchens…

It is unfortunate that with such serious issues to attend to, Christopher Hitchens insists on wasting time on irrelevant and fanciful diatribes against assorted enemies, the latest being his REJOINDER TO NOAM CHOMSKY. He begins by placing his question "before the house": "Can the attacks of September 11 be compared to an earlier outrage committed Read more…

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Edward Herman: Rejoinder To Christopher Hitchens

In a "Rejoinder to Noam Chomsky" in early October, Christopher Hitchens put up two sentences regarding my own writing, as follows:   "Mr. Herman has moved from opposing the bombing of Serbia to representing the Milosevic regime as a victim and as a nationalist peoples democracy. He has recently said, in a ludicrous attack on Read more…

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Tariq Ali: No Room At The Inn For Mr Biswas

This is the story of why V.S. Naipaul’s comic masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature a few weeks ago, was turned down in 1998 by an over-hyped inert mediocrity named Michael Jackson who had just usurped the top job at Channel Four, which was once the most Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: End of the Global Gilded Age

While America’s politicians and media focus on terrorism and counter-terrorism, the global gilded age is coming to an end. While advocates of globalization gloat that September 11 has silenced the critics of globalization, the emerging global recession will soon put the deep flaws of the global economy back at the center of the global agenda. Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: The World is Hungry

What do the people who are starving in the world outside of Afghanistan have to do to get food? The media and political attention that has been given, rightfully so, to the humanitarian hunger crisis in Afghanistan has not, unfortunately, led these same forces to cast a light on the global picture. More than 24,000 Read more…

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Naomi Klein: It’s not enough to bring Soweto to Rosedale

On Saturday night, I found myself at a party honouring Nelson Mandela and raising money for his children’s fund. It was a lovely affair and only a very rude person would have pointed out that the party was packed with many of the banking and mining executives who refused to pull their investments out of Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Let’s Not Reinvent The Peace-making Wheel

If we are looking for signs that the sordid mess in Afghanistan is not hopeless, we should consider the surprising recent experience of Somalia. Tribal conflict? Underdevelopment? Religious extremism? Superpower proxy wars? Armed intervention? Like Afghanistan, Somalia had all of those. It still does, in parts, but the backbone structures of a civil society are Read more…

Lennard j. Davis: Legal Tide Has Turned Against Disabled

Most Americans react to the idea of disability with good wishes and a silent prayer to the effect that “there but for the grace of God go I.” With this level of detachment, few may have noticed a disturbing and seemingly ineluctable trend in which the courts have been whittling away at the provisions of Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Replies to Hitchens

Note: This debate occurred in 2001. Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay in the Nation, and a subsequent comment on the Nation web site…and among those he attacked in his fulminations, was Noam Chomsky. Here, Chomsky replies…   I have been asked to respond to recent articles by Christopher Hitchens (webpage, Sept. 24; _Nation_, Oct. 8), Read more…

Jeffrey Sommers: Distorting Blowback

Ever since the tragic events of the 11th, the media was been quick to shoot-down the "blowback" thesis for explaining the role of US foreign policy in giving rise to terrorism. Of course, not all this criticism has been honest. The best way to remove from discussion uncomfortable topics is to misstate their premises in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to Hitchens

I have gotten a lot of mail asking me to react to Christopher Hitchens comments in the Nation magazine and on the Nation website. I am loathe to do so because I fear that considerable energies of wonderful people will go into worrying about precise wording of diverse entries in a back-and-forth battle of writers, Read more…

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Danny Schechter: After The Media Recount: Who Will Apologize To The People?

The long-awaited recount of the results of the 2000 presidential election, begun with so much hope and investigative enterprise by a consortium of leading U.S. media organizations, came and went with a whimper not a bang. Released on Sunday, November 11, in Florida, it was picked up nationwide the next day, but when that airplane Read more…

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George Monbiot: Making Generosity Redundant

They thought it was all over. After civilisation’s victory in Afghanistan, where the lion now lies down with the lamb, there was, almost all the newspapers agreed, nothing left to discuss. All that needed to be done was to remind those who had questioned the war just how profoundly wrong they were, and they would Read more…

Guest Author: Unleashing the CIA?

The old joke goes that in the waning days of the Second World War, when Hitler was told of yet another defeat on the battlefield, he slammed his fist into his desk and declared: “That does it! No more Mr. Nice Guy!” We’ve been treated in the past couple of weeks to one press story Read more…

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Scott Burchill: The End of Cosmopolitanism?

If it didn’t have such disastrous consequences for some of the world’s most desperate people, it would be amusing to watch the advocates of economic globalisation suddenly start championing border protection. Clearly a market-based solution to the problem of refugee processing, preferred for example in the case of private school education, isn’t to the liking Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Canada’s Dirty War Over Words

My October visit to Canada was overshadowed by the vicious demonisation and vilification of a friend. ZNet has already posted a copy of University of British Columbia academic and social justice activist Sunera Thobani’s speech and her paper “War Frenzy” reflecting on the controversy that followed her talk. The day I landed in Canada she Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: CanadaÕs Dirty War Over Words

“Some must speak and some must be still, so we can listen to the voices of the just and to the silence of the sinners”. Admiral Emilio Massera, member of the first military junta during Argentina’s “Dirty War” of the late 1970s and early 1980s. My October visit to Canada was overshadowed by the vicious Read more…

Guest Author: Forget The Cliches, There Is No Easy Way For The West To Sort This Out

Afghanistan – As the armies of the West are about to realise – is not a country. You can’t “occupy” or even “control” Afghanistan because it is neither a state nor a nation. Nor can we dominate Afghanistan with the cliches now being honed by our journalists. We may want a “broad-based” government but do Read more…

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Manning Marable: The Failure of U.S. Foreign Policies

The bombing campaign against the people of Afghanistan will be described in history as the “U.S. Against the Third World.” The launching of military strikes against peasants does nothing to suppress terrorism, and only erodes American credibility in Muslim nations around the world. The question, “Why Do They Hate Us?,” can only be answered from Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Kill, Kill, Kill

In a recent interview with the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Osama bin Laden justified the killing of innocent Americans this way : “If an enemy occupies a Muslim territory and uses common people as human shield, then it is permitted to attack that enemy. For instance, if bandits barge into a home and hold a child Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Interpreting Thabo Mbeki’s various African initiatives

Thabo Mbeki’s speech last Saturday morning at the UN is the highest-profile opportunity yet for the South African leader to plead for a permanent Security Council seat for Africa. He’s already been told that two seats–his first prize (presumably to go to Nigeria and SA)–are out of the question, and if one is granted it Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Qatar reveals impact of Sept 11 on trade battle

After years of battle, the pro-corporate globalization forces have won a victory in Qatar. Maude Barlow in an internet radio report from Qatar www.canadians.org says NGOs on the ground at the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks “are devastated.” The WTO, you will remember, was the target of the first huge anti-corporate globalization action in Seattle Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Afghan Aftermaths: the Feign of Inevitability

Like ninepins the Afghan cities fell from a band of principled barbarians (the Taliban) to a band of unprincipled barbarians (the so-called Northern Alliance): first Mazar-e-Sharif where ex-communist general Rashid Dostam’s once ruled (at least his authoritarianism allowed for such institutions as Balkh University, where almost two thousand women studied), then Herat where Hazara leader Read more…

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George Monbiot: Blasting Our Way to Peace The West’s “victory” is a defeat for civilisation

The armchair warriors have proved no more merciful in victory than the Northern Alliance. Yesterday’s Sun turned over two pages to an editorial titled “Shame of the traitors: wrong, wrong, wrong … the fools who said Allies faced disaster”. Christopher Hitchens raised the moral and intellectual tone of the debate in the Guardian yesterday with Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Nukes and Rationality

Let us make the assumption that humans have the potential to think rationally. If the assumption is wrong, this text (or any other text for that matter) is irrelevant. So, if in the nature of man there is the potential for rationality, why is there so much irrationality in the world? Borrowing some concepts from Read more…

Guest Author: Shootdown: Some Reflections

Nobody would dare fly from a foreign country into U.S. airspace to try to drop leaflets over Washington. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense) would be ready for a shootdown. But for a period of months, Jose Basulto, leader of Brothers to the Rescue, flew from the United States to drop leaflets over Cuba. On July Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Gay Rights/ Human Rights: An Interview with Surina Khan

As a native of Pakistan working full-time in the field of human rights, Surina Khan, executive director of the San Francisco-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), has a lot to say about America’s war on terrorism. Her family fled Pakistan in 1973 after her uncle, Air Marshal (Retired) Asghar Khan, began laying Read more…

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George Monbiot: Trade Piracy Unmasked

Just as woodworkers used to drink in the Carpenter’s Arms, or farmhands in the Jolly Ploughman, the trade negotiators from the world’s richest nations have found their way to their own hallowed ground. When they gather in Switzerland, they dine together in an exclusive restaurant on the shores of Lake Geneva called The Pirate. It’s Read more…

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Marta Russell: Madmen?

Since the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, there have been numerous public outcries casting the terrorists and suspects as disabled. Former President Clinton as well as several pundits described the terrorists as “madmen.” One writer labeled the Taliban a “cult of ignorant psychotics.” Media pundits and government officials have called Read more…

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