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Noam Chomsky: Terror and Just Response

September 11 will surely go down in the annals of terrorism as a defining moment. Throughout the world, the atrocities were condemned as grave crimes against humanity, with near-universal agreement that all states must act to “rid the world of evildoers,” that “the evil scourge of terrorism” — particularly state-backed international terrorism — is a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Terror and Just Response

September 11 will surely go down in the annals of terrorism as a defining moment. Throughout the world, the atrocities were condemned as grave crimes against humanity, with near-universal agreement that all states must act to “rid the world of evildoers,” that “the evil scourge of terrorism” — particularly state-backed international terrorism — is a Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Corporate Abuse-reform Cycle

We are at the peak of the latest corporate abuse-reform cycle in which business abuses have been so severe, and their effects so conspicuous, that their low-key treatment and normalization by the mainstream media has been unsustainable. During the past year the media have featured the Enron collapse; the Enron (and many other) management’s conflict-of-interest Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Globalizing And Unifying The Movement

This week may very well mark a critical turning point in the movement against corporate globalization in Canada. Since last year in Quebec City there has been a growing division on the issue of diversity of tactics between anti-capitalist direct action activists on the one side and the labour movement and more moderate groups like Read more…

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Paul Street: The Case Against School Vouchers

In an ominous 5-4 decision yesterday, the United States’ right-wing Supreme Court used disingenuous claims of concern for poor inner-city children to remove a major roadblock to a leading goal of the conservative movement: letting parents use public funds to pay for their children’s tuition at private and religious schools. In an opinion that elicited Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: Crime in the Suites Enabled by Political Corruption Causes a Crisis in

The continuing revelations of corrupt corporate governance enabled by political campaign contributions is deepening daunting doubts about the credibility of U.S. equity markets and political leadership. The corruption is creating a widening crisis of confidence and is the sort of pernicious pathogen that can inflict a debilitating blow to the United States’ leadership in economic Read more…

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David Edwards: Mother Of All Ironies pt. 2

On June 24, 2002, Media Lens published a Media Alert: ‘John Sweeney Of The Observer And The BBC on Mass Death In Iraq’. Also on June 24, we received this reply from John Sweeney: “I don’t agree with torturing children. Get stuffed.” (Email to Media Lens Editors, June 24, 2002) Having dealt with the mainstream Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Conversation with Justin Podur in Gaza

Tell me about Gaza. During my first few hours here in Gaza, just after I crossed the Erez checkpoint, I passed an orange grove being knocked down by Israeli armored bulldozers. We started to take pictures of what was going on, but nearby tanks fired into the air warning us to stop. We went back Read more…

Simon Roughneen: Preventive Diplomacy: Saudi Style

The so-called ‘Abdullah Initiative’ was an unanticipated and revitalizing change in attitude toward the Israel-Palestinian conflict by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Equally encouraging was its approval by the Arab League at its conference held soon after the Saudi foreign minister made the announcement last March. The terms proposed are as follows – that an Read more…

Simon Roughneen: Preventive Diplomacy: Saudi Style

Preventive Diplomacy, Saudi Style. The so-called ‘Abdullah Initiative’ was an unanticipated and revitalizing change in attitude toward the Israel-Palestinian conflict by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Equally encouraging was its approval by the Arab League at its conference held soon after the Saudi foreign minister made the announcement last March. The terms proposed are as Read more…

Simon Roughneen: Preventive Diplomacy: Saudi Style

Preventive Diplomacy, Saudi Style. The so-called ‘Abdullah Initiative’ was an unanticipated and revitalizing change in attitude toward the Israel-Palestinian conflict by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Equally encouraging was its approval by the Arab League at its conference held soon after the Saudi foreign minister made the announcement last March. The terms proposed are as Read more…

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Roger Bybee: REVIEW: Amoral Elephant ravages earth

BOOK REVIEW/Roger Bybee Amoral Elephant Stomps Across the Globe "We’re in the business of making money for our shareholders. If we have to put jobs and technology in other countries, then we go ahead and do it." — President of McDonnell Douglas operations in China, NY Times, 2/25/1995. Any display of a quaint notion like Read more…

Tanweer Akram: none

This book is a collection of essays, contributed by a wide range of scholars, scientists, and activists. It includes essays by Noam Chomsky, media critic Ali Abunimah, human rights activist Rania Masri, environmental biologist Huda Ammash, British journalist Robert Fisk, a leader of the anti-sanction movement, Kathy Kelly, and former UN official Dennis Halliday, who Read more…

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David Bacon: Teaching Peace In A Time Of War

On May 26, Colombian voters elected the former mayor of Medellin, Alvaro Uribe, president. The candidate of the right, Urib president e has long-standing ties to paramilitaries, who are accused of the worst of the human rights violations and massacres that have marked Colombia’s decades-long civil war. Uribe has called for an all-out war against Read more…

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Eleanor J. Bader: Capitalism

If you’re shocked by the above advertisements, chances are you haven’t perused a college newspaper lately. If you had, you’d know that such requests are commonplace. As student publications scramble for cash, advertising is widely seen as a savior, the provider of at least half the operating revenue for any given year. Call it reproductive Read more…

Sarah Bantz: University Research & Genetic Engineering In The Midwest

This January, Dr. Randall Prather, an animal science researcher at the University of Missouri, announced a breakthrough in his effort to create genetically engineered miniature pigs with organs suitable for transplant into humans. The shortage of human organs available for transplant has motivated some to look to other species, although the human body readily rejects Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: The Marriage Movement

On May 9, Dan Quayle showed up at the Washington, DC-based National Press Club to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his memorable speech condemning the television character, Murphy Brown. In the days preceding the anniversary Quayle surfaced on a number of talking-head television programs and then marked the occasion by delivering an address called “Ten Read more…

Jan knippers Black: Independence For East Timor?

The first time East Timor declared its independence, after Portuguese colonizers withdrew in l974, it was immediately overrun by Indonesian troops. Their occupation, until 1999, wiped out a third of the population, but not the independence movement. In the 1999 UN-sponsored referendum, the vote for independence was overwhelming; but the Indonesian armed forces and their Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: The Trajectory of Change

Michael Albert   Cambridge: South End Press, 2002  Review by Jeremy Brecher  In the 1960s student activists used to say, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” The fact of the matter is, there were few people over 30 worth trusting. Until the student movement made its mark, pathetically few Americans were willing to support militant action Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Sense and Sensitivity

Michael Bronski  Earlier this spring, in its nationwide chain of 311 stores, Abercrombie & Fitch began selling T-shirts featuring slant-eyed, coolie-hatted caricatures of Asian-American men. The humor teetered between burlesque and bathroom. The T-shirts carried aphorisms, such as “Wong Brothers Laundry Service”; “Two Wongs Can Make It White”; and Wok-N-Bowl, Let The Good Times Roll.” Read more…

Sara Desantis: Genetically Modified Organisms Threaten Indigenous Corn

In November 2001, Ignacio Chapela and David Quist, scientists from the University of California at Berkeley, published an article in the scientific journal Nature revealing that indigenous corn in Oaxaca, Mexico was contaminated with DNA from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The biotech industry has been working ferociously to discredit this research. Many of the anti- Read more…

Joan Didion: Political Fictions

Joan Didion  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001  Review by Mark Engler  Near the beginning of Political Fictions, a collection of essays, Joan Didion tells us of time spent in high school hanging out in gas stations. There, she explains, she found friends who had not overachieved in class nor aspired to elected office. Rather, Read more…

Larry Everest: The U.S. Drive To War On Iraq

The drumbeat for war on Iraq, coming from the highest levels of the U.S. establishment, began within days of September 11. The Bush administration’s plans are still taking shape, but there is reportedly a growing determination to overthrow Iraq’s government.  Various war scenarios and timetables are being discussed. The New York Times (4/28/02) reported that Read more…

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Michael Moore: none

Michael Moore  Regan Books/HarperCollins, 2002  Review by Tom Gallagher  With a bestselling book and a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Michael Moore has definitely arrived, occupying a niche in American politics and culture somewhere between Ralph Nader and Al Franken. If you’re looking for historical parallels, Will Rogers might come to mind, but Read more…

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Edward Herman: The World Confronts U.S. Wars of Terrorism

Edward S. Herman  In discussing the Bush administration’s “war on terrorism,” mainstream analysts and reporters rarely hark back to the Reagan era, which also featured a war on terrorism, with many enlightening similarities to the present. This may be because the similarities are great, even running to overlapping personnel, and because the earlier administration’s policies Read more…

Joseph Hoff: The End of an Era

The blast furnaces loiter on the horizon in this grim steel town of East Chicago, Indiana. They are broken down, inert masses. They are hollow tributes to the bygone days when the American steel industry was strong and vigorous.  One more mill fell silent. The mill predates 1920. It housed operations for several steel companies Read more…

Brian Martin: Nonviolence Versus Capitalism

Brian Martin  London: War Resisters’ International, 2001  Review By Camy Matthay  Brian Martin’s book Nonviolence Versus Capitalism is a cogent argument for the value of using nonviolent action as strategy for moving beyond capitalism. Though Martin knows that some people adhere to nonviolent strategy on moral grounds, Martin is saying that even if one lacks Read more…

Domenico Pacitti: Against “This” Globalization

Vittorio Agnoletto recently represented the Italian movement at the international council of the World Social Forum. In 1987, just two years after graduating in industrial medicine at Milan’s state university, he co-founded LILA, the Italian League for the Fight against AIDS and was president from 1992 until November 2001. Agnoletto has been a member of Read more…

Carmelo Ruiz-marrero: none

Ruiz-Marrero  Redesigning Life? is one of the most complete and up-to-date overviews of the diverse objections against biotechnology. This compilation of essays was conceived and edited by biologist Brian Tokar, who teaches at the Institute for Social Ecology.  One opinion poll after another has shown that most North American and European consumers believe that labeling Read more…

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Bernie Sanders: The Export-Import Bank

This country has a $6 trillion national debt, a growing deficit, and is borrowing money from the Social Security Trust Fund in order to fund government services. We can no longer afford to provide over $125 billion every year in corporate welfare—tax breaks, subsidies, and other wasteful spending—that goes to some of the largest, most Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Taking Action

Welcome to Hotel Satire, where gals gather to learn to be the passive twits that nature intended them to be. Here at the hotel, we gals worry about what femlesbiangals have been doing to destroy this great country of ours. Especially post September 11, which was, in large part, the fault of gals. Bush II Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Conspiracies Or Institutions? 9-11 and Beyond

Stephen R. Shalom & Michael Albert  There has been much frenzied debate on the Internet and in the news recently suggesting that “the government knew beforehand about the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks” and let them happen in order to use these horrible events to pursue their right-wing agendas. In the months since 9-11, conspiracy theories Read more…

Jim Smith: The Corporatization of Unions

Jim Smith  Nearly every poll shows that workers favor having a union by a large majority. According to an Associated Press poll (August 30, 2001) “General approval for unions runs by a nearly 3-1 ratio, roughly the same as in recent years but higher than 20 years ago, when it was less than a 2-1 Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Nuclear Weapons, Media Fog

American media outlets roused themselves from outright denial in early June, spurred by belated warnings from top U.S. officials that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would kill millions of people. The tone of news coverage shifted toward alarm. Meanwhile, atomic history remained largely sanitized.  “Even one military move by either of these nuclear-armed Read more…

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Joshua Sperber: As’ad AbuKhalil

As’ad AbuKhalil    Seven Stories Press; 106 pp.  Review by Joshua Sperber  The salient contradiction characterizing the mainstream media has become far more pronounced since September 11. That is, the conflict between disseminating corporate propaganda—a raison d’etre whose aims are largely consistent with those of U.S. global domination—and the fear of undermining its perceived credibility Read more…

Tom Stephens: none

Apex Press, 2001; 336 pp.  Review by Tom Stephens      The members of POCLAD, the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy, have compiled a superb book of essays from the late 1990s, entitled Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy, for people to read and for transnational corporations to suffer such consequences. The taboo subject of the book is Read more…

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Paul Street: Towards A Decent Left?

Paul Street  Among the many disagreeable parts of the aftermath of September 11, we might include the intensification of internal unpleasantness within an American left. This latest unpleasantness has been a fairly one-sided affair, with most of the heat coming from the centrist liberal-left, associated with journals like Dissent and American Prospect and writers like Read more…

Silja j.a. Talvi: none

As the line between the military industrial complex and the criminal justice system continues to blur, Peter B. Kraska, Professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University, brings readers his timely Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System: The Changing Roles of the Armed Forces and the Police.  With contributions from an intriguing combination of academics, Read more…

Silja j.a. Talvi: none

Joshua S. Goldstein  Cambridge University Press, 2001    Reviews by Silja J.A. Talvi  What accounts for the cross-cultural consistency of gender roles in war? What theory best explains the fact that war is nearly always waged by men? And how should we explain the fact that women, despite intermittent yet proven historical success as ‘warriors,’ Read more…

Marc Young: Nigerian Federalism

Many federal politicians in Nigeria are bothered by the entrenchment of fundamentalist Sharia in the criminal codes of the country’s northern states. What annoys them even more is yet another prediction that the country is about to slip into the abyss…unless it is thoroughly reorganized.  Most recent signs of the imminent and bloody collapse of Read more…

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Tim Wise: Honky Wanna Cracker?
A Look at the Myth of Reverse Racism

Recently, when speaking to a group of high school students, I was asked why I only seemed to be concerned about white racism towards people of color. We had been discussing racial slurs, and a number of white students wondered why I didn’t get as upset about blacks using terms like “honky” or “cracker,” as Read more…

Aaron Mate: Trip to Palestine

I’ve just returned from a two-week visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories, a land dear to me. As a Jewish person, it is a part of the world that I have long felt an inherent connection to, a connection that has only been strengthened through many wonderful experiences and friendships that arose during my Read more…

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Gideon Levy: A Million People Under Curfew

Few if any Israelis can understand what it means to be under full curfew for 10 days, incarcerated with the children in a crowded house, usually without an air conditioner or a computer or games to play, maybe a barely functioning television set. But the worst thing is the unnerving density of the close quarters. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Questions On Israel

As a premium to those who support Z through the Z Sustainer Program there are a number of forums where people can ask questions of activists and writers such as Noam Chomsky. Here are Chomsky’s responses to questions about Israel And Palestine during the last week. If you find these helpful consider joining. Bush, Arafat Read more…

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Mark Engler: Exporting Enron

We know the damage Enron has done to the American economy. So why is it still eligible to receive U.S. taxpayer money? Instead of wallowing in bankruptcy, Enron continues to do business internationally. And believe it or not, the scandal-ridden and discredited corporation continues to pursue public funding for its global operations. The ongoing reports Read more…

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Richard Gott: A Silent Majority Finds Its Voice

The great city of Caracas spreads over innumerable mountainous hills, and in the rainy season the peaks poke up through the clouds that hover in the valleys below. Several million people live on these steep slopes in barrios, a word which, when translated into English as “shanty towns”, does little justice to the reality. These Read more…

Alexandra Williams: Our Girl Was Killed By A Suicide Bomber…

Jerusalem. A big red “Free Palestine” sticker has a prominent place on the Elhanan family’s front door. But this is not a Palestinian house in the occupied territories. Remarkably, this home is in an affluent Jewish area in Jerusalem and belongs to a couple whose daughter Smadar, 14, was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. Read more…

Jane Frank: Terrorist Connections Resurface In Florida

Governor Jeb Bush is about to choose a Florida State Supreme Court judge. There are five finalists and his deadline is August 12. Since there is no Hispanic on the Court, most people expect Jeb Bush will want to name a Hispanic. There is only one Hispanic among the finalists. That one Hispanic is of Read more…

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Greg Palast: A Tale Of Two Coups

Blondes in revolt On May Day, starting out from the Hilton Hotel, 200,000 blondes marched East through Caracas’ shopping corridor along Casanova Avenue. At the same time, half a million brunettes converged on them from the West. It would all seem like a comic shampoo commercial if 16 people hadn’t been shot dead two weeks Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Fight For Country

Some strange strange people inhabit this land The earth lives in fear of their uranium mines They kill every livin’ sea thing with their driftnet line Some strange strange people inhabit this earth (Kev Carmody, “Some Strange Strange People”) Nuclear terror is nothing new to the Mirrar people in the Kakadu region of Northern Australia, Read more…

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