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Noam Chomsky: Sustainer Forum Reply

On the Times article, I understood it differently. The tone was set in the first paragraph: a remote section of Afghanistan, where people could hear on the radio that in the rest of the country everyone was celebrating their liberation and the gifts of the wonderful Americans, and that they were the last ones still Read more…

John Sutherland: No more Mr Scrupulous Guy

Last Wednesday something strange happened. The American population was instructed to panic. Place themselves, that is, on a state of highest vigilance. Some cataclysmic act of terrorism would happen – within hours. But nothing terrible happened. Something creepy did. On Thursday there was an inconspicuous news item. John M Poindexter had been appointed to head Read more…

: Original Cocopa Law resubmitted to Congress

Six years and two days after the San Andres Accords were signed, 168 deputies representing all the political parties, except for the PAN, once again presented the program known as the Cocopa Law on indigenous rights and culture in San Lazaro, in order to repair the error of having approved a reform last year which Read more…

Sean Healy: Argentina’s market-enforced crisis

Argentina’s tumultuous December – in which a general strike by unions against a brutal budget lead to days of demonstrations, the storming of the Presidential Palace, the desperate helicopter flight out by its then-resident and a succession of five presidents within a week – was the outcome of an irresistible force, a populace which had Read more…

Prashant Bhushan: COURTS, CONTEMPT &

  In the Constitution of India the Supreme Court and the High Courts were seen as watchdog bodies, independent of the executive, and entrusted with the task of seeing that all institutions function in accordance with the Constitution, and the Rule of Law. They were assigned with powers not only to declare and set aside Read more…

Frédéric Delorca: On the News of Pierre Bourdieu’s Death

The movements against neoliberal globalization and global militarism have had, so far, two extraordinary figures of contemporary thought – Pierre Bourdieu and Noam Chomsky; Bourdieu, the French sociologist and the heir to German philosophical tradition, probably the greatest sociologist of the second half of the 20th century; Chomsky, American linguist, the determined Cartesian , particularly Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Black History Is Not Just For Blacks

In his recent weekly radio address commemorating Black History Month, President Bush promised major hikes in funding for historically black colleges. The week before McDonalds Restaurants pledged to display African-America-themed posters in their U.S. restaurants during Black History Month. This seemed to signal recognition by America’s top elected official and one of the world’s best Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Thabo Mbeki addresses his compatriots

South African president Thabo Mbeki’s opening of parliament on February 8 was eagerly awaited, and began with a grand motif: “The global struggle to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment is fundamental to the well-being of human society.”Mbeki’s speech (http://www.gov.za) will fascinate international observers for at least two reasons. First, he has adopted the project of saving Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: DRCNet Interview: Noam Chomsky

MIT professor Noam Chomsky has long been one of the nation’s most implacable critics of US foreign policy and domestic inequity, as well as its highly-concentrated mass media. Lauded by the New York Review of Books as “America’s leading radical intellectual,” Chomsky has authored dozens of books on US policy in the Middle East, Latin Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Something is Moving

I once saw in a Western a Red Indian (or should I say a Native American?) putting his ear to the ground and hearing a train tens of miles away. In the course of the years I have tried to imitate that Indian. I try to hear changes in the public mood long before they Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Thabo Mbeki addresses his compatriots

South African president Thabo Mbeki’s opening of parliament on February 8 was eagerly awaited, and began with a grand motif: “The global struggle to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment is fundamental to the well-being of human society.” Mbeki’s speech (http://www.gov.za) will fascinate international observers for at least two reasons. First, he has adopted the project of Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Parochial Coverage of Enron

Again, the US media has shown that it is just not up to the task of stal king the corruption of the global economy. Enron collapses and now the media tells us that it is all about Raptors and the connivance of Arthur Andersen (or isn’t it now Accenture?). Certainly the fiscal games played by Read more…

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Charles Glass: I know what Camp X-Ray feels like

The first thing they do is cover your eyes. They make you strip to make sure you’re not carrying anything. They replace your clothes with uniforms that are not clothes at all. They chain you by hand and foot. They drag you away and leave you on your own. They interrogate you. They say you Read more…

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Robert Fisk: America ‘chasing phantoms’ in Iraq says arms expert

Scott Ritter, America’s former top arms inspector in Iraq, has a neat phrase for Saddam’s regime. The “phantom threat”, he calls it. And he backs up his argument with an impressive assault on the credentials of Ahmed Chalabi, the head of Iraq’s opposition in exile, whose bogus claims of defectors “proving” Iraq’s connection to the Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Shooting and handing out candy

It is only a very small minority of people who support the refusal to serve in the territories and also back up their beliefs with actions. A decisive majority of Israelis oppose non-compliance with draft orders; some are convinced that Israel is not guilty of war crimes, others think that Israel has the right to Read more…

Eddie j. Girdner: Chomsky on Trial in Turkey

From February 12 to 15 Noam Chomsky visited Turkey. Chomsky came to Turkey to defend his publisher Fatih Tas at Aram Publishing who has published Chomsky’s recent book, under the title, American Interventionism. (September 2001) A judge of the State Security Court in Istanbul, Bekir Rayif Aldemir, had charged that the book was “propagating separatism” Read more…

Peter Beaumont: Are we anti-Semitic?

On 5 December last year the Chief Rabbi of Brussels, Albert Gigi, was walking through Anderlecht when he was assaulted by a group of Arab-speaking youths. He was chased into a nearby metro station and he and his companion were abused as ‘dirty Jews’. One of the assailants kicked the rabbi in the face, breaking Read more…

Terry Jones: OK, George, make with the friendly bombs

To prevent terrorism by dropping bombs on Iraq is such an obvious idea that I can’t think why no one has thought of it before. It’s so simple. If only the UK had done something similar in Northern Ireland, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today. The moment the IRA blew up Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: Running From Reebok’s Hypocrisy

Right till the end of January, Dita Sari was preparing to fly from her home near Jakarta to Salt Lake City to bask today in the admiration of assorted do-gooders and celebrities mustered by Reebok. The occasion is the 13th annual Human Rights Awards, overseen by a board that includes Jimmy Carter and Kerry Kennedy Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Arab nations are lost in a pit of desperation

A few days ago, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called upon the “conscience” of the American people to help the Palestinians. The Emir of Qatar went one step further in self-abasement. The Arabs, he said – and he apologised for using the word – had to “beg” the United States to use its influence Read more…

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John Nichols: Enron? Nader Is Glad You Asked

Why, yes, Ralph Nader would be delighted to discuss the Enron scandal. But don’t expect the once and possibly future presidential candidate to do so with a straight face. “I hate to say ‘I told you so,’” he begins, barely cloaking his glee over what could be the greatest corporate scandal in the lifetime of Read more…

Sean Healy: Argentina’s market-enforced crisis

Argentina’s tumultuous December – in which a general strike by unions against a brutal budget lead to days of demonstrations, the storming of the Presidential Palace, the desperate helicopter flight out by its then-resident and a succession of five presidents within a week – was the outcome of an irresistible force, a populace which had Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Where Is AIDS Among The A-List Topics?

Think about what happened the other day. Enron hearings opened to an Standing Room Only crowd on Capitol Hill. The sleaze was about to start gushing out and then, the TV picture shrinks and another story interrupts. Breaking News displaces Breaking News. The car carrying John Walker Lindh, also known as “Taliban John Walker,” “Jihad Read more…

: Arundhati Roy & Criminal Contempt of the Supreme Court

On 15th January 2002, Justice G.B. Pattanaik and Justice R.P. Sethi of the Supreme Court of India heard arguments in the contempt case against writer Arundhati Roy. As on every previous occasion when this particular case has come up for hearing, no visitors or journalists (other than officially accredited Court Correspondents) were allowed entry into Read more…

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Tim Wise: For Black History Month, Remember The True MLK

As we find ourselves in the midst of Black History Month — a brief respite from the much whiter version of history we learn and celebrate the rest of the year — and having recently commemorated another Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, perhaps it would do us well to reflect on the vision of this Read more…

Uwe Parpart: Japan the Asian Argentina?

By Looking at his country, Goldman Sachs Japan chief economist Tetsufumi Yamakawa can offer little more than recounting a cynical joke that’s been making the rounds for some time in financial circles: “What’s the difference between Japan and Argentina?” Answer: “Five years.” But after international ratings agencies once again downgraded key Japanese financial institutions on Read more…

Marinella Correggia: AFGHANISTAN: AN EPICENTRE OF SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL TRAGEDIES, A COUNTRY OF BRAVE PEOPLE

Italy: Months ago, Said Karim, a supervisor of demining activities in the Western Afghan region of Herat, wanted to show to a foreign visitor something nice from his beloved country; something different than landmines and Uxo (bad Ufo, in a sense: unexploded ordonances) that pollute 724 million of square meters of useful land. Said, only Read more…

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Seumas Milne: Can the US be defeated?

Those who have argued that America’s war on terror would fail to defeat terrorism have, it turns out, been barking up the wrong tree. Ever since President Bush announced his $45bn increase in military spending and gave notice to Iraq, Iran and North Korea that they had “better get their house in order” or face Read more…

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Greg Guma: Excuses for Bad Behavior: “Suspending” Civil Liberties is Nothing New

On one of TV’s tabloid news shows, the hype for a recent segment went like this: “You’d better watch what you say.” Then the announcer explained that, in these dangerous times, expressing certain opinions can get you fired. It was very casual, offhand, just another bit of info-tainment for viewers accustomed to hearing that their Read more…

Julian borger & ewen Macaskill: US targets Saddam

The Pentagon and the CIA have begun preparations for an assault on Iraq involving up to 200,000 US troops that is likely to be launched later this year with the aim of removing Saddam Hussein from power, US and diplomatic sources told the Guardian yesterday. President George Bush’s war cabinet, known as the “principals committee”, Read more…

Patrick Keaney: Trade Secret

WHEN HIS BODY was recovered, it was clear that Aury Sara Marrugo spent his last hours alive in agony. His gums had been butchered. A blowtorch had been used to sear the flesh under his arms and the soles of his feet. Over 70 small incisions were found on his corpse, and strong acid had Read more…

Colombia support Network: FARC Assassinates Peasant Leaders

CINEP (Centro de Investigacion y Educacion Popular) and the Diocesis of Apartado are sorry to communicate to national and international opinion, that on February 8, 2002, JOSE LINCE MARTINEZ and ORLANDA MOSQUERA were assassinated by FARC-EP in Taparal, municipality of Riosucio, Department of Choco Mr. Martinez and Ms. Mosquera were elected leaders of their community Read more…

Marcela Valente: Argentina’s Rebellion in the Neighborhoods

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 13 – Neighborhood assemblies are springing up in cities throughout Argentina, particularly in the capital and surrounding areas, as a groundswell of people seek to change the political landscape amidst the country’s social and economic collapse. Many assembly participants are young people who are fed up with the political parties they say Read more…

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George Monbiot: The Corporate Takeover of Childhood

For many children, a new school term begins with apprehension. But yesterday it wasn’t just the children who were worried about what they might encounter. Every term now brings another government scheme, to re-finance, outsource, subcontract, reclassify, zone or cluster some aspect of the handling of our children. And parents, reasonably enough, are becoming ever Read more…

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Edward Herman: Final Solution in the Occupied Territories

Years ago many of us wondered how things that were obviously “beyond belief” could be made to seem normal by the intellectual culture and mainstream media. Deborah Lipstadt, in a book entitled Beyond Belief, which dealt with the Holocaust and its treatment in the West, showed how easily the media could do this by pushing Read more…

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Doug: Unpleasant and Unwanted Questions on Iraq

Analogies are difficult given world power realities, but consider the following. “The Chinese News Agency reported today that the Chinese Government has decided to oust US President George W. Bush.the debate is over. China has decided that the US nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs pose too great a threat to world security. Chinese intelligence Read more…

Dick Nichols: Class struggle looms in Venezuela

February 13, 2002. – by CARACAS – Venezuela’s wealthy elite is using every resource at its disposal to force President Hugo Chavez Frias to retreat or resign. Their offensive reached its highest point yet on January 23, when their ‘March for Freedom and Democracy’ drew anything between 80,000 and 250,000 onto the streets of Caracas Read more…

Jason Adams: WSF2002: Hopes for a True International

The World Social Forum 2002 (WSF) was by almost any measure a colossal success, cleanly overcoming a plethora of obstacles that had stood quite glaringly in the way of a unified conference with full dignity for the many diverse constituencies present. The changes this year were numerous and important even if they were also often Read more…

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Judy Rebick: A people’s globalization for a better world

Puerto Alegre, Brazil: Two events last weekend made it crystal clear that the anti-globalization movement is alive, well and kicking. In New York City, thousands demonstrated against corporate globalization at the World Economic Forum. It was an entirely peaceful demonstration. As one demonstrator put it, “just being on the streets here was confrontation enough.” Even Read more…

Isabel Hilton: Forget Drugs, This is About the Guerrillas

In the normal run of business, the customer is disinclined to pay for shoddy goods. If someone lets you down then comes back with his hand out, you might send him packing, as you would any mountebank or snake oil salesman. Why, then, does the intelligence community consider itself exempt from this elementary rule of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Determined Struggle Brings A Radio Network Back To Life

The art of the deal is a media dream: Savvy achievers get to the top. Guile and artifice — even outright deception — may well be part of the game, but there’s nothing like success. One way or another, money and centralized power end up calling the tunes. Or so the media script often goes. Read more…

Phil Reeves: Rebellion Grows Among Israeli Reserve Officers

Israel’s armed forces are struggling to contain the most serious internal challenge of the 16-month Palestinian intifada after more than 100 combat reservist soldiers signed a petition saying they would not serve in the occupied territories. At least four of the signatories have been stripped of their command positions, and the army’s chief of staff, Read more…

John Manthorpe: Bush Got Carried Away With Axis Of Evil

The reduction of the great events sweeping the world to the argot of the video game would be worth a smile if the implications were not so chilling. Since U.S. President George W. Bush’s state-of-the-nation address last week, we know we are in a war of the worlds pitting The Great Satan against The Axis Read more…

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George Monbiot: Both Saviour and Victim

The more powerful a nation becomes, the more it asserts its victimhood. In contemporary British eyes, the greatest atrocities of the 18th and 19th centuries were those perpetrated on compatriots in the Black Hole of Calcutta or during the Indian mutiny and the siege of Khartoum. The extreme manifestations of the white man’s burden, these Read more…

Ian Traynor: Afghans Still Dying

Fardin’s world caved in on a bright Sunday morning last October when an American bomb came through the roof of the room where he was sleeping. He was spared physically. But the six-year-old has not uttered a word nor taken a step since. At a quarter to eight on the morning of October 21, exactly Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Shall We Leave It To The Experts

India lives in several centuries at the same time. Somehow we manage to progress and regress simultaneously. As a nation we age by pushing outward from the middle–adding a few centuries on either end of the extraordinary CV. We greaten like the maturing head of a hammerhead shark with eyes looking in diametrically opposite directions. Read more…

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George Monbiot: America’s Imperial War

Never was victory so bitter. Those liberals who supported the war in Afghanistan, and so confidently declared that their values had triumphed in November, must now be feeling a little exposed. Precisely who has lost, and what the extent of their loss may be, is yet to be determined, but there can now be little Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Camp X Ray And The Problem Of Torture

On 4 February 2002, the New York Times ran an article on the humanity with which the “detainees” are being treated at Camp X-Ray at the US base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. One detainee had a long-standing injury to his eyes from a cricket ball, and the surgeon at the camp was going to take Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: Awards

1. In spite of the terrorists who, with some regularity, are born in its sacred sands, Saudi Arabia is the main bastion of the Western world in the Middle East. It is a democratic monarchy: it sells every day–at low prices–one and a half million barrels of oil to the United States; and it buys Read more…

Thomas Walkom: Bush Counts On War Without End

The war against terrorism is a brilliant construct. It may not have been started by George W. Bush, but it certainly works to his advantage. It has provided oomph to the sagging U.S. economy and a new raison d’etre for the alliance of politicos, defence contractors and security specialists who make up what former U.S. Read more…

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