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Jeremy Brecher: Global Self-Organization from Below

As globalization from above has grown more destructive, the constructive achievements of globalization from below in the two years since the Battle of Seattle have been impressive. An incredible range of movements and concerns that once seemed unrelated or even antagonistic have learned to cooperate in the face of corporate-led globalization from above. Activists around Read more…

Jesús ramírez Cuevas: The Mexican State on Trial

[translated by irlandesa]   In an event unprecedented in the political and judicial history of Mexico, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation is facing the challenge of resolving more than 330 constitutional challenges, which have been lodged by municipalities in eight states, against the indigenous constitutional reform which was approved by the Legislative Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: A Travesty of Justice

Governor Jim Hodges of South Carolina turned “thumbs down”and allowed the State of South Carolina to kill an innocent man. In doing so he lied about crucial facts to make himself look good to the public as a tough-on-crime candidate for reelection in November. Hodges denied Richard Charles “Ricky” Johnson’s application for clemency and he Read more…

Frank Brodhead: September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

                                       “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”                                        — Martin Luther King, Jr.     Bombs were still falling on Afghanistan in mid-January when four Americans who had lost family members on September 11th came to Kabul. They were part of an informal group whose members had found each Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Venezuela after the Coup Attempt

More and more details about the attempted coup against President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela are beginning to emerge, although much of it still remains shrouded in mystery. The perhaps biggest unsolved mystery is who were the snipers who started the shooting at the April 11 demonstrations, which resulted in 17 dead, and provided the justification Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Brazilian Democracy Faces Obstacles from the North

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In this slum carved out of the hilltops overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Claudia de Andrade Burgo explains why she plans to vote for Lula, the presidential candidate of the Workers’ Party, in Brazil‘s 2002 elections. “He is from the people — the poorer classes. The Workers’ Party is more likely Read more…

Heinz Dieterich steffan: Re-colonization of Latin America

[Translated for ZNet by José Luna] The rupture of diplomatic relations with Cuba, the coup d’état in Venezuela, the cancelling of peace negotiations in Colombia and the economic destruction in Argentina to annihilate MERCOSUR [trading treaty] show the dramatic advances of Latin America’s re-colonization. After two centuries, the annexationist essence of the Monroe doctrine has Read more…

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Amira Hass: Destruction and Degradation

No one deluded himself that the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, which takes up five of the eight floors of a new building in the center of El Bireh, would be spared the fate of other Palestinian Authority offices in Ramallah and other cities – that is, the nearly total destruction of its contents and particularly Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Sharon the merciless and Arafat the corrupt have nothing meaningful to offer each other

Jerusalem. Self-delusion has crossed the Atlantic. George Bush is having visions again – just as he did before the most recent bloodbath in Israel and Palestine – and Colin Powell, whose latest Middle East mission was a wholesale disaster, wants to devise “a set of principles” for an Arab-Israeli peace. And, as usual, it is Read more…

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John Pilger: Clare Short’s treatment of Ghana

Clare Short promotes herself expertly in the media. She is the “rebel” in the Blair cabinet, the outspoken rough diamond opposed to “those privileged middle-class types” who challenge the diktats of the World Bank, of which she is a governor. In truth, she is invaluable to Tony Blair, providing the illusion of a people’s government Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: When Surrender Isn’t Good Enough

WASHINGTON, DC — The world’s two most powerful financial institutions, the IMF and World Bank, have just concluded their annual spring meetings here. Their officials committed themselves to such niceties as “a new partnership between developed and developing countries,” “sustainable growth and poverty reduction,” and “participatory processes.”   But just look at what they are Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: “democracy” Can Never Take Root On Stolen Land

Many of us liken the situation of Palestine to that of Bantustans in apartheid South Africa. Israeli journalist Danny Rubinstein and others have described “autonomy” for Palestinians as being “the autonomy of a POW camp”. Edward Said recently wrote that Israel is engaged in a “current all-out colonial assault on the Palestinian people”. In another Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: ÒdemocracyÓ Can Never Take Root On Stolen Land

I keep seeing books, articles and correspondence which refer to a “post-colonial world”. Which world is that? Hand me a telescope. It doesn’t seem to be in this galaxy. Many of us liken the situation of Palestine to that of Bantustans in apartheid South Africa. Israeli journalist Danny Rubinstein and others have described “autonomy” for Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Gujarat Cannot and Must Not Become the Future Face of India

First, in February 2002, came news of the Hindu Right’s renewed campaign to build a temple at the site of the destroyed 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, in northern India. In 1992, the leaders of the Hindu Right’s political party, the BJP, joined with thousands of cadre who destroyed the mosque, as the might of Read more…

Roger Burbach: The Argentine Abyss

Buenos Aires. Argentina is in the midst of an unprecedented upheaval. In office for just four months, President Eduardo Dudalde last week reshuffled his cabinet, appointed a new economics minister, and called for yet another austerity program designed to meet the demands of Washington and the International Monetary Fund. But virtually no one here believes Read more…

Stan Winer: Truth Betrayed

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), emerged originally out of a debate over whether the criminal justice process or the truth process was best suited to exposing the many gross violations of human rights that took place during the apartheid years. Clearly, however, truth bas been betrayed on both counts. Both the criminal Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Destruction of Lands, Deliberate Fires

Primero de Enero Autonomous Municipality, Chiapas.May 3. Aside from the daily patrols through the community of Patria Nueva (in which between 200 and 300 soldiers participate, and even armored tanks), two other threats have materialized here, in the form of cows and fire.  Not because cows and fire are intrinsically “bad,” but because, in the Read more…

Colacot: Solidarity Economics

[COLACOT is the Confederacion Latinoamericana de Cooperativas y Mutuales de Trabajdores, Latin American Confederation of Cooperatives and Worker’s Associations.  Translated by Justin Podur, ZNet] Problems At the start of another year of life and work, 43 million Colombians are suffering a growing and accelerating deterioration of the quality of life.  This is suffered by the Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: The Social Safety Problem

Yeah, yeah, criminals “deserve” this and they “deserve” that. But if we can put aside the question about what criminals “deserve” for a moment, we might be able to find our way out of the mind-set that says: if it didn’t work last, or year the year before that, or the year before that, then, Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Irony of French Elections

French presidential elections are vastly more democratic than the American system. The first round allows anyone who can get endorsement from 500 of France’s 36,000 mayors (any small village will do) to be an official candidate. All get free television time. This allows a range of political expression and the emergence of new political currents, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Common Courage Needs Help

Common Courage Press Needs Your Help Hello, This is Michael Albert writing a note to all our ZNet Sustainers — particularly those in the U.S. Common Courage Press (CCP) is one of the few truly leftist and inspired book publishing operations in the United States. It was founded in 1991 and publishes books for social Read more…

Pattrice le-muire Jones: Plants Versus Profits

I live in the region of the United States where the techniques of industrial poultry production were first devised. Our landscape is littered with low buildings, each of which contains 20,000 young birds. In these buildings, dead and dying birds lie upon piles of fecal waste, side by side with live birds destined to be Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Gujarat Cannot and Must Not Become the Future of India

First, in February 2002, came news of the Hindu Right’s renewed campaign to build a temple at the site of the destroyed 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, in northern India. In 1992, the leaders of the Hindu Right’s political party, the BJP, joined with thousands of cadre who destroyed the mosque, as the might of Read more…

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Justin Podur: Against Fear and Invisibility

The struggle of Colombians is a struggle against fear and a struggle against invisibility. These are two of the worst weapons used against Colombians.  Fear, because it causes the silence elites need to fulfill their agendas.  Invisibility, because of its isolating effect: people cannot fight alongside, or build solidarity with, those they cannot see.  In Read more…

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Kim Scipes: AFL-CIO and Venezuela: Return of Labor Imperialism, or a Mistaken Reaction?

There has been considerable debate and discussion recently on labor-related e-mail lists concerning possible AFL-CIO involvement in the recent attempted coup to overthrow President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. The AFL-CIO has been supporting the Confederation of Venezuelan Workers (CTV), the national labor center, and there have been concerns raised about the CTV’s national leadership’s possible Read more…

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David Edwards: A Tale Of Two ‘massacres’ – Jenin And Racak

“I think newsmen are inclined to side with humanity rather than with authority and institutions.” (Quoted Schechter, The More You Watch, The Less You Know, Seven Stories Press, 1997, p.36)   Or so U.S. TV anchorman, Walter Cronkite, would have us believe. Leading New York Times intellectual, Thomas Friedman, provides some of the reality:   Read more…

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Tim Wise: Anti-Semitism, Real and Imagined

Watching former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress a few weeks ago, I must admit, I was almost sucked in. No, not by his distorted version of reality in the Occupied Territories, nor by his opportunistic and transparently disingenuous comparisons between Yasir Arafat and Osama bin Laden. Nor by his insistence that there Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Forestry Giant Cut To Size At Award Ceremony

It’s that time of year again. The winner of the Roger Award for the worst transnational corporation operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2001 was named at an open-air evening event in Auckland on Friday April 12th. It was the fifth annual Roger Award, organized by Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and GATT Watchdog, Read more…

Armen Georgian: Us Eyes Caspian Oil In “War On Terror”

The arrival of US military advisors in Georgia 29 April raised as many glasses in Ankara and Baku as it did jitters in Moscow. Touted as a new front in the “war on terror,” the US is in reality scrambling for Caspian oil in a bid to oust Russia from its traditional backyard.   Washington Read more…

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John Pilger: Venezuela and Censorship

Last month, I wrote about Venezuela, pointing out that little had been reported in this country about the achievements of Hugo Chavez and the threat to his reforming government from the usual alliance of a corrupt local elite and the United States. When the conspirators made their move on 12 April, the response of the Read more…

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David Barsamian: An interview with Charlotte Ryan

Barsamian Charlotte Ryan is the author of Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grass Roots Organizing. She is also co-director of the Boston College Media Research and Action Project and part of the Department of Sociology. What is the Media Research and Action Project at Boston College? The Media Research Action Project works with grassroots Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Mommy Dearest

Michael Bronski I am the gay parent,” declared Rosie O’Donnell to Diane Sawyer on ABC’s March 14 “Prime- time Thursday,” during an interview in which she came out of the closet and declared war on the State of Florida for denying lesbians and gay men the right to adopt children. O’Donnell’s statement has become a Read more…

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Ralph Nader: none

Review by Tom Gallagher The 1984 Democratic National Platform Committee might have been the last one to have issues voted up or down on their own merits. As amendments came up for votes in subcommittee, the Walter Mondale delegates, who constituted the majority, would turn to see which direction the thumb of their person-in-charge was Read more…

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Edward Herman: Media and new humanitarian normalization of victor’s justice

S. Herman Despite the overwhelming politicization and abuse of judicial process that has characterized the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY, or Tribunal) from its inception, discussed in Part 1, the Western new humanitarians (David Rieff, Michael Ignatieff, et al.) and mainstream media have taken its work as entirely principled and truth- and Read more…

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Site Administrator: Rebellion in Argentina

Nogueira, Josh Breitbart, & Chris Strohm Since Argentina’s economy collapsed due to an unsupportable external debt, street protests are the mildest of the daily occurrences. Many banks have been occupied and smashed, their windows now replaced with sheets of metal to protect the capitalism inside from the democracy outside. Several times a week, in the Read more…

Domenico Pacitti: An interview with Noam Chomsky

Pacitti   Noam Chomsky is a linguist, philosopher, and political activist. He has long been an indefatigable human rights campaigner and has written more than 30 books and countless articles attacking and exposing United States foreign policy. PACITTI: Billionaire media magnate Silvio Berlusconi was elected premier at Italian general elections last May, despite serious criminal Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Coup in Venezuela: An Interview with Temir Porras

Justin Podur On April 11, 2002, the elected President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, was overthrown in a military coup. The coup started with a business-called general strike and a media campaign against Chavez. Demonstrators marched on the presidential palace and, according to several eyewitness accounts, exchanged gunfire with Chavez supporters and some—probably mostly Chavez supporters—were Read more…

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Site Administrator: South End Press: 25 Years of Activist Publishing

Lydia Sargent It’s 1975 and you’ve spent years fighting the U.S. government’s war in Vietnam and have no intention of participating in “the system” that waged that war. What do you do? Well, if you’re me, you do what any 1960s/1970s white middle class activist does. You go to grad school, in my case to Read more…

James Seckington: none

Peter Glassgold Review by James Seckington Peter Glassgold’s collection, Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth, is not only refreshing, but downright intoxicating. Reading the collection of pieces culled from the pages of Mother Earth, an anarchist magazine of the early 20 century produced by Emma Goldman and company, one is transported to a Read more…

Scott Sink: Picking Tomatoes, Picking Fights

Scott Sink In Immokalee, Florida, when the bus came to a stop, several workers had already crowded around the door. Their eyes revealed a tense urgency, anxiously scanning the seven-foot rows of tomato plants in the dark, misty pre-dawn. As soon as the door opened, they stampeded towards a pile of plastic crates, the first Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Vermont Towns Vote Against Biotech Foods

Brian Tokar   Vermont’s annual town meetings, held every year on the first Tuesday in March, are among the oldest surviving institutions of direct democracy in the United States. Dating to well before the American Revolution, these annual face-to-face gatherings are the setting where residents of over 200 Vermont towns debate their annual budgets, planning Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Background to the Israel-Palestine Crisis

What are the modern origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? During World War I, Britain made three different promises regarding historic Palestine. Arab leaders were assured that the land would become independent; in the Balfour declaration, Britain indicated its support for a Jewish national home in Palestine; and secretly Britain arranged with its allies to divide Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media And The Hazards Of Political Faith

Weeks before the 20th century ended, the pundit Michael Kinsley was uncommonly direct in a Time essay that defended the virtues of the World Trade Organization with these closing words: “But really, the WTO is OK. Do the math. Or take it on faith.” Delivered by the flagship magazine of the Time Warner conglomerate (soon Read more…

Duncan Campbell: American Navy ‘helped Venezuelan Coup’

The United States had been considering a coup to overthrow the elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, since last June, a former US intelligence officer claimed yesterday.   It is also alleged that the US navy aided the abortive coup which took place in Venezuela on April 11 with intelligence from its vessels in the Caribbean. Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Bleak Horizons After Operation Defensive Wall

On April 28, both Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accepted an American proposal whereby US and British security personnel will be dispatched to Jericho to supervise the imprisonment of six Palestinians besieged with Arafat in what remains of the Ramallah governorate. Barring last-minute surprises, the end of what is arguably Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Still Separate But Not Necessarily Unequal

Nearly a half century after the Supreme Court knocked out school segregation in its Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, black and white students at Taylor County High School in Central Georgia made brief national news when they agreed to end their racially separate proms. The Taylor County school is not the only public school Read more…

Desmond Tutu: Apartheid in the Holy Land

In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I am patron of a Holocaust centre in South Africa. I believe Israel has Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Real Aim of

 The real aim of “Operation Defensive Shield” was not to “destroy the infrastructure of terrorism”.   This was merely a good slogan for uniting the people of Israel, who are angry and afraid after the suicide bombings. It is also a good political device, allowing Sharon to ride on the bandwagon of President Busch’s “war Read more…

Michael r. Gordon: Palestinians Show Link Between The U.S. And Israeli Terror

The Palestinian authority has prepared a report showing that the United States has not only provided a steady stream of weapons to the Sharon government as that government stepped up its violence against civilians in the occupied territories, the report also describes a series of U.S. political actions that have supported Israeli state terrorism and Read more…

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Paul Street: Towards a “Decent Left”

The Liberal-Left Attack Among the many dark aspects of September 11th’s aftermath we might include the intensification of internal division within an American left that was already rather snippy with itself. This latest intra-“progressive” unpleasantness has been a fairly one-sided affair, with most of the heat coming from the more centrist liberal-left, associated with journals Read more…

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