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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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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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Boris Kagarlitsky: A French Lesson

No-one was particularly excited about the presidential elections in France. The differences between the leading candidates were so minuscule that the victory of one or the other could have significance only for the candidate himself and for people who were hoping to be appointed to the administration. Then when France finally went to the polls, Read more…

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George Monbiot: Black Shirts in Green Trousers

The polling stations had scarcely closed before Le Pen’s success was being blamed on the greens and the new left. The leader of France’s Front National, commentators on both sides of the Channel agree, had done so well because the radicals first established the political territory he exploited, then split the left-wing vote. Both charges Read more…

Michael Poulshock: Anti War Demos

It would be understandable if one had the impression that American Jews were united in their support for Israel, particularly given the events of the past month. However, the escalation of the conflict in the last few weeks is jarring many American Jews from their reflexive support for Israeli policy. A significant number of Jews, 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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Marta Russell: Affordable Accessible Housing Needs to Be on Housing Advocates’ Radar Screen

Affordable housing was already at a crisis point pre-S11 during the economic “boom.” Now in the recession, people are being pink-slipped and losing their jobs by the tens of thousands. The Bush economic stimulus bail out plan does nothing for laid off workers rather it is a giveaway of taxpayer dollars to the richest corporations Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: What Are These ‘other Threats To Colombia’s Security’?

On April 18, 2002, the US Congress announced a new bill intended to raise the amounts and the involvement of military aid to the government of Colombia. The text of the bill, released with the visit of Colombian President Andres Pastrana to Washington, extends military aid that is now no longer legally limited to the Read more…

Njeri Rugene: Kenyan MPs Rebel Against WB and IMF

An attempt to broker better understanding between Parliament and donors fell flat on its face after MPs rebelled and accused lenders of imposing policies which hurt ordinary people. Members of Parliament were meeting officials of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank at a closed-door conference on economic management in Mombasa. There has been Read more…

Katherine Hoyt: Concerns Over Possible AFL-CIO Involvement in Venezuela Coup Led to February Picket

Could the bad old days be returning to the AFL-CIO’s operations in other countries? Fear that in Venezuela the AFL-CIO was supporting both a right-wing union federation and a U.S.-backed coup led some solidarity activists to mount a picket line at AFL-CIO headquarters in February. The coup arrived in the early morning hours of April Read more…

John Bunzl: Le Pen is Chief Beneficiary of Corporate Globalization

The rise of the far-right across Europe and elsewhere, of which Le Pen is but the latest and most high-profile example, has met with a predictable barrage of outrage and political hand-wringing amongst Europe’s mainstream politicians. Tony Blair describes the policies of Le Pen’s Front National as “repellent” while Jacques Chirac refuses a TV debate Read more…

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Robert Fisk: They are coming

They are coming. That’s what most Gazans tell you. The Israelis are coming. But the sand barricades are pathetic. Even a mile from the Erez “safe crossing” point constructed during the early days of the mad dream of Oslo, the best that Yasser Arafat’s legions can do is erect a 15ft rampart of earth and Read more…

Azmi Bishara: A Strange Case Of Casting

At the very moment the Arab masses were being transformed into a collective movement, taking to the streets in order to exercise just one aspect of their rights as citizens, demanding that their leaders should act as leaders and take resolute decisions against US and Israeli policies — at precisely this moment, leaders (who, by Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: The Machine

 [Translated by Francisco González] Sigmund Freud had learned it from Jean-Martin Charcot: ideas can be implanted by hypnosis in the human mind. More than a century has gone by since then, and the technology of manipulation has made great strides. This is a colossal machine, the size of the planet, that orders us to repeat Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: What are these ‘other threats’ to Colombia’s Security?

On April 18, 2002, the US Congress announced a new bill intended to raise the amounts and the involvement of military aid to the government of Colombia. The text of the bill, released with the visit of Colombian President Andres Pastrana to Washington, extends military aid that is now no longer legally limited to the Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Real Aim

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 against Read more…

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Judy Rebick: French Election Has Lessons For Us All

The results of the French Presidential election are the latest, and perhaps most significant sign, that the shifts in global politics following September 11 are much greater than anyone on the left predicted. The failure of the French left to move to the second round in a run off election for the first time since Read more…

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George Monbiot: Diplomatic Impunity

Tony Blair might believe he belongs to an international coalition, but George Bush has other ideas. Bush’s international war against terrorism has not stopped him from waging a parallel war against co-operation. Two weeks ago, the US Ambassador to the UN in Vienna failed, for the first time, to attend a meeting of the Comprehensive Read more…

Guest Author: Subverting Democracy

As reports of Israeli war crimes continue to emerge, the U.S. refuses to alter its stance of support for Israel, instead placing nearly all the blame on Yasir Arafat. President Bush has refused to do more than issue some harsh words to Israel that, by the White House’s own admission, were never intended to stem Read more…

Baruch Kimmerling: Israeli democracy’s decline

Jerusalem – More than 350 combat officers and soldiers from the Israeli reserve forces recently declared that they are no longer willing to serve in the occupied territories; they will not be partners to the war crimes and atrocities that the Israeli army is carrying out there. If these reserve soldiers refuse to serve, they Read more…

Ahmad Faruqui: Worse Than No Deal At All

 Speaking in Los Angeles last month, Al Gore argued that the cycle of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians began when Yasir Arafat rejected an “extremely generous” peace settlement that Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had offered him in 2000 at Camp David. Characterizing Israel’s offer as “generous” has been a Read more…

Ahmad Faruqui: Worse Than No Deal

Speaking in Los Angeles last month, Al Gore argued that the cycle of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians began when Yasir Arafat rejected an “extremely generous” peace settlement that Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had offered him in 2000 at Camp David. Characterizing Israel’s offer as “generous” has been a Read more…

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Judy Rebick: French Election Has Lessons For Us All

The results of the French Presidential election are the latest, and perhaps most significant sign, that the shifts in global politics following September 11 are much greater than anyone on the left predicted. The failure of the French left to move to the second round in a run off election for the first time since Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: No Kidding:

A key anti-bribery law has taken a major hit. A startling decision handed down last week by a federal judge in Houston undermines the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and will make it difficult for weak and demoralized prosecutors to bring to justice U.S. corporate executives who openly bribe foreign government officials. The judge in the Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Did Israel Perpetrate a ‘Massacre’ in the Jenin Refugee Camp?

Even before the Israeli military completed its conquest of the Jenin refugee camp on 11 April, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had established a public relations committee specifically devoted to defending the Jewish state’s conduct in the camp. That a sustained exercise in damage control would be required had Read more…

Justin Huggler: What really happened in Jenin?

The thought was as unshakable as the stench wafting from the ruins. Was this really about counterterrorism? Was it revenge? Or was it an episode – the nastiest so far – in a long war by Ariel Sharon, the staunch opponent of the Oslo accords, to establish Israel’s presence in the West Bank as permanent, Read more…

Ewen Mcaskill: Children are new martyrs of Gaza

A tragic new twist was added to the Middle East conflict when three 14-year-old Palestinian classmates were buried in Gaza yesterday after mounting a futile attack that ended with them being shot dead by Israeli soldiers. They were victims of a disturbing trend among Palestinian children to copy their elders by participating in the 19-month-old Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Sharonism and the “Special Relationship.”

An email message comes to me from Karachi, Pakistan. The message reads, in part, as follows: “Chomsky says that US support of Israel is not because of the ‘Jewish Lobby’ and he gives reasons for that; for one it would be too simplistic to think that a single pressure group can control the establishment’s policies. Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Alice’s New Adventures In Medialand

Alice climbed out of the news hole. She seemed badly shaken. “I thought Wonderland was curious indeed,” she said, “but Medialand is even more peculiar.” Responding to my quizzical look, she quickly added: “Don’t worry, I stayed away from the hookah-smoking caterpillar, the ‘Drink Me’ bottle and the ‘Eat Me’ cake. I did not converse Read more…

Jon Hillson: Reporter’s Notebook from Argentina
 

BUENOS AIRES, April 24 (NY Transfer)–“Don’t cry for me, Argentina, the truth is I never left you,” implores the romanticized persona of Eva Duarte in the musical “Evita.” But the powerful fact today is that millions do not long for her, or her husband, deceased dictator Juan Domingo Perón. The cry instead is for justice, Read more…

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Michael Moore: Fear of Whites?

I don’t know what it is, but every time I see a white guy walking towards me, I tense up. My heart starts racing, and I immediately begin to look for an escape route and a means to defend myself. I kick myself for even being in this part of town after dark. Didn’t I Read more…

Eric Johnson: This is What Democracy Looks Like

I was huddled against a wall on Broadway and 5th, just after dawn, when I noticed a woman with a gas mask strapped to her belt. “Don’t worry,” I heard someone next to me say (probably having noticed that my lips were turning white) “this won’t be like Seattle, at least, probably not.” Despite those Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Old Hates Fueled By Fear

I knew from e-mail reports that something new was going on in Washington last weekend. A demonstration against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund was joined by an antiwar march, as well as a demonstration against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. In the end, all the marches joined together in what organizers described Read more…

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George Monbiot: Diplomacy US-Style

Tony Blair might believe he belongs to an international coalition, but George Bush has other ideas. Bush’s international war against terrorism has not stopped him from waging a parallel war against cooperation. Two weeks ago, the US ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna failed, for the first time, to attend a meeting of the Read more…

Chris mcgreal in Jerusalem: Israel accused over Jenin assault

The International Committee of the Red Cross yesterday accused Israel of breaching the Geneva conventions by recklessly endangering civilian lives and property during its assault on the Jenin refugee camp, and by refusing the injured access to medical personnel for six days. Amnesty International concurred and called for an investigation on the same basis as Read more…

Lee Siu hin: What’s Oil Got to Do With It

Since April of this year, after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to make progress in his mission to Israel and Palestine, international oil prices have reached $25 per barrel — 25% higher then the same period last year. And on April 8th Iraq announced its 30-day oil embargo to protest Israeli attacks on Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: A Different World, But Which One?

The World Social Forum in Porto Alegre arose as an alternative to the World Economic Forum in Davos. If Davos had become a symbol of the free market and of corporate globalisation, Porto Alegre was designed to become both a show of resistance to Davos, and a symbol of progressive social reform. Radicals who demonstrated Read more…

Estacion Libre: Estacion Libre Report

Estación Libre and Project 169 denounce the recent rise in violence in the state of Chiapas. This latest situation does not amount to a series of simple coincidences but rather a concerted and systematic effort by Mexico’s state and federal governments to undermine the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and open the way for the Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Building the Terror Infrastructure

1. Fares Smaha bought a new pair of shoes for the holiday last year. At the time, he was a fatherless 14-year-old boy. His older brother Ahmed was serving time in jail in Israel for theft; his sister had been sold into marriage to an old Bedouin in the Negev, and Fares was the breadwinner Read more…

David Clark: The Brilliant Offer Israel Never Made

Yesterday’s carnage in the West Bank provided a bloody illustration of the limits of Ariel Sharon’s military strategy. Armed force cannot provide his people with the security they crave because the terrorist infrastructure he has set out to destroy consists of little more than the willingness of ordinary Palestinians to kill themselves while taking as Read more…

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David McReynolds: April 20

When I got home at midnight Saturday from Washington I was dead tired – as were tens of thousands of others across they country.To catch the 6 a.m. bus from the War Resisters League office in lower Manhattan I had skipped sleep Friday night. But I had enough energy left when I got home that Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Something Stinks

There is full agreement between all those who were in the Jenin refugee camp on only one thing. A week after the end of the fighting, foreign journalists and IDF soldiers, UN representatives and hired hacks in the Israeli media, members of the welfare organizations and government propagandists all report that a terrible stench of Read more…

William j. Rees: Squeezing the Poor

On April 12, the Council of Canadians released a leaked copy of the G8 environment ministers’ proposed final statement on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg in August. Not surprisingly, the environment ministers from the eight leading industrialized countries will again support the corporate trade agenda of the WTO, Read more…

Ed Vulliamy: Venezuela Coup Linked to Bush Team

The failed coup in Venezuela was closely tied to senior officials in the US government, The Observer has established. They have long histories in the ‘dirty wars’ of the 1980s, and links to death squads working in Central America at that time. Washington’s involvement in the turbulent events that briefly removed left-wing leader Hugo Chavez Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Jenin- The Propaganda War

In Israel, Jenin is perceived mainly as a public relations problem (called in Hebrew ‘hasbara’ -explaining). It appears even that the army and the government believe that Israel is winning the propaganda battle. After all, all relevant principles of this battle have been strictly adhered to: The first principle: No pictures or information in real Read more…

Jose Bustani: Peacemaker’s reply

[Note: ZNet Commentator George Monbiot wrote a summary of this disgraceful situation.  Please see that article for background… below is a speech given by Bustani on the situation] Statement by the Director-General at the Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties 1. Back in 1997, when I decided to accept the request of Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Who Judges The Judges?

Was it normal Supreme Court idiosyncrasies or post-September 11th racial blowback? A recent incident at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist ordered a young Indian woman to remove a scarf on her head because it apparently made him uncomfortable, would indicate some of both. The Supreme Court has a very restrictive Read more…

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