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Janine jackson & peter Hart: Fear And Favor 2001

Introduction Fear & Favor is FAIR’s annual review of incidents that reflect the range of pressures on reporters to use something other than journalistic judgment in deciding what goes in the news and what gets left out. The year 2001 presented special challenges in this regard. The horrific September 11 attacks on the World Trade Read more…

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David Edwards: Media Lens Debate On Iraq Continued

Following our Media Alert Update, ‘The Observer’s Nick Cohen and Observer Editor Roger Alton Respond On Iraq’ (March 20, 2002 – for this and other Media Alerts see: http://www.medialens.org/frameset_alerts.html) Media Lens received this reply, his third, from Nick Cohen on March 23, 2002: “Dear Media Lens, Sorry to have taken the mick. The point I was Read more…

Jesús ramírez Cuevas: How Barcelona Defeated Violence

[translated by irlandesa] Today Barcelona is the new reference point for the global movement. Following the mobilization of more than 500,000 persons, it will be difficult to discredit protests against economic policies in the world as something which has to do with “radical and violent minorities.” The significance and dimension of what took place in Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Globalization Today

Since the beginning of the new millenium, the process of global economic integration we call globalization from above has sped from crisis to calamity. That has intensified both the need for and the strength of the convergence of social movements we call globalization from below. End of the Global Gilded Age The corporations, governments, and Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Six Months Later, The Basic Tool Is Language

Cameras have recorded countless defining moments. And many months after Sept. 11, some nightmarish televised glimpses of that day’s horrors still resonate deeply. Visual images are powerful. Yet there’s no substitute for words that sum up what might otherwise seem too ambiguous, upsetting or baffling. Words attach meaning to events. Since last fall, the biggest Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Hercules Cleaned Out

On March 11th the Russian Duma approved the resignation of Central Bank chief Viktor Gerashchenko. This act doesn’t only mark the departure of one of the few larger-than-life characters remaining in Russian politics and a man who has played a — if not the — dominant role in the banking sector for the best of Read more…

Junaid Ahmad: Putting Kashmir on the Agenda

On February 11th, the BBC reported that an Indian soldier opened fire in the Poonch district of Indian-Administered Kashmir, killing three of his own colleagues.  Such incidents have not been uncommon in Kashmir, where the daily mental stress of facing a brutal and gruesome reality conquers all, both civilians and soldiers alike.  The Indian troops-to-Kashmiri Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Iraq In The Crossfires

Though no connection between Iraq and the terrorist attacks of September 11 has been found, the Bush administration has raised expectations significantly that it will again bomb Iraq as it extends its “war on terrorism” into new countries. “For better or worse, a bipartisan consensus has emerged in the Bush administration and Congress alike that Read more…

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Mark Engler: Bush Brewing Poverty And Violence In El Salvador

In advance of his visits to several Latin American countries, President Bush has focused public attention on U.S. aid to developing countries. As a result, the real purpose of his tour has gone unnoticed. Bush is using his time in Mexico, Peru, and El Salvador to promote neoliberal economic policies that actually serve to exacerbate Read more…

Murray Lumley: Canadian Peace Activist Denied Entry into Colombia

Dear friends and supporters: All of you wished me well with prayers and some with financial support or I had some contact with you regarding and prior to my departure to Colombia to work with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Barrancabermeja from March 20 until June 18. This was to include two weeks of orientation Read more…

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John Pilger: Should We Go To War Against These Children?

  A compliant press is preparing the ground for an all-out attack on Iraq. It never mentions the victims: the young, the old and the vulnerable : John Pilger : New Statesman, 21 Mar 2002 The promised attack on Iraq will test free journalism as never before. The prevailing media orthodoxy is that the attack Read more…

Guest Author: Putting Community Back in the Domestic Violence Movement

The violence unleashed on September 11 has radically altered the political stage by raising questions about the relevance of routine political work in the U.S. Compared to the enormous tragedy of September 11, this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) seems insignificant. I find myself asking: Is violence against women a relevant concern for all? Read more…

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Ted Glick: Practicing What You Preach

In four of my last five Future Hope columns I have written about the importance of independent, peace and justice electoral campaigns, particularly now as we face, in Dick Cheney’s words, a war that “may never end, at least, not in our lifetimes.” Faced with such a prospect, it is essential, imperative, that those of Read more…

Anne Karpf: Uncle Sam’s Lucky Finds

On Sunday night the United States prepared for fresh strikes against new pockets of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. At almost exactly the same time, American intelligence revealed that they had uncovered an increase in money being transferred between groups of al-Qaida fighters. According to my reckoning, this is the 14th handy thing that Read more…

Rawa: Let Us Struggle Against War and Fundamentalism

Partisans of freedom, sisters and brothers, When celebrating March 8th last year, RAWA expressed the fond hope that in the coming year, i.e. 2002, we will be celebrating International Women’s Day inside a free and liberated Afghanistan. During the course of the past year the world community was shocked by events emanating from Afghanistan and Read more…

Azmi Bishara: Talking To Tanks

The Israeli army continues to pursue the objectives delineated by the Israeli prime minister and his chief-of- staff. These include not only the restoration of Sharon’s damaged prestige but also breaking the back of the nationalist movement embodied in the youths of the camps and the armed bodies from all Palestinian organisations that have resisted Read more…

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Justin Podur: Colombia Interview

Steve Shalom. The New York Times ran a story on February 25 by Juan Forero titled “Colombian Rebels Sabotage Peace Hopes.” Perhaps you can address some of the questions raised by the article. Let me begin, however, by asking about the political program and values of the guerrilla group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Read more…

Anannya Bhattacharjee: Putting Community Back in the Domestic Violence Movement

The violence unleashed on September 11 has radically altered the political stage by raising questions about the relevance of routine political work in the U.S. Compared to the enormous tragedy of September 11, this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) seems insignificant. I find myself asking: Is violence against women a relevant concern for all? Read more…

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Laura Flanders: A Chip Off The Old Brock

A new David Brock is rising. Among the neo-conservative movement’s most outspoken voices when he worked for the American Spectator and the Washington Times, Brock shot to stardom with his hatchet job, “The Real Anita Hill,” and cemented it with his scurrilous “Troopergate” report on Bill Clinton’s alleged Arkansas sexcapades. The old Brock was a Read more…

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George Monbiot: Patent Nonsense

The most surprising aspect of the steel war launched by the United States last week is that anyone is surprised. For all the talk of increasing freedom, the only certain and consistent trend in global trade rules over the past ten years has been the drift towards protectionism. The rich nations have repeatedly promised to Read more…

Ryn Gluckman: The Scapegoating of America’s Youth: Past and Present (Mis)Conceptions

Even as adult and youth crime indices began to drop from their 1994 peaks, DiIulio, with a handful of other criminologists and academics, warned of violence rooted in the inner cities – specifically in young black men raised by single mothers – that would spill over into unsuspecting white suburbs and infect white kids with Read more…

Guest Author: The Scapegoating of AmericaÕs Youth: Past and Present (Mis)Conceptions

In December 1995 John DiIulio, former head of Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, published a series of apocalyptic reports predicting a new breed of violent juvenile delinquents, the “teenage superpredators.” Most famous among these reports was the widely read “The Coming of the Super-Predators.” Even as adult and youth crime indices began to Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: First Stage of Expulsions will begin in Eight Communities

[translated by irlandesa] San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. March 17. The expulsion of communities that are located in the vicinity of Montes Azules, in what is called the protected part of the SelvaLacandona, could be beginning quite soon. There will be dislocations and relocations. The first acts of expulsion are expected to take place Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Seeking Pain And Reducing Pleasure

In most situations, people tend to seek pleasure and avoid pain, which generally makes sense. I want to suggest that at this moment in history, U.S. citizens need to invert that. If we want to become human beings in the fullest sense of the term, if we want to be something more than comfortable citizens Read more…

\Meryl nass, Md\: The Institute of Medicine Weighs in on Anthrax Vaccine– DOD Scores a Knockout

Nearly two years ago, Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to review the existing data on safety and efficacy of the anthrax vaccine (AVA). A committee was created by the NAS Institute of Medicine (IOM) to do this, and the group met over the last seventeen months to review this complex and controversial Read more…

E. lovemore Moyo: Zimbabwe’s Elections Not Free Or Fair

One way to judge the fairness of Zimbabwe’s elections is by the criteria set out by SADC, which Zimbabwe is a signatory to. The SADC Parliamentary Forum’s Norms and Standards for Election in the SADC Region (adopted March 2001 in Windhoek, Namibia). A shortlist of the ways in which this election was not free and Read more…

Al Giordano: Narco-Candidate in Colombia

A Narco News Investigative Report In 1997 and 1998, alert U.S. Customs agents in California seized three suspicious Colombia-bound ships that, the agents discovered, were laden with 50,000 kilos of potassium permanganate, a key “precursor chemical” necessary for the manufacture of cocaine. According to a document signed by then-DEA chief Donnie R. Marshall on August Read more…

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David Edwards: All The Bloody Children

Following our Media Alert Update, ‘The Observer’s Nick Cohen Responds On Iraq’ (March 15, 2002), Media Lens received this reply from Nick Cohen on March 15, 2002: “Dear Serviles I would have more respect for you if you showed the smallest awareness that a tyrant bore some responsibility for tyranny. I appreciate this is difficult Read more…

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Naomi Klein: IMF Go To Hell

On Tuesday in Buenos Aires, only a few blocks from where Argentine President Eduardo Duhalde was negotiating with the International Monetary Fund, a group of residents were going through a negotiation of a different kind. They were trying to save their home. In order to protect themselves from an eviction order, the residents of 335 Read more…

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George Monbiot: America’s Bioterror

Dear President Bush, In commemorating the victims of the attacks on New York and Washington last week, you called for disputes to be “settled within the bounds of reason.” You insisted that “every nation in our coalition must take seriously the growing threat” of biological and chemical weapons. You assured us that on this issue Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Arab states united in rejecting attack on Saddam

Rarely can an American vice-president have met such a rebuff from America’s Arab allies. Not a single Arab king, prince or president has been prepared to endorse a US attack on Iraq. Even in Kuwait – where Dick Cheney arrives today before going on to Israel – an opinion poll suggests that more than 40 Read more…

Ryn Gluckman: The Scapegoating Of America’s Youth

In December 1995 John DiIulio, former head of Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, published a series of apocalyptic reports predicting a new breed of violent juvenile delinquents, the “teenage superpredators.” Most famous among these reports was the widely read “The Coming of the Super-Predators.” Even as adult and youth crime indices began to Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: World Bank Opposes Changing Loans to Grants for Poor Countries

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” has captivated millions on the big screen because it is an archetypal tale of power and human nature. The corrupting influence of power, its overwhelming temptation even to those whose intentions are good, the dilemmas encountered in opposing evil — these issues are played out every day here in Read more…

Guest Author: Remembering St. Patrick’s Battalion on March 17

Over time, March 17 became an exercise in avoiding the tens of thousands who chose to make a drunken spectacle of themselves or following the annual struggle being waged by gay men and women seeking to participate in the parade. (I never understood why they chose that battle-it’s like disabled people fighting for access ramps Read more…

Guest Author: Remembering St. Patrick’s Battalion on March 17

My mother’s side of the family is Irish and, a million years ago, I attended St. Patrick’s grammar school here in New York City. So, for me, St. Patrick’s Day usually involved a corned beef and cabbage meal and a day off from school. (Today, I’m a vegan and the only thing Catholic about me Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: The Colombian Elections: Some old, some new, and some uncertainties

The abstention of more than half the citizenry; the vote for traditional parties of the extreme right; the continuing proportion in the legislature of 70% traditional bipartisan electoral barons, and the surprising growth of an alternative vote for the left and centre-left were the characteristics of Colombia’s 2002 parliamentary elections. As usually occurs, 38% of Read more…

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Edward Herman: Axis Of Evil–in Washington, D.c.

Coup d’etat president George W. Bush has designated three poor and unconnected states as an “axis of evil,” reflecting this great moralist’s sensitivity to good and evil. He has been subjected to a certain amount of criticism for this strong language even in the mainstream press, but nobody there has suggested that, as so common Read more…

Chiapaslink Uk: The Struggle for Land in Guatemala

The history of Guatemala is the history of the struggle for land. Without land, the majority of the population have no way to feed themselves, or develop independently. This struggle has entered a new phase in the last year, as campesino organizations have begun to seize lands they claim are rightfully theirs under the 1996 Read more…

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Joseph Gerson: Bush’s War: Where is it going & What Should We Do About It?

I want to thank the conference’s organizers for all that you have done and all of you who will be working hard throughout the day and in the coming weeks and months. You could not be doing more important work than thinking about and charting the best ways to organize to stop Bush’s war and Read more…

Uri Averny: Apology and Debate

URI AVNERY: An Apology Sorry to say, I have to apologize. And to myself, of all people. This is how it was. A short time after the destruction of the Twin Towers, on September 11, 2001, I wrote: A basic change in the American attitude towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is going to take place. The Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Don’t Applaud Hollywood Yet For Denzelle,Halle, And Will

Film critics, industry flaks, and even some black entertainers have tumbled over themselves shouting the praises of Hollywood for picking three blacks for its top awards. They repeatedly toss around the words “history-making” to describe the feat. It isn’t. In 1973, Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield in Sounder, and Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Read more…

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Tariq Ali: The New Empire Loyalists

Exactly one year before the hijackers hit the Pentagon, Chalmers Johnson, a distinguished American academic, staunch supporter of the US during the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and one-time senior analyst for the CIA, tried to alert his fellow-citizens to the dangers that lay ahead. He offered a trenchant critique of his country’s post-cold war Read more…

\Tom wheeler, jason mcquinn, chuck Munson\: Killing For The Flag

The U.S. is the only nation-state to have been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism. The U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on governments to observe international law. After deliberately targeting the civilian public health infrastructure, the U.S. military imposes a continuing economic blockade on Iraq which has directly resulted in Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Arab States United In Rejecting Attack On Iraq

Rarely can an American vice-president have met such a rebuff from America’s Arab allies. Not a single Arab king, prince or president has been prepared to endorse a US attack on Iraq. Even in Kuwait – where Dick Cheney arrives today before going on to Israel – an opinion poll suggests that more than 40 Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Zimbabwe’s Rip-Off Poll

By a vote of 1.69 million for Robert Mugabe to 1.28 million for Morgan Tsvangirai, the people of Zimbabwe re-elected the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) president last weekend. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), founded in September 1999, lost by more than in the last national election, in June 2000 when Zanu gained a Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Unholy Influence: Sex Scandals and Political Power

It is not news that the Roman Catholic Church has a sex problem. It isn’t easy promoting a pre-modern sexual morality in the postmodern world. On topics such as masturbation, birth control, oral sex, premarital sex, reproductive technologies, abortion, and homosexuality the Church has adamantly refused to move into the modern era and as a Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Imminent Expulsion of Autonomous Communities

translated by irlandesa The expulsion-relocation operation of communities located in the coveted extremes of the Montes Azules Biosphere reserve is almost underway. Taking advantage of the dry period, federal public forces, and even the Army, could be preparing to enter in to the Selva and remove the residents of at least 35 indigenous communities that Read more…

Kim Alphandary: Colombia High Priority

WAR A war is being fought in Colombia right now.  A six month war plan is in place.  The offensive is called "Operation Thanatos," named after the Greek god of death and is divided into three phases.   Colombia is currently fighting its largest insurgency group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in its Read more…

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Edward Said: What Price Oslo?

The television images on Al-Jazeera have been burningly clear. There is a kind of Palestinian heroism in evidence there that makes this the story of our time. An entire army, navy, and air force supplied munificently and unconditionally by the United States have been wreaking destruction on the 18 per cent of the West Bank Read more…

Laura Santina: March Madness In The White House

The Bush Administration’s secret policy review is the work of an unhinged March Hare. Though sent by the Department of Defense to congress in January, the leak to the press in March is most fitting. The comic book lunacy of ordering the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against the Read more…

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