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Michael Schwartz: THE NEW U.S. STRATEGY AFTER THE BATTLE OF NAJAF

Since the end of the battle of Najaf, things have become a jumbled mass of new violent outbreaks and conflicting pronouncements by all sides of the Iraqi conflict. Hidden in this confusion is an entirely new American military-political strategy that promises to wreak further havoc in the cities of Iraq, while shifting dramatically the equation Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: Every Iraqi is a Hostage Now

They sit in their solitary cells all day, uncharged with any crime. No family member, no friend, no lawyer may visit. Their freedom depends on a callous game of Pentagon roulette. Word filters out that they are about to be released. Then word follows that – alas – it will take a bit more time. Read more…

Chris Richards: Migrant Workers in China

SHE is only 36 years old. Yet when you look at her, you know that every part of her is wearing out. Her whole body sags. Sometimes she works all day and through the night into the early hours of the morning. After all, there are many costs that come with living in the city. Read more…

Zhao Yuezhi: Corporate Media Democracy in China

As I flicked through my local paper – The Vancouver Sun – on an October morning in 2002, a headline jumped out to grab my attention. ‘Playboy’s Interest in China Rises’, it said. Is this the type of press freedom that the media thinks will help bring democracy to China, I wondered, as I ate Read more…

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Mike Davis: Poor, Black, and Left Behind

The evacuation of New Orleans in the face of Hurricane Ivan looked sinisterly like Strom Thurmond’s version of the Rapture. Affluent white people fled the Big Easy in their SUVs, while the old and car-less — mainly Black — were left behind in their below-sea-level shotgun shacks and aging tenements to face the watery wrath. Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Bush’s Achievement

On Monday at New York University, Senator John Kerry launched his first strong attack on George Bush’s Iraq War policy. (“By one count, the president offered 23 different rationales for this war. If his purpose was to confuse and mislead the American people, he succeeded. His two main rationales, weapons of mass destruction and the Read more…

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Jonathan Schell: Why We Must Leave Iraq

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, once a supporter of the war in Iraq, has been rethinking his position. The day after Senator John Kerry’s speech at NYU attacking the President’s war policies, Cohen wrote, “I still don’t think the United States can just pull out of Iraq. But I do think the option is worth Read more…

Asahi shimbun: U.S. Presses Japan on Military Centers

Washington is putting pressure on Japan to host command bases for all four branches of the U.S. military to swiftly deal with new threats of terrorism and regional conflicts, Japanese government officials said.   The problem is that playing host to such command centers would go beyond the scope of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, which Read more…

Kevin Pina: Haiti Floods

Echeverria: It reads like a page in the bible: epic floods, death, and starvation. Unfortunately for the people of Haiti, these are not ancient times of which we speak, but of the here and now. Political kidnappings, destabilizing dictatorships, and devastating hurricanes continue to test the resilience of the Haitian people. With us once again Read more…

Black Commentator: Sudan and the US are Guilty

The human catastrophe in the Darfur region of Sudan unfolds in a half-light, against a grotesque backdrop of intrigue and monumental hypocrisy in which many of the principal local and international players currently engaged in debate over the applicability of the term “genocide” have themselves been historically complicit in systemic, worlds-shattering mass murder. Reasonable citizens Read more…

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Michael Moore: Put Away Your Hankies…WAKE UP!

Enough of the handwringing! Enough of the doomsaying! Do I have to come there and personally calm you down? Stop with all the defeatism, OK? Bush IS a goner — IF we all just quit our whining and bellyaching and stop shaking like a bunch of nervous ninnies. Geez, this is embarrassing! The Republicans are Read more…

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Amira Hass: Still The Occupation

The screaming and shouting by opponents of disengagement and the settlement lobby is creating an image of the prime minister being a man of the political center. Their threats and accusations are painting him with the colors of a persecuted peacemaker, so much so that kibbutzniks in the north are joining the Likud to help Read more…

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Ted Glick: Kerry and Progressive Party Building

Peter Camejo was the first one I heard put it out, back in April: “Kerry will do what Bush wants to do better.” In other words, Kerry and the Democrats are the greater evil, not the Republicans which, followed to its logical conclusion, means that Camejo hopes that Bush/Cheney will win re-election. Since that time Read more…

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Walden Bello: Beirut 2004

We are assembled here in Beirut at a critical moment. It is a moment marked by crosscurrents: In Iraq, the US gets deeper and deeper into a Vietnam-style quagmire, with the number of American soldiers killed since the March 20, 2003 invasion passing the 1,000 mark in the first week of September Yet in Palestine, Read more…

Mickey Z: The Stupid White Man Quiz

The rules are simple. I provide a quote and you guess which Stupid White Man (or wannabe) is responsible. QUOTE #1: “The destruction was mutual.” (Explaining why the U.S. should not apologize to Vietnam) a) Richard Nixon b) Ronald Reagan c) Alexander Haig d) Jimmy Carter QUOTE #2: “A young man who does not have Read more…

Daniel Gross: Fighting for a Union

Daniel Gross is the lead organizer in the ongoing IWW IU/660 effort to establish the only unionized Starbucks in the United States. He’s a worker at the 36th and Madison Starbucks in New York City, the immediate focus of the campaign. During a demonstration in front of his workplace during the RNC, Daniel was arrested Read more…

Guest Author: From Monroe to Bush…to Martin? Failed State Doctrine in Haiti

“America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones…We must defeat these threats to our Nation, allies, and friends.” – United States National Security Strategy, September 2002 By the sheer immensity of its weight on the planet, the United States may have become imperial, but I do not see an Read more…

Sean Hardy: An Australian Green on Bush vs. Kerry

I am writing from Melbourne, Australia where I am a member of the Australian Green Party in Victoria. Like many Greens throughout the world, I have followed the United States presidential election with great interest. The debate over whom progressives should support for president compels me to weigh in with a global Greens perspective. The Read more…

Neil Clark: The spoils of another war

‘Wars, conflict – it’s all business,” sighs Monsieur Verdoux in Charlie Chaplin’s 1947 film of the same name. Many will not need to be convinced of the link between US corporations now busily helping themselves to Iraqi state assets and the military machine that prised Iraq open for global business. But what is less widely Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Undermining the International Court

Even though three years have passed since 9/11, most political leaders have failed to seriously probe the implications of the horrific attacks. One of the key questions that could have been asked following 9/11 is how the absence of certain international institutions helps engender conditions whereby groups and states resort to horrendous violence. Questions like Read more…

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Angana Chatterji: Large Dams In India — Temples Or Burial Grounds?

How do we measure progress? How are lives improved by progress? Who benefits from — and who suffers the consequences of — progress? These are central questions today as nation-states and corporations pursue what are typically called “development” projects. One of the most controversial of these in recent years is a series of more than Read more…

Joel Wendland: Bush’s “Job-friendly” Economy isn’t Worker Friendly

Tens of millions of workers have fought to survive over the last 3 1/2 years of the anti-worker extremism of the Bush administration. They suffered under rich tax cuts, budget cuts, stripped safety and health protections, gutted wage protections and union organizing rights, severe repression of civil liberties, attacks on civil rights, dangerous environmental policies, Read more…

Awes Osman: Disarming Somali militias

I have received an email message from two European officials who said they were working at the UN team of arms experts assigned by the UN Security council to work on how best to disarm the Somali militias. The email message told me that the two men approached me because they found my articles very Read more…

Kevin Pina: Rolling Haiti Back to Colonialism

Charles Boylan: I saw an e-mail yesterday and it said that the Haitian Army is re-establishing itself. I want you to tell us what you know about these facts, and to tell us a little bit about what this army is and its history. Pina: Well it’s the Forces, d’army Haiti Fad’h, which was the Read more…

Anthony Fenton: Canada in the Haitian Coup

1. We hear so little about Haiti in the mainstream media. Most networks don’t even have correspondents there right now. What is the reality on the ground in occupied Haiti? Tragically, the reality in Haiti is very much like the reality of Haiti in 1915, the Dominican Republic in 1965, and is similar in many Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Are we in Saidad or Baghgon?

The other day I happened to notice a little piece from the Washington Times headlined, Pentagon seeks ideas to fight ‘urban’ wars (9/12). Journalist Jennifer Harper had come across a “solicitation” from the Pentagon’s futuristic research arm, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), calling on researchers to develop, among other things, “on-demand, infantry-operated, ultra-precision, Read more…

Maurice Lemoine: Slave Labour Along The Massacre River

The Massacre river in northern Hispaniola divides the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is crossed by a crumbling bridge, with Ouanaminthe, Haiti, on one side and Dajabón, Dominican Republic, on the other. In 2002 Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s government announced the creation of a free trade zone in Ouanaminthe. The proposal was fiercely resisted by local landowners, Read more…

Daniel Morduchowicz: The Take

In the early 90’s, Argentina was largely regarded in the mainstream as the poster child for neoliberal globalization. Time magazine announced, in one of its covers, “Menem’s Miracle”, referring to the country’s president at the time and his success in turning the economy around after many decades of serious downturn. Moreover, he did so by Read more…

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Greg Palast: The Lynching of Dan Rather

“It’s that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions,” the aging American journalist told the British television audience. In June 2002, Dan Rather looked old, defeated, making a confession he dare not speak on American TV about the deadly censorship — and self-censorship — which had seized US newsrooms. After Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Parpolity Interview

The following is an interview between Stephen Shalom and Matt Grinder of the Vancouver Participatory Economics Collective. Introduction: In the 2003 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Stephen Shalom presented a "rough draft" essay entitled "ParPolity: Political Vision for a Good Society." The essay spells out a vision for a democratic, participatory political system Read more…

A. j. Chien: WMD, Blix, and Us

With more than half of the US public now having misgivings about the Iraq war, it has become fashionable and easy to brandish criticisms of the war’s rationale. Foremost among them is the failure to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Not only many journalists, pundits, and politicians but even the Bush administration concedes this Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Bush & Co.: War Crimes and Cover-Up

As the election approaches, we are bombarded with stories about swift boats, dereliction of duty, and who’s the most macho leader. Missing from the discourse is a critical examination of why George W. Bush failed to heed warnings before September 11, why he sat paralyzed for 7 minutes after being informed of the attacks, how Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Incident on Haifa Street

Quotes of the Week: “When the Americans fire back, they don’t hit the people who are attacking them, only the civilians,” said Osama Ali, a 24-year-old Iraqi who witnessed the attack [in Baghdad]. “This is why Iraqis hate the Americans so much. This is why we love the mujahedeen.” (Dexter Filkins, Raising the Pressure in Read more…

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Paul Street: Sorry Dennis, Al Qaeda’s Voting for Bush

There’s a segment called “Who You Crapping” that plays occasionally on a local sports talk radio show in Chicago. During this segment, callers phone-in to rip some local sports or media personality for saying or doing something preposterous, ending their rant with the name of their target preceded by the phrase “who you crapping,” as in Read more…

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Gilbert Achcar: Iraq’s Year of Blood

On June 28 — two days ahead of schedule to try and avoid the ceremony being disrupted by resistance fighters — Iraq “regained its sovereignty”. However, just as the war was only beginning when Bush said it was over in May 2003, Iraq was no more sovereign on June 29 than it had been on Read more…

Taira Koji: The China-Japan Clash Over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

          Which country should the islands called Diaoyu by the Chinese and Senkaku by the Japanese belong to, China or Japan? Currently, these islands are under Japanese control, but China also claims sovereignty over them. When signing the 1978 Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship, then Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping said: “Our generation is not wise Read more…

Tim Anderson: The Bush Regime’s economic blueprint for Cuba

Hidden behind the rhetoric of ‘democracy’ in the 458 page report titled ‘Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba’, and underlying the Bush Regime’s plan for a ‘transition’, are all the major features of a US economic blueprint for Cuba. These features can be read in conjunction with packages administered by the US controlled World Read more…

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Paul Street: Sorry Dennis, Al Qaeda’s Voting for Bush

There’s a segment called “Who You Crapping” that plays occasionally on a local sports talk radio show in Chicago. During this segment, callers phone-in to rip some local sports or media personality for saying or doing something preposterous, ending their rant with the name of their target preceded by the phrase “who you crapping,” as Read more…

Maria ejilda Castellano: Revolutionary University

The Venezuelan government, under Hugo Chavez, has created ‘Missions’ to provide services to Venezuela’s population.  Perhaps the most well-known of the missions is Mission Robinson, that has brought adult literacy programs to over one million Venezuelans, essentially eliminating what had been a relatively small, but persistent level of adult illiteracy in the country.  Another mission, Read more…

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Sonia Shah: Interviewing Sonia Shah

1. Can you tell ZNet, please, what your book CRUDE: THE STORY OF OIL is about? What is it trying to communicate? CRUDE is what I’d call a critical popular-science book: it describes the science, technology, and politics behind how oil is formed, how we found it and how we started consuming it 10,000 times faster Read more…

Uri Davis: Apartheid Israel

Jon Elmer: Your autobiography subtitle describes you as an “anti-Zionist Palestinian Jew.” By way of introduction, can you explain that designation? Uri Davis: Well, that particular designation is informed by a commitment to a rather conventional principle: the separation of religion from the state. I very much adhere to this principle, which I think is Read more…

A. j. Chien: WMD, Blix, and US

With more than half of the US public now having misgivings about the Iraq war, it has become fashionable and easy to brandish criticisms of the war’s rationale. Foremost among them is the failure to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Not only many journalists, pundits, and politicians but even the Bush administration concedes this Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Both Sides In Debate About Kerry’s Vietnam Service Ignore The Truth Of The War

It’s pathetic that instead of highlighting that part of his political history, Kerry is downplaying it. On one side is the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” a group of Vietnam veterans playing the role of Bush campaign surrogate pit-bull to call into question Kerry’s record as a young naval officer in Vietnam. On the other Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Both Sides In Debate About KerryÕs Vietnam Service Ignore The Truth Of The War

It’s ironic that John Kerry’s character is under assault for the most courageous political act of his life — his opposition to the Vietnam War. It’s pathetic that instead of highlighting that part of his political history, Kerry is downplaying it. But the saddest aspect of the whole affair is that a campaign controversy that Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Missing: A Media Focus on the Supreme Court

The big media themes about the 2004 presidential campaign have reveled in vague rhetoric and flimsy controversies. But little attention has focused on a matter of profound importance: Whoever wins the race for the White House will be in a position to slant the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court for decades to come. Justices Read more…

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Scott Burchill: What exactly are we witnessing?

Politically motivated violence which accepts no limits or constraints and makes no distinction between combatants and civilians is indefensible, both morally and tactically. Public horror and outrage at recent events in the Caucasus and again in Indonesia last Thursday are therefore reassuring expressions of humanity, though as in the past they may temporarily mask the Read more…

Stefania Bianchi: Poor Countries Footing Reproductive Bill

BRUSSELS, Sep 15 (IPS) – Developed countries are failing to live up to their commitments to fund sexual and reproductive health care leaving poorer countries to pick up the bill, says a new UN report released Wednesday. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report titled ‘The Cairo Consensus at Ten: Population, Reproductive Health and the Read more…

Grupo Alavio: March in Defense of Zanon

On September 14 a delegation of Zanon workers and participants in the Unemployed Workers Movement (MTD) Neuquén traveled to Buenos Aires to organize a national campaign to defend the factory. Hundreds of workers marched in the city’s centre to demand the definitive expropriation of all re-occupied factories and businesses in Argentina. Since March, 2002 Zanon’s Read more…

Yigal Bronner: Wall in Ar-Ram

With all the excitement and tension most of us Israeli activists did not notice that the place we met our buses following the Ar-Ram rally also serves as another kind of a meeting place. Parents come there from nearby Beit Hanina to wait for their children who are returning home from schools in Ar-Ram. Soon, Read more…

Mike Whitney: Iran October Surprise

“We categorically deny any nuclear-related testing at Parchin.” Hossein Mousavian, Iranian delegate to IAEA “A prominent international expert said on Wednesday that new satellite images showed the Parchin military complex southeast of Tehran may be a site for research, testing and production of nuclear weapons.” (Reuters) Even though a NIE (National Intelligence Estimate), which was Read more…

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