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Bill Berkowitz: Cash And Carry

I n early February, a headline in the Sun Myung Moon-owned Washington Times read “Bush continues outreach to blacks.” Bill Sammon reported that President Bush had met in the White House with hundreds of “black leaders” and told them that his policies “would help black Americans.” According to Sammon, “The president’s 15-minute speech in the Read more…

Roger Burbach: Right Confronts Lula as Movements Smolder

T he murder in Rio de Janeiro of Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old U.S. nun who helped peasants engage in sustainable agriculture in the Amazonian rain forest, comes as oligarchic interests and the parliamentary right are on a political offensive against the government of Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva. This takes place as fissures are opening Read more…

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Site Administrator: Worker-Run Cooperatives in Buenos Aires

D uring the economic crisis of 2001, when politicians and banks failed, many Argentines took matters into their own hands. Poverty, homelessness, and unemployment were countered with barter systems and grassroots, micro- credit lending programs. Community groups were created to provide solidarity, food, and support in neighborhoods across the country.  Perhaps the most well known Read more…

Nicolas J.S. Davies: Whose War Is This Anyway?

M any of the government and media executives who participated in the marketing campaign for the U.S. war of aggression in Iraq are now calling it a “serious mistake.” Richard Perle, the former head of the Defense Policy Review Board, has brazenly acknowledged that it is an outright violation of international law (the Guardian , Read more…

Josh Frank: Muzzled Activist in the Age of Terror

O n the afternoon of January 24, 2002, approximately 25 federal agents, guns in hand, stormed the home of Sherman Austin, a Sherman Oaks, California activist who founded www.raisethefist. com, an online site that hosted many political activists’ websites. The federal agents, who had been monitoring Austin’s Internet activities for several months, seized his computers Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Political Economy Of Taxes

R obert Cay Johnston’s book Perfectly Legal (Portfolio, 2003) discloses its main theme in its subtitle: The Covert Campaign To Rig Our Tax System To Benefit The Super Rich—And Cheat Everybody Else . This might seem surprising coming from a business reporter at the New York Times , but he has been one of their Read more…

Bruce Johansen: Global Warming Approaching

A mong scientists who keep tabs on the pace of global warming, anxiety has been rising that the Earth is reaching an ominous threshold, a point of no return (“tipping point” in the scientific literature) at which various feedbacks accelerate the pace of warming past any human ability to contain or reverse it.  Carbon-dioxide levels Read more…

William Johnson: AFL-CIO Leaders Move Forward

A re you worried about the future of the labor movement? Are you working longer hours for less money than workers like you have for decades? Have you noticed the rapid decline of union power in your workplace and our society?  If you’re a union member in the U.S., the answer to these questions is Read more…

Jerome Klassen: Lebanese Anti-Capitalism

T his past summer I traveled to Lebanon to network with activists in the Palestinian camps and from Lebanon’s independent left. This interview is from a discussion with Ghassan Makarem, who works on a number of important projects in Beirut and covers Lebanese capitalism, the history of the Lebanese left, the politics of solidarity, and Read more…

Eric Laursen: The Death of South Tel Avi

S outh Tel Aviv was never paradise. But to Alusine Idris Swaray, a Sierra Leonian civil-servant-turned-house cleaner in Israel, sometimes it seems like it was, once. Swaray has lived in Israel since 1989 when he fled the civil war starting to engulf his country. Soon after, he brought his wife, daughter, and brother to live Read more…

Bruce Levine: Behind the Paxil Scandals

I n June 2004 New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer brought suit against Glaxo, alleging that it had engaged in repeated and persistent fraud with respect to Paxil (a $3.1 billion grossing drug in 2003). Spitzer had evidence that the giant pharmaceutical corporation Glaxo had suppressed the results of studies on children and adolescents Read more…

Don Monkerud: U.S. Military Budget

W ith his budget for 2006, President Bush appears to be fulfilling the priorities of the U.S. electorate by emphasizing the “defense” budget. Upon closer examination, the budget reveals a drift towards the creation of a nation devoted to the military.  News accounts proclaim the military and homeland security “fiscal winners” in the budget, but Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Veterans Speak Out

K elly Dougherty, an MP in the National Guard from Colorado, and Mike Hoffman, a lance corporal in the Marine Corps from Pennsylvania, are co-founders of Iraq Veterans Against the War, IVAW (www.ivaw.net). Founded in July 2004 at the annual meeting of Veterans for Peace, IVAW now has 150 members. Recently, Military Families Speak Out Read more…

Ken Sanders: Contempt for the Truth

A s has been much ballyhooed in recent months, the Bush administration likes to keep “journalists” on retainer. The Department of Education hired conservative commentator and columnist Armstrong Williams to promote Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act on his television program. The Department of Health and Human Services paid conservative columnist Maggie Gallagher to write Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Making Peace With the War in Iraq?

S adly, two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse MoveOn.org—which built most of its member base with a strong antiwar message—is not pushing for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. With a network of more than three million “online activists,” the MoveOn leadership the MoveOn website has continued to bypass the issue—even Read more…

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David Swanson: Taking Action on Minimum Wage

T he current federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour is over 40 percent below the 1968 level adjusted for inflation. A full-time worker taking no vacation or holidays and earning the federal minimum wage earns 55 percent of the federal poverty line for a family of four and a much smaller percentage of what Read more…

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Site Administrator: Adapting to Global Warming: The Carbon Lobby’s Modest Proposal

The carbon lobby (mainly the coal and oil companies) when they don’t  deny that human cause global warming exists, suggest that it would be less expensive and more  humane to do nothing about it. “Burn all the fossil fuels you want, and adapt to the changes” they say. “Doing anything to prevent global warming is Read more…

Scott Ritter: Sleepwalking To Disaster In Iran

Late last year, in the aftermath of the 2004 Presidential election, I was contacted by someone close to the Bush administration about the situation in Iraq. There was a growing concern inside the Bush administration, this source said, about the direction the occupation was going.  The Bush administration was keen on achieving some semblance of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: A Quarterly Report from Bush-Cheney Media Enterprises

The first quarter of 2005 brought significant media dividends for the Bush-Cheney limited liability corporation. Stakeholders received windfalls as mainstream news outlets deferred to consolidation of power from the November election. A rollout of new “democracy” branding — kicked off by the State of the Union product relaunch — yielded at least temporary gains in Read more…

Kole Kilibarda: A Campaign to Challenge Israeli Apartheid Palestinian Campaign

On 30 March 1976, thousands of indigenous Palestinians occupied by Israel in 1948 participated in a mass strike against systematic discrimination triggered by the government’s plans to expropriate 5,500 acres of Arab-owned land. The villages of Arraba, Sakhnin, Deir Hanna and other smaller communities in the Galilee – a region of northern Israel with a Read more…

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Ruth Rosen: Old Women in the Cold

My 91-year-old friend Alice, like many elderly women, has outlived her modest savings. All that stands between her and destitution is the $800 check she receives from Social Security and small contributions from a handful of caring friends and relatives. She is not alone. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC, estimates that Read more…

Laura Flynn: Haiti Yesterday And Today

Laura Flynn is the co-author of a new pamphlet on Haiti called ‘We Will Not Forget’. The report details the accomplishments and gains made by the Haitian people during the tenure of the Lavalas Party and Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was overthrown last year in a coup backed by the United States, France and Canada. Flynn Read more…

Kristin Mckay: Nicaragua: Nemagon Workers Are Dying

Members of the Miami University Students for Peace and Justice group traveled to Nicaragua March 11th-20th on a Witness for Peace delegation to learn about United States foreign policy. While in Managua, the delegation visited a protest camp of several thousand banana and sugar cane farmers who have been lethally infected by the chemical Nemagon. Read more…

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Ralph Nader: Is the End of the Iraq War-Occupation Near?

The anti-war movement may finally find some concurrence inside part of the Bush administration. On March 28, columnist Robert Novak, who has a long history of credible reporting and strong contacts in the Bush administration, reported in The Chicago Sun-Times that there is “determination in the Bush administration to begin irreversible withdrawal of U.S. troops Read more…

John Brown: Why World War IV Can’t Sell

In a recent essay (Are We in World War IV?) Tom Engelhardt commented quite rightly that “World War IV” has “become a commonplace trope of the imperial right.” But he didn’t mention one small matter — the rest of our country, not to speak of the outside world, hasn’t bought the neocons’ efforts to justify Read more…

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David Cromwell: The Generals Love Napalm

“These are the stories that will continue to emerge from the rubble of Fallujah for years. No, for generations…” (Dahr Jamail, independent reporter in Iraq)     Heavily Conditioned Sensitivity   Traditionally, Western journalists give massive emphasis to acts of violence committed by official enemies of the West, while lightly passing over Western responsibility for Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Crush Corporate Crime

Last week, we attended a press conference. It was held by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which identifies itself as “an international learned society composed of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people, and public leaders.” The Academy held the press conference to draw attention to a new study it was releasing: Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Just A John? Pornography And Men’s Choices – Part One

[Talk delivered to the Second Annual Conference on the College Male, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, February 26, 2005. This version reflects changes based on comments of conference participants.] There has been much talk at this conference about the need for men to love each other and be willing to speak openly about that love. Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Tightening the Next Screws

Russian security officials are stating with satisfaction that despite Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov’s death, the situation in the Caucasus has not changed radically for the worse, contrary to all expectations. A downed helicopter doesn’t count; things like that happen all the time in Chechnya. Nonetheless, Maskhadov’s death could prove to be a turning point, and Read more…

Frederico Fuentes: Bolivia: A Nation Holds Its Breath

As the dust settles from a wave of mobilisations that paralysed a nation, Bolivia finds itself with a president increasingly unable to govern. Once again, the indigenous peoples of Bolivia have shown that real power lies in the streets. On March 4 the lower house of parliament approved an article that would keep gas royalties Read more…

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George Monbiot: The Business of Killing

It is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, or a tap on the head with a steam hammer. But only just. The new draft bill on corporate manslaughter is a ghost of what was once proposed. But, for the first time in the United Kingdom, there might now be a Read more…

Am Johal: What Will Be the Sharon Legacy?

As Israeli Arabs mark Land Day this week, Ariel Sharon’s government announced what everybody already knew since last summer. The Israeli government is going to expand the Maaleh Adumim settlement bloc in the West Bank by 3,500 housing units. With other development measures in place, it will effectively separate the West Bank and leave any Read more…

Elliot Minceberg: GOP Plans

After victories in the 2004 election, the Republican party — in control of the presidency, Congress and a good part of the judiciary branch of government — has become increasingly bold in pursuing its conservative agenda. In a string of controversial moves, President Bush has nominated John Bolton to become U.S. ambassador to the United Read more…

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Jeremy Scahill: Giuliana Sgrena Sets The Record Straight

Giuliana Sgrena would probably be the first to say that to focus on her case would be to miss the point on the extent of the daily, horrific violence Iraqis face at the hands of US soldiers. Sgrena is the Italian war correspondent that was shot by US forces as she was en route to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: On Globalization, Iraq, and Middle East Studies

Danilo Mandic: Could I please get your views on the recent World Social Forum that was held a few months ago in Porto Allegre, Brazil. Over 150,000 people from 135 countries participated, an unprecedented number; and they covered a wide range of issues including economic equality, labor rights, war, and global corporate power. What has Read more…

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Stuart Munckton: Venezuela: Supreme Court Opens Way To Jail Coup Leaders

On March 11 the constitutional chamber of Venezuela’s Supreme Court annulled the infamous decision made by the court on August 14, 2002, that set free the four military officers who led the April 2002 coup against left-wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The new ruling opens the way for the four, no longer in the military, Read more…

Jeff Cohen: Schiavo Case: Media Pander To The Right

Putting aside your view of the Schiavo story, it’s clear that right-wing “pro-life” protesters scored a media coup in terms of attention and coverage.  On television, their voices and leaders have been front and center in the story — their acts of civil disobedience widely broadcast.  Their presence has been used as a backdrop for Read more…

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Sonali Kolhatkar: Forgetting Afghanistan – Again.

In the past two years the US media have drastically reduced their coverage of Afghanistan. According to the American Journalism Review only three news organizations–Newsweek, Associated Press and the Washington Post–have full-time reporters stationed in Kabul. What little is published focuses mostly on feel-good stories, superficial change and unopposed reportage of the Bush administration’s claims. Read more…

Gary Ruskin: Every Nook and Cranny

In December, many people in Washington, D.C. paused to absorb the meaning in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, at the White House Ellipse. At that event, President George W. Bush reflected that the ‘love and gifts’ of Christmas were ‘signs and symbols of even a greater love and gift that came on a Read more…

Cleto a. Sojo: Venezuela VP Responds to Rumsfeld

Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel, released a statement yesterday, responding to comments made by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about Venezuela, during his recent visit to Brazil. “The Lord of War, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the United States made statements following the same line of repeating the usual impertinences Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Entries for a Devil’s Dictionary of the Bush Era

For the last few years we have been ruled by lexicographers. Never has an administration spent so much time creating, defining, or redefining terms, perhaps because no one (since George Orwell) has grasped the power and possibility that lay hidden in plain sight in the naming and renaming of words. In a sense, our post-9/11 Read more…

Dave G.: Thai government silencing refugee voices

The Thai government is sticking by a March 31 deadline to relocate all urban-based refugees from Burma who have Person of Concern (POC) status from UNHCR. This is despite an obvious lack of resources to house the estimated 2000 refugees, and an inability to ensure their security. While the majority are being relocated to refugee Read more…

Ra Ravishankar: Et Tu George?

Background Information: Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, has been widely implicated in the anti-Muslim pogrom of March 2002 that left more than 2,000 Muslims dead and 100,000 homeless. He was to tour the US for a week starting March 20th, but a successful mobilization by the Coalition Against Read more…

Kosuke Takahashi: Japan-South Korea ties on the rocks

TOKYO — When are a few sea-swept, uninhabited rocky islets more than a bunch of rocks? When they involve lucrative fisheries and emotional issues that hark back to the days of the Japanese Empire.   The two tiny, rocky islets surrounded by 33 smaller rocks also represent sovereignty and national pride for both Japan and Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Abducted by the EHM [Economic Hit Men]!

  By Vijay Prashad The idea of the “conspiracy theory” is a red herring. Power is loath to reveal details of the various nefarious policies and projects conducted in its interest. In 1997, the Moynihan Commission studied the realm of US governmental secrecy, and concluded that excessive state secrecy corrodes democracy. If “secrecy is a Read more…

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David Cromwell: Countering Despair with the Momentum of Hope

“What goes against the grain of conditioning is experienced as not credible, or as a hostile act.” (John McMurtry, philosopher) Bizarre Conversations Climate crisis is not a future risk. It is today’s reality. As Myles Allen, a climate scientist at Oxford University, warned recently: “The danger zone is not something we are going to reach Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: Hot air and global warming

Every time the world calls for action on climate change, the United States emits more White House gases. The latest puff came from James Connaughton, the director of environmental quality, during last week’s conference of 20 nations that met in London to attempt once again to make global warming a global priority. At the conference, Read more…

Nurit Peled-elhanan: Speech On International Women’s Day, The European Parliament

Thank you for inviting me to this day. It is always an honour and a pleasure to be here, among you. However, I must admit I believe you should have invited a Palestinian woman at my stead, because the women who suffer most from violence in my county are the Palestinian women. And I would Read more…

Mike Whitney: Railroading Moussaoui

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Winnowing Wheat From Chaff

For the Political Economy Seminar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 8, 2005 Social Democracy: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due I mean it as a great compliment when I say that capitalism functions poorly indeed without social democrats.  The “golden age of capitalism” was due more to the influence social democrats Read more…

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