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John Miller: 10 Reasons Why Indonesian Courts Will Not Bring Justice To East Timor

In January 2000, the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry on East Timor and the Indonesian government’s own human rights commission both found the Indonesian military responsible for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor in 1999. The UN commission called for the establishment of an international tribunal. The Indonesian government balked at the possibility Read more…

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Robert Fisk: If Bush is having ‘visions’, America must need Arab support for another war

It is the “vision” thing again. When President George Bush wanted Arab support for the US bombing of Afghanistan in September, he suddenly announced he had a “vision” of a Palestinian state. Then it disappeared off his radar screen. Yet now it’s back in a watered-down, US-framed UN resolution that affirms “a vision of a Read more…

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Mark Steel: Don’t Ask For Evidence, Just Nuke Baghdad

The American military has become like one of these couples that always goes on holiday to the same resort. They’re sat in the Pentagon muttering: “We always bomb the same place, every year. This year we looked through the brochures and thought of bombing somewhere new, like Yemen or North Korea, but in the end Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: Black Humor

Joke # 1 Adding lead to gasoline was a little trick invented in the U.S. Back in the nineteen twenties, leaded gasoline became the norm in America and in the rest of the world. By the time the United States government banned it in 1986, it was killing adults at a rate of 5,000 per Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Business Men Make Boo Boo’s

Let us now take a walking tour of Washington, D.C., to see whether the Enron scandal has loosened corporate America’s grip on our nation’s capital. (Okay, the answer is no.) At the White House yesterday, President Bush announced a 10-point plan that he said will “improve corporate responsibility and help protect America’s shareholders.” It will Read more…

Mahir Ali: America’s Next War May Be Deadlier

Six months from now, by the time the first anniversary of the demise of the World Trade Centre towers rolls around, the United States is likely to be embroiled in another war. That war will have nothing whatsoever to do with the outrage perpetrated on September 11 last year. It will be even dirtier and Read more…

Dan Coughlin: Statement On Pacifica

The priorities of the Pacifica national office – in addition to the day-to-day management of network operations — have been to: 1) Get a clear handle on the network’s financial situation and to stabilize economically. 2) Begin the healing and rebuilding process in each of the five signal areas as mandated by the December legal Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Enron System Works-Well,For Some People

Hah, say my liberal friends, the Enron disaster proves that the system doesn’t work. Now, the government must step in and regulate the corporations. I’m all for regulating corporations, but my question is: what system doesn’t work and for whom doesn’t it work?   The system worked well for Texas Governor Rick Perry (R), who Read more…

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Robert Scheer: THE FALLOUT OF DESPERATION

The news that the Pentagon had secret contingency plans to fight terrorism with nuclear weapons has the marks not of considered military doctrine but rather of an infantile tantrum born of the Bush administraton’s frustration in making good on its overblown promise to end the terrorist scourge. There is desperation in the air; the giant that Read more…

Bbc world News: Northern Alliance accused Of Raping And Torturing

UN seeks to end Afghan abuses Troops stand accused of murder, rape and extortion UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson is due in Afghanistan on Thursday as reports emerge of horrific abuses against the ethnic Pashtun population. Robinson will launch an Afghan rights commission Mrs Robinson is to spend four days in the country talking Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: NAACP’s Confederate Flag Obsession

This should have ended the issue. But it hasn’t. The NAACP now says it will rev-up the boycott again until state officials toss the flag into a museum backroom. At first glance, the NAACP’s Confederate flag obsession seems comic and tiresome, and worthy of quick dismissal. But there’s a method to its flag antics.   Read more…

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Marta Russell: Using Them Up and Throwing Them Away

Former Toyota engine fabrication assembly line worker Ella Williams just got the shaft from the Supreme Court and as a consequence so have tens of thousands of workers who will need but will no longer have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect them in the event of a disabling impairment such as carpal Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Arabs Don’t Want War On Iraq

US Vice-President Dick Cheney arrived yesterday in a Middle East far more concerned with the firestorm between the Palestinians and the Israelis than with Washington’s plans for a war with Iraq. President George Bush may believe Iraq is part of an “axis of evil” but it was clear from their reactions to Mr Cheney’s mission Read more…

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Michael Moore: Police Raid Booksigning

Dear Friends, It’s a few minutes before midnight, on Friday night on 3/8/2002. I’m in San Diego, and I have just escaped being arrested by the San Diego police. This book tour keeps getting more surreal, but the last hour has been unlike anything I have yet seen. I have come to San Diego to Read more…

Duncan Campbell: Us Sends Suspects To Face Torture

The US has been secretly sending prisoners suspected of al-Qaida connections to countries where torture during interrogation is legal, according to US diplomatic and intelligence sources. Prisoners moved to such countries as Egypt and Jordan can be subjected to torture and threats to their families to extract information sought by the US in the wake Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: The Nightmare in Israel

By Let’s start with Baruch Kimmering, a sociologist at Hebrew University. Here’s what he sent to the Jerusalem Weekly Kol Ha’Ir last month, which duly published it: “I accuse Ariel Sharon of creating a process in which he will not only intensify the reciprocal bloodshed, but is liable to instigate a regional war and partial Read more…

Cristina Feijoo: Latin American Report on the World Social Forum (II):

The World Social Forum is taking place in Porto Alegre, capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). The political process that made this encounter possible was the following: the Worker’s Party (PT, Partido de los Trabajadores) won the elections in this City, and undertook some limited municipal reforms. Then, 3 years ago, Read more…

Dilip Simeon: Threads of Conscience

Noam Chomsky – Rogue States – the Rule of Force in World Affairs – India Research Press, New Delhi, 2000;  Mark Juergensmeyer, Terror in the Mind of God – the Global Rise of Religious Violence – OUP, Delhi, 2000 American opinion columns after September 11 included the following recommendations: “The Afghans are responsible for the Read more…

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Saul Landau: I Don’t Got To Show You No Stinkin Reasons

Gore Vidal, the great novelist and political critic, asked me how I liked living under the dictatorship. I laughed, but I felt a chill. We’ve now experienced six months of life under unusual circumstances and it’s time that citizens did some serious critical re-evaluation of our predicament. To say that democracy is at stake is Read more…

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John Pilger: Venezuela: The Next Chile?

He has won two elections, and he has made a start on relieving poverty. So now the US wants to get rid of Venezuela‘s president   Almost 30 years after the violent destruction of the reformist government of Salvador Allende in Chile, a repeat performance is being planned in Venezuela. Little of this has been Read more…

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Norman Solomon: New Media Heights For A Remarkable Pundit

Thomas Friedman has achieved another media triumph with the debut of “Tom’s Journal” on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” The feature will be a “one-on-one debriefing of Friedman by Lehrer or one of the program’s senior correspondents,” says a news release from the influential PBS program. Friedman will appear perhaps a dozen times per year Read more…

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Justin Podur: Shalom Interviews Podur / Colombia

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…

Guest Author: Lips sewn shut – An Australian secret

“For those who’ve come across the seas We’ve boundless plains to share” – Advance Australia Fair (Australia’s National Anthem) Ahmed (not his real name) shows me some photos taken of him reciting his poems at a convention a few years ago. He is quietly spoken, mild-mannered and very intelligent. Since then he has lost a Read more…

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Tony Benn: Speech by Tony Benn

Comrades! Comrades our slogan today is “not in our name” but unfortunately, it is in our name. The bombs that are dropped on Iraqi will be British bombs funded by British taxpayers like ourselves. The depleted Uranium that was used before was paid for by us. All the crimes that have been described today are Read more…

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Amira Hass: Fear and loathing in Balata

Palestinian women reacting to explosions in Balata last Friday. “Why is the IDF allowed to harm Palestinian civilians and we aren’t allowed to harm Israeli civilians?” they asked in the refugee camp. (Photo: AP) In Ha_aretz, the Israeli Newspaper published in Tel Aviv BALATA – Even when the soldiers who had taken the upper floors Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: NAACP’s Confederate Flag Obsession

Two years ago, the NAACP galvanized a horde of politicians, college and professional athletes, black frats and sororities, hip-hop, rock and movie stars to march, rally and boycott South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag over the state capital dome. State officials capitulated and agreed to move the flag to a Confederate monument on state Read more…

Jose Saramago: FROM JUSTICE TO DEMOCRACY BY WAY OF THE BELLS

[The following was read in the closing ceremony of the World Social Forum. It was written by José Saramago of Portugal, winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature.] I will begin by telling you very briefly about a notable episode in peasant life that took place in a village near Florence more than four hundred Read more…

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Ewen Macaskill: From The Suez To The Pacific

Today, almost six months after the attacks on New York and Washington, the US is putting in place a network of forward bases stretching from the Middle East across the entire length of Asia, from the Red Sea to the Pacific. US forces are active in the biggest array of countries since the second world Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The FCC And “We”: A Media Sermon From Mount Dissector

And then unto China came POTUS (President of the United States, in the lingo of the Secret Service), a messenger from the Republic of Enron, to preach the gospel about the path to true freedom. Go ye, he urged, beyond Maoism. Beyond Marxism. And yes – will the choir say amen – beyond Materialism. For Read more…

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George Monbiot: Race War

Those of us who opposed the bombing of Afghanistan warned that the war between nations would not stop there. Now, as Tony Blair prepares the British people for an attack on Iraq, the conflict seems to be proliferating faster than most of us predicted. But there is another danger, which we have tended to neglect: Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Arundhati Roy’s Statement

I stand by what I have said in my Affidavit and I have served the sentence which the Supreme Court imposed on me. Anybody who thinks that the punishment for my supposed Å’crime¹ was a symbolic one day in prison and a fine of two thousand rupees, is wrong. The punishment began over a year Read more…

Omar Kurhan: Turkey After Chomsky’s Visit

On 2 November 2001, a lawsuit was brought against the book titled “American Interventionism” which is a compilation of various articles of Prof. Noam Chomsky, with accusations of “propaganda against the indivisible unity of country, nation and State of Republic of Turkey.” Chomsky visited Turkey between 12-14 of January 2002 to attend the court as Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: The Nightmare In Israel

Let’s start with Baruch Kimmering, a sociologist at Hebrew University. Here’s what he sent to the Jerusalem Weekly Kol Ha’Ir last month, which duly published it: “I accuse Ariel Sharon of creating a process in which he will not only intensify the reciprocal bloodshed, but is liable to instigate a regional war and partial or Read more…

Zim Admin: The Chorus of the Lambs

“We were sitting our exams when we heard the singing. We heard them coming down the road towards the school, and we started to shake. Some of us began to cry. We wanted to leave the school, but the teacher told us to stay, and that everything would be all right. “In the end they Read more…

Sa Threadcraft: Maroon Societies in the US?

 I was reading this article by Michael E. Ross in which Ishmael Reed was quoted as saying that Black Americans live in a banana republic inside the United States; and I was barely paying attention in my classes at LSE to some theory my professor has about how rational individuals will cooperate if they believe Read more…

: Indigenous Resistance

Translated by Justin Podur  Indigenous resistance suffers the same problem that every human creation suffers: the powerful try to appropriate it.  We declared at the start fo this forum that ‘the true spirit of this action is not captured by pronouncing ourselves for or against any armed actor instead of against war itself.’  They have Read more…

Lloyd Hart: Greg Palast On Globalization

On one of the best trips I have ever taken to New York city in which I started the filming of a documentary on globalization, I had no idea what to expect from the protests that were about to take place over the arrival of the World Economic Forum as it made it’s hasty retreat Read more…

Evan Henshaw-plath: The People’s Assemblies in Argentina

In December of 2001, Argentina’s economy collapsed under the weight of debt, IMF advice, and a government that, unfortunately, followed that advice.  The collapse and the economic policies that led to it are well documented.  The response of the people, who took to the streets with pots and pans and threw out four successive presidents Read more…

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Uri Avnery: How To Torpedo The Saudis

If, in May 1967, an Arab prince had proposed that the whole Arab world would recognize Israel and establish normal relations with it, in return for Israel’s recognition of the Green Line border, we would have believed that the days of the Messiah had arrived. Masses of people would have run into the street, singing Read more…

Meron Benvenisti: The checkpoints of arrogance

The tragic failures exposed by the killing of Israel Defense Forces troops at checkpoints at the hands of Palestinian guerrillas released a flood of criticism that forced the military command to learn some lessons and initiate changes in the management and tactics of the roadblocks. Presumably, these lessons will be implemented and the defensive and Read more…

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Robert Fisk: America’s Morality Has Been Distorted By September 11th

In Afghan fields, the poppies blow. Yes, even as the Americans are moving deeper into the Afghan trap, the warlords and gangsters running much of the western-supported Afghan government are ensuring a bumper new crop of heroin for the world’s markets. The UN have warned of this, of course, but nothing is being done. The Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Still Under Wraps: Official Information Laws Keep Free Trade Details Away From Prying Public Eyes

I don’t know if he still uses it, but as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand, before being inflicted on the rest of the world through the WTO, one of Mike Moore’s favourite expressions was “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” A Malaysian human rights lawyer once told me Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Wired for Business or Democracy?

While Internet stocks may have crashed, Internet optimists still abound. In Next: The Future Just Happened (W.W. Norton, 2001), for example, author Michael Lewis celebrates what he sees as the unstoppable momentum of the digital age, the liberating effect of digital technologies and the inherent ability of the new technologies — and those, ever younger, Read more…

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Milan Rai: No Justifications For War- No Link to September 11th

The United States is now set on war with Iraq. What justification is there for such a war? Occasionally it has been suggested that Iraq was somehow linked to the 11 September attacks. The strongest alleged link has been the supposed meeting of Mohammed Atta, the 11 September ringleader, and an Iraqi diplomat expelled from Read more…

Jane Bai: The War At Home

Within hours of the collapse of the World Trade Center, President Bush appeared on national television to offer his first promise to the American public: “We will smoke these barbarians out of their caves.” A cleansing was in order. The world was to be decontaminated of every last trace of Islamic fundamentalism. Yes, a nation Read more…

Jonathan Freedland: Israel’s Army of Peace

By Even the most stoic of Israelis are beginning to feel scared. The sight of a single family – father, mother and two daughters, one aged seven, the other a toddler – wiped out on a busy Jerusalem street has shocked those who thought they could be shocked no more. Even the Israelis who live Read more…

Paul Foot: In Defense Of Opression

The cycle of death goes on and on. Nearly 50 Palestinians dead in the Israeli army attacks on refugee camps over the past couple of days; 10 Israeli soldiers dead at an army checkpoint near Ramallah. In the west there is a universal shaking of sophisticated heads and a weary, liberal sigh. Tut tut, there Read more…

Matthew Schlobohm: Getting Serious About An Anti FTAA Strategy

This piece is intended to spark discussion and planning to develop a more serious, multi-year strategy to defeat the FTAA. Since the Quebec City mobilizations, in April 2001, as a movement, we’ve done very little to develop an integrated, multifaceted, tactically diverse strategy to stop the FTAA. With the proposed FTAA implementation date of 2005 Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: War Is Wrong

I knew war was terribly wrong when I saw pictures of children like myself desperately attempting to flee the flames of bombed German cities in newspapers and on the newsreels during World War II. As an eight year old, I identified with the children of war-torn Europe and worried and wondered why they were being Read more…

Alan Philips: Israeli Army Faces Defeat

Israel’s leading military historian has a bleak message for the country’s generals: the army is winning the battle against Palestinian armed groups, but the final result can only be defeat – and perhaps civil war at home. Martin van Creveld, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, believes that the might of the Read more…

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