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Tom Engelhardt: Fly Me to the Moon

Fly me to Iraq   Eight American soldiers have died (AFP, 1/25/04) and a number more have been wounded in the last 24 hours while, as I write, the news is coming in that the second helicopter to go down in 72 hours has just dropped into the Tigris River with two American soldiers aboard. Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Note on the Political Season

At the Commondreams website there is a remarkable new poll to be published in Newsweek, 1/26. After two months of a polling wasteland when it came to George Bush’s job approval and general electability, the Newsweek poll reports:   “[A] week after President Bush’s State of the Union address, his approval rating has fallen to Read more…

Raul Bassi: Kirchner in Word and Deed

Nestor Kirchner’s election as president of Argentina in May last year was the final act in a drama that began at the end of 2001, and shook Argentina’s establishment. Nearly a year after his election, how are the people of Argentina flourishing? The almost revolutionary process unfolding over 2001-03 saw three presidents forced out in Read more…

Stella Calloni: US Forces in Paraguay

[CORRECTION/RETRACTION: While some of Calloni’s information and conclusions about US interests in the region are accurate, it has been brought to our attention that the ‘textbook’ she cites, in sections we have indicated in bold, is a hoax and does not exist, which calls into question the rest of the Celso Santos article Calloni is working from.  Read more…

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Paul Street: Dean, Democrats, and Democracy

A Screaming Nut Maybe…. Left democrats should not mourn the Iowa debacle and possible unraveling of Howard Dean’s supposedly populist Democratic presidential campaign. There are at least two reasons for them to hold back the tears.  First, there’s Dean’s abrasive on-edge and “know-it-all” personality, which understandably irks voters. It’s easy to see this persona as Read more…

Miradarebelde: Something new in Free Software?

Intellectual property rights and their protection have become the favorite battleground for global capitalistic expansion. In developed countries, the most important input (factor) to productive processes of all kinds is know-how, meaning both technology and information workflows. From here, instructions to run and control productive processes of material goods are sent to the developing world, Read more…

Tim Llewellyn: Why the BBC Ducks the Palestinian Story

Watching a peculiarly crass, inaccurate and condescending programme about the endangered historical sites of “Israel” – that is to say, the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territories – on BBC2 in early June 2003,(1) I determined to try to work out, as a former BBC Middle East correspondent, why the Corporation has in the past two and a Read more…

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John Pilger: Power, Propaganda and Conscience in The War On Terror

I would like to thank The University of Western Australia for inviting me here today, and especially Nigel Dolan for his warm welcome and smooth organisation. I am a reporter, who values bearing witness. That is to say, I place paramount importance in the evidence of what I see, and hear, and sense to be Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Fly Me to the Moon

I was one of those space kids of the 1950s. An only child, bored with my life, I spent an inordinate amount of time off in space in every sense. I still wonder where those little platforms with steering mechanisms powered by jetpacks are — the ones that pop magazines of the era swore would Read more…

Ewa Jasiewicz: Worker’s Rights in Occupied Iraq

[A speech given to Iraqi unionists at the Occupation Watch Center in Iraq Jan 2, 2004] Salaam aleikum. Greetings to everybody. As an introduction I’d like to say for myself and on behalf of Occupation Watch, how honoured and privileged I feel to be working with Iraqi workers and the Federation in the struggle for Read more…

Satya Sagar: Gods for Sale

It is a very, very Indian story. A few weeks ago a friend of mine filed a petition in the Indian Supreme Court against – believe it or not- the tenth incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu!  Or at least, against a person who claims to be nothing less than that and has in the Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Will there be Jobs on the Moon?

Will there be jobs on the moon? Or will American workers have to wait until we get to Mars? These kinds of questions were inevitable as the White House announced a bold new initiative to establish a base on the moon, as a first step towards sending people to Mars. On the same day, the Read more…

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: The Empire in Iraq

The Anglo-American invasion of Iraq has been couched in the language of benevolence, humanitarianism, and democratization. When President Bush rallied US troops in January 2003, he proclaimed that “you will be fighting not to conquer anybody but to liberate people.”{1}   By 14th December 2003, the world was shown sure proof of this endeavour in Read more…

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: The Empire in Iraq

The Anglo-American invasion of Iraq has been couched in the language of benevolence, humanitarianism, and democratization. When President Bush rallied US troops in January 2003, he proclaimed that “you will be fighting not to conquer anybody but to liberate people.”{1}   By 14th December 2003, the world was shown sure proof of this endeavour in Read more…

Mickey Z: A brief history of the Democrats

“Our only political party has two right wings, one called Republican, the other Democratic.” –Gore Vidal My first day back to the NYC commute after spending a week in Santa Cruz serving as MC for One Dance: The People’s Summit was something out of a hackneyed Hollywood script. As I tried to enter the N Read more…

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Mark Engler: Bush in Mexico

Ten years ago this month, masked rebels emerged from the mountains of Chiapas, the poorest region in Mexico, and stepped onto the world stage. They called themselves Zapatistas, taking up the Mexican Revolution’s unfinished mission of promoting land reform and democratic liberty. They also connected their struggle to the age of globalization. The Zapatistas chose Read more…

Rodolfo Acuna: Schwarzenegger’s Economic Plan

As a child my family was concerned about the state of my mental health. My grandmother would tell me not to read so much, I would crazy; my mother was also concerned because I talked to myself, a habit that has followed me into my twilight years. As far as I can see, my reading Read more…

Robert Weissman: Multiple Corporate Personality Disorder

We hate to sound like your parents, but people must take responsibility for their actions. Steal from the grocery store, go to jail. Double park, pay the ticket. But why doesn’t this simple principle apply to corporations and their executives? As of this writing, of all of the corporate crimes committed that have cost the Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Pirates of the Caribbean

A lecture given by Marcus Rediker at Emmanuel College in Boston on October 9, 2003 and recorded by Roger Leisner of Radio Free Maine (to order, see below). Reviewed by Nikos Raptis Historically the elite of any society have been able to force upon the ordinary people of that society a worldview which they (the Read more…

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Chris Spannos: US abuses human rights in Iraq, useless compensation system

Jan 25, 2004 — According to a new report, the US military in Iraq is arrogant and cruel when dealing with Iraqis seeking compensation for wrongful death, injuries and property destruction. The report, authored by Iraq Occupation Watch and The National Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Iraq (NADHRI), slams US military practice Read more…

David Mcneill: Murakami Ichiro and Ultra-Nationalist Intimidation in Japan

On December 19, 2003, Japanese police arrested 54-year-old rightist Murakami Ichiro, along with five accomplices, charging them with violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law.¡¡¡¡   Murakami is accused of leading a terror campaign, under the banner of the Kenkoku Giyugun (Nation-Building Volunteer Corps), and the Kokuzoku Seibatsutai, (Volunteer Corps to Punish Traitors), which conducted Read more…

David Mcneill: Murakami Ichiro and Ultra-Nationalist Intimidation in Japan

On December 19, 2003, Japanese police arrested 54-year-old rightist Murakami Ichiro, along with five accomplices, charging them with violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law.¡¡¡¡   Murakami is accused of leading a terror campaign, under the banner of the Kenkoku Giyugun (Nation-Building Volunteer Corps), and the Kokuzoku Seibatsutai, (Volunteer Corps to Punish Traitors), which conducted Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: Farmer’s Suicides

The recent spate of suicides that began in Karnataka in south India, part of a serial death dance that continues to enacted  in the provinces of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab and Haryana, has failed to stir the nation. In the years to come, more and more farmers will take the only route Read more…

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Gideon Levy: The Heart Breaks

Na’im Araj awakens every day at 4 A.M., leaves quietly by the glass door in the living room that leads directly to the cemetery, and goes to his son’s grave, just to be with him. After sunrise, his brother comes and takes him, for his own sake, away from there. “Mohammed, Mohammed,” he hears him Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Do Turkeys Enjoy Thanksgiving?

Last January thousands of us from across the world gathered in Porto Allegre in Brazil and declared reiterated that “Another World is Possible”. A few thousand miles north, in Washington, George Bush and his aides were thinking the same thing. Our project was the World Social Forum. Theirs, to further what many call The Project for Read more…

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Greg Palast: No Child’s Behind Left

Go ahead, George, and lie to me. Lie to my dog. Lie to my sister. But don’t you ever lie to my kids. Deep into your State of the Siege lecture tonight, long after sensible adults had turned off the tube or kicked in the screen, you came after our children. “By passing the No Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: The Daily Body Count in Iraq

It has become a morning ritual, like putting on a kettle of hot water for tea. I wake up, turn on the radio and listen for the casualty report from Iraq. Sure enough, there it is: two soldiers and eight Iraqis killed in Samarra, or three soldiers and six Iraqis killed in Fallujah. Then I Read more…

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Justin Podur: Third World Models for the Bush Regime (satire)

People concerned with the plight of people in poor countries often object to US interventions in the third world. They object not only to the military interventions, the bombings, and the support for reactionary elites that characterizes first world treatment of the poor countries, but also to the imposition of economic and political models – Read more…

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Saul Landau: Substitute Bush’s Faith for Preparation H

At the very end of 2003, Tom Ridge, the Minister of Homeland Security raised the national alert level from yellow to orange. “Should we stop watering the lawn?” she asked, “or not call the plumber when the toilet is leaking? Maybe, we should stay indoors, except when absolutely necessary – like going to the liposuction Read more…

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Saul Landau: Substitute BushÕs Faith for Preparation H

Happy New Year! 2004 may become known as the year that the newly created Department of Faith-Based Homeland Anxiety helped George W. Bush slip back into the White House. At the very end of 2003, Tom Ridge, the Minister of Homeland Security raised the national alert level from yellow to orange. “It’s an orange alert Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Appointocracy

‘The people of Iraq are free,” declared U.S. President George W. Bush in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The day before, 100,000 Iraqis begged to differ. They took to the streets of Baghdad shouting “Yes, yes to elections. No, no to selection.” According to Iraq occupation chief Paul Bremer, there really is no difference Read more…

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Adam Hochschild: Against All Odds

The Blood-sweetened Beverage   Within two or three months of Clarkson’s return to London, where the committee had been energetically recruiting supporters and distributing books and pamphlets, there appeared a dramatic sign of a sea change in public opinion. There were no Gallup polls in those days, but there was one group of businessmen whose Read more…

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Adam Hochschild: Against All Odds

  [from Mother Jones]   Strangely, in a city where it seems that on every block a blue-and-white glazed plaque commemorates a famous event or resident, none marks this spot. All you can see today, after you leave the Bank station of the London underground, walk a block or two east, and then take a Read more…

Ike Naijaman: Do we have laws in Nigeria?

I guess this might seem to be a strange question.  The immediate answer is, “Of course!”  We have a constitution, various statutes, edicts, decrees and laws.  We have British-derived laws, we have Sharia laws.  We have courts, a judicial system, a Sharia judicial system, customary courts, Bar Associations, and all the trappings and fittings of Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Words Must Be Credible

Picking up the New York Times, my hometown newspaper, the morning after the President delivered his State of the Union address, I immediately noted the half-page headline: “Bush, Somber and Determined, Stresses War Against Terror.” Somber and Determined? Okay, maybe it sounds like it came directly from the wordsmiths of the Republican National Committee, but Read more…

Don Mccanne: Comments on the Health Care Proposals in Bush’s State of the Union Address

From the State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush, January 20, 2004: “On the critical issue of health care, our goal is to ensure that Americans can choose and afford private health care coverage that best fits their individual needs. To make insurance more affordable, Congress must act to address rapidly rising Read more…

Sarah Anderson: FACTSHEET ON THE NAFTA RECORD:

As the debate over “free trade” rages on, all sides inevitably refer back to the deal that revolutionized trade and investment rules: the North American Free Trade Agreement. Now ten years old, NAFTA offers an important lesson for the rest of the world: there is no guaranteed link between trade and investment liberalization and improvements Read more…

Ann Scholl: Argentina’s Forgotten People

Monica Romero remembers how back in 1964, her family and neighbours were evicted from their farms, and their homes burnt down by Patrón Costa, to make way for sugar plantations and a refinery. With no land, her family could no longer cultivate their sweet potatoes, squashes and sweet corn and their only option was to Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Talking Points — The Speech

* Bush’s speech was about politics not policies, driven by electoral concerns. It reflected a far-right agenda designed to appeal to the wealthy and social conservatives with “faith-based initiatives,” gay marriage, drugs in sports, abstinence. * Bush’s policies — both domestic and international — are STILL reckless, unsafe, unfair. * Bush continues to rely on Read more…

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Tim Wise: Unnatural Selection

For those who speak out against racism, learning to deal with people who disagree with you is a time-consuming process, and a talent that must be cultivated. This was made painfully clear this past week when I received an email claiming that people like me should give up the battle against racism, not because racism Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: State of the Union 2004

George W. Bush’s most recent state of the union address didn’t contain the caliber of bald-faced, smoking-gun lies that we have come to expect from him, like the “sixteen words” in the last one (about Iraq supposedly seeking uranium from “Africa”), but it was certainly replete with dishonesty and misrepresentation. Disclaimer: The author in no Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: The Vitamins of Erma Geolamin

She is the mother of all our children and she represents both the core character of the Filipino — selflessness and resilience — and the fate that millions of other Filipinos have had little choice but to accept. There are eight million Filipinos working abroad today; 130,000 of them are in Hong Kong. Erma Geolamin, Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Anti-Semitism Q & A

A Hungarian Joke: During the June 1967 war, a Hungarian meets his friend. “Why do you look so happy?” he asks. “I heard that the Israelis shot down six Soviet-made MiGs today,” his friend replies. The next day, the friend looks even more jubilant. “The Israelis downed another eight MiGs,” he announces. On the third Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: US Plans for ‘Transfer of Power’ in Iraq

The occupation of Iraq continues to get worse for George Bush and Tony Blair. The deaths of at least 20 people in a suicide bomb attack outside the coalition headquarters in Baghdad yesterday morning underlines the spiraling unrest in the country. The toll of US casualties since Saddam Hussein’s capture is higher than in the Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: Law and Disorder

Two months have passed since the referendum in Colombia. It is safe to say the government lost that referendum, even though the official results are still not in: the recount has been deferred to 2004. The President insists in all the media that he is going to pass the program the people voted against. First, Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Their Media War And Ours

Media went from becoming a complaint to being an issue in 2003. The pathetic cheerleading that called itself TV coverage of the war in Iraq, and the battle to stop new FCC rules demonstrated that there is a large constituency for media activism and organization. Progressive activists led the fight. More than 2000 of us Read more…

C. Douglas Lummis: THE TERRORIST as a New Human Type

     In the past several years, a new category of human being has been introduced into the public discourse: The Terrorist.  Of course, people have been called terrorists before, but with the beginning of the U.S. government’s War on Terrorism, “terrorist” has come to mean not simply a person who engages (or engaged) in a Read more…

Yoshikazu Sakamoto: Violence, Legitimacy and the Future of Japanese and American Multilateralism

It is often said that 9/11 has changed the world. Certainly, the world being swayed by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of that event appears to prove the saying correct.   But as far as the basic structure of today’s international politics is concerned, the world underwent a drastic change when Read more…

Madeliene Baran: MLK Day Report Shows Greater Disparity Between Black and White MLK Day Report Shows Greater Disparity Between Whites And Blacks

This article was originally published by The NewStandard an exciting new project from longtime ZNet developer and writer Brian Dominick, and ZNet commentator Jessica Azulay. The NewStandard not only provides news of an exceptional quality that puts the mass media to shame, it is also run on a participatory economic model. New York, Jan 19 Read more…

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Mike Davis: Bush and the Great Wall

When delirious crowds tore down the Berlin Wall in 1989, many hallucinated that a millennium of borderless freedom was at hand. Globalization was supposed to inaugurate an era of unprecedented physical and virtual electronic mobility.   Instead neoliberal capitalism has promptly built the greatest barrier to free movement in history. This Great Wall of Capital, Read more…

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