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Ezequiel Adamovsky: What is the point of Porto Alegre?

Susan George: The first Forum, in 2000, was about analysing the world situation, and I think as a movement we now largely share a common analysis. The second Forum last year was supposed to be more about making concrete proposals. As I understand it, this year is supposed to be about strategies and how we Read more…

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Robert Jensen: From The Streets Into The Studio

On a blustery Sunday morning outside the CBS studio in Washington, D.C., I shared a moment with veteran television journalist Bob Schieffer that spoke volumes about the sad state of democracy and journalism in the United States. Schieffer was inside, behind the glass wall. I was outside on the sidewalk with an antiwar contingent organized Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Without Justice There Can Be No Peace

One way to cover up a crime is to find a benign term that hides the violence and cruelty of the act. Such is the case with “transfer,” an idea increasingly being put forward in Israel as a solution to conflict with the Palestinians. Transfer conjures up images of a worker reassigned to a new Read more…

Karen Asfour: For A Nuclear Free Mid-East

The wheels of war roll on and it appears the world is getting closer to some type of armed conflict in the Middle East. In Pentagon war rooms, where the military huddle, planning for the coming battle, the possibility of using “low-yield earth-penetrating nuclear weapons” is being discussed. This is not only being debated in Read more…

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Robert Fisk: War Journalists Should Not Be Cosying Up To The Military

It looks like a rerun of the 1991 Gulf War. Already American journalists are fighting like tigers to join “the pool”, to be “embedded” in the US military so that they can see the war at first hand – and, of course, be censored. Eleven years ago, they turned up at Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, Read more…

Aviad Albert: Ta’ayush activists attacked by settlers on their way to plow fields with

Last Saturday, January 18, approx. 20 Ta’ayush activists, together with a few members of the CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams), went to South Hebron Hills region, in order to help Palestinian farmers to plow their land. Ta’ayush activists, who have established long-term relationship with the people of South Hebron Hills, and are working to prevent their Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Does Size Really Matter?

It’s been since the Million Man March in 1995 that I can recall such a stir surrounding disparities in crowd estimates suggested by government officials, media outlets and protest organizers, as that being kicked up in the wake of the January 18 demonstration in Washington, DC. With police estimates at 30,000 and organizers claiming 500,000, Read more…

Heinz Dieterich steffan: Ronald Reagan And The Venezuelan Strikes

Translated by José Luna On August 3, 1981 around 13,000 air controllers in the U.S. went to strike after failed negotiations with the federal government. The strike aimed at an improvement in wages as well as reductions on working hours. That same day, President Ronald Reagan declared the strike illegal and threatened all those involved Read more…

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Site Administrator: Latin America Strikes Back

I recently attended the OCLAE conference, a gathering of progressive students in Guadalajara, Mexico, which brought together more than a thousand delegates from across Latin America – and some sympathetic norteamericanos – to discuss and plan strategies to confront everything from rising tuition fees to the ubiquitous U.S. military intervention throughout the region. Returning from Read more…

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David Cromwell: Bombing It Better

On January 7, 2003, Media Lens published a Media Alert: ‘Moral Dark Age? Millions Of Suffering Iraqis: A “Blip” In The Global Economy?’. This was in response to a New Year comment piece in The Independent by economics correspondent Hamish McRae, titled, ‘A year when more realistic expectations should not lead to disappointment’, (The Independent, Read more…

Sarwat Viquar: Paying The Price Of Co-operation

The alliance of military and corporate interests is no secret in Pakistan. State power has always worked in tandem with corporate power. Pakistan’s failed attempt at gaining a trade foothold in Central Asia through its policy of ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan is proof of that. However it is Pakistan’s colonial relationship with the US that Read more…

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David Edwards: Professional Servility And How To Overcome It – 2

The great significance of what Schmidt has to say should be clear – professionals, including media professionals, are +not+ liars. They are people who have been selected and trained to subordinate their capacity for critical thought to a professional ‘standard’. They do this without awareness in the understanding that it is ‘just how things are Read more…

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Zoltan Grossman: Dispatch From The Heartland

Menomonie, Wisconsin, Jan. 18, 2003 — Earlier today, I attended a rally opposing a new Mideast war, held in the small Midwest community of Menomonie (population 15,000), set amidst the rolling hills and dairy farms of northwestern Wisconsin. Despite a blustery winter day, with a wind chill hovering around zero, about 200 people turned out Read more…

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Gideon Levy: As Ramon Was Launched Into Space

As the first Israeli astronaut took off into space, tens of thousands of Palestinians, among them sick people, children and elderly people, tried to get from their villages to a nearby city. As Ramon’s satellite entered its orbit around the earth, they straggled through the mud and the rain, trying to break through the dirt Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bush’s New Tax Cut

Here we go again, as Ronald Reagan used to say. The Bush administration has already taken advantage of our most recent recession to pass a $1.35 trillion tax cut, of which 36 percent went to the richest one percent of taxpayers. These are people with an average annual income of $1.1 million. While most people Read more…

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Robert Fisk: This Looming War Isn’t About Chemical Warheads Or Human Rights: It’s About Oil

I  was sitting on the floor of an old concrete house in the suburbs of Amman this week, stuffing into my mouth vast heaps of lamb and boiled rice soaked in melted butter. The elderly, bearded, robed men from Maan – the most Islamist and disobedient city in Jordan – sat around me, plunging their Read more…

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Ted Glick: An Ill-Conceived Proposal

The first Democrat I heard calling for a reinstitution of the military draft was Frank Lautenberg last November during my Green Party campaign for the U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey that he ended up winning. This was perhaps the most dramatic of his efforts to counter the charge of Republican candidate Doug Forrester that Read more…

Annie Higgins: Children And Soldiers

As I was walking from the house at the top of the hill, occupied by Israeli forces from beginning to end of the sixteen-day invasion of Jenin Refugee Camp in October/November, schoolboys on the road asked me this question. It is a refrain that punctuates my comings and goings, and it is one that leaves Read more…

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Robert Jensen: The US Military Won’t Be Defending Our Freedom

“Dear member of the U.S. military: Thank you for defending our freedom,” reads the message on the Department of Defense’s “Defend America” website (http://www.defendamerica.mil/). Fill in your name and hometown, and click to join the more than 2 1/2 million who have sent the message. The sentiment seems hard to argue with. No matter what Read more…

Guest Author: Who Are The Real Patriots?

In one of the most significant movements in the United States today, people from cities and towns across the country are resisting the current administration’s attack on the Bill of Rights. Several weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress rushed to pass the USA Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act–better Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: A US Invasion Of Iraq Can Be Stopped

Despite increased preparation for war, there is a growing perception that a U.S. invasion of Iraq can be stopped. There is little question that were it not for the anti-war movement, the United States would have gone to war against Iraq already. It was the strength of opposition to plans for a unilateral U.S. invasion Read more…

Mickey Z: Malpractice Makes Perfect

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” -Erma Bombeck Two articles in the January 17, 2003 New York Times offered a telling glimpse at what passes for health care in the home of the brave. First, in “White House Allows Limits on Emergency Coverage,” we learn that “the Bush administration has ruled Read more…

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John Pilger: George Bush’s Other Poodle

Strange days in Australia. “Paranoia in the lucky country”, say the headlines in Sydney, “Terror threat grips a nation”. The government of John Howard has issued full-page advertisements calling on Australians to protect their “friendly, decent society” from terrorists within by spying on each other. More than a thousand people have used a hotline “to Read more…

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Milan Rai: Material Breach

THE CRITICAL PHRASE A newspaper headline put it well: ‘What will be the trigger for war? As inspectors begin checking Iraqi sites, peace hinges on the interpretation of one phrase: “material breach” ‘ Curiously, the article that followed did not go on to explain what this crucial phrase meant, saying only that, ‘there are conflicting Read more…

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Edward Said: An Unacecceptable Helplessness

One opens The New York Times on a daily basis to read the most recent article about the preparations for war that are taking place in the United States. Another battalion, one more set of aircraft carriers and cruisers, an ever-increasing number of aircraft, new contingents of officers are being moved to the Persian Gulf Read more…

Eric Ruder: Death Row Shut Down In Illinois

  DECLARING THAT the death penalty system was “haunted by the demon of error,” Illinois Gov. George Ryan made history last weekend when he emptied death row. Ryan commuted the sentences of all 156 death row prisoners–a decision that is almost unparalleled in the history of America’s killing machine. “The only other thing that would Read more…

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John Pilger: We Say No To Bush’s War: Voices Of The Anti War Opposition

Socialist Worker has compiled an excellent anti war q&a based on interviews conducted with many different voices of the anti-war movement. Norman Solomon: Scene of a war crime to come You were recently in Baghdad. What do you think of the Bush administration’s claim that Iraq represents a threat to the U.S.? The evidence isn’t Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The Power of ‘Evil’

NEW YORK, Jan 09, 2003 — First, there was Austin Powers. His nemesis, a cartoonish character called “Dr Evil” was out to conquer the world. Then there was Osama bin Laden denouncing the west as “evil” infidels prompting President Bush to respond with the E-word, denouncing “evil doers” and later the “axis of evil.” The Read more…

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Paul Street: Background Check: Operation Tarmac And The Many Faces Of Terror

Terror’s Many Faces Terror comes in many forms and from many sources. It can manifest as fear that your community or workplace will be attacked by the likes of Al Qaeda, Al-Jihad or Timothy McVeigh. It can appear as a dread that your nation’s government will continue to engage in precisely the sorts of actions Read more…

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David Edwards: The Bitter Ironies Of Propaganda

“O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their Read more…

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Amira Hass: Terror As A Natural Phenomenon

A senior officer was asked last week if he thought the IDF could prevent a provocation by supporters of the “transfer” idea in the army and among the settlers of the West Bank, and foil any attempt at a mass expulsion of Palestinians. The officer offered the following as his answer. He gave as an Read more…

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Michael Eisenscher: Organized Labor Forms Anti War Coalition

Sisters & Brothers: On Saturday, January 11 in Chicago history was made. More than one hundred trade union leaders gathered there to found US Labor Against the War (USLAW). These union officers, officials and activists came from organizations representing more than 2 million members. Below you will find the final resolution adopted unanimously after a Read more…

Robert Weissman: The Corporate Black Caucas

The Congressional Black Caucus says that it has been “the conscience of the Congress since 1969.” If that is in fact the case, why then is the caucus not taking a leadership role on major progressive issues of the day? Because like the vast majority of members of Congress, the caucus has been bought off Read more…

Comandancia Ezln: Speeches on Anniversary of Zapatista Uprising

Comandante Bruce Lee Through my voice speaks the EZLN. Brothers and sisters, I am going to say some words for the indigenous people of Mexico. We the Zapatistas are the ones who took up arms in the year 1994, for a just and dignified cause that for this reason we have realized that for more Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: The USA Is At War

Translation. coorditrad@attac.org  volunteer translators (*) Times of fear. The world is living in a state of terror, terror in disguise: some say it comes from Saddam Hussein, now tired of being enemy number one, or from Osama bin Ladin, professional fear merchant. The real cause of this planetary panic is called the Market. This individual Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Scandalous Diversions

After the presidential elections of 2000, Americans are no strangers to election controversies. Nor are Israelis strangers to controversies around political fundraising or alliance building, as allegations of impropriety dogged both of the last two Prime Ministers. But the current scandal surrounding Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatens to be possibly the greatest in Israeli electoral Read more…

Comandancia Ezln: Speeches on Anniversary of Zapatista Uprising

[The following are the speeches delivered by the EZLN comandancia to 20,000 Zapatista supporters who marched in San Cristobal on Jan 1, 2003, the anniversary of the 1994 Zapatista uprising.  Translated by laura] Comandante Bruce Lee Through my voice speaks the EZLN. Brothers and sisters, I am going to say some words for the indigenous Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: Iraq Wars

The following essay by Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback, is adapted from his upcoming book about American militarism, The Sorrows of Empire: How the Americans Lost Their Country (forthcoming in late 2003 from Metropolitan Books). It first appeared on www.tomdispatch.com , a weblog of the Nation Institute, which offers a steady flow of alternate sources, Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: ‘Peace is made with enemies’

That U.S. policy-makers are preparing for war against an Iraqi military that analysts say we can easily crush while going the diplomatic route with North Korea – a country we can’t beat up on as easily – is evidence of an ugly principle at work: might makes right. How to deal with North Korea? A Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: ÔPeace is made with enemiesÕ

How do you explain the president’s threat to invade Iraq, in keeping with the “preventive” war prescription laid out in the September 2002 National Security Strategy Directive, while he talks about diplomacy in dealing with North Korea? That U.S. policy-makers are preparing for war against an Iraqi military that analysts say we can easily crush Read more…

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Patrick Bond: “Deglobalization”? Sure, but…

My favorite haunt, Zimbabwe, is the delight of aggressive bourgeois commentators, one of whom wrote a month ago about that country’s meltdown in the Economist (30 November 2002): “An interesting economic experiment is being conducted in Zimbabwe. To the foes of globalisation, President Robert Mugabe’s views are unexceptional. He argues that ‘runaway market forces’ are Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Israeli At US Loan Talks Is Implicated In Massacre

Israel is asking the United States for $8bn (£5bn) in loan guarantees – and has sent to Washington one of the former army officers implicated in the 1982 Sabra and Chatila massacre of Palestinian civilians to persuade the Bush administration to grant the money. Amos Yaron, who is now director general of the Israeli Ministry Read more…

Samir Hussain: Smallpox: Weapons Of Genocide to instrument of Manufacturing Consent

  On December 16, 2002, I was performing a search of the medical literature through a user-friendly on-line medical database, MDConsult, for a school-related project. I came across a caption, unrelated to my research, which caught my eye: “Bush announces national smallpox vaccination plan.”1 Unaccustomed to such “political” content when undertaking a medicine-related academic exercise, Read more…

Pranjal Ti: Free the Liaoyang Four

An important court case for working people everywhere is about to be heard in China. Two days from now, organisers involved with massive labour-based protests in the country’s northeast last spring will go on trial, appearing on charges of “subverting state power”. Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang, who were arrested last March in the city Read more…

Maria Tomchick: A Tax Cut That Would Sink The Economy

The U.S. media is expending a lot of ink and air time evaluating the potential economic effects of George Bush’s new tax-cut proposal. So far, most of the discussion has centered around how much economic stimulus the plan will provide and how long it will take to work. No one, however, is discussing the very Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: A Split Screen In Strike Torn Venezuela

Walking around Caracas late last month during Venezuela’s ongoing protests, I was surprised by what I saw. My expectations had been shaped by persistent U.S. media coverage of the nationwide strike called by the opposition, which seeks President Hugo Chavez’s ouster. Yet in most of the city, where poor and working-class people live, there were Read more…

Scott Burchil: Only a nuclear fist deters US war addicts

“We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction. …The United States of America will not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons.” President George W. Bush, State of Read more…

Mickey Z: Thoughts on the Death Penalty

Nearly 3600 human beings languish on death row all across the land of the free. Some are guilty, some innocent, some mentally disabled; but all await a grisly, taxpayer-subsidized death. Why? The most common justification given for capital punishment is deterrence, i.e. fear of death will deter humans from taking another life. “Deterrence?” asks Mumia Read more…

Anjum Niaz: Lonely in America

Darn, you’re a Pakistani! To top it, you’re a man, 40, without a Green Card. The combo can’t get any deadlier than this in today’s jingoistic climate. Who cares if you hold a valid work permit that makes you “legal”. None will hear your cries when the US secret service come to get you. Will Read more…

Praful Bidwai: Asia Social Forum

The just-concluded Asian Social Forum (ASF) saw a unique confluence of grassroots social movements, people’s organisations and radical NGOs which interrogate globalisation and counterpose equality, human rights and justice to the shop-worn agendas of transnational big business. Even for a city of contrasts (consider Nizamshahi or information technology vs abject poverty or child labour), what Read more…

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