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David Edwards: A Tale Of Two ‘massacres’ – Jenin And Racak

“I think newsmen are inclined to side with humanity rather than with authority and institutions.” (Quoted Schechter, The More You Watch, The Less You Know, Seven Stories Press, 1997, p.36)   Or so U.S. TV anchorman, Walter Cronkite, would have us believe. Leading New York Times intellectual, Thomas Friedman, provides some of the reality:   Read more…

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Tim Wise: Anti-Semitism, Real and Imagined

Watching former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress a few weeks ago, I must admit, I was almost sucked in. No, not by his distorted version of reality in the Occupied Territories, nor by his opportunistic and transparently disingenuous comparisons between Yasir Arafat and Osama bin Laden. Nor by his insistence that there Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Forestry Giant Cut To Size At Award Ceremony

It’s that time of year again. The winner of the Roger Award for the worst transnational corporation operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2001 was named at an open-air evening event in Auckland on Friday April 12th. It was the fifth annual Roger Award, organized by Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and GATT Watchdog, Read more…

Armen Georgian: Us Eyes Caspian Oil In “War On Terror”

The arrival of US military advisors in Georgia 29 April raised as many glasses in Ankara and Baku as it did jitters in Moscow. Touted as a new front in the “war on terror,” the US is in reality scrambling for Caspian oil in a bid to oust Russia from its traditional backyard.   Washington Read more…

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John Pilger: Venezuela and Censorship

Last month, I wrote about Venezuela, pointing out that little had been reported in this country about the achievements of Hugo Chavez and the threat to his reforming government from the usual alliance of a corrupt local elite and the United States. When the conspirators made their move on 12 April, the response of the Read more…

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David Barsamian: An interview with Charlotte Ryan

Barsamian Charlotte Ryan is the author of Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grass Roots Organizing. She is also co-director of the Boston College Media Research and Action Project and part of the Department of Sociology. What is the Media Research and Action Project at Boston College? The Media Research Action Project works with grassroots Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Mommy Dearest

Michael Bronski I am the gay parent,” declared Rosie O’Donnell to Diane Sawyer on ABC’s March 14 “Prime- time Thursday,” during an interview in which she came out of the closet and declared war on the State of Florida for denying lesbians and gay men the right to adopt children. O’Donnell’s statement has become a Read more…

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Ralph Nader: none

Review by Tom Gallagher The 1984 Democratic National Platform Committee might have been the last one to have issues voted up or down on their own merits. As amendments came up for votes in subcommittee, the Walter Mondale delegates, who constituted the majority, would turn to see which direction the thumb of their person-in-charge was Read more…

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Edward Herman: Media and new humanitarian normalization of victor’s justice

S. Herman Despite the overwhelming politicization and abuse of judicial process that has characterized the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY, or Tribunal) from its inception, discussed in Part 1, the Western new humanitarians (David Rieff, Michael Ignatieff, et al.) and mainstream media have taken its work as entirely principled and truth- and Read more…

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Site Administrator: Rebellion in Argentina

Nogueira, Josh Breitbart, & Chris Strohm Since Argentina’s economy collapsed due to an unsupportable external debt, street protests are the mildest of the daily occurrences. Many banks have been occupied and smashed, their windows now replaced with sheets of metal to protect the capitalism inside from the democracy outside. Several times a week, in the Read more…

Domenico Pacitti: An interview with Noam Chomsky

Pacitti   Noam Chomsky is a linguist, philosopher, and political activist. He has long been an indefatigable human rights campaigner and has written more than 30 books and countless articles attacking and exposing United States foreign policy. PACITTI: Billionaire media magnate Silvio Berlusconi was elected premier at Italian general elections last May, despite serious criminal Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Coup in Venezuela: An Interview with Temir Porras

Justin Podur On April 11, 2002, the elected President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, was overthrown in a military coup. The coup started with a business-called general strike and a media campaign against Chavez. Demonstrators marched on the presidential palace and, according to several eyewitness accounts, exchanged gunfire with Chavez supporters and some—probably mostly Chavez supporters—were Read more…

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Site Administrator: South End Press: 25 Years of Activist Publishing

Lydia Sargent It’s 1975 and you’ve spent years fighting the U.S. government’s war in Vietnam and have no intention of participating in “the system” that waged that war. What do you do? Well, if you’re me, you do what any 1960s/1970s white middle class activist does. You go to grad school, in my case to Read more…

James Seckington: none

Peter Glassgold Review by James Seckington Peter Glassgold’s collection, Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth, is not only refreshing, but downright intoxicating. Reading the collection of pieces culled from the pages of Mother Earth, an anarchist magazine of the early 20 century produced by Emma Goldman and company, one is transported to a Read more…

Scott Sink: Picking Tomatoes, Picking Fights

Scott Sink In Immokalee, Florida, when the bus came to a stop, several workers had already crowded around the door. Their eyes revealed a tense urgency, anxiously scanning the seven-foot rows of tomato plants in the dark, misty pre-dawn. As soon as the door opened, they stampeded towards a pile of plastic crates, the first Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Vermont Towns Vote Against Biotech Foods

Brian Tokar   Vermont’s annual town meetings, held every year on the first Tuesday in March, are among the oldest surviving institutions of direct democracy in the United States. Dating to well before the American Revolution, these annual face-to-face gatherings are the setting where residents of over 200 Vermont towns debate their annual budgets, planning Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Background to the Israel-Palestine Crisis

What are the modern origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? During World War I, Britain made three different promises regarding historic Palestine. Arab leaders were assured that the land would become independent; in the Balfour declaration, Britain indicated its support for a Jewish national home in Palestine; and secretly Britain arranged with its allies to divide Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media And The Hazards Of Political Faith

Weeks before the 20th century ended, the pundit Michael Kinsley was uncommonly direct in a Time essay that defended the virtues of the World Trade Organization with these closing words: “But really, the WTO is OK. Do the math. Or take it on faith.” Delivered by the flagship magazine of the Time Warner conglomerate (soon Read more…

Duncan Campbell: American Navy ‘helped Venezuelan Coup’

The United States had been considering a coup to overthrow the elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, since last June, a former US intelligence officer claimed yesterday.   It is also alleged that the US navy aided the abortive coup which took place in Venezuela on April 11 with intelligence from its vessels in the Caribbean. Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Bleak Horizons After Operation Defensive Wall

On April 28, both Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accepted an American proposal whereby US and British security personnel will be dispatched to Jericho to supervise the imprisonment of six Palestinians besieged with Arafat in what remains of the Ramallah governorate. Barring last-minute surprises, the end of what is arguably Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Still Separate But Not Necessarily Unequal

Nearly a half century after the Supreme Court knocked out school segregation in its Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, black and white students at Taylor County High School in Central Georgia made brief national news when they agreed to end their racially separate proms. The Taylor County school is not the only public school Read more…

Desmond Tutu: Apartheid in the Holy Land

In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I am patron of a Holocaust centre in South Africa. I believe Israel has Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Real Aim of

 The real aim of “Operation Defensive Shield” was not to “destroy the infrastructure of terrorism”.   This was merely a good slogan for uniting the people of Israel, who are angry and afraid after the suicide bombings. It is also a good political device, allowing Sharon to ride on the bandwagon of President Busch’s “war Read more…

Michael r. Gordon: Palestinians Show Link Between The U.S. And Israeli Terror

The Palestinian authority has prepared a report showing that the United States has not only provided a steady stream of weapons to the Sharon government as that government stepped up its violence against civilians in the occupied territories, the report also describes a series of U.S. political actions that have supported Israeli state terrorism and Read more…

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Paul Street: Towards a “Decent Left”

The Liberal-Left Attack Among the many dark aspects of September 11th’s aftermath we might include the intensification of internal division within an American left that was already rather snippy with itself. This latest intra-“progressive” unpleasantness has been a fairly one-sided affair, with most of the heat coming from the more centrist liberal-left, associated with journals Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Irony of French Elections:

French presidential elections are vastly more democratic than the American system. The first round allows anyone who can get endorsement from 500 of France’s 36,000 mayors (any small village will do) to be an official candidate. All get free television time. This allows a range of political expression and the emergence of new political currents, Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: A French Lesson

No-one was particularly excited about the presidential elections in France. The differences between the leading candidates were so minuscule that the victory of one or the other could have significance only for the candidate himself and for people who were hoping to be appointed to the administration. Then when France finally went to the polls, Read more…

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George Monbiot: Black Shirts in Green Trousers

The polling stations had scarcely closed before Le Pen’s success was being blamed on the greens and the new left. The leader of France’s Front National, commentators on both sides of the Channel agree, had done so well because the radicals first established the political territory he exploited, then split the left-wing vote. Both charges Read more…

Michael Poulshock: Anti War Demos

It would be understandable if one had the impression that American Jews were united in their support for Israel, particularly given the events of the past month. However, the escalation of the conflict in the last few weeks is jarring many American Jews from their reflexive support for Israeli policy. A significant number of Jews, Read more…

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Tim Wise: Anti-Semitism, Real and Imagined

Watching former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress a few weeks ago, I must admit, I was almost sucked in. No, not by his distorted version of reality in the Occupied Territories, nor by his opportunistic and transparently disingenuous comparisons between Yasir Arafat and Osama bin Laden. Nor by his insistence that there Read more…

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Marta Russell: Affordable Accessible Housing Needs to Be on Housing Advocates’ Radar Screen

Affordable housing was already at a crisis point pre-S11 during the economic “boom.” Now in the recession, people are being pink-slipped and losing their jobs by the tens of thousands. The Bush economic stimulus bail out plan does nothing for laid off workers rather it is a giveaway of taxpayer dollars to the richest corporations Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: What Are These ‘other Threats To Colombia’s Security’?

On April 18, 2002, the US Congress announced a new bill intended to raise the amounts and the involvement of military aid to the government of Colombia. The text of the bill, released with the visit of Colombian President Andres Pastrana to Washington, extends military aid that is now no longer legally limited to the Read more…

Njeri Rugene: Kenyan MPs Rebel Against WB and IMF

An attempt to broker better understanding between Parliament and donors fell flat on its face after MPs rebelled and accused lenders of imposing policies which hurt ordinary people. Members of Parliament were meeting officials of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank at a closed-door conference on economic management in Mombasa. There has been Read more…

Katherine Hoyt: Concerns Over Possible AFL-CIO Involvement in Venezuela Coup Led to February Picket

Could the bad old days be returning to the AFL-CIO’s operations in other countries? Fear that in Venezuela the AFL-CIO was supporting both a right-wing union federation and a U.S.-backed coup led some solidarity activists to mount a picket line at AFL-CIO headquarters in February. The coup arrived in the early morning hours of April Read more…

John Bunzl: Le Pen is Chief Beneficiary of Corporate Globalization

The rise of the far-right across Europe and elsewhere, of which Le Pen is but the latest and most high-profile example, has met with a predictable barrage of outrage and political hand-wringing amongst Europe’s mainstream politicians. Tony Blair describes the policies of Le Pen’s Front National as “repellent” while Jacques Chirac refuses a TV debate Read more…

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Robert Fisk: They are coming

They are coming. That’s what most Gazans tell you. The Israelis are coming. But the sand barricades are pathetic. Even a mile from the Erez “safe crossing” point constructed during the early days of the mad dream of Oslo, the best that Yasser Arafat’s legions can do is erect a 15ft rampart of earth and Read more…

Azmi Bishara: A Strange Case Of Casting

At the very moment the Arab masses were being transformed into a collective movement, taking to the streets in order to exercise just one aspect of their rights as citizens, demanding that their leaders should act as leaders and take resolute decisions against US and Israeli policies — at precisely this moment, leaders (who, by Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: The Machine

 [Translated by Francisco González] Sigmund Freud had learned it from Jean-Martin Charcot: ideas can be implanted by hypnosis in the human mind. More than a century has gone by since then, and the technology of manipulation has made great strides. This is a colossal machine, the size of the planet, that orders us to repeat Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: What are these ‘other threats’ to Colombia’s Security?

On April 18, 2002, the US Congress announced a new bill intended to raise the amounts and the involvement of military aid to the government of Colombia. The text of the bill, released with the visit of Colombian President Andres Pastrana to Washington, extends military aid that is now no longer legally limited to the Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Real Aim

The real aim of “Operation Defensive Shield” was not to “destroy the infrastructure of terrorism”. This was merely a good slogan for uniting the people of Israel, who are angry and afraid after the suicide bombings. It is also a good political device, allowing Sharon to ride on the bandwagon of President Busch’s “war against Read more…

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Judy Rebick: French Election Has Lessons For Us All

The results of the French Presidential election are the latest, and perhaps most significant sign, that the shifts in global politics following September 11 are much greater than anyone on the left predicted. The failure of the French left to move to the second round in a run off election for the first time since Read more…

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George Monbiot: Diplomatic Impunity

Tony Blair might believe he belongs to an international coalition, but George Bush has other ideas. Bush’s international war against terrorism has not stopped him from waging a parallel war against co-operation. Two weeks ago, the US Ambassador to the UN in Vienna failed, for the first time, to attend a meeting of the Comprehensive Read more…

Guest Author: Subverting Democracy

As reports of Israeli war crimes continue to emerge, the U.S. refuses to alter its stance of support for Israel, instead placing nearly all the blame on Yasir Arafat. President Bush has refused to do more than issue some harsh words to Israel that, by the White House’s own admission, were never intended to stem Read more…

Baruch Kimmerling: Israeli democracy’s decline

Jerusalem – More than 350 combat officers and soldiers from the Israeli reserve forces recently declared that they are no longer willing to serve in the occupied territories; they will not be partners to the war crimes and atrocities that the Israeli army is carrying out there. If these reserve soldiers refuse to serve, they Read more…

Ahmad Faruqui: Worse Than No Deal At All

 Speaking in Los Angeles last month, Al Gore argued that the cycle of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians began when Yasir Arafat rejected an “extremely generous” peace settlement that Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had offered him in 2000 at Camp David. Characterizing Israel’s offer as “generous” has been a Read more…

Ahmad Faruqui: Worse Than No Deal

Speaking in Los Angeles last month, Al Gore argued that the cycle of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians began when Yasir Arafat rejected an “extremely generous” peace settlement that Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had offered him in 2000 at Camp David. Characterizing Israel’s offer as “generous” has been a Read more…

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Judy Rebick: French Election Has Lessons For Us All

The results of the French Presidential election are the latest, and perhaps most significant sign, that the shifts in global politics following September 11 are much greater than anyone on the left predicted. The failure of the French left to move to the second round in a run off election for the first time since Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: No Kidding:

A key anti-bribery law has taken a major hit. A startling decision handed down last week by a federal judge in Houston undermines the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and will make it difficult for weak and demoralized prosecutors to bring to justice U.S. corporate executives who openly bribe foreign government officials. The judge in the Read more…

Mouin Rabbani: Did Israel Perpetrate a ‘Massacre’ in the Jenin Refugee Camp?

Even before the Israeli military completed its conquest of the Jenin refugee camp on 11 April, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had established a public relations committee specifically devoted to defending the Jewish state’s conduct in the camp. That a sustained exercise in damage control would be required had Read more…

Justin Huggler: What really happened in Jenin?

The thought was as unshakable as the stench wafting from the ruins. Was this really about counterterrorism? Was it revenge? Or was it an episode – the nastiest so far – in a long war by Ariel Sharon, the staunch opponent of the Oslo accords, to establish Israel’s presence in the West Bank as permanent, Read more…

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