Category: El Salvador

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot’s Death In The Propaganda System

  The death of Pol Pot on April 15, 1998 unleashed a media barrage of indignation and sanitized history that illustrates well their role as agents in a system of propaganda. While Pol Pot was undoubtedly a mass killer and evil force, and deserves angry condemnation, the U.S. media’s indignation ebbs and flows in accord Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Domestic Constituencies

  Let’s begin with some simple points, assuming conditions that now prevail–not, of course, the terminus of the unending struggle for freedom and justice. There is a "public arena" in which, in principle, individuals can participate in decisions that involve the general society: how public revenues are obtained and used, what foreign policy will be, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Rogue States

  The concept of "rogue state" plays a pre-eminent role today in policy planning and analysis. The current Iraq crisis is only the latest example. Washington and London declared Iraq a "rogue state," a threat to its neighbors and to the entire world, an "outlaw nation" led by a reincarnation of Hitler who must be Read more…

Mariana Mora: Massacre in Chiapas

The Government’s double headed game unfolds to disclose a strategy of violence and military solutions to the 4 year conflict   "They, our fathers, our mothers will ensure that we reach the dream of justice. Their blood will water our earth, our cornfields, our houses so that peace may awaken and justice shine." On Christmas Read more…

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David Barsamian: Activism On and Off the Reservation

pretty much linked to the rest of it. I had the benefit of presenting the research I had done to the UN. Then I asked if I could go and work in these communi­ties that were impacted. So I began by working down in the Navajo reservation in the Southwest on uranium mining, and then Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Human Rights Charade

  The business of America is business The Chinese market is huge and its increasing openness to foreign business has caused a global "gold rush" from which U.S. business does not want to be excluded. A powerful business lobby has been organized here to fight for government support for entry into the Chinese market, and Read more…

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David Bacon: The Revolt In The Asbestos

Sergio Ruiz Nuñez is a lonely man. Remembering his wife and daughter left behind in Mexico City a year ago, he cannot speak. To hide the water welling up in the corners of his eyes, he turns away. "You know," he finally says, "when you come to this country you have so many illusions. There Read more…

James Petras: El Salvador Elections

Petras   The signing of a peace accord between the guerrilla commanders and the right-wing government in 1992 promised a period of freedom, prosperity, and peace. Overseas donors would contribute funds for reconstruction, reinsertion of combatants, and social reform. The regime would dismantle the repressive apparatuses including the paramilitary death squads and encourage popular participation Read more…

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Site Administrator: CrossCurrents: Imagine A Country

Holly Sklar   Imagine a country where one out of four children is born into poverty, and wealth is being redistributed upward. Since the 1970s, the top 1 percent of families have doubled their share of the nation’s wealth—while the percentage of children living in extreme poverty has also doubled. Highlighting growing wage inequality, the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Word Tricks & Propaganda

Edward S. Herman   The mainstream media carry out their propaganda service on behalf of the corporate and political establishment in many ways: by choice of topics addressed (government rather than corporate abuses, welfare rather than Pentagon waste, Kadaffi rather than Guatemalan state terrorism), by their framing of issues (GDP growth rather than distribution, Fed Read more…

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