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Michael Albert: Peace Movement Prospects

September 11 went well beyond tragic. Worse is possible. Much better is also possible. And to achieve better is why activists need to not only mourn, but also to educate and organize. But many people I encounter doubt peace movement prospects. I find this wrong for two reasons. One, doubting prospects wastes time. Even when Read more…

Guest Author: IMF’S FOUR STEPS TO DAMNATION

  It was like a scene out of Le Carr: the brilliant agent comes in from the cold and, in hours of debriefing, empties his memory of horrors committed in the name of an ideology gone rotten. But this was a far bigger catch than some used-up Cold War spy. The former apparatchik was Joseph Read more…

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Justin Podur: Fumigation and worse in Colombia

Podur "Who in the US benefits from fumigating Colombians?" the man asked me pointedly in the crowded community hall. The community was in a paramilitary-controlled part of Putumayo. Putumayo is a southern department of Colombia where the guerrilla insurgency is strong, where much coca is grown, where paramilitary massacres, disappearances, and assassinations are frequent, and Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Ghana’s hydro-class struggles

Bond ACCRA — Notwithstanding the horrific soccer stadium disaster in which at least 165 people were killed in a police-incited stampede on May 9, the past week offered signs of genuine hope in Ghana. I’ve been privileged to witness a careful regrouping of the country’s former revolutionary student/community movement, which is strengthening its political base Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Imperialism, Human Rights, and Protectionism

Recently I was asked to answer some questions about tactical choices facing the movement against corporate sponsored globalization. Unfortunately, people and groups inside the movement differ in their answers to these questions, and those differences threaten to divide us. I offer my answers and reasons in hopes of persuading those who, up to now, have Read more…

Cecilia Zarate-laun: Introduction To Putumayo

Cecilia Zarate-Laun Last year the United States Congress and the Clinton administration made Colombia the third largest recipient of U.S. military assistance, approving a $1.3 billion package largely for a bilateral project called Plan Colombia. The focus of this assistance, about 70 percent of which is for military equipment and training, is the department of Read more…

Guest Author: CONNECTIONS OF CANF’S TREASURER

  The Cuban American National Foundation is well-represented on the GOP’s list of presidential electors from Florida by CANF’s treasurer, Feliciano M. Foyo, who happens to be a good friend of Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  Foyo has another friend named Luis Posada Carriles, one of the most notorious terrorists among Cuban expatriots.  In an autobiography Read more…

Eric Schwartz: After LA: Organizing to Win

Eric Schwartz In the nine months since our unexpected victory at the World Trade Organization summit, thousands of people have converged on Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to protest the International Monetary Fund/World Bank and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions (RNC and DNC). These mass actions have expanded the anti-capitalist and anti-globalizations movements Read more…

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Patrick Bond: The African grassroots and the global movement

Patrick Bond In a ZNet commentary last month, Noam Chomsky observed South-South-North alliances "taking shape at the grassroots level–an impressive development, rich in opportunity and promise, and surely causing no little concern in high places." I want to firmly endorse this trend and today reflect upon some tangible evidence of activism, visible from even my Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Clinton in Colombia: The Ugly American

Mark Weisbrot When President Clinton announced his trip to Colombia, he said his purpose was "to seek peace, to fight illicit drugs, to build its economy, and to deepen democracy." Nothing could be further from the truth. The Clinton administration seeks not peace but rather a military solution to the 40-year old civil war in Read more…

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