Category: Iran

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Sean Gonsalves: Joseph Campbell’s Mythical Soup

Sean Gonsalves Joseph Campbell reminded us how important myths are in shaping human culture and our own individual world-views. Of course, mythology cannot be truly understood in the narrow way it is commonly (mis)used today. In contemporary popular lingo a myth is an unnecessary falsification of reality. But myths are much more than that. The Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: “Sanctions on Iraq: The ‘Propaganda Campaign’”

  Hans von Sponeck resigns March 31 as the director of the United Nations humanitarian program in Iraq. Normally, the comings and goings of UN officials isn’t a subject for headlines or a source of encouragement for activists, but von Sponeck is now the second person to resign from this position, which involves oversight of Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Millennial Visions and Selective Vision Part Two

Noam Chomsky In fairness, it should be mentioned that the chorus of self-adulation that closed the millennium was disrupted by some discordant notes. Questions were raised about the consistency of our adherence to the guiding principles: the "new doctrine" that "universal standards of human rights were putting at least some limits on sovereignty," as illustrated Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: With Barak No Withdrawal, No Peace

Tanya Reinhart, Syria-Israel In Israel, there is a feeling of a great historical moment. Finally, after much pressure and diplomacy – the story goes – Asad agreed to turn to the road of peace. In the expected peace agreement, Syria will get back all of the Golan Heights, and Israel will get (among other things) Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Times and East Timor

Edward Herman Seth Mydans’s October 31 piece on the Indonesian departure from East Timor, "A Calamitous Era Plays Out Quietly For East Timorese," with its admission that 200,000 had died in Indonesia’s 24 year failed pacification effort, including its final "rampage of destruction," might impress some people as an illustration of objective journalism. But they Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: Wars No More

Blase Bonpane Just as a battered spouse who enables her partner to continue his abusive ways, so we, the people of Americas continue to enable the United States to be an incurable serial killer. The victims of the holocaust of the Third Reich have rightfully taken the position, "Never Again". Why cannot we, restrain the Read more…

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Saul Landau: More Nuclear Disasters

Saul Landau The Lesson Unlearned "We have contained the spread of radiation from last week’s nuclear accident," Japanese authorities assured their citizens. They blame the chain reaction on improper handling of materials by low level workers. As if that explanation will sedate the Japanese public! The Japanese know all too well the long term effects Read more…

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Edward Herman: How the media have protected U.S. Appeasement- Collusion with Indonesia in East Timor

Edward Herman The mainstream U.S. media have performed a semi-miracle in reporting on the East Timor crisis, providing us with a model case of apologetics in the service of state policy. Although the U.S. appeased and tacitly colluded with Indonesia as the latter attempted to disrupt the August 30 referendum and then followed this up Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Pinochet Decision

Saul Landau This week, a British magistrate will decide whether to extradite Augusto Pinochet to Spain or release him. England has detained the former Chilean dictator for eleven plus months. In that time, his case has brought to world attention the principals of international human rights law. The Chilean government argues that Spain has no Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Western Betrayal of East Timor

Edward Herman  and David Peterson Led by Australia, U.N.-sponsored peacekeepers continue to arrive in East Timor, where they are finding a staggering level of destruction. Reconnaissance flights over the half-island territory report scenes of Biblical dimensions, where the "Lord rained down fire and brimstone from the skies." The departing Indonesian forces have burned virtually every Read more…

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