Category: Iraq

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John Pilger: Academia is silent on imperialism, as German universities were during the rise of the Nazis

Pilger The other day, I attended a conference at the University of Sussex on the "new imperialism". What was extraordinary was that it took place at all. Julian Saurin, who teaches in the school of African and Asian studies at Sussex, said that, in ten years, he had never known an open discussion on imperialism. Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Stop the Torture Trade

Mokhiber and Robert Weissman Torture predates the development of the corporation. But corporations are entangled in the modern-day commerce in devices of torture. In a new report, Amnesty International shines a spotlight on the makers of law enforcement equipment and how their devices are used by torturers around the world (including in the United States). Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Problem of the Twenty-First Century is the Problem of the ColorBlind

[Adapted from Dean Shirley Newman’s Lecture Series (Facing Up to History: Racism’s Pasts and Presence) at the University of Michigan, 22 March 2001] A few years ago I had the fortune of spending a morning debating Dinesh D’Souza on the question of affirmative action. It was in Chicago at the South Asian Students’ Association annual Read more…

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Mike Gould: Pax Americana

Pax Americana   By Mike Gould, a communication consultant based in the Netherlands   We live in a time of simplistic polarized views, whereas global politics may never have been more complex. Of particular difficulty for the West since the end of the Cold War has been the transition from a bipolar to a unipolar Read more…

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Norman Solomon: OBSTINATE MEMORY AND PURSUIT OF THE PRESENT

Norman Solomon Henry Kissinger usually has an easy time defending the  indefensible on national television. But he faced some pointed questions  during a recent interview with the PBS "NewsHour" about the U.S. role in  bringing a military dictatorship to Chile. When his comments aired on Feb.  20, the famous American diplomat made a chilling spectacle Read more…

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David Edwards: BIG BROTHER’S BAD INFLUENCE

  December 2001 will see London hosting the first conference exploring the extent to which radical writing tends to incorporate, and be corrupted by, mainstream prejudices, emphases and ethical presumptions. The first subject under discussion will be the way that radical, like mainstream, writers are expected to ‘hang’ their articles on a ‘hook’: articles have Read more…

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Tariq Ali: New Labour, New Bombs

Tariq Ali As the future ripens in the past, so the past rots in the present. American leaders have long been used to treating the cracked British vase as a pisspot, but Attlee and Wilson, while dutifully kissing ass in the White House, did, at least, attempt to restrict and restrain the United States, albeit Read more…

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Robert Naiman: The Economic and Social Toll of U.S. Policy Towards Iraq

Robert Naiman Ten years after the United States and its allies imposed economic sanctions following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the embargo rremains largely in place. Theembargo continues to exact a heavy toll on Iraqi society, even after the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 986 ("Oil for Food,") that allows Iraq to export oil Read more…

Guest Author: The PanAm 103 Verdict

William Blum The papers are filled with pictures of happy relatives of the victims of the 1988 bombing of PanAm 103. A Libyan, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, was just found guilty of the bombing by a Scottish court in the Hague, his co-defendant, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, being acquitted. At long last there’s going Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Inauguration 2001: A Citizens’ Oath of Office

Robert Jensen On Inauguration Day 2001, standing on the steps of the State Capitol just a  few blocks from the governor’s mansion that George W. Bush recently had  vacated, about 1,000 Austin residents raised their hands as I administered  a Citizens’ Oath of Office: "I do solemnly pledge that I will faithfully execute the office Read more…

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