Category: Iraq

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Michael Albert: Thinking About DU

Michael Albert The past week has seen a steadily escalating rush of commentary about Depleted Uranium used in the Gulf War and the Balkans bombing. Particularly in England but in much of Europe and the U.S. as well, left journalists are condemning DU’s use. E-mail notices crossing my desk pretty accurately track left attention – Read more…

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Edward Said: Trying again and again

Edward W. Said The last-ditch American effort to make Yasser Arafat terminate his own people’s sovereign existence bears the heavy imprint not only of the US-Israeli lobby but of Bill Clinton’s political style. To say of Clinton’s bridging proposals, as they have been euphemistically called, that they are a sort of fast food peace is Read more…

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David Cromwell: An Unholy Trinity: Truth, Market Forces and the Media

David Cromwell Are you a regular newspaper reader? If so, you’ll have noticed that many journalists and columnists include an email address at the bottom of their articles. They surely crave your feedback! So here’s a fun experiment. Fire off an email to the commentator of your choice asking: ‘To what extent can we learn Read more…

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Howard Zinn: TENNIS ON THE TITANIC

Howard Zinn As the prize of the presidency lurched wildly back and forth in the last days of the year, with the entire nation hypnotized by the spectacle, I had a vision. I saw the Titanic churning through the waters of the North Atlantic toward an iceberg looming in the distance, while passengers and crew Read more…

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Edward Herman: LIBERAL APOLOGETICS FOR IMPERIALISM

Edward S. Herman The American Prospect (TAP) magazine, edited by Robert Kuttner and Paul Starr, with Robert Reich as "National Editor," is a liberal magazine par excellence, and has frequent articles on domestic policy issues that represent the best of traditional liberalism, opposed to welfare "reform" and the evolving systems of social and economic injustice. Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Betrayed Redemption in Chile

Vijay Prashad On Friday, 10 November, the Santiago (Chile) Court of Appeals refused to grant parole to retired army General Torres Silva. A few hours later, Judge Sergio Munoz indicted a general on active duty, Hernan Ramirez for the same crime. Both these leading figures of the ousted regime of former General Augusto Pinochet, the Read more…

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David Cromwell: Silent Democracy

David Cromwell  and David Edwards  "It’s sociologically interesting, though scary", said the actor Anthony Sher in a recent interview, "that you can be inside an evil system and be somehow unaware of it." South African by birth, Sher was talking about the former system of apartheid. But what if the same could be said of Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE MONEY, MEDIA, AND LIBERAL-LEFT ROLE IN PLUTOCRATIC ELECTIONS

Edward S. Herman In many ways the system is working beautifully right now. First of all, money dominates the initial selection and weeding out of presidential candidates, so that only those who will serve the corporate interest on the basics–advancing "free trade," keeping the lid on or shrinking the welfare state, and preserving and strengthening Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: The Death of the Dinosaur, the Saber Tooth Tiger, and Militarism

Sunni Moslem Saladin on July 4, 1187. The concept of Holy War or Jihad did not begin with the Moslems, on the contrary, it was a Moslem imitation of the "Holy War" of the Christian Crusaders. Was Japan defeated in World War II? Ask one of the world’s major economic powers. Were the Mexicans defeated Read more…

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Norman Solomon: HOLY SMOKE AND MIRRORS: THE RISE OF CENTRIST THEOCRATS

Norman Solomon It’s always dangerous when politicians claim to be doing God’s will. So, as the novelty fades from Al Gore’s selection of Joseph Lieberman, journalists should ask some probing questions about the ticket’s conspicuous piety. Over the years, Republican policymakers have been fond of saying that they rely on divine guidance. Cementing his alliance Read more…

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