Category: Iraq

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Vijay Prashad: Behind the Front; Nuclear Deterrance Indo-Pak Style

Vijay Prashad May, 1998. India and then, Pakistan, tested nuclear devices of questionable ferocity to launch themselves as nuclear power States. Both countries made diplomatic bids to join the discriminatory nuclear bargain currently being flogged to the world as a test ban treaty (CTBT). The Prime Minister of India traveled to Pakistan where the two Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Importance of a Left Media

A jarring moment in the Philadelphia area propaganda outpouring in support of the bombing of Yugoslavia was a passionately prowar Op Ed column in the Philadelphia Inquirer by long-time local antiwar activist Mark Sacharoff ("NATO did what it had to do," April 1, 1999). It is of course noteworthy that Sacharoff’s piece was selected for Read more…

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Tim Wise: The Threat of a Good Example

Occasionally when I’m speaking to college students, attempting to inspire at least a few to commit themselves to social justice as a way of life and perhaps career, I’m asked the question for which there is no easy answer; the one that goes: "What’s the point? Can you make a difference? Why fight against such Read more…

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Edward Herman: Kosovo and Doublespeak

War, propaganda, and the proliferation of doublespeak have always gone hand-in-hand. As was the case during the Persian Gulf war, the NATO war against Yugoslavia witnessed a collapse of mainstream media integrity and a new surge of doublespeak in the service of the war party. It was grimly humorous that NATO and its compliant media Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Signs of Movement? The State of Anti-War Activism in the U.S.

As the Western media proclaimed a cowardly victory for the US/NATO bombing campaign in Yugoslavia this past weekend, the stability of "peace talks" was already beginning to waver, and thousands were turning out to demonstrate against the war on each coast of the United States, as well as the UK, Canada, Greece, and other places Read more…

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Edward Herman: ‘Balance’ Sickness at The Nation

The Nation has not distinguished itself in its coverage of the Kosovo crisis. It has had some good editorials and articles, but these are nicely balanced by pro-war pieces. It should embarrass the editors that its UN Correspondent Ian Williams is a fanatical hawk, who supports the NATO violations of the UN Charter and contemptuous Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Milosevic Indictment

Following World War II, a war crimes tribunal was held in Tokyo to try Japanese political and military leaders. There is no doubt that the defendants were responsible for appalling atrocities, but, as the Indian judge on the tribunal wrote in his dissenting opinion, the victorious allies had themselves committed grave crimes, and the U.S. Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Three On Kosovo

"This is mere pretext for our arrogant assertion of dominance and power in defiance of international law. We make the non-negotiable demands and rules, and implement them by military force." With enormous help from mass media, the White House has been able to marginalize the public on matters of war and peace. Reporters and pundits Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Whose Atrocity Is Bigger

Milosovic has committed atrocities. Therefore it is okay for us to commit atrocities. He is terrorizing the Albanians in Kosovo. Therefore we can terrorize the population of cities and villages in Yugoslavia. I get e-mail messages from Yugoslav opponents of Milosovic, who demonstrated against him in the streets of Belgrade (before the air strikes began), Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Restive Allies

Diana Johnstone The florid and reckless war rhetoric of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is the stuff British tabloids are made of. Likening the latest recalcitrant foreign leader to Hitler is the sort of thing readers on the London tube expect to find in between sex scandals and cleavage Read more…

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