Category: Middle East

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Russell Mokhiber: With Friends Like These

and Robert Weissman With friends like these, Africa certainly doesn’t need any enemies. Africa’s "friends" in Congress have again introduced a "NAFTA-for-Africa" bill. In early February, Representatives Philip Crane, R-Illinois, and Charles Rangel, D-New York, reintroduced an African free trade bill called the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which passed the House of Representatives in Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Terrorists and Madmen

The official U.S. explanation for the missile strikes on the Sudanese pharmaceutical plant last summer was so transparently bogus that even the New York Times — after its initial approving editorial — was forced a few days later to run a skeptical report. One hardly needed Seymour Hersh’s thorough debunking in the New Yorker (12 Read more…

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Michael Albert: Some Thoughts About the Bombings

(1) Does it ring any bells for anyone else that bombing country A may not have anything to do with country A per se, at least in recent times? Once it begins, bombing almost never yields a sought outcome regarding the place bombed (save, of course, when one literally wants to devastate it). It rarely Read more…

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Site Administrator: Nato’s Humanitarian Trigger

From James Rubin to Christiane Amanpour, the broad range of government and media opinion is totally united in demanding that NATO bomb Serbia. This is necessary, we are told, in order to "avert a humanitarian catastrophe", and because, "the only language Milosevic understands is force"… which happens to be the language the U.S. wants to Read more…

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Tim Wise: Kill First, Ask Questions Later

Tim Wise It’s been nearly four decades since the last execution in Tennessee. During that time, my state has resisted boarding the killing train engineered by folks in places like Florida and Texas, where execution has been refined to a near science, applied with such efficiency that it passes with hardly a notice whenever either Read more…

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Tim Wise: Racism and “Preferential Treatment” by the Numbers

By Tim Wise Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) Anyone who does political analysis, advocacy or organizing knows that folks on all sides of an issue have "numbers." Trotting out statistics to prove one’s point about something is a well-accepted practice, and yet rarely do we stop to think about what certain numbers mean: be Read more…

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Edward Herman: How the NYT Solved the New Guatemala Problem

Newspaper of Record, as an establishment institution and consistent defender of U.S. imperial prerogatives, and it is interesting and amusing to see how it coped. One problem for the paper was to explain and justify U.S. complicity in light of this country’s definitionally good and benevolent qualities. Sometimes this problem has been eased by discrediting Read more…

D. stanley Eitzen: Upward Mobility Through Sport?

Typically, Americans believe that sport is a path to upward social mobility. This belief is based on the obvious examples we see as poor boys and men (rarely girls and women) from rural and urban areas, whether white or black, sometimes skyrocket to fame and fortune through success in sports. Sometimes the financial reward has Read more…

Tor Wennerberg: Liberty for Property: On human nature, economics, and democracy

or women’s rights and so on. It wasn’t just people screaming at each other. There were interesting arguments on both sides. The pro-slavery side had substantial arguments that are not easy to answer. But there was a common moral ground in which a good bit of the debate took place, and as it resolved, which Read more…

Billy Nessen: East Timor in Suharto’s Shadow

Dili, June 28, 1998. They came running at us, screaming something. One man’s face was painted red and white, the Indonesian flag, and his fist hit my chin, a sharp jolt near my ear as I staggered back. His colleagues surrounded me and Felipe and Jose, two East Timorese university students, on the narrow side-street. Read more…

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