Category: Middle East

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Edward Herman: GLOBAL ROGUE STATE

more than they would label it a terrorist state or sponsor of terror, no matter how close the fit. If a country is sufficiently powerful, it naturally assumes the role of global policeman, and as such it designates who are terrorists and rogues. This role is accepted and internalized not only by its own media, Read more…

Wayne Grytting: Newspeak

corporations, their work is inevitably compromised. Just the opposite was demonstrated by attorney Gary Reback at a conference on Microsoft sponsored by Ralph Nader. Recently the Gates monolith bought out Funk & Wagnell’s Encyclopedia to use for their on-line "Encarta" version. Funk and Wagnell’s originally had an entry on none other than Bill Gates himself, Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Human Rights Charade

  The business of America is business The Chinese market is huge and its increasing openness to foreign business has caused a global "gold rush" from which U.S. business does not want to be excluded. A powerful business lobby has been organized here to fight for government support for entry into the Chinese market, and Read more…

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David Barsamian: Activism On and Off the Reservation

pretty much linked to the rest of it. I had the benefit of presenting the research I had done to the UN. Then I asked if I could go and work in these communi­ties that were impacted. So I began by working down in the Navajo reservation in the Southwest on uranium mining, and then Read more…

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Christian Parenti: The Revolution in American Policing

  There is a revolution underway in American policing. An increasing number of police departments are mixing aggressive "zero tolerance" enforcement, aimed at minor disorders, with bureaucratic decentralization, computerized mapping of crime statistics, and a business-like focus on the "bottom line" of reduced crime rates. Nationwide crime rates are declining, with a cluster of "zero Read more…

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Amy Goodman: New Exception to the Rulers, Part 2

by land, and bombed East Timor. The carnage was unbelievable. The killing was massive in the first few days. Thousands of Timorese were killed. They would drag people out of their houses, bring down their families to the harbors, Dili, the capital of East Timor, and shoot people into the harbor as their family members Read more…

James Petras: title(“Clinton’s Triumphant Tour of Latin America”)

  Clinton’s visit to Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina has been heralded as a new era of progress for the hemisphere: free markets, free elections, and free trade. The president’s stated goal in his major speech was to establish one big free market from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. While Clinton praises the "magic of the Read more…

Jan knippers Black: Booming on Borrowed Labor

  After more than five years of graduate study in Great Britain, Asliza was anxious to return to her native Brunei. But the country she returned to was not the same one she had left. She wonders at times how much longer she will be able to stay. She doesn’t mind covering her head with Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Excerpt from The Trouble With Dilbert

Forthcoming from Common Courage   By late 1996, Dilbert characters and cartoons were central to pep-talk booklets that Xerox was producing and distributing to employees. Dilbert cartoon characters or complete Dilbert comic strips adorn nearly every page of the Xerox employee guidelines, which include formulas like "Empowerment = Growth and Productivity." In other words, the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Privileged Dependency and Waste: The Military Budget

  Resource Allocation in a Weapons Culture The United States remains a weapons culture today, with the MIC still powerful and dominant in national priorities. This is strikingly displayed in the Center for Defense Information’s (CDI) chart (shown below) depicting Clinton’s proposed 1998 allocation of discretionary (as opposed to mandatory) spending. It can be seen Read more…

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