Category: Middle East

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Ward Churchill: Assaults on Truth and Memory, Part II

Ward Churchill The costs of these systematic assaults on truth and memory by those who argue the uniqueness of Jewish victimization have often been high for those whose suffering is correspondingly downgraded or shunted into historical oblivion. This concerns not only the victims of the many genocides occurring outside the framework of nazism, but non-Jews Read more…

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David Edwards: Global warming and the political economy of threats

To a casual observer, the reality, or otherwise, of a threat to humankind would appear to be determined by inexact but essentially rational calculations based on evidence, hard facts, and best guesses all wrapped up in a framework of concern for the general well-being of people and planet. Not so. In fact, the perceived seriousness Read more…

Harold Pinter: It Never Happened

Pinter Can it be true? Are the other "major powers" in the world finally moving towards a position where their contempt for the assertion of U.S. power is actually being embodied in action? For the fourth year running the United Nations has voted for the motion condemning the U.S. embargo of Cuba, this time by Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Hotel Satire

Lydia Sargent Recently, we received a brochure in the mail all about "Communication Skills for Women: Achieving Confidence, Credibility, and Composure," a one-day seminar by the Institute for Professional Businesswomen. In a single day women can learn: 4 negotiating strategies that guarantee you’ll get what you need from anyone, in any situation! How to "turn Read more…

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Edward Herman: Gary Webb and the Media’s Rush to the Barricades

Edward S. Herman Every so often the mainstream media’s pack response to a story throws a powerful light on their deep collective biases. Such was the case following the publication of Gary Webb’s series in the San Jose Mercury News on the CIA’s connection to the drug epidemic in Los Angeles. Characteristically, the media failed Read more…

Danielle Knight: Who Benefits, Who Suffers?

Knight   George and Edvino, ages 12 and 13, have been hired as farm workers in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, a town in the state of Parana located in Southern Brazil. This week they are applying pesticides. Edvino, wearing a dusty Yankees baseball cap and Lee Jeans, nervously giggles as George explains how the hand-held Read more…

Paul von Blum: Extending the Legacy: The Political Art of Ian White

  Many American art historians, critics, and laypersons know of the powerful influence of Charles White, one of the premier African American artists of the 20th century. Thousands of appreciative viewers have been moved by his murals, paintings, and prints. White spent his entire career promoting a critical vision highlighting the struggles and poorly-recognized accomplishments Read more…

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David Bacon: Still Hungry

Bacon   In 1974, the first World Food Conference declared "the inalienable right to be free from hunger." Meeting at the just-concluded World Food Summit in Rome 22 years later, governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and food producers themselves could hardly avoid the obvious. The number of hungry hasn’t declined significantly. Today 809 million people Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE ILLIBERAL MEDIA

Novak (CrossFire), the McLaughlin Group, and Rush Limbaugh and Limbaugh clones; and even PBS is saturated with right-wing regulars (Buckley, Brown, McLaughlin, Wattenberg).   The Pitiful Giant Syndrome Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) recently listed 52 national media figures of the right, from Roger Ailes to Walter Williams, most of whom have proclaimed the Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: Anti-Semitism in U.S. Middle East Policy

Look, the Senator actually agrees with you,” pleaded the exasperated senior aide of a prominent liberal Democrat. He was being confronted by a group of us in the spring of 1992, all peace and human rights activists, about his boss’s strident support of Israel‘s right-wing Likud government and his indifference to the plight of the Read more…

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