Category: Middle East

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Norman Solomon: When Will the Media Call It War

Nearly two months have passed since the beginning of NATO’s air war against Yugoslavia. After a shaky start, Washington’s spin machinery has done much to promote a war agenda — with crucial assistance from major U.S. news media. Early on, top officials of the Clinton administration seemed to be playing catch-up. "The problem is they Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: The Israeli Elections

This is a translation of a column that appeared in the Israeli daily ‘yediot’ on May 16, 1999 (a day before the elections). The last Israeli elections were decided by the ballots that "do not count" – the blank ballots. 148 thousand people, about 5% of the voters opted for this choice in the prime-minister Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Jackson and the Contradictions of War

Into the storm’s eye of the Balkin war stepped Rev. Jesse Jackson, and, once again, he emerges with prisoners of war. Exercising what scholars called "citizen’s diplomacy," where personalities intervene in international situations for individual political, ideological, or moral reasons, Jackson by-passed the normal channels of diplomacy and injected an unstable variable into the equation. Read more…

Guest Author: Atlantic Alliance

with my own eyes – travelling under the Nato bombardment – the house-burning in Kosovo and the hundreds of Albanians awaiting dispossession in their villages. But back to the subject – and perhaps my first question should be put a little more boldly. Not: "How much longer do we have to endure this stupid, hopeless, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Moral Principles and International Law

But attention to Pol Pot’s crimes, while a worthy enterprise (if done honestly, which was rarely the case), had little if any moral significance because there was no hint of a proposal as to what to do about them — and when they were terminated, the US was infuriated and severely punished the criminals (the Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: The Greeks, Kosovo, and the U.S.

Following the Chomskyan distinction, in the present text the word Greeks refers to the inhabitants of the geographic region of Greece as distinct from the political and economic elits that "govern" the country. (The use of the quotation marks is explained later on.) But, first, a report on the main events in Greece for the Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Kosovo/NATO Conflict

1. What are the roots of the Kosovo conflict? Ethnic Serbs and Albanians give extended historical arguments going back as far as 1389 or 1912 or World War II. The basic issue is that the Kosovo province of Serbia (called Kosova in Albanian) has a large majority—as much as 90 percent—of ethnic Albanians with a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Crisis in the Balkans

Noam Chomsky On March 24, U.S.-led NATO forces launched cruise missiles and bombs at targets in Yugoslavia, “plunging America into a military conflict that President Clinton said was necessary to stop ethnic cleansing and bring stability to Eastern Europe,” lead stories in the press reported. In a televised address, Clinton explained that by bombing Yugoslavia, Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Godfather’s New World Order

Edward S. Herman Perhaps we should take heart in the rationality of the process whereby power affects global moral judgments and policies, even if this results in the institutionalization of truly laughable double standards. Examples abound. The Godfather can get away with supporting tyrants of the most monstrous sort for decades (e.g., the Duvaliers of Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Fight the Power

Last weekend, my son, Inti, who is 20 and I, who am quite a few years older than that, went to San Francisco to take part in a rally and demonstration in support of political prisoner and death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The main demand is for a new trial for Mumia. It was the Read more…

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