Category: Middle East

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Norman Solomon: Good Grief: When It Reigns, It Pours

"the suffering was somehow unimpressive." The same media outlets that can go into paroxysms of grief over one celebrity’s demise have shown themselves fully capable of ignoring—or even celebrating—the deaths of many people. In 1991, when U.S. bombs killed "enemy" soldiers and civilians, the American news media rejoiced. At the end of the slaughter known Read more…

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Z Staff: Writing for the Mainstream

Z Staff   Z: Over the years you have written in a lot of venues, ranging from newsletters to national left publications to mainstream periodicals and Time magazine. To what do you attribute this success? EHRENREICH: Is it success, whatever exactly that is, or just compulsive productivity? If it’s the latter, I can explain a Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Creating Institutions

Lydia Sargent   I was going to write an impersonal account of institution-building vis-a-vis describing Z Media Institute. That’s why all the ZMI photos in this article. But my original plan seemed: (a) impossible in the space allotted here; (b) dull; (c) not for me, my skills lie elsewhere; and (d) to take time away Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality

Noam Chomsky   I have been asked to speak on some aspect of academic or human freedom, an invitation that offers many choices. I will keep to some simple ones. Freedom without opportunity is a devil’s gift, and the refusal to provide such opportunities is criminal. The fate of the more vulnerable offers a sharp Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot And Kissinger

Edward S. Herman The hunt is on once again for war criminals, with ongoing trials of accused Serbs in The Hague, NATO raids seizing and killing other accused Serbs, and much discussion and enthusiasm in the media for bringing Pol Pot to trial, which the editors of the New York Times assure us would be Read more…

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Ted Glick: Unity in Diversity

Glick   Over the weekend of May 2-4, 1997, 150 people from over 90 organizations and from 19 states, the District of Columbia, and Mexico attended the National Independent Politics Summit/97 in Decatur, Illinois. This was the third Summit in the last 21 months organized by the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN). From its inception Read more…

Clara James: Haiti: The Roof Is Leaking

Clara James   On April 6, Haiti held elections to fill one-third of the Senate seats and positions on over 500 communal and town councils. The only problem was, most Haitians did not go to the polls. Only about 5 percent of those eligible to vote even bothered. Almost before local commentators could react, Washington Read more…

Jenna e. Ziman: Criminalizing the Charitable

Jenna E. Ziman   In cities throughout the world, a silent "war against the poor" is brewing, and control over food distribution is one of its most effective weapons. Food Not Bombs, a non-violent activist organization, is fighting this war by providing free food to homeless people in over 130 cities around the world, and Read more…

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Edward Herman: Word Tricks & Propaganda

Edward S. Herman   The mainstream media carry out their propaganda service on behalf of the corporate and political establishment in many ways: by choice of topics addressed (government rather than corporate abuses, welfare rather than Pentagon waste, Kadaffi rather than Guatemalan state terrorism), by their framing of issues (GDP growth rather than distribution, Fed Read more…

Rico Cleffi: An Anti-capitalist Billionaire?

Rico Cleffi   Certain segments of the business media have been buzzing lately over a "controversial" article entitled "The Capitalist Threat," written by billionaire investor George Soros. The article, which was the cover story of February’s Atlantic Monthly, attacked the irreconcilability of laissez-faire capitalism and "open societies." Recently National Public Radio’s "Marketplace" (2/23) ran a Read more…

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