Category: Middle East

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Joel Kovel: So You Want To Be A Senator?

  When I was asked by the Green Party to run for Al D’Amato’s senate seat in New York, I faced a starkly unfavorable prospect. The winner-take-all election system is designed to keep small parties out, in contrast to the proportional representation system of many parliamentary democracies, such as Germany, where Greens have been able Read more…

James Petras: title(“Who’s Lying to Who in the Gulf?”)

  The Clinton-orchestrated worldwide military campaign to bomb Iraq has created one of the broadest coalitions in recent history. European Social Democrats and Middle Eastern Sheikdoms; Chinese and Russian ex-Communists join with free marketeers in Latin America to echo Washington’s rhetoric. The list is long and the military threats are real–echoed in the United Nations Read more…

Dennis bernstein and larry Everest: Cops That Maim And Kill

  The following passage comes from a recent report by Amnesty International’s historic, 150-page report–United States of America: Rights for All. "There is a widespread and persistent problem of police brutality….Thousands of individual complaints about police abuse are reported each year….Police officers have beaten and shot unresisting suspects; they have misused batons, chemical sprays and Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Civil Rights & Patriotism

"stoke of the pen"– that the current administration’s infamous "don’t ask/ don’t tell" compromise has actually made the situation of gay men and lesbians in the armed forces worse. This emphasis on overcoming anti-gay discrimination in the military has, however, prevented the movement from taking a more progressive, and harder, look at the symbolic and Read more…

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Edward Herman: Bombing A La Mode

The U.S. leadership and elite are ready, willing, and often eager to drop bombs on the lesser peoples of the world. They can do this without fear of retaliation because of the huge military advantage of a superpower and the subservience of the "international community." U.S. leaders are also never constrained by any sense of Read more…

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David Bacon: title(“Fraud In Oakland’s Garbage Sweatshop”)

When 70 workers walked out of a west Oakland recycling facility August 21, they simply wanted a raise. But the increasingly bitter East Bay strike uncovered, not just abusive working conditions and poverty wages, but de facto municipal sanction of a garbage-sorting sweatshop, operated for years in violation of its own city contract.  As the Read more…

Hannibal Travis: Congress Privatizes the Net

Buried deep in the mammoth spending bills recently passed by Congress, with barely a whimper from the "all-Lewinsky, all-the-time" news media, were two complex pieces of legislation that threatened to further erode privacy and free speech on the Internet. Between them, the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) criminalize speech Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Too Many Young Males

Hotel Satire Too Many Young Males By Lydia Sargent    Welcome to Hotel Satire where we have been sickened by the sex scandal in the White House. We agree with the Christian Coalition that Clinton is Satan and are hoping that Kenneth Starr appoints the very moral and upstanding Dan Quayle as president, the Constitution Read more…

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Neve Gordon: The Jewish Lobby

Mideast Matters The Jewish Lobby By Neve Gordon   A few of you here don’t like the Jews and I know why,” Jerry Falwell declared in a 1979 I Love America rally. In 1993, he made a disparaging reference to “the little Jewish lawyer” who was handling a lawsuit that challenged the eligibility of Falwell’s Read more…

Donna m. Hughes: Women in Iran

  Women in Iran want equality, respect, and the right to participate in all social, political, and economic activities. They want to live their lives productively and with dignity. Throughout the 20th Century Iranian women have organized and fought for human and political rights, from the Constitutional Revolution at the turn of the century to Read more…

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