Category: Middle East

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David Swanson: The Iraq War as a Trophy Photo

An artist should keep a human skull on the desk as a constant reminder of death, of the need to — in the words of a currently popular country tune — live like you were dying. A peace activist should keep a photo in his or her wallet of a small Iraqi child torn to Read more…

Aasim sajjad Akhtar: Not-so-failed states

The term ‘failed state’ has gained widespread currency over the past decade or so, and has been used in reference to a host of countries with widely differing histories and political trajectories. Not surprisingly, the majority of ‘failed states’ are post-colonial ones, while the right to throw the term around seems to have been arrogated Read more…

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Harsha Walia: Responding to the Toronto Terror Arrests

Last weekend, in a pre-dawn raid, four hundred officers arrested seventeen Canadian Muslim youth and young men- mostly under the age of 25- in a grand anti-terrorism bust. Since then, Canadians have been subjected to sensationalist reports of the smashing of an (alleged) Islamist terrorist conspiracy, and the government, police, and press are holding this Read more…

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Doug Ireland: TEHRAN WOMEN’S DEMO VIOLENTLY BROKEN UP BY POLICE

A women’s rights demonstration in Tehran was violently broken up by police today, Iranian feminists say in an exclusive dispatch just received by DIRELAND from Tehran. Women — including elderly women — were beaten, and many were arrested. Among those arrested was Jila Bani Yaghoub, a prominent Iranian journalist, who was led away in handcuffs. Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Pincer Strategy

Pincer: A movement in which two columns are driven, one on each side of an enemy stronghold, so as to be able to converge like the jaws of pincers to isolate and crush the stronghold./ Echoing calls from the left, Senator Arlen Specter recently announced plans to hold hearings on what he has described as Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Zowie Zarqawi!

The press tells us that our “thrilled” President was “conservative” or “carefully guarded,” or expressed “cautious optimism” in responding to the death of Abu Musad al-Zarqawi, the small-time thug, beheader, fomenter of Sunni/Shia civil war, and all-around violent extremist who became an American poster boy for terrorism in Iraq. Who had even heard of him Read more…

John Brown: The President Addresses the Good American People about Total Victory, Evil WMD, and VNTME

Office of the Press Secretary   The White House   Text of President Bush’s Televised Address to the Nation   Embargoed until Tuesday, June 13, 8:00 pm   My fellow Americans,   Given all the turning points in Iraq that we have experienced together, my trusted advisors have urged me to speak cautiously at this Read more…

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Patrick Bond: African Workers And Scholars Unite

At Workers University in Cairo, a mid-May gathering of 100 trade union leaders and intellectuals from across Africa adopted surprisingly common radical language, exhibiting a pent-up desire to jointly fight global neoliberalism. The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria) has been an extraordinary network for 5000 members who are the Read more…

Ron Wilkins: Mexico welcomed fugitive slaves and African American job-seekers

In 1829, AfroMexican President Vicente Guerrero signed a decree banning slavery in the Mexican Republic. There are, of course, many angles from which to view the escalating immigration debate. Mexican immigrants, who constitute the largest share of the undocumented, have a unique history with the African population inside the United States. As the Black community Read more…

Pratyush Chandra: Angels and Demons in the People’s Movement in Nepal

Today, the talk of people’s power in Nepal is the order of the day. Even the Mainstream Media, Moriarty, Manmohan and their intellectual goons are full of that. Evidently they are having hysterical fits intensified by the return of the Cold War paranoia. The possibility of the Maoists’ coming over ground and their revolutionary agenda Read more…

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