Category: 11-Sept

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Norman Solomon: Spinning Media Gears For A Far Away War

BAGHDAD — From the 12th floor of the Al-Rashid Hotel, the view is much like the panorama of any large metropolis. Along wide streets, cars are in constant motion. The cityscape is filled with tall buildings and residential neighborhoods. Nothing seems out of the ordinary — except that if all goes according to plan, my Read more…

Geov Parrish: A Moment Of Deep Hope

Recently I had the tremendous honor, and pleasure, of sitting down for a conversation with one of the true heroes of global efforts to create a more equitable and sustainable world. Indian physicist Vandana Shiva is one of the most renowned and respected grassroots leaders in the global South. She has worked extraordinarily effectively to Read more…

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David Edwards: We Cry. We Live. We Feel: September 11 – October 7

Two possible options were immediately obvious in the aftermath of the appalling atrocities of September 11: we could seek to identify and address the true causes of the catastrophe in the real and perceived grievances of those who caused it; or we could reject such attempts in an effort to protect and enforce the status Read more…

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Mark Selden: Terrorism Before and After 9-11

The United States has made the "war on terrorism" the centerpiece of its global strategy since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has proclaimed its leadership of a world-wide alliance to exterminate an "Axis of Evil." But what is terrorism? Who are its perpetrators? And what is Read more…

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Edward Herman: Tragic Errors in U.S. Military Policy

Edward S. Herman  U.S. military policy has long been based on strategies and tactics that involve a heavy civilian toll. This has followed from a combination of factors, whose proportions and effects vary depending on circumstances. But this combination always yields a large, sometimes vast, civilian toll. However, as it is claimed by the war Read more…

James Petras: Crisis in the U.S.

The U.S. political and economic systems are in serious crisis—a crisis affecting its biggest multinational corporations and therefore the economy, a political crisis affecting the state in its relationship to internal security and external belligerancy and a crisis of the political system that not only fails to represent the electorate but is also incapable of Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Interview With Noam Chomsky about US Warplans

Various questions are circulating among people worried about war. On August 29, 2002, Michael Albert put some of these to Noam Chomsky, via email. Here are the questions and his responses… 1. Has Saddam Hussein been as evil as mainstream media says? Domestically? Internationally? He is as evil as they come, ranking with Suharto and Read more…

Sam Bahour: The Violence of Curfew

“Oh God, please tell Sharon to end the curfew by this Saturday so I can go to school.” This is how my secular, eight year old daughter, Areen, has put herself to sleep for the last two weeks. Areen, like so many others here, have turned to the divine powers to intervene in ending the Read more…

Darren Smith: The Scotsman on Iraq

From the day we are born we are trained to be in awe of the rich and famous and powerful – they are the ‘stars’ and ‘starlets’, the ‘screen goddesses’ and ‘pop idols’ floating far above the heads of us ‘ordinary people on the street’. Like children laughing at grown ups, we are invited to Read more…

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David Edwards: Conspiracy Free Conformity

Chemistry teachers have long delighted students by showing how near-perfect symmetrical structures can be produced by pouring a large number of small balls into a square box, whereupon a perfect pyramid is inevitably produced. The balls either land in a pyramid-building position, bounce into such a position, or bounce out of the structure. The resulting Read more…

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