Category: Coups

Baker Perry: School of the Americas

The weekend of November 17-18 marked the 11-year anniversary of the assassination of 6 Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her 13-year-old daughter. A UN Truth commission later found that 19 of the 26 responsible for the killings were graduates of the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, Georgia. Although this was Read more…

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David Barsamian: Intifada 2000: The Palestinian Uprising

David Barsamian Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, Palestine and attended schools there and in Cairo. He received a BA from Princeton, an MA and PhD from Harvard. He is University Professor at Columbia. He is the author of Orientalism, The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, Culture and Imperialism, Representations of the Intellectual, The Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Toxic Waste As Strategy, Part 2

The trade in toxic waste is more than a lucrative industry; it is also a central strategy of the New World Order, an intentional way of enclosing lands and resources—the very air we breathe—previously held in common and setting up trade in “pollution rights.” It is a means for proletarianizing peasants and villagers, driving them Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Toxic Wastes and the New World Order, Part 1

    Twelve years ago, the soon-to-be infamous barge, the Khian Sea, left the territorial waters of the United States and began circling the oceans in search of a country willing to accept its cargo: 14,000 tons of toxic incinerator ash. First it went to the Bahamas, then to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bermuda, Guinea Read more…

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Steve Ellner: Venezuela’s Foreign Policy

Steve Ellner Typically, State Department officials grit their teeth when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez challenges U.S. foreign policy, but occasionally he provokes a sharper reaction. For example, in August Chávez was the first Western nation head of state to visit Iraq since the U.N.-imposed boycott went into effect ten years ago. State Department spokesperson Richard Read more…

Kathleen Richter: Revolutionary Afghan Women

Most Americans are by now aware of the abysmal human rights abuses perpetuated in Afghanistan by the ultra fundamentalist Taliban regime—public amputation is the punishment for robbery, adulterers are stoned to death, and women and girls are barred from school and employment, and from leaving the house without a male relative. Those who fail to Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Spin &the Israeli Occupation

Norman Solomon The formula for American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is simple: Report on the latest developments in the fragile “peace process.” Depict U.S. officials as honest brokers in the negotiations. Emphasize the need for restraint and compromise instead of instability and bloodshed. In the world according to news media, the U.S. government Read more…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Enigma of Chavez

[Translated by Mark McHarry] On December 6, 1998, Hugo Chávez won the presidency of Venezuela, his sixth consecutive election victory. Who really is this man who has awakened as many hopes as fears? With his characteristic style, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude narrates the fateful political biography of Hugo Chávez. He concludes Read more…

Suzanne Simon: Texaco’s Ecological Terrorism of the Ecuadorian Amazon

Suzanne Simon From 1972 until 1992, the U.S.-based Texaco Corporation spearheaded oil production activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They guided exploration activities, built roads and a trans-Ecuadorian pipeline, which runs from the oil town of Lago Agrio to the port city of Esmeraldas. These two decades of oil extraction and production have resulted in levels Read more…

Daniel Schirmer: President Clinton, A Corporate Offensive, and Okinawan Bases

Daniel Schirmer For about a decade the United States has been the world’s sole superpower. It has had global supremacy, both economic and military. Today there is evidence that members of the U.S. corporate elite, the dominant influence in Washington, have been engaged in a global offensive to maintain and strengthen U.S. hegemony. The Clinton Read more…

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