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Michael Moore: Police Raid Booksigning

Dear Friends, It’s a few minutes before midnight, on Friday night on 3/8/2002. I’m in San Diego, and I have just escaped being arrested by the San Diego police. This book tour keeps getting more surreal, but the last hour has been unlike anything I have yet seen. I have come to San Diego to Read more…

Duncan Campbell: Us Sends Suspects To Face Torture

The US has been secretly sending prisoners suspected of al-Qaida connections to countries where torture during interrogation is legal, according to US diplomatic and intelligence sources. Prisoners moved to such countries as Egypt and Jordan can be subjected to torture and threats to their families to extract information sought by the US in the wake Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: The Nightmare in Israel

By Let’s start with Baruch Kimmering, a sociologist at Hebrew University. Here’s what he sent to the Jerusalem Weekly Kol Ha’Ir last month, which duly published it: “I accuse Ariel Sharon of creating a process in which he will not only intensify the reciprocal bloodshed, but is liable to instigate a regional war and partial Read more…

Cristina Feijoo: Latin American Report on the World Social Forum (II):

The World Social Forum is taking place in Porto Alegre, capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). The political process that made this encounter possible was the following: the Worker’s Party (PT, Partido de los Trabajadores) won the elections in this City, and undertook some limited municipal reforms. Then, 3 years ago, Read more…

Dilip Simeon: Threads of Conscience

Noam Chomsky – Rogue States – the Rule of Force in World Affairs – India Research Press, New Delhi, 2000;  Mark Juergensmeyer, Terror in the Mind of God – the Global Rise of Religious Violence – OUP, Delhi, 2000 American opinion columns after September 11 included the following recommendations: “The Afghans are responsible for the Read more…

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Saul Landau: I Don’t Got To Show You No Stinkin Reasons

Gore Vidal, the great novelist and political critic, asked me how I liked living under the dictatorship. I laughed, but I felt a chill. We’ve now experienced six months of life under unusual circumstances and it’s time that citizens did some serious critical re-evaluation of our predicament. To say that democracy is at stake is Read more…

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John Pilger: Venezuela: The Next Chile?

He has won two elections, and he has made a start on relieving poverty. So now the US wants to get rid of Venezuela‘s president   Almost 30 years after the violent destruction of the reformist government of Salvador Allende in Chile, a repeat performance is being planned in Venezuela. Little of this has been Read more…

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Norman Solomon: New Media Heights For A Remarkable Pundit

Thomas Friedman has achieved another media triumph with the debut of “Tom’s Journal” on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” The feature will be a “one-on-one debriefing of Friedman by Lehrer or one of the program’s senior correspondents,” says a news release from the influential PBS program. Friedman will appear perhaps a dozen times per year Read more…

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Tony Benn: Speech by Tony Benn

Comrades! Comrades our slogan today is “not in our name” but unfortunately, it is in our name. The bombs that are dropped on Iraqi will be British bombs funded by British taxpayers like ourselves. The depleted Uranium that was used before was paid for by us. All the crimes that have been described today are Read more…

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Amira Hass: Fear and loathing in Balata

Palestinian women reacting to explosions in Balata last Friday. “Why is the IDF allowed to harm Palestinian civilians and we aren’t allowed to harm Israeli civilians?” they asked in the refugee camp. (Photo: AP) In Ha_aretz, the Israeli Newspaper published in Tel Aviv BALATA – Even when the soldiers who had taken the upper floors Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: NAACP’s Confederate Flag Obsession

Two years ago, the NAACP galvanized a horde of politicians, college and professional athletes, black frats and sororities, hip-hop, rock and movie stars to march, rally and boycott South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag over the state capital dome. State officials capitulated and agreed to move the flag to a Confederate monument on state Read more…

Jose Saramago: FROM JUSTICE TO DEMOCRACY BY WAY OF THE BELLS

[The following was read in the closing ceremony of the World Social Forum. It was written by José Saramago of Portugal, winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature.] I will begin by telling you very briefly about a notable episode in peasant life that took place in a village near Florence more than four hundred Read more…

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Ewen Macaskill: From The Suez To The Pacific

Today, almost six months after the attacks on New York and Washington, the US is putting in place a network of forward bases stretching from the Middle East across the entire length of Asia, from the Red Sea to the Pacific. US forces are active in the biggest array of countries since the second world Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Arundhati Roy’s Statement

I stand by what I have said in my Affidavit and I have served the sentence which the Supreme Court imposed on me. Anybody who thinks that the punishment for my supposed Å’crime¹ was a symbolic one day in prison and a fine of two thousand rupees, is wrong. The punishment began over a year Read more…

Omar Kurhan: Turkey After Chomsky’s Visit

On 2 November 2001, a lawsuit was brought against the book titled “American Interventionism” which is a compilation of various articles of Prof. Noam Chomsky, with accusations of “propaganda against the indivisible unity of country, nation and State of Republic of Turkey.” Chomsky visited Turkey between 12-14 of January 2002 to attend the court as Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: The Nightmare In Israel

Let’s start with Baruch Kimmering, a sociologist at Hebrew University. Here’s what he sent to the Jerusalem Weekly Kol Ha’Ir last month, which duly published it: “I accuse Ariel Sharon of creating a process in which he will not only intensify the reciprocal bloodshed, but is liable to instigate a regional war and partial or Read more…

Zim Admin: The Chorus of the Lambs

“We were sitting our exams when we heard the singing. We heard them coming down the road towards the school, and we started to shake. Some of us began to cry. We wanted to leave the school, but the teacher told us to stay, and that everything would be all right. “In the end they Read more…

Sa Threadcraft: Maroon Societies in the US?

 I was reading this article by Michael E. Ross in which Ishmael Reed was quoted as saying that Black Americans live in a banana republic inside the United States; and I was barely paying attention in my classes at LSE to some theory my professor has about how rational individuals will cooperate if they believe Read more…

: Indigenous Resistance

Translated by Justin Podur  Indigenous resistance suffers the same problem that every human creation suffers: the powerful try to appropriate it.  We declared at the start fo this forum that ‘the true spirit of this action is not captured by pronouncing ourselves for or against any armed actor instead of against war itself.’  They have Read more…

Lloyd Hart: Greg Palast On Globalization

On one of the best trips I have ever taken to New York city in which I started the filming of a documentary on globalization, I had no idea what to expect from the protests that were about to take place over the arrival of the World Economic Forum as it made it’s hasty retreat Read more…

Evan Henshaw-plath: The People’s Assemblies in Argentina

In December of 2001, Argentina’s economy collapsed under the weight of debt, IMF advice, and a government that, unfortunately, followed that advice.  The collapse and the economic policies that led to it are well documented.  The response of the people, who took to the streets with pots and pans and threw out four successive presidents Read more…

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Uri Avnery: How To Torpedo The Saudis

If, in May 1967, an Arab prince had proposed that the whole Arab world would recognize Israel and establish normal relations with it, in return for Israel’s recognition of the Green Line border, we would have believed that the days of the Messiah had arrived. Masses of people would have run into the street, singing Read more…

Meron Benvenisti: The checkpoints of arrogance

The tragic failures exposed by the killing of Israel Defense Forces troops at checkpoints at the hands of Palestinian guerrillas released a flood of criticism that forced the military command to learn some lessons and initiate changes in the management and tactics of the roadblocks. Presumably, these lessons will be implemented and the defensive and Read more…

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Robert Fisk: America’s Morality Has Been Distorted By September 11th

In Afghan fields, the poppies blow. Yes, even as the Americans are moving deeper into the Afghan trap, the warlords and gangsters running much of the western-supported Afghan government are ensuring a bumper new crop of heroin for the world’s markets. The UN have warned of this, of course, but nothing is being done. The Read more…

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Milan Rai: No Justifications For War- No Link to September 11th

The United States is now set on war with Iraq. What justification is there for such a war? Occasionally it has been suggested that Iraq was somehow linked to the 11 September attacks. The strongest alleged link has been the supposed meeting of Mohammed Atta, the 11 September ringleader, and an Iraqi diplomat expelled from Read more…

Jane Bai: The War At Home

Within hours of the collapse of the World Trade Center, President Bush appeared on national television to offer his first promise to the American public: “We will smoke these barbarians out of their caves.” A cleansing was in order. The world was to be decontaminated of every last trace of Islamic fundamentalism. Yes, a nation Read more…

Jonathan Freedland: Israel’s Army of Peace

By Even the most stoic of Israelis are beginning to feel scared. The sight of a single family – father, mother and two daughters, one aged seven, the other a toddler – wiped out on a busy Jerusalem street has shocked those who thought they could be shocked no more. Even the Israelis who live Read more…

Paul Foot: In Defense Of Opression

The cycle of death goes on and on. Nearly 50 Palestinians dead in the Israeli army attacks on refugee camps over the past couple of days; 10 Israeli soldiers dead at an army checkpoint near Ramallah. In the west there is a universal shaking of sophisticated heads and a weary, liberal sigh. Tut tut, there Read more…

Matthew Schlobohm: Getting Serious About An Anti FTAA Strategy

This piece is intended to spark discussion and planning to develop a more serious, multi-year strategy to defeat the FTAA. Since the Quebec City mobilizations, in April 2001, as a movement, we’ve done very little to develop an integrated, multifaceted, tactically diverse strategy to stop the FTAA. With the proposed FTAA implementation date of 2005 Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: War Is Wrong

I knew war was terribly wrong when I saw pictures of children like myself desperately attempting to flee the flames of bombed German cities in newspapers and on the newsreels during World War II. As an eight year old, I identified with the children of war-torn Europe and worried and wondered why they were being Read more…

Alan Philips: Israeli Army Faces Defeat

Israel’s leading military historian has a bleak message for the country’s generals: the army is winning the battle against Palestinian armed groups, but the final result can only be defeat – and perhaps civil war at home. Martin van Creveld, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, believes that the might of the Read more…

Lee Sustar: The War At Accuride

 WHEN UAW President Stephen Yokich was asked recently about the UAW’s failure to organize European and Japanese-owned auto assembly operations, he had a ready answer. “The places they’ve built their plants are nonunion areas, down South,” he told the New York Times. Not quite. It’s true that BMW runs a plant in anti-union South Carolina, Read more…

Various: Stories of Humanity in the riots

[Note to readers: It was suggested on the Forum of Indian Leftists listserv that stories of the small resistances and affirmations of dignity and humanity amid the murderous riots in Gujarat be collected.  Several members of that forum, notably Raja Harish Swamy, have provided ZNet with these materials in that interest.– ZNet South Asia] The Telegraph– Chandrima Read more…

Ruth Conniff: Interview With Richard Grossman

I first met Richard Grossman when I was following Ralph Nader on the campaign trail through New England. Grossman lives in New Hampshire, and Nader brought him along on a visit to the state capitol, introducing him to lawmakers as “the preeminent historian of corporations” and a “treasure” right there in their home state.  Grossman Read more…

Geov Parrish: Consider Yourself Influenced

It was tempting, while Donald Rumsfeld burst a few blood vessels last week railing against those who questioned the Pentagon’s “Office of Strategic Influence,” to agree with Rumsfeld that such criticism was indeed unfair — the Pentagon has been engaged in misleading the American public for years, and the country’s major media usually plays right Read more…

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Gideon Levy: The view from Beit El

Most Israelis, it is safe to assume, have never and probably will never visit the settlement of Beit El. They therefore have no idea what an inhabitant of that large settlement sees when he opens his window. To the east, the settler sees nothing but the military. The road leading to his community currently crosses Read more…

Vishal Ahuja: Ayodhya, Godhra, and the BJP

As I ponder over the horrendous events that have been happening over the last few days in Gujarat, an eerie feeling creeps in as I cannot stop thinking of the events of 1947 and the various horrors and tragedies attached to it. The killing of 58 karsewaks (people serving the cause of temple construction) when Read more…

Lee Williams: Racial Profiling, North Dakota-Style

SISSETON – Adelia Godfrey spends her days alone in a dimly lit basement cell. She is wondering whether to kill herself. Godfrey, 17, was first arrested for misdemeanor charges nearly a month ago, but a fight with officers at the Roberts County Jail led to two felony charges. Now the Roberts County state’s attorney wants Read more…

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Christian Bongard: Globalisation: Which One?

For some people globalisation is a sort of god, or the FACTOR, which – with the help of the markets – is going to solve all our problems. The gurus of liberalism or neo-liberalism have been proclaiming this since the Eighties. This means, for those who live on the wrong side of the planet, or Read more…

Various: Appeal for Peace and Democracy in Sri Lanka

We write to support the historic opportunity for peace in Sri Lanka. We welcome the courage of the political actors who have embarked on this road, and applaud the political will of the larger public in all parts of Sri Lanka, who have in their different ways pushed and encouraged their leadership to invest in Read more…

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Site Administrator: Secular Organizations Condemn the Killings in Gujarat

We are grieved by and unequivocally condemn the dastardly and barbaric act of murdering of 55 train passengers by burning the two bogies near Godhra railway station in Gujarat, on February 27. Most of them were Hindu kar-sevaks returning from Ayodhya. Nothing can justify and rationalize such inhuman act. We demand that the burning of Read more…

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Marta Russell: Using Them Up And Throwing Them Away

Former Toyota engine fabrication assembly line worker Ella Williams just got the shaft from the Supreme Court and as a consequence so have tens of thousands of workers who will need but will no longer have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect them in the event of a disabling impairment such as carpal Read more…

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Edward Said: THOUGHTS ABOUT AMERICA

I don’t know a single Arab or Muslim American who does not now feel that he or she belongs to the enemy camp, and that being in the United States at this moment provides us with an especially unpleasant experience of alienation and widespread, quite specifically targeted hostility. For despite the occasional official statements saying Read more…

Nick Meo: Communal Violence in Gujarat

[warning: this is a mainstream account from a mainstream media source…  we present it here because of the information it contains… ZNet South Asia] India’s worst outbreak of Hindu-Muslim violence for a decade escalated yesterday with the deaths of 60 more people in the riot-torn western state of Gujarat amid fears the violence could spread. Read more…

William f. Pepper: A LICENCE FOR GOVERNMENT MINISTERS TO KILL, TORTURE, RAPE AND ABDUCT THEIR PEOPLE

On 14 February 2002 the International Court of Justice issued its Judgement in the case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo v Belgium. The ruling is one of the most significant ever issued by the Court in respect of the relationship and accountability of government officials to their citizens or subjects. Because I believe Read more…

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John Pilger: THE CAMP X-RAY CONCENTRATION CAMP

THE conditions in which prisoners are being held brutally and illegally in an American concentration camp on Cuba go to the heart of the “war on terrorism”, and mark the Blair government for its betrayal of the basic rights of British citizens to the interests of a foreign power.   Shafiq Rasul, from Tipton, near Read more…

David Corn: When 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Go Bad

Please stop sending me those emails. You know who are. And you know what emails I mean … Okay, I’ll spell it out — those forwarded emails suggesting, or flat-out stating, the CIA and the U.S. government were somehow involved in the horrific September 11 attacks. There are emails about a fellow imprisoned in Canada Read more…

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Norman Solomon: PENTAGON’S SILVER LINING MAY BE BIGGER THAN CLOUD

The Office of Strategic Influence went from obscurity to infamy to oblivion during a spin cycle that lasted just seven days in late February. Coming to terms with a week of negative coverage after news broke that the Pentagon office might purposely deceive foreign media, a somber defense secretary announced: “It is being closed down.” Read more…

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Roger Bybee: The Bermuda Triangle: Where Corporate Taxes Disappear

ROGER BYBEE Bermuda Triangle: Where Corporate Taxes Vanish The Bermuda Triangle is the place where taxes on US corporations and the wealthy disappear. But there is nothing mysterious about the cause of the revenues’ disappearance, or where they are winding up. Even in the wake of post-9/11 sentiment about loyalty to America, corporations and the Read more…

John Ross: In defense of maiz

Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Mexico City: The contamination of Indian maiz in Mexico by US-grown genetically modified corn touches a common nerve for 57 distinct corn-growing indigenous cultures here whose struggle for justice and against 500 years of institutional racism, has troubled the reigns of this distant neighbor nation’s last three presidents. Now, nearly a decade Read more…

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