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Stephen Lendman: Thom Hartmann’s New Book Screwed:

Thom Hartmann is a multifaceted man. He’s a well-known host of three nationally syndicated radio talk shows and a Project Censored award winner for his writing on the issue of corporate personhood. He also began seven companies, worked in international relief, founded schools and hospitals on four continents, and has expertise in childhood psychological disorders. Read more…

Toni Solo: Globalization, terror, virtual colonialism

At the recent Labour Party conference in Britain, Tony Blair led a one minute standing ovation for Home Secretary John Reid for a speech in which Reid declared “And let’s be clear. It cannot be right that the rights of individual suspected terrorist be placed above the rights, life and limb of the British people. Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Israel’s Plan For A Military Strike On Iran

The Middle East, and possibly the world, stands on the brink of a terrible conflagration as Israel and the United States prepare to deal with Iran‘s alleged ambition to acquire nuclear weapons. Israel, it becomes clearer by the day, wants to use its air force to deliver a knock-out blow against Tehran. It is not Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Brother of the Fist: The Passing of Peter Norman

Almost four decades later, the image can still make hairs rise on unsuspecting necks. It’s 1968, and 200 meter gold medalist Tommie Smith stands next to bronze winner John Carlos, their raised black gloved fists smashing the sky on the medal stand in Mexico City. They were Trojan Horses of Rage — bringing the Black Read more…

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Paul Street: Who Killed My Democracy? On Republicans, Cheese, Mice, Rats, and Littlepeople

These are dangerous times for the U.S. war party in power.  Its messianic-militarist administration is mired in a disastrous occupation that has killed many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of Americans. The reasons that it has given for this terrible undertaking have been revealed as transparently false. More than half the U.S. population now Read more…

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John Gibler: Paramilitary attacks continue in Oaxaca

In the past week, gunmen have killed one and wounded four protesters from the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO). The recent killings heightened tensions as the conflict again enters into a critical moment with the Minister of the Interior threatening to withdraw the federal government’s settlement offer if teachers do not end Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: The Logic behind Rice’s Grin

In its struggle for the regional order it wants, the US is reaching new lows in its deceitful and disingenuous stance towards the Palestinians.   Commencing 3 October, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice journeyed between various Arab capitals, conferred with Arab leaders, then shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian officials, before eventually joining a few Read more…

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Joseph Gerson: Preventing Nuclear War in Korea

Kofi Anan has again urged us to be wise and to refrain from the self-defeating practice of playing superpower bully.  In the wake of North Korea’s reported nuclear weapons test, the outgoing U.N. General Secretary was clear that Pyongyang’s nuclear test was “unacceptable.” Instead of the militarized sanctions, he urged bilateral negotiations between Washington and Read more…

Praful Praful bidwai: North Korean Nuke Tests Say World Must Return To Peace Agenda

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (IPS) – North Korea has shocked the world by detonating a nuclear explosion and making good the threat it had held out six days earlier. Pyongyang’s action is one more blow to the existing global non-proliferation order and will trigger greater instability in Northeast Asia and in the Asian continent and Read more…

Mickey z.: Boiling Point

Put a frog into a pot of boiling water, the well-known parable begins, and out that frog will jump to escape the obvious danger. Put that same frog into cool water and heat the pot slowly, and it will not react until it’s too late. The survival instincts of a frog, we’re told, are better Read more…

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Amira Hass: Not an internal Palestinian matter

The experiment was a success: The Palestinians are killing each other. They are behaving as expected at the end of the extended experiment called `what happens when you imprison 1.3 million human beings in an enclosed space like battery hens.` These are the steps in the experiment: Imprison (since 1991); remove the prisoners` usual means Read more…

Elizabeth De la vega: Who Said All Roads Lead to Karl?

Who said, “All roads lead to Karl?” And by Karl, of course, I mean President Bush’s key political strategist and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.   Actually, “all roads lead to Karl” is such a true and succinct statement of Rove’s influence in the White House and Republican Party that it has often been Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: James Baker’s Iraq

Americans, wherever they may actually stand, love to present themselves as in the moderate middle of any debate, just as politicians regularly gravitate toward the “center,” no matter how far out it may happen to be. Recently, Bush family consigliere James A. Baker III, co-chairing the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan commission to advise a Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Iraq: The Reality

The overthrow of Saddam Hussein was supposed to bring them freedom democracy and peace. But murder, kidnap and lawlessness have become the facts of life for the people of Iraq. In an exclusive extract from his new book, Patrick Cockburn describes the terrifying disintegration of a nation by Patrick Cockburn   A sense of utter Read more…

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Kathy Kelly: When Evil Doing Comes Like Falling Rain

The first time it was reported that our friends were being butcheredthere was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread. When evil doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out ‘stop!’ When crimes begin Read more…

Hasan Abu Nimah: A re-run of the Lebanon war in Palestine?

There are ominous signs that the long-contemplated plan to overthrow the democratically-elected Hamas-led Palestinian Authority cabinet is about to enter its most dangerous phase: a political coup, supported by local militias, with foreign and regional backing. This could ignite serious intra-Palestinian violence. With Iraq providing a dreadful warning of how foreign occupation can foster civil Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. Intervention in Venezuela and in Latin America

A public event on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the bombing of Cubana airliner, flight 455, which cost the lives of 73 passengers, was held on October 6th, 2006, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Boston. Participating in this event were political activist and analyst Noam Chomsky, Cuban specialist and French Read more…

Sarah Boseley: ‘655,000 Iraqis killed since invasion’

The death toll among Iraqis as a result of the US-led invasion has now reached an estimated 655,000, a study in the Lancet medical journal reports today. The figure for the number of deaths attributable to the conflict – which amounts to around 2.5% of the population – is at odds with figures cited by Read more…

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Joao Pedro Stedile: It is imperative to stop the right and defeat Alckmin

We the social movements must mobilize, roll up our sleeves and go to the streets to defeat Alckmin’s candidature. FROM 1990 to 2002, the dominant classes implemented a disastrous neo-liberal programme for the economy and the people. They handed in our best state and privately owned companies, to the financial and international capital. Dilapidated public Read more…

Mahir Ali: The silencing of Anna Politkovskaya

WHEN Anna Politkovskaya fell, there was a kind of hush even in the camp of her enemies – and there was no shortage of those. Chechnya’s pro-Moscow president Alu Alkhanov professed to be shocked, saying: “We had totally different views of the Chechen processes but Politkovskaya cared about the Chechen people.” The statelet’s puppet prime Read more…

Labor against war: Open Letter to UTLA President A.J. Duffy

Open Letter to UTLA President A.J. Duffy New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) is deeply concerned that the leadership of United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) has buckled to Zionist pressure by canceling its Human Rights Committee’s forum in support of Palestinian rights. Israel‘s crimes against the Palestinian and Lebanese people are welldocumented Read more…

William h. Thornton: Mapping the Invisible Asia: ‘Senism’ and the Politics of Transnational Capitalism

“Senism” and the Invisible Asia             One of the central pillars of Cold War international relations was the solicitude shown by the world’s most “liberal” capitalism for the utterly illiberal capitalism of the Asian tigers. There is no sufficient economic explanation for this support system. Being primarily a product of power politics, it lasted Read more…

Alexandre y. Mansourov: Time of Reckoning: The North Korean Bomb, the United States, and the Future of the Korean Peninsula

Despite Chinese intermediation and South Korean flexibility and generosity in the past three years, prospects for security settlement on the Korean peninsula and normalization of relations between Pyongyang and Washington and Tokyo seem to be farther than ever. The six-party talks are stalled, and early implementation of the principles embodied in the 19 September 2005 Read more…

Jeremy r. Hammond: Testing the Definition of “Terrorism”: Luis Posada Carriles and the U.S.

Oct. 6 — Thirty years ago today, a bomb exploded on a Cubana Airlines plane over the Caribbean Sea, resulting in the death of all 73 passengers on board. The anniversary of this terrorist attack “coincides with a critical juncture in the case of Luis Posada Carriles,” the Washington Post explains. Posada is wanted by Read more…

Juan antonio Montecino: Cleaving a False Divide in Latin America

As Latin America shifts further left on the political spectrum, U.S. pundits are frantically struggling to artificially partition the continent’s leftist leaders between so-called populist demagogues and sound pragmatists. While most analysts wrongly see a Latin America torn between Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and Chile’s Michelle Bachelet—between ideological and pragmatic governance—the new wave of leftist leaders Read more…

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Badri Raina: Capital Punishment

In recent weeks, the Indian public mind (often cutely managed by a savvy media world), has been much drawn towards two happenings. One of these concerns the propagation of “Gandhigiri” (a rather unfortunate analogue of “Chamchagiri” or sycophancy, and “Dadagiri”  or ganglordism) by a Bollywood film wherein Gandhi’s preferred methods of non- violence are sought Read more…

Roger Annis: Canada/NATO Mission in Afghanistan

A few months following the launch of the Canada-led NATO invasion of southern Afghanistan in late 2005, the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada told assembled Canadian soldiers in Kandahar that the goal of the foreign occupation of Afghanistan was to “create a democratic, prosperous, modern country that can be a model in this part Read more…

Zoya: Five Years Later, Afghanistan Still in Flames

Transcript of a speech by RAWA member Zoya at a benefit for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), called “Breaking the Propaganda of Silence,” organized by the Afghan Women’s Mission on October 7, 2006. October 7th 2001 is a day that many believed to be the beginning of a “new” Afghanistan as the Read more…

Girish Mishra: Issues in the American Elections

As the elections to American Senate and the House of Representatives are drawing nearer, more and more heat is getting generated. The Republicans are defending their crusade against worldwide terrorism by pointing out that the punitive actions against Afghanistan and Iraq and the threats of punishment to Iran, North Korea, Syria, and others have made Read more…

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John Gibler: Indigenous teachers defend ´a just cause´

OAXACA CITY – Every night streets here become battlefields in waiting. But behind the commandeered city buses, burned trucks, and coils of barbed wire, a group of atypical urban rebels stands guard. Watching over a barricade where a small altar to the Virgin of Guadalupe rests between tangled wire and sand bags, six women ranging Read more…

Nancy Davies: Crisis Escalates as Marines Land in Oaxaca

The events of this past week have left the population of Oaxaca in a state of fear, rage and uncertainty, with calls on all sides for human rights watchers, encampments, and marches. In the most recent development, leaders of opposition leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s national movement pledged to mobilize their followers around the issue Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Lunch in Damascus

ONCE, WHILE traveling in a taxi, I had an argument with the driver – a profession associated in Israel with extreme right-wing views. I tried in vain to convince him of the desirability of peace with the Arabs. In our country, which has never seen a single day of peace in the last hundred years, Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Palestinian Power-Struggle: Siege Within

It is no secret that the Palestinian people have always struggled with the problem of impotent, self-seeking leaderships, who have historically invested far greater time fending for their own status and position at the helm — however worthless — than representing the legitimate rights and aspirations of an occupied nation. Alas, the present fails to Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: The US Occupation of Iraq: Casualties Not Counted

*An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment.* – Felix Adler In all past wars the United States has been involved in, Read more…

Jim Lobe: “Strategic Consensus” Redux?

Washington – President George W. Bush and his peripatetic secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, may believe that they have broken with 60 years of U.S. policy in order to “transform” the Middle East, but to long-time regional observers, their latest initiatives look painfully familiar. Not only does Washington’s current courtship of Sunni-led authoritarian states — Read more…

Aaron Glantz: More Dissention in the Ranks

SAN FRANCISCO, California, Oct 4 (IPS) – A U.S. soldier who went AWOL — absent without leave — over his opposition to the war in Iraq was incarcerated at the U.S. military’s Mannheim prison in Germany Tuesday, pending an appeal in Washington this November.. Augustin Aguayo’s imprisonment comes less than a week after he turned Read more…

Joel Wendland: The Reality of Venezuela

Xiomara Garcia Gunderson thinks the US media and many politicians aren’t telling the truth about Venezuela. A middle school math teacher who lives in Salem, Oregon, Garcia Gunderson organized a few friends and family members into a Bolivarian Circle. The sole purpose of this small group is to educate the public on the truth about Read more…

Mickey z.: NBA says no to leather

“I admit to having worn suede and leather myself for a while, but you just never felt clean, and it¹s degenerate anyway to use animal skins.” –Andy Warhol In the bling bling world of the National Basketball Association (NBA), leather is on its way out. Not the shoes, boots, sneakers, pants, or ubiquitous motorcycle jacket…I’m Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: New Militias Push Govt Back Further

RAMADI, Oct 3 (IPS) – Reports of the setting up of U.S.-backed Sunni militias have brought new uncertainty to deepening chaos within Iraq. Some Sunni leaders from the troubled al-Anbar province west of Baghdad recently met away from their tribes to set up new militias, according to local reports. These new armed groups have received Read more…

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Sara Roy: The Economy Of Gaza

In one of many reports and accounts of economic life in the Gaza Strip that I have recently read, I was struck by a description of an old man standing on the beach in Gaza throwing his oranges into the sea. The description leapt out at me because it was this very same scene I Read more…

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Hilary Wainwright: Imagine there’s no leaders

We are a contrary, and often paradoxical, bunch on the left. On the one hand, most of us began our involvement in politics as rebels against authority. We often find it difficult to accept discipline – even self-discipline. Look at the left’s tendency to split and divide. On the other hand, the left also has Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Just Say No to War in Iran

A new U.S. intelligence report, representing the consensus of all 16 intelligence agencies, comes to the same conclusion many have known for a long time: The Iraq War isn’t making us safer. It’s putting us all at greater risk. It’s making another terrorist attack more likely. The report is another piece of evidence that the Read more…

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Brendan Smith: China’s Emerging Labor Movement

Trade unionists in the US and elsewhere have long argued that there is no labor movement in China. They rightly point out that Chinese workers lack even the most basic human rights protections, including the rights to strike and join an independent union. But there’s more to the story: Ten years ago, according to the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Age of Terror – A Landmark Report

A few days after Lebanon’s latest war came to an end, I went through many of the reporter’s notebooks I have used in my last 30 years in the Middle East. Some contained the names of dead colleagues, others the individual stories of the suffering of Arabs and Kurds and Christians and Jews. One, dated Read more…

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Immanuel Ness: The Rise of Migrant Worker Militancy

Testifying before the Senate immigration hearings in early July, Mayor Michael Bloomberg affirmed that undocumented immigrants have become indispensable to the economy of New York City: “Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders or overstaying their visas, and our businesses broke the law by employing them, our city’s economy would be a Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: George Bush’s War of the Words

For Homer, those epithets attached to his heroes and gods were undoubtedly mnemonic devices — the fleet-footed Achilles, Poseidon, the Earth-shaker, the wily Odysseus, the ox-eyed Hera. But isn’t it strange how many similar, if somewhat less heroic, catch words and phrases have adhered to key officials of the Bush administration these last years. Here’s Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: The Road Map to Nowhere – Israel/Palestine since 2003

Published by Verso, September 2006         Introduction[1]   In the present political atmosphere in the US and Europe, anybody who expresses criticism of Israel’s policies is immediately silenced as an anti-Semite. Part of the reason why the pro-Israel lobbies have been so successful in their use of this accusation is the massive Read more…

Emad Mekay: Norway Breaks Silence on “Illegitimate Debt”

WASHINGTON, Oct (IPS) – Anti-debt campaigners are hailing as groundbreaking Monday’s decision by Norway to cancel 80 million dollars in debt owed by five poor nations after it determined that the loans were not granted in a good faith effort to promote development. Several leading non-governmental organisations immediately touted the decision as a model for Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Alvaro Vargas Llosa Sends Hugo Chavez to Dante’s Inferno

Alvaro Vargas Llosa is no stranger to those who know his writings and affilation with the conservative Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute in Oakland, CA. Vargas Llosa is Director of the Center and in that role is a vocal champion of essentially the same predatory market-based policies, known not to work, that Read more…

Columbia students: Full Statement of Columbia Students Who Occupied the Stage

In the aftermath of the protest on the night of October 4 against Jim Gilchrist and the racist Minutemen at Roone Arledge auditorium, we want to state clearly: We are proud to send the message to the country that racist and fascist groups are not welcome at Columbia or in New York City. As Chicanos Read more…

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