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Mandisi Majavu: Post Colonial Blacks

This is the edited version of the paper presented at the “Native Club: Where are the Natives? The Black Intelligentsia Today.” There is a tendency by those who write books and essays for leading journals to downplay the seriousness of today’s racial oppression in South Africa. This is achieved through silence around issues of race 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…

Sujatha Fernandes: Trade Treaties and Challenging US Hegemony in the Americas

Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez, Brazil’s president Lula Inacio da Silva, and Nestor Kirchner, president of Argentina, met in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 26 to discuss possibilities for integration and collaboration. On April 29, Cuba’s president Fidel Castro met with Chávez and newly elected Bolivian president Evo Morales to sign a People Trade Agreement (TPC), Read more…

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Khatchig Mouradian: The Truth Will Set You Free

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, JR. If you want proof that telling what one is convinced Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Women Without Fear

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLNTranslated by irlandesa *Women:  Assembly Instructions? Words from the Sixth Committee of the EZLN for the public event “Women Without Fear.  We Are All Atenco.” May 22, 2006 May 22, 2006 Good evening. My name is Marcos, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. For those of you who are familiar with zapatismo, Read more…

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Gideon Levy: With A Little Help From Outside

The laugh of fate: The state waging a broad international campaign for a boycott is simultaneously waging a parallel campaign, no less determined, against a boycott. A boycott that seriously harms the lives of millions of people is legitimate in its eyes because it is directed against those defined as its enemies, while a boycott Read more…

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Greg Grandin: The Rebel and Mr. Danger

There is something quaint—flattering, even—about the way Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez insists on calling George W. Bush “Mr. Danger.” The taunt, which Chávez delivers in English with rolled-out vowels and pinched consonants, evokes an earlier era of cloak-and-dagger politics and lends Bush a certain mystery that he is generally denied in these shrill times of Read more…

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Dave Zirin: The 2006 World Cup: Will Racism Come Home to Roost?

The most watched tournament in the universe, the World Cup, opens today amid fears that an open and violent racism could upstage the games, humiliate its German hosts, and provide an international platform for Neo- Nazi swill. The rising number of attacks on non-whites in Germany, combined with a spate of racist sloganeering and taunting Read more…

Casmii: Opposing Theocratic Repression in Iran or Playing into Hands of US Warmongers?

The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) salutes and lauds the organizers of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy and the signatories of the Iran petition for your efforts to impede the U.S. war of aggression. We are grateful that you have lent your good name to draw attention to the dire Read more…

Campaign for Peace and Democracy: Reply from Campaign for Peace and Democracy to CASMII

Dear Friends,             Thank you for your letter responding to the Campaign for Peace and Democracy’s sign-on statement “Iran: Neither U.S. Aggression Nor Theocratic Repression — A call for a new, democratic U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.” The Bush administration’s latest maneuvers to draw Europe, Russia and China into a pro-war scenario Read more…

Trita Parsi: Under the Veil of Ideology: The Israeli-Iranian Strategic Rivalry

When Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” in October 2005, the world appeared to be light years away from the end of history. It seemed that ideologues had once more taken the reins of power and rejoined a battle in which there could be no parley or Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: What is the significance of the Haditha Massacre?

What happened in Haditha?   The best account I have found appeared in the Washington Post on June 3, in an article by Ellen Knickmeyer, who has been responsible (together with anonymous Iraqi partners) for some of the best investigative journalism coming out of Iraq. According to her account, the event can be simply summarized. Read more…

Bashir Abu-Manneh: Occupied Palestine: Prisoners, Colonial Elites, and Fundamentalists

In recent weeks in Palestinian politics, one thing is certain: Mahmoud Abbas’s group has decided to either rule or ruin Hamas’s victory.   Shocked, disoriented, and visibly outraged, the Fatah elite saw the election results as a total rebuff of their policies, practices, and conduct. Hamas, its main ideological and political rival, which had before Read more…

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Badri Raina: India and Nepal

Replicating the wishful follies of the eighteenth century Bourbon monarch, Louis XVI,  King Gyanendra Shah of Nepal  has finally been denuded of all his powers.  It hardly matters now what royal robes  he wears; the emperor will henceforth be effectively without clothes.  This being 2006 rather than 1793, he might just save his head. All Read more…

Adam Hanieh: Canadian Union Takes Step Against Israeli Apartheid

At the annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, held 24-27 May 2006 in Ottawa, the union passed a resolution of historic importance. Resolution 50—adopted unanimously by the 900 delegates at the largest convention in the union’s history—expressed support for the global campaign against Israeli apartheid. The union stated that it Read more…

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Malalai Joya: If I Arise

On December 17, 2003, a 26-year-old woman named Malalai Joya joined hundreds of others in a large tent in Kabul, Afghanistan, to adopt a new constitution for their war-torn nation. The gathering, called a Loya Jirga (traditional grand assembly), was dominated by U.S.-backed warlords who were responsible for mass slaughter and violence in the 1980s Read more…

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Greg Palast: Unreported: The Zarqawi Invitation

They got him — the big, bad, beheading berserker in Iraq. But, something’s gone unreported in all the glee over getting Zarqawi … who invited him into Iraq in the first place? If you prefer your fairy tales unsoiled by facts, read no further. If you want the uncomfortable truth, begin with this: A phone Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The “Elimination” of Zargawi: A New Episode of the Media War

New York, June 9, 2006 — Timing is everything. To the managers of the Iraq War, perception has always trumped reality. From the beginning it was a war of media stunts—the attempt to assassinate Saddam with 50 cruise missiles before the invasion, the Shock and Awe, the bringing down of the statues, Jessica Lynch, Saddam Read more…

Toni Solo: Rough Reckoning

Much attention has focused lately on the Bolivian government’s nationalization of the country’s hydrocarbon resources. Bolivia’s policy change follows up the Venezuelan government’s systematic renegotiation of contracts with foreign petroleum companies which dramatically increased revenue available to benefit Venezuela’s people. Ecuador has reinforced that regional trend by terminating agreements with the US oil multinational Occidental Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Sham US Proposal to Iran

It may be a new month, but it’s the same old Wall Street Journal trumpeting the latest US gambit designed to hide its real intentions toward Iran. Again it was in a front page feature story on June 1 headlined: “In Shift, U.S. Offers to Talk to Iran, Aiming to Bolster Allies’ Cohesion.” The WSJ Read more…

Gabriel Ash: Another Brick in the (Apartheid) Wall

The good news and bad. First, the bad.   In Palestine, the Israeli government is pushing ahead building the Apartheid Wall, cloistering Palestinians into myriad jails of various sizes. Hardly a day passes without any number of Palestinians dying from Israeli bullets or shells.   Meanwhile, the victory of Hamas in the last Palestinian elections acted Read more…

Richard Tanter: Ten questions about East Timor for which we need answers

The dominant characteristic of the coverage of East Timor in the past two weeks has been utter confusion, both inside and outside the country. The simple and clear narrative of the long hard decades leading up to September 1999 of good Timorese seeking self-determination and bad Indonesian military colonialists has been replaced by doubt and Read more…

Tony Karon: How to Watch the World Cup

I have a pretty good idea where Osama bin Laden will be on June 14 — and June 19, and again on June 23. Not his exact location, but it’s a safe bet he’ll be in front of a TV tuned in to Saudi Arabia’s World Cup soccer matches with, respectively, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Spain. Read more…

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Doug Ireland: POLAND’S CRACKDOWN ON GAY GROUPS

Poland’s state prosecutor last week announced a government investigation of all Polish gay groups for illegal financing, criminal connections, and pedophilia. This crackdown on gay groups is only the latest in a series of disturbing developments in Poland during the last month that illustrate the continuing rise of political homophobia under the country’s new gay-hostile Read more…

Haroon Bajwa: Realizing Visions For A Free And Just Society

In his latest project, Realizing Hope: Life beyond Capitalism, Michael Albert argues that there is more to creating a decent society than just having a good economic system. Other spheres of humanity are also present and must be taken into account: Polity, Kinship, Community, Internationalism, Ecology, Science/Technology, Education, Art, Journalism, Crime and even Athletics. Albert Read more…

Shirley Pate: Haiti

On February 16, 2004  a group of foreign trade union officials arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, amongst them ORIT General Secretary Victor Baez, ICFTU Assistant General Secretary Mamounata Cissé and union leaders from France, Canada, Guyana and the Global Union Federation.  The purpose of the delegation was to assist eleven trade unionists of the Coordination Syndicale Read more…

Sonia Nieto: Thoughts on the 20th Anniversary of Rethinking Schools

Who would have believed that a young group of idealistic teachers from Milwaukee would be able to sustain the energy, creativity, and passion that spurred them to start Rethinking Schools 20 years ago? In these 20 years, Rethinking Schools has changed the world of public education through teachers’ voices. And, although it is still committed Read more…

Oliver Burkeman: Washington Fury Over Un Attack On Bush ‘hypocrites’

The deputy secretary-general of the United Nations was last night accused of making “a very, very grave mistake” after calling the Bush administration hypocrites who were feeding a right-wing anti-UN frenzy in middle America. Washington’s ambassador to the UN responded with undisguised fury to a speech by Mark Malloch Brown, the deputy secretary- general, in Read more…

Ehren Watada: The Courage to Resist

Ehren Watada is a 27-year-old First Lieutenant in the United States Army. He joined the Army in 2003 during the run-up to the Iraq war. He turned in his resignation to protest the war in Iraq in January 2006. He expects to receive orders to deploy in late June and will become the first Lieutenant Read more…

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Greg Guma: Imagining Pacifica’s Future

The following are excerpts from a report delivered to the Pacifica National Board by Executive Director Greg Guma on June 3, 2006 at a session held in New York: I’d like to begin by asking you to imagine the Pacifica radio network a few years from now. Start by imagining an audio production center with multiple Read more…

Ian Gibson: Resist This Us Backlash

Faced with a loss of influence in Latin America as a result of the shift to the left, the US government has been furiously lobbying sympathetic European states to create political leverage on Washington’s behalf. As a partner in a “special relationship”, Whitehall is a prime target. The first test of the new US strategy Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Colombian and Peruvian Elections Prove Stalin Was Right

Joe Stalin wasn’t just an ordinary dictator, he was a very savvy one. He had to have been to have held on to power for over 30 years, succeed in outfoxing his rivals, and even be able to break the back of the vaunted Nazi Wehrmacht that turned the tide of the war in Europe Read more…

Mike Whitney: Afghanistan’s Second Intifada

“We will continue our jihad until the foreign troops are driven out.”    Mullah Hayat Khan George Bush has broken every promise he made to the people of Afghanistan. In 2001 he said he would remove the Taliban, establish order, and rebuild the country along the lines of the Marshall Plan. He lied on all accounts.  Read more…

David Beetham: Left On The Euston Platform

The ‘Euston Manifesto’, published in April by a group of left-leaning journalists and others who backed the Iraq war, has attracted much media attention. Given the degree of journalistic attention accorded to the ‘Euston Manifesto’ when it first appeared, it is appropriate to offer a considered response to what its authors claim to be the Read more…

Joshua Frank: Holding the War Parties Accountable

There are plenty of reasons the Democrats continue to support the ongoing occupation of Iraq. Not only did they authorize the invasion, they continue to sit on their hands while our armed forces commit murder in the name of democracy in Haditha. Perhaps the worst of the Democrats still embracing the illegal war is Senator Read more…

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Cyril Mychalejko: Mining Days in Ecuador May Be Numbered

Several hundred mining opponents, many carrying colorful banners, marched into the town square of Garcia Moreno, Ecuador on May 20 for a region-wide assembly concerning the mining activities of Canada’s Ascendant Copper Corporation. A declaration signed by all of the Parish presidents of the Intag region was read to the crowd, which Ecuador’s daily newspaper, Read more…

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David Swanson: Let’s Stay in Iraq Until it’s Peaceful or We’re Sane, Whichever Comes First

Have you ever heard someone try to argue that the Iraq War was a mistake but that now the proper course is to continue the mistake a bit longer or to carefully end it in a long and complicated way that could take months or years?  Have you ever wondered how such a position, if Read more…

Toni Solo: Tommy Cooper journalism – the Guardian and the Observer on Venezuela

Tommy Cooper was a much-loved British comedian who died tragically but perhaps fittingly on stage during a performance – people thought he was fooling. Cooper’s stock in trade was to pose as an incompetent magician. One of his catchphrases, offered as he explained the astonishing feat he was just about to perform was “just like Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Collateral Damage

First news stories about the My Lai massacre (picked up from an army publicity release), March 1968: The New York Times labeled the operation a significant success: “American troops caught a North Vietnamese force in a pincer movement on the central coastal plain yesterday, killing 128 enemy soldiers in day-long fighting.” United Press International called Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Iran: Bush Isolated, Under Pressure,

**  The Bush administration’s “offer” to join direct talks with Iran reflects Washington’s international isolation on the Iran issue; the offer itself is simultaneously very significant and entirely fake.**  The U.S. is still trying to ratchet up international pressure against Iran – proposing an “antimissile shield” for Europe, still threatening a return to the UN Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Sham US Proposal to Iran Evokes Memories of Past Similar Ones

It may be a new month, but it’s the same old Wall Street Journal trumpeting the latest US gambit designed to hide its real intentions toward Iran. Again it was in a  front page feature story on June 1 headlined: “In Shift, U.S. Offers to Talk to Iran, Aiming to Bolster Allies’ Cohesion.”  The WSJ Read more…

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George Monbiot: Occupations Brutalise

That they have not seen his film is no impediment. That it has won the Palme d’Or at Cannes only quickens their desire for reprisals. Ken Loach has been placed in preventive detention and is having his fingernails pulled out. Writing in the Times, Tim Luckhurst compares him – unfavourably – to Leni Riefenstahl. His Read more…

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John Pilger: The Last Taboo

John Pilger’s new book, Freedom Next Time (Bantam Press, 2006; http://www.johnpilger.com/) has just been published. Containing chapters on Diego Garcia, Palestine, India, South Africa and Afghanistan, it is a devastating indictment of brutal state-corporate power, and a heartening account of how people around the world are challenging that power. The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, an Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Bush’s Repulsive Repeal of Estate Tax

June 7, 2006 GET BUZZFLASH ALERTS CONTRIBUTOR ARCHIVES SEND TO A FRIEND BUZZFLASH ARTICLES EDITORIALS NEWS ANALYSIS INTERVIEWS NEWS ALERTS CONTRIBUTORS MAILBAG MARKETPLACE CONTACT SEARCH FAQ MORE Fight Ignorance: Read BuzzFlash and Spread Democracy click here click here click here click here click here click here See All The BuzzFlash Premiums Repulsive Repeal of the Read more…

Cindy Sheehan: The Abominations of War

This is the most difficult article that I have ever had to write, but I have to write it anyway, unfortunately. I, and just about anyone and everyone who criticizes George Bush and this war are accused of “not supporting the troops.” Since my son, Casey, was killed in Iraq because of lies and to Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: A Guided Tour of Class in America

You turn into a middle-class, suburban housing project on the periphery of Charlottesville, Virginia, and at a row of attached homes, you pull up in front of the one with the yellow “for sale” sign on the tiny patch of grass. Ushered inside, you take in an interior of paint cans, a mop and pail, Read more…

: A Specter is Haunting the AFL-CIO’s Foreign Policy Program:

The room had been arranged, the speakers ready: with a last minute, unannounced substitution of Wilfredo Berrios of El Salvador’s SUTTEL (telecom) union replacing Miguel Gonzalez Vargas from the Oil Workers Union of Venezuela who had not been able to come due to problems back home: and the only remaining question was, "Would they come?" Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Sham US Proposal to Iran Evokes Memories of Past Similar Ones

It may be a new month, but it’s the same old Wall Street Journal trumpeting the latest US gambit designed to hide its real intentions toward Iran. Again it was in a  front page feature story on June 1 headlined: “In Shift, U.S. Offers to Talk to Iran, Aiming to Bolster Allies’ Cohesion.”  The WSJ Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: If Iran Is Ready To Talk, The Us Must Do So Unconditionally

It is 50 years since the greatest misquotation of the cold war. At a Kremlin reception for western ambassadors in 1956, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced: “We will bury you.” Those four words were seized on by American hawks as proof of aggressive Soviet intent. Doves who pointed out that the full quotation gave Read more…

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Greg Grandin: The Swift Boating of America

An illegal war, torture rooms, warrantless wiretapping, manipulated intelligence, secret prisons, disinformation planted in the press, graft, and billions of reconstruction dollars gone missing: just when it seemed that the Bush administration had reached its corruption quota comes a new scandal. This one is a bribery case involving defense contractors, Republican congressmen, prostitutes, secret Hawaiian Read more…

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