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Charlotte Kates: Criminalizing Solidarity: Sami al-Arian and the War of Terror

Dr. Sami Al-Arian, Palestinian political prisoner, is held in a prison hospital, after a debilitating 60-day hunger strike seeking to draw the attention of the nation and the world to the injustice visited upon him, jailed for his commitment to justice and dignity for his homeland. This is not a scene from an Israeli jail, Read more…

Ben Terrall: Time For Lula to Stop Doing Bush’s Dirty Work in Haiti

When Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known as “Lula”, visits Washington on March 31, he will likely spend most of his time with President Bush discussing ethanol, a relatively safe subject for the two leaders.  Earlier this month, Brazil and the United States, the world’s two top ethanol producers, announced the creation Read more…

Rick Feinberg: WHY DO THEY HATE US?

  Try to remember the scene on September 11, 2001.  Remember the planes crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  And the news footage showing thousands of people around the world—but especially in the Middle East—celebrating in the streets.  If you can picture all of that, you probably remember the refrain, “Why do Read more…

Adel Safty: Information Revolution and Democracy

Popular culture in the United States recently raised the issue of the impact of the information and communication revolution on democracy. In selecting the citizen as the person of the year, Time magazine suggested that the internet was empowering people to communicate and be informed, and that, in the process, the internet was promoting the Read more…

Pham Binh: What is Blair Complaining About?

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is mad as hell that Iran grabbed 15 sailors and marines in the Persian Gulf. When Iran released a letter from Faye Turney, the only female sailor, Blair said “It is cruel and callous to do this to somebody in this position and playing this kind of game – it Read more…

James Petras: Philippines: Death Squad Democracy

  Nearly a thousand union leaders, clergy members, lawyers, human rights activists, peasants and elected officials of the social action party lists led by Representative Ocampo have been victimized.   While the Philippine government, headed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is under investigation in the US Senate for the ongoing murder of her opponents, Senator Read more…

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Karthik Ramanathan: Indian Peasant Suicides and the Bramin stooges

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out…Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”  – Pastor Martin Niemoller   Western Bombing of India and Intellectual Fanaticism   In January of 2006, protesters took to the streets all-over Pakistan to “vent their anger” Read more…

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Edward Herman: Beyond Munich: The UN Security Council Helps Disarm a Prospective Further Victim of U.S. Aggression [*]

  Imagine that when Hitler was threatening to invade Poland, after having swallowed Czechoslovakia: with the help of the Western European powers’ appeasement of Hitler at Munich in September 1938: the League of Nations imposed an arms embargo on Poland, making it more difficult for the imminent victim to defend itself, and at the same time Read more…

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Fidel Castro: Foodstuff as Imperial Weapon

  More than three billion people in the world are being condemend to a premature death from hunger and thirst. It is not an exaggeration; this is rather a conservative figure. I have meditated for quite a long time on that after the meeting held by President Bush with the US automakers.   The sinister Read more…

Harold Pinter: Why George Bush is Insane

[Editors note: this article first appeared in 2002.]       Earlier this year I had a major operation for cancer. The operation and its after-effects were something of a nightmare. I felt I was a man unable to swim bobbing about under water in a deep dark endless ocean. But I did not drown and Read more…

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David Bacon: Immigration Policy Should Protect Human Rights

For the last several months, agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have carried out well- publicized immigration raids in factories, meatpacking plants, janitorial services and other workplaces employing immigrants. ICE calls the workers criminals, because immigration law forbids employers to hire them.   But while workers get deported and often must leave their children Read more…

Bruce Dixon: Heroes and Hypocrites: Black Caucus Shattered on Iraq

More than two-thirds of the Congressional Black Caucus signed on as members of the Out of Iraq Caucus, but when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic corporate cohorts turned up the fire, all but four melted into the mass of hypocrisy that joined the U.S. war machine while pretending to resist it. The heroes Read more…

Larry Everest: No Good Choices in the Halls of Power:

On Friday, March 23, the Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed through the “U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act” by a vote of 218-212. The bill gives the Bush administration some $100 billion to continue the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while calling for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by September Read more…

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Nicola Nasser: Arab Leaders: Peace Making Could Not Be Unilateral, Divisible

Flanked by international and regional non-Arab dignitaries representing the UN, EU, OIC, NAM and the leaders of Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan as well as the foreign minister of Iran, the leaders of the 22-member League of Arab States on Wednesday re-launched in Riyadh their five-year old Arab Peace Initiative, determined to reactivate it with mechanisms Read more…

Sara Olson: Opposition to the War Growing Among Troops

“I joined the Army to go to war, and now I’m fighting to get out,” says Pfc. Ryan Follan, laughing nervously. He quickly becomes serious. “Some of the causes are good, but I don’t think the war is for the right reasons.” Follan laughs again, and there’s a long pause. “I’m deploying in a month, Read more…

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Dick Meister: Cesar Chavez – A National Hero

March 31 will be a special day in nine states and dozens of cities — Cesar Chavez Day, honoring the late founder of the United Farm Workers union on the 80th anniversary of his birth. That’s important, but it’s way past time that a national holiday was declared in his honor.   Like Martin Luther Read more…

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George Monbiot: If we want to save the planet, we need a five-year freeze on biofuels

  Oil produced from plants sets up competition for food between cars and people. People – and the environment – will lose.     It used to be a matter of good intentions gone awry. Now it is plain fraud. The governments using biofuel to tackle global warming know that it causes more harm than Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Twilight Zone / Dress code

What won’t the Shin Bet security service do to break the spirit of a Palestinian detainee? Before, interrogators used threats and told detainees that their loved ones were being arrested because of them. Now they even put on the show. Under false pretenses, agents brought the wife and the aged father of a security detainee Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Without Borders

INCREDIBLE! In Palestinian schoolbooks, there is no trace of the Green Line! They do not recognize the existence of Israel even in the 1967 borders! They say that the “Zionist gangs” stole the country from the Arabs! That’s how they poison the minds of their children!   These blood-curdling revelations were published this week in Read more…

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Amy Goodman: American Kangaroo Court Claims Its First Victim

  It is appropriate that a person from Australia, home of the kangaroo, should be the first one dragged before the kangaroo court at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. David Hicks, imprisoned there for more than five years, pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support for terrorism.   The case of Hicks offers Read more…

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Mike Davis: Have the Car-bombers Already Defeated the Surge?

Despite heroic reassurances from both the White House and the Pentagon that the six-week-old U.S. escalation in Baghdad and al-Anbar Province is proceeding on course, suicide car-bombers continue to devastate Shiite and Sunni neighborhoods, often under the noses of reinforced American patrols and checkpoints. Indeed, February was a record month for car bombings, with at Read more…

Tony Karon: Condi’s Free Ride

They must serve up some pretty powerful Kool Aid in the press room down at Foggy Bottom, judging by U.S. media coverage of Condi Rice’s latest “Look Busy” tour of the Middle East.   Secretary of State Rice’s comings and goings have long been greeted with a jaded disdain by the Arab and Israeli media. Read more…

Gunther Latsch: Collapsing Colonies

A mysterious decimation of bee populations has German beekeepers worried, while a similar phenomenon in the United States is gradually assuming catastrophic proportions. The consequences for agriculture and the economy could be enormous. Is the mysterous decimation of bee populations in the US and Germany a result of GM crops?   Walter Haefeker is a Read more…

Tillman family: Statement on the Pentagon Briefing on Investigations of Pat Tillman’s Death By Friendly Fire

The briefing we just received was shamefully unacceptable. Our family is therefore compelled to continue our pursue the full truth about the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death and the so-called “missteps” and “deficiencies” of Pat’s unit, the Army, the Department of Defense, and this administration. The characterization of criminal negligence, professional misconduct, battlefield incompetence, concealment Read more…

Joshua Frank: Broken Promises and Barefaced Lies

We have observed the same song and dance so many times before it’s hard to believe more didn’t see it coming.  The Democrats once again let down their constituents and all the other voters who ushered them in to power last November — believing, in utter stupidity, that they would somehow halt the madness of Read more…

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Michael D. Yates: The Long Shadow of Race

[This is an excerpt from Associate Editor Michael D. Yates’ new book, Cheap Motels and a Hotplate: An Economist’s Travelogue, available from Monthly Review Press. Readers should ask their local bookshop for the book or order it directly by phoning 1-800-670-9499 or 1-212-691-2555.]   I have always lived in the long shadow of race. Johnstown, Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: Price of Fire Review

The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia By Benjamin Dangl AK Press, 2007 $15.95 There was a time in history when travel diaries were the way people in London, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam found out about the countries they had yoked to their imperial ambitions. India, Sumatra, and rural Donegal—the places Read more…

Adriana Gardella: U.S. Challenged on Immigrant Women’s Legal Limbo

(WOMENSENEWS)–Advocates for immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and applying for visas have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.   The suit on behalf of immigrants nationwide presses the government to enact regulations needed to implement the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, passed in 2000. That law Read more…

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Ted Glick: Voting for War, Again

Two days ago, over 90% of the 71 members of the Progressive Caucus in Congress voted to essentially give Bush and Cheney the money they need to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to start one against Iran, until they leave office 22 months from now. Six Congressional Progressives refused to go along Read more…

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Nadia Hijab: How the Arab Peace Initiative Overtook the Road Map: But Will It Lead to Peace?

The Arab summit in Riyadh on 28-29 March 2007 is expected to “re-launch” the Arab peace initiative that was unanimously approved at the 2002 summit in Beirut. What does the plan offer and why didn’t it fly at the time? Why is Israel making welcoming noises – and the United States pushing the plan? The Read more…

Ellen Goodman: The First Openly Godless Member of Congress

Representative Pete Stark is the highest-ranking politician in American history say publicly that he doesn’t believe a “supreme being” — but believes that real political courage is saying, “Let’s tax the rich and give money to poor kids.”     He’s not exactly a profile in courage. After all, Pete Stark is 75 and has Read more…

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Peter Hallward: Insurgency and Betrayal

Guy Philippe was a commander in the Haitian National Police from 1995-2000, and in February 2004 he led an armed insurgency that helped to overthrow the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Peter Hallward is a professor of philosophy at Middlesex University in the UK, and the author of a book on recent Haitian politics entitled Damming Read more…

Maymanah Farhat: The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Exploitation and the Politics of the Museum Industry

With news of the French government signing an unprecedented $1.3 billion agreement with Abu Dhabi’s tourism authority, international media frenzy has formed debating whether France is in fact “selling its soul” as some influential French art historians and former museum directors have stated. As part of an expansive and costly tourist and cultural development, Abu Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: The Arab Peace Initiative and the Changing Middle East

The rapid, almost hasty, developments on the Arab Israeli front, almost immediately following the Saudi sponsored Makkah Agreement on February 2, should be examined in their proper context, as a part and parcel of the regional shifts, exasperated by the US war in Iraq and the dramatic adjustment in Iran’s position vis-à-vis the region and Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bolivia’s Morales Deserves Applause

“In our culture, there is a cosmic law. Don’t steal. Don’t lie. Don’t be lazy … in our culture, honesty is very important. I’m convinced still that it was that honesty that allowed me to arrive at the presidency.” That was Bolivian President Evo Morales in an interview during his first trip to the United Read more…

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Ben Dangl: Bolivia’s Dance With Evo Morales

George W. Bush and Venezuela‘s Hugo Chávez crisscrossed Latin America on parallel tours recently, pushing opposing agendas. While Bush touted free trade, cooperative ventures and US aid programs, Chávez touched down in Bolivia, where his socialist ally, President Evo Morales, is dancing precariously with a divided population. "We want to keep the fighting in the Read more…

Sonia Nettnin: PLO: Hopes Deferred, Hopes Renewed

(Chicago) – The Palestine Liberation Organization’s Representative to the US, Afif Safieh spoke about “Hopes Deferred, Hopes Renewed” as part of a benefit dinner for North Park University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.    For many years the campus has organized educational events about the Middle East, with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  From Read more…

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Badri Raina: Parvenu Nationalism

I recall that some two decades ago Frederic Jameson noted how literary/creative productions from the “third world” tend to become “national allegories.” And I also recall   some noted Indian intellectuals taking umbrage at the suggestion that third worlders should have been thought, after all, to be parvenu nationalists, when in fact we, in India for Read more…

Jon Elmer: Canada’s Counterinsurgency Strategy

Following closely behind their counterparts in the United States and Britain, Canada’s Department of National Defence is preparing a comprehensive counter-insurgency field manual for its soldiers and officers. The manual will guide Canadian Forces doctrine and training well into the future, according to a draft edition obtained by IPS. A 250-page publication, the field manual Read more…

Isabella Kenfield: Militant Brazilian Opposition to Bush-Lula Ethanol Accords

São Paulo – During Bush’s visit to Brazil thousands of poor, rural members of the international Via Campesina social movement and the Brazilian Movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST) orchestrated massive, non-violent occupations of multinational agribusiness corporations throughout the country. Nine hundred women occupied the Cevasa ethanol distillery in São Paulo. According to the Read more…

Kathryn Ledebur: The Shifting Weight of US Funding in Bolivia

U.S. funding decisions on Bolivia, especially tied to drug control programs, have long shaped policy within South America’s poorest nation. In the past, the threat of funding cuts as a result of “decertification,” a decision by the U.S. government that the nation had “failed demonstrably” to reach anti-drug goals unilaterally determined in Washington,  led successive Read more…

Cindy Sheehan: THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS HAS BETRAYED AMERICAN VOTERS, PROGRESSIVE SUPPORTERS, AND THE TROOPS IN IRAQ

THE DEMOCRATS ARE FUNDING IRAQ ESCALATION: The Democratic leadership has proposed $100 billion of supplemental funding for an increased troop presence in Iraq. The leadership opted for the “slow bleed” policy over a month ago. This extends the occupation for at least another 18 months, and allows permanent placement of troops thereafter for “training” or Read more…

Eli Lake: Obama Rebuffs Soros

Washington — Leading Democrats, including Senator Obama of Illinois, are distancing themselves from an essay published this week by one of their party’s leading financiers that called for the Democratic Party to “liberate” itself from the influence of the pro-Israel lobby.   The article, by George Soros, published in the New York Review of Books, Read more…

Mickey z.: Pat Tillman: Beyond the Hype

The American football hero may be gone but details of his mysterious death in Afghanistan just won’t go away. Most recently, as reported by Time Magazine, “Nine officers, including up to four generals, should be held accountable for missteps in the aftermath of the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan.” This is Read more…

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Carl Bloice: Bush’s Latin Reality Show

One thing had to dawn on Bush while on a recent seven-day, five country Latin American tour: the Monroe Doctrine is deader than a doorknob. Unilaterally proclaimed by the U.S. in the 19th Century, ostensibly to keep European competitors out, the doctrine secured domination of the lands to the south – frequently guaranteed by armed Read more…

Cameron Walker: Helen Clark and Winston Peters: Apologists for Mass Terror

In January 2007 Cabinet Minister Jim Anderton, in an interview about the Bush Administration"s decision to send 20,000 more troops to Iraq, with Christchurch‘s newspaper The Press, compared the occupation of Iraq with America‘s Vietnam ‘fiasco’. He then added: "One wonders whether the lessons I would have expected to be learnt from that fiasco have Read more…

Roger Burbach: Ecuador’s Nascent Leftist Government Victorious in Confrontation with Right

The two month old government of leftist Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and the popular movements that back him have emerged triumphant in their first battle with the oligarchy and the traditional political parties that have historically dominated the country. Correa in his inaugural address in January called for an opening to a “new socialism of Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Are We Politicians or Citizens?

As I write this, Congress is debating timetables for withdrawal from Iraq. In response to the Bush Administration’s “surge” of troops, and the Republicans’ refusal to limit our occupation, the Democrats are behaving with their customary timidity, proposing withdrawal, but only after a year, or eighteen months. And it seems they expect the anti-war movement Read more…

Girish Mishra: Rising Wealth and Declining Poverty!

It is not a mere coincidence that two reports from, seemingly, disconnected sources, have appeared in recent weeks. The first is: “The World’s Richest People” in the American magazine Forbes. Its list of 946 billionaires from all over the world contains 36 from India. There are 178 newcomers, including 19 Russians, 14 Indians, 13 Chinese Read more…

Salim Lamrani: Cuba, the Internet and Reporters without Borders

Clearly, Reporters without Borders (RSF) has a limitless obsession with Cuba. For several years now, this organization has carried out a sadistic disinformation campaign against the Caribbean island and its government.  Recently it deliberately manipulated the words that Ramiro Valdés, Cuban Minister of Communication and Information Technology, delivered at the XII International Conference on Computer Read more…

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