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Hilary Wainwright: A New Left Turn For Europe

Members of a pan-European party are optimistic they can create a new political identity for the left, writes Hilary Wainwright Fifteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the legacy of communism in Europe is making a new mark in the political landscape. It’s often been a matter of “innovate or die”, and innovation Read more…

Karl Meiner: We Don’t Need Another Soldier

When Satch,* who graduated in June 2001, returned to my classroom last spring, he bore little physical resemblance to the gangly, bespectacled youth who once sat in my sophomore English class. He strode through the door in neatly pressed military garb, hat pressed to his right hip, a thick-chested, heavily tattooed man. I noticed that Read more…

David Mcneill: Family Ties: The Tojo Legacy

The granddaughter of Japan’s wartime leader Tojo Hideki has become one of his staunchest public defenders since emerging from obscurity a decade ago. But exactly who is she and why has she come in from the political cold?   There is no mistaking the impact of the family genes on Tojo Yuko: she has the Read more…

Jay Arena: The War At Home:

The U.S. military, in its’ desperate attempt to crush the growing armed Iraqi resistance, is employing what Pentagon strategists call the “Salvador option”. To terrorize the Iraqi people into submission the U.S. is funding, training, directing, and sometimes staffing, death squads–as was done during the brutal counter-insurgency campaign in Central America in the 1980s. The Read more…

Barbara Miner: Keeping Public Schools Public

Reporters often ask me for a 30-second sound bite on the quality of the private schools in Milwaukee’s 15-year-old voucher program, the nation’s oldest. I usually say there are good schools — especially those with stricter requirements and a history that pre-dated vouchers — lots of average schools, and some not-so-great schools.   That answer Read more…

: Draft Resolution to End Military Recruitment Abuse

[As is true throughout much of the United States, in Portland, Ore., military recruiters lie to and mislead high school students. They show up uninvited on campus. They call students at home. They ask personal questions about students’ future plans and then assure them that the best way these can be realized is by first Read more…

Fawaz a. Gerges: Planting the Seeds of Al-Qaida’s Second Generation

The American-led invasion and occupation of Iraq has provided al-Qaida with a new lease on life, a second generation of recruits and fighters, and a powerful outlet to expand its ideological outreach activities to Muslims worldwide. Statements by al-Qaida top chiefs, including bin Laden, Zawahiri, Zarqawi, and Seif al-Adl, portray the unfolding confrontation in Iraq Read more…

Yoshikazu Sakamoto: The Postwar and the Japanese Constitution

The Abandoned People and the Right of Individual Self-Determination   The phrase ‘sixty years of the post-war’ is often used to mean ’60 years since the end of the war’ or ‘these past sixty years’. However, the term ‘post-war’ itself is premised on a ‘pre-war’ and a ‘wartime’. In other words, prior to the sixty Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Social Change Today

Steven Durel: Professor Chomsky, for forty years now you have been a leading voice in political action and social justice. After this near half-century of participation in the libertarian movement, how have things changed? Noam Chomsky: Change is never linear. It goes forward in some respects, backwards in others. Just to take the positive side, Read more…

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Hilary Wainwright: Europe: Bridging The Emotional Gap

In search of a fresh argument for the left in Britain to become more European in its thinking and organising, I picked an extraordinary book off my bookshelf: `Europe in Love; Love in Europe’ by Louisa Passerini from the European University Institute in Florence. Two of its insights deserve particular attention. Firstly, the argument that Read more…

Ann Wright: ‘A Felon for Peace’

She’s just off the plane from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the cheapest route back from a reunion in the little Arkansas town where she grew up in the 1950s. For thirty years, she and her childhood friends have climbed to the top of Penitentiary Mountain, where the local persimmon trees grow, for a persimmon-spitting contest. (“All in Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Paths Toward an Anti-Capitalist Liberation

Numerous routes have been taken in the course of seeking the good society. Ideals have been fought for, some have won and most have failed. Some have declared an end to history, the imperial order has been established, capitalism triumphant. Others continue to struggle for a better world beyond capitalism; they have rallied, resisted and Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Riots in France

  For two weeks now, France has been rocked by street violence and arson. And for two weeks, Russian commentators have held forth about the “Muslim factor” and “ethnic conflicts.” It’s easier to spout cliches than to figure out what’s really happening, of course. But if our talking heads had taken the time to watch Read more…

Girish Mishra: Reserve Bank of India and Globalization

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is, by its position as central bank, the guardian of country’s banking sector. With the help of suitable monetary policy instruments, it manages and directs the various financial institutions of the country so that there is neither shortage nor over supply of various components of money in the economy. Read more…

Cort Greene: Monroe Doctrine and Venezuela

 “But this man is a terrific danger and the United States, this is our sphere of influence and we can’t let this happen … We have the Monroe Doctrine. We have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil … Read more…

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Dick Meister: Viva La Causa!

The United Farm Workers union is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the extraordinary grape strike that brought California’s sorely oppressed farmworkers worldwide support in their struggle for the basic rights long denied them and the millions of other farmworkers nationwide. The struggle continues. But the strike led by the charismatic Cesar Chavez remains a source Read more…

Rene Wadlow: Burma

  The Burmese military have held power in the country since 1958 and show no signs of yielding it to civilian political leaders. They have prevented discussion of the most burning political issues which have divided Burma since independence: the nationalities question, the insurgencies, the balance of power between central and regional governments, the nature of Read more…

Cory Fischer-hoffman: Mar de Plata

MAR DEL PLATA, ARGENTINA- The week of November 1-5 the Argentine beach town of Mar del Plata has become the primary site of a 25 year struggle between neo-liberalism and social movements. Bush has come to Argentina, with thousands of security, to attend the IV Summit of the Americas whose theme is Creating Jobs to Read more…

Roger Burbach: Bush vs. Chavez

Bush’s woes just keep piling up on him. The summit of hemispheric leaders he attended in Argentina was a total embarrassment, revealing the emperor has no clothes. Bush did manage to avoid shaking hands with his main adversary at the summit, Hugo Chavez. But the president of Venezuela stole the show, drawing 35,000 to hear Read more…

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Bill McKibben: Curitiba

The first time I went there, I had never heard of Curitiba. I had no idea that its bus system was the best on Earth or that a municipal shepherd and his flock of 30 sheep trimmed the grass in its vast parks. It was just a midsize Brazilian city where an airline schedule forced Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Intelligent Design?

President George W. Bush favours teaching both evolution and “Intelligent Design” in schools, “so people can know what the debate is about.” To proponents, Intelligent Design is the notion that the universe is too complex to have developed without a nudge from a higher power than evolution or natural selection.>To detractors, Intelligent Design is creationism Read more…

Naima Bouteldja: Explosion in the suburbs

In 1991, after violent riots between youths and police scarred the suburbs of Lyon, French sociologist Alain Tourraine predicted that “it will only be a few years before we face the kind of massive urban explosion of the American experience”. The 11 nights of consecutive violence following the deaths of two young Muslim men of Read more…

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John Pilger: The Rise Of America’s New Enemy

I was dropped at Paradiso, the last middle-class area before barrio La Vega, which spills into a ravine as if by the force of gravity. Storms were forecast, and people were anxious, remembering the mudslides that took 20,000 lives. “Why are you here?” asked the man sitting opposite me in the packed jeep-bus that chugged Read more…

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Seth Sandronsky: An Interview with Two Anti-Minuteman Project Activists

Scott Campbell lives in Oakland, California, and is an organizer with the San Francisco Bay Area Coalition to Fight the Minutemen.  He and 600 others protested on October 29 at the state Capitol in Sacramento against the Minuteman Project, which turned out 200 supporters. Mario Galván lives in Sacramento, California.  He has been working with Read more…

Roger Lippman: War Crimes

Interviewing Jeremy Brecher about the new book IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN WAR CRIMES IN IRAQ AND BEYOND edited by Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, and Brendan Smith (Metropolitan/Holt, 2005) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN WAR CRIMES IN IRAQ AND BEYOND,” is about?  What is Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: The Occupation

The following is an exclusive interview with long-time activist and writer Milan Rai. Milan is the author of ‘War Plan Iraq’ and ‘Regime Unchanged’ and a leading member of Justice Not Vengeance (http://www.j-n-v.org). He is an advisor to UKWatch and a contributor to the UKWatch blog. UKWatch: The situation in Iraq appears to deteriorate by Read more…

Mark Curtis: Their Right To Return

Today, a British-engineered occupation enters its fifth decade. There will be no commemoration, despite the human toll and murkiness surrounding what is going on there. Yet an entire population, exiled from their homeland and betrayed by the British government, are stepping up their campaign to return home. The coming weeks may decide their fate. Forty Read more…

Lee Sustar: Showdown at Delphi

JIM BAEMMERT will tell you that he was always the biggest proponent of labor-management cooperation at the Delphi Automotive Systems catalytic converter plant in Oak Creek, Wis. He saw collaboration as the key to the survival of the plant’s former owner, General Motors, and U.S. industry as a whole. These days, Baemmert’s outlook has changed. Read more…

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George Monbiot: Bringing Out the Dead

We were told that the Iraqis don’t count. Before the invasion began the head of US central command, General Thomas Franks, boasted “we don’t do bodycounts.”(1) His claim was repeated by Donald Rumsfeld in November 2003 (“we don’t do body counts on other people”(2)) and by the Pentagon in January this year (“the only thing Read more…

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Site Administrator: Johnstone Reply

I have belatedly learned of the October 31 interview with Noam Chomsky by Emma Brockes, in which my name appeared (misspelled) three times. I would like to correct that minor mistake as well as a few more significant ones. The most basic underlying distortion is to present Professor Chomsky’s defense of free expression as a Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The White House Ethics Lesson

[Note: We are in such an age of extremity that perfectly sane people can mistake satire for reality. I’ve run into this before in my modest attempts at humor (with angry or confused letters to follow), and yet the absurd bubble-extremity of the Bush administration sometimes cries out — at least so it seems to Read more…

Matthew Rothschild: Wal-Mart Turns in Student’s Anti-Bush Photo, Secret Service Investigates Him

Selina Jarvis is the chair of the social studies department at Currituck County High School in North Carolina, and she is not used to having the Secret Service question her or one of her students.   But that’s what happened on September 20.   Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class “to take Read more…

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Nick Turse: Get a Clue

On November 2, 2005, I found myself in a familiar situation — at a protest. This time, it was the New York version of the World Can’t Wait nationwide protest on the first anniversary of George W. Bush’s reelection. In some ways the scene was typical. Heavy police presence for the rally. Lots of police Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: In the Name of Democracy

[This is an edited excerpt of the Introduction to IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN WAR CRIMES IN IRAQ AND BEYOND edited by Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, and Brendan Smith.  Metropolitan Books. www.americanempireproject.com] Brandon Hughey was a private at Fort Hood when he discovered that his army unit was about to be sent to Iraq. Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: Where is Ansel Adams When We Need Him?

Ansel Adams came to the White House in 1975 to deliver a print of a photograph from Yosemite National Park desired by President Ford and Betty Ford. Adams, still smarting from President Nixon’s neglect of public lands, asked Ford to redefine the meaning of our parks, maintain their funding, and put a ‘new emphasis on Read more…

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Jason Leopold: Vice President Lied As White House Sought To Defuse Leak Inquiry

Did Vice President Dick Cheney help cover-up the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson in the months after conservative columnist Robert Novak first disclosed her identity? That’s one of the questions Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is likely trying to figure out. It’s unclear what Cheney said to investigators back in 2004 when he Read more…

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Dick Meister: A Nation “Under God”? Hardly

Religious Americans and the politicians who cater to them are exposing yet again their intolerance of the minority of Americans who don’t share their beliefs. Those in the religious majority claim to respect minority rights. But that’s clearly not so. Their response to the recent federal district court ruling in Sacramento against the inclusion of “under Read more…

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Zoltan Grossman: KHUZESTAN: THE FIRST FRONT IN THE WAR ON IRAN?

COLOR MAP of  Iran’s ethnic groups and oil fields:http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/KHUZESTAN.gif   As their forces are increasingly bogged down in Iraq, George W. Bush and Tony Blair are laying the groundwork for their next military expansion, next door in Syria or Iran.   Their confrontation with Iran, in particular, has long been in the cards. Three years Read more…

Mark Ealey: The Martyrdom: Children and the Battle of Okinawa

While the debate about the use of children in war is relatively new, the practice is ages old. Long before education became a right rather than a privilege it was common for boys to be recruited into the military in roles that saw them face death at the front line. Joining the army or navy Read more…

Jordan Flaherty: Changing New Orleans

Its bittersweet being back in New Orleans.  Although the architecture is the same, and its a relief to walk the streets and reunite with old friends, already this is a very different city from the one I love.  Its a city where some areas are quickly rebuilding and other parts are being left far behind.  Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Axis of Hardliners, From Tehran to Washington

The huge gap between Tehran and Washington has widened in recent months. Top officials of Iran and the United States are not even within shouting distance. The styles of rhetoric differ, but the messages in both directions are filled with hostility. While visiting Iran’s capital in early summer, during the home stretch of the presidential Read more…

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Amira Hass: Broken Bones And Broken Hopes

For Palestinians, Yitzhak Rabin is remembered first of all as someone who instructed soldiers to break their arms and legs, when they began their popular uprising against the Israeli occupation in 1987. Before the handshake on the White House lawn, before the Nobel Prize and before the murder, when Palestinians were asked about Rabin, this Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: US Military Action Against Syria Would Lead To Disaster

By strange chance the American embassy in Damascus almost faces Iraq’s. As US forces roared up the Euphrates valley to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003, the contrast between the two buildings was stark. A forbidding fortress that few people wanted to visit stood on one side of the road, ringed by concrete bollards, bulletproof screens Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Bush’s Wall of Shame

The motto of this administration might easily be: “failing upward.” Of course, that’s not hard when those leading the country into catastrophe are also making the appointments and bestowing the honors. Somewhere in this world of ours there should be at least one Wall of Shame (and perhaps an adjoining Wall of Cronyism) for an Read more…

Joseph Phelan: Wilma and FEMA vs. the Poor

As  days turn into weeks the situation worsens for the poor people left behind not only by aid relief but by society as a whole. People who had been living under slumlord conditions are evicted from housing that has been deemed unsafe for human habitation, yet at the same time there is no alternative housing Read more…

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Doug Ireland: WHY IS FRANCE BURNING?

Saturday night was the 10th day of the spreading youth riots that have much of France in flames — and it was the worst night ever since the first riot erupted in a suburban Paris ghetto of low-income housing, with 1295 vehicles — from private cars to public buses — burned last night, a huge Read more…

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Michael Albert: Venezuela’s Path

Going to Venezuela? There are beautiful waterfalls and mountains. There is rich surf, sand, and sun. But nowadays the biggest attraction is revolution. This October I spent a week in Caracas. That’s not much information to work with but for what it’s worth, here’s what I found and felt. Toward a New Political System My Read more…

Aseem Shrivastava: Civil Compassion?

Civilization is on a mission from God to free the world from the evil of tyranny and bring democracy and human rights to all peoples of the planet. Presumably, there is human concern and compassion behind such a quest, more grand than any conceived in the long and glorious past of humanity. It is worth Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: Bush Again Resorts to Fear-Mongering to Justify Iraq Policy

President George W. Bush’s October 6 address at the National Endowment for Democracy illustrated his administration’s increasingly desperate effort to justify the increasingly unpopular U.S. war in Iraq. The speech focused upon the Bush administration’s claim that the Iraqi insurgency against U.S. occupation forces somehow constituted a grave threat to the security of the United Read more…

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David Edwards: Smearing Chomsky – The Guardian In The Gutter

Introduction On October 31, the Guardian published an interview with Noam Chomsky by Emma Brockes, ‘The greatest intellectual?’ (The Guardian, October 31, 2005). The article was ostensibly in response to the fact that Chomsky had been voted the world’s top public intellectual by Prospect magazine the previous week. Chomsky describes his treatment by the paper Read more…

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