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Amira Hass: Playing Two Different Games

The Palestinians are busy forming a government. It is too early to say how the events in Jericho will affect its composition, but what in the past was an internal game of musical chairs among Fatah and its satellites – a competition over personal prestige and a power play by Yasser Arafat – now appears Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Stained Uniforms

“WILL Major League Baseball be more resistant to change than apartheid South Africa?” That’s the question posed by Dennis Brutus, a former leading fighter against apartheid who is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Anti-Sweatshop Community Alliance. The group is pressuring the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team to lead a major league campaign to improve the Read more…

Daniel patrick Welch: Saint Patrick’s Day

Another Saint Patrick’s Day is here, with its tacky kegs of green beer, leprechauns, lucky charms, fake plastic hats and all imaginable variety of gaudy faux-Irish…um…”charm.” But it needn’t be so. The holiday offers up an incredible opportunity to expose children (and adults, of course) to the history of struggle of a courageous people–England’s first Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Iraq: Permanent US Colony

Why does the Bush Administration refuse to discuss withdrawing occupation forces from Iraq? Why is Halliburton, who landed the no-bid contracts to construct and maintain US military bases in Iraq, posting higher profits than ever before in its 86-year history? Why do these bases in Iraq resemble self-contained cities as much as military outposts? Why Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: New War Dangers

**  Escalating rhetoric, continued losses in Iraq, Bush’s political problems, and an ideologically-driven pursuit of power make the possibility of a U.S. military attack on Iran – however reckless and however dangerous its consequences – a frighteningly real possibility. **  Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has not violated the Treaty.  Read more…

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Tal Ariel: Amateur Activist Starter Kit

So I’m driving to work this morning, nauseatingly contemplating how screwed the world is, how my excruciatingly long commute was contributing to environmental devastation, how I should be doing more, and how contrary to my self-image I wasn’t a serious activist at all. You see I’m a regular guy. A wage slave one might say. Read more…

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Sam Gindin: Concessions

In the early 80s, the implications of neoliberalism were quickly revealed as the auto majors reversed four decades of steady growth in wages by successfully forcing concessions on the once powerful UAW. That working class defeat had not just continental, but global ramifications. When, a little over two decades later (2004) Delphi – the largest Read more…

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Site Administrator: Latin America’s Leftist Shift: Hopes and Challenges

Within the last six years in Latin America numerous social movements have gained momentum in the fight for human rights, better living and working conditions and an end to corporate exploitation and military violence. Recently, left of center leaders have been elected in Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Venezuela. These political leaders, whose victory in office Read more…

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Staughton Lynd: I Am A Revisionist Historian

One hundred years ago, three officers of the Western Federation of Miners were indicted for murder.  President Theodore Roosevelt declared that they were “undesirable citizens.”  Working people and radicals all over the country responded with insignia stating, “I am an undesirable citizen.” According to popular legend, during World War II the Nazis occupied Denmark and Read more…

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Serge Halimi: The America Not Made For You And Me

Robert Greenwald’s documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (1), opens in a huge room packed with shareholders attending the company’s annual meeting. They greet the CEO, H Lee Scott, with an ovation as he takes the podium. He tells them: “When you come to this meeting, year after year you get to say, Read more…

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Mike Marqusee: Reasons To March

Three years ago, at one of the huge demonstrations that preceded the invasion of Iraq, I ran into a 16-year-old friend, visibly excited by the size of the crowd and the sense of common purpose. “They can’t go to war now, can they?” he said, “Not after this … ” Well, they did, and three Read more…

David Schweickart: I Still Think It’s Nonsense

This essay replies to Albert: Criticism Without Comprehension —- It doesn’t occur to Schweickart to even entertain the possibility that just perhaps we are rational, and he has missed some key insights and relations.[i]   Albert is wrong here.  It most certainly did occur to me as I worked on my critique that maybe I Read more…

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Michael Albert: Still Uncomprehending…

Schweickart’s reply to my reply gives me a gigantic mound of commentary to react to – as against what I think are more pressing tasks. I actually very much favor serious debate and exchange, and would even in this case with Schweickart repeatedly calling me irrational, etc., but I have to admit that I don’t Read more…

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Edward Herman: Uncle Chutzpah and His Willing Executioners on the Dire Iran Threat: With Twelve Principles of War Propaganda in Ongoing Service

Back at the time of a major Bush-1 "drug war" in 1989, Hodding Carter pointed out that with increasing attention to the newly declared "crisis" by the administration and media, the public’s estimate of the importance of the drug problem rose spectacularly. "Today’s big news is the drug war. The president says so, so television Read more…

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Walden Bello: Military Radicalism in Venezuela: How Relevant for Other Developing Countries?

“An Army of the People” That something interesting and unusual is taking place in Venezuela first really struck me when, in response to a sarcastic comment about an anti-war meeting of the 2006 World Social Forum taking place in an Air Force base, a member of the audience rose and, in the best pedagogical manner, Read more…

Cindy Sheehan: There Are Criminals, and Then There Are Criminals

Cindy Sheehan is the very proud mother of Casey Sheehan who was KIA in the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq. She is Founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and author of Not One More Mother’s Child available at Koa Books , and Dear President Bush, forthcoming in the Open Media Series Read more…

Todd Chretien: Counting the Dead in Iraq

Well over a year ago Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report documenting 100,000 Iraqi dead as a consequence of the US invasion and occupation.  At the time, they did not include the thousands of deaths in Falluja as part of their study because they did not want to skew the results Read more…

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George Monbiot: Beholden to the Mob

After wriggling its way through every possible excuse for inaction, last week the Office of Fair Trading decided to launch an inquiry into the behaviour of the big grocery chains. It’s about time. But alongside it we need another one: into whether the OFT, like almost everything else in this country, has itself been taken Read more…

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John Gibler: Maquila Violence in Mexico

On February 14, the day sub-comandante Marcos arrived in the city of Puebla as part of his six-month journey across the country to listen to the voices of the underdogs of the Mexican left, the national newspaper La Jornada carried on its front page the most convincing advertisement for the Zapatistas’ Other Campaign to appear Read more…

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Khatchig Mouradian: A Storyteller’s Quest

  “Anatolia has always been a mosaic of flowers,filling the world with flowers and light.I want it to be the same today”Yasar Kemal  The Anatolia Yasar Kemal, arguably the greatest Turkish author of the 20th century, wants to see and the Anatolia he can actually see today cannot possibly be considered the same region of Read more…

Girish Mishra: India: One Country, Two Worlds

Two reports have appeared simultaneously. One report has been carried by the American magazine Forbes and the other by the German journal Der Spiegel’s English version. These two reports underline that India, despite being one country, is getting divided into two worlds, which may have disastrous consequences. The Forbes has been publishing a list of Read more…

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David Edwards: Iraq Body Count Refuses to Respond

On January 25 and 26, Media Lens published a two-part Media Alert: ‘Paved With Good Intentions – Iraq Body Count, Parts 1 and 2’. We reported how we had searched the Iraq Body Count (IBC) database for incidents involving the mass killing of Iraqi civilians by US-UK forces between January-June 2005. We found, for example, Read more…

Mnn: April Fool’s Day

MNN. March 14, 2006. “I don’t trust them. We’ll get ready for the 1st and they’ll come in on the 2nd”, said a Kanehsatake grandmother. To help us Mohawks welcome the Spring, the RCMP and the Canadian army seem to be planning to attack four of our communities on Saturday, April 1st, 2006. Get ready, Read more…

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Evo Morales: Bolivia: From Neoliberalism To A Homeland For All

Today our government celebrates its first month, the first 30 days of the democratic and cultural revolution that we are heading, with the overwhelming popular mandate of December 18, 2005, when Bolivians from the countryside and cities decided to turn the page on a history full of injustice and discrimination. We have named a cabinet Read more…

Mike Ferner: Hungering For Justice At My First Congressional Testimony

Washington, March 14 — Last Wednesday evening, the House Appropriations Committee voted to throw another $67,000,000,000 at the murderous work in Iraq and Afghanistan. That night members of the committee, righteously indignant and nearly unanimous, gave President “Bring ‘Em On” Bush a loud slap in the face.  Whoa! You mean the most powerful committee in Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Tony Soprano And Iraq

“Violence is as American as Cherry Pie.”…H.Rap Brown As the Sopranos return to the airwaves for a new season, the likeable Lorraine Bracco who plays show shrink Dr, Melfi was on the Colbert report suggesting that the HBO drama has one social value-its shows violence as it really functions in our culture. Odd isn’t it Read more…

Angelique Chrisafis: French students revive spirit of 68

From behind the makeshift barricade of tables, desks and chairs that sealed off the amphitheatre of the Sorbonne, a 21-year-old philosophy student crawled out and made his way down to the wall of riot police that kept watch outside one of France’s most prestigious faculties yesterday. Florian had been up all night leading angry philosophical Read more…

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Michael T. Klare: The Coming Resource Wars

It’s official: the era of resource wars is upon us. In a major London address, British Defense Secretary John Reid warned that global climate change and dwindling natural resources are combining to increase the likelihood of violent conflict over land, water and energy. Climate change, he indicated, "will make scarce resources, clean water, viable agricultural Read more…

Michelle Bachelet: Only Cleaned Wounds Can Heal

Michelle Bachelet, 54, who will be sworn in as Chile’s next president this Saturday, discusses efforts to deal with her country’s difficult Pinochet legacy, Chile’s dramatic economic growth and Latin America’s leftward swing. SPIEGEL: Ms. Bachelet, your country is experiencing growth rates most Europeans can only dream about and you’re being celebrated as the symbol Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Burying Barry: Bonds and The Chain of Command

“If he did it, hang him!” This is what ESPN radio host John Seibel (filling in on the Dan Patrick show) said about Barry Bonds. Is Seibel oblivious that some may take offense to the image of a controversial Black athlete being lynched, or is this just red meat thrown to the worst impulses of Read more…

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Stephen Soldz: The Avian Flu Threat is Real

One of the many serious dangers arising from the Bush administration’s persistent record of lies and distortions is that, for many, whatever visceral faith they had that the government would attempt to deal sensibly with emergencies has dissipated. United States governments are well-known to deceive when foreign policy is at stake. But, in general, when Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: The Campaign to Pacify Sunni Iraq

  The December elections in Iraq did not initiate a period of state building, but instead marked an expanding, many-sided conflict whose latest major horror was the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra and the carnage it triggered. All the conflicts of the present moment have metastasized and spread from the ill-fated attempt by Read more…

Samba Boukman: Opening Space for Popular Movements

Interviewed by Stuart Neatby, John Dimond-Gibson, and Christian Heyne. Rush Transcript. The desperately poor neighbourhoods surrounding Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince have been hardest hit by the political violence and social cleansing directed against Haiti’s poor by the US, Canadian, and French- imposed government of Gerard Latortue. The neighbourhood of Bel Air has been one of Read more…

Ana Amorim: La Via Campesina women occupy a farm in South Brazil

About 2000 women from La Via Campesina occupied the plantation of Aracruz Celulose, in Barra do Ribeiro, Rio Grande do Sul (sur de Basil), early this wednesday morning. The purpose of the mobilization is to denounce the social and environmental impact of the growing green desert created by eucalyptus monocuture. The Barba Negra farm is Read more…

Christian peacemaker teams: We Mourn the Loss of Tom Fox

  In grief we tremble before God who wraps us with compassion. The death of our beloved colleague and friend pierces us with pain. Tom Fox’s body was found in Baghdad yesterday. Christian Peacemaker Teams extends our deep and heartfelt condolences to the family and community of Tom Fox, with whom we have traveled so Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The First Other Winds, Part 2

First Part/II and Last YUCATÁN /Above, a hacienda as political program.  Below, Mayan dignity awakening the other./ On one side, that of above:  the resistance of the powerful to losing privileges won through blood and fire since the times of the Conquest.  On the other, that of below:  ancient rebellion multiplying its colors. The postmodern Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Military Lunacy: How About A Bit Of Common Sense?

In a crazy place, even the most modest steps toward sanity can seem radical. Thus, in Washington, the Common Sense Budget Act, introduced this week by Representative Lynn Woolsey of California, seems like a far-reaching move. In fact, it might be better titled the “How About Just a Bit of Common Sense Act.” The legislation Read more…

Liz Seymour: Inviting Anarchy Into My Home

Greensboro, N.C./ On Aug. 1, 2002, I left behind the comfortably roomy semicircle marked “married-couple household” on the Census Bureau pie chart and slipped into an inconspicuous wedge labeled “two or more people, nonfamily.” Having separated from my husband of 28 years the day before, I opened our three-bedroom 1927 Colonial Revival house to a Read more…

Gabriele Zamparini: Guardians Of Power

Review of ‘Guardians Of Power’, David Edwards and David Cromwell, Pluto / £14.99 In the United States there exists an organisation devoted to providing regular radical critique of the mainstream media; that organisation is FAIR (Fairness And Accuracy In Reporting). Founded in 1986, FAIR is a relatively well-funded institution with a staff of twelve. They Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: A Government with No Military and No Territory

President Bush marked the Iraqi election of December 2005 as the beginning of a new era. A freely selected permanent government would begin asserting its sovereignty over the country, building an administrative infrastructure, and rising to the challenge of governing an unruly and often violent constituency. Only three months later, this hopeful vision is in Read more…

Lansana Gberie: Sierra Leone

The UN-Sierra Leone Special Court began work nearly four years ago, and it has already spent more than $80 million dollars. This is mostly as salary for its mainly expatriate staff, amounting to $16 million a year – more than that for the entire Sierra Leonean civil service. In its first fully operational year, the Read more…

Meirion Jones: How Britain helped Israel make its A-bomb

Mirage jets swoop from the sky to destroy the Egyptian air force before breakfast; tanks race across the desert to the Suez Canal; Moshe Dayan, the defence minister, poses with eyepatch after the Jerusalem brigade has fought its way into the Old City. These are the heroic images of the Six Day War and they Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The First Other Winds [Primera, 1/2]

Translated by irlandesa Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico February 18-19, 2006 In the name of the Zapatista System of Intergalactic Television, “the only television which is read,” we would like to express our gratitude to this space for the presentation of a special program, sponsored by “Huaraches Yepa, Yepa. The only globalized huarache” and Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Country’s Going To Hell At Home And Abroad

“If the country’s on the road to Hell, just claim that it’s Heaven.” I don’t meet many Republicans, but those few I do talk to agree that the world and the country are going to hell. That oft spouted clich� has taken on new meaning given recent and very dire environmental news. The worsening of Read more…

Lani Guinier: The Meritocracy Myth

Lani Guinier became a household name in 1993 when Bill Clinton appointed her to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and then, under pressure from conservatives, withdrew her nomination without a confirmation hearing. Guinier is currently the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard University where, in 1998, she became the first Read more…

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David Cromwell: The Power Inquiry And Fear Of Public Opinion

Front-page headlines greeted the publication last week of the Power Report into the ‘meltdown’ of British democracy. Plummeting participation in elections and a growing chasm between the public and party politics had prompted the study by an independent panel led by Labour peer and QC Helena Kennedy. The report – naively titled ‘Power to the Read more…

Nell Geiser: Norman Finkelstein Speaks

As a Jewish student who is looking forward to Norman Finkelstein’s speech on campus tonight, titled “Israel & Palestine: Misuse of Anti-Semitism, Abuse of History,” I am disappointed there’s been such misinformed debate about his visit. Maryum Saifee and Athar Abdul-Quader explained Monday on this page (“In Defense of Professor Finkelstein,” March 6) that inaccurate Read more…

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John Nichols: As South Dakota Goes

When South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed legislation that effectively bans abortion in his state, the director of the militantly anti-choice Christian Defense Coalition announced that the legal and political foundations that underpin the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision are crumbling. “Roe is slowly, but surely, being chipped away at,” declared the Rev. Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: See Dick Loot

See Dick Loot Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) have been making hay in the burning Iraqi sun for years now. It is, of course, no coincidence that the man sitting as vice president played a key role with his influence in obtaining the lion’s share of contracts in Iraq for the Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: The Tenth Of March

Lurching ahead for meaning, marching backwards for truth. Who is willing, who is not? We search for answers; we wobble with questions.   Let us end and begin with the tenth of March.   On March 10, 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Hello, goodbye: according to Mary Bellis, Bell‘s invention Read more…

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