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Stan Goff: Petraeus! Is Baghdad Burning?

“Jodl!  Is Paris burning?”       – Adolf Hitler, Aug. 25, 1944   Backstage   The United States makes up about 5 percent of the Earth’s population, but as an aggregate we burn more than 25 percent of its fossil energy.  That’s roughly true of all three main forms of fossil energy – oil, natural gas and Read more…

Antonio peredo Leigue: Democracy is the people

The tense days that took place last week constitute an invaluable experience: the exercising of power belongs to the people; the authorities should not forget that they are the chief executives. The deaths are overwhelming, the more than one hundred injured hurt: they are the results of this violence and nothing can undo that damage. Read more…

Angelo Gavrielatos: Australia Battles Privatization

[Following is an interview with Angelo Gavrielatos, deputy president of the Australian Education Union. Gavrielatos was recently in the United States to meet with union leaders. Barbara Miner of Rethinking Schools interviewed him on conservative education policies in Australia. They explored the issue of growing government funding for private schools. — the editors]   RS: Read more…

Maurice Lemoine: Ecuador’s unknown president

The re-election last month of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela was no surprise. But few people even recognise the name of his leftist counterpart in Ecuador, Rafael Correa.      ECUADOR has been in state of upheaval for years. As far back as June 1990 a powerful indigenous undercurrent broke surface with unprecedented demonstrations by the Read more…

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David Edwards: MEDIA ALERT: EXCHANGES WITH THE BBC AND CHANNEL 4

In his book Necessary Illusions, Noam Chomsky summarised the stark divide separating media treatment of state crimes: “In the case of enemy crimes, we find outrage; allegations based on the flimsiest evidence, often simply invented, and uncorrectible, even when conceded to be fabrication; careful filtering of testimony to exclude contrary evidence while allowing what may Read more…

Moyiga Nduru: Business ‘Ignores’ Human Rights

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17 (IPS) – From Iraq to Nigeria, multinational corporations are ignoring human rights, entrenching a culture of abuse and impunity that is difficult to eradicate, a leading anti-apartheid activist warns.   Kader Asmal, a former South African minister of education, says the abuses run from environmental degradation around the world to the more Read more…

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Raul Zibechi: Social Movements in 2007: Securing autonomy, retaking the initiative

South American social movements face an unprecedented panorama: the majority of governments on the continent define themselves as progressive or on the left. This is a reality which these same movements contributed to shaping and which can either help them to grow or block their development. Indeed, seven of the ten South American countries have Read more…

Alvin m. Saperstein: Teaching Science to Biblical Literalists

I have taught introductory astronomy and physical science for many years.1 I also teach courses on the application of science to world affairs: the impact of war and technology on the historical development of human society (and vice versa) as well as the "war" between man and nature. I explore the historical development of the Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Democrat Agenda Omissions

With all the customary pomp and pageantry accompanying the occasion, the 110th nominally (first time in 12 years) Democrat-led Congress convened on Capitol Hill on January 4.  It was done much the same as in earlier years except for the first time ever a woman took the gavel after being elected Speaker of the House Read more…

Merip: A Reckoning Deferred

How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? That haunting question, posed by John Kerry to Congress when he was a discharged Navy lieutenant in 1971, helped to slow, and eventually stop, a pointless, unpopular war in Vietnam. That question, in part because Kerry declined to pose Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: The War Becomes More Unholy

FALLUJAH – A stepped up military offensive that targets mosques, religious leaders and Islamic customs is leading many Iraqis to believe that the US-led invasion really was a “holy war.”   Photographs are being circulated of black crosses painted on mosque walls and on copies of the Quran, and of soldiers dumping their waste inside Read more…

Gore Vidal: “I’m Jealous of Cuba”

Havana – Gore Vidal was in Cuba for five days, following a frantic and packed program that took him from the University of Computer Sciences, the Latin American School of Medicine, the University of Havana’s main campus, to the National Ballet School, from Old Havana to the park in honor of John Lennon where a Read more…

Ian Sinclair: Weight watchers

Another year, another issue of Heat magazine obsessing about the weight of female celebrities.  "January means dieting, so take a tip from the stars", exclaims Heat.  First up is 37-year old Catherine Zeta Jones weighing in at a huge 10 stone, who thanks to Weight Watchers is now a much more sensible 9 stone.[i]  So Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: George Bush’s Crusading Scorecard (2001-2007)

Just five days after the September 11th attacks in 2001, in a Q and A with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, a President with a new mission, a new cause, and a new purpose in life told the American people that, though they had to “go back to work tomorrow,” they Read more…

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Martin Hart-Landsberg: Sanctions and the Road to War in Korea

The risk of war on the Korean peninsula remains high, and the U.S. government is raising it higher by opening an economic front. In September 2005, one day after regional negotiations produced an agreement with the potential to defuse North Korean-U.S. tensions, the U.S. government charged North Korea with counterfeiting $100 bills. Calling this alleged Read more…

Adel Safty: Changing American-Israeli Plans to Strike Iran

In January 2005, while George Bush was propounding the lofty ideals of his project to transform the Middle East, the campaign to engineer consent for a strike against Iran was in full swing. Vice President Cheney stated that Washington‘s chief concern was not democracy, was not even terrorism, but Iran‘s “fairly robust new nuclear program.” Read more…

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Gareth Porter: Bush’s New Iran Policy – War Plan or Propaganda?

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (IPS) – President George W. Bush’s seemingly aggressive Iran policy of taking direct action against alleged Iranian “networks” involved in attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, combined with the deployment of a second carrier group off Iran‘s coast, triggered speculation that it is related to a plan for an attack.   But Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: The Surge Pushers

The war in Iraq, one of the most disastrous military enterprises in the history of the Republic, has the New York Times’ fingerprints all over it. The role the newspaper played in fomenting the 2003 attack is now one of the best known sagas in journalistic history, as embodied in the reports of Judy Miller, Read more…

Bobby Muller: Vietnam All Over Again

As a soldier who fought in the Vietnam War — the United States‘ only lost war — President Bush’s imminent decision to increase the U.S. force in Iraq by thousands of troops brings to mind events more than thirty years old.   In 1968, shortly after Clark Clifford succeeded Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense, Read more…

Fawwaz Traboulsi: Lebanon on the Brink

[Introduction by Assaf Kfoury: The little country is exposed more than ever to the political storms east of the Mediterranean. In the following article, historian and long-time political commentator Fawwaz Traboulsi explains that the dangers faced by Lebanon today are, in part, the result of its “confessional system”. This system did not always exist and Read more…

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Ilan Pappe: Palestine 2007: Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank

On this stage, not so long ago, I claimed that Israel is conducting genocidal policies in the Gaza Strip. I hesitated a lot before using this very charged term and yet decided to adopt it. Indeed, the responses I received, including from some leading human rights activists, indicated a certain unease over the usage of Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: First They Came for the Lawyers

In one of the most severe blows the Bush administration has dealt to our constitutional democracy, the Pentagon attacked the lawyers who have volunteered to represent the Guantánamo detainees.  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson threatened corporate lawyers who agree to defend the men and boys imprisoned there.  Flashing a list of corporations that Read more…

Mahir Ali: No end to Bush war blues

LAST month, the executioners of Saddam Hussein pulled off a small miracle when they succeeded in inducing a brief twinge of sympathy for the doomed dictator. Last week, some people found it hard not to feel at least a tiny bit sorry for another mass murderer as he stood there in the White House, determinedly Read more…

Raphaëlle Bail: LATIN AMERICA: POLITICS, POVERTY AND CRIME

EL SALVADOR is the ideal country in which to observe the effects of massive emigration. This is unsurprising, given its scale: between 1.7 million and 2.5 million Salvadorians, 25-34% of the population, live abroad, the majority in the United States. A deputy minister is responsible for looking after the interests of this highly organised diaspora. Read more…

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Ralph Nader: The Boiling, Surging, Churning and Corporatizing Economy of the United States

 The boiling, surging, churning and corporatizing economy of the United States is racing far ahead of its being understood by political economists, economists, politicians and the polis itself. Tidbits from the past week add up to this view, to wit:   –The giant, shut-down Bethlehem steel plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will soon become a $600 Read more…

Harry Throssell: LIVING DANGEROUSLY

Review: Mark Kurlansky, NON-VIOLENCE, THE HISTORY OF A DANGEROUS IDEA, Jonathan Cape, London 2006.   IN only 184 pages Mark Kurlansky’s latest book NON-VIOLENCE, THE HISTORY OF A DANGEROUS IDEA packs a mighty, well-researched account of war, peace and non-violence going back centuries. It includes the days of Jesus Christ and the beginnings of Islam Read more…

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Michael T. Klare: Two Faces of an Emerging Energo-fascism (Part 2)

Not “Islamo-fascism” but “Energo-fascism” — the heavily militarized global struggle over diminishing supplies of energy — will dominate world affairs (and darken the lives of ordinary citizens) in the decades to come. This is so because top government officials globally are increasingly unwilling to rely on market forces to satisfy national energy needs and are Read more…

Mark Mackinnon: MacKinnon Responds

Below is correspondence between Globe and Mail (Canada) reporter Mark MacKinnon and the Dominion’s Stefan Christoff and Dru Oja Jay on a piece ZNet published by Christoff and Jay on MacKinnon’s coverage of Lebanon: Globe and Mail correspondent takes exception to criticism published in the Dominion, suggests it be withdrawn In response to the article “The Read more…

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: Mysterious Prison Ailment Traced to U.S. Rice

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (IPS) – A newly released investigation into the deadly scourge of Beri-beri in Haiti’s National Penitentiary uncovered evidence that the clash between the manufacturing process used in U.S. processed rice and the traditional Haitian rice cooking method has been killing poor young men behind bars and leaving others morbidly ill. By Read more…

Maryann Keady: Marketing Democracy and the Empire

It is a strange thing to witness the students at our esteemed universities. This year, I had the opportunity to participate in classes at Columbia University as I was a professional fellow at an Asian institute. As expected, the students were extremely bright, conscientious, and motivated.  But as a radio producer and journalist, what struck Read more…

Hyppolite Pierre: Building Confidence in a Desperate Nation

By Christmas time 2005, the Haitian Diaspora, largely in the US and Canada, was hopeful for a new dynamic in Haitian politics. It wasn’t as much if at all, about the possibility that René Préval could become the next president. Instead it was the mere fact that back home, Haitians once more were to dip Read more…

Girish Mishra: Is Globalization on Its Way Out?

For quite some time, serious doubts have been expressed about the continuance of the present era of globalization, based on the Washington Consensus or neo-liberalism. After John Ralston Saul’s well-argued book, The Collapse of Globalism, Walden Bello has come out with his research paper “The Capitalist Conjuncture: over accumulation, financial crises, and the retreat of Read more…

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Site Administrator: Taking the “Monbiot challenge”: The global emergency of climate change

In recent months, all the major players in Canadian electoral politics have become “environmentalists.” Stephane Dion, the new Liberal leader, has a dog named Kyoto and has apparently made global warming his pet cause; even Stephen Harper has appointed a new Environment Minister, John Baird, who has repeatedly if vaguely vowed to “do more” on Read more…

Toni Solo: Negroponte, Alba, Ortega inauguration

John Negroponte and Tupac Katari (1)   To accompany President Saddam Hussein’s lynching the Bush regime announced that death-squad manager nonpareil John Negroponte is to take over the post of deputy Secretary of State to  hapless Condoleezza Rice left vacant by Robert Zoellick in 2006. One has to admire Zoellick’s timing. He jumped ship before Read more…

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David Bacon: Murder and Migration

A U.S. trade deal with Colombia may just have been signed, but foreign investment projects have already cost Afro-Colombians their land and their lives.   Development projects anywhere in the world often have a high human cost. In Colombia, the price is often measured in human lives and blood. Esperanza (she would risk her life, Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: In Douglass’s footsteps

 In last month’s 200th anniversary celebration of the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill , Governor-elect Deval Patrick read an 1860 speech by slavery abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The speech was given at Boston‘s Music Hall after a mob drove Douglass out of the Tremont Temple.   Douglass said of the mob, “The law of free Read more…

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Carl Bloice: More Blood for Oil

Forget about all that stuff about Ethiopia having a ‘tacit’ o.k. from Washington to invade Somalia. The decision was made at the White House and the attack had military support from the Pentagon. The governments are too much in sync and the Ethiopians too dependent on the U.S. to think otherwise.   And, it didn’t Read more…

Concerned academics - Ca: Open Letter From Concerned Academics

Dismissal hearings for University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill were held  this past week. Ward Churchill appeared before the Privilege and Tenure Committee with many witnesses speaking in his behalf. The committee will have 30 days to issue its findings to CU president Hank Brown.  Brown will weigh the findings and make a recommendation to Read more…

Colbert i. King: From Dr. King, a Reminder on Iraq

Forty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom the nation will honor on Monday, took to the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York City at a meeting organized by Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam. The date was April 4, 1967, one year before his assassination in Memphis.   King said he was Read more…

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Tristan Ewins: My Israel Question

Antony Loewenstein: My Israel Question, Melbourne University Press, 2006, 340 pp, rrp $AUS 32.95    See: http://myisraelquestion.com and  http://www.antonyloewenstein.com   In this determined and controversial critique of the role of Zionist lobbyists in influencing the public sphere, and exhaustive consideration of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories, Antony Loewenstein can be credited with having Read more…

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Seth Sandronsky: An Iraq jobs program?

Discontent with President Bush’s “New Way Forward in Iraq” is deep and wide across the U.S. and around the world. A big reason is his recent decision to deploy 21,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq. Opinion polls show that the American public’s approval of Bush’s job performance has plunged to a new low. On this Read more…

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John Feffer: Capitalism and Democracy: Iron Fist Economics

Capitalism and democracy go together like … like what? Peanut butter and jelly? Or a fish and a bicycle?   The leaders in Beijing are happy to eat their peanut butter sandwiches without jelly. Since launching economic reforms in the late 1970s, the Chinese government has promoted rapid economic growth but without much in the Read more…

Trita Parsi: Bush’s Iraq Plan – Goading Iran into War Analysis

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (IPS) – President George W. Bush’s address on Iraq Wednesday night was less about Iraq than about its eastern neighbour, Iran. There was little new about the U.S.‘s strategy in Iraq, but on Iran, the president spelled out a plan that appears to be aimed at goading Iran into war with the Read more…

Roger Morris: Parallel universes

One of the books in the backdrop of the White House Library must have been on quantum physics. As President George W. Bush stood awkwardly at his podium on Wednesday night, nervously drawing breaths at each sentence as he began his long-awaited speech on Iraq, Washington‘s parallel universes seemed to crowd the room.   I Read more…

Mandy Van deven: Girls for Gender Equity

I first knew Mandy Van Deven as the editor of Altar Magazine and later as a co-editor at Clamor. Only recently did I learn of her role as Director of Community Organizing at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a Brooklyn-based non-profit. “GGE’s mission is to improve the physical, psychological, social and economic development of girls Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Holiday Hypocrisy

Borrowing the line from Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore: “Things are seldom as they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream.”  It’s as true here in the US today as it was in 19th century England, and its message explains how to understand and view our affairs of state and why the title of this essay Read more…

Philip Thornton: How richest fuel global warming – but poorest suffer most from it

By the end of tomorrow the average Briton will have caused as much global warning as the typical Kenyan will over the whole of this year, according to a report.   The findings highlight the glaring imbalance between the rich countries that produce most of the pollution and the poor countries that suffer the consequences Read more…

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Site Administrator: Pink Tide ‘Pirates’

In January’s early days, a double-header of inaugurations highlighted the breadth of the “pink tide” sweeping politics south of the Rio Grande. On Jan. 10, Daniel Ortega was sworn in as president of Nicaragua, completing a 17-year effort to regain that country’s top office. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez arrived late for the Sandinista celebrations, flying Read more…

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Michael T. Klare: The Global Energy Race and Its Consequences (Part 1)

It has once again become fashionable for the dwindling supporters of President Bush’s futile war in Iraq to stress the danger of “Islamo-fascism” and the supposed drive by followers of Osama bin Laden to establish a monolithic, Taliban-like regime — a “Caliphate” — stretching from Gibraltar to Indonesia. The President himself has employed this term Read more…

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Yifat Susskind: Beyond the Surge: Demanding an End to Bush’s War

Wednesday night, Bush the Decider announced his intention to throw gasoline on the inferno he ignited in Iraq. He will send in another 21,500 US soldiers, who will kill and injure many more Iraqis and may be killed themselves. Bush’s move shows total contempt for the demands of public opinion and the better judgment of Read more…

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