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Jason Leopold: Rediscovered testimony given by CIA director in 2001 suggests manipulation of pre-war intelligence

President George W. Bush’s attempt Friday to silence critics who say his administration manipulated prewar intelligence on Iraq is undercut by congressional testimony given in February 2001 by former CIA Director George Tenet, who said that Iraq posed no immediate threat to the United States or other countries in the Middle East.   Details of Read more…

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Jeremy Scahill: The War on Al Jazeera

Nothing puts the lie to the Bush Administration’s absurd claim that it invaded Iraq to spread democracy throughout the Middle East more decisively than its ceaseless attacks on Al Jazeera, the institution that has done more than any other to break the stranglehold over information previously held by authoritarian forces, whether monarchs, military strongmen, occupiers Read more…

David Isenberg: It’s Propaganda (Shock, Horror)!

    The news of a US military operation that pays Iraqi newspapers to run stories written by “information operations” troops about how wonderfully things are going in the war should not come as a shock.       Even before the Iraq invasion, the Pentagon planned to create its own in-house propaganda and disinformation operation, to be called Read more…

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Tony Benn: Atomic Hypocrisy

Britain has played a leading role in the negotiations with Iran about its nuclear programme and the risk that it might lead to the development of an atomic bomb, and may well seek to take the matter to the UN security council. Given that the prime minister himself is determined to upgrade Trident and appears Read more…

Girish Mishra: Rural India in Grip of Loan Sharks

Ever since days of India’s freedom struggle, there has been a repeated emphasis on the need of liberating rural population from the grip of moneylenders. Soon after Independence the Reserve Bank of India conducted All-India Rural Credit Survey (1951) to look into different dimensions of rural indebtedness and suggest ways and means to regulate money-lending Read more…

Lansana Gberie: Liberia’s Elections

In the end, bizarrely, they made it all look like an anticlimax. Liberia’s recent elections, the milestone of the country’s difficult transition from brutal low-intensity warfare to peace, had been choreographed in advance to fit a well known narrative. The famous football star George Weah, a high school drop-out from a deprived background, was running Read more…

Tomas Young: Antiwar Veteran

  Pfc. Tomas Young, 25 years old, was sent to Iraq last year with the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division. He joined the military for college money to further his education and, in his own words, “to exact some form of retribution” on the perpetrators of 9/11. Two-and-a-half weeks into his tour of duty, Young was Read more…

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Justin Podur: Detestable Murderers and Scumbags

  ON JULY 11, 2005, WITH great nuance and tact, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff General Hillier described the forces arrayed against the NATO mission in Afghanistan: “These are detestable murderers and scumbags, I’ll tell you that right up front. They detest our freedoms, they detest our society, they detest our liberties.” This was not Read more…

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George Monbiot: Struggle Against Ourselves

  I want to take a moment to remind you of where we have come from. For the first three million years of human history, we lived according to circumstance. Our lives were ruled by the happenstances of ecology. We existed, as all animals do, in fear of hunger, predation, weather and disease. For the Read more…

Mickey Z: Politics On Your Plate

As most of us in America wallow in a season of gastronomical over-indulgence, here’s some food for thought: In the late 1960s, thanks to Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (UFW), deciding whether or not to buy grapes was a political act. Three years after its establishment in 1962, the UFW struck against grape growers Read more…

Jon Elmer: From the Battle of Britain to Gaza

  OUT OF TWO HUNDRED warplanes that took part in Exercise Maple Flag 2005 in Cold Lake, Alberta in May, only ten were Israeli F-16s. It would be easy to miss their significance. Yet, when Canadian forces extended an invitation to the Israeli Air Force for the first time in thirty-eight meetings of the Maple Read more…

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Paul Street: To All Who Wear the Uniform

It’s getting hard not to notice that most of president Bush’s major speeches are being delivered in military forums – at bases, war colleges, naval academies, and the like.  It makes sense.  A rising percentage of the U.S. citizenry – 62 percent in a November AP-Ipsos poll – disapproves of Bush’s Iraq policy. Thanks largely Read more…

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Dick Meister: A Necessary Standard Of Living

There’s nary a member of Congress’ Republican majority who hasn’t spoken with great sympathy about the poor folks who were the principal victims of Hurricane Katrina, or who hasn’t expressed sympathy for the millions of other Americans who suffer in poverty. But provide real, lasting help to those people? Are you kidding? The latest example of Read more…

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Michael Schwartz: Arguing about the War

I often receive emails — pro and con — about my postings on the war in Iraq, and I try to respond to any substantive questions or critiques offered. But when I received an email recently entitled “10 Questions” in response to a Tomdispatch commentary detailing the arguments for immediate withdrawal, I must admit my Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuelan Elections

The decision of four opposition parties in Venezuela to withdraw from elections this weekend raises important questions for the media. It is clear to anyone familiar with the situation that this is an attempt to discredit the election, by parties that (according to opposition polling) were indisputably expected to do very badly in the election. Read more…

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Gilbert Achcar: Lebanon: The Dangerous Effects of US Interference

What is the situation in Lebanon after the assassination of [former Prime Minister Rafik] Hariri?   The assassination resulted in the intensification of the campaign by the USA and France against the Syrian presence and influence in Lebanon. This pressure was able to base itself on the mass mobilisation inside Lebanon, which forced the withdrawal Read more…

National Security Archive: The United States and the Invasion of East Timor

East Timor Truth Commission report uses declassified U.S. documents to reveal support for Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor from 1975 until U.N. sponsored vote in 1999   National Security Archive provides more than 1000 documents to East Timor Truth Commission after Bush Administration refuses cooperation   “I’m assuming you’re really going to keep Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: How (Not) to Withdraw from Iraq

On the September 27th Charlie Rose Show, interviewing New Yorker editor David Remnick, Rose brought up the question of what the United States should do in Iraq. Should we “get out” — or, as Remnick so delicately put it, should we “bolt”? Here was how Remnick ended their discussion, while talking about those who had Read more…

Sean Strub: What’s Wrong with the AIDS Movement?

As we stand here on World Aids Day, in this magnificent setting, our theme, and my   assigned topic, is “Embrace Life.” But I may not address it in quite the way the organizers intended. I find it hard to Embrace Life when…   …A judge in Mississippi, this past summer, barred three children from Read more…

Amy l. Dalton: IMC-UC: Indymedia as Social Movement

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is not an organization dedicated to reporting on something happening “over there.” Its hundred-plus volunteers are rooted in the very space where things are happening. And they are telling their story as they make it.   Last month, the UC-IMC drove that point home as they threw open the doors Read more…

Robin Ballantyne: Japan’s Hidden Arms Trade

The 2004 government announcement that it was considering joining the US in the production of a missile defence system was deeply troubling to Japanese and Asians concerned about Japan’s expansive military posture in tandem with the US. Over the years, Japan has created a high tech non-nuclear military force. But it has steadfastly maintained an Read more…

Cameron Walker: Profile of a Political Prisoner

Imagine being thrown in a filthy prison, where your cell mates mysteriously ‘disappear’ overnight, just for waving your country’s flag. for many years this was a reality for my West Papuan friend Fransiskus Kandam. To understand Fransiskus’ intriguing story it helps to know a little bit about the tragic story of his homeland, West Papua. Read more…

Dave Wearing: The al-Jazeera Leak

 The leak of a document which allegedly reveals that Tony Blair persuaded George Bush not to bomb al-Jazeera’s offices in Qatar last year raises some interesting questions, in respect both of the contents of the memo and of the government’s reaction to the leak. On the surface, this looks like a bad story for the Read more…

Mel Underbakke: A Fair Trial?

In a country that holds up the ideals of equality and justice for all, the case against Sami Al-Arian has been strange from the outset, beginning at the bond hearing. Dr. Al-Arian’s defense lawyers presented a strong case with many witnesses attesting to his good character. They also showed that he was not a flight Read more…

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Site Administrator: Building an Antiwar Movement in Canada

The Canadian Peace Alliance recently held its 20th anniversary conference in Ottawa, November 11-13, gathering close to 200 anti-war activists from across the country. Convened under the slogan of ‘Challenging Canada’s Role in Empire’, participants came out of the weekend resolving to make March 18, 2006 – the 3rd anniversary of the illegal invasion of Read more…

David Roediger: Whiteness

David Roediger, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a scholar of critical whiteness studies, delivered a talk titled “The Dilemmas of Popular Front Antiracism: Looking at The House I Live In” on November 17 at the Marxist School of Sacramento. After screening this WW II film that stars Frank Sinatra, Read more…

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Juan Cole: At Hussein’s Hearings, U.S. May Be on Trial

The ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein could prove increasingly uncomfortable for the Bush administration. The first crime of which the deposed dictator is accused, the secret execution of 143 Shiites arrested in 1982, seems an odd choice for the prosecution, and politics may be behind it. Hussein is accused of using poison gas against Iranian Read more…

Erik Leaver: Talking Points: ‘A Speech to Stay the Course’

President Bush’s speech, outlining a “Strategy for Victory in Iraq” at the U.S. Naval Academy on November 30, 2005, failed to take the opportunity created by the public and the U.S. Congress to engage in a real debate about the Iraq War. Instead Bush put forth a new glossy covered report, polished off some old Read more…

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Kim Scipes: It’s the Beginning of the End-For the Empire, Not Just the War

This past September, I wanted to write something about the juxtaposition of the extremely successful mobilization against the war in Iraq on September 24th with the failed mobilization the following day in support of the war. A phrase kept running in my head from someone progressives do not generally quote: Winston Churchill. After the British Read more…

Mel Underbakke: A Fair Trial?

In a country that holds up the ideals of equality and justice for all, the case against Sami Al-Arian has been strange from the outset, beginning at the bond hearing. Dr. Al-Arian’s defense lawyers presented a strong case with many witnesses attesting to his good character. They also showed that he was not a flight Read more…

Leo Casey: Who’s Afraid Of Teacher Voice? Charter Schools And Union Organizing

Who’s afraid of teacher voice? Of union organizing in charter schools?   Not just the usual suspects on the anti-union, anti-teacher, anti-public education far right. Recent events in New York City provide compelling evidence that the NYC Department of Education of Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Mike Bloomberg is a player and a primary participant Read more…

Huibin amee Chew: Why The War Is Sexist

“Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice, and we want answers” – Cindy Sheehan on truthout.org “Nice puss – bad foot”– caption under the photo of an Iraqi woman whose leg was destroyed by a landmine, on a website allowing soldiers to swap pictures of dead Iraqis for free access to pornography Refusing to be silenced Read more…

Amy l. Dalton: IMC-UC: Indymedia as Social Movement

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is not an organization dedicated to reporting on something happening “over there.” Its hundred-plus volunteers are rooted in the very space where things are happening. And they are telling their story as they make it. Last month, the UC-IMC drove that point home as they threw open the doors of Read more…

Mike Krebs: The Crisis in Kashechewan

VANCOUVER BC–The crisis on the Kashechewan Native reserve in northern Ontario has once again placed the brutal social and living conditions of indigenous people in Canada onto the center stage of politics. On October 14th, Health Canada alerted the reserve that their drinking water supply had tested positive for the deadly e. coli bacteria. At Read more…

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Kevin Skerrett: Haiti is ‘fixed’

  Recent Canadian policy in Haiti has been remarkably successful, having achieved most of its objectives. This is the case in much the same way that US policies in places such as El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980s were smashing successes – quite literally. At first glance, such an assertion would appear terribly wrong. Read more…

John Robinson: Corporate Plantation

On Wednesday November 2, 2005 at Hampton University, the progressive campus group affiliated with Amnesty International, United Students Against Sweatshops, and Campus Anti-War Network held a student walk-out on the issues of New Orleans urban renewal, AIDS crisis, homophobia, the prison industrial complex, the war in Iraq, and the crisis in Sudan. The organizers for Read more…

Kiraz Janicke: Venezuela: Struggling For Gay And Lesbian Rights

Revolutionary Venezuela is challenging the centuries-old prejudices of machismo and homophobia, the legacy of Spanish colonialism in Latin America. Yet as Heisler Vaamonde of the Revolutionary Gay Movement (MGR) told Green Left Weekly’s Kiraz Janicke and Federico Fuentes, they still have a way to go. Vaamonde is standing as a candidate outside of the official Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: Hospitals Under Siege

RAMADI, Nov 29 (IPS) – Hospital personnel are reporting regular raids and interference by the U.S. military as fighting continues in the volatile Al-Anbar province of Iraq.* The U.S. raids come as the hospitals face increasing lack of vital supplies and equipment. Two hospitals in Ramadi, about 110 km west of capital Baghdad on the Read more…

Max Elbaum: Washington’s Wars and Occupations

IRAQ: THINGS FALL APART Things are coming apart in Iraq. The U.S. occupation is blundering from one crisis to another with no guiding strategy beyond “staying the course” (keeping a permanent military presence in the country). The occupation-fueled Shiite-Sunni conflict is growing in fury, casualties and dangers. The ripple effects of both the occupation/resistance and Read more…

William Fisher: By God, Another Awful Bush Appointment

Washington is a town where the best and the brightest usually coexist with well-connected political hacks. However, the Bush administration has taken promotion of the latter to embarrassing extremes, selecting unqualified people for posts because of their political loyalty and ideological persuasion. The most recent example of this was the appointment of Paul Bonicelli to Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Colin Powell: Still Craven After All These Years

Newspapers across the United States and beyond told readers Wednesday about sensational new statements by a former top assistant to Colin Powell when he was secretary of state. After interviewing Lawrence Wilkerson, the Associated Press reported he “said that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees after Sept. 11 arose from a coterie of Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: CPT

Four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) in Baghdad have been abducted and taken hostage recently. This event is horribly dismaying for me, as I’ve known embers of CPT since before I ever ventured to Iraq. Back in November of 2003, while sitting in Amman, Jordan waiting to go into Iraq, I met a Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Road Outta Baghdad

Two polls say it all: just about half the US population is in favor of a quick withdrawal from Iraq, and over seventy percent of Iraqi lawmakers want the US troops to leave immediately. If the US people and the Iraqi elected officials want the US troops to depart from Iraq, what keeps the Occupation Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Q/A on the Iraq War

1. On Reconstruction Anthony DiMaggio: The “humanitarian reconstruction” of Iraq has been acknowledged to a large degree as a failure in the corporate press. It’s interesting, though, to see the reasons given for why: the resistance is hampering reconstruction, there wasn’t perfect foresight by the Bush administration in the reconstruction coordination planning process, the excessive “rapid Read more…

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Mitchell S: Keep Your Cards: The Overlap Of Poker And Political Activism

Since 2003, a growing number of TV shows depicting competitive poker have taken to U.S. television, and have proliferated on cable and even broadcast television.  In fact, as I type this, ESPN is replaying coverage from the 2005 World Series of Poker.  Televised poker, and poker itself, are now spreading furiously worldwide.  Heck, I’ve even Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: The Masking Of A Conservative

Pride must go before he falls. This is why Samuel Alito hopped to liberal burrows on Capitol Hill to proclaim the burial of his conservative ideology. In his 1985 application to a senior post in the Reagan administration, Alito wrote: “I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has Read more…

Seymour Hersh: Up In The Air

In recent weeks, there has been widespread speculation that President George W. Bush, confronted by diminishing approval ratings and dissent within his own party, will begin pulling American troops out of Iraq next year. The Administration’s best-case scenario is that the parliamentary election scheduled for December 15th will produce a coalition government that will join Read more…

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Ted Glick: Grassroots Mobilizing to Demand Action on Climate Crisis

From Eastport, Maine to Los Angeles, California, North Americans concerned about global warming are holding events later this week to demand action by the federal government and the thousands of delegates at the United Nations Climate Conference meeting in Montreal this week and next. In Washington, DC, hybrid cars will ring the White House while Read more…

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Gilbert Achcar: ‘Strategic Redeployment’ vs. ‘Out Now’

  Whatever the limitations of Rep. Murtha’s call to redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq that we have already emphasized, he went much too far for most Democrats or for the Bush administration. Nevertheless, there have been others who have urged the redeploying of some of the U.S. forces in Iraq.   In October, Lawrence Korb Read more…

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Stephen Soldz: To heal or to patch?

The Wall Street Journal has a new article on the role of mental health professionals in treating war trauma in Iraq [Therapists take on soldiers’ trauma in Iraq]. The military has caught on to how these workers can aid the war effort and has increased their per capita numbers. Rather than seeking the best treatment Read more…

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