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Robert Fisk: What Does Democracy Really Mean In The Middle East? Whatever The West Decides

It makes you want to scream. I have been driving the dingy, dangerous, oven-like streets of Baghdad all week, ever more infested with insurgents and their informers, the American troops driving terrified over the traffic islands, turning their guns on all of us if we approach within 50 metres. In the weird, space-ship isolation of Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Rosa Parks Of The Anti-war Movement

The protest outside President Bush’s ranch by Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in action, has raised awareness of the continued devastation in Iraq.  ON APRIL 4, 2004, a barrage of grenades and small arms fire from Iraqi insurgent groups killed U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan in Sadr City. Two months later, his family Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

Here are 24 words from the mouth of George W. Bush that deserve to live in infamy: “I think it’s also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life…I’ve got a life to live.” Bush recently gave reporters this declaration in response to reporters’ queries as to how he Read more…

Mickey z.: Helen Keller: Not Blind to War Crimes

In a textbook example of whitewashing, if today’s America knows Helen Keller (1880-1968) at all, it’s the easy-to-digest image portrayed in the 1962 film, “The Miracle Worker.” Brave deaf and blind girl “overcomes” all obstacles to inspire everyone she meets. “The Helen Keller with whom most people are familiar is a stereotypical sexless paragon who Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: How we left Gaza

We will never know with certainty what took place in the mind of Ariel Sharon in February 2004, when he first declared, without consulting anyone, that he is ready to evacuate the Jewish settlements in Gaza. But if we try to put together the pieces of the disengagement puzzle, the scenario that makes most sense Read more…

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Paul Krugman: What They Did Last Fall

By running for the U.S. Senate, Katherine Harris, Florida’s former secretary of state, has stirred up some ugly memories. And that’s a good thing, because those memories remain relevant. There was at least as much electoral malfeasance in 2004 as there was in 2000, even if it didn’t change the outcome. And the next election Read more…

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Stanley Aronowitz: On the AFL-CIO Split

In some respects it was fitting that four important affiliates declared their withdrawal from the AFL-CIO in the days running up to the 50th anniversary convention in July 2005. A merger which was conceived in a unity that signified complacency was dissolved. The problem now is what can workers expect from the fissure? Will the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Secrets Of The Morgue

The Baghdad morgue is a fearful place of heat and stench and mourning, the cries of relatives echoing down the narrow, foetid laneway behind the pale-yellow brick medical centre where the authorities keep their computerised records. So many corpses are being brought to the mortuary that human remains are stacked on top of each other. Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: Theatre Of The Cynical

Contrast the world’s overwhelming coverage, especially on television, of the departure of Israeli settlers from Gaza with the minimal reporting of larger and more brutal evictions in previous months.There was no “sensitivity training” for Israeli troops, no buses to drive the expellees away, no generous deadlines to get ready, no compensation packages for their homes, Read more…

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Amira Hass: Rosy Memories Of The White City

The eyes grow a bit hooded, a faint smile passes across the lips, sometimes even accompanied by a sigh. “Ah, Tel Aviv.” This is the almost uniform reaction of Gazans aged 35 and above when they discover that their interlocutor is an Israeli. Some mention the names of streets even if they have not been Read more…

Jon Elmer: Settlements go down, settlements go up

Jabel Mukhaber, West Bank, Aug 16 – Situated on a hill overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, the new Israeli housing development looks like it could be an upscale planned community in suburban North America: a billboard solicits buyers for “phase one” housing units; another shows the blueprint of the future community, complete with a Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: The Disengagement that isn’t

It is rather curious how the Palestinian Authority opted to get engaged in a process that was solely aimed at excluding it, and how the debate has completely shifted from Israel’s real motives to internal Palestinian quarrels over post-withdrawal details and definitions. When Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his plans to ‘disengage’ from Gaza Read more…

Toni Solo: Making Excuses for Sid Snake

Whenever a New Labour mouthpiece pronounces in public, one can almost see the think balloon over their head with cartoon character Sid Snake hissing “trusssst me…”. Financial Times editor John Lloyd’s piece in the UK Guardian of August 10th in defence of British government plans to reinforce the country’s already tough anti-terror legislation is a Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Gaza Fiasco

 A great charade is taking place in front of the world media in the Gaza Strip. It is the staged evacuation of 8000 Jewish settlers from their illegal settlement homes, and it has been carefully designed to create imagery to support Israel’s US-backed takeover of the West Bank and cantonization of the Palestinians. There was Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Racism is the terrorists’ greatest recruitment tool

Hussein Osman, one of the men alleged to have participated in London’s failed bombings on July 21, recently told Italian investigators that they prepared for the attacks by watching “films on the war in Iraq”, La Repubblica reported. “Especially those where women and children were being killed and exterminated by British and American soldiers … Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Nazi Olympics

In 1887 a boy was born in Chicago who “grew up fatherless and poor” in that windy city. At the age of 25 he participated in the pentathlon and decathlon in the “5th Olympiad” of 1912 in Stockholm. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in civil engineering and “made a fortune Read more…

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John Pilger: The Rise Of The Democratic Police State

Thomas Friedman is a famous columnist on the New York Times. He has been described as “a guard dog of US foreign policy”. Whatever America’s warlords have in mind for the rest of humanity, Friedman will bark it. He boasts that “the hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist”. He Read more…

David Morse: War of the Future

A war of the future is being waged right now in the sprawling desert region of northeastern Africa known as Sudan. The weapons themselves are not futuristic. None of the ray-guns, force-fields, or robotic storm troopers that are the stuff of science fiction; nor, for that matter, the satellite-guided Predator drones or other high-tech weapon Read more…

Roger Pulvers: Sugihara Chiune and the Japanese Conscience:

Sixty years ago, during the evening of Aug. 14, 1945, Emperor Hirohito recorded the speech of surrender to be broadcast to the Japanese nation the next day at noon.   Aug. 15, 1945 found Sugihara Chiune, his wife, Yukiko, and their three little children in Romania, interned there by the Red Army. It was unclear Read more…

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Gavan McCormack: Japan’s Sixtieth

How different the 60th anniversaries of the end of World War II in Europe and in Asia. In the former, German participation was taken for granted, and the defeat of Nazism celebrated on all sides as the dawn of liberation. In the latter, it would be inconceivable for the Japanese Government to be invited to Read more…

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Mike Davis: The Coming Avian Flu Pandemic

Deadly avian flu is on the wing.   The first bar-headed geese have already arrived at their wintering grounds near the Cauvery River in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Over the next ten weeks, 100,000 more geese, gulls, and cormorants will leave their summer home at Lake Qinghai in western China, headed for India, Read more…

Curt Day: Christian Fundamentalism?

Being both a regular reader of Znet articles and a Christian fundamentalist has occasionally caused me to be confused. There are times when I feel obligated to choose one side or the other. There are liberals and fundamentalists who affirm the necessity of this choice by how they  talk about the other side. But must Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Blaming Antiwar Messengers

The surge of antiwar voices in U.S. media this month has coincided with new lows in public approval for what pollsters call President Bush’s “handling” of the Iraq war. After more than two years of a military occupation that was supposed to be a breeze after a cakewalk into Baghdad, the war has become a Read more…

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United for peace & justice Ufpj: Action Alert

In a way that rarely happens, the action of one woman has touched the hearts of people in every corner of the country, moving many to take some action themselves. Since August 6, Cindy Sheehan has been camping outside the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas. Her straightforward request for a meeting with the president has Read more…

Nikolas Barry-shaw: Alternatives… to what?

{The piece to which this article is responding is available in French at Alternatives and an English translation is available here) It is a strange day indeed when a progressive NGO finds itself on the same side of an issue as Roger Noriega, the U.S. diplomat notorious for his role in organizing the Contra army that Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Gaza Withdrawal Backgrounder

The Gaza withdrawal, while a positive step forward in some ways, signifies the perpetuation of Israeli control over Palestinians albeit in a different form. The US must maintain pressure on Israel to continue to vacate settlements and outposts in the West Bank. *What and where is Gaza? * The Gaza Strip lies southwest of Israel. Read more…

Mohammad Abed: Disengagement and the Politics of Post-National Realism

I The Meaning of Disengagement Maintaining or intensifying oppressive policies requires the manufacture of a diversion, a ‘smokescreen’ that buys time and accumulates political capital. One reliable way of accumulating political capital is to make changes that incur minimal political and human costs while creating an illusion of reasonableness, compromise, and goodwill towards one’s enemies. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: We Must Act Now to Prevent Another Hiroshima — or Worse

This month’s anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki prompts only the most somber reflection and most fervent hope that the horror may never be repeated.   In the subsequent 60 years, those bombings have haunted the world’s imagination but not so much as to curb the development and spread of infinitely more lethal Read more…

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Doug Ireland: THE LATEST FROM INSIDE IRAN ON THE ANTI-GAY CRACKDOWN:

The latest dismal news about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s campaign of repression against homosexuality comes from the city of Arak, where two homosexual men are scheduled to be executed at the end of the month, probably on August 27( although some sources claim the executions are set for the following day.)   Arak — Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Major League Bigorty

First Essay:Si Se Puede: Felipe Alou Stands Up to Bigotry In the current climate of anti-immigrant, Latino- bashing, border patroling, right-wing chic, let this message ring across the land: don’t mess with Felipe Alou. Don’t mess with the 70 year-old Giants manager, who has stared down the U.S. Marines, the Jim Crow south, and Major Read more…

Mickey Z: An Interview with Jordy Cummings

Jordy Cummings says: “I’m writing a book that focuses on what I believe, with input from a lot of people, are the most important anti-war or anti-imperialist films.” Cummings is a Canadian-based writer who seamlessly blends pop culture with political theory in his articles, essays, and “Pure Polemics,” a popular blog he has just revived. Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Someone Tell Frank Rich the War Is Not Over

On Sunday, the New York Times published a piece by Frank Rich under the headline “Someone Tell the President the War Is Over.” The article was a flurry of well-placed jabs about the Bush administration’s lies and miscalculations for the Iraq war. But the essay was also a big straw in liberal wind now blowing Read more…

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John Holloway: Can We Change The World Without Taking Power?

John Holloway: I don’t know the answer. Perhaps we can change the world without taking power. Perhaps we cannot. The starting point—for all of us, I think—is uncertainty, not knowing, a common search for a way forward. Because it becomes more and more clear that capitalism is a catastrophe for humanity. A radical change in Read more…

Antonia Juhasz: Economic Invasion

ON MONDAY, Iraq’s National Assembly will release a draft constitution to be voted on by the people in two months. Since February, vital issues have been debated and discussed by the drafting committee: the role of Islamic law, the rights of women, the autonomy of the Kurds and the participation of the minority Sunnis. But Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Constitution That Means Nothing To Ordinary Iraqis

Behind ramparts of concrete and barbed wire, the framers of Iraq’s new constitution wrestled yesterday to prevent – or bring about – the federalisation of Iraq while their compatriots in the hot and fetid streets outside showed no interest in their efforts. Today is supposed to be “C” day, according to President Bush and all Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Belonging and Becoming

[Remarks to an interfaith service at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, August 14, 2005] We gather here this afternoon, challenged by Cindy Sheehan’s courage. Out of her struggle to come to terms with the ultimate loss has come a moment for all of us to commit ourselves to peace, and to the actions necessary Read more…

Girish Mishra: Nehru’s Economics

Till the end of the 1980s, the demand for abandonment of Nehru’s ideas and thinking was confined only to a few of the non-Congress parties in India. Communalists of all varieties, Lohia and his followers, sectarian Communists, Swatantra Party and Forum of Free Enterprise continuously campaigned for pushing the Congress away from Nehru’s approach to Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: Sri Lanka Snipers Damage Peace Hopes

Gloom over Sri Lanka’s stagnant peace process intensified yesterday as hundreds of troops and police manned hurriedly erected checkpoints throughout Colombo in the wake of the assassination of the foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar.“This is the most serious incident, the way we see it, during the 3½-year ceasefire,” said Hagrup Haukland, head of the Nordic team Read more…

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Uri Avnery: A Miracle of Rare Device

A picture engraved in memory: Ariel Sharon in the Knesset. Around him the storm is raging. The Members rush about, shouts ring out from all sides. The Member on the podium waves his arms, denounces and curses him. Sharon sitting at the government table. Alone. Immovable. Massive and passive. No muscle in his face is Read more…

Tessa Morris-suzuki: Free Speech — Silenced Voices:

At the start of each week, the commuter trains and subways of Japan are adorned with a mass of multi-colored advertisements, enticing the passengers to buy the latest of issue of the country’s many weekly magazines. The advertisements are an art form in themselves. All follow a similar format. A tightly packed mass of text, Read more…

Ardeshir Mehrdad: New-conservatives, regime crisis and political perspectives in Iran

In the recent presidential elections in Iran, Mahmood Ahmadinejad, an unknown conservative military commander, won. His victory was surprising as many had predicted Hashemi Rafsanjani would become Iran’s next president. Rafsanjani, perhaps the second most powerful man in the Islamic Republic, was supported by a broad coalition of reformists and pragmatist elites. The shock of Read more…

Toni Solo: Ecuador

Just as the long-standing political crisis in Bolivia hangs fire pending future elections, so too in Ecuador people await some serious attempt at a new political settlement. In both countries the fundamental cause of unrest is widespread popular rejection of “free market” economic policies that have resulted in deepening poverty for the majority. Former President Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The Other Campaign

Words of Subcomandante Insurgente MarcosMeeting with Political Organizations of the LeftAugust 6, 2005Tzeltal Selva Region [translated by irlandesa] I want to more or less explain to you about the format we’re proposing: our proposal is that first we’re going to talk and to explain some questions about the Sexta, about what we’re proposing, and maybe Read more…

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Robert Fisk: US Win?

There’s the wreckage of a car bomb that killed seven Americans on the corner of a neighbouring street. Close by stands the shuttered shop of a phone supplier who put pictures of Saddam on a donkey on his mobiles. He was shot three days ago, along with two other men who had committed the same Read more…

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Dick Meister: Contraceptive Equity

It’s called “contraceptive equity,” and it’s one of the newest and most important demands being raised by union activists. They’re insisting that employers, whose health insurance plans pay for many preventive drugs, devices and services, cover the cost of drugs, devices and services aimed at the unwanted pregnancies that inflict such an emotional and financial Read more…

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Amira Hass: No Compensation

Today is Omar’s last day of work for his employer in one of the religious settlements of Gush Katif. He will finish what he began a week ago: packing up the contents of the house and dismantling whatever can be dismantled. “I asked my boss if he would give me something from his house, as Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Cindy, Don, and George

Retired four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey to Time Magazine: “The Army’s wheels are going to come off in the next 24 months. We are now in a period of considerable strategic peril. It’s because Rumsfeld has dug in his heels and said, I cannot retreat from my position.”   Cindy Sheehan testifying at Rep. John Read more…

Hiromichi Umebayashi: Toward A Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone

[While world attention focuses on the failure to reach agreement in the Six-Party talks in Beijing focusing on North Korea nuclear weapons, we present a report that reflects on the activities over several decades on the part of both states and citizens to frame a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone for Northeast Asia as an alternative to Read more…

Fred Pearce: Siberia Melting…

THE world’s largest frozen peat bog is melting. An area stretching for a million square kilometres across the permafrost of western Siberia is turning into a mass of shallow lakes as the ground melts, according to Russian researchers just back from the region. The sudden melting of a bog the size of France and Germany Read more…

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Yves Engler: Market Famines

Starving children get media attention, well-fed imperial economists don’t. Yet modern history shows they are usually two sides of the famine coin. Over the past month thousands have died of starvation in Niger. All the while food has been available. The poor simply don’t have the money to pay rising food costs, so they starve. Read more…

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