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Daniel Kovalik: Remembering Our Past of Torture In Iran

 There is now quite a bit of hand-ringing about the past of Iran’s president-elect, especially as to whether, as a youth, he participated in the hostage taking of the 52 Americans who were held for 444 days, beginning in 1979.  While this is certainly fair game for consideration, it is my belief that, from a Read more…

Simon Walters: Secret Plan To Quit Iraq

Britain and America are secretly preparing to withdraw most of their troops from Iraq – despite warnings of the grave consequences for the region, The Mail on Sunday has learned. A secret paper written by Defence Secretary John Reid for Tony Blair reveals that many of the 8,500 British troops in Iraq are set to Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Peace Groups Organize Giant September Anti-War Protests in Washington, D.C.

Interview with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, conducted by Scott Harris on June 27, 2005 Listen in RealAudio: http://www.btlonline.org/btl070805.ram (Needs RealOne player or RealPlayer) Recent public opinion polls indicate that increasing numbers of Americans now oppose the Bush administration’s decision to launch the Iraq war and the continuing bloody occupation. Read more…

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David Bacon: Guest Workers

Who are guest workers? Guest workers are given a visa to enter the US to work on a temporary basis. To obtain a guest worker visa, a worker must have an offer of employment, or a job waiting in the US. This requirement sets up a system of labor recruitment, in which labor contractors offer Read more…

Paul Rogat Loeb: The Enemy of Our Enemy May Still Be the Enemy of Democracy

As right-wing religious leaders attack Alberto Gonzales for being insufficiently doctrinaire, it’s tempting to accept him as the best we can get for the Supreme Court. In a recent HuffingtonPost blog, Rob McKay suggested we mute our opposition voices precisely because a Gonzales nomination would divide the political right and fracture their coalition. But accepting Read more…

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Saul Landau: Mission Accomplished: Iraq Is Broken

It’s hard to believe that supposedly intelligent people like Senators Joseph Biden (DE), Hillary Clinton (NY) and John Kerry (MA) call for “staying the course” in Iraq and acting responsibly by] sending more US troops with more fire power over there. Don’t they understand that American soldiers break, not fix? The more US soldiers in Read more…

Yomiuri shimbun: Yasukuni: Behind the torii

[Introduction by John Nelson: Few institutions in Japan are as contested, controversial, and complex as Yasukuni Shrine. According to a recent editorial (June 6, 2005) in the Asahi Shimbun and published in Japan Focus, “Yasukuni Shrine… in the past served the purpose of providing a site to publicly manifest both grief and admiration for those Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Wisconsin drops all World Bank Bonds

‘Adjusting’ to Globalization? Wisconsin drops all its World Bank bonds By Roger Bybee Major U.S. media incessantly drive home one message about the all-powerful forces of corporate globalization to us puny mortals: surrender immediately. Resistance is futile. Secure and decent-paying jobs? Environmental protections? Pro-consumer regulation? Real democracy where corporate interests are not the exclusive preoccupation Read more…

Bernard Cassen: ATTAC AGAINST THE TREATY

‘The rejection of the constitutional treaty in the Dutch and French referenda has put in question the fundamental structures of the European Union. They will need to be razed to the ground in order to build a democratic, social Europe, truly independent of the United States, that will maintain relations of solidarity with the rest Read more…

Mustafa Barghouti: Palestinian Defiance

Could you tell us about your origins and early trajectory? I was born in Jerusalem, in 1954, but I spent my childhood here in Ramallah. My family is from Deir Ghassaneh, a village about fifteen miles away, near Bir Zeit; but after 1948, my father became the municipal engineer for Al Bireh, adjoining Ramallah. The Read more…

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Amira Hass: There’s A Settler In Every Israeli

The hunting season is at its height, and the settlers are the prey. They have become a target for criticism in the media to an extent whose like is hard to remember. They are criticized for sending their children to block roads, for hitting and cursing soldiers, for the disappearance of blue-and-white ribbons on cars Read more…

Roberto Jorquera: Venezuela Food Program

 On June 26, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez hosted his weekly TV show from the city of Coro, about six hours west of Caracas on the Caribbean coast. The 226th episode of Hello President was dedicated to the launching of a new food market and “food houses”, both state-run centres that provide discounted basic foodstuff. During Read more…

Frederico Fuentes: Venezuela Police Reform

The Venezuelan government has announced plans for a widespread restructure of the nation’s law enforcement agencies following a series of scandals. Most shocking was the late June murder of three students from the University of Santa Maria. Two of the students, Erick Montenegro and Edgar Quintero, were killed by the Military Intelligence Directorate (DIM) and Read more…

Corinna Mullin: Reply to Anissa Helie’s ‘The U.S.Occupation and Rising Religious Extremism The Double Threat to Women in Iraq’

Although Anissa Helie’s article ‘The U.S. Occupation and Rising Religious Extremism The Double Threat to Women in Iraq’ effectively highlights the disturbing issue of increasing violence against women in Iraq- a phenomena, which she correctly points out, is in large part due to the U.S. led invasion and occupation- the author’s condescending attitude towards the Read more…

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Nick Turse: An Army of (No) One

It’s been a tough year for the U.S. military. But you wouldn’t know it from the Internet, now increasingly packed with slick, non-military looking websites of every sort that are lying in wait for curious teens (or their exasperated parents) who might be surfing by. On the ground, the military may be bogged down in Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Recruiting for Colonial Wars

At some level, the situation is simple enough. As retired Lt. Col. Charles A. Krohn, former Army deputy chief of public affairs at the Pentagon and in Baghdad, put it recently in the Washington Post, the Bush administration has “basically committed most of the Army’s active forces (including much of the National Guard), rotating them Read more…

Seth Donnelly: Eyewitnesses Describe Massacre by UN Troops in Haiti

In Haiti, UN troops launched a pre-dawn raid on Cite Soleil, one of the most economically-depressed neighborhoods of Port au Prince. Local residents say it might have been the deadliest attack carried out by UN troops since they were stationed in the country last year. On Saturday hundreds of Haitians gatherer for the funeral of Read more…

Susan Spronk: Suez Strikes Back in Bolivia

In his address to the nation on March 6, 2005 now deposed President Carlos Mesa warned that Bolivian citizens could not exercise their democratic rights to decide the future of their nation’s natural resources. Should private gas and water companies be expropriated, he warned, Bolivia would have to pay the multinational corporations that invested in Read more…

Csn: Mulatos Massacre

Transmittal Letters to Senators Feingold, Kohl and Representative Baldwin Dedication and Poem Purpose By act of Congress, renewal of United Sates aid to Colombia ($700 million per year to the Colombian government, mostly in military aid) depends on their meeting conditions on human rights.  This report presents the information we have gathered and the basis Read more…

Salim Lamrani: Super Power Principles

The relationship between Cuba and the United States must be analyzed on the following clear basis: in today’s world, relations between the various nations are not governed by right but by might. Terrorist violence has been the main engine of the relationship between the two countries. In the history of international affairs, Cuba has been Read more…

Alison Dellit: Stop All The Terror

On July 7, some of the horrific consequences of the “war on terror” hit working-class Londoners. In a series of bomb blasts on the London tube and buses, more than 50 people were killed, and more than 700 injured, many losing limbs or suffering other debilitating injuries. This was the third major terrorist attack targeting Read more…

Yu-yee Wu: Criticizing Patriot Act Lands Manlin Chee, Asian American Lawyer, in Jail

Having spent almost three decades offering legal service to  immigrants, Chinese American immigration attorney Manlin Chee is now  getting used to serving time instead. Chee had been a nationally recognized lawyer for her work with  immigrants, some of it pro bono, and much of it for Muslims, but  things soured for her soon after she Read more…

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Dilip Hiro: Blair was warned
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Ramzy Baroud: Gaza Disengagement

There is little in argument that the second Palestinian Uprising is effectively terminated, despite the fact that the causes which led to it remain in place. This claim does not deny the looming prospects of a third revolt, nor does it undermine the unbroken will of the Palestinian people to carry on with their resistance Read more…

Anthony Fenton: Haiti Horror

 “Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the Read more…

Lansana Gberie: Liberia Journal

The flight from Ghana began almost four hours late. It was the SLOK Airline, a new company. About seven months ago when the airline – owned, I am told, by a Nigerian politician who had it tactfully registered in the Gambia – started operations it was different. It arrived and flew on time, or almost. Read more…

Palestinian Anti-apartheid campaign: Tear Down the Wall

One year after the ICJ – The G8 and World Bank Cementing Israeli Apartheid and Occupation As world leaders gathered in Scotland for the G8 summit, the Palestinian people and solidarity groups across the world will mark the first anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the Apartheid Wall. The court, having Read more…

Mark Curtis: Brown’s Doleful Role At Gleneagles

The government will try to pull off a PR coup in the aftermath of the G8 summit by posturing as Africa’s champion – hiding Britain’s real agenda and how agreements on debt and aid will further impoverish the continent. While the G8 agreement commits the richest countries to increase aid and write off the debt Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Boy President in a Failed World?

On Thursday morning, with the London bombings monopolizing the TV set, I watched our President take that long, outdoor, photo-op walk from the G-8 summit meeting to the microphones to make a statement to reporters. Exploding subways, a blistered bus, the dead, wounded, dazed, and distraught just then staggering through our on-screen morning, and there Read more…

Suk-jung Han: Imitating the Colonizers:

Introduction   Scholars in the Asia field are finally turning their attention to Manchukuo. Labeling Manchukuo as a puppet state has long hindered exploring its multi-faceted character. Building Manchukuo was more complicated than Japan’s outright takeover of Taiwan or Korea. Also, Manchukuo was a great laboratory for various modern projects. Grand narratives that describe the Read more…

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Kim Scipes: An Unholy Alliance

The AFL-CIO’s “Solidarity Center” (formally known as the American Center for International Labor Solidarity or ACILS) was actively involved in bringing together the leadership of the right-wing Confederation of Venezuelan Workers (CTV) and that of the business community FEDCAMARAS (along with at least some of the leaders of the Catholic Church) just prior to the Read more…

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Beverly Bell: Sister Simone

“It was thanks to God and sister Simone”. I heard this over and over as I was interviewing rape survivors in Martissant, one of Port-au-Prince’s ubiquitous slums. The women were battling the devastating emotional and often physical effects of rape and beating at the hands of the soldiers and paramilitaries during the coup d’etat of Read more…

Anthony Difilippo: Out of Kilter: Japan’s Nuclear Disarmament Approach in Need of Alignment Shown at NPT Conference

Just before the May 2005 NPT (Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty) Review Conference, Tokyo made what appeared to be a bold announcement: Japan would press for the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and for a reduction of all types of nuclear weapons. With the sixtieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Read more…

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Tariq Ali: The Price Of Occupation

During the last phase of the Troubles, the IRA targeted mainland Britain: it came close to blowing up Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet in Brighton. Some years later a missile was fired at No 10. London’s financial quarter was also targeted. There was no secret as to the identity of the organisation that carried out Read more…

Kavaljit Singh: Globalization of Locusts

A couple of months back, Mr. Franz Müntefering, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the dominant party in Germany’s ruling coalition, described private equity funds and hedge funds as “swarms of locusts that fall on companies, stripping them bare before moving on.” He told a German newspaper that “some financial investors don’t waste any Read more…

Jean St.vil: Haiti’s ‘Ambassador’ to Canada

It happened quick and in the very heart of Canada’s capital. Early  this morning of June 29, 2005 when colleague Kevin Skerrett and I  arrived to cover the story, for a brief moment, we worried that other  news media had somehow scooped our insider’s information. Cameras and  various recording materials left little standing room for Read more…

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David Bacon: Stories from the Borderlands

The world of the border turns labor law on its head-old, established legal rights are just so much ink on paper, and even the decision of federal judges to enforce the law are simply ignored. NAFTA’s labor and environmental “side- agreements” have provided no help to either labor or the environment. I. Industria Fronteriza Tijuana’s Read more…

Kim Petersen: The Message from the London Bombings

The London Underground was hit today by a series of dastardly terrorist bombings during rush hour. At least 37 fatalities have been confirmed and more than 700 hundred wounded. A visibly shaken UK Prime Minister Tony Blair quickly enveloped himself and his country in the cloak of victimhood and responded with a stern warning. Blair Read more…

Gilad Atzmon: London is Burning-

We are used to seeing images of horrors from the Iraqi capital. For most Londoners and Britons, those images are nothing more than a remote call from a foreign country. Somehow, most of us have managed to forget that it is basically our government who is responsible for the continued horror in Iraq. Today’s images Read more…

Patrick Doherty: Why London, Why Now?

As I write this, the reports are still coming in on the extent of the casualties from the London subway bombings. The latest AP report says 40 have been killed and 1,000 wounded. There can be no justification for such an attack, which must be condemned and the perpetrators must brought to (British) justice. My Read more…

Girish Mishra: World Bank in Bihar

The World Banks has been recently showing a keen interest in Bihar, the third largest State in India. It has brought out a report, Bihar: Towards A development Strategy, running into more than a hundred pages, prepared by a team led by Mark Sund and Mandakini Kaul. This report formed the basis of a daylong Read more…

Ahmad Sadri: The Banana-Free Republic of Dr. Ahmadinejad

Looking back at a close election won, lost or stolen by an unlikely candidate one must guard against over rationalizing. On occasions like this pundits who never told us so tend to speak as if they could have, or nearly did tell us so. The neurotic pundit in us wants to do the same thing. Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Blair’s Alliance With Bush Bombed

“If you bomb our cities,” Osama bin Laden said in a recent videotape, “we will bomb yours.”‘ It was clear Britain would be a target ever since British Prime Minister Tony Blair decided to join President Bush’s “war on terror” and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been warned. The G-8 summit Read more…

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Gideon Levy: They Broke The Public’s Heart

The media is to blame: For months, it portrayed the story of the “great sacrifice” the evacuated settlers must make. For years, it ignored the injustices they inflicted on their neighbors and thus helped portray the settlers in a false light. The result: broad public sympathy for their bitter fate and shock over their brutal Read more…

Robin Cook: The Struggle Against Terrorism Cannot Be Won By Military Means

I have rarely seen the Commons so full and so silent as when it met yesterday to hear of the London bombings. A forum that often is raucous and rowdy was solemn and grave. A chamber that normally is a bear pit of partisan emotions was united in shock and sorrow. Even Ian Paisley made Read more…

Sami Ramadani: Occupation and Civil War

Most people in Britain want troops withdrawn from Iraq – and so do most Iraqis, according to opinion polls. Trade unions are calling for early withdrawal, as are some Labour MPs and the Liberal Democrats. But many well-intentioned people argue that the US-led occupation must end only when the country is stable. A swift withdrawal, Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Arab Media Reinvented Yet Unchanged

One cannot effectively address the intricate subject of political, social and economic reforms anywhere in the world, without unwittingly stumbling on issues of relevance to freedom of speech and the sovereignty of the media. A free media is both a requisite and a product of a truly democratic society. This issue cannot be more applicable Read more…

Shivali Tukdeo: Project Mumbai Makeover

Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra (India) was recently in the US, marketing and showcasing Maharashtra for possible investors. Hopping between New York and the Napa Valley; Microsoft and Hollywood, business delegates and cultural conventions, Deshmukh must be glad to have escaped the acute water and power shortage, dying farmers, agitated bar workers, and Read more…

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Mike Marqusee: London Bombings

This morning, the suffering, grief and terror that have visited so many innocents in recent years came to London. We have not paid the kind of price that people have paid in Fallujah, Najaf or Jenin, but it is a steep price nonetheless. And its root causes are the same.  The bomb blasts were grimly Read more…

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Kevin Skerrett: Yolanda Tsangarakis interviews Kevin Skerrett

Yolanda: Kevin Skerrett, from Ottawa, is a researcher at CUPE and a member of Canada-Haiti Action Network (CHAN) and Ottawa-Haiti Solidarity here to talk to us about a very important direct action at a recent international conference that took place on Haiti in Montreal. Good morning, how are you doing? Kevin: Very good. Yolanda: So Read more…

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