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Greg Palast: No Child’s Behind Left

Go ahead, George, and lie to me. Lie to my dog. Lie to my sister. But don’t you ever lie to my kids. Deep into your State of the Siege lecture tonight, long after sensible adults had turned off the tube or kicked in the screen, you came after our children. “By passing the No Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: The Daily Body Count in Iraq

It has become a morning ritual, like putting on a kettle of hot water for tea. I wake up, turn on the radio and listen for the casualty report from Iraq. Sure enough, there it is: two soldiers and eight Iraqis killed in Samarra, or three soldiers and six Iraqis killed in Fallujah. Then I Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Appointocracy

‘The people of Iraq are free,” declared U.S. President George W. Bush in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The day before, 100,000 Iraqis begged to differ. They took to the streets of Baghdad shouting “Yes, yes to elections. No, no to selection.” According to Iraq occupation chief Paul Bremer, there really is no difference Read more…

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Adam Hochschild: Against All Odds

The Blood-sweetened Beverage   Within two or three months of Clarkson’s return to London, where the committee had been energetically recruiting supporters and distributing books and pamphlets, there appeared a dramatic sign of a sea change in public opinion. There were no Gallup polls in those days, but there was one group of businessmen whose Read more…

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Adam Hochschild: Against All Odds

  [from Mother Jones]   Strangely, in a city where it seems that on every block a blue-and-white glazed plaque commemorates a famous event or resident, none marks this spot. All you can see today, after you leave the Bank station of the London underground, walk a block or two east, and then take a Read more…

Ike Naijaman: Do we have laws in Nigeria?

I guess this might seem to be a strange question.  The immediate answer is, “Of course!”  We have a constitution, various statutes, edicts, decrees and laws.  We have British-derived laws, we have Sharia laws.  We have courts, a judicial system, a Sharia judicial system, customary courts, Bar Associations, and all the trappings and fittings of Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Words Must Be Credible

Picking up the New York Times, my hometown newspaper, the morning after the President delivered his State of the Union address, I immediately noted the half-page headline: “Bush, Somber and Determined, Stresses War Against Terror.” Somber and Determined? Okay, maybe it sounds like it came directly from the wordsmiths of the Republican National Committee, but Read more…

Don Mccanne: Comments on the Health Care Proposals in Bush’s State of the Union Address

From the State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush, January 20, 2004: “On the critical issue of health care, our goal is to ensure that Americans can choose and afford private health care coverage that best fits their individual needs. To make insurance more affordable, Congress must act to address rapidly rising Read more…

Sarah Anderson: FACTSHEET ON THE NAFTA RECORD:

As the debate over “free trade” rages on, all sides inevitably refer back to the deal that revolutionized trade and investment rules: the North American Free Trade Agreement. Now ten years old, NAFTA offers an important lesson for the rest of the world: there is no guaranteed link between trade and investment liberalization and improvements Read more…

Ann Scholl: Argentina’s Forgotten People

Monica Romero remembers how back in 1964, her family and neighbours were evicted from their farms, and their homes burnt down by Patrón Costa, to make way for sugar plantations and a refinery. With no land, her family could no longer cultivate their sweet potatoes, squashes and sweet corn and their only option was to Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Talking Points — The Speech

* Bush’s speech was about politics not policies, driven by electoral concerns. It reflected a far-right agenda designed to appeal to the wealthy and social conservatives with “faith-based initiatives,” gay marriage, drugs in sports, abstinence. * Bush’s policies — both domestic and international — are STILL reckless, unsafe, unfair. * Bush continues to rely on Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: State of the Union 2004

George W. Bush’s most recent state of the union address didn’t contain the caliber of bald-faced, smoking-gun lies that we have come to expect from him, like the “sixteen words” in the last one (about Iraq supposedly seeking uranium from “Africa”), but it was certainly replete with dishonesty and misrepresentation. Disclaimer: The author in no Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: The Vitamins of Erma Geolamin

She is the mother of all our children and she represents both the core character of the Filipino — selflessness and resilience — and the fate that millions of other Filipinos have had little choice but to accept. There are eight million Filipinos working abroad today; 130,000 of them are in Hong Kong. Erma Geolamin, Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Anti-Semitism Q & A

A Hungarian Joke: During the June 1967 war, a Hungarian meets his friend. “Why do you look so happy?” he asks. “I heard that the Israelis shot down six Soviet-made MiGs today,” his friend replies. The next day, the friend looks even more jubilant. “The Israelis downed another eight MiGs,” he announces. On the third Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: US Plans for ‘Transfer of Power’ in Iraq

The occupation of Iraq continues to get worse for George Bush and Tony Blair. The deaths of at least 20 people in a suicide bomb attack outside the coalition headquarters in Baghdad yesterday morning underlines the spiraling unrest in the country. The toll of US casualties since Saddam Hussein’s capture is higher than in the Read more…

C. Douglas Lummis: THE TERRORIST as a New Human Type

     In the past several years, a new category of human being has been introduced into the public discourse: The Terrorist.  Of course, people have been called terrorists before, but with the beginning of the U.S. government’s War on Terrorism, “terrorist” has come to mean not simply a person who engages (or engaged) in a Read more…

Yoshikazu Sakamoto: Violence, Legitimacy and the Future of Japanese and American Multilateralism

It is often said that 9/11 has changed the world. Certainly, the world being swayed by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of that event appears to prove the saying correct.   But as far as the basic structure of today’s international politics is concerned, the world underwent a drastic change when Read more…

Madeliene Baran: MLK Day Report Shows Greater Disparity Between Black and White MLK Day Report Shows Greater Disparity Between Whites And Blacks

This article was originally published by The NewStandard an exciting new project from longtime ZNet developer and writer Brian Dominick, and ZNet commentator Jessica Azulay. The NewStandard not only provides news of an exceptional quality that puts the mass media to shame, it is also run on a participatory economic model. New York, Jan 19 Read more…

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Mike Davis: Bush and the Great Wall

When delirious crowds tore down the Berlin Wall in 1989, many hallucinated that a millennium of borderless freedom was at hand. Globalization was supposed to inaugurate an era of unprecedented physical and virtual electronic mobility.   Instead neoliberal capitalism has promptly built the greatest barrier to free movement in history. This Great Wall of Capital, Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Canada Quietly Supported U.S. Iraq Invasion

Jan. 19, 2004 – US President George Bush’s announcement last Tuesday that Canada would be allowed to bid on billions of dollars in American-financed Iraqi reconstruction projects came in the wake of an ongoing controversy surrounding the degree of Canada’s involvement in the war. Canada was excluded from the first negotiations in December when the Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Shock and Sham

Then there were the Kurds pushing against the CPA for something barely short of an independent Kurdistan, the Sunnis organizing politically, and with those 30,000 protestors marching in Basra, the Shiites… well, there, undoubtedly, lies the real oppositional tale not just of the moment but of the future. Finally, there was the Turkish prime minister Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Shock and Sham

Life in Bush’s America, or more dead ducks: “Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private camp in southern Louisiana just three weeks after the court agreed to take up the vice president’s appeal in lawsuits over his handling of the administration’s Read more…

: When Are Nazi Comparisons Deplorable?

The controversy over comparisons between George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler in two ads submitted to the anti-Bush ad contest run by the online activist group MoveOn.org says less about the state of left discourse than it does about the double standards at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. News Corp’s Fox News Channel started the controversy Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Chonchocoro

During Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada’s first administration, which emphasized the importance of foreign investment for Bolivian growth and development, Yerko Kukoc was Prefect of Potosí, and thus presided over the massacre, in November and December 1996, of eleven miners and community peasants in Amayapampa and Capasirca, which was carried out to protect the investments and Read more…

Ehsan Ahrari: Big Power Tussle in Central Asia

When it comes to two areas of Russia’s immediate neighborhood-Central Asia and South Caucasus-the Russian and American paradox may best be described as follows: both big powers would very much want to include those regions in their respective spheres of influence, yet neither of them wants to go to any extreme in achieving that objective Read more…

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Stan Karp: The No Child Left Behind Hoax

Inequality and ‘information gaps’          Unfortunately so far the public has only a vague idea of any of this. A Gallup poll conducted this summer found that 76% of those surveyed knew “very little” or “nothing” about the new law. The poll director told Education Week that “It is an uninformed public on No Read more…

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Stan Karp: The No Child Left Behind Hoax

[This is a talk by Rethinking Schools editor Stan Karp given at a meeting on “The No Child Left Behind Hoax” sponsored by Portland Area Rethinking Schools on Nov 7, 2003.]   My name is Stan Karp and for the last 27 years I’ve been a high school teacher in Paterson, N.J., one of my Read more…

Mahir Ali: On The Road To Rapproachment

THE day will probably come when encounters between the leaders of India and Pakistan will no longer be deemed historic because they will no longer be uncommon. The day will come when citizens of both countries will need no more than a valid passport to cross the border, when bustling trade between the neighbours will Read more…

Cp Pandya: Money and Elections

As of Sept. 30, 2003, the major party candidates for the 2004 U.S. presidential race had raised $182.6 million from individual and special interest donors. Big money donors and special interest groups pre-select Democratic and Republican candidates well before a single vote is cast in the presidential primaries and they influence the policies these candidates Read more…

Chris Crass: Finding Colours Of Resistance

What lessons have we learned since the anti-WTO actions in Seattle? Can those lessons be applied to anti-war organizing? Can local struggles challenge global capitalism? How do we build movement for global justice that is anti-racist, multiracial and feminist? Pauline Hwang and Helen Luu have not only been asking these hard questions, they have worked Read more…

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Justin Podur: Another Turn of the Spiral

Tom Hurndall died on January 13, 2004 at 7:45pm, in a hospital in his country, the UK, after spending over 8 months in a coma.  He was shot in the head in April 2003, in Rafah, the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine, while accompanying a group of Palestinian children.  He was 21.   His killer, a soldier Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: America’s Empire of Bases

As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize — or do not want to recognize — that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet. This vast network of American bases on every Read more…

Kevin Pina: Haiti Under Siege

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Money is power and power is money. The Bush administration buys and sells political constituencies every day in pursuit of world domination. Haiti, which recently celebrated its bicentennial as the world’s first black republic, is not otherworldly or immune from purchase. Softening the ground for the transaction is the corporate media that Read more…

Haggai Borkow: A New Type of School – Our School

This is a transcript of a lecture given by Haggai Borkow in the 17th Annual Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in Rotterdam, in January 2004.   Borkow, the co-founder and CEO of a software company (www.channelstorm.com) who had established a regional school where Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians study together (www.nirschool.org) presents here Read more…

Nicole Colson: Camp Delta

THE FIRST introduction that most people had to the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay was enough to turn many stomachs. The Bush administration’s first photo op in January 2001 revealed helpless men being treated worse than animals at the whim of their captors. Housed in 6-by-8-foot wire cages exposed to the elements, the prisoners Read more…

Stefan Christoff: Living War

The youth who play football on the small streets and narrow alleys of Bourj El Barajneh represent an entire generation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who live in a day-to-day low intensity war. This is a war waged against Palestinian refugees by the government of Lebanon. It is not waged through military campaigns and guerrilla Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Singling Out Israel?

The Executive Commission of the European Union recently conducted an opinion poll of member states asking respondents to indicate which of 14 countries they believe is “a threat to world peace.” Slightly over half – 52 percent – said Iraq was a threat. Fifty-three percent cited Iran, North Korea and the United States. And 59 Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Canada Quietly Supported U.S. Iraq Invasion

Jan. 19, 2004 – US President George Bush’s announcement last Tuesday that Canada would be allowed to bid on billions of dollars in American-financed Iraqi reconstruction projects came in the wake of an ongoing controversy surrounding the degree of Canada‘s involvement in the war. Canada was excluded from the first negotiations in December when the Read more…

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George Monbiot: Global Warming

I’ve been in and around the environmental movement since the first Earth Day in 1970, which I attended while living in Philadelphia, Pa. For many years I’ve been following news reports and articles about the dangers of global warming. In 2002, during my Green Party U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey, this was one of Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The opposite of Pax Americana is…

The other day I wrote a dispatch in part about a new U.S. intelligence term, “extraordinary rendition,” applied when our agents turn a “person of interest” (read: terrorist suspect) over to some friendly, or less than friendly, country ready to put the screws to him for us; in other words, torture-by-proxy. I commented then that Read more…

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Site Administrator: Reflections on the start of the new year

Consider the events of just a month ago and more, events whose consequences remain with us even as their impact recedes.   Here is what December 2003 looked like:   ·         Saddam Hussein is captured. The occupation goes on.   ·         A trial is planned. When, where and under whose aegis, as yet unknown. The Read more…

Eva Jasiewicz: Electricity in Basra

[Published Jan 8, 2004 on Occupation Watch] Five days ago, workers in Najebeeya and Haatha power plants, and power stations in Khor Zubair and She’iba, staged protests and walk-outs over low wages and long hours. In Najibeeya workers attacked the administration building and the boss himself Hammad Salem Rghadbaan – a man notorious for mistreating Read more…

Adolfo Gilly: The Prisoner and the Presidents

[translated by Forrest Hylton] At the meeting in Monterrey, the president of the United States prepares to “squeeze” Latin American governments, perhaps much more so on political than on economic terrain. In an electoral year, the spectacle occupies politics.  “Narcoterrorism” will be a recurrent theme. In this moment, one of the small pieces in this Read more…

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David Edwards: Logical Media Lunacy

Dotty Watchdogs In the last hours of a momentous year for the media, both the BBC and ITN reported that Dotty, an English bull terrier owned by Princess Anne, had been cleared by Buckingham Palace of fatally wounding Pharos, one of the Queen’s corgis. A second bull terrier, Florence, it seemed, had been responsible. The Read more…

Renato redentor Constantino: Loretta Brunio: Filipino

Frowns rarely reach her oval face, but smiles, too, do not come easily. Yet she is never expressionless; everything about her is implicit. Her eyes, the way her hands unconsciously stir as she ponders over a word, the way she nods or shakes her head as if she was just swaying. Her movements are measured Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Iraq: Money For Nothing

One of the most important news stories in 2004 is where the $18.6 billion in U.S. taxpayer money that Congress voted to spend on Iraqi reconstruction is to be spent and how. Already some of the details are available, and the trend is disturbing. The Bush administration opened up bidding on January 7 for $5 Read more…

La jornada: Mexicans Under Attack

[La Jornada Editorial, Translated by Miguel Alvarado] Mexicans have suddenly become suspects of terrorism in the eyes of Washington and local authorities. With that excuse, U.S. officials have launched an embarrassing and illegal campaign of control and intimidation at the Mexico City airport, imposed upon anybody who dares to visit the neighboring country. In addition, Read more…

Sheldon Rampton: Mad Cow USA

WHEN A single cow with mad cow disease was discovered in Washington state last month, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) lost no time at all. NCBA lobbyists were on the phone to members of Congress–at their home numbers, because they had left Washington for the holidays. The association paid for teams of experts in Read more…

Louise Christian: Guantanamo

Two years ago today, Feroz Abbasi, a British citizen arrested in Afghanistan, was one of the first detainees to be transferred hooded, shackled and manacled by the US military to Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay. His mother, Zumrati, who lives in Croydon, was informed about five days later – by the media. It took a Read more…

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Gideon Levy: We Are All Soldiers at Checkpoints

The terminology used to be routine and clear: Whenever a unit of the Israel Defense Forces completed a mission – be it the aerial bombing of refugee camps in Lebanon, shelling terrorist headquarters in Syria or attacking missile sites in Egypt – the media would report that “our forces returned safely to their bases.” The Read more…

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