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Yves Engler: Student Activism

I’m beginning to think major corporate interests really do dislike student activism. While that may sound obvious to some, I was genuinely surprised last Wednesday night when eight Montreal police officers dragged me from a Concordia Student Union council meeting on the campus where I’m an elected student representative and attend school. Outside the university Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: Return of Terror in Guatemala

Political violence is making an unprecedented comeback in Guatemala. Nineteen political leaders and activists have been assassinated since December, and death threats, assassination attempts and violent intimidation have become commonplace, increasing drastically in the months leading up to the coming November presidential elections. (1) Within Guatemala, there is no doubt that the intimidation and direct Read more…

Bill Weinberg: Cauca and the Afro-Colombian Renaissance

Heading south in a “chiva” mini-bus from the teeming and chaotic city of Cali, the road crosses into the southern department of Cauca–one of the most conflicted in Colombia–as suburbs and industrial sprawl gradually give way to small campesino plots and extensive haciendas where cattle graze. On the cusp of this urban-rural divide lies Villa Read more…

Peter Rosset: Wto Derailed At

We just returned from a very moving ceremony for Lee Kyung-hae, the Korean farmer who immolated himself in protest against the WTO last Tuesday. The ceremony was held at Camp Lee, formerly known as Kilometer Zero – the start of the security perimeter, the spot where Lee sacrificed himself, and the place where the Koreans Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A Mystery the US is in No Hurry to Resolve

A human brain lay beside the highway. It was scattered in the sand, blasted from its owner’s head when the Americans ambushed their own Iraqi policemen.   A few inches away were a policeman’s teeth, broken but clean dentures, the teeth of a young man. “I don’t know if they are the teeth of my Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuela’s Recall

Venezuela appeared to take a couple of steps closer to a recall referendum on the presidency of Hugo Chávez in recent weeks, but there is little chance that he will be removed by electoral means. This is not because, as major US and Venezuelan media have alleged, Chávez is a “dictator” or “antidemocratic” but because Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Free Trade Is War

On Monday, seven antiprivatization activists were arrested in Soweto for blocking the installation of prepaid water meters. The meters are a privatized answer to the fact that millions of poor South Africans cannot pay their water bills.   The new gadgets work like pay-as-you-go cell phones, only instead of having a dead phone when you Read more…

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Greg Palast: Bush Resignation Hailed by World Leaders

[Washington] The surprise resignation of the forty-third President of the United States, George W. Bush, on the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on America, was hailed by chiefs of state throughout the world. Mr. Bush announced that after, “two years of bloodshed, economic devastation, and spreading fear in America and abroad,” he saw no Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Globalize Hope

Brothers and sisters of Mexico and the world, who are gathered in Cancun in a mobilisation against neo- liberalism, greetings from the men, women, children and elderly of the Zapatista National Liberation Army. It is an honour for us that, amid your meetings, agreements and mobilisations, you have found time and place to hear our Read more…

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Tom Hayden: U.S. Feels the Heat

CANCUN, Sept. 8. “The Real Cancun” is a pretty trashy film, with hard-partying American college kids being awakened by mariachi musicians against the vista of a Hilton hotel designed like the nearby Mayan ruins.In one scene, its hero, Alan, tells his drinking partner, “People like what they can’t have. So, if you want a girl Read more…

Katharine Ainger: Cancun

In 1970, a computer chose Cancun – then a quiet fishing village – as the site for casino, sun, sex and resort-style tourist development. Now it is the location of the World Trade Organisation’s fifth ministerial meeting. The convention centre, blocked off by steel barricades and armed vehicles, is at the tip of an inaccessible Read more…

Batya Gur: The Glittering Edge Of The Boot

The three women soldiers who detained an old Palestinian on the main street of the German Colony in West Jerusalem didn’t hit him; they didn’t spit at him or kick him or shove him against a wall with the butt of a rifle, but there was something in the behavior of these three girls, border Read more…

Katherine Ainger: The fence at Kilometre Zero

Soon after the Uruguay Round Agreement [of the WTO] was settled, Korean fellow farmers and myself realized that our destinies were out of our hands. We were utterly powerless. We could do nothing but look at the waves that destroyed our lovely rural communities, settlements hundreds of years old. To make myself brave, I have Read more…

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John Pilger: Iraq’s Epic Suffering Is Made Invisible

In his latest New Statesman column, John Pilger describes viewing videotape of the attack on Iraq that was not shown in the West and is horrific evidence of a great crime. It begs the question: Why is there not a public inquiry into when the invasion was planned, and why? Why can’t we read the Read more…

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Norman Finkelstein: Personal Reflections On Palestine

Since completing this memoir in 1995 I’ve returned to Palestine every year.  In fact, apart from traveling abroad to lecture, Palestine is the only place I’ve been since I first journeyed there 15 years ago.  I sometimes fantasize vacationing in Greece or Italy but never do.  If I have time and cost isn’t prohibitive, I Read more…

Jing Zhao: Mr. Lee

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico: On the first day of the 5th ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization, a number of events were planned to demonstrate against the meeting, including a march organized by Via Campesina.   The march was supposed to protest the fact that agriculture is included within the purview of the WTO’s Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: A Slow, Steady Genocide

Jon Elmer, FromOccupiedPalestine.org: I would like to begin the discussion with the topic of September 11th, given the coming of the second anniversary. In The Crisis of Islam, Bernard Lewis writes of September 11th:  “There are few acts of comparable deliberate and indiscriminate wickedness in human history.”  Can you comment on this assertion with a Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

MEDEA BENJAMIN is a cofounder of Global Exchange and a leading antiwar activist. In June and July, she led a delegation to Iraq to establish an Occupation Watch Center in Baghdad to monitor the U.S.-run military occupation and the activities of foreign corporations. The center is providing reports through its Web site www.occupationwatch.org. After returning Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Sharon’s Pre-emptive Zeal

No more than a month ago I sat with a friend drinking coffee at the Hillel Café in Jerusalem. Today it is a shattered edifice, with blood stains on the floor. Indeed, this was the first thought that crossed my mind after hearing the news about the horrific suicide attack that left another 7 Israelis Read more…

Elizabeth Schulte: Workers At Cintas Unite

WORKERS AT Cintas are airing the dirty laundry that’s piled up at the largest uniform company in North America. Last January, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) began an ambitious campaign to unionize some 17,000 workers at Cintas. CAROLE RAMSDEN, ELIZABETH SCHULTE and ORLANDO SEPúLVEDA explain what’s at stake in this union Read more…

Andrea Del moral: FIghting White Supremacy From The Inside

For three weeks last spring and six weeks last summer (2002), the Active Solidarity Collective (ASC) brought workshops about white supremacy and tools for dismantling it to white groups of social justice activists across the East Coast, and bits of the Midwest and South. As a group of five anti-authoritarians with white skin privilege, we Read more…

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Michael Albert: Help Me Out

Perhaps this is a bit unorthodox, but I would like to ask certain potential and current critics of what I think is a very important pursuit to help me understand their view.   The pursuit in question is that collectively activists need to create, advocate, and become adept at communicating a shared description of the Read more…

Steven Staples: From Sea Turtles To Smart Bombs

On September 13, 2003, tens of thousands of people will answer a global call to action against “Militarization and Globalization” by participating in demonstrations, workshops and teach-ins around the world. This marks an important milestone in such global days of action: for the first time, the two issues of war and trade have been brought Read more…

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David Edwards: Killing With Impunity

On ITN’s Lunchtime News, political editor Nick Robinson described how “hundreds of [British] servicemen are risking their lives to bring peace and security to the streets of Iraq”. (ITN, September 8, 2003) The first part of the description is accurate – the servicemen are indeed risking their lives. What is interesting about the claimed goal Read more…

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Saul Landau: Chile: The Other, Almost Forgotten 9/11

“The true American goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroyÅ ” John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1821 “I am ready to resist by whatever means, even at the cost of my life, so that this may serve as a lesson to the ignominious history of those who use force not reason.” Dr. Salvador Allende, Read more…

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Laura Carlsen: The WTO kills Farmers

On September 10, opening day of the Fifth Ministerial of the World Trade Organization, Lee Kyung Hae climbed the fence that separates the excluded from the included and took his life with a knife to the heart. Lee, leader of the Korean Federation of Advanced Farmers Association, had been excluded for most of his professional Read more…

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Paul Street: Remembering Chile’s 9/11

“Close to Perfect:” A Different, Bloodier Nine-Eleven The events of September 11th were horrific, tragic, and criminal on a monumental scale.  Planes flew low over an American nation’s leading city.  Buildings erupted in flames.  There was an official death toll of more than 3,000.  Thousands of innocent people were ruthlessly slaughtered. Their loved ones were Read more…

Steve Rendall: Fair and Balanced?

Two long-time press critics discuss the mainstream American media, its failings, and how it sometimes promotes bigotry   Although the American media is frequently accused of having a liberal bias, a large body of evidence suggests that in a great many cases just the opposite is true. Time after time, biased, reactionary and even racist Read more…

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George Monbiot: Whose Side Are You On?

Outside the world trade talks beginning in Cancun in Mexico tomorrow, two battles will be fought. The first will be the battle between the campaigners demanding fair trade and the rich-nation delegates demanding unfair trade. The second will be the dispute now brewing within the ranks of those who claim to be helping the poor. Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Corporateering

Corporateering: When corporations exceed their traditional role in a marketplace to dominate the cultural sphere and compromise individuals’ rights, freedoms and power, and the democratic systems that protect them. The act implies corporations vying with a democratic people for sovereignty over their society and societal rights by redefining the basic rules of society, law and Read more…

Mickey Z: Parable for Cancun

In the most remote regions of Brazil, slave labor is employed to cut down grand swaths of the precious rain forest to make room to grow eucalyptus which is then burned by male slaves (who exploit the body, mind, and spirit of female slaves forced into prostitution) to make charcoal for the steel mills of Read more…

William Macdougall: Dungavel: Scotlands Asylum Shame

Natesho Muse celebrated her third birthday on Saturday. Her younger sister Nasra was one year old last Wednesday. The two young Somali children spent their respective birthdays behind the fences and closed doors of Dungavel detention centre, a fomer Scottish prison which now serves as an immigration removal centre administered by Premier Detention Services (PDS), Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: After Two Years

Kenneth Adelman, a former Reagan administration official and close associate of the ruling neoconservatives, has offered his advice to the Bush administration for securing its re-election. “We should not try to convince people that things are getting better,” he said. “Rather, we should convince people that ours is the age of terrorism.”[1]The fact that upgradings Read more…

Dennis Hans: Assessing Assessed Intelligence

What is “assessed intelligence”? The question arises in conjunction with the crisis of credibility engulfing British Prime Minister Tony Blair. His government’s September 24, 2002 dossier, “Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction,” has come under renewed scrutiny in the ongoing Hutton Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide of weapons expert Dr. David Kelly. Among Read more…

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Zoltan Grossman: Was General Clark Also Unprepared for the Postwar?

In his apparent quest for the Democratic Presidential nomination, General Wesley Clark rightly criticizes President Bush for waging a “pre-emptive” invasion of Iraq, and in particular for being “unprepared” for the post-invasion occupation of the country. Some Democrats are being drawn to the former NATO Supreme Commander as an authoritative voice against the Iraq debacle, Read more…

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Amira Hass: No Master Plan

In many West Bank villages people are giving up cultivating a good share of their land at the edges of their property due to harassment by Israelis who have settled the area, both before and after September 2000. Sometimes it is a fence and a security road built around various settlements long before September 2000. Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Shell Game Speech

The Bush administration’s contempt for the intelligence of Americans hit a new low Sunday night in the President’s speech about Iraq.   People around the country are asking about the failure to find evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which everyone still remembers were the stated reason for the war. And, as it Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: The Scourge of Militarism

Who will watch the watchers? The Second Triumvirate, formed to avenge Caesar, ended like the first, with only one man standing, but that man, Caius Octavianus (Octavian), Caesar’s eighteen-year-old grand nephew, would decisively change Roman government by replacing the republic with an imperial dictatorship. Everitt characterizes Octavian as “a freebooting young privateer,” who on August Read more…

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Chalmers Johnson: The Scourge of Militarism

[We were to be the New Rome. As right-wing columnist Charles Krauthammer (emphasis always on the “hammer”) wrote in Time magazine near the ides of March, 2001 (“The Bush Doctrine, In American foreign policy, a new motto: Don’t ask. Tell”), “America is no mere international citizen. It is the dominant power in the world, more Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Iraq Analogies

[Tom Engelhardt wrote the following introduction, slightly revised here, to Sheila Johnson’s essay below.] On August 26th, the Washington Post‘s David Ignatius had this in a column: “Pentagon sources report one hopeful sign that the military is thinking creatively and unconventionally about Iraq. The Pentagon’s special operations chiefs have scheduled a showing tomorrow in the Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Through eyes of foreigners

Thanks to several exchange programs, every year I have the opportunity to speak with dozens of journalists and professors from around the world who tour the United States to “increase mutual understanding, ” as the U.S. State Department’s “International Visitor Program” puts it.   This week it was two Indonesian professors. Before them, it was Read more…

Michael Meacher: This war on terrorism is bogus

Massive attention has now been given – and rightly so – to the reasons why Britain went to war against Iraq. But far too little attention has focused on why the US went to war, and that throws light on British motives too. The conventional explanation is that after the Twin Towers were hit, retaliation Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Rumsfeld’s Fall From Grace

History books will characterize the Bush administration for its in-fighting: the struggle between Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, backed by a host of extremely conservative civilian policy wonks at the Pentagon, and Secretary of State Colin Powell, representing a less extreme conservatism that still leaves at least some room for diplomacy. This struggle has dominated everything Read more…

Bill Weinberg: Arauca

“When there was no petroleum, there was no war,” says Dario Tulivila, a traditional Guahibo Indian leader from Colombia´s bloodily conflicted department of Arauca. “When the oil came, the war came. Before that, we had a digified life here. Our council of cabildos does not permit them to take the blood from the earth in Read more…

Andy Beckett: Santiago Dreaming

During the early 70s, in the wealthy commuter backwater of West Byfleet in Surrey, a small but rather remarkable experiment took place. In the potting shed of a house called Firkins, a teenager named Simon Beer, using bits of radios and pieces of pink and green cardboard, built a series of electrical meters for measuring Read more…

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Seumas Milne: Why the US Fears Cuba

Fifty years after Fidel Castro and his followers launched the Cuban revolution with an abortive attack on the dictator Batista’s Moncada barracks, Cuba’s critics are already writing its obituaries. Echoing President Bush’s dismissal of Cuban-style socialism as a “relic”, the Miami Herald pronounced the revolution “dead in the water” at the weekend. The Telegraph called Read more…

Nicholas Birch: Iran

It’s not easy getting people to talk about Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi outside the dusty brick walls of Tehran’s Evin prison. This is where she was arrested on June 23 before being beaten to death during interrogation. Passers-by in this northern suburb in the foothills of Iran’s Elborz Mountains are few, and most walk past Read more…

Avraham Burg: The Zionist Revolution is Dead

The Zionist revolution has always rested on two pillars: a just path and an ethical leadership. Neither of these is operative any longer. The Israeli nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption, and on foundations of oppression and injustice. As such, the end of the Zionist enterprise is already on our doorstep. There is Read more…

Toni Solo: The Bogota Three

When President Bush attends fundraisers in Miami he certainly needs to watch out for terrorists. But no worries – they’re likely to be on the invited guest list.  Orlando Bosch and Virgilio Paz are just two prominent Miami Cubans who were members of a US sponsored terrorist gang active when Bush Sr was their boss Read more…

Stan Winer: Mbeki Turnabout

South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki, in an apparent turnaround on anti-globalization, is now drumming up support for anti-globalization protest groups in their efforts to win a better deal for poorer nations at the World Trade Organization’s upcoming Cancun meeting to negotiate a new global trade treaty. During a visit to Malaysia to strengthen ties between Read more…

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