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Chris Spannos: Parecon Review

If not capitalism, what then? asks journalist and activist Albert as he proffers this dogged, humanist alternative to private enterprise. Let’s admit, suggests Albert (a founder of Z Magazine and South End Press), that capitalism has its downside: the zero-sum me-first logic, the downplaying of public good and prioritizing of private good, the decline of Read more…

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Paul Street: Who Hates America?

A Terrorist Recruiting BonanzaAs American armed forces tighten the freshly minted War Criminal George W. Bush’s bloody grip on Baghdad, some interesting answers emerge to the question of who really “hates America.”   Certain obvious and officially acknowledged haters come quickly to mind – Saddam Hussein and his supporters and the members of al Qaeda and Read more…

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Michael Moore: Dissent Works

April 7, 2003 Dear friends, It appears that the Bush administration will have succeeded in colonizing Iraq sometime in the next few days. This is a blunder of such magnitude — and we will pay for it for years to come. It was not worth the life of one single American kid in uniform, let Read more…

Kristen Ess: Israeli Government Ignores Yet Another International Law

At 8 o’clock last night Israeli flown, US made, F16s swept over Gaza City, shooting more than 40 flares into the night sky as a diversion, while three US donated Apache helicopters fired three missiles into a car, killing Said Arabeed and Ashraf al-Halabi from Hamas. It was a targeted assasination, illegal under the International Read more…

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David Cromwell: Horror, Cruelty And Misery – The Real Meaning Of

The priorities are clear, the perspective of power unthinkingly adopted. And so mainstream news headlines declaim that “coalition forces have penetrated deep into the centre of the Iraqi capital”. Troops “storm central Baghdad”. Pentagon briefings that itemize the number of armoured vehicles, “tank-busting” A-10 Warthog planes and B-1 bombers are breathlessly forwarded by mainstream media Read more…

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Greg Palast: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, is about? What is it trying to communicate? It’s about the Bushes and the billionaires that love them. It’s about a War Hero President who got the ‘top gun’ job in the Texas Toy Airforce with a call from Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Zimbabwe’s Plunge

ZNet commentator Patrick Bond and his colleague Simba Manyanya — a Zimbabwean currently employed in Johannesburg by a UN agency — provide information about the new, second edition of *Zimbabwe’s Plunge: Exhausted Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Search for Social Justice*.   (1) Can you tell ZNet, please, about your new book, Zimbabwe‘s Plunge? What is Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy

(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism is trying to communicate? My main point is that, in addition to the important moral and legal concerns about U.S. Middle East policy, current U.S. policy is contrary to even mainstream notions of the country’s Read more…

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Tristan Ewins: Grozny And Baghdad: Disturbing Parallels

Today in Chechnya, the city of Grozny – formerly the home of almost half a million people – lies in ruins: utterly devastated. The fate of Grozny thus stands as a testament to the brutal and terrible cost of modern urban warfare. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, separatist ambitions previously Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Amid Jubilation A Child Lies In Agony

They lay in lines, the car salesman who’d just lost his eye but whose feet were still dribbling blood, the motorcyclist who was shot by American troops near the Rashid Hotel, the 50-year-old female civil servant, her long dark hair spread over the towel she was lying on, her face, breasts, thighs, arms and feet Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Moving The Peace Movement Forward

As the U.S. army occupies Baghdad, the peace movement is faced with a series of strategic challenges, challenges we must face openly, and challenges for which there are no easy answers. We must develop political strategies that draw on solidarity and information from activists and analysts in diverse social movements and incorporate those into our Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: The Outline Of the Beast

Arnove: The Corporate media ask the question over and over again: What can be done about Saddam Hussein? What’s your response? The question is disingenuous. Let’s turn it around and ask instead: What do we do with George Bush and Tony Blair? Should we just stand by and watch while they bomb and kill and annihilate people? Read more…

Todd Chretien: Oakland Cops’ Brutal Attack

POLICE IN Oakland, Calif. shot wooden bullets and tossed concussion grenades at peaceful antiwar protesters and union dockworkers, injuring several people, in an April 7 confrontation. Some 500 activists had set up a picket on Oakland docks–at the terminals of American Presidential Lines, a military cargo shipper, and Stevedoring Services of America, which just won Read more…

Dennis Halliday: Iraqi People Facing Humanitarian Crisis

As U.S. and British soldiers fight for control of southern Iraq on their way toward a crucial battle in Baghdad, civilians in large cities like Basra and smaller towns are confronting severe shortages of water, food and medicine. But with the American military insisting that they alone will control the distribution of aid, several international Read more…

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John Pilger: The War For Truth

WE HAD a great day,” said Sgt Eric Schrumpf of the US Marines last Saturday. “We killed a lot of people.”  He added: “We dropped a few civilians, but what do you do?” He said there were women standing near an Iraqi soldier, and one of them fell when he and other Marines opened fire. Read more…

Gunter Grass: Core Values?!

BEHLENDORF, Germany. A war long sought and planned for is now underway. All deliberations and warnings of the United Nations notwithstanding, an overpowering military apparatus has attacked preemptively in violation of international law. No objections were heeded. The Security Council was disdained and scorned as irrelevant. As the bombs fall and the battle for Baghdad continues, Read more…

Ben Cashdan: Greece Rebels!

The air outside the US embassy is acrid with tear gas. Dozens of young people scatter, coughing behind scarves and tissues held over their noses and eyes. A three-year old boy yells, tears streaming down his face.   Directly in front of the embassy building – a whitewashed chunk of concrete covering an entire block Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Twisted Language Of War That Is Used To Justify The Unjustifiable

Why do we aid and abet the lies and propaganda of this filthy war? How come, for example, it’s now BBC “style” to describe the Anglo-American invaders as the “coalition”. This is a lie. The “coalition” that we’re obviously supposed to remember is the one forged to drive Iraqi occupation troops from Kuwait in 1991, Read more…

Desmond Tutu: Anti-War Thinking:

It is difficult not to feel despair and powerlessness at this awful juncture. Millions in the world fought with all their hearts and minds to avoid violence in Iraq. Inevitably, when bombs fall, there is a deep and emotional void that is opened. Many will pray. Others will simply reflect. Countless numbers will continue to Read more…

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David Edwards: Why Even Talk About It? Part II

In researching our latest New Statesman article (April 7, 2003), David Edwards interviewed George Entwistle (March 31, 2003), editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight. Part of the interview involved asking Entwistle if former chief UNSCOM weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, had appeared on Newsnight in recent months. As we have discussed many times, Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Reconstruction Of Iraq

One day after the war officially started, Tony Blair met with the European Union leaders to discuss the “re-construction of post war Iraq”. Re-construction, after wilful destruction of Iraqi public and private property through US and UK bombing raids. Re-construction, after destruction of public infrastructure by target oriented missiles. Re-construction, after destroying, through economic sanctions, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: It Seemed As If Baghdad Would Fall Within Hours

It started with a series of massive vibrations, a great “stomping” sound that shook my room. “Stomp, stomp, stomp,” it went. I lay in bed trying to fathom the cause. It was like the moment in Jurassic Park when the tourists first hear footfalls of the dinosaur, an ever increasing, ever more frightening thunder of Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: Irregular Weapons Used Against Iraq

This document presents collected information on irregular weapons used by the United States and the United Kingdom since the official beginning of their war against Iraq. Regular air and ground weapons such as missiles, light bombs and bullets often cause more civilian casualties than irregular weapons (cluster weapons, depleted uranium, napalm, etc.).   However, the terrorizing, Read more…

Fair: Official Story Vs. Eyewitness Account

A recent Washington Post article describing the killing of civilians by U.S. soldiers at a checkpoint outside the Iraqi town of Najaf proved that “embedded” journalists do have the ability to report on war in all its horror. But the rejection by some U.S. outlets of Post correspondent William Branigin’s eyewitness account in favor of Read more…

Anton Antonowicz: The Saddest Thing Of All

(photos by Mike Moore) AN old man cries over the coffin of his daughter. His wife and younger daughter sit in the dirt outside the mortuary in shock and abject sadness. It is only an hour and 20 minutes since Nadia Khalaf died, too early for total grief to set in. But time enough to Read more…

Aaron Brown: CNN’s Aaron Brown

A discussion with Amy Goodman, Aaron Brown, Steve Rendall and Jeremy Scahill on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!, April 4, 2003. AMY GOODMAN, DEMOCRACY NOW!: You’re listening to Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report, I’m Amy Goodman. With more than 25 years of journalism experience, Aaron Brown is CNN’s lead anchor during breaking news and Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Zapatistas statement on ‘We work for Peace and Justice’

[The following are three communiqués from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN] #1 Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico. April of 2003. To:   The promoters of the We Are Working For Peace and Justice Manifesto, http://www.zmag.org From:  CCRI-CG of the EZLN, Mountains of the Mexican Southeast. In the name of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee Read more…

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Edward Herman: A

David Ross: In The Real Terror Network (1982), you documented how the U.S. government did not support democracy around the world as we’ve all been taught, but instead, supported totalitarian states that would insure a good climate for investment… Ed Herman: We support democracy when it will serve our interests, but as The Real Terror Read more…

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John Pilger: We See Too Much, We Know Too Much. That’s Our Best Defense

We now glimpse the forbidden truths of the invasion of Iraq. A man cuddles the body of his in-fant daughter; her blood drenches them. A woman in black pursues a tank, her arms outstretched; all seven in her family are dead. An American Marine murders a woman because she happens to be standing next to Read more…

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Tim Wise: Liberation or Libation?

I figured it would happen sooner or later. Having written several columns questioning the notion that the current war in Iraq is about “liberation” of that nation’s people, it was only a matter of time before I received an email like the one this morning. “Well smartass,” it began, indicating the level of discourse so Read more…

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David Edwards: Why Even Talk About It?

“Isn’t it in fact true that America, by dint of the very accuracy of the weapons we’ve seen, is the only potential world policeman?” (Quoted, John Pilger, Hidden Agendas, Vintage, 1998, p.45) Thus, the BBC’s David Dimbleby, interviewing a guest, not during “Operation Iraqi Freedom” but during the last Gulf War. Of the 88,500 tons Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Embeds in Washington

Years ago, New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm produced a book, The Journalist and the Murderer, in which she claimed that the essence of journalism was betrayal. Actually, she took an extreme example of journalism — a reporter who entered into a contractual relationship with his subject — but she made literal a certain feeling familiar Read more…

David Miller: Embed With The Military

Embedded journalists are the greatest PR coup of this war. Dreamt up by the Pentagon and Donald Rumsfeld the ’embeds’, as they are now routinely described, are almost completely controlled by the military. Embeds as is now well known agree to give up most of their autonomy in exchange for access to the fighting on Read more…

Akhila Raman: Nadimarg and Kashmiriyat

Massive solidarity demonstrations by the Kashmiri Muslims following the brutal killings of Pandits at Nadimarg reveal that Kashmiriyat continues to flourish and also highlights the alienation and plight of the Kashmiris who continue to be brutalized by the militants and the Indian forces. In a dastardly act, “unidentified gunmen” massacred 24 Kashmiri Pandits including 11 Read more…

Ruri Ito: Engendering the Concept of Peace

This article draws on the Tokyo Tribunal on the Military Comfort Women to reexamine issues of violence against women in both wartime and peacetime. In highlighting the centrality of the issue of violence against women, Ito offers a feminist alternative to dominant peace discourse. The Tokyo Tribunal of December 2000, organized by Asian feminists, presented Read more…

Omar Bargh: Raid and Aid Charade

“Senior British military officers on the ground are making it clear they are dismayed by the failure of US troops to try to fight the battle for hearts and minds,” The Guardian proclaimed [April 1, 2003], exposing details of how the noble British “Raid and Aid” approach to Iraqi civilians contrasts sharply with the “brutal” Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey and The US War On Iraq

1.Turkey is being bitterly criticized in the US for failing to allow us combat troops to use Turkey as a launching pad to open a second front in northern Iraq. There are indeed some who say US and British soldiers are dying in higher numbers because of Turkey. How would you respond to such claims Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Wailing Children, The Wounded The Dead;

The wounds are vicious and deep, a rash of scarlet spots on the back and thighs or face, the shards of shrapnel from the cluster bombs buried an inch or more in the flesh. The wards of the Hillah teaching hospital are proof that something illegal – something quite outside the Geneva Conventions – occurred Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Who Rules The Peace

The U.S. war is being waged without United Nations authority, and in violation of the UN Charter. It is a war of aggression. According to the Geneva Convention, as the occupying power the U.S. and UK are obligated to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi population, including food, medicine, water, shelter, etc. (Article Read more…

Jackson Thoreau: Iraq Invasion By The Numbers

NOTE: This is a variation of a question-and-answer piece on the relationship between Iraq, the U.S., Europe, and military campaigns circulating through cyberspace. I set it up as an easier-to-read numerical column and added a few items of my own. The numbers speak for themselves. Percentage of the world’s population living in the U.S.: 6. Read more…

Joshua Frank: Manufacturing News And Promoting War

“Here in America we have three most precious God-given gifts: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to use either one.” -Mark Twain Surfing the waves of syndicated talk radio, you are likely to come across numerous conservative hosts railing progressives for their seemingly callow out look on life. Most likely it Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Thick Fog Of War On American Tv

Minutes after the dawn spread daylight across the Iraqi desert, “embedded” CNN correspondent Walter Rodgers was on the air with a live report. Another employee at the network, former U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark — on the job in a TV studio back home — asked his colleague a question. When Rodgers responded, he addressed Clark Read more…

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Mark Steel: The Minute It’s Made Up You’ll Hear About It.

You expect lies, but usually they’re found out once a war is over. But in this war the lying is so inept that it gets rumbled the next day. So the news starts “Oh, apparently that uprising we yelled about all through yesterday didn’t happen” or “Ah, yes, that chemical weapons factory turned out to Read more…

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Justin Podur: What is the Colombian Army doing Attacking Venezuela?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced on Venezuelan radio on March 31 that: “A short while ago, I ordered an air force operation and we bombed an area where we detected the presence of a group” of Colombian irregular forces along the border.   The Colombian ‘irregulars’ had attacked a Venezuelan military post, after which Chavez ordered Read more…

Duncan Campbell: Marine Says No

The first American conscientious objector from the Iraq war will give himself up at a marine base in California this morning. He said he believed the war was “immoral because of the deception involved by our leaders”. Stephen Eagle Funk, 20, a marine reserve who was due to be sent for combat duty, is currently Read more…

: Read The Small Print

Damascus . In this highly politicised city where anger over the invasion of Iraq alternates with pride in the resistance, there is one sure way to lighten the mood. Suggest that George Bush and Tony Blair launched their war because of Saddam Hussein’s suspected weapons of mass destruction. Hoots of derision all round. Whether they Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Arnett Paid A Price For Being Truly Neutral

Peter Arnett has an overblown sense of his own importance and lousy political judgment. That’s been true ever since he became a television “personality,” and he’s hardly the only one with those traits.   But Arnett’s pomposity and hubris are not what got him fired by NBC and National Geographic this week after giving a Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates

  On the steel torsos of their missiles, adolescent American soldiers scrawl colourful messages in childish handwriting: For Saddam, from the Fat Boy Posse. A building goes down. A marketplace. A home. A girl who loves a boy. A child who only ever wanted to play with his older brother’s marbles. On March 21, the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq is a trial run

Noam Chomsky , University Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founder of the modern science of linguistics and political activist, is a powerhouse of anti-imperialist activism in the United States today. On March 21, a crowded and typical  –   and uniquely Chomskyan  –   day of political protest and scientific academic research, he spoke from Read more…

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Tim Wise: So This Is What War Looks Like?

Well, now we know. War is not a high-tech video game; or grainy footage of exploding bombs as seen through night-vision goggles. It’s not swiftly moving tanks, displaying their mechanical prowess across the Iraqi desert. It’s not like the war games the solders planned for. It’s not like wrestling your unit buddy in the sand Read more…

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