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George Monbiot: Death of the Secret Ballot

There are two big questions about the local [British] elections on Thursday, but only one of them is being asked. The first is whether people will bother to vote. The emerging rule of British politics now appears to be that the bigger the issues at stake, the smaller the choice. The Liberal Democrats’ pathetic capitulation Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Snapshot Of A Nation

In 1812, bands of British weavers and knitters raided textile mills and smashed industrial machines with their hammers. According to the Luddites, the new mechanised looms had eliminated thousands of jobs and broken communities and deserved to be destroyed. The British government disagreed and called in a force of 14,000 soldiers to brutally repress the Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Grace News

The U.S. government this week launched its Arabic language satellite TV news station for Muslim Iraq. It is being produced in a studio — Grace Digital Media — controlled by fundamentalist Christians who are rabidly pro-Israel. That’s Grace as in “by the Grace of God.” Grace Digital Media is controlled by a fundamentalist Christian millionaire, Read more…

Layla Al-zubaidi: Selling-out Iraq’s Cultural Heritage

Despite the fact that the United States and Great Britain are signatories of the 1954 The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, in the past weeks Iraqi museums, archaeological sites and libraries have been massively plundered or destroyed. Various witnesses have reported that during the first days Read more…

Azmi Bishara: Not A Game

America has switched targets with startling swiftness. Confident with its results in Iraq thus far, it moved on to threaten Syria with ease comparable to flipping radio stations. Had it been up to Rumsfeld, Washington would have waged war on Syria by now, and advised Israel to take the opportunity to annex the Arab territories Read more…

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David Edwards: Killings At Falluja

In a recent Media Alert (Why Even Talk About It? Part 1, April 4, 2003) we reported that the BBC’s leading current affairs programme, Newsnight, had devoted 45 seconds to the killing of 62 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s al-Shula market place on March 28 – an average of less than one second per death. Today, Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Real Looting

At an American military checkpoint on the road north of Kirkuk, two US soldiers are holding up placards, each of which has a message written in Kurdish. One says: “Drivers must get into one lane”, the other: “Carrying weapons is forbidden”. The problem is that the soldiers, being unable to read Kurdish, have mixed up Read more…

Samir Hussain: Unimaginable Futures

“In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came Read more…

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Michael Albert: Cuba Controversy

A controversy has arisen on the left in the U.S. about recent events in Cuba. The Cuban government has enacted draconian legal measures against opponents. The U.S. government, having provoked the situation by decades of machinations including recent acts, will very likely use the events to justify further intervention against the island’s people. Some leftists Read more…

Wade Hudson: After Costly War, Iraqis Quickly Organize

As stage-managed media images of the Bush administration’s triumphant conquest of Iraq fade into memory, the harsh reality of American occupation is becoming clearer with each passing day. The goodwill expressed toward U.S. troops by some Iraqi citizens, thankful for the overthrow of a brutal dictator, has given way to increasingly vocal demands for sovereignty Read more…

Susan Sontag: Honoring Peace And Justice

Allow me to invoke not one but two, only two, who were heroes — among millions of heroes. Who were victims — among tens of millions of victims. The first: Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, murdered in his vestments, while saying mass in the cathedral on March 24, 1980 — twenty-three years ago Read more…

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Mark Engler: Was Iraq Really A Threat?

Since Baghdad fell, Defense Department hawks have devoted themselves to gloating about the never-questioned supremacy of the United States’ armed forces. However, the rest of the world’s attention has shifted to examine the largely forgotten rationale for Bush’s invasion: the peril posed by Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. The April 22 appearance of Read more…

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Gideon Levy: The Occupation is Us

For a change, here’s some good news from the occupied territory: on the eve of the holiday, people from the Nature and National Parks Authority moved some Gilboa irises growing along the route of the separation fence. The rescue operation certainly pleased quite a few Israeli nature lovers for whom rescuing the flowers was the Read more…

Mickey Z: Pow’s Then And Now

On Jan. 17, 1991, Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, 32, was piloting a F/A-18 fighter jet at the start of the first Gulf War. Hit by an air-to-air missile fired by an Iraqi warplane, Speicher, known as a “top gun among fliers,” was later given up for dead. However, as reported by Chicago Tribune foreign Read more…

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Ali Abunimah: The Men Who Would Sell Palestine

David Hirst, the veteran correspondent for The Guardian, reported in 1996 on fears in Yasser Arafat’s entourage that the Israelis would turn the Palestinian security forces against the Palestinian leader. According to Hirst, a Palestinian official said that the Israelis had so “penetrated” the security forces “that some of its leaders now depend on them Read more…

Ashley Smith: Under Uncle Sam’s Thumb

EARLY IN the 20th century, the U.S. socialist journalist John Reed explained the drive for plunder, profit and geopolitical domination that lay behind U.S. military interventions. “Uncle Sam never gives something for nothing,” Reed said in a speech. “He comes along with a sack stuffed with hay in one hand and a whip in the Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: Cuba Hurts

The recent wave of executions and arrests in Cuba is very good news for the universal superpower, which remains obsessed with removing this persistent thorn from its paw. But it is very bad news-and very sad-for those of us who admired the valor of this tiny country, so capable of greatness, but who also believe Read more…

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Charles Glass: The Lessons Of Lebanon

People cheered when the US marines marched into the capital. At last someone would restore order, remove the thugs and murderers from the streets, and force an end to the chaos. Then a new government arrested and tortured dissidents. The US ordered the dissidents’ outside backers, Syria and Iran, to stay away. Britain joined the Read more…

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John Pilger: Journalism?

On 8 April, newspapers around the world carried a despatch from a Reuters correspondent, “embedded” with the US army, about the murder of a ten-year-old Iraqi boy. An American private had “unloaded machine-gun fire and the boy . . . fell dead on a garbage-strewn stretch of wasteland”. The tone of the report was highly Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Us Economic Prescriptions Still Failing In Latin America

With the war in Iraq receding from the media spotlight, the Bush Administration is now turning some attention to our traditional “back yard” of Latin America. U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow has just completed a visit to Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia. In Washington circles such attention is seen as a positive development. It is Read more…

Satya Sagar: SARS, Wars and the Farce

The depression hits  me  on a warm and humid Bangkok evening. I am just through with dinner in the city’s crowded Sukhumvit business district, my head full of the War on Iraq and I spot these people- with masks on their faces. A couple of weeks ago anybody with a cloth covering his face in Read more…

Mickey Z: “no One Is Totally Clean”

“When the Second World Warcame to an endWe forgave the GermansAnd we were friendsThough they murdered six millionIn the ovens they friedThe Germans now tooHave God on their side.” –Bob Dylan In his inexhaustible quest to turn Operation Iraqi Freedom (sic) into another Good War, President (sic) Bush has taken a page from post-war Germany. Read more…

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David Edwards: Illusions Of Liberty

Iraq is quickly sliding down the order of news stories on our TVs and front pages – the fate of the Iraqi people is already largely veiled in silence. While the media focus switches to the spread of SARS, Iraqi children are being killed by a deadly outbreak of diarrhoea and other infections, Dan Beaulieu Read more…

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Jean Bricmont: Regression and Resistance

The slogan was repeated around the world: “no blood for oil”. But blood and oil have flowed together for a long time. From the betrayal of the Arab world by the French and the British following the fall of the Turkish empire in 1917 to the latest war against Iraq, Western policy has been dominated Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Nix — From Blix To Kucinich To Dixie Chicks

Hans Blix, Dennis Kucinich and the Dixie Chicks are in very different lines of work — but they’re in the same line of fire from big media for the sin of strongly challenging the president’s war agenda.   Let’s start with Blix, who can get respectful coverage in American media — unless he’s criticizing the Read more…

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Saul Landau: Iraq War

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”                                 — Martin Luther King Jr. Congratulations to George W. Bush, winner and still champion after defeating a highly ranked heavyweight contender! Indeed, the heroic U.S. victory in Iraq should engrave 43’s name in the history books. The Bush Doctrine means fighting “preemptive” wars with disarmed Read more…

Adele Oliveri: Why The Anti-war Movement Was Right (and Will Keep Fighting)

TV screens worldwide are inundated with the images of a US marine climbing over the statue of Saddam Hussein in the centre of Baghdad, covering his face with a US flag. A few minutes later, a US tank pulls the statue to the ground, among a small crowd of Iraqis dancing and cheering and smiling Read more…

Amina Sherazee: The Law, Repression, and Activism

Amina Sherazee is an immigration, employment and human rights lawyer, based in Toronto. She is also a member of Lawyers Against the War and the Muslim Canadian Congress. She was interviewed on recent changes to laws that affect immigrants, refugees, and activism, as well as the relationship between law and activism generally. Do you think Read more…

Stan Goff: Wolves and Sheep (apologies to Canis Lupus)

Orwell & Capone The World Bank, under the direction of James Wolfensohn, is posing a problem for neocon Wolfowitz. The World Bank, though dominated by the US which has 16.2% of voting shares, has an institutional loyalty to multilateralism. As the US unilateralism advocated by US neocons gives the back of its hand to the Read more…

Vladimir Tikhonov: I Weep Bitterly Today

When the National Assembly approved the dispatch of troops to Iraq I could only think of the title of a famous newspaper column, written about a century ago by Chang Ji-yeon, about the Japanese takeover of diplomatic priorities. A country that was once colonized by Japanese imperialism, and that suffered numerous civilian massacres during the Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Fighting the transfer wall

The residents of Mas’ha and Bidia, who are struggling to save their lands and livelihoods threatened by the apartheid wall, have set up a tents camp along the bulldozer path, together with Israeli and international activists. The camp is a protest act against the land appropriation that would follow the erection of the wall. We Read more…

Susan Lyon: The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Relief agencies estimate that nearly three and a half million people have died from war in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998-more than in any conflict since World War II.  Many died in the fighting, but most from malnutrition and disease caused by the disruption of war. How can 3½ million people have died Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Argentina’s Luddite Rulers

In 1812, bands of British weavers and knitters raided textile mills and smashed industrial machines with their hammers. According to the Luddites, the new mechanized looms had eliminated thousands of jobs, broken communities and deserved to be destroyed. The British government disagreed and called in 14,000 soldiers to brutally repress the worker revolt and protect Read more…

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Amira Hass: Cameraman Under The Streetlamp

One of the answers often used by the army when its soldiers kill someone who clearly had nothing to do with the fighting or even stone-throwing (which nobody questions is a crime punishable by death), is that the situation is dangerous, there’s combat going on, and the risks about being in the area are known. Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Celebration In Iraqi Streets

In the last two weeks, we have witnessed a dampening of mood amongst those who opposed war against Iraq. As we are bombarded over and over again with images of British or American troops pulling down Saddam’s statues, and Iraqis dancing on them, we are told that the coalition’s stance has been vindicated, and that Read more…

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Greg Palast: California Reamin’

;See also Palast’s book description and interview (at http://www.zmag.org/bookwatch.htm) for more on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, from which this article is excepted.] On April 10, 1989, Jacob “Jake” Horton, senior vice president of Southern Company’s Gulf Power unit, boarded the company plane to confront his board of directors over the company’s accounting games Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Fahrenheit 451 and the Problem of the US Media

[talk given as part of “One Book New Jersey 2003 Reads Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, William Paterson University, April 15, 2003]We are at the tail end of a war which has placed severe restraints on a free press. Not the fire of Fahrenheit 451, but bombs.When a US tank fired a shell into the Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The United States in the General Assembly

Two decades ago, conservative columnist George Will wrote “it is bad enough we pay for the United Nations; surely we do not have to pay attention to it.”[1] Since that time, US payments to the United Nations have become much less reliable, but US readiness to ignore the world organization is as great as ever. Read more…

Seymour Melman: Looting Our Lives

The strong — perhaps savage — accusation in the title of this short paper is in response to the post 9-11 marshalling of resources for enlarging the war powers of the U.S. government. All this is in support of a worldwide drive for profit and power, without limit, by the Bush-Cheney state capitalist directorate. A principal ?cover Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Post-Yugoslavia & the Exceptional State of Serbia-Montenegro

Translated by Tamara Vukov “The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule.” – Walter Benjamin TV: On February 4th of this year, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was replaced by the new state of Serbia and Montenegro. Following the assassination Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Sheiks And Swindlers

Now that Iraq has been thoroughly looted and it’s history pillaged and burned, the Pentagon has commenced the task of replacing the old regime with a new one. Unfortunately, the new regime could end up looking very much like the old one. The Bush administration’s first initiative–to re-appoint mid-level members of the Baath Party to Read more…

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Robert Fisk: An Anti-Colonial War Against The Americans May Have Already Begun

Goodman: After spending a month in Iraq, could you describe your thoughts? Fisk: Well, my assumption is that history has a way or repeating itself. I was talking to a very military Shiite Muslim from Nashas about only five days ago and a journalist was saying to him “do you realize how historic these days Read more…

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Tamara V: Post-Yugoslavia & the Exceptional State of Serbia-Montenegro

Translated by Tamara Vukov "The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule." – Walter Benjamin TV: On February 4th of this year, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was replaced by the new state of Serbia and Montenegro. Following the assassination Read more…

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John Pilger: The Unthinkable Is Becoming Normal

Last Sunday, seated in the audience at the Bafta television awards ceremony, I was struck by the silence. Here were many of the most influential members of the liberal elite, the writers, producers, dramatists, journalists and managers of our main source of information, television; and not one broke the silence. It was as though we Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: Occupation Disaster

Abdul al-Malaki lives opposite the gatehouse of the extravagant palace that Saddam Hussein built in his home town of Tikrit. Flanked by megalomaniac twin statues of the former Iraqi president riding a horse above four missiles, the palace arch was a daily affront to locals. “The people of Tikrit are like the rest of Iraq. Read more…

Alex Lopez: Colombia’s Public Services

Alexander Lopez Maya is one of the union activists who exposed corruption at the top levels of Cali Municipal Utilities between 1998 and 2002. He helped build international solidarity for Cali’s public services union, SINTRAEMCALI, and led peaceful occupations of municipal buildings in 1998 to prevent privatization. In 2001, when another attempt was made to Read more…

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Uri Avnery: At Midnight, a Knock on the Door

     It was an almost unbelievable news story: in order to trim the national budget, the Ministry of Education had decided to dismiss hundreds of teachers. A private company got the job of delivering the bitter news to the dismissed teachers. Two days before Passover – one of the highpoints of the Jewish calendar, both Read more…

Stan Winer: Killers, Torturers Out In The Cold

South African president Thabo Mbeki, in his long-awaited pronouncement on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report, has finally confirmed there will be no blanket amnesty for perpetrators of gross human rights violations during the apartheid era. This means criminal charges may now be brought against state-sponsored torturers and death-squad killers of the former Read more…

Mike Carlton: For $20, War Makes Free

One or two readers have accused me, rather crossly, of taking a far too negative view of the great liberation of Iraq. Easter being a time of hope and renewal, I shall use this column today to look on the bright side. What a triumph the war has been for Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Read more…

Mickey Z: Animals: The Other Collateral Damage

According to the Bahrain Gulf Daily News (April 18, 2003) looters have emptied Baghdad zoo of its animals  “Monkeys, bears, horses, birds and camels have disappeared, carted off by thieves or simply left to roam the streets after their cages were prised open,” the paper reported. “More than 300 animals are missing – only the Read more…

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