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Bill Fletcher: Lessons from the Twenties

Good evening. Let me begin by thanking Labor Notes, and Jane Slaughter in particular, for extending an invitation to me to speak with you. I would also like to thank Peter Rachleff from Macalaster College and Jim Green from UMASS-Boston for the extensive assistance that they offered me in thinking through the issues I wish Read more…

Ahmad Bouzid: Sharon Flattens Another Bump in the Road

THE RESIGNATION of the first Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, and the up-to-now unthinkable attack on the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Yassin, are clear signals that we are entering a new phase, long planned by the Sharon war machine in its relentless war against the Palestinian people. The Aqaba summit of June Read more…

Roger Burbach: Ideology Trumps Oil in Iraq

The mounting criticism of Bush’s Iraqi policies now extends to key business allies of the administration. “The big oil companies were not enthusiastic about the Iraqi war,” says Fareed Mohamedi of PFC Energy, a consultancy firm based in Washington D.C. that advises petroleum firms. “Corporations like Exxon-Mobile and Chevron-Texaco want stability, and this is not Read more…

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Devinder Sharma: Biotechnology will bypass the poor

India’s former Prime Minister, the late Mr Morarji Desai, strictly followed an unwritten principle. He would not inaugurate any conference, whether national or international, which did not focus on rural development. It so happened that it was during his tenure that the aircraft industry had planned a conference in New Delhi. For the aircraft industry, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Western ‘Intelligence’ Services

They were at it again last week, the liars of our Western “intelligence” community. John Bolton, the US under-secretary of state for arms control and one of Donald Rumsfeld’s cabal of pro- Israeli neo-conservatives, was giving testimony before the decidedly pro-Israeli sponsors of the Syria Accountability Act. Mr Bolton, who once ludicrously claimed that Cuba Read more…

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John Pilger: Lies and More Lies

EXACTLY one year ago, Tony Blair told Parliament: “Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing. “The policy of containment is not working. The weapons of mass destruction programme is not shut down. It is up and running now.” Not only was every word of this false, it was part of Read more…

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Stanley Aronowitz: Remembering Arthur Kinoy

Arthur Kinoy, best known as a leading civil rights attorney during the zenith of the protest phase of the movement during 1960s, and as a law professor who taught for some 20 years at Rutgers University, died in September 2003. He was 82 years old and lived in Montclair, New Jersey. Throughout his adult life Read more…

Joseph Stiglitz: The Global Benefits Of Equality

The world should have a vested interest in resolving inequality, not just protecting its own, says Joseph Stiglitz Picture yourself as a poor African farmer, scraping a living on a hectare or two. While you may not have heard of globalisation, you are affected by it:you sell cotton, which will be woven into a shirt Read more…

Kiichi Fujiwara: Prioritizing Japan-U.S. Relations or a Multilateral Diplomacy?

The rebuilding of both a nuclear nonproliferation system and a framework for multilateral consultations in Asia toes the line of postwar Japanese foreign policy. There is no denying that Japanese diplomacy is being tested by the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. However, the problems of Japanese foreign policy lie not only outside Japan Read more…

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Mike Davis: Our Summer Vacation: 20,000 Dead

Europe‘s long, hot, tragic summer begs a little North American background.   In July 1995, the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley in Chicago was an accomplice in the murder of more than 700 of its senior citizens. As temperatures climbed above 40C, the city’s airless tenements and skid-row hotels became charnel houses. Thousands of Read more…

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Mike Davis: Our Summer Vacation: 20,000 Dead

Europe‘s long, hot, tragic summer begs a little North American background.   In July 1995, the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley in Chicago was an accomplice in the murder of more than 700 of its senior citizens. As temperatures climbed above 40C, the city’s airless tenements and skid-row hotels became charnel houses. Thousands of Read more…

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Mustafa Barghouthi: Edward Said

What consolation is there for the passing of a great man? He does not leave behind a great void – rather a heaviness of spirit, a weight almost unbearable that mercilessly seems to crush the heart and render each breath an ordeal. But Edward Said was not just a great scholar, a brilliant mind, a Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

Here’s the real-life plot: A famous documentary filmmaker puts out a letter to a retired four-star general urging him to run for president. The essay quickly zooms through cyberspace and causes a big stir. For Michael Moore, the reaction is gratifying. Three days later, he thanks readers “for the astounding response to the Wesley Clark Read more…

United for Peace and justice: Open Letter

We write this letter because we have both been military officers during conflicts that descended into a moral abyss and from which we struggled to emerge with our humanity intact. We know the moral dilemmas that some of you have begun to confront. Those of you now in Iraq may have begun to wonder about Read more…

Jane Slaughtor: Auto Union Embraces Two-Tier Wages

The United Auto Workers’ new contracts with the Big Three automakers and two top suppliers signal the union’s unabashed acceptance of a two-tier system, both within the auto industry itself and between new hires and current workers. New-hires at two big parts supplier companies, Visteon and Delphi, will now be paid “competitive wage and benefit Read more…

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John Pilger: Media Censorship That Doesn’t Speak Its Name

Reducing journalism to a branch of corporate and government public relations is the hidden agenda of the media deregulators, in Britain and America. The Australian novelist Richard Flanagan was recently asked by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to read a favourite piece of fiction on national radio and explain his reasons for the choice. “I was Read more…

Dennis Hans: Passive Deceit

Dr. David Kelly, the British weapons inspector who took his life earlier this summer, would likely be alive today if the the best and brightest of British intelligence had not engaged in “passive deceit.” If they had not allowed a misinterpretation to lodge in the brains of the media and public, Kelly would not have Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Washington’s Dangerous Policy in Venezuela

In recent weeks U.S. officials have made a series of remarkably unfriendly statements against the government of Venezuela, and its President Hugo Chavez. This breach of diplomatic norms can only serve to worsen relations between the two countries. It also provokes resentment in Latin America — in the same way that the Bush administration’s decision Read more…

Ahmede Hussain: Bangladesh

Afsan Chowdhury, an independent media analyst and former correspondent of the BBC, believes it’s no secret that the intelligence agencies frequently tap phone calls. ” I was told that government agencies had tapped Selim Samad’s phone to track him down while he was running away from home fearing police arrest,” Afsan says. Samad, a stringer Read more…

Kavaljit Singh: Cancun Conundrum

The Fifth Ministerial Conference of World Trade Organization (WTO) held in Cancun during September 10-14, 2003, failed to arrive at any agreement on several contentious issues. Since Cancun Conference was expected to provide a further push to the Doha Round, both the proponents and critics were apprehensive about its outcome. To many critics, Cancun Conference Read more…

Guy Grossman: Open Letter to Soldiers Occupying Iraq

We write this letter because we have both been military officers during conflicts that descended into a moral abyss and from which we struggled to emerge with our humanity intact. We know the moral dilemmas that some of you have begun to confront. Those of you now in Iraq may have begun to wonder about Read more…

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Mustafa Barghouthi: Edward Said

Edward Said, who has died aged 67, was one of the leading literary critics of the last quarter of the 20th century. As professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, New York, he was widely regarded as the outstanding representative of the post-structuralist left in America. Above all, he was the most articulate Read more…

Omar Bargh: Edward Said: A Corporeal Dream not yet Realized

To me, and to many around the world, I suppose, Edward Said’s name will always be associated –above all other things — with beyond-ness … . He is (past tense can only be used with those of much humbler legacies) beyond death, as we’ve understood it, in the sense that the last tremor of his Read more…

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Mustafa Barghouthi: Edward Said

The last time I saw Edward Said, I asked him to go on living. I knew about his leukaemia. He had often pointed out that he was receiving “state-of-the-art” treatment from a Jewish doctor and – despite all the trash that his enemies threw at him – he always acknowledged the kindness and honour of Read more…

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Mark Engler: Ride Toward Freedom

In 1961, an interracial group of student activists boarded busses to commence a ride into the Deep South. Branded “niggers and nigger-lovers,” the Freedom Riders set out to desegregate interstate bussing and challenge the injustice of Jim Crow racism. Ultimately, they succeeded in altering the face the American politics.   Starting September 20, a new Read more…

Stan Goff: Bring The Troops Home Now

The war in Iraq is long over but the death toll — Iraqi and American — continues to mount daily. Whatever goodwill U.S. troops enjoyed in the immediate aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s fall is evaporating as Americans in uniform continue on as an army of occupation.   The already astronomical costs of the occupation are Read more…

Steven Hill: Emerging Democratic majority?

In their recently acclaimed book, “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” John Judis and Ruy Teixeira make the case that long-term demographic trends favor the Democratic Party. Given the electoral letdown suffered by the Democratic Party in the 2002 and 2000 elections, and also throughout the 1990s as the Democrats lost control of the Congress and the Read more…

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Mustafa Barghouthi: Edward Said

Tribute to Edward Said It is with heartbreaking sorrow that the Palestinian National Initiative announce the tragic death of Edward Said who passed away today after eleven years fighting leukemia. At this time our thoughts and love are with his family. We wish them strength and courage and assurance that Edward will be a man Read more…

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Mustafa Barghouthi: Edward Said

I just learned that Edward W. Said has died. Before reading how the corporate media will frame his obituary, I’ll say this: The world is far more empty place today. Almost a decade ago, I reviewed “The Pen and the Sword,” a collection of Said interviews with David Barsamian, published by Common Courage Press.While some Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: Edward Said, Dead at 66

Edward Said died in hospital in New York City Wednesday night at 6.30 pm, felled at last by complications arising from the leukemia he fought so gamely ever since the early 1990s. We march through life buoyed by those comrades-in-arms we know to be marching with us, under the same banners, flying the same colors, Read more…

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Mustafa Barghouthi: Edward Said

We mourn with greatest sadness the death today of Professor Edward W. Said. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Edward Said’s family, and we share our profound sense of loss with the many and diverse communities that loved and respected him. Professor Said maintained his relentless engagement with people, culture, and politics all Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Edsel Speeches

Quote of the day: “Officially, administration officials say that they had expected the drop in support for the president, and that they were not concerned about the turn of events.’We put out a memo three months ago predicting that this was going to happen,’ Dan Bartlett, the White House communications director, said. “But unofficially, some Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Iraq’s Occupiers

BAGHDAD – A culture of secrecy has descended upon the Anglo- American occupation authorities in Iraq. They will give no tally of the Iraqi civilian lives lost each day. They will not comment on the killing by an American soldier of one of their own Iraqi interpreters on Thursday he was shot dead in front Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Against the Press

BAGHDAD – Sewage is coming through the manhole covers, there’s still only 15 hours electricity a day and anarchy grips the streets of Baghdad, but yesterday America’s toothless Iraqi ‘interim council’ roared like a lion, issuing a set of restrictions and threats against – the press, of course. Aimed primarily at Arab satellite channels ‘Al-Djazeera’ Read more…

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Ben Dangl: Bolivia’s Gas War

A new cycle of conflict has developed in Bolivia as worker unions, coca farmers and ordinary citizens unite to prevent the sale of the nation’s gas reserves to the United States through a Chilean port.  In a country whose economic identity has been strongly shaped by U.S. pressure in the war on drugs and IMF Read more…

Tessa Morris-suzuki: When is a Terrorist not a Terrorist?

Imagine this scenario. A bomb is found at the home of a prominent Foreign Ministry official currently engaged in delicate international negotiations. The bomb is linked to a series of recent threats and attempted attacks on public buildings, all believed to have been carried out by the same political group. In one case, explosives were Read more…

Thierry Deronne: Struggle for the Land

[What follows is a transcript of a Press Conference on the International Conference of Resistance and of Solidarity of the indigenous peoples and peasants that took place in Venezuela, October 11 – 14, 2003, where leaders from all over Latin America, including Evo Morales of Bolivia, answered questions.  It was prepared by Thierry Deronne: Journalist, cofounder of the Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Nike Gets a Pass

Why did Marc Kasky settle his case against Nike for a $1.5 million payment to the Fair Labor Association, a group controlled by Nike and other major shoe manufacturers? Kasky, described in various press reports as a “labor activist” and “gadfly,” certainly deserves credit for filing a daring suit against Nike in a California state Read more…

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Paul Street: Why They Might Hate US

One year ago, I wrote a ZNet article originally titled “All About US: Missing Persons in the Great Iraq War Debate.” The thesis of this commentary was that last fall’s mainstream controversy over the White House’s apparent decision to invade Iraq – we know now that Bush signed up with the War Party as early Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Interviewing Aziz Choudry

ZNet: Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate? “Effective Strategies In Confronting Transnational Corporations” is the product of a collaborative research project which I recently coordinated for the Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN). With a secretariat in Manila, APRN was set up in 1999 to develop Read more…

Jeff Halper: Israel and the Empire

Jon Elmer, FromOccupiedPalestine.org: You use the term ‘matrix of control’ to describe the Israeli occupation. Can you explain exactly what that is and how it functions?Jeff Halper: The Israel-Palestine conflict is often framed in terms of territory: ending the occupation, a viable Palestinian state, and what that means in terms of territory. But two states Read more…

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Walden Bello: Implications of Cancun

The collapse of the Fifth Ministerial of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Cancun, Mexico, last Sunday, Sept. 14, was an event of historic proportions. Cancun has several massive implications. First, the collapse represented a victory for people throughout the world, not a “missed opportunity” for a global deal between North and South. Doha was Read more…

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John Pilger: the Betrayal Of Afghanistan

In a major article in The Guardian magazine, John Pilger describes Afghanistan since its liberation from the Taliban, which he filmed for his latest documentary, ‘Breaking the Silence’. Apart from notional freedoms, little has changed. The warlords installed to power by America are as bad as the Taliban, terrorising whole communities, and ensuring that 90 Read more…

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Elizabeth Martinez: The Immaculate Dictatorship

Most people in the United States and other countries would say that this country is extraordinary and probably unique in world history. They will cite its size, wealth, technology, power. They are not likely to mention its most remarkable achievement. The United States is the first immaculate dictatorship in modern times.. Unlike other societies where Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Resistance And Collaboration

As early as 1996, three years after the signing of the Oslo ‘peace’ Accords, Israeli military leaders drew up contingency plans for the re-conquest of the West Bank and the destruction of the Palestinian Authority. They called their plan “Field of Thorns” and in the spring of 2002 Sharon’s government began effectively to carry it Read more…

Philip Thornton: America Puts Iraq Up For Sale

Iraq was in effect put up for sale yesterday when the American-appointed administration announced it was opening up all sectors of the economy to foreign investors in a desperate attempt to deliver much-needed reconstruction against a daily backdrop of kidnappings, looting and violent death. In an unexpected move unveiled at the meeting in Dubai of Read more…

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Ted Glick: Arthur Kinoy, Revolutionary

“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve Read more…

Andrew Gumbel: White House Ambushed

LOS ANGELES — George Bush probably owes his presidency to the absentee military voters who nudged his tally in Florida decisively past Al Gore’s. But now, with Iraq in chaos and the reasons for going to war there mired in controversy, an increasingly disgruntled military poses perhaps the gravest immediate threat to his political future, Read more…

Tom Predmore: Soldier Dissents

For the past six months, I have been participating in what I believe to be the great modern lie: Operation Iraqi Freedom. After the horrific events of September 11 2001, and throughout the battle in Afghanistan, the groundwork was being laid for the invasion of Iraq.   “Shock and awe” were the words used to Read more…

Sean Gonzalves: What you talkin’ bout Wes?

Though Clinton is considered to be the poster boy for the “New Democrat,”historians may end up labeling him as the symbol of the Last Democrat. By out GOP-ing the Republicans during Clinton’s two terms in office, the Donkey Party is now facing an identity crisis. And the field of candidates out there right now, with Read more…

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