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Claire Theret: Days Under Fire

This document consists of diary entries from two British solidarity activists who worked with the International Solidarity Movement in Occupied Palestine. The entries are long, but both highly analytical and vividly descriptive. Claire’s journal — Aida Camp, Bethlehem Tuesday, 30 July Israeli television announces more suicide bombings are to come. At the Hebrew University in Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Interview With Noam Chomsky about US Warplans

Various questions are circulating among people worried about war. On August 29, 2002, Michael Albert put some of these to Noam Chomsky, via email. Here are the questions and his responses… 1. Has Saddam Hussein been as evil as mainstream media says? Domestically? Internationally? He is as evil as they come, ranking with Suharto and Read more…

Mohamed khaled El-azar: One Into Four

In laying the foundations for the 1991 peace conference in Madrid US Secretary of State James Baker was anxious to secure Washington’s role as primary sponsor of the Arab- Israeli peace process. He supervised all the arrangement for the conference, from the venue and guest lists to the agenda and gave various, if contradictory, assurances Read more…

Marwan Bishara: Unbuilding Babel

It is evident from recent statements coming out of Washington that Palestinians, Israelis and the international community speak three different languages. As a people under occupation, the Palestinians want a future free of Israeli domination. As occupiers, the Israelis demand unconditional surrender by all the Palestinians. The American-led international community is proposing a compromise that Read more…

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Amira Hass: Deterrents That Haven’t Deterred

The IDF and Shin Bet claim that demolishing the homes of terror suspects and expelling their families to Gaza is a deterrence that has already yielded results. Such an opinion relies on the ignorance or willful amnesia of the Israeli public. Senior IDF and Shin Bet officers depend on Israelis not taking note of the Read more…

Ali Abunimah: The Growing Clamor for Ethnic Cleansing

(AMMAN — August 27, 2002) — An Israeli organization has published detailed plans for the “complete elimination of the Arab demographic threat to Israel” by forcibly expelling all Palestinians, including Palestinians in the occupied territories and Palestinian citizens of Israel from the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea within a 3-5 year Read more…

Eric Margolis: The War only the Whitehouse Wants

NEW YORK — U.S. forces are rapidly massing in the Arabian Gulf to invade Iraq. Four heavy brigades have been positioned near Iraq, a huge new air complex is now operational in Qatar and American special forces are active in Iraqi Kurdistan. The White House is hoping its threats of war will provoke a coup Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Paramilitary Offensive Continues

[translated by irlandesa: 3 articles 1) update: another murder of a Zapatista in Olga Isabel Autonomous Municipality by paramilitaries and 2 & 3) Articles by La Jornada’s Hermann Bellinghausen on the paramilitary offensive] Brothers and sisters: Our New Olga Isabel Autonomous Municipality in Rebellion is denouncing the incidents of violence which are being carried out by Read more…

Sam Bahour: The Violence of Curfew

“Oh God, please tell Sharon to end the curfew by this Saturday so I can go to school.” This is how my secular, eight year old daughter, Areen, has put herself to sleep for the last two weeks. Areen, like so many others here, have turned to the divine powers to intervene in ending the Read more…

Autonomous Municipalities: 2 Zapatistas Murdered

[translated by irlandesa] San Manuel Autonomous Municipality   By means of this denuncia, we would like to make public the following incidents:   1. –  On August 22, several persons from the OPDIC organization met in Ach’lum Monte Líbano to organize a new action against the security checkpoint which our compañeros are maintaining at the Read more…

Carlos Fazio: The Southeast

[translated by irlandesa] There is renewed interest at some official diplomatic missions in Mexico in knowing what the EZLN is going to do in response to a foreseeable adverse ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice on the legality of the constitutional counter-reform on indigenous affairs.  The surprising change in the administrative leadership of the Read more…

Ecosolidaridad Andes: The Political Economy of a Narco-Terror State

Introduction Social and political upheavals – unlike any before – grip many nations in Latin America. The failure of neoliberalism to deliver prosperity is turning against many of the political parties there. The entire concept of liberal democracy is discredited and crumbling – serious change is in the air. Large US corporations and the IMF Read more…

Residents of Al-dabeik building: Interfere and Put an End to Our Human Suffering

Urgent appeal Since the beginning of the last invasion of Nablus the city has been subjected to different kinds of collective punishment by the Israeli military forces. One of these measures was occupying several buildings in the city and suburbs and transforming them into permanent military positions for the armored units occupying the city. During Read more…

Kontras Aceh: Aceh Backgrounder

The Indonesian province of Aceh, with a population of around 5 million, is located on the northern-most part of the island of Sumatra, about 1,000 miles from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Located strategically on the sea lanes between south and east Asia, it became the centre of a powerful trading empire during the 16th and Read more…

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Paul Burrows: The Saddest Thing About Netanyahu’s Visit to Canada is That Someone Actually Wants to Bring Him!

Binyamin Netanyahu is coming to Winnipeg on September 9th, and the local Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet-Winnipeg) is helping to organize a peaceful information picket and protest.  He is also making an appearance the next day in Toronto, which will be accompanied by the good folks of SPHR (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights).  However, it is Read more…

George Colman: Crisis and Creation in Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s reputation as a unique center of the arts, prehispanic ruins, colonial architecture and indigenous culture gathered international momentum in 1987, the year the United Nations designated the city part of the “patrimony of humanity”. That proclamation, harnessed to a an aggressive and attractive tourist campaign, led to a flourishing of articles in upscale magazines Read more…

Stan Winer: Summit Shame

The mass arrests of demonstrators and a blanket ban on civil society demonstrations during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg highlights the contradictions in a country where values have become dangerously eroded. Some might argue this typifies the legacy of underdevelopment inherited from colonialism and apartheid. Others, perhaps more convincingly, would argue Read more…

Rob Ritchie: Instant Runoff Voting in Alaska

This summer’s most exciting campaign for electoral reform will be decided on Tuesday, when Alaskans will vote on whether to implement instant runoff voting for most of their major elections. Instant runoff voting gives voters more power as it lets voters rank candidates (1, 2, 3) instead of settling for one. It requires candidates in Read more…

Dolores Camacho: The Inexorable Appropriation of Land by the Indigenous

[translated by irlandesa]   The Indians of Chiapas are not disappearing, there are not just a few of them, and they are not, obviously, a relative minority in a state.  As can be seen in the accompanying table*, the Indian population has been increasing, despite the various policies to which it has been subjected.  They Read more…

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Paul Burrows: The Saddest Thing About Netanyahu’s Visit To Canada Is That Someone Actually Wants To Bring Him

Nicholas Guyatt, The Absence of Peace: Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Zed Books, 1998), p. 49n Eitan cited in Nur Masalha, Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion (Pluto Press, 2000), p.174 Eitan has also referred to Palestinians as “cockroaches;” see Edward Said, Peace and Its Discontents (Vintage, 1996), p.149 The Netanyahu family tradition Read more…

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Paul Burrows: The Saddest Thing About Netanyahu’s Visit To Canada Is That Someone Actually Wants To Bring Him

Binyamin Netanyahu is coming to Winnipeg on September 9th, and the local Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet-Winnipeg) is helping to organize a peaceful information picket and protest. He is also making an appearance the next day in Toronto, which will be accompanied by the good folks of SPHR (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights). However, it is Read more…

Kontras Aceh: Aceh Backgrounder

The Indonesian province of Aceh, with a population of around 5 million, is located on the northern-most part of the island of Sumatra, about 1,000 miles from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Located strategically on the sea lanes between south and east Asia, it became the centre of a powerful trading empire during the 16th and Read more…

Romi Mahajan: Bhopal on Less than $40 a Day

“Living. Improved daily.” That’s the motto of Dow Chemical – global giant – the folks that lied about Dioxin, gave us poisonous silicone implants, and in 2001 merged with Union Carbide, the company responsible for the worst industrial accident in history—in Bhopal, India.  Behind the spin of the noble motto lies a company that has done Read more…

Chiapas Various: Urgent Call for Solidarity

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas August 21, 2002. To National and International Civil Society. To the National Indigenous Congress. To Non-Governmental Human Rights Organizations. To the National and International Press. The following is an URGENT call in order to demonstrate the worsening of tension in the state of Chiapas.  The various conflicts which have Read more…

Alfredo Castro: Open Letter to Plazas Vega

Dear Mr Plazas, I write to you in my capacity as a journalist specialising in human rights issues in our country in the hope that you may be able to answer a few questions for me regarding your past activities. To save you time I have tried to make my questions as brief as possible: Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Letter to a Pilot

I have read the interview given by your commander, Major General Dan Halutz, and, like many others in Israel and abroad, I was shocked. On July 23, one of your comrades (or perhaps you yourself?) dropped a one-ton bomb on a house in a dense residential neighborhood in Gaza. The aim was to execute, without Read more…

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George Monbiot: Earth Eating Summit

The German election could be the second this year to be won or lost on the environment. In New Zealand, the Labour Party failed to win its anticipated overall majority, partly because of its determination to approve the planting of genetically modified crops. The Greens, who did better than expected, have threatened to bring the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Wag The Puppy

Some people are suspicious that President Bush will go for a “wag the dog” strategy — boosting Republican prospects with a military assault on Iraq shortly before Election Day. But a modified approach now seems to be underway. Let’s call it “wag the puppy.” After a number of GOP luminaries blasted his administration’s war scenarios, Read more…

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Site Administrator: Invisible Children

In a July 11th article, the British weekly The Economist recounts the latest grim statistics on AIDS, noting emphatically that the 9,000 people who die each day from AIDS represents three times the number killed in the World Trade Center attacks. “If all men are created equal, all avoidable deaths should be regarded as equally Read more…

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Michael Albert: Grubacic Interviews Albert Regarding Parecon

1. Is there life after capitalism?   Yes, I think there is not only life after capitalism…but a menagerie of sorts — so the question becomes, which post-capitalist life do we want.   For example, there was the life after capitalism endured in the Soviet Union, and, somewhat differently, in Yugoslavia, Poland, and so on. Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Albert Interviews Grubacic Regarding the European Left

(1) The European Social Forum is coming up in early November. Broadly, what is its relation to the WSF. And what positive promise does it hold for a growing and unified European Left?   The European Social Forum is a chapter of the WSF and a part of what it is now being called a Read more…

Richard Norton-taylor: Don’t Trust Bush Or Blair On Iraq

Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons in the past is repeatedly cited by the US and British governments as justification for his removal from power now. But just what was their response to his use of poison gas against Iranian troops and Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s? Far from condemning his actions, they stepped up Read more…

Open Letter: Open Letter To UN Secretary General

August 21, 2002 Dear Friends: In the interest of contesting the current rush to war, we have composed the attached “Open Letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to Representatives of the Member States, on the Declared Intention of the United States to Commit Aggression Against Iraq.” The Letter calls into question the legality Read more…

Quit: Queer ‘Settlers’ Land on Berkeley Starbucks

About 25 queer settlers descended on a downtown Berkeley Starbucks on Saturday, August 17, claiming Berkeley as “a city without people for people without a city.” The group, organized by Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!), posted a banner proclaiming the reclaimed caf? “Queerkeley – A Prophecy Fulfilled.” They also erected homes (transformed “Palestinian civilian homes Read more…

Anjum Niaz: Americana Under Attack

A destructive and parodied image of America abroad scanned by the powerful Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) galvanized the White House to move swiftly and give US a makeover. Crafted by an independent task force of 35 experts on public diplomacy, the report, sponsored by the CFR, has robustly re-affirmed the world-view of a stereotype Read more…

San manuel autonomous Municipality: 4 Zapatistas Shot

[translated by irlandesa]   Today, August 19, 2002, at 6:30 in the morning, 22 vehicles (trucks, microbuses and Nissan vans) which were coming from Taniperla, Monte Líbano, Perla Acapulco and Peña Limonar, stopped in the village of Nuevo Guadalupe, at the Quexil crossroads, where there is a checkpoint set up by zapatista bases in order Read more…

Peter Mclaren: Educating For Social Justice And Liberation

What do you feel about the current state of educational criticism across the world? We hear terms such as democratic schooling and progressive schooling? Are they for real? What would these look like? Well in order to answer your question adequately, I will have to specify the context in which such ‘democratic’ and ‘progressive’ education Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Reparations

On a recent radio talk show a caller told anti-reparations crusader David Horowitz that reparations advocates didn’t give a hang what Horowitz thought about reparations. He assured listeners that reparations advocates would force America to own up to its nightmarish slave past and compensate blacks for their suffering. Horowitz shrugged off the criticism, insisted that Read more…

Dan Plesch: Bush May Get Un Support For His War

Opponents of an assault on Iraq assume that the US will not try to get endorsement from the UN security council. In fact, not only is the US likely to ask for security council support, but it will probably get it. To avoid being wrong-footed by such a move, opponents of the war need a Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Be Afraid: Be Very Afraid

 have always been a sucker for wide-screen epics. Ever since my Dad took me to see Quo Vadis – which ends with centurion Robert Taylor heading off to his execution with his bride on his arm – I’ve been on the movie roller-coaster. My dad didn’t make a great distinction between the big pictures and Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Nothing Happened

Nothing happened. Soldiers opened fire, no one was hurt. Not a thing happened. The soldiers evacuated the bullet-riddled taxi and its passengers from the zone of fire and no officer appeared: not to investigate, not to take testimony, not to explain, not to apologize, and above all not to show the soldiers that, after all, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Be Very Afraid

I have always been a sucker for wide-screen epics. Ever since my Dad took me to see Quo Vadis – which ends with centurion Robert Taylor heading off to his execution with his bride on his arm – I’ve been on the movie roller-coaster. My dad didn’t make a great distinction between the big pictures Read more…

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Michael Albert: Markets Über Alles?

Regular readers of Z know I frequently use this column to argue that private ownership yields grotesque inequalities, while markets: hide human relations, ensuring that economic calculations focus only on dollar profits   promote antagonism among buyers and sellers, yielding conflict and precluding solidarity   promote a class of intellectual workers dominating traditional workers, precluding Read more…

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Amira Hass: Making Life Difficult for the Palestinian Peace Camp

Some 700 Palestinian demonstrators in Bethlehem waited in vain on Saturday evening for activists from Ta’ayush Jewish-Arab Coexistence to arrive for a planned joint demonstration in the middle of the occupied city. When it turned out that the IDF would not allow the two sides to meet, they decided to use mobile phones and loudspeakers Read more…

Alice Hutchinson: Massacre in Oaxaca

The May 31st massacre of 27 indigenous campesinos in Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, reportedly carried out by nieghbouring villagers over a territorial land dispute, has done little to encourage the Mexican Government to initiate long awaited indigenous land reforms. President Fox’s refusal to tackle the issue leaves him a time bomb waiting to explode across a Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: The Rope

[Translated by Francisco González] ¿Do we really stir so much emotion in others? President Bush felt moved by the predicaments of Uruguay, even though there is no indication that he would be able find our country on a map. Could it be that he was touched by the abnegation of our own President–this good man ever so Read more…

Darren Smith: The Scotsman on Iraq

From the day we are born we are trained to be in awe of the rich and famous and powerful – they are the ‘stars’ and ‘starlets’, the ‘screen goddesses’ and ‘pop idols’ floating far above the heads of us ‘ordinary people on the street’. Like children laughing at grown ups, we are invited to Read more…

Firoz Osman: World Summit on Sustainable Development

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) will primarily focus on three pillars, namely social development, economic development and the protection of the environment. There is increasing scepticism whether this expensive exercise will have a meaningful impact on ordinary people, particularly in the developing world. Reviewing the history of the WSSD from the Stockholm Conference Read more…

Yugoslav Antimilitarists: Conscientious Objectors’ Rights

We would like to inform both local and foreign public as well as peace groups and other organisations for protection of human rights that the breaking of conscientious objectors’ rights by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Federal Ministry of Defence and the Yugoslav Army still continues. As stated in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Read more…

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Michael Albert: Participatory Economics Interview

KATE REDMOND: We’re in the studio today with Michael Albert, activist and author of several books, including Looking Forward from South End Press and Political Economy of Participatory Economics from Princeton University Press, and co-founder and editor of Z Magazine. Welcome to KFAI in Minneapolis.   MICHAEL ALBERT: Thank you very much for having me. Read more…

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