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Robert Jensen: Texas Pledge Of Allegiance Law Undermines Democracy And Critical Thinking

Among its many dubious achievements this session, the Texas Legislature — in the name of promoting appreciation for democratic political values in the public schools — struck a blow against the critical thinking skills crucial for meaningful democracy. The Legislature passed, and Gov. Rick Perry last week signed into law, a bill ordering all school Read more…

Lausanne Solidarity declaration: Lausanne Solidarity Declaration

Major Protests have racked the G8 Summit in Evian. For background on the G8 and it’s policies read Global Showdown in Evian by Mark Engler, G8 and Aids relief By John Tarelton or Africa’s Scars by George Monbiot. A tremendous amount of police brutality, state repression, and debate about tactics has emerged. Printed below is the Lausanne Declaration Read more…

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Jason Leopold: The Iraq War Was Always Based On Lies

Here’s what we know so far about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction: of the 600 or so sites identified by United States intelligence and Iraqi officials as places where the country biological weapons may be hidden, about 100 of these sites have been searched over the past six weeks and not a single spec Read more…

Elizabeth Schulte: Mass Strike Brings Peru To A Standstill

THOUSANDS OF Peruvians defied a state of emergency to take to the streets last week in strikes and protests that have spread like wildfire across the country. Teachers began their national strike May 12, demanding higher wages. On May 26, farmers–asking for lower taxes on their crops and import protections–joined the strike, bringing the transportation Read more…

Dan Horowitz de garcia: Will Iraq Be The Next Puerto Rico?

US troops landed as liberators. The commanding officer read a statement proclaiming the dawn of a new age of democracy for the country. The populace was skeptical but there were those who greeted the Yanquis with open arms, happy to be rid of oppressors. The commanding officer was Nelson Miles, the populace spoke Spanish, the Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Throwing Precaution to The Wind

Since its founding, critics have complained that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is designed to strip sovereignty from nations, removing critical public policy decisions from democratic control. The world may now be entering an era when those abstract concerns become concrete in ways that will outrage millions of people — as well as imperil efforts Read more…

Alan Maas: They Are Stealing Our Future

CREATING JOBS. Making the tax system fairer. Helping U.S. families suffering from the economic slump. That was all a pack of lies. The real purpose of George W. Bush’s latest tax cut giveaway was made crystal clear when Republican leaders of Congress–and the White House hacks they worked with every step of the way–used a Read more…

Nick Dearden: May Day in Colombia

Mayday Colombia “The peace of the rich, is a war against the poor”graffitti on a wall in central Medellin Despite the horrors which face those fighting for better societies across the world, there are few countries on earth where trade union leaders can only access their offices by climbing out of a bullet proof jeep, Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: WTO: Worth The Organizing?

As North American activists prepare for protests around the forthcoming WTO meetings, it is worth pausing to reflect on the need for continued organization against a body that has come under attack by its own masters. The WTO symbolizes corporate hegemony and along with the IMF and the World Bank, represents the face of the Read more…

: The Mainstream Media on the Mainstream Media

*By Uyen Dias, Justin Podur, and Dan Freeman-Maloy A Hypothetical Newscast Picture this.  It’s the news on Canada’s public television network, the CBC.  The newscasters come on, and make the following broadcast. “In domestic news, Montrealer Adil Charkaoui was arrested earlier this week by CSIS, the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.  CSIS arrested Mr. Charkaoui Read more…

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Paul Street: No Class

Muddling Class: Populist Plutocracy and Millionaire Proletarians One of the more disturbing and dangerous aspects of American political discourse is its tendency to muddle class. For a host of reasons that have provided rich material for generations of academicians, Americans have long been exceptionally challenged in their ability to grasp and act against their steep Read more…

Thomas Nagy: War Crimes, US Planners And Iraq’s Water Vulnerability

Introduction At the time of the first Persian Gulf War (1991), the United States’ military planners knew that Iraq’s water supply facilities were vulnerable to sanctions. They were also aware that Iraq’s vulnerability, owing to the lack of crucial imports of chemicals and equipment required for the purification of water, could cause deaths, diseases and Read more…

Arnon Regular: No signs Of Eased Conditions In The West Bank

“The picture that emerged yesterday after a day of driving up and down and back and forth across the West Bank is of tens of thousands of people who have seemingly been thrown back into the Middle Ages, when the only mode of transport was by foot.” On road to Ramallah, thousands still travel by Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: The Day Of The Jackals

Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates. How many children, in how many classrooms, over how many centuries, have hang-glided through the past, transported on the wings of these words? And now the bombs have fallen, incinerating and humiliating that ancient civilization. On the steel torsos of their missiles, adolescent American soldiers scrawled colorful messages in Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Does The USA Intend To Dominate The Whole World By Force?

ANDY CLARKHello and welcome to Amsterdam Forum – Radio Netherlands’ interactive discussion programme.Today a special edition featuring the world-famous author and political activist Noam Chomsky.Professor Chomsky, once described by the New York Times as arguably the most important intellectual alive, is an outspoken critic of US foreign policy. He says, following the war in Iraq, Read more…

Motofumi Asai: The Bush Strategy and Japan’s War Contingency Laws

This article traces the fundamental shifts in Japanese contingency planning for war under pressure from the start of the Bush administration and particularly since 9/11. The author shows that the Koizumi administration’s security policy, and particularly the War Contingency Laws that passed the Diet on May 15, 2003, are not only in violation of the Read more…

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Jason Leopold: Wolfowitz Admits Iraq War Was Planned Two Days After 9/11

While the hawks in the Bush administration attempt to justify the logic behind a preemptive strike against Iraq now that its become clear the country’s alleged weapons of mass destruction are nowhere to be found, the true reasons for going to war are finally coming to light.   In his State of the Union address Read more…

Glen Rangwala: Evidence And Deceit: How The Case For War Became Unstuck

The disclosure from a British official that the “intelligence” dossier on Iraq’s weapons presented by Tony Blair to Parliament on 24 September last year was beefed up on Downing Street’s orders came as little surprise to those who have watched the British government’s use and suspected misuse of intelligence information over the past six months. Read more…

Walter Cronkite: Media Consolidation And Corporate Power

On June 2, the FCC will undertake the most massive reexamination of media ownership rules in the agency’s history. Their decisions will have profound implications on how Americans get their news and information, and from which sources. In an exclusive interview for WorldLink TV’s The Active Opposition: Your New$ and the Bottom Line, Walter Cronkite, Read more…

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George Monbiot: Africa’s Scar Gets Uglier

Perhaps the defining moment of Tony Blair’s premiership was the speech that he gave to the Labour party conference in October 2001. In June, his party had returned to office with a monumental majority. In September, two planes were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York. The speech appeared to mark his transition Read more…

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John Tarleton: On The Eve Of G8 Summit, Bush Delivers Emergency Aids Relief To Republican Allies

Having signed a five-year, $15-billion global AIDS relief bill days before the G8 Summit in Evian, France, George W. Bush is now asking Congress to trim more than $1 billion from this year’s funding. This is only one of many questionable features in an aid initiative that ostensibly signals a return to a more “compassionate” Read more…

Mickey Z: Top Gun Dubya Goes To Auschwitz

Top Gun Dubya is at it again. In a visit to Poland, President (sic) Bush compared the Nazi invasion of Poland and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to 9/11…and managed to use these examples to bolster his case for “pre-emptive strikes.” He said: “Aggression and evil intent must not be ignored or appeased. They Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: The Roadmap Hoax

Don’t waste your time fretting over the fortunes of the “road map” to peace in the Middle East. It’s all a fraud, following the contours of all the other frauds down the years, back to such museum pieces as the Rogers Plan, conceived in Nixon time. The recipe is unvarying. The Palestinians are required to Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Calling For A Media Crimes Tribunal

By late May, no one in Washington wanted to talk about Iraq any more. Iran had become the enemy du jour as all the familiar tools of media demonization were trotted out as if they were in some playbook of well-worked but successful scenarios for orchestrating crises. The same neo-conservative cast of strategists that gave Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Arundhati Roy on Empire and the Corporate Media

Arundhati Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. It has sold six million copies and has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide. She has also written three non-fiction books: The Cost of Living, Power Politics and her newest book War Talk, Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: Exacerbation Of Exploitation Through FTAA

Exploitation is hardly a new phenomenon in Latin America. From the earliest days of conquest and colonization, the southern regions of the western hemisphere were violated and transformed by Europeans for the sole purpose of reaping indigenous riches, both mineral and manual. While the forces of Imperialism changed hands from Europeans and their offspring to Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Troops Are Afraid To Go Out At Night

I was travelling into the Shia Muslim Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on Friday evening when three American soldiers jumped in front of my car. “Stop the car, stop the car!” one of them shouted, waving a pistol at the windscreen. I screamed at the driver to stop. He hadn’t seen them step into the road. Read more…

David Miller: Unspinning The Globe

What does Public Relations mean to you? Sharp suits and beguiling smiles? Off the record hints and misinformation? Public Relations has a bad image. The dismissive phrase ‘it’s just PR’ encapsulates a lot of what people everywhere feel about PR. It is about lies, manipulation and spin. Not about substance or reality. The phrase also Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Covering The Middle East

Pacifica Over the course of a quarter century  covering the Middle East can you describe the kinds of press restrictions you have been operating under at different times?   Fisk: You know I think we mischaracterize it with the word restrictions. In most cases journalists turn up on assignments on major stories, certainly in the Read more…

Joseph Grim-feinberg: The Ontology Of The Post Communist Right

At a conference near Bratislava in February, I was speaking with the director of a respected academic exchange program, based in Prague. She said with some fury in her voice that the Czech Republic and Slovakia must reform their educational systems to resemble those of “normal” countries. I asked her what a normal country was, Read more…

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Yves Engler: Capital’s Logic, People Resisting

There were demonstrations of 600,000 people in Paris and 90,000 in Germany this past Sunday. Strikes have paralyzed both France and Austria recently. In Peru on Tuesday President Alejandro Toledo declared a 30-day state of emergency and sent troops into the streets to end strikes by teachers and many others. What is happening? On the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon Interview

Michael Albert on Participatory EconomicsAn Interview with Justin Podur Michael Albert’s book, Parecon: Life After Capitalism, has recently been published by Verso Press.  He was interviewed by Justin Podur, a writer and activist based in Toronto.   Justin Podur: Before we get into concerns about participatory economics in your new book, can you give a Read more…

Duncan Campbell: Murdered with Impunity

Selvyn says he is 14 but he looks about eight. His feet are bare, his clothes torn and his eyes heavy with the effects of sniffing a powerful glue. His home is nearby, beneath the stars and beside a municipal rubbish dump. His neighbours are other street children – equally feral and ragged and loaded Read more…

Aboeprijadi Santoso: Another Timor massacre must be avoided

Indonesia’s past experience with East Timor has been a lesson of political, military and human disaster. Jakarta’s assault in Aceh, a province suffering from human rights abuses, puts the locals’ hearts and minds at stake. Far from solving the problems, it risks a greater danger. In February 1989, in a meeting with local civil servants Read more…

Sanjay Basu: Patents and Pharmaceutical Access

The 56th World Health Assembly–the annual health meeting at which the World Health Organization’s (WHO) directives are set for the year–ended this week in Geneva after a long round of discussions on the continuing SARS saga. Press coverage of the Assembly also focused on the completion of a tobacco control resolution, which the U.S. delegation Read more…

Yoichi Funabashi: Emerging From the Shadow of the Black Ships

“In the century and a half since (Commodore Matthew) Perry came to Japan, Japan-U.S. relations have probably never been better,” gushed Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, on the eve of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s departure for summit talks with U.S. President George W. Bush. Patting itself on the back, the government is chalking up Read more…

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Neve Gordon: The Bad Fence

JERUSALEM: Although Mazmuriah is located less than 20 minutes drive from my Jerusalem apartment, all roads connecting the small village to the city have been blocked off.Using roundabout roads which wind across the hilly terrain of the southern Jerusalem municipal border, it took us more than an hour to reach the village. The Palestinian residents Read more…

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Mark Engler: Global Showdown In Evian

Evian, France — the world capital of designer water — may be a fitting city to host the heads of state from the eight most powerful industrial nations. But the image of wealthy leaders sipping “l’original” gourmet H20 will hardly help the G8, as the exclusive group is known, to defend itself against charges of Read more…

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Mark Steel: Truth, Lies and Weapons Of Mass Destruction

I think I’ve detected a new type of Gulf War Syndrome, a shocking disease that attacks the nervous system. It afflicts anyone defending the latest Gulf war, making them see piles of imaginary weapons. For example, one American soldier, interviewed after his regiment shot dead 14 demonstrating Iraqis, said his regiment was under attack, adding: Read more…

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Amira Hass: The State Sharon Is Talking About

Talk and declarations have more influence than facts and actions on the ground. This can be seen once again in the contradictory reactions – furious or welcoming – to the government’s approval of the road map and to the fire-breathing statements by Ariel Sharon that it’s wrong to rule over 3.5 million Palestinians, that occupation Read more…

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Paul Krugman: Stating the Obvious

The lunatics are now in charge of the asylum.” So wrote the normally staid Financial Times, traditionally the voice of solid British business opinion, when surveying last week’s tax bill. Indeed, the legislation is doubly absurd: the gimmicks used to make an $800-billion-plus tax cut carry an official price tag of only $320 billion are Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: Body Counts

The western media focused on the number of civilians killed in Iraq, but the country’s ill-prepared armed forces suffered far greater losses All over Baghdad on walls of mosques or outside private homes, pieces of black cloth inscribed with yellow lettering bear witness to the thousands of Iraqis killed in the American-led war. Only if Read more…

Chris Appy: War: 1968/2003

A few weeks ago I picked up the morning paper and, for the first time in months, there was no front-page story on Iraq. My response? I went right to the sports section. I knew I was indulging a delusion. Real peace had not arrived. Events in Iraq were as chaotic and distressing as ever. Read more…

Mark Harris: Media’s Pro War Campaign

‘We Must Arrest the Leaders of the Anti-War Movement,” declares the Web site of syndicated radio personality and newly minted MSNBC host Michael Savage. To protect our troops, Savage argues, we should resurrect the Sedition Act of 1918 and make criticism of the government illegal during wartime. Being a student of history, I’m familiar with Read more…

Haggai Matar: The Refuser Solidarity Network

Haggai Matar is a 19 year-old Israeli who is one of the founders of the Shministim, an organization of high school seniors who refuse to serve in the military. He has now been court martialed and is facing up to three years of imprisonment for his actions. Haggai gave this interview from prison. 1. Could Read more…

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Jason Leopold: US Plans To Overthrow Iranian Regime

Here we go again. While postwar Iraq continues to crumble, the Bush administration is now setting its sights on a new target—Iran—in its so-called effort to reshape most of the Middle East and bring democracy to countries ruled by vicious dictators. But the Bush administration is again relying on flimsy evidence and thin intelligence information Read more…

Annie Zirin: GE Workers Ready To Strike

LYNN, Mass.–General Electric (GE) retiree Peter Dow once dreamed that when he retired he would take trips to Florida or go camping with his grandchildren in New Hampshire. But, as he told the Boston Globe, his pension of $850 a month leaves him struggling to stay afloat. With his co-pay for his GE health plan Read more…

Vladimir Tikhonov: A Century Apart, But the Resemblance Is Uncanny

The U.S. aggressors call their occupation of Iraq Operation Iraqi Freedom.  That is, their invasion was a liberation war for Iraqis.  The similar case of this false piety can be found in the modern history of the Asian and Pacific region.  When Japanese imperialism started the Sino-Japanese War on the Korean peninsula in 1894, it Read more…

Satya Sagar: Spanking the Empire

How absolutely brilliant !The United Nations, the United States and the United Kingdom are all a United Family once again. And how so ? By getting the UN Security Council to end 13 years of sanctions against Iraq and legitimizing its occupation by the Anglo-American forces. The French, German and Russian foreign ministers tell us Read more…

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Scott Burchill: People Are Going To Be Slaughtered

Delivering the 25th annual Menzies lecture last October, foreign minister Alexander Downer declared that “bit by bit, leaders of governments that suppress human rights are being made to feel uncomfortable, however much they bluster and hide behind sovereignty arguments.”Towards the end of his oration, Mr Downer praised NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999, suggesting Read more…

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