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Andrej Grubacic: Towards An Another Anarchism

Rough transcript of a talk given by Andrej Grubacic as part of the Life After Capitalism forum (WSF3, Porto Alegre, 2003.) A friend of mine has written recently that: “no one needs another -ism from19th century, another word which imprisons and fixes meaning, another word that seduces a number of people into the clarity and Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Corporations, War, You

One thing is clear about the Bush administration’s current rush to war: It has nothing to do with protecting U.S. security.   There is no evidence nor reason to believe that Iraq possesses nuclear weapons. The Iraqi military is among the weakest in the Middle East. And the CIA says that Iraq does not pose Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Colin Powell Is Flawless — Inside A Media Bubble

There’s no doubt about it: Colin Powell is a great performer, as he showed yet again at the U.N. Security Council the other day. On television, he exudes confidence and authoritative judgment. But Powell owes much of his touted credibility to the fact that he’s functioning inside a media bubble that protects him from direct Read more…

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David Edwards: Tortured Liberals

Army Of Mothers On January 29 the front page of the Daily Mirror carried a full-page picture of Tony Blair with dripping red fingers and palms. The title in large letters: ‘Blood On His Hands’. On pages 4 and 5, John Pilger’s article, ‘Bloody Cowards’, was illustrated with a large picture of three Iraqi soldiers Read more…

Humeira Iqtidar: Health Care Privatization In Pakistan

Gen. Musharraf’s regime virtually became an ordinance passing factory last year, trying to force through as many laws as possible before the current period of quasi-democracy started in October 2002. Pressure by the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) was often the primary motivation behind these laws, with the Punjab Health Ordinance being no exception. The Punjab Read more…

Scott Ritter: Dismissing Powell

TOKYO – Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Thursday dismissed U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s allegation before the U.N. Security Council that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction as “unsubstantiated” and based only on “circumstantial evidence.” “There’s nothing here that’s conclusive proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction,” Ritter, a former Read more…

Justin Delacour: Can you believe Venezuela’s pollsters?

Over the last year, several correspondents in Venezuela have repeatedly attempted to portray Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as an unpopular leader. The most common basis for these statements has been the recitation of “polls” claiming that Chávez’s approval rating is down to around 30 percent. The commercial media correspondents rarely cite the source of their Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Powell Presentation

Sources, foreign intelligence sources, “our sources,” defectors, sources, sources, sources. Colin Powell’s terror talk to the United Nations Security Council yesterday sounded like one of those government-inspired reports on the front page of The New York Times – where it will most certainly be treated with due reverence in this morning’s edition. It was a Read more…

Michael Mandel: Resolution 1441 And The Security Council

According to President Bush, though further Security Council authority would be “welcome,” there is already enough authority for a war against Iraq in Resolution 1441, passed last November. Our independent Canadian leaders seem to be saying the same thing. This is supposed to be a way of showing support for the United Nations. But Resolution Read more…

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Pablo Ortellado: Whose Movement?

I guess it was on year 2000, while organizing for the S26 protests when I first heard about the World Social Forum (WSF). The idea was to have a permanent counter forum to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the meeting of corporations’ CEOs, governments’ officials and academic leaders to discuss global Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: Responding To Colin Powell

By If one believes everything Colin Powell said to the Security Council yesterday, one’s first response ought to be that there’s no reason to fight a war, since U.S. surveillance capabilities are so awesome that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) can easily be found. And one’s first question should be why has the United Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Powell Doctrine Or Doctrinaire?

It used to be called the Powell Doctrine. Yesterday, it sounded pretty doctrinaire. The thesis: Overwhelm your adversaries. Never fight a war you won’t prevail in. And so, Overwhelming force was the mantra again yestrday at the UN as the New York Times notes, we saw a replay of that approach yesterday in his 79 Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Another Forum is Possible

      It was the first World Social Forum, 2001. The teleconference between representatives of the WSF and the World Economic Forum in Davos was already tense, when Hebe de Bonafini –the spokesperson of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo— told George Soros “I actually have nothing to talk with someone like you”. She meant, Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: To Say No

[Translated by Francisco González] The President of our planet announces his next killing campaign in the name of God and Democracy. Thus he defames God, and he also defames Democracy, which has barely managed to survive despite the dictatorships that the United States have been establishing all over the world for over a century.Bush’s Government–which Read more…

Stan Winer: South Africa

There was a time in South Africa when political activists thought all that was required for change to occur was to dangle before the working class a revolutionary program of action, and the working class would spontaneously rise en masse. How wrong they were. Eight years after the formal demise of apartheid, there is still Read more…

Stephen James-kerr: The ‘Modified Vehicles’ Powell Forgot To Mention

Colin Powell was full of fire and brimstone in the UN Security Council Chambers yesterday. Iraq had once again committed an outrage. “The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction pose to the world. Let me now turn to those deadly weapons programmes and Read more…

Joao Penha: The Trap of the Participatory Budget

SAO PAULO, Oct. 29 — Immediately after the Oct. 27 landslide election of Workers Party (PT) presidential candidate Luis Inacio (Lula) da Silva, editorials in the world major financial daily newspapers began telling Lula, as he is known widely in Brazil, exactly what he must do in the economic arena if he is to be Read more…

Etsuko Urashima: Okinawa Base Dooms Dugong

Plans to transfer a U.S. military airfield to Henoko in northern Okinawa have been fiercely, but in the end abortively, contested by Okinawan citizens. Construction of the airfield is now imminent in the coral sea off Henoko, the home of the dugong, a large water mammal that is a highly endangered species. Opponents of the Read more…

Nobumasa Tanaka: Yasakuni Shrine, Japanese Nationalism, and the Constitution

The Yasukuni shrine to Japan’s war dead, more specifically to those who gave their lives for the Japanese emperor, has long been a center of controversy in postwar Japan. Now it becomes the focus of a series of judicial challenges to its constitutional legitimacy. This article discusses court actions arising from Prime Minister Koizumi’s formal Read more…

Alok Agarwal: The Narmada Valley

The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has been fighting against the development of big dams in India’s Narmada river valley. Big dams have displaced tens of millions of people already and disrupted much of rural India, without solving any of the problems they claim to solve. The NBA is a genuine people’s movement that has grown Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Don’t Mention The War In Afghanistan

There’s one sure bet about the statement to be made to the UN Security Council today by the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell – or by General Colin Powell as he has now been mysteriously reassigned by the American press: he won’t be talking about Afghanistan. For since the Afghan war is the “successful” Read more…

: Reflections on The 3rd World Social Forum

‘If we agree that the most important characteristic of the Forum is the ‘open space’ it offers for free exchange, then especially at the present juncture in history, the World Social Forum needs to make it its task to promote the idea of open space as a general political culture in civil and political work. Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The “gunfight” At The Un Corral:

The media will outnumber the diplomats at the UN today as the curtain rise on what may be the end game of the pre-war phase of the Iraq crisis. Colin Powell had been rehearsing all weekend as his aides and an army of speechwriters stitched together a well-calibrated presentation to spin raw intelligence into persuasive Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The “gunfight” At The Un Corral:

By The media will outnumber the diplomats at the UN today as the curtain rise on what may be the end game of the pre-war phase of the Iraq crisis. Colin Powell had been rehearsing all weekend as his aides and an army of speechwriters stitched together a well-calibrated presentation to spin raw intelligence into Read more…

Karen Talbot: War For World Dominance

George Bush’s recent State of the Union speech should alarm the people of our country and the entire planet about the perils facing us all-and they are not the ones he spoke of with arrogance, lies, and threats. The true significance of his words is yet to be fully comprehended by many of us. The Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Smoking Guns And Big Guns: The Us Drive To War

The world’s attention Wednesday was trained on what Secretary of State Colin Powell said at the United Nations, but far more crucial was what he didn’t say. Most important was the one word at the core of plans for war but which never crossed Powell’s lips: Oil. That word cannot be spoken by U.S. policymakers, Read more…

Sebastian Hacher: Bolivia: Eradicate Coca-Cola

Carrying with him only a bag of coca to ¨pijcear¨(chew) for energy during his way, and a sling with which to defend himself, Javier, a 50 year old campesino (peasant) from “The Chapare” a rural region in Bolivia, left his home in the early morning on January 13th. Before the sun rose, he met five Read more…

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Roberto Savio: Smaller Is Better

The third edition of the World Social Forum represents an important moment in the movement’s history, whether for the multitude of participants, the decision to hold the next meeting on another continent, or for the institutionalization of the parallel forums accompanying it. It is also important because it has achieved the unification of the two Read more…

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Paul Street: Citizens Or Spectators

The White Man’s Burden: “To Shock and Awe” We are drifting quickly downstream towards a terrible historical waterfall. In “a matter of weeks, not months,” America is reported likely to unleash world’s history most lethal military machine on Iraq – a poor, battered and effectively disarmed nation that poses minimal danger even to its own Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Powell’s Dubious Case

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the UN Security Council on February 5 wasn’t likely to win over anyone not already on his side. He ignored the crucial fact that in the past several days (in Sunday’s New York Times and in his February 4th briefing of UN journalists) Hans Blix denied key Read more…

Paul Longmore: Telling It Like It Is

We are here today because our civil rights are under attack. We are here because some of the top leaders of the Democratic Party in California have betrayed their promise to defend those rights. We are here to demand that they honor their pledge. We are here to warn every elected leader, Democrat and Republican, Read more…

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George Monbiot: A War of Terror

Last week, on the day George Bush delivered his State of the Union address, the Pentagon received a visitor. A few hours before the president told the American people that “we will not permit the triumph of violence in the affairs of men”, General Carlos Ospina, head of the Colombian army, was shaking hands with Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: Priceless Values

Translated by Simon Helweg-Larsen Recently, in many countries at once, numerous popular demonstrations have been staged against the warring vocation of the Masters of the Planet. In the streets of many cities, these demonstrations give testimony to another possible world. The world as it is sweats violence out of every pore and is submerged in Read more…

Mickey Z: Taking Up Space

Within 24 hours of the Columbia Space Shuttle accident, NASA made three announcements worth examining. On Sunday, February 2, as reported by AP writer, Pam Easton, “NASA warned members of the public Sunday against trying to sell purported Columbia debris on eBay, as local law enforcement agencies struggled to cordon off and protect the hundreds Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Academic Boycott: In Support Of Paris VI

In April 2002, following Israel’s “operation” in Jenin, first calls for institutional academic boycott of Israeli universities appeared in England and in France.  The British petition called to freeze European Union contracts with Israeli university as long as Israel continues its present policy.  What started as the individual voice of concerned academics, has become lately Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky On The Anti War Movement

Matthew TempestTuesday February 4, 2003 Noam Chomsky: The [peace] demonstrations were another indication of a quite remarkable phenomenon. There is around the world and in the United States opposition to the coming war that is at a level that is completely unprecedented in US or European history both in scope and the parts of the Read more…

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David Edwards: Questions For Tony Blair

Below we present an analysis detailing the development of Tony Blair’s stance on Iraq. It shows quite clearly that Blair’s conversion to fearing Iraq as an alleged terrible threat to UK security occurred dramatically about twelve months ago after many years of failing to mention any such threat, and at around the same time that Read more…

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Steve Ellner: General Strike Organized Against Chavez Crumbles

The general strike organized by opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, now entering its eighth week, has been crumbling. Although the South American nation’s economy has lost hundreds of millions of dollars due primarily to a work stoppage which paralyzed the state oil industry, backing for the strike and its leaders has withered. In a Read more…

Sanjay Basu: Behind Dramatic Declarations: Bush’s AIDS Plan

Winning praise from the editorial staffs of The Washington Post and The New York Times, Bush’s AIDS plan has been described as a wonderful “surprise” to those working against the global pandemic–a turnaround from previous policy, especially for a White House that has for so long been strongly connected to the patent-based pharmaceutical industry. Even Read more…

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Ralph Nader: Oil War?

Despite well-known ties to Big Oil, Bush Administration officials have managed to keep a straight face as they insist that the drive to war against Iraq is motivated only by an effort to eliminate weapons of mass destruction and establish democracy. Tomorrow we’ll see what evidence Secretary of State Powell presents to the United Nations. Read more…

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Michael Albert: WSF: Where To Now?

[This is an essay in progress…modest changes will be incorporated until its final version appears in Z Magazine, in March 2003. Ideas for improvements are welcome — mail to sysop@zmag.org — most recent changes 02/05] The worldwide Social Forum phenomenon is thriving. In contrast, the World Social Forum once-a-year international event has run up against internal limits Read more…

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Naomi Klein: More Democracy – Not More Political Strongmen

The key word at this year’s World Social Forum, held this week in Porto Alegre, Brazil, was “big”. Big attendance: more than 100,000 delegates in all. Big speeches: more than 15,000 crammed in to see Noam Chomsky. And most of all, big men. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the newly elected president of Brazil, came Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Target Iraq: What the News Media Don’t Tell Us

1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate? The book is primarily an assessment of key lies and omissions in the U.S. government’s push toward war on Iraq. The subtitle — “What the news media didn’t tell you” — may be overly ambitious, since it Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Get Up, Stand Up

Last week at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, I talked with dozens of people from around the world. I learned a lot about the struggles for justice in their countries, but the most important lesson I brought home was about my own country.   The question I thought people at the Forum Read more…

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David Bacon: Anti-China Campaign Hides Maquiladora Wage Cuts

GOMEZ PALACIOS, DURANGO (1/27/03) — For decades, US workers have been told their wages were too high — that higher labor costs would force their employers to move to Mexico. Now Mexican workers, whose numbers on the border have mushroomed in the last three decades, are on the receiving end of the same threat. This Read more…

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Robert Jensen: The message from Porto Alegre to the United States: Restrain the empire

Last week at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, I talked with dozens of people from around the world. I learned a lot about the struggles for justice in their countries, but the most important lesson I brought home was about my own country. The question I thought people at the Forum would Read more…

Barbara Miner: Tuition Tax Credits

I have been writing about vouchers for more than a decade. Hardened as I am to often arcane voucher debates, three words still send shivers into my brain. Tuition tax credits. Please, don’t stop reading. Yes, taxes scare everyone. And only nerdy policy wonks – you know, the ones with plastic pocket protectors in their Read more…

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Neve Gordon: The Empire Strikes Back

Nine Palestinian farmers were taken to the nearby military base. When they arrived soldiers jumped on them, tied their hands behind their backs and fixed a piece of cloth around their eyes.  They were led to a deserted area in the base and told to sit on the ground, while the soldiers threatened, and cursed Read more…

Calvin Tucker: Chavez Is On The Offensive

It is one of life’s little ironies that the impending reopening of that symbol of American capitalism, McDonalds Hamburgers, which is still on “strike” against the Venezuelan government, will be hailed as a victory for President Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. But perhaps we should not be too surprised. This is, after all, the country Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Waiting For The Missiles In Baghdad

BAGHDAD — Picture yourself as an American reporter here in the Iraqi capital. You’re based in one of the fraying rooms at the Al Rashid, the large hotel where most Western journalists stay. There’s plenty to cover, but the obstacles are daunting. Iraq’s government often makes things difficult: “Minders” accompany you. Interviews with top officials Read more…

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