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Paul Street: State Of Deception

New Uses for Duct Tape What’s the old saying – “a picture is worth a thousands words?” I’ve always been a little skeptical about that phrase, but it was born out last Wednesday when George W. Bush’s “Boxgate” incident hit the airwaves. There was Bush extolling “free trade” (corporate globalization) and his latest regressive tax Read more…

Dennis Halliday: Anti War Statements

Statement by Denis J. Halliday — January 26, 2003 Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Former head of U.N. oil-for-food program The obscene haste of Bush to go to war, beside his friend Tony Blair, is very hard to understand. In the absence of any immediate threat to the Middle East, or to Read more…

Joseph Grim-feinberg: Divided But United Against Davos

On Saturday, January 25 a demonstration was scheduled to oppose the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.  Activists from across Switzerland and from neighboring countries prepared to converge on this small Alpine resort town where the leaders of the global economy have made a tradition of discussing their strategies of exploitation behind closed doors Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Left Turns In South America

“Instead of imitating Álvaro Uribe, Sánchez de Lozada should learn from Lula.” Evo Morales Excepting Colombia, as “traditional” political parties and national economies disintegrate, South America has moved swiftly left in the new millennium: just over a year ago, Argentina witnessed a mass uprising of unprecedented proportions, while neo-populist regimes are now in power in Read more…

Kristen Ess: Occupied Palestine

At 9 o’clock yesterday morning the Israeli military destroyed all of the bridges the lead in and out of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. Israeli tanks and helicopters then shelled the town for 18 hours. Night before last Israeli occupation forces invaded Gaza City. One of the houses they destroyed is Read more…

Yigal Bronner: Conscientious Objectors Abused by Israeli Military

Help Free Yoni Ben Artzi who was been tried for a seventh time, for a total of 196. Jonathan Ben Artzi’s (or Yoni as his friends know him) first experience with the Israeli justice system was a positive one. As a student at an elite Jerusalem prep school, he found that he could no longer Read more…

Mickey Z: IBM’s Gambit Declined

Just as we’re submitted to television spectacles of sprinters racing giraffes, Dylan Loeb McClain of the New York Times informs us “Garry Kasparov, the world’s top-ranked player and the former world champion, will play a $1 million, six-game match against a chess program called Deep Junior” (“If a Machine Creates Something Beautiful, Is It an Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: Sowing The Wind

When the Bush Administration threatened North Korea with nuclear weapons last year, it did more than ignite the present standoff in North Asia, it opened a Pandora’s Box of proliferation. The genesis of the present crisis goes back to the Administration’s 2001 Nuclear Policy Review (NPR), which proposed using nuclear weapons against non- nuclear nations, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: The Wartime Deceptions

The Israeli writer Uri Avnery once delivered a wickedly sharp open letter to Menachem Begin, the Israeli prime minister who sent his army to defeat in Lebanon. Enraged by Begin’s constant evocation of the Second World War – likening Yasser Arafat in Beirut to Hitler in his Berlin bunker in 1945 – Avnery entitled his Read more…

Simon Helweg-larsen: Media Imbalance And Escalated Violence

As U.S. Special Forces arrived in early January to train Colombian troops in the protection of oil pipelines, violence by both leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries soared. The first few days of 2003 were violent, with guerrillas branching out into a new form of attack—suicide car bombs—while paramilitaries continued their systematic executions. True to the Read more…

Mobilization Support collective: 5,000 Parents Of Conscripted Soldiers March In Bolivia

Translated by Forrest Hylton “I don’t want my son to become colonel or general after he’s dead. I want him with me now.” Mother of Conscripted Soldier There are four outstanding facts of the last two days, January 22 and 23: first, the participation of Felipe Quispe, leader of the highland Aymara peasantry, in the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Torturing Demcoracy

The richest country in the hemisphere, the United States of America, has a long history of interventions in Haiti- the poorest country in the hemisphere. On November 8th, 2002 Faiz Ahmad sat down with Noam Chomsky, MIT professor and world renowned critic of American foreign policy, to discuss the current situation in Haiti.   I’d Read more…

Stephen Kerr: Where’s The VX?

If you’re like me, you want to know where the VX is. On January 21, Richard Armitage acted out our need to know about chemical weapons on national TV. “Where’s the VX, where’s the sarin?” demanded an indignant Armitage of Saddam Hussein, in one of his more melodramatic performances as Deputy Secretary of State. But Read more…

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Joanne Landy: Democracy, “Regime Change,” and the Anti-War Movement

I would like to thank the Life After Capitalism group for organizing this gathering, a time of urgent need for international solidarity. This is indeed a frightening moment, when my government is trying to take advantage of the horrible events of September 11 to assert its predominance in an even more total way than it Read more…

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David Barsamian: Muckraking For Democracy

David Barsamian is the director of the award-winning syndicated audio program, Alternative Radio. AR is broadcast on 125 stations in the US and Canada and in more than 100 countries via short-wave. Barsamian travels the globe year-round, covering politics and corporate corruption in a candid and humorous way. His popularity is on the rise as Read more…

National youth And student peace coalition: Books Not Bombs!

The Bush administration is intent on plunging America into an illegitimate and pre-emptive war that will only increase danger for Americans and the world. At the same time education, healthcare, the environment, and the economy are being neglected. Its time for youth and students to take a stand for America’s future! ONE-DAY NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKE, Read more…

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Mark Steel: Playing Hide And Seek With Saddam

Has anything ever been such a complete waste of time as these weapons inspections? Does anyone believe that Bush might announce, “Well, we’ve looked absolutely everywhere and fair’s fair, there’s nothing there. I didn’t think Saddam had it in him to scrap the lot, but it just shows what even the worst of us can Read more…

Dennis Fox: From Affirmative Action To Reparations

George W. Bush’s attack on the University of Michigan’s affirmative action admissions policy came just weeks after he helped dump Majority Leader Trent Lott, whose offhand nostalgia for Strom Thurmond’s segregationist past tarnished the modern Republican image. The Bushies figure that fulminating against old-fashioned blatant racism provides cover for their more polite institutional variant. They’re Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

Translated by Forrest Hylton Two complaints have made it clear how the military, as well as the judicial and the executive, violate the human rights not only of people participating in the blockade but of their own troops. On January 20, the President of the Human Rights Assembly in Santa Cruz used the recourse of Read more…

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Jessica Azulay: Arresting Disobedience

This Article Was Originally posted as A ZNet Commentary. ZNet Commentaries are offered as premiums to people who help support Z projects. Find Out how you can join Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Washington, DC and San Francisco last weekend, yet it looks like the U.S. is probably going to war anyway. The Read more…

Jose Otero: Fear And Pain In Paya, Attack Leaves Four Dead

Four Kuna indigenous authorities were assassinated this weekend and two US and one Canadian reporter were kidnapped by a Colombian paramilitary group that attacked the villages of Paya and Pucuro, in the Darien, this past weekend. A group of 150 paramilitaries assassinated the leaders of the Kuna Paya village Ernesto Ayala, mayor; San Pascual Ayala, Read more…

Mickey Z: They Paved Paradise

Washington Post columnist, Howard Kurtz wrote about the latest controversy over SUVs…utilizing the corporate media’s standard version of cute. The January 22, 2003 piece, entitled “The New Axle of Evil” (see what I mean?), Kurtz takes on the “Detroit Project” which, he says is “being spearheaded by gadfly columnist Arianna Huffington.” Gadfly? Remember when Arianna Read more…

Mobilization Support collective: Bolivian Opposition Blockades Intensify Despite Repression

Asies_bolivia@yahoo.com Bulletin #1 January 20, 2003 Translated by Forrest Hylton On Sunday, January 19, the seventh day of mobilizations and blockades in Bolivia, a Joint Chiefs of Staff of the People was established in the city of Cochabamba. Grouped around the trade union federation, the Bolivian Workers’ Central (COB), the council is made up of Read more…

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Paul Street: Big Brother Bush, “Suicidal Saddam”, And The Homegrown Threat To Liberal Democracy

Beyond Democratic Constraint? It is hard to avoid the chilling conclusion that the corporate plutocrats and arch-imperialists in and around the Bush administration do not think they are required to speak or act with even moderate respect for the political intelligence and/or relevance of the citizenry. They believe that basic rules of evidence and democracy, Read more…

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David Edwards: Two Words: Government Lies

“Among all the things I’m going to tell you today about being a journalist, all you have to remember is two words: governments lie.” (US journalist I.F. Stone to journalism students) Machiavellian Passion Tony Blair “passionately believes” that Saddam Hussein must be confronted to avoid future regrets, the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan insists. (BBC News at Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: What is the point of Porto Alegre?

Susan George: The first Forum, in 2000, was about analysing the world situation, and I think as a movement we now largely share a common analysis. The second Forum last year was supposed to be more about making concrete proposals. As I understand it, this year is supposed to be about strategies and how we Read more…

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Robert Jensen: From The Streets Into The Studio

On a blustery Sunday morning outside the CBS studio in Washington, D.C., I shared a moment with veteran television journalist Bob Schieffer that spoke volumes about the sad state of democracy and journalism in the United States. Schieffer was inside, behind the glass wall. I was outside on the sidewalk with an antiwar contingent organized Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Without Justice There Can Be No Peace

One way to cover up a crime is to find a benign term that hides the violence and cruelty of the act. Such is the case with “transfer,” an idea increasingly being put forward in Israel as a solution to conflict with the Palestinians. Transfer conjures up images of a worker reassigned to a new Read more…

Karen Asfour: For A Nuclear Free Mid-East

The wheels of war roll on and it appears the world is getting closer to some type of armed conflict in the Middle East. In Pentagon war rooms, where the military huddle, planning for the coming battle, the possibility of using “low-yield earth-penetrating nuclear weapons” is being discussed. This is not only being debated in Read more…

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Robert Fisk: War Journalists Should Not Be Cosying Up To The Military

It looks like a rerun of the 1991 Gulf War. Already American journalists are fighting like tigers to join “the pool”, to be “embedded” in the US military so that they can see the war at first hand – and, of course, be censored. Eleven years ago, they turned up at Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, Read more…

Aviad Albert: Ta’ayush activists attacked by settlers on their way to plow fields with

Last Saturday, January 18, approx. 20 Ta’ayush activists, together with a few members of the CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams), went to South Hebron Hills region, in order to help Palestinian farmers to plow their land. Ta’ayush activists, who have established long-term relationship with the people of South Hebron Hills, and are working to prevent their Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Does Size Really Matter?

It’s been since the Million Man March in 1995 that I can recall such a stir surrounding disparities in crowd estimates suggested by government officials, media outlets and protest organizers, as that being kicked up in the wake of the January 18 demonstration in Washington, DC. With police estimates at 30,000 and organizers claiming 500,000, Read more…

Heinz Dieterich steffan: Ronald Reagan And The Venezuelan Strikes

Translated by José Luna On August 3, 1981 around 13,000 air controllers in the U.S. went to strike after failed negotiations with the federal government. The strike aimed at an improvement in wages as well as reductions on working hours. That same day, President Ronald Reagan declared the strike illegal and threatened all those involved Read more…

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Site Administrator: Latin America Strikes Back

I recently attended the OCLAE conference, a gathering of progressive students in Guadalajara, Mexico, which brought together more than a thousand delegates from across Latin America – and some sympathetic norteamericanos – to discuss and plan strategies to confront everything from rising tuition fees to the ubiquitous U.S. military intervention throughout the region. Returning from Read more…

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David Cromwell: Bombing It Better

On January 7, 2003, Media Lens published a Media Alert: ‘Moral Dark Age? Millions Of Suffering Iraqis: A “Blip” In The Global Economy?’. This was in response to a New Year comment piece in The Independent by economics correspondent Hamish McRae, titled, ‘A year when more realistic expectations should not lead to disappointment’, (The Independent, Read more…

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Zoltan Grossman: Dispatch From The Heartland

Menomonie, Wisconsin, Jan. 18, 2003 — Earlier today, I attended a rally opposing a new Mideast war, held in the small Midwest community of Menomonie (population 15,000), set amidst the rolling hills and dairy farms of northwestern Wisconsin. Despite a blustery winter day, with a wind chill hovering around zero, about 200 people turned out Read more…

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Gideon Levy: As Ramon Was Launched Into Space

As the first Israeli astronaut took off into space, tens of thousands of Palestinians, among them sick people, children and elderly people, tried to get from their villages to a nearby city. As Ramon’s satellite entered its orbit around the earth, they straggled through the mud and the rain, trying to break through the dirt Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bush’s New Tax Cut

Here we go again, as Ronald Reagan used to say. The Bush administration has already taken advantage of our most recent recession to pass a $1.35 trillion tax cut, of which 36 percent went to the richest one percent of taxpayers. These are people with an average annual income of $1.1 million. While most people Read more…

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Robert Fisk: This Looming War Isn’t About Chemical Warheads Or Human Rights: It’s About Oil

I  was sitting on the floor of an old concrete house in the suburbs of Amman this week, stuffing into my mouth vast heaps of lamb and boiled rice soaked in melted butter. The elderly, bearded, robed men from Maan – the most Islamist and disobedient city in Jordan – sat around me, plunging their Read more…

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Ted Glick: An Ill-Conceived Proposal

The first Democrat I heard calling for a reinstitution of the military draft was Frank Lautenberg last November during my Green Party campaign for the U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey that he ended up winning. This was perhaps the most dramatic of his efforts to counter the charge of Republican candidate Doug Forrester that Read more…

Annie Higgins: Children And Soldiers

As I was walking from the house at the top of the hill, occupied by Israeli forces from beginning to end of the sixteen-day invasion of Jenin Refugee Camp in October/November, schoolboys on the road asked me this question. It is a refrain that punctuates my comings and goings, and it is one that leaves Read more…

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Stephen Zunes: A US Invasion Of Iraq Can Be Stopped

Despite increased preparation for war, there is a growing perception that a U.S. invasion of Iraq can be stopped. There is little question that were it not for the anti-war movement, the United States would have gone to war against Iraq already. It was the strength of opposition to plans for a unilateral U.S. invasion Read more…

Mickey Z: Malpractice Makes Perfect

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” -Erma Bombeck Two articles in the January 17, 2003 New York Times offered a telling glimpse at what passes for health care in the home of the brave. First, in “White House Allows Limits on Emergency Coverage,” we learn that “the Bush administration has ruled Read more…

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John Pilger: George Bush’s Other Poodle

Strange days in Australia. “Paranoia in the lucky country”, say the headlines in Sydney, “Terror threat grips a nation”. The government of John Howard has issued full-page advertisements calling on Australians to protect their “friendly, decent society” from terrorists within by spying on each other. More than a thousand people have used a hotline “to Read more…

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Milan Rai: Material Breach

THE CRITICAL PHRASE A newspaper headline put it well: ‘What will be the trigger for war? As inspectors begin checking Iraqi sites, peace hinges on the interpretation of one phrase: “material breach” ‘ Curiously, the article that followed did not go on to explain what this crucial phrase meant, saying only that, ‘there are conflicting Read more…

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Edward Said: An Unacecceptable Helplessness

One opens The New York Times on a daily basis to read the most recent article about the preparations for war that are taking place in the United States. Another battalion, one more set of aircraft carriers and cruisers, an ever-increasing number of aircraft, new contingents of officers are being moved to the Persian Gulf Read more…

Eric Ruder: Death Row Shut Down In Illinois

  DECLARING THAT the death penalty system was “haunted by the demon of error,” Illinois Gov. George Ryan made history last weekend when he emptied death row. Ryan commuted the sentences of all 156 death row prisoners–a decision that is almost unparalleled in the history of America’s killing machine. “The only other thing that would Read more…

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John Pilger: We Say No To Bush’s War: Voices Of The Anti War Opposition

Socialist Worker has compiled an excellent anti war q&a based on interviews conducted with many different voices of the anti-war movement. Norman Solomon: Scene of a war crime to come You were recently in Baghdad. What do you think of the Bush administration’s claim that Iraq represents a threat to the U.S.? The evidence isn’t Read more…

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David Edwards: The Bitter Ironies Of Propaganda

“O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their Read more…

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Amira Hass: Terror As A Natural Phenomenon

A senior officer was asked last week if he thought the IDF could prevent a provocation by supporters of the “transfer” idea in the army and among the settlers of the West Bank, and foil any attempt at a mass expulsion of Palestinians. The officer offered the following as his answer. He gave as an Read more…

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