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EVIDENCE IS piling up of the Bush administration’s role in last month’s coup attempt against Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez. In the latest twist, two former National Security Agency officers told British newspapers that the Pentagon had forces on standby to provide “logistical support” to the coup makers. The operation almost worked. Following an oil industry Read more…

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Ali Abunimah: Q&A with Abunimah

Minneapolis, Minn.: Don’t suicide bombers prevent any prospect peace process from being successful? Islam forbids suicide — then why do suicide bombers commit this act in the name of religion? Ali Abunimah: I think that all violence against innocent civilians diminishes the prospects of peace, and this is certainly true of suicide bombings like the Read more…

Jennifer Lowenstein: Refugees Of Blood And Sand

There is a halo of blood on the ground where Huda died while sleeping last Tuesday night. Toddler-sized diapers lie strewn on the ground among the concrete heaps where the bedroom wall once was, and a single blue sandal, tiny as my fist, sat perched in a corner of the room on a wooden slab. Read more…

Joanne Wypijewski: The Wonder Years

 Since this is going to be a story about sex and children, let’s start with a bit of groping in the priests’ chamber. I must have been 12. My confederates and I, all suited out in our little Scout uniforms–demure blouse, ribbon tie, sash of merit badges across the chest, jaunty tam-o’-shanter–were mustered in the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: There Is A Solution To This War

Ariel Sharon’s “peace” plan presented to President Bush in Washington last night – get rid of Arafat, devise a more obedient Palestinian Authority and keep building settlements for Jews and Jews only on Palestinian land – is fantasy. That the Americans should smooth his way by claiming that Arafat’s need to reform his authority is Read more…

Jesús ramírez Cuevas: The Mexican State on Trial

[translated by irlandesa]   In an event unprecedented in the political and judicial history of Mexico, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation is facing the challenge of resolving more than 330 constitutional challenges, which have been lodged by municipalities in eight states, against the indigenous constitutional reform which was approved by the Legislative Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: A Travesty of Justice

Governor Jim Hodges of South Carolina turned “thumbs down”and allowed the State of South Carolina to kill an innocent man. In doing so he lied about crucial facts to make himself look good to the public as a tough-on-crime candidate for reelection in November. Hodges denied Richard Charles “Ricky” Johnson’s application for clemency and he Read more…

Frank Brodhead: September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

                                       “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”                                        — Martin Luther King, Jr.     Bombs were still falling on Afghanistan in mid-January when four Americans who had lost family members on September 11th came to Kabul. They were part of an informal group whose members had found each Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Venezuela after the Coup Attempt

More and more details about the attempted coup against President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela are beginning to emerge, although much of it still remains shrouded in mystery. The perhaps biggest unsolved mystery is who were the snipers who started the shooting at the April 11 demonstrations, which resulted in 17 dead, and provided the justification Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Brazilian Democracy Faces Obstacles from the North

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In this slum carved out of the hilltops overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Claudia de Andrade Burgo explains why she plans to vote for Lula, the presidential candidate of the Workers’ Party, in Brazil‘s 2002 elections. “He is from the people — the poorer classes. The Workers’ Party is more likely Read more…

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