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Robert Jensen: President Bush plans an unprecedented shift of almost half of government

President Bush’s announcement last week of his intention to privatize up to half the federal workforce came with the usual confident talk about reducing government costs and improving services.Market ideologues may believe that, but there is no reason citizens should be so gullible. Instead, we might ask critical questions about the likely consequences of large-scale Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: The India Pakistan Conflict

      These are dismal times for peace. Since the tests of May 1998 and their overt nuclearization, Pakistan-India relations have visibly deteriorated. Crisis has followed crisis and nuclear weapons have played an increasingly prominent role. The massive military mobilisation and threat of war in spring of 2002 exposed several important features of the dynamics shaping nuclear Read more…

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Amira Hass: Fatah’s Failure

Among Palestinians, the Fatah movement is known as a “supermarket” – a mix of ideologies, with a variety of social and behavioral movements. Left and right, religious and secular, with those who support the right of return and those who gave it up, fabulously rich and desperately poor, sycophants and self-critics, senior officials who still Read more…

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Edward Said: Waiting on a Countervailing Force

Although I have visited England dozens of times, I have never spent more than one or two weeks at a single stretch. This year, for the first time, I am in residence for almost two months at Cambridge University, where I am the guest of a college and giving a series of lectures on humanism Read more…

Eser Keskiner: A Murdered Turkish Cypriot Columnist

As any attention of the international community is focused on the negotiations to find a solution to the Cyprus problem by the end of the year, the European Court of Human Rights is coming closer to announcing its verdict on a case that has drawn much attention, at least among Cypriots. The case against Turkey Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: When Bush And Ashcroft Promise To Uphold Rights, Beware!

After the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Attorney General John Ashcroft wasted no time in demanding that Congress, President Bush, and the courts bestow unbridled power on him to battle potential domestic terrorism. Congress obliged by passing and allocating billions to enforce the sweeping anti-terrorism Patriot Act. President Bush Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Ambushing The Occupation

It looks like Palestinian militants have finally found Israel’s Achilles heel. It isn’t civilian carnage, but rather armed combat between Israel’s foot soldiers and Palestinian militias. Insist as they might that the killing of civilian Jews is particularly reprehensible, Ariel Sharon’s government seems intent on proving that attacks on armed Israeli invasion forces and colonists Read more…

Lee Sustar: White House Union Busters

  STRIPPING UNION rights from tens of thousands of federal workers. Outsourcing 850,000 government jobs. Holding a gun to the heads of West Coast dockworkers by invoking the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act. That’s the record of George W. Bush’s war on organized labor–in just the last five weeks. Although Bush has cultivated relationships with a few Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Let’s Join, Not Fight The Global Coalition Against War

Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the coalition of people and countries around the world that is trying to save us from a catastrophic war in Iraq. In the recent UN Security Council debate on Iraq, 60 nations spoke against U.S. policy, and not a single country except Israel and the United Kingdom spoke Read more…

Hillary Wainright: Porto Alegre By The Arno

With a backdrop of failure in Europe’s democratic institutions, the best of the continent’s civil society thronged to the welcoming streets and piazzas of Florence last month. Trade unions, peace movements, networks of activists campaigning against neo-liberalism and all its octopoid tentacles, women’s groups, anti-racist organisations, radical artists and writers all gathered for the European Read more…

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