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Gideon Levy: The People’s War

For the second time in Israel’s history, Ariel Sharon is leading the country into a war of choice – as pernicious as any war of choice – and nearly the entire public is following him more than willingly. When history judges this war, only a few will be able to say that they opposed it Read more…

John Miller: Just Say No To New Military Assistance For Indonesia

The Pentagon, with a handful of Congressional allies, is actively working to circumvent the ban on military training for the Indonesian military (TNI) initially put in place in response to the 1999 scorched-earth campaign in East Timor. Even as human rights conditions continue to deteriorate in Indonesia and justice for East Timor remains distant, they Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: Sharon’s Wars

Here we are, twenty years on , and many of the reports of what’s been happening as the Israeli army smashes its way through Ramallah and Bethlehem and the other Palestinian towns remind me of what came out of Lebanon in 1982 as Sharon and his invading army raced north: Israeli troops beating, looting, destroying; Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Going To Dc And On Going Home

The long weekend of April 19-22 in Washington, DC represents an historic opportunity for progressive social change movements. The anti-capitalist globalization movement, the newly forming anti-war movement, the growing mobilization against domestic spending cuts and the undermining of civil liberties, the Palestinian solidarity movement, and the long-standing efforts of Colombia and School of the Americas Read more…

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Linda McQuaig: Gangster Capitalism

An interview with Linda McQuaig, author of All You Can Eat: Greed, Lust and the New Capitalism, on old-style capitalism in new clothes, the triumph of corporate avarice over human rights, and the disturbing centrality of greed in Western society. Q: In All You Can Eat, you talk about a “new capitalism.” What do you Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: Israel and the Threat of Transfer

The threat of “transfer” of Palestinians “is a real danger and not just a bunch of empty slogans,” Dr. Haidar Abdel Shafi, an 83-year-old refugee and a Palestinian activist based in the Gaza Strip, told the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz in an interview published April 5.   “[T]he desire to transfer us has roots in the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Interview

TONY JONES: Noam Chomsky, President Bush’s position on the Middle East crisis is evolving fast now, but until recently there have been confusing and contradictory signals coming from his administration. What do you think has been happening? PROFESSOR NOAM CHOMSKY, AUTHOR: The confusion inside the Administration I think, is a confusion about goals. I mean, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: This will be the week when we see who runs the US-Israeli alliance

So what’s the surprise? Suddenly Israel doesn’t want to take our advice. Ex-general Ariel Sharon prefers to go on wrecking the Palestinian Authority, tearing up the Oslo agreement in the name of his Holy War on terror. Why should he worry about the scandalous number of civilian casualties among the Palestinians? After all, didn’t America Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Breaking the Silence on Black Suicides

In his stage days, comedian turned political activist Dick Gregory liked to crack that whites kill themselves by leaping from a tall building, and blacks kill themselves by jumping from a basement. This bit of gallows humor always got an uproarious laugh from black audiences. For decades blacks took perverse pride and comfort in the Read more…

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Edward Said: Thinking ahead: After survival, what happens?

Anyone with any connection at all to Palestine is today in a state of stunned outrage and shock. While almost a repeat of what happened in 1982, Israel’s current all-out colonial assault on the Palestinian people (with George Bush’s astoundingly ignorant and grotesque support) is indeed worse than Sharon’s two previous mass forays in 1971 Read more…

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