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Albert: What's Going On?
Sep 28, 2001
The U.S. response to September 11 seeks to benefit elites in the U.S., and, to a lesser degree, around the world. There are various goals.
Author: How can the US bomb this tragic people?
Sep 23, 2001
We are witnessing this weekend one of the most epic events since the Second World War, certainly since Vietnam. I am not talking about the ruins of the World Trade Centre in New York and the grotesque physical scenes which we watched on 11 September, an a
Author: Will Tears Ever Stop
Sep 23, 2001
I can't help crying. As soon as I see a person on TV telling the heart-rendering story of the tragic fate of their loved-one in the World Trade Center disaster, I can't control my tears. But then I wonder why didn't I cry when our troops wiped out some 5,
Author: The Theatre of Good and Evil
Sep 22, 2001
In the struggle of Good against Evil, it's always the people who get killed.
Albert: Peace Movement Prospects
Sep 21, 2001
September 11 went well beyond tragic. Worse is possible. Much better is also possible. And to achieve better is why activists need to not only mourn, but also to educate and organize. But many people I encounter doubt peace movement prospects. I find this
Albert: Five Reasons
Sep 19, 2001
In the wake of the horrific attacks of September 11, many people find their feelings of sadness and shock mixed with anger and calls for war. But war would be horribly wrong for at least five reasons.
Albert: Perceiving the Situation
Sep 18, 2001
Beyond Bush and his ilk predictably trying to use calamity to propel their reactionary agendas on every front they can, from repressive legislation about eavesdropping, to military expansion, and even to tax policy -- it is certainly also true and must be
Author: Nothing But Human Rights
Sep 08, 2001
As journalist William Blum notes, there_s one thing the United States hates more than a Marxist in power, and that_s a democratically elected Marxist in power. A prime example was Salvador Allende of Chile. September 4 marks 31 years since his election. S
According to the Howard Administration, the Australian Government has a "decent, generous and compassionate" track record when it comes to accommodating a share of the world's refugees. Events of recent times tell otherwise, with daily reports of mental illness, hunger strikes, self-injury, and suicide amongst inmates held within the country's mandatory detention centres for asylum seekers. Fenced off with barbed wire in the middle of the South Australian desert, the former air force barracks at Woomera is seen an a concentration camp for refugees who have managed to flee some of the world's most murderous regimes. On this background, the events of August 29, 2001, bear testimony to the Australian Government's fervor to deter displaced men, women and children from seeking refuge inside the nation's borders.
According to the Howard Administration, the Australian Government has a "decent, generous and compassionate" track record when it comes to accommodating a share of the world's refugees. Events of recent times tell otherwise, with daily reports of mental i
Albert: Responding to the Nation
Aug 29, 2001
The NationÕs (Sept 3) unsigned editorial treats PacificaÕs management as if they have ÒworthyÓ aims but indulge in a bit too much coffee each morning. Yet PacificaÕs management has routinely lied, employed pink slips as a bludgeon, hired thugs, issued thr
Author: Amira Hass: Life under Israeli occupation
Aug 28, 2001
Amira Hass doesn't merely report on the experiences of Palestinians on the West Bank - she shares their lives. Robert Fisk meets a determined and unflinching witness to oppression By Robert Fisk Whenever Amira Hass tries to explain her vocation as a jo
Author: IMF'S FOUR STEPS TO DAMNATION
Aug 24, 2001
It was like a scene out of Le CarrÃ©: the brilliant agent comes in from the cold and, in hours of debriefing, empties his memory of horrors committed in the name of an ideology gone rotten.
Author: IMF'S FOUR STEPS TO DAMNATION
Aug 24, 2001
It was like a scene out of Le CarrŽ: the brilliant agent comes in from the cold and, in hours of debriefing, empties his memory of horrors committed in the name of an ideology gone rotten.
Author: Reporting On Palestine
Aug 19, 2001
People look back on apartheid South Africa with horror and disgust. But you don't have to go to the history books to find out what apartheid is like. You only need to visit Palestine.
Can we have some outrage here? In just one week, the Bush Administration killed an international agreement enforcing the 1972 ban on biological weapons (Cold War anyone?) and then reneged on the 1997 Kyoto Treaty.
Aug 05, 2001
"It is an atomic bomb.... It is the greatest thing in history." President Harry S. Truman, August 6, 1945 About two months ago, I wrote an article about the film, Pearl Harbor, in which I attempted to present some context about December 7, 1941. I rec
Author: Knowledge, Power, Banking
Jul 20, 2001
"Knowledge is power" isn't just a slogan tossed around by polo-necked post-modernists. It's a maxim by which international capital lives. Want proof? Later this month, the World Bank will launch a prototype website that demonstrates amply their aim to con
I admit it. I, a middle aged white woman, have jumped on the Reparations "band wagon". When I was asked several years ago if I thought reparations for the enslavement of African Americans were in order, I stammered and shuffled my feet and said, "it depends". A safe response for a liberally minded white woman who had absolutely no idea what I was really being asked. Like so many other whites (and people of color) I thought reparations was only (and all) about money. I thought reparations meant someone tossing out an arbitrary number and someone else (the government) writing a check and that was that.
I admit it. I, a middle aged white woman, have jumped on the Reparations "band wagon". When I was asked several years ago if I thought reparations for the enslavement of African Americans were in order, I stammered and shuffled my feet and said, "it depen