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One of the many quirks of the nineteenth century's intellectual heritage was the great intensification of nationalism and-to quote one expert-the creation of "nation-ness," the consequences of which have varied dramatically all the way from the negligible
While the western world anticipated the results of the final round of the French presidential elections, Africans and French citizens in Africa watched with just as much interest. In the end, Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-wing former Interior Minister, defe
Author: Blood Diamonds: A Viewer's Guide
Apr 11, 2007
In response to the criticism this film has taken (some of it certainly founded), I thought I would provide a reader's guide of sorts to expose some of the lesser disscussed facts behind the film in order to help the viewer get more out of the film and und
Author: A Peacemaker's Stories
Apr 10, 2007
Reviewing Kathy Kelly's book Other Lands Have Dreams: From Baghdad to Pekin Prison (Petrolia, CA: CounterPunch Books; Oakland: AK Press, 2005).
Author: A RATIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON OUR PRESENT CRISES
Apr 07, 2007
It is understandable that intelligent people should be preoccupied with the crises reported in the daily press, but they are best comprehended in their historical context. That context, and the crucial causes and motives guiding American foreign policy s
Author: Somalia: An Oily ClichŽ
Mar 25, 2007
Today, it is a reflexive clichŽ to claim the United States (U.S.) is off on another oil-acquisition conquest anytime they invade an Arabic nation. In the case of Somalia, the clichŽ may neverless true. While undoubtedly, the U.S. and its Ethiopian proxy
Author: A faulty cure: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to reform health care relies on the very forces responsible for its problems
Mar 17, 2007
It is not OK, the proposal for health-care reform from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Author: "An average Joe"
Mar 07, 2007
A woman employee at a shopping mall in Salt Lake City, Utah-where a young gunman recently maimed and murdered people-said he appeared to be "an average Joe," the AP reported. Yes, daily journalism is the first draft of history. Yet her description of him
Author: Two, Three, Many Peace-ins!
Feb 27, 2007
Absent a national antiwar political formation on the horizon, local politics can point to the wave of the future. Take Sacramento. A peace-in is underway at the office of Doris Matsui in the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse, named after her late husb
Prominent pundits seem ecstatic over Hillary Clinton's entry into the presidential race just days after Barack Obama's media-created candidacy became official. Media talking heads are having so much fun lately they don't seem to notice that our political
Microsoft has now launched its new operating system - Windows Vista. Within a year, 100 million computers will be running it. The code underneath the hood of the operating system is a tightly kept secret. There's no way to fix it if it's broken, other tha
Black America must revive the concept of a Domestic Marshall Plan to reverse the deterioration of the nation's 'dark ghettos' - most immediately, to restore New Orleans' exiled population. Dr. Daniel's suggests the campaign be called the Martin Luther Kin
It's conventional wisdom that if Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign falters with Democratic activists in places like Iowa and New Hampshire, it will be over the issue of the Iraq war. And her vacillations on the war.
Author: Control Freaks:
Feb 10, 2007
A primary consequence of government responses to 9/11 has been the development of the homeland security industry. In 2006 the global security market is expected to be worth almost $60 billion. By 2015 it is expected to grow to as much as $170-250 billion,
Author: CNN's "journalism" is a fool's paradise
Feb 07, 2007
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a couple of dozen times, and shame on me -- but also shame on what passes for journalism on television.
Venezuela's opposition and critics of the Chavez government around the world finally feel vindicated (again). The Venezuelan dictatorship that they have been predicting for the past eight years has, according to them, finally come to pass - for the sixth
South Africa does not think of the poor. The poorest of the country are the majority but we are kept voiceless. The poorest I am talking about are the shack dwellers, the street traders, the street kids, the flat dwellers who can't afford the rent and the
Author: A STORM OF DENIAL
Jan 27, 2007
It wasn't Katrina, not even close, but Seattle's storm of the century was no picnic. It gave me one more a taste of a future where the weather can suddenly turn--and destroy the habitability of our world. The storm hit Seattle mid-December with pounding
Author: THE GOOD SHEPHERD AT THE BAY OF PIGS
Jan 23, 2007
Before the opening credits, "The Good Shepherd" shows us glimpses of a murky and mysterious audiovisual tape. As the movie unreels, layers keep unfolding, like a brilliant combination of Antonioni's fictional photographs in "Blow-Up" and Zapruder's real
Not so many years ago, perhaps five, there was a country known as "Iraq." That Iraq no longer exists. It has been replaced by two Iraqs. No, I am not referring here to the Kurdish Autonomous Region, nor to the nascent Shia statelet likely about to be crea