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Now that weÕre all supposed to be Americans as the fight against Òthe evil onesÓ expands, a recent incident has reminded me that some of us, wherever we may live, are just, as George Bush said recently, ÒPakisÓ.
It might not quite be a case of Pete Townshend's "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" but the changing of the guard at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) later this year is unlikely to make any real difference to developing countries suffering under
If there's one phrase I could do with hearing less of during 2002, it's "civil society". I'm not alone. Many of my friends, community activists and organisers in a number of countries also cringe at the ritualized, ubiquitous usage of the phrase. We shud
Cromwell: The public threat to private power
Jan 14, 2002
ÔThe single greatest threat to the multilateral trade system is the absence of public support.Õ Thus spoke Charlene Barshefsky, ClintonÕs U.S. trade representative, in the run-up to the 1999 WTO summit in Seattle.
These days we are swamped by information about the impact of corporate capitalism, structural adjustment, and the power and influence of transnational corporations. We are bludgeoned with propaganda about the inevitability of globalisation, of there being
Cromwell: Terror, Delusion And Obscenities
Dec 09, 2001
A few weeks ago, while awaiting a flight from Heathrow to Glasgow, I encountered an alleged war criminal walking around freely. His name? Robin Cook. Yes, the former British foreign secretary, now leader of the House of Commons. Iraq, Serbia, East Timor.
Choudry: Canadaâ€™s Dirty War Over Words
Nov 21, 2001
My October visit to Canada was overshadowed by the vicious demonisation and vilification of a friend. ZNet has already posted a copy of University of British Columbia academic and social justice activist Sunera Thobaniâ€™s speech and her paper â€œWar Frenzyâ€ reflecting on the controversy that followed her talk.
Choudry: CanadaÕs Dirty War Over Words
Nov 21, 2001
My October visit to Canada was overshadowed by the vicious demonisation and vilification of a friend. ZNet has already posted a copy of University of British Columbia academic and social justice activist Sunera ThobaniÕs speech and her paper ÒWar FrenzyÓ
Choudry: Advance Australia Fair?
Nov 08, 2001
In historyÕs page let every stage Advance Australia Fair
The winds of change, so the clichŽ goes, are blowing across the Pacific. Yet looking at the background to two regional trade agreements launched in August makes me think that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Cromwell: Gasping for the oxygen of publicity
Oct 15, 2001
The former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once famously declared that 'we're all green now'. Indeed, opinion polls regularly suggest that many people regard themselves as 'environmentalists'. Surely this has been a sign of the green movement's s
Chomsky: Composite Interview 2
Sep 20, 2001
1. How do you see the media coverage of this event? Is there a parallel to the Gulf War in "manufacturing consent?"
Choudry: Mike's Masquerades
Aug 25, 2001
"The tide is high but I'm holding on, I'm gonna be your number one, I'm not the kind of guy who gives up just like that..." Mike Moore, two-thirds of the way through his stint as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation is crooning to the Third Wo
Choudry: Bringing It All Back Home
Aug 03, 2001
"We are faced with a two-fold challenge, to struggle as best we can to deal with the immediate consequences of globalisation. Secondly, and more difficult, to contextualise those problems within the 500-year-and-more history of the culture of colonisation
Cromwell: DEMOLISHING GLOBAL MYTHS
Jul 06, 2001
David Cromwell talks to John Pilger about his forthcoming television documentary, The New Rulers of the World, which examines the real meaning of the 'global economy', including the virtually unknown and bloody history of how globalisation took root in In
Chomsky: Hegemony or Survival Part Two
Jul 04, 2001
European observers find it "a paradox" that "a country willing to spend more than $100bn on an unproven project to blow up incoming nuclear warheads as they enter the atmosphere would opt not to pay less than a thousandth of that amount to help prevent pl
Chomsky: Hegemony or Survival Part One
Jul 03, 2001
At the end of June,, the UN Conference on Disarmament concludes the second of its year 2001 sessions. Prospects for any constructive outcome of disarmament efforts are slim. Discussions have been blocked by US insistence on pursuing ballistic missile defe
YouÕve got to wonder at the nerve of New Zealand trade officials. During the furtive Multilateral Agreement on Investment negotiations and the subsequent international waves of opposition they were quietly hatching binding bilateral investment deals conta
Cromwell: INCREASING TRADE=CORPORATE PLUNDER
Jun 07, 2001
SOUTHAMPTON, UK. The modern-day story of Southampton's docks encapsulates the ever-increasing conflict between the corporate demand for economic growth on the one hand, and environmental protection coupled with people's quality of life on the other.
Choudry: Market Missionaries Flock To The Pacific
May 12, 2001
ÒYour nonsense spreads to Pacific beliefs like the plague bubonic/ speaking tongues parallel to concrete jungle mumbo.Ó Ê (Reverse Resistance, by King Kapisi) Samoan hiphop artist King Kapisi slams colonialism and missionary beliefs on his Savage Though