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Herman: The War OF Terrorism
Sep 11, 2004
As the powerful seek domination their control of language is as important to their success as their possession of weapons to frighten and kill. The ability to pin the label of terrorist on their targets, and to have themselves (and clients) merely engagin
Hartmann: Bread, Roses - and Time
Aug 07, 2004
Maybe it's because I'm finally going on vacation that I can't help thinking about time, or rather the lack of it, the crazy speed-up of American life. In 1993 economist Juliet Schor's book The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure pointed
Herman: The Cruise Missile Left (part 5):
May 18, 2004
Establishment politicians, media, and intellectuals use the word genocide with great abandon, but with a hugely politicized selectivity. It is an invidious word, like terrorism, so that attaching it to an enemy and target is helpful in demonizing, thereby
Herman: Dasht-E Leili
Apr 07, 2004
The Tipton Three, recently released from Guantanamo, and telling their story to the British media, disclosed that they had first been captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban, then swept into the prisons of the Northern Alliance.
One of the most telling illustrations of the power of the corporate community over politics and the media is the different treatment of deficits produced by Democrats and Republicans.
The greening of hate Ð blaming environmental degradation on poor populations of color Ð is once again on the rise, both in the U.S. and overseas. In the U.S., its illogic runs like this: immigrants are the main cause of overpopulation, and overpopulation
Herman: Coalition Of Joint Venture Looters?
Sep 23, 2003
The word ÒcoalitionÓ has been a favorite of the Bush administration and media as they have attempted to put the invasion-occupation of Iraq in a good light. ÒCoalitionÓ has the implication of joint and collective rather than unilateral action, even if don
Herman: Rogues Have No Right To Self-defense:
Aug 16, 2003
The view that U.S. targets have no right to defend themselves from a U.S. threat or actual attack goes back a long way. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, when the United States was regularly intervening in its backyard to discipline
Healy: All the way with FTA?
Jul 17, 2003
When they met over steaks and beer at the US president's Texas ranch, the discussion between John Howard and George Bush turned quickly to the Australian government's ÒrewardÓ for participating in the Iraq war.
Herman: Uncle Chutzpah, On A Rampage, Has
Jun 27, 2003
After Munich and the German takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939, Hitler seemed a prospective winner, and this helped him make political gains at the expense of frightened neighboring countries whose leaders didn't want to offend him. He had "momen
Hoodbhoy: Terror In Okara
May 24, 2003
On 11 May 2003, Amer Ali, a 60-year old peasant of Chak 4-L of Okara district, made his last good-neighbourly visit to the adjoining village, Chak 5-L. As the old man hobbled out of his hosts' house to see what was going on, he was cut down by a hail of b
One of Tom LehrerÕs finest songs was a parody in the style of Richard Dyer-BennetÕs often lugubrious old English folk songs, in which a child confesses to having killed her parents and baked her baby brother in a stew; she admits this as she cannot tell a
May 06, 2003
In an article analyzing the 9/11 terrorist actions, Newsweek asks, "Why do they hate us?" Under the heading "The Politics of Rage," the article comments on possible reasons for terrorism in the Arab world. It reads, "Arab societies are going through a massive youth bulge, with more than half of most countries' populations under the age of 25â€¦A huge influx of restless young men in any country is bad news. When accompanied by even small economic and social change, it usually produces a new politics of protest. In the past, societies in these circumstances have fallen prey to a search for revolutionary solutions."
Hartmann: End of History: The Sequel
Apr 21, 2003
In 1989 as the Cold War came to a close, Francis Fukuyama published his famous essay, later to become a well-known book, on ÒThe End of History.Ó Fukuyama, a former senior fellow at the State Department, argued that human history may be directional, with
Herman: Media Democratization
Apr 17, 2003
THE TRADEOFF BETWEEN MILITARY AND CIVILIAN OUTLAYS IS UNDISCUSSIBLE IN THIS CORPORATE PSEUDO-DEMOCRACY: WE NEED TO MAKE BOLDER MOVES TOWARD MEDIA DEMOCRATIZATION
Herman: Coalition Of Deception
Mar 08, 2003
The media regularly speak of the "United States" or
Herman: The Manufactured And Real Iraq Crisis
Feb 04, 2003
With enough power and chutzpah it is possible for an aggressive and over-armed state to manufacture a crisis and pretend that the crisis lies with the threatened victim rather than with the aggressor state. Today, the United States has not only manufactur
Hoodbhoy: Is It A War On Islam?
Feb 03, 2003
Street opinion in Pakistan, and probably most Muslim countries, holds that Islam is the sole target of America's new wars. Even moderate Muslims are
Hartmann: Militarism and Reproductive Freedom
Jan 04, 2003
Lately, it seems whenever we need a reminder about why it is the U.S. should budget more national funds for the military, or take aggressive action in another small poverty-stricken country, the battle cry of equal rights for women is sounded by the most
Trent LottÕs controversial praise of Strom Thurmond is kicking up a lot of dirt about the SenatorÕs unsavory past. This includes LottÕs association with the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, heir to the White Citizens Councils which form