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Herman: Answering the Cruise Miissile Left on Iraq
Dec 08, 2002
It is pretty depressing to see how frequently liberals and some leftists have been unable to maintain a principled opposition to the U.S. policies toward Iraq, which, following more than a decade of "sanctions of mass destruction" are now rushing us towar
Healy: Another Globalisation Is Possible
Nov 23, 2002
FLORENCE -- It was always going to be a recipe for chaos. Take 40,000 European leftists, fractious at the best of times, shoe-horn them into a Renaissance era Italian city and tell them to discuss, across half a dozen languages, the state of the world and
Hoodbhoy: Were We Too Hijacked On 9/11?
Sep 11, 2002
Al-Qaida had to be bombed, to let the Taliban be was not an option. When fanatics, inspired by Osama bin Laden, flew airliners packed with people into two of America's tallest buildings, it was unreasonable to expect otherwise. So, yes, I agree with Antho
Herman: News Not Fit To Print
Aug 23, 2002
The U.S. media have done wonders in recent months in putting a good face on the "war on terror," pretending that the Karzai government in Afghanistan represents Afghans in another "almost democracy," downplaying the death and devastation wrought by the U.
Herman: The Corporate Abuse-reform Cycle
Jul 02, 2002
We are at the peak of the latest corporate abuse-reform cycle in which business abuses have been so severe, and their effects so conspicuous, that their low-key treatment and normalization by the mainstream media has been unsustainable.
Herman: Media Protect Bush On 9/11 Security Failure
May 31, 2002
The successful terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, represented a spectacular failure of the U.S. national security establishment. But from the very beginning there was very little media interest in examining that failure, although the attack involved
Healy: Angola: The Crisis You Aren't Hearing About
May 29, 2002
Out of sight of the world, a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions is unfolding in Angola, as perhaps hundreds of thousands of people flee the "grey zones", the 90% of the country which have until now been closed to outsiders, including humanitarian
Herman: "israel's Willing Executioners"
May 11, 2002
It should be obvious that the above title is an oxymoron, because Israel is good, only a victim, not a victimizer, besides which Israel is a U.S. client and friend. So an invidious phrase like "willing executioners" can no more be applied to Israel than t
For good reason it is hard for many people to see anything amusing at the current political scene, with a "war on terrorism" already devastating one small country, first class war criminal Ariel Sharon unleashed to assault another civilian population, and
Herman: Axis Of Evil--in Washington, D.c.
Mar 18, 2002
Coup d'etat president George W. Bush has designated three poor and unconnected states as an "axis of evil," reflecting this great moralist's sensitivity to good and evil. He has been subjected to a certain amount of criticism for this strong language even
Hutchinson: NAACPâ€™s Confederate Flag Obsession
Mar 13, 2002
Two years ago, the NAACP galvanized a horde of politicians, college and professional athletes, black frats and sororities, hip-hop, rock and movie stars to march, rally and boycott South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag over the state capital dome. State officials capitulated and agreed to move the flag to a Confederate monument on state house grounds.
Hoodbhoy: The Wages Of Obedience
Feb 26, 2002
Buried under the rubble of the World Trade Centre lies a decade-worth of Pakistani foreign policy. Faced by a furious United States, PakistanÕs establishment abandoned what had earlier been declared as vital national security interests.
Healy: Argentina's market-enforced crisis
Feb 16, 2002
Argentina's tumultuous December - in which a general strike by unions against a brutal budget lead to days of demonstrations, the storming of the Presidential Palace, the desperate helicopter flight out by its then-resident and a succession of five presid
Herman: Final Solution in the Occupied Territories
Feb 13, 2002
Years ago many of us wondered how things that were obviously "beyond belief" could be made to seem normal by the intellectual culture and mainstream media.
When the United States pummels tiny states like Grenada and Panama, the U.S. media and public have no apparent embarrassment at the imbalance of power and the bully-boy aspect of the incursions; in fact, there is pride at super-Goliath beating up the mini
Healy: Mai Rises From The Dead
Dec 15, 2001
In B-grade splatter films, even after the evil villain has been sliced, diced and dunked in lava, you just know he'll be back for the sequel. Apparently it's the same with corporate plots to take over the world -- because the Multilateral Agreement on Inv
Healy: Aids Fight Boosted By Big Pharma's Defeat
Dec 01, 2001
There's not often something to celebrate on World AIDS Day, December 1, but there might be this year: a small, much fought-over clause in a World Trade Organisation declaration may signify a turning of the tide, at least insofar as poor peoples' access to
The Bush Afghan war calls up memories of the Vietnam war in both actions and rhetoric: the massive use of superior arms heavily impacting civilians, deliberate food deprivation, wholesale terror allegedly combatting "terrorism," but always "sincere regret
Healy: The Empire wants war, not justice
Nov 07, 2001
Among all the words the Bush administration has used to describe the September 11 terrorist attacks -- "atrocity", "outrage", "act of evil" -- one phrase has been conspicuously missing: "crime against humanity".
Hartmann: The Return of Relevance
Oct 29, 2001
Trying to stay afloat in the turbulent wake of September 11, I was full of fear like most people, fear of another attack, fear of the U.S. war machine, fear of racist assaults on Arab-Americans and South Asians, fear of further erosion of civil liberties