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I have spent the past three weeks filming in the hillside barrios of Caracas, in streets and breeze-block houses that defy gravity and torrential rain and emerge at night like fireflies in the fog. Caracas is said to be one of the world's toughest cities,
Peters: Gonna Use My Imagination
May 12, 2006
Today's Boston Globe (April 22, 2006), reports that Massachusetts is giving $1 million to a faith-based organization to teach abstinence in the schools.
Parenti: The Hidden Politics of Deficit Spending
May 11, 2006
When government expends more than it collects in revenues, this is known as deficit spending. To meet its yearly deficits, it borrows from wealthy individuals and financial institutions in the United States and abroad.
OK, I made that up. The quote may be fabricated, but, for Cinco de Mayo, our President did really, truly demand that, "Those who come here to our country have a responsibility to learn the English language."
The lifts in the New York Hilton played CNN on a small screen you could not avoid watching. Iraq was top of the news; pronouncements about a "civil war" and "sectarian violence" were repeated incessantly. It was as if the US invasion had never happened an
Prashad: The Lobby
May 04, 2006
Talk about political correctness. You can't mention Israel's Little Power ambitions and its ingenious reach into the halls of the US establishment without getting whacked. All of us who have an opinion about the role of Israel in Washington, and of groups
Peters: In Case of Emergency
Apr 20, 2006
A while ago, I had a chance to learn about how I react in emergencies.
Pilger: Continuing Quiet Death Of Democracy
Apr 15, 2006
People ask: Can this be happening in Britain? Surely not. A centuries-old democratic constitution cannot be swept away. Basic human rights cannot be made abstract Those who once comforted themselves that a Labour government would never commit such an epic
Peters: "Off Without Off"
Mar 31, 2006
"How was your weekend?" I ask my adult education students at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. "Did you have any time off?" "Off without off," is the usual answer.
Pilger: The War Lovers
Mar 23, 2006
The war lovers I have known in real wars have usually been harmless, except to themselves. They were attracted to Vietnam and Cambodia, where drugs were plentiful. Bosnia, with its roulette of death, was another favourite. A few would say they were there
In 1993, I and four others travelled clandestinely across East Timor to gather evidence of the genocide committed by the Indonesian dictatorship. Such was the depth of silence about this tiny country that the only map I could find before I set out was one
Prashad: The Ugly American
Mar 06, 2006
The US State Department has descended into caricature. Ambassador David Wilkins had a meltdown in Canada in the lead-up to the elections. He warned the candidates, particularly Paul Martin of the Liberal Party, to tone down on the "anti-American rhetoric.
Parenti: Custom Against Women
Mar 02, 2006
(The following is a revised excerpt from Parenti's newest book, THE CULTURE STRUGGLE)
The other day, one of my favourite cinemas closed down. The boards went up on the art-deco Valhalla in Sydney, one of the world's best at putting out powerful, political documentaries. The lack of fuss might have seemed surprising in a city whose iconic O
Pilger: The Next War -- Crossing The Rubicon
Feb 11, 2006
Has Tony Blair, the minuscule Caesar, finally crossed his Rubicon? Having subverted the laws of the civilised world and brought carnage to a defenceless people and bloodshed to his own, having lied and lied and used the death of a hundredth British soldie
Podur: Wrong Direction, Canada
Jan 24, 2006
On January 23, 2006, CanadaÕs Conservative Party won national power. 2006 is an important year for elections in the Americas. Two have already occurred. In Bolivia, Evo Morales became the first indigenous President in a country that is majority indigenous
Shortly after Christmas, the Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer died
Pilger: The Quiet Death Of Freedom
Jan 06, 2006
On Christmas Eve, I dropped in on Brian Haw, whose hunched, pacing figure was just visible through the freezing fog. For four and a half years, Brian has camped in Parliament Square with a graphic display of photographs that show the terror and suffering
Parenti: Government by Giveaway
Dec 31, 2005
In December 2005, the reactionaries who are running the government and ruining the country decided to cut about $42 billion from the human services budget over the next few years. Most of the cuts will come out of the hides of the very poorest among us. T
Peters: Citizen Consumer
Dec 29, 2005
There is no such thing as too much detail when it comes to the corporate press directing its readers in how to shop, how to avoid engaging in civic life, and how to celebrate the trivial as the main source of respite from a harsh world. Having just finish