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Prashad: The Ring Around China
Sep 01, 2006
For good reason, the international Left has been wary of the UN and the WTO. And yet, despite their many drawbacks, both the UN General Assembly and the WTO as institutions held the possibility for multilateralism. There are contradictory interests across
Pilger: The Real Threat We Face In Britain Is Blair
Aug 16, 2006
If the alleged plot to attack airliners flying from London is true - remember the lies that led to the invasion of Iraq, and to the raid on a "terrorist cell" in east London - then one person ultimately is to blame, as he was on 7 July last year. They wer
Peters: Unity Meeting, Boston, Mass.
Aug 15, 2006
The organizations represented at an anti-war "Unity Meeting," held at the 1199SEIU union hall on July 6, 2006, seemed to capture all the hopefulness, dedication, and hard work that is best about progressive movements today. The meeting was an attempt to p
N., a young Palestinian/Israeli Jew, was late for her meeting with her friend H., the child of Palestinian Muslim refugees who had returned from Lebanon on a bus a few years before. N. was still preparing her gift for H., a hat to cover his prematurely ba
Peters: The Corporate Parent
Aug 03, 2006
When I gave birth to my first daughter, I was in a hospital. Contraction-inducing pitocin was dripping into my veins, and I was hooked up to a monitor, featuring a jagged line graph which represented the force of each contraction. During heavy contraction
The National Museum of American History is part of the celebrated Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Surrounded by mock Graeco-Roman edifices with their soaring Corinthian columns, rampant eagles and chiselled profundities, it is at the centre of
Parenti: The Stolen Election of 2004
Jul 03, 2006
The 2004 presidential contest between Democratic challenger Senator John
Pilger: east Timor: The Coup The World Missed
Jun 23, 2006
In my 1994 film Death of a Nation there is a scene on board an aircraft flying between northern Australia and the island of Timor. A party is in progress; two men in suits are toasting each other in champagne. "This is an historically unique moment," effu
Parenti: Still Soft on (Corporate) Crime
Jun 09, 2006
A half century ago, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black reminded us in Griffin v. Illinois (1956) that there "can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has." The corporate executive with a team of high power
Jun 06, 2006
In early May, the federal threat level was "elevated" (the color is yellow). According to the Department of Homeland Security this means, "All Americans, including those traveling in the transportation systems, should continue to be vigilant, take notice
Pilger: A Glimpse Of Freedom
May 25, 2006
The long, wide, bleak streets of cobblestones and tufts of petrified grass reach for the sacred mountain Illimani, whose pyramid of snow is like a watchtower. There was almost no life here when I first came to Bolivia as a young reporter - only the freezi
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.