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Prashad: Abu Ghraib Jobs
Aug 31, 2004
The terror attacks in Spain changed a government; the kidnappings in Iraq have changed the shape of the coalition. The Philippines saved one of its nationals by pulling out its fifty-one person force. Thirty two countries remain under the strong arm of th
Prashad: The War on Our School-Children
Jul 24, 2004
In 2002, Maxine Wright, then Age 9, circulated a petition in her fourth grade class at Thatcher Montessori School in Milton, Massachusetts. She had written a letter to Senator Ted Kennedy condemning the impending war on Iraq, and she wanted her fellow stu
Peters: Don't Let the Authorities Down!
Jul 23, 2004
"Peace Begins With YOU!" says the bold faced type of the subway station billboard in Boston's Back Bay station.
Prashad: Extraordinarily Pissed-Off Voters
Jul 10, 2004
The quadrennial season is upon us: Elections USA. On the left, we have already begun to rehearse an argument that we had in 2000: should we unite behind the corporate-warfare Democratic Leadership Council's Party, can we wrest that party away from the DLC
Prashad: The America He Knows
May 07, 2004
Bush went on al-Arabiya television on May 5th to tell the Arab public, "What took place in [Abu Gharaib] prison does not represent the America I know." What is the America that he knows? "The America I know is a compassionate country that believes in free
Peters: Talking Back to Chomsky
Apr 27, 2004
Our social change movements have benefited enormously from the work of Noam Chomsky. The incredible energy he brings to his speaking and writing means that millions have been exposed to his analysis of U.S. foreign and domestic policy. But he has one favo
Podur: On the Anniversary of Rachel Corrie's Murder
Mar 15, 2004
On March 16, 2004, people will hold vigils and ralles in different parts of the world to remember Rachel Corrie, a young American woman, part of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who was murdered in the Gaza Strip by a bulldozer on the same day
Prashad: Fear and the Foreign Student
Mar 13, 2004
Over the past five decades, our American civilization has spent more on the military and on incarceration than on health care and education. Our shoddy commitment to education has meant that our undergraduates, for example, get their education from under-
Prashad: Halliburton's Ancient Scandals
Feb 17, 2004
In the world of corporate scandals, the story breaks, there is a frenzy of reportage, a culprit in the lower levels of upper management is thrown to the SEC and then, slowly, the story dies. It is helpful, of course, if the company changes its name or van
Peters: Selling, Stalking, and Shaming
Feb 08, 2004
Superbowl 2004 offers a revealing window into how our culture views sex and sexuality. Namely, sex is a tool for persuading you to consume, for oppressing and demeaning others, and for making people feel guilty and confused about something that should be
People argue that the first world imposes its models on the third world. But sometimes the influence runs in the other direction...
While George Bush hailed the newly ratified Afghan charter as a vehicle that "will serve the interests and just aspirations of all of the Afghan people," Afghan women have reason to be more circumspect.
Prashad: Politics at the Venue: the WSF in Mumbai
Jan 11, 2004
The World Social Forum opened in India at least a year ago. That's when the debates within the Left about the nature of the WSF started. Marxists, liberals, and others began to argue about the utility of the WSF, its role within India, the problem of fund
Podur: Ten Years On In Chiapas
Jan 02, 2004
January 1, 2004 will be the 10th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. In 2004, it will be 20 years since the founding of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, or EZLN (1).
Prashad: The Canard Of BushCo Multilateralism.
Nov 11, 2003
The UN finally caved. The vote took place in the Security Council on October 16: 15-Love in favor of the US resolution no. 1511. Russian President Putin took less than an hour to convince France's Jacques Chirac and Germany's Gerhard Schršder to join the
Peters: The Class Divide
Oct 26, 2003
In her book, Bridging the Class Divide, Linda Stout mentions an incident when low-income activists created a brochure that included the quote, "Something has got to be wrong when the government spends so much money on the military and nothing on me!" Some
Podur: After the Common Sense Revolution
Oct 16, 2003
After 8 years in office, the Ontario Tories were finally thrown out on October 2, 2003. They were replaced by a Liberal majority government that won 72 seats to the Tories's 24. The social democratic NDP, after a strong campaign, won 7 seats. As is virtua
Prashad: Always the Sepoy
Oct 14, 2003
In mid-September, India Abroad splashed its front page with this headline: "I would love to have Indian troops in Iraq, Bush tells India Abroad." The context for veteran political affairs correspondent Aziz Haniffa's story is a fund-raiser that raised $1.
Pilger: The Fall And Rise Of Liberal England
Oct 11, 2003
In his latest New Statesman article, John Pilger describes how the public arbiters of liberal England embraced the Blair 'project', notably the four wars he has engaged Britain in, and how their message, like Blair himself, has now been shunned by the maj
Pilger: Lies and More Lies
Sep 24, 2003
EXACTLY one year ago, Tony Blair told Parliament: "Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing.