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Pilger: The Other, Man-made Tsunami
Jan 07, 2005
The west's crusaders, the United States and Britain, are giving less to help the tsunami victims than the cost of a Stealth bomber or a week's bloody occupation of Iraq. The bill for George Bush's coming inauguration party would rebuild much of the coastl
Muted by the evidence of the Anglo-American catastrophe in Iraq, the international "humanitarian" war party ought to be called to account for its largely forgotten crusade in Kosovo, the model for Tony Blair's "onward march of liberation". Just as Iraq is
Peters: Pink-ish, Blue-ish States R Us
Dec 07, 2004
When you opened your newspaper on November 4, you could be forgiven for thinking we live in a completely divided country. The blue states were on either coast, plus a couple of states in the middle, and the rest of the country was red.
Prashad: Books for Kids
Nov 21, 2004
Pretty Good Books for Kids.
Podur: Unnecessary Concessions
Nov 18, 2004
Is there something wrong with using a bomb to destroy a building that might have civilians in it just because there might be an `insurgent' hiding there?
There is a surreal quality about visiting the United States in the last days of the presidential campaign. If George W Bush wins, according to a scientist I met, who escaped Nazi-dominated Europe, America will surrender many of its democratic trappings an
Recovering from a bit of surgery recently, I complained to a friend that I felt nauseous and that there was nothing I wanted to eat.
Pilger: Stealing A Nation
Oct 13, 2004
There are times when one tragedy, one crime tells us how a whole system works behind its democratic facade and helps us to understand how much of the world is run for the benefit of the powerful and how governments lie. To understand the catastrophe of I
Pilger: The Media Culpability for Iraq
Oct 11, 2004
In October 1999, I stood in a ward of dying children in Baghdad with Denis Halliday, who the previous year had resigned as assistant secretary general of the United Nations. He said: "We are waging a war through the United Nations on the people of Iraq. W
Prashad: Another Documentary for Peace.
Sep 26, 2004
Stuck in a hotel room I turn on the television. It is a reflex habit, born not from an addiction to the idiot box but out of curiosity.
Podur: National Sovereignty
Sep 09, 2004
Years ago, I wrote an essay arguing against nation-states as a form of organization (1). Admittedly not the most immediately practical program or campaign, it was an attempt to grapple with the various problems that nationalism and states based on nation
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