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Peters: Toys for Empire
Sep 16, 2003
Toys for Empire
Podur: From Aguascalientes to Caracoles
Sep 13, 2003
For some 10 years, the Zapatistas have inspired people all over the world. The Zapatistas' 'Autonomous Municipalities', in particular, have been models of community organization and democratic self-governance. These municipalities managed to provide not o
Prashad: Namaste Sharon
Sep 10, 2003
Israel's Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, will be in India for the second anniversary of the September 11 attack on the United States. He will arrive on September 9 in New Delhi, travel to Bangalore and Mumbai, and then go to a Sixteenth Century synagogue in
Pilger: Who Are The Extremists?
Aug 24, 2003
Who Are The Extremists?
Prashad: Affirmative Action and the F16
Aug 13, 2003
Over the years, stuck in debates over affirmative action, inevitably someone asks a version of the following question: "Why should white men face discrimination now because of past wrongs of slavery and Jim Crow?"
Podur: Road Map Theatrics
Aug 12, 2003
On August 3, 2003, the Associated Press reported on the progress of the road map. Some of the 'wanted men' of Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades were to be packed off to Jericho from Arafat's compound in Ramallah. It is not always clear what a Palestinian has to d
Peters: Courting the "Middle Class"
Jul 10, 2003
As we approach election year 2004, it is tempting to lead with the rallying cry, "Dump Bush." Besides the obvious reasons why it would be preferable to unseat this frat boy with his finger on the button, many progressives believe that the slogan appeals t
Pilger: The Unravelling Of Tony Blair
Jun 04, 2003
In his latest article for the Daily Mirror, John Pilger argues that the "high crime" of the invasion of Iraq that "will not melt away" and says the catalogue of Tony Blair's deceptions are now being revealed by the day, unravelling what was left of his cr
After the conquest of Iraq, George Bush held a press conference where he
What do you do if you are a trio of female country singers, who have spoken
The ruling ideas of a time, wrote the great German sage, are the ideas of the ruling class. So it is with our time. The American ruling class indulges itself in the phantasm of Empire, in an American Raj that stretches across the globe, whose jewels are t
Prashad: After The Ba'ath
Apr 16, 2003
The Afghanistan stage of the war on Iraq seems to be over. We are now in the Jenin stage. The demos last weekend quite rightly moved the demand from no-war to no occupation. Perhaps it is important to say more than No Occupation, perhaps we need to hear w
Peters: Parenting During War-Time
Apr 13, 2003
"You're right to be concerned" about having your 9-month old in the room with you when you watch the news, reports Barbara Meltz in a Boston Globe "Child Caring" column. "If watching the news makes you tense and anxious, your baby will pick up on it and t
Podur: Canadian Premiers are Revolting!
Mar 31, 2003
It's backlash week in Canadian politics. Ralph Klein, Alberta's neoliberal premier and the closest thing Canada has to George W Bush (Klein would take that as a compliment) sent a letter to the US ambassador to Canada, repudiating the Prime Minister's (ra
Prashad: By the Rivers of Babylon.
Mar 16, 2003
As a teenager I befriended a boy whose family had moved from Mumbai (India) to Canada. He told me an extraordinary story that has until now marked my sense of resources and the Gulf. His father, he said, once hired a series of ships that tugged an iceberg
Prashad: The Road To Riyadh
Jan 29, 2003
One of the claims made for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein (leadership change, if not regime change) is that a democratic Iraq beholden to the Bush administration will enable the champions of democracy to lean on the authoritarian Saudi regime in Arabia.
Podur: Palestine Ironies
Jan 24, 2003
A common belief propounded by opponents of Palestinian rights is that Arabs want to 'drive Israel into the sea'. In 1992, Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said: "I wish Gaza would sink into the sea."
Podur: Anti-Semitism And Anti-Colonialism
Jan 05, 2003
A response to Judy Rebick's ZNet Commentary of December 2002 on Anti-Semitism and the Left, this article discusses the relationship between racism, anti-semitism, and colonialism.
Peters: Christmas 2002
Dec 26, 2002
You can get a $12 push-up bra for Christmas.
Call it a tragic enigma. In the Tunisian scholar Albert Memmi's words, "No one, or almost no one, wishes to see themselves as racist; still, racism persists, real and tenacious."