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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."
Podur: Yes, Americans can understand suicide bombers
Dec 13, 2002
It might be hard to believe, but Americans have within themselves all of the emotional equipment needed to understand suicide bombers. What is required is shock, rage, and an irrational desire for revenge that goes so deep that it ceases to be picky about
Ten years ago, on 6 December 1992, a fascist spectacle enveloped northern India and the Indian Diaspora. In the small town of Ayodhya, a well-organized band of Hindutva activists demolished the 16th Century mosque erected by Mir Baqi. News came soon after
Podur: Resolution 1441
Nov 12, 2002
With the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1441, the US has
Two major media stories last summer offer small windows into how mainstream culture views children, particularly little girls. Alarming stories about sexy summer fashion choices and alarming stories about innocent girls being abducted by sadistic stranger
Prashad: Accounts of the Fifth Afghan War
Nov 01, 2002
On the 3rd of October, 2001, I wrote a ZNET commentary called "Forward into the Past: US War Aims." This was four days before the bombardment began. Already the war aims of the administration seemed to escalate as each day went by. First we heard about re
Pilger: Palestinians Not Alone
Oct 05, 2002
The Palestinians are no longer alone; Israel, despite the craven intimidation of some of its supporters, has ceased to be immune from truthful media criticism
Peters: On Being A Vigilant Parent
Sep 10, 2002
The picture in the Boston Globe shows parents hovering over their children while they play in the pool -- watching their every step, never taking their eyes off their offspring. During the summer of high-profile child abductions, the message to parents is
Pilger: Remembering 9/11
Sep 08, 2002
Remembering 11 September merely as gruesome spectacle is an insult to the victims of that epic crime. However, remembering is important in order to make sense of it, and especially of what happened next.
Podur: The Government's Mask Comes Off In Chiapas
Sep 06, 2002
Two years ago, just after Vicente Fox's election ended the PRI's 71-year long dictatorship over Mexico and just before Pablo Salazar's election as governor of Chiapas raised such high hopes of change, there was a literacy class in the Tzotzil, Abeja refug