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Podur: Instead of Nation States
Jun 14, 2002
"It's disturbing to see how neatly nationalism dovetails into fascism. While we must not allow the fascists to define what the nation is, or who it belongs to, it's worth keeping in mind that nationalism, in all its many avatars-socialist, capitalist and
Michael Berube, an English professor at Penn State University, has become quite a fixture in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In a recent article ("Ali vs. Hitchens: Battle on the Left," 3 May), Berube tells us that he studies conflicts within the Left.
Peters: East Timor Independence Day: May 20, 2002
May 22, 2002
When is hopelessness a reasonable response to a terrible situation?
Anyone who has even briefly perused the childcare shelves at bookstores knows that there are strategies and then refinements to those strategies on how to be the best possible parent to your fetus.
First, in February 2002, came news of the Hindu Right's renewed campaign to build a temple at the site of the destroyed 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, in northern India. In 1992, the leaders of the Hindu Right's political party, the BJP, joined with thou
Prashad: Sharonism and the "Special Relationship."
Apr 25, 2002
An email message comes to me from Karachi, Pakistan. The message reads, in part, as follows: "Chomsky says that US support of Israel is not because of the 'Jewish Lobby' and he gives reasons for that; for one it would be too simplistic to think that a sin
Podur: Re-colonization Is Still On Schedule
Apr 16, 2002
What does the recent coup in Venezuela mean for those struggling for social justice in Latin America? Are there lessons to be learned?
Peters: On Going to D.C. and On Going Home
Apr 12, 2002
The long weekend of April 19-22 in Washington, DC represents an historic opportunity for progressive social change movements. The anti-capitalist globalization movement, the newly forming anti-war movement, the growing mobilization against domestic spendi
Podur: Nation States?
Apr 07, 2002
A state can be defined as a 'coercion-wielding organization that exercises priority over all other organizations in a definite territory', after Charles Tilly. Tilly says that the logic of states is to try to expand their power territorially by making war
Podur: Cut Through The Lies In Palestine
Apr 04, 2002
It's possible that there are more distortions and lies printed about
Peters: Using MLK to Keep You in Your Place
Mar 27, 2002
There are all sorts of rationalizations people will offer for not envisioning a better future. "It's utopian," some will say. "You're dreaming. The best we can do is make small improvements on what we've got."
Pilger: Venezuela: Next Chile?
Mar 15, 2002
He has won two elections, and he has made a start on relieving poverty. So now the US wants to get rid of Venezuela's president
Podur: Shalom Interviews Podur / Colombia
Mar 11, 2002
Steve Shalom. The New York Times ran a story on February 25 by Juan Forero titled "Colombian Rebels Sabotage Peace Hopes." Perhaps you can address some of the questions raised by the article.
Pilger: The Camp X-ray Concentration Camp
Mar 05, 2002
THE conditions in which prisoners are being held brutally and illegally in an American concentration camp on Cuba go to the heart of the "war on terrorism", and mark the Blair government for its betrayal of the basic rights of British citizens to the inte
Peters: Guys Have All the Fun
Mar 02, 2002
There's something cutting edge about the 9 warriors that make up the fellowship in Lord of the Rings. They're not one-dimensional macho fighters who employ only brute strength in the war against evil. They're a dream team of qualities, abilities, ages, an
In 1948, in San Francisco, the world community forged the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that was slated to set the horizon of rights for the people of the planet. But it was not to be, mainly because of the hesitancy of the capitalist
Prashad: The Parochial Coverage of Enron
Feb 17, 2002
Again, the US media has shown that it is just not up to the task of stal king the corruption of the global economy. Enron collapses and now the media tells us that it is all about Raptors and the connivance of Arthur Andersen (or isn't it now Accenture
Podur: What Are The Rules?
Jan 20, 2002
Years ago I interviewed someone who had traveled all over Central and Eastern Europe and Central and South Asia studying states and civil wars and how and why states failed. 'People ask me what's worse, an authoritarian state or no state,' he said. 'I've
Prashad: The Hawks Circle South Asia.
Jan 08, 2002
The Fifth Afghan War, now slowly coming to a close, has changed the rules of international engagements. The Bush doctrine against terrorism stated that the US or any aggrieved party would retaliate for acts of terror not only against those who perpetuate
This is the dawning of the Age of Scorpio, or as our Sanskrit texts have it, the Age of Vrishchika.