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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.
Podur: Consumption, Complicity, And SUVs
Dec 29, 2001
Are people in poor countries suffering because we drive SUVs? Are they starving because we eat too much? Is it our consumption that is the foundation of the exploitative system we live in?
Pilger: The Real Story Behind Americaâ€™s War
Dec 27, 2001
Since 11 September, the â€œwar on terrorismâ€ has provided a pretext for the rich countries, led by the United States, to further their dominance over world affairs.
Pilger: The Real Story Behind AmericaÕs War
Dec 27, 2001
Since 11 September, the Òwar on terrorismÓ has provided a pretext for the rich countries, led by the United States, to further their dominance over world affairs.
Peters: A Post-Mortem on the Peace Movement?
Dec 26, 2001
Today a Village Voice reporter called to interview me for a story he is writing. His assignment? To do a post-mortem on the peace movement.
Like ninepins the Afghan cities fell from a band of principled barbarians (the Taliban) to a band of unprincipled barbarians (the so-called Northern Alliance):
Podur: 'We mean Dead or Dead'
Oct 30, 2001
'If Osama bin Laden were hiding in the jungles of Colombia instead of Afghanistan, whose help would we enlist to find him? U.S. Army Special Forces? The Colombian Army? I don't think so.
Peters: Where are the Afghan Women?
Oct 23, 2001
In my previous commentary, I used Cynthia Enloe's question, "Where are the women?" to explore how gender politics are being used to ignite patriotism on the domestic front. What happens when we apply the same question to the country the U.S. is currently
â€˜The Activistâ€™s Handbookâ€™ by Randy Shaw compares itself to all the self-help and managerial expertise how-to books out there, lamenting the absence of similar books designed to help people win social change.
ÔThe ActivistÕs HandbookÕ by Randy Shaw compares itself to all the self-help and managerial expertise how-to books out there, lamenting the absence of similar books designed to help people win social change.
Pilger: A war in the American tradition
Oct 16, 2001
The Anglo-American attack on Afghanistan crosses new boundaries. It means that America's economic wars are now backed by the perpetual threat of military attack on any country, without legal pretence.
Peters: Women's Patriotic Role
Oct 11, 2001
Cynthia Enloe, feminist scholar and author of several books and articles about women and the military, suggests that when a country mobilizes for war, it is useful to ask, "Where are the women?"