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Pilger: Anglo-American Elites
Dec 17, 2007
When Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke recently about his government's devotion to the United States, "founded on the values we share", he was echoing his Foreign Office minister Kim Howells, who was preparing to welcome the Saudi dictator to Britain with effusions of "shared values". The meaning was the same in both cases. The values shared are those of rapacious power and wealth, with democracy and human rights irrelevant, as the bloodbath in Iraq and the suffering of the Palestinians attest, to name only two examples.
Podur: Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Fails
Dec 04, 2007
Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Fails (For Now)
Pilger: Exposing The Guardians Of Power
Dec 01, 2007
Exposing The Guardians Of Power
Peters: Literacy for Learner's
Nov 23, 2007
As a teacher in adult education, I always had to balance facilitating empowered learning in the classroom with delivering a product to funders.
Prashad: Persian Contradictions
Nov 15, 2007
I read the introduction of Iran's president by Columbia's president with embarrassment. "You exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,"said Lee Bollinger...
Pilger: The Fallen Of Iraq
Nov 14, 2007
On Remembrance Day 2007, the great and the good bowed their heads at the Cenotaph. Generals, politicians, newsreaders, football managers and stock-market traders wore their poppies.
Peters: Veterans' Voices
Nov 11, 2007
A few years ago, an old friend from Nicaragua started writing to me about his experiences fighting on the side of the Sandinistas during the revolution against a brutal dictator in the late 1970s and then later against the U.S.-supported contras.
Pilger: Sicko 2
Nov 10, 2007
Lying back in a hospital ward, the procedure done and successful, a cup of tea going down nicely with the last of the morphine, you are a spectator to the best.
Pilger: UK Health Service
Nov 06, 2007
Sicko 2: The Destruction Of Britain's Health Service
Prashad: Madame Speaker Gets a Code Pink
Oct 24, 2007
The Generals are jumping ship. Retired Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, onetime head of the US army in Iraq, is the latest to put daylight between himself and the White House. The Bush team, he said in early October, is "incompetent and corrupt." Their policies in the Iraq sector, he pointed out, would have earned them a court martial had they been in the military.
Pilger: Why They're Afraid Of Michael Moore
Oct 17, 2007
In Sicko, Michael Moore's new film, a young Ronald Reagan is shown appealing to working-class Americans to reject "socialised medicine" as commie subversion. In the 1940s and 1950s, Reagan was employed by the American Medical Association and big business as the amiable mouthpiece of a neo-fascism bent on persuading ordinary Americans that their true interests, such as universal health care, were "anti-American".
Peters: An Engaged Political Culture in Venezuela
Sep 14, 2007
At a little stand off an uneven road switchbacking its way up and down the Andean mountains, we stopped for a thick, syrupy sweet cafecito. It comes in a tiny, two-swallow sized cup, providing just the right hit of caffeine to keep us alert on the blind c
Pilger: Class Is Still Critical
Sep 08, 2007
A state of parallel worlds determines almost everything we do and how we do it, everything we know and how we know it. The word that once described it, class, is unmentionable, just as imperialism used to be. Thanks to George W Bush, the latter is back in
Pilger: A Boycott Of Israel: Something Has Changed
Aug 23, 2007
From a limestone hill rising above Qalandia refugee camp you can see Jerusalem. I watched a lone figure standing there in the rain, his son holding the tail of his long tattered coat. He extended his hand and did not let go. "I am Ahmed Hamzeh, street ent
Peters: No Sweet Music
Aug 22, 2007
Readers of ZNet know how the "system" works, but who among us has not wanted to take certain individuals by the shoulders and force them to face the consequences of their actions. When I was a kid, we used to have a dog that would occasionally relieve him
I walked with Roberto Navarrete into the national stadium in Santiago, Chile. With the southern winter's wind skating down from the Andes, it was empty and ghostly. Little had changed, he said: the chicken wire, the broken seats, the tunnel to the changin
Prashad: Genocide from 30,000 feet
Aug 15, 2007
Hamid Karzai is finally angry. The U. S. government and its NATO front have been unable to consolidate control across Afghanistan, and into the tribal borderlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan. In lieu of effective on the ground strength, the NATO forc
Pilger: Good Ol' Bill, The Liberal Hero
Aug 08, 2007
On 14 August, you are invited to "an audience" with Bill Clinton in London. You have a choice. You can attend the "breakfast and speech" or the "brunch buffet and speech". These will take place in the white elephantine Millennium Dome, where a place in th
Pilger: How Truth Slips Down the Memory Hole
Jul 25, 2007
One of the leaders of demonstrations in Gaza calling for the release of the BBC reporter Alan Johnston was a Palestinian news cameraman, Imad Ghanem. On 5 July, he was shot by Israeli soldiers as he filmed them invading Gaza. A Reuters video shows bullets
Podur: The Harper-Uribe Handshake
Jul 22, 2007