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Anti-Semitism is Not the Real Danger to Jews Today

Mark Mazower

A German MP makes the absurd claim that Jews today bear responsibility for the war excesses of Jewish Bolsheviks almost a hundred years ago, and the commander of German Special Forces publicly agrees. An opinion poll suggests that 60% of Europeans think Israel is a threat to world peace. But whilst there is little doubt that some parts of European societies are again seeing a rise in anti-Semitic activity, a more than cursory glance at the issue reveals that sentiment amongst the masses is of a totally different kind to that which preceded the Holocaust.

Saturday, November 29th, 2003
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Israel?s New War Machine Opens The Abyss

James Brooks

Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories passed through a profound transformation during the last several months, as the West Bank “security fence” gradually revealed itself to be the backbone of a comprehensive new system of land theft, imprisonment, collective punishment? and worse. The question is not whether it is a “political fence” or a “security fence,” but whether it is an engine of ethnic cleansing.

Includes link at the bottom to the latest and most comprehensive map of the apartheid wall

Saturday, November 29th, 2003
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All Roads Lead to Washington, or Soros, or Both

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

What happened in Georgia last weekend was no spontaneous popular uprising by a disaffected, furious populace rebelling against a tyrant but rather, a campaign orchestrated from abroad to place a pro-west, pro-NATO sycophant on the throne in Tbilisi.

Saturday, November 29th, 2003
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Only Dictators Ban Broadcasts

Helen Thomas

The raid by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi officials on an Arab television network bureau in Baghdad and the ban on its broadcasts hardly fits my idea of how to spread democracy in the Middle East. Isn’t that the first thing dictators do—shut down broadcast outlets and newspapers? For those in power, tolerating a free press is difficult, even in a democracy. As a foreign occupier in Iraq, we are proving that it is intolerable.

Saturday, November 29th, 2003
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Purported Bush Tape Raises Fear of New Attacks

Robert Jensen and Sam Husseini

USA military base in Baghdad. Intelligence analysts around the world are studying the videotapes. “It certainly looked and sounded like him, but we get so few glimpses at Bush in real-life situations that it is hard to tell,” said one operative from a Western intelligence agency. People who know Bush said it appeared to him. “That’s him, all right,” said one long-time associate.

Friday, November 28th, 2003
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The Hidden Unseen War: The Resistance

Manuel Valenzuela

Contrary to White House, Pentagon and corporate media propaganda, Iraq today is an amalgam of Saddam loyalists, a few foreign fighters and an ever-growing number of ordinary civilians joining those which Bush calls “terrorists”, but who in reality are nationalists and insurgents fighting a resistance against our Iraqifation. To Iraqis and the rest of the world, they would be called “freedom fighters,” much like the ones clandestinely trained, supplied and supported by the United States in their resistance against the Soviets in 1980?s Afghanistan.

Friday, November 28th, 2003
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Courting Trouble to Buy Votes

Hassan Nafaa

As the pressure mounts on the occupiers of Iraq, Bush administration is faced with two alternatives. The first is to transfer power to an interim Iraqi government. This would allow USA troops to re-deploy in fortified positions away from the cities, reducing the risk of attack. The second alternative would be to manipulate circumstances in such a way as to precipitate a conflict with Iran or Syria, and then rely on the American people standing behind their president in such a crisis. The White House, for the time being at least, appears to have opted for the first alternative. We should not, however, discount a switch to the second.

Thursday, November 27th, 2003
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Want a Safer World? End World Hunger

Jacques Diouf

Why do we allow hundreds of millions of people to go hungry in a world that produces more than enough food to feed everyone on the planet? To put it bluntly, the problem is a lack of political will. Most hungry people live in rural areas of the developing world, far from the centres of power. They are forgotten by the media in developed countries.

Thursday, November 27th, 2003
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Guantanamo: A Monstrous Failure of Justice

One of the UK?s Leading Law Lords Speaks Out

At present we are not meant to know what is happening at Guantanamo Bay. But history will not be neutered. What takes place there today in the name of the United States will assuredly, in due course, be judged at the bar of informed international opinion. As a lawyer brought up to admire the ideals of American democracy and justice, I would have to say that I regard this as a monstrous failure of justice.

Thursday, November 27th, 2003
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Shevardnadze Says USA Betrayed Him

BBC News

Eduard Shevardnadze told reporters that he believes that USA diplomatic staff were involved in the campaign of opposition that unseated him from power on Sunday. He said he couldn?t understand why he had been abandoned, after giving Washington full support in foreign policy, including on Iraq. Someone should have told him, his office was too close to the Caspian basin.

Thursday, November 27th, 2003
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A Palestinian Eid

Mike Odetalla

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and is usually an occasion for celebration and inward contemplation. This year, with the Muslim world under occupation of one sort or another by the ground troops of secular capitalism, with Muslims in the west suffering increased levels of discrimination, abuse, and attacks by racist thugs, and with the holy places in Palestine off limits to most Muslims, it is more likely to be contemplation than celebration that occupies the thoughts of Muslims this time around, and this in a different way than usual. Here, Mike Odetalla of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives us his thoughts and recollections.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
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Fragments of the Future: The FTAA in Miami

Rebecca Solnit

The future was being modelled on both sides of the massive steel fence erected around the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami last Thursday. Inside, delegates from every nation in the western hemisphere but Cuba watered down some portions of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement and postponed deciding on others in an attempt to prevent a failure as stark as that of the World Trade Organization ministerial in Cancun two months before. Outside, an army of 2,500 police in full armour used a broad arsenal of weapons against thousands of demonstrators and their constitutional rights.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
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The State That Cried "Anti-Semitism"

Samah Sabawi

Right-wing Israeli lexicographers have been doing dome revisions lately to the words, ‘Semite’ and ‘anti-Semitic’. Apparently a crack is created in the definition of anti-Semitism large enough to conveniently include two more groups of people: the first any Palestinians who oppose the illegal occupation of their land; the sencond group are those who have the moral courage to point out the atrocities committed by the Israeli Government in carrying out the occupation.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
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Who Will Next Face The Wrath?

William Hardiker

There is little doubt that Iran and Syria are numbers Two and Three after Iraq, though perhaps not necessarily in that order, on the Bush neo-Cons “hit list” of “rogue states” identified for regime change in the near future. The only unknown is the manner in which the administration will accomplish policy that is undoubtedly, in diplomatic speak, ‘on the table ‘.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003
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The Moral Myth

George Monbiot

I believe that there was a moral case for deposing Saddam by violent means. I also believe that there was a moral case for not doing so, and that this case was the stronger. But the key point, overlooked by all those who have made the moral case for war, is this: that a moral case is not the same as a moral reason. Whatever the argument for toppling Saddam on humanitarian grounds may have been, this is not why Bush and Blair went to war.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003
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FBI Eye On The Anti-War Guy

Justin Raimondo

Oh, man, you wouldn’t believe what those antiwar “extremists” are up to! According to our intrepid G-men: “Protesters have sometimes used ‘training camps’ to rehearse for demonstrations, the Internet to raise money and gas masks to defend against tear gas.”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003
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Exporting September 11th

Naseer Alomari

There was a time after September 11th 2001 when the word terrorist meant something really bad. The term has lost its solemnity right after the Israeli government had opportunistically borrowed it and used it to describe any Palestinian child who threw a stone at an Israeli bulldozer that had just illegally demolished his house.

Monday, November 24th, 2003
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Donkeys of Mass Destruction

William Rivers Pitt

Seven months into the illegal occupation of Iraq, and despite the overwhelming force in numbers, training, and equipment, there is no sign of an end to the resistance activities of Iraqi partisans. The question begs to be answered: How? How are people without the vast amounts of money, weapons and training enjoyed by American forces succeeding in killing and wounding so many of our soldiers?

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003
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Paying the Price for the Bush Empire

Robert Fisk

It’s the price of joining George Bush’s “war on terror”. Al-Qa’ida was quite specific. The Saudis would pay. The Australians would pay. The Italians would pay. The British would pay. They have. Canada is still on the list. Until, I suppose, it is our turn again.

Friday, November 21st, 2003
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Tough on Bush, Tough on the System That Produces Bush

Hizb ut-Tahrir

The USA President?s visit to Britain has attracted considerable attention, criticism and debate. The first state visit by a USA President since Woodrow Wilson in 1918 has attracted tens of thousands to the streets, significant column inches in newspapers and passionate views on both sides. However in the whole hullabaloo surrounding the visit and the accompanying circus, a number of important points have been missed.

Friday, November 21st, 2003
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Post-Democratic Disorders

Gamil Mattar

We in the Arab world all learned to dream of democracy, even without making its acquaintance, even without knowing what it could do for us, but somehow, democracy never found us. Then its messengers started telling a different story. We now know that a new era is starting, an era of post-democracy, an era in which democracy is having a facelift, its norms being tailored to special needs, its laws revised.

Friday, November 21st, 2003
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Terror And The Whirlwind

Media Lens

No links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction, and now no question that the invasion of Iraq has led to a massive increase in the threat of terrorism, as the series of bombings across Iraq, in Riyadh, Casablanca, Jakarta, and Istanbul have made horrifically clear.

Friday, November 21st, 2003
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The Very Secret Service

Michael Meacher

David Kelly, giving evidence to the prime minister’s intelligence and security committee in closed session on July 16 - the day before his suicide - made a comment the significance of which has so far been missed. He said: “Within the defence intelligence services I liaise with the Rockingham cell.” Unfortunately nobody on the committee followed up this lead, which is a pity because the Rockingham reference may turn out to be very important indeed.

Friday, November 21st, 2003
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The Zionist Danger to World Jewry

Jews Against Zionism

Following the bombing last week of the synagogues in Istanbul, the leaders of the Zionist state arrogantly proclaim that such events make it necessary for Jews to leave their native countries and move to the most dangerous place on Earth for the Jewish People ? the State of Israel.

Thursday, November 20th, 2003
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When Empires Speak

Mahmoud Awad

President Bush’s recent speech, setting an agenda for democratisation of the Middle East, is still causing reverberations around the region.  After all, it features a momentous missionary call. With this in mind, this article takes as its starting point, the question of whether President Bush ever finds time to read some of the major books analyzing the course of empires throughout history.

Thursday, November 20th, 2003
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Get Ready for USA Atrocities in Iraq

Patrick Martin

The public disarray of the occupation and ‘rebuilding’ of Iraq has forced the Bush administration into a turning point, but no one should think that the new strategy will involve a precipitate withdrawal, or the early installation of self-determination. All indications are that the White House and Pentagon are preparing an onslaught of military violence, and levels of barbarism not seen since the Vietnam war.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
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"Turning Point" in Iraq - Deeper Into The Abyss

Bill Vann

Seven months after Baghdad fell to USA troops, Washington is unveiling a crisis strategy that attempts to consolidate its plans for a USA-friendly regime in Iraq. And as the occupying power begins using massive firepower aimed at intimidating Iraqi resistance, there are ominous indications that this “job” will be prosecuted through a resumption of the war against the Iraqi people.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
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In The Line Of Fire

Katharine Ainger

As President Bush arrives in London amid unprecedented security, the politicisation of policing across Europe has never been clearer. This is a lesson Simon Chapman, a young British man detained on charges of carrying petrol bombs during anti-EU summit protests in Salonika in June, has learned to his cost.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
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Get Mad - and Get Even

Gary Younge

If USA President Bush’s visit to London provides the motivation for massive demonstrations in opposition to his presence, it would be a mistake the visit monopolised their message. If the leader who is coming is a problem, the leader who invited him is no less so. As the man who led the charge to war Bush, is a worthy target of our ire. As the man who followed him, and in so doing, lent the war what little legitimacy it ever had, Blair is even more so.

Monday, November 17th, 2003
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Matrix Reloaded - Yet Again

Jonathan Cook

Have you ever heard people say that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. This article explodes that myth, as it explores the matrix of control used by Israel since its inception to control its Arab citizens, and it warns that a similar fate awaits the people of a Palestinian state emasculated behind the newly built apartheid wall.

Monday, November 17th, 2003
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No Justice, No Peace

Curtis Doebbler

The USA would like its enemies to put down their guns and trust in the good old American spirit of justice and freedom. If they would just submit to the USA?s illegal occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq everything would be alright. This may sound sensible to an American tucked away behind his enormous television set, watching other Americans make war with an increasing number of enemies as if it were a video game, cheering on cue for the president.

Monday, November 17th, 2003
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Bush Wanted ?Black Hawk? Helicopters for London Visit

Martin Bright

Home Secretary David Blunkett has refused to grant diplomatic immunity to armed American special agents and snipers travelling to Britain as part of President Bush’s entourage this week. In the case of the accidental shooting of a protester, the Americans in Bush’s protection squad will face justice in a British court as would any other visitor, the Home Office has confirmed.

Sunday, November 16th, 2003
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European Social Forum Takes the World by Storm

Arthur Neslen & Gibby Zobel

From all over Europe and beyond they came, idealists, activists, dreamers and revolutionaries, but their sights were set on events in the Middle East. The streets of Paris were brought to a halt in a blaze of colour, music and optimism as 100,000 people demonstrated against capitalist globalisation at the end of the second European Social Forum (ESF). “The message of our protest is that we want a Europe that has rights for all its citizens, in a world without war,” Pierre Khalfa, a march organiser said on Saturday.

Sunday, November 16th, 2003
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Wolfowitz Suggests "Ruling Council" To Al Jazeera!

Khaled Al Haroub

According to the freedom-loving democrat Paul Wolfowitz, “our friends in the Gulf” can do a lot to make Arab media more USA-friendly. He wants, with insolent and blunt clarity, for Qatar to officially intervene and hand Al Jazeera administration to a “ruling council” it would appoint and be stratified with.

Saturday, November 15th, 2003
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Who Will Be The Next Victim of USA Democracy?

Patrick Seale

What can USA President Bush possibly mean by saying that “the United States has adopted a new policy, a forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East”? Is the USA preparing to administer a dose of its Iraqi medicine to other states in the area? Has the neo-con agenda of softening up the area to make it comply with USA and Israeli demands been given a new lease of life? Should Damascus and Tehran, the butt of Bush’s particular insults, now fear attack?

Saturday, November 15th, 2003
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By George!

Rupert Cornwell

Monarchs and their Prime Ministers enjoy many privileges not granted to their subjects. Clairvoyance, however, is not among them. For how were the Queen and Tony Blair to know in 2001, when they extended the invitation for President Bush to make his state visit next week, that two years later it would be shaping up as the most fraught and ill-timed exercise of its kind in living memory?

Saturday, November 15th, 2003
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The Inhuman Stain

Chris Floyd

There is a horrible scandal eating away the heart of the American body politic. Among the many corrupted currents loosed upon the nation by the Bush Regime, this scandal is perhaps the worst, for it abets all the others and breeds new pestilence, new perversions at every turn.

Saturday, November 15th, 2003
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Bitter Harvest in West Bank's Olive Groves

Chris McGreal

Abdula Yusuf is too afraid to climb the rocky terraces beyond his village and see the damage for himself. “They’ll kill me,” he said, waving a hand at the container homes on the top of a neighbouring hill. “If they can do that thing to trees as old as the Roman times, they will not hesitate to do it to me.”

Friday, November 14th, 2003
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Europeans Seek Unified Front Against Globalization

Hadi Yahmid

The world should form a world solidarity movement against capitalist-dominated globalisation - this was the message of more than 60,000 delegates from 1,750 non-governmental European organizations meeting in Paris, amid much fanfare between Tuesday and Friday this week.

Friday, November 14th, 2003
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Turning Point

Mother Jones

Paul Bremer’s hasty summons to Washington for an emergency meeting this week was a clear sign that the White House is operating in crisis mode. The impression of barely concealed panic was reinforced by the outcome of that lightning conference: a plan, as yet hazy, for quickly transferring more power to Iraqis—a concept, remember, that the United States lately derided as … French.

Friday, November 14th, 2003
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Rafah On The Brink

Omar Karmi

"It?s a kind of collective punishment,” sighs Abed, resigned to the mess. “The Israelis go slow so as to make our lives hell.” He estimates that of an average 1,500 would-be travellers a day, only 150 are let through. The rest are forced to return to their houses, or, if the Rafah-Gaza City road is closed, to find some relatives or acquaintances who can put them up locally.

Thursday, November 13th, 2003
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A Palpable Sense Of Panic

Jim Lobe

Asked about the CIA report that found growing popular disillusionment with the USA occupation, Bremer was unusually uncertain. “I think the situation with the Iraqi public is, frankly, not easy to quantify.” Meanwhile, a leaked CIA report, whose existence was disclosed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, concluded that growing numbers of Iraqis believe that the occupation can be defeated and are supporting the insurgents.

Thursday, November 13th, 2003
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US vs. UN

Abid Mustafa

As events in Iraq enter a critical phase, where according to the CIA’s own sources, Iraqi oposition could become so widespread and popular that the USA-led occupation could fail altogether, this article offers an analysis of events since the war began, and how, despite caving into USA pressure at last month’s UN Security Council vote, other key state players may still leave the occupiers to deal with their own self-made catastrophe.

Thursday, November 13th, 2003
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Pushing the Envelope in Iraq

World Crisis Web Editorial

With both the rate, the coordination, and the success of attacks against ?coalition? troops increasing exponentially since before the beginning of Ramadan, it?s been a bad few weeks for the new occupier of Baghdad?s Republican palace, and no better for the other illegal President over the water in Washington. The one a mere underling of the other, Paul Bremer has been summarily summoned to the White House for talks on how to “push the envelope” further in Iraq (euphemism for “get your f***ing act together, Bremer!").

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
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Six Months After The Fall Of Baghdad

Helena Cobban

It is six months since Baghdad fell to General Tommy Franks’ forces, and already it is clear that the Bush administration’s decision to launch the fundamentally unilateral, preventive war of early 2003 will change the whole Middle East and the whole global balance - just not in the way they intended it to.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
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What To Do With Bush's Democracy Proposal?

Rami G. Khouri

President George W. Bush’s sudden call last week to make democratic freedoms the goal of USA policy in the Middle East is a good idea in principle, but it should be studied more carefully: this is like a used car that has been offered to us for purchase before. We need to kick these tires a few times, look closely under the hood, and buy only when we’re sure the product on offer is the real thing.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
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Yes, The Iraqis Are Celebrating

M. Junaid Alam

The rapidly decreasing morale and increasingly high suicide rate among USA soldiers in Iraq is probably attributable to the ululating musicals being sung by the locals in their honour - not exactly Metallica material. Helicopter crewmen, too, have been irked as villagers below happily hurl flowers in the air with such vigour that it’s doing a number on the rotor blades.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2003
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Dreamers and Idiots

George Monbiot

Those who would take us to war must first shut down the public imagination. They must convince us that there is no other means of preventing invasion, or conquering terrorism, or even defending human rights. When information is scarce, imagination is easy to control. As intelligence gathering and diplomacy are conducted in secret, we seldom discover - until it is too late - how plausible the alternatives may be.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2003
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Sowing Seeds of Hatred

Patrick Graham

Sarab rolls up her sleeve and looks at the thick scar across her upper arm. The eight-year-old says she was playing in the bathroom of her house when the shots were fired but cannot remember anything else. “It is their routine,” said her grandfather, Turk Jassim. “After the Americans are attacked, they shoot everywhere. This is inhuman - a stupid act by a country always talking about human rights.”

Tuesday, November 11th, 2003
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The Evangelicals Who Like to Gift-wrap Islamophobia

Rev. Giles Fraser

It all sounds innocent enough. Operation Christmas Child “is a unique ministry that brings Christmas joy, packed in gift-filled shoeboxes, to children around the world”. But what many parents and teachers don’t know is that behind Operation Christmas Child is the Christian right charity ‘Samaritan’s Purse’. Their aim is “the advancement of the Christian faith through educational projects and the relief of poverty”. And a particularly toxic version of Christianity it is.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2003
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USA Torture by Proxy

Olivia Ward

USA intelligence agents have admitted that turning over suspected terrorists to countries noted for their violent interrogation methods is now common practice in a no-holds-barred war on ‘terrorism’.

Monday, November 10th, 2003
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A Growing Insurrection in Saudi Arabia

Robert Fisk

Osama Bin Laden has an awful lot of friends in Saudi Arabia. In the mosque, among the disenchanted youth, among the security forces, even - and this is what the West declines to discuss - within the royal family. Saudi ambassadors routinely dismiss these facts as “unfounded” but Saturday’s devastating attack in the capital, Riyadh, is part of a growing insurrection against Bin Laden’s enemies in the House of Saud.

Monday, November 10th, 2003
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The Canard Of BushCo Multilateralism

Vijay Prashad

The recent unanimous vote at the United Nations Security Council, bestowing legitimacy on the USA occupation of Iraq, exposes the hollowness of the “unilateralism-multilateralism” debate. Such debates fail to acknowledge that the Bush administration already follows at least two multilateral approaches toward hegemony, neither of them good, and that to call its approach unilateral misses the real support it has among the world’s corrupt leaders.

Monday, November 10th, 2003
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Neo-Conservatism: The Real Terrorist Threat?

William M Hardiker

Only now, is USA society emerging from a ?twilight reality? of misguided, fear, vulnerability and insecurity and a genuine bewilderment in relation to why do “they” hate us? The fact that a people are considered “they” as opposed to “us” is a fundamental contributing factor to the problem.

Monday, November 10th, 2003
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Against The Common Enemy

Karim El-Gawhary

Heavily armed with all manner of weaponry, and coupled with a deadly determination, the invisible opponents of the USA occupation have proven more persistent and determined than Washington expected. “They are occupiers, what else do they expect?” commented Hoda Nueimi, a political scientist at Baghdad University.

Sunday, November 9th, 2003
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Bush With a New Axis to Grind

Jim Lobe

In what the White House billed as a major address, USA President Bush has announced that he has adopted a new policy called “a forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East”. The speech, which comes amid growing unease about the costs and duration of the USA occupation of Iraq, appeared designed to rally support by casting the occupation as part of an historic mission by Washington to spread liberty and democracy around the world.

Saturday, November 8th, 2003
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It's Time to Wake Up, America

Timothy J. Freeman

War, if ever justified, is supposed to be an absolute last resort. Whatever problem was posed by Saddam Hussein, it is now quite clear that there was still time, there still remained peaceful means of dealing with that problem. There is every indication that the Bush Administration, rather than doing everything in their power to avoid war and find a peaceful solution, did in fact everything in their power to avoid a peaceful solution and find a reason for war.

Saturday, November 8th, 2003
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Rich Countries Fail the Poor World

Thalif Deen

There is a clear indication that counter-terrorism measures have subsumed the spirit of Monterrey and dashed hopes for international cooperation on financing for development, and the prospects for the equitable and sustainable development of the South are bleak.

Saturday, November 8th, 2003
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The Cancer Cells

Uri Avnery

The Sharon goverment propaganda machine insists on telling the Israeli public that their soldiers killed by Palestinian resistance forces were “murdered”. These soldiers would have been surprised to learn that they were murdered. Perhaps they would have been insulted. After all, they were not helpless Jews in the ghetto who were killed during a pogrom by drunken Cossacks. They fell as soldiers in war.

Saturday, November 8th, 2003
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Millions Demonstrate Tomorrow Against Apartheid Wall

Find Out How You Can Take Part

As part of the international activities that would be held to celebrate the 13th anniversary for the tearing down of Berlin Wall, which has separated Eastern Berlin from Western Berlin for decades, millions of participants will participate in demonstrations and activities dedicated against the Israeli construction of its Apartheid Wall cutting off the Palestinian territories.

Saturday, November 8th, 2003
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Iraq Is Not America's To Sell

Naomi Klein

Any movement serious about Iraqi self-determination must call not only for an end to Iraq’s military occupation, but to its economic colonisation as well. That means reversing the shock therapy reforms that USA occupation chief Paul Bremer has fraudulently passed off as “reconstruction”, and cancelling all privatisation contracts that are flowing from these reforms.

Friday, November 7th, 2003
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Guantanamo Detainees Tortured

Lawyer Alleges USA Military Extracted Confessions Under Torture

The USA military has tortured terrorist suspects held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, an Australian lawyer representing some of the suspects has claimed.

Friday, November 7th, 2003
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Dear Officers of the Law

Stop the War Coalition

Every citizen has a duty to report crimes to the police.  When a crime is reported it is the duty of the authorities to investigate the reported crimes and arrest, charge and prosecute the offenders if there is a case to answer. We the people of the United Kingdom, call upon you the officers of the law, to arrest Tony Blair for heinous war crimes against the people of Iraq.

Friday, November 7th, 2003
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Read It and Weep

Art Buchwald

If you’re wondering why Johnny can’t read, ask yourself, “Do we need books in America to educate our children?” It’s the old guns vs. butter story - an aircraft carrier or Mark Twain, a Black Hawk helicopter or Shakespeare.

Friday, November 7th, 2003
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Someone is Watching Over You

Darlene Mariani

What books have you checked out lately? What websites have you visited? What have you ordered online? Who have you spoken to on the phone? Do you think this doesn’t matter to anyone? It matters to John Ashcroft.

Friday, November 7th, 2003
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Bush's Democracy

Randa Takieddine

Amidst the discussion on the margin of a recent UN Assembly General, someone asked Condoleezza Rice about the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She answered: “it is not the Democrats’ priority in the region because settling the conflict would not guarantee the spread of democracy in the Arab lands.”

Friday, November 7th, 2003
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Death Be Not Loud

Maureen Dowd

But let’s look at it from the president’s point of view: if he grieves more publicly or concretely, if he addresses every instance of bad news, like the hideous spectre of Iraqis’ celebrating the downing of the Chinook, he will simply remind people of what’s going on in Iraq.

Thursday, November 6th, 2003
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If I Were Bush's Speechwriter...

Andy Rooney

Years ago, I was asked to write a speech for President Nixon. I didn’t do that, but I wish President Bush would ask me to write a speech for him now. Here’s what I’d write if he asked me to - which is unlikely…

Thursday, November 6th, 2003
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An Message to the Rulers of the Muslim World

Khilafa.com Editorial

There is no denying you have failed Islam and the Muslim people. You have collectively failed to protect Islam, and you have opened up Muslim lands to blasphemy and exploitation. Today, Muslim lands exhibit social ills only associated with western secular capitalism.  The artificial borders that you love to protect permit the entry of these ills, but prohibit the free flow of vital Islamic ideas that will restore life to it.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
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Devaluing the Complexity of the Middle East Conflict

Ramzy Baroud

This is not a history lesson; thus, there won?t be a need to examine or re-examine the sinister role played out by certain world powers, a role that in many aspects invented the conflict, or to say the least, fashioned it to serve their imperial interests in the region. But one can hardly circumvent from divulging the most obvious fact of all, that while imperial agendas and “great games” invented and fuelled the conflict, apathy and silence forced its continuation.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
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Since when did 'Arab' become a dirty word?

Robert Fisk

You can kick a scholar when he’s dead if he’s a Palestinian, and kick a journalist when he’s dead if you want to claim he was murdered by Palestinians. But now the same sick fantasies are taking hold in Australia, where a determined effort is being made by Israel’s supposed friends there to prevent the Palestinian scholar Hanan Ashrawi - of all people - from receiving the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize this week.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
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British Broadsheet Links Mossad to 9/11

Meil Mackay

The World Crisis Web has steered clear of conspiracy theories surrounding the WTC and Pentagon attacks of September 11th 2001, believing that many of the wild and unsubstantiated claims about Zionist links to the attack serve both anti-semitics and the Israeli right-wing more than they do truth.  However, one theory has become so strong that even British broadsheet newspapers can no longer ignore it…

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003

Israel Detains Wives To Get 'Wanted Husbands'

Suliman Besharat

Israeli occupation forces have adopted a new tactic in detaining what they call “ Palestinian suspects”, based on detaining their wives to get them to surrender in return for releasing their women, according to reports from the region.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
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The sinking Ship-of-Fools in Washington

Les Blough

The real story in the New York Times article about Paul Bremer’s complaints about the media is not just about a political bum moaning about a great media-watchdog - as the NYT would have us believe. Quite the contrary.  Lest we forget, - this same media about which Paul Bremer bitterly complains - is the media that supported the war on Iraq until the destruction was complete.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
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A European Response

Jordan Times Editorial

Downplaying the views of the people he represents, EU spokesman Gerassimos Thomas said that European governments would ignore the recent poll showing that 59 per cent of Europeans see Israel as more of a threat to peace than ‘rogue nations’, Iran or North Korea. “A poll is a poll, and policy is policy,” he promised Israeli media. However, the poll results will give oppressed Palestinians some comfort in their struggle for self-determination.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
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Resistance - the First Step Towards Iraqi Independence

Tariq Ali

The key fact of the resistance is that it is decentralized - the classic first stage of guerrilla warfare against an occupying army. Sunday’s downing of a USA Chinook helicopter follows that same pattern. Whether these groups will move to the second stage and establish an Iraqi National Liberation Front remains to be seen.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
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Thousands Moblise to Stop the Apartheid Wall

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Throughout the world , people opposed to Israel’s Apartheid Wall - local councils, civil society organizations, political parties, youth groups, schools and universities, and the population at large - are carrying out a momentous week of activities beginning on November 9th in opposition to the Israeli Apartheid Wall. The day is expected to witness a massive popular force that is to strengthen grassroots mobilization, which could turn November 9th into the beginning of the destruction of the Wall in Palestine.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
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Breaking Iraq, Then Charging to Fix It Up?

Arjun Chowdhury

Someone breaks into your shop that’s been in your family for generations, cuts off your electricity and water, destroys your cash register and part of your building, scares the life out of your employees and commandeers your stock at gunpoint. Then he tells you that you need help sorting out your business, and he’ll be glad to provide said help.

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
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UN Accuses Israel of Annexation by Stealth

Inigo Gilmore

A hard-hitting United Nations report has warned that Israel will effectively annex large tracts of Palestinian territory by ordering thousands of Arabs living near the new ‘security’ wall to apply for a permit to stay in their homes.

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
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Rebellion Out of Control - USA Intelligence Loses the Plot

Peter Beaumont and Patrick Graham

The occupation of Iraq is failing, writes Peter Beaumont and Patrick Graham. It’s failing because the USA forces have been unable to win the support of Iraqi people, and because without that support they will never have the intelligence needed to resist or counteract the guerilla partisans. No amount of propaganda over who is leading the attacks, designed to convince Iraqis that they should support the occupation, will change that fact.

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
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At least Fifteen Die as USA Helicopter Downed

BBC News

Villagers displayed blackened pieces of wreckage to journalists, and residents in nearby Falluja celebrated in the streets. “This was a new lesson from the resistance, a lesson to the greedy aggressors,” one Iraqi said to reporters. “They’ll never be safe until they get out of our country.”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
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Iraq Business Deals May Be Invalid, Law Experts Warn

Thomas Cat?n

The US-led provisional authority in Iraq may be breaking international law by selling state assets, experts have warned, raising the prospect that contracts signed now by foreign investors could be scrapped by a future Iraqi government.

Saturday, November 1st, 2003
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Bush Ignores Soldiers' Burials

Christopher Scheer

On Monday and Tuesday, amid the suicide bombing carnage that left at least 34 Iraqis dead, three more USA servicemen were killed in combat in Iraq. In the coming days their bodies will be boxed up and sent home for burial. While en route, the coffins will be deliberately shielded from view, lest the media capture on film the dark image of this ultimate sacrifice. It is almost certain, as well, that like all of the hundreds of USA troops killed in this war to date, these dead soldiers will be interred or memorialized without the solemn presence of the President of the United States.

Saturday, November 1st, 2003
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This Wall Must Fall

Call for Action & Provisional Calendar of Activities

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall - which truly epitomized the Cold War in Europe and, therefore, became the symbol of shame of the politics of division of the 20th century - was torn down. Now, a new wall must fall!

Saturday, November 1st, 2003
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"The 1.5 State Solution"

Gabriel Ash

Just as the world learned about the secret Geneva Accord, supposedly a groundbreaking blueprint for a comprehensive peace between Israel and a future Palestinian state, the parents of two Palestinian children in Rafah learned of their children’s death at the hands of brave Israeli pilots. Hence, the accord, even before anyone read it, had already helped the Israeli “peace camp” fulfil its traditional diplomatic role, deflecting international attention from the horrible things Israel does, to the pious chants that accompany expressions of Israeli hopes for peace.

Saturday, November 1st, 2003
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An Inspector Calls

Chris Floyd

I owe a heartfelt apology to a top official in the Bush Administration, whom I unjustly maligned some weeks ago. No doubt infected by the corrosive wave of cynical anti-Americanism now raging across an ungrateful world, I predicted that the report of David Kay - who was hired by the CIA to find Iraq’s elusive weapons of mass destruction - would be nothing but a sham, a whitewash: “the fix is in,” I sneered.

Saturday, November 1st, 2003
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"Liberating" the Afghan Women

Yamin Zakaria

We are now supposed to accept the sole Afghani woman being paraded in a bikini in the USA as a symbol of “progress” in contrast to the “oppressive” veil. Instead, it could have been her promotion to become a University Professor, or a Doctor or a Lawyer or a successful Entrepreneur but no! Somehow it had to involve the removal of her clothes in order for the western dominated mass media to demonstrate to the rest of the world that the liberation of the Afghan women has begun.

Saturday, November 1st, 2003
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