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15 January, 2004

Sean Penn Returns To Iraq
By Sean Penn

Sean Penn went to Iraq from Dec. 13 to 15, 2002, to learn about the American-Iraqi conflict from the people who were living through it. A year later, the week before Saddam Hussein was captured, Penn returned to Iraq to find out how life had changed after the American invasion. What follows is his account of what he saw

The Suicide Message Of A Mother
Who Left Home To Kill

By Justin Huggler

What prompted a mother of two small children to abandon them and carry out such a terrible deed remains mysterious. Gaza is a pressure cooker, where millions of Palestinians are trapped in a small coastal strip, with mass unemployment and poverty

Civil Society Initiatives And Peace In Kashmir
By Yoginder Sikand

Insofar as the basis of the Kashmir conflict is political, a lasting solution to the conflict can only come about at the political level. Despite this, civil society groups in Kashmir, and in India as well, do have a crucial role to play in promoting a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in the region

14 January, 2004

An Apocalyptic Future
By Ted Glick

Unless we dramatically shift from the use of fossil fuels to the use of clean and renewable energy, we are facing a truly apocalyptic future

Global Extinction: Does It Matter?
By George Monbiot

By 2050, around a quarter of the world's animal and plant species could die out as a result of global warming. To these we must add the millions threatened by farming, logging, hunting, fishing and introduced species. The future is beginning to look a little lonely

Eyewitness in Iran: Bam Disaster And Beyond
By Jean Shaoul

The earthquake at Bam, the result of a natural disaster cruelly exacerbated by a regime that has sought to suppress all political opposition and social dissent, has exposed the real relations between the government and the people

Islam And Sexual Equality
By Asghar Ali Engineer

When women were so aware of their rights in the time of the Prophet and were active on religious and social fronts, how can they remain passive today and accept the role assigned them by the orthodox 'ulama who refuse to take into account the new socio-economic dynamics?

Dalits Barred Entry Into Temple
By Mohammed Iqbal

Activists participating in a national Dalit Swadhikar rally that crossed Rajasthan the other day were denied entry into the famous Shrinath temple in Nathdwara, despite a 15-year-old judgment of the Rajasthan High Court directing the State Government to ensure unhindered access for Dalits to the temple

Debating Indo-Pak Relations
By Imtiaz Alam

More than Kashmir, Indo-Pak relations remained a hostage to the enmity generated by the partition. It is the liberation of Indo-Pak relation from the captivity of hostility that can create a soil of mutual confidence, that can help overcome historically rooted disputes in a process of reconciliation

13 January, 2004

Syria Rejects Israeli Invitation To Talks
By Justin Huggler

Syria rejected Israel's invitation to the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, to come to Jerusalem for new peace negotiations dismissing it as a "media manoeuvre"

Israel's Deadly Thirst
By Chris McGreal

Last week Israel agreed an extraordinary arms-for-water deal with Turkey. Whether this goes ahead or not, water lies at the heart of Israel's relationship with its Arab neighbours and the Palestinians - and poses some of the toughest challenges for peace in the Middle East

Towards A People Centred Fair Trade
Agreement On Agriculture

By Vandana Shiva

All rewriting of trade rules for agriculture is being driven by the same forces and interests that brought agriculture into the Uruguay Round of GATT, with its genocidal impacts on peasants and the poor


12 January, 2004

Life Expectancy Falls In Poorest Countries
By Barry Mason

Stark global inequalities in health are revealed in the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report. World Health Report 2003 highlights “the slowing of gains and the widening of health gaps.”

Freak Summers 'Will Happen Regularly'
By Tim Radford

Climate scientists from Zurich report in Nature online that costly extremes of weather will become the norm in the coming years

11 January, 2004

Saddam's Ouster Planned Before 9/11
By CBS News

The Bush Administration began laying plans for an invasion of Iraq, including the use of American troops, within days of President Bush's inauguration in January of 2001 -- not eight months later after the 9/11 attacks as has been previously reported

Falluja- Iraq's Cockpit Of Violence
By Peter Beaumont

Dangers lurk on every street corner for the US 82nd Airborne in Falluja

Guantanamo Bay: A Global Experiment
In Inhumanity

By Louise Christian

The US example in Guatanamo now legitimises oppression across the world

Being Young In Palestine
By Melissa writing from Rafah

Canadian Peace activist Melissa observes the lives of young palestinians and finds what does this mean to be young in Palestine

10 January, 2004

Climate Catastrophe
By David Edwards

The corporate media's refusal to address the real issues behind global warming - the corporations fighting with unrelenting ferocity to destroy not just the Kyoto protocol but the environment movement itself - represents the ultimate betrayal of us, our future, and our planet

Sharon Reiterates Threat To Annex
West Bank Territory

By Chris Marsden

Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon used the January 5 congress of his Likud Party to reiterate his threat to permanently annex land on the West Bank and thereby unilaterally determine the shape of a truncated Palestinian entity

And The Twins Died
By Gideon Levy

Here is another one of those horror stories from the occupied territories. A young woman in labour is made to wait to wait for hours at a check point and the woman give birth to twin girls in the ambulance and both of them die

The World's True Rogue States
By Dr. Marwan Al Kabalan

The only two states which qualify for the title "Rogue State" are the US and Israel. Both countries defy international laws and violate the UN Charter, not out of security requirements, but in pursuit of supremacy and material gains

The Sturggle Against Hindutwa And Fascism
By Dr Dr. Rai Mohan Pal and Yoginder Sikand

Unless we have a philosophical revolution to challenge Hindutwa, real and meaningful social change in India is impossible

09 January, 2004

'US Climate Policy Bigger Threat To
World Than Terrorism'

By Steve Connor

Tony Blair's chief scientist has launched a withering attack on President George Bush for failing to tackle climate change, which he says is more serious than terrorism

Free Trade: Benefit or Peril
For The Environment?

By Kumar Venkat

A great deal of uncertainty remains about the long-term environmental impacts of globalization. But the evidence we have so far suggests that free trade unconstrained by environmental protection could be a recipe for disaster

After the War
By Noam Chomsky

Speech delivered at Columbia University

US Imposed “Democracy” In Afghanistan
By Mike Head

Loya jirga rubber-stamps autocratic regime

American Terrorist
By John Pilger

Across the world, the slaughter in Iraq, the destruction of democratic rights and civil liberties in the west and the preparation for the next invasion are "normalised"

Plain Speak About The World Social Forum
By Suhas Chakma

In "an open meeting place", where Hindu nationalists, the neo-Swadeshis and the left wingers may share the same view on "capital", the debate on "neo-liberalism and domination of the world by capital" certainly requires re-thinking

08 January, 2004

Global Warming Will Kill Off
One Million Species

By Steve Connor

A quarter of known land animals and plants, more than a million species, will eventually die out because of the global warming that will take place over the next 50 years

Anarchism, Or The Revolutionary Movement
Of The Twenty-first Century

By David Graeber and Andrej Grubacic

Global revolutionary movement in the twenty first century, will be one that traces its origins less to the tradition of Marxism, or even of socialism narrowly defined, but of anarchism

Israel: Brutal Crackdown On
Anti-occupation Activists

By Chris Marsden

The response of the army, judiciary and the government of Ariel Sharon to Jewish opponents of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza—and to foreign peace activists—is becoming ever more brutal

07 January, 2004

How The War Machine Is Driving The US Economy
By Andrew Gumbel

The war on Iraq was a form of military keynsianism aimed at bringing the US economy back on the tracks and it seems to be working as the recent growth figures suggest

New Evidence Of Indonesia’s
War Of Repression In Aceh

By John Roberts

A number of recent reports provide a more detailed picture of the TNI’s activities in Aceh. A growing body of evidence points to indiscriminate civilian killings, beatings and torture, and arbitrary justice for suspects dragged before the courts

The Fundamental Obstacle To A One-State
Solution In Historic Palestine

By Omar Barghouti

The current phase has all the emblematic properties of what may be considered the final chapter of the Zionist project. We are witnessing the rapid demise of Zionism, and nothing can be done to save it, for Zionism is intent on killing itself. I, for one, support euthanasia

Casting Out Caste
By Chandana Mathur and Sujani Reddy

An Interview with Henri Tiphagne

05 January, 2004

British Soldiers 'Kicked Iraqi Prisoner To Death'
By Robert Fisk

Eight young Iraqis arrested in Basra were kicked and assaulted by British soldiers, one of them so badly that he died in British custody

Coffee In The Times Of Globalisation
By Josh Frank

The global coffee industry has endured colossal changes over the past fifty years. Production of beans has shifted from country to country in the interest of transnational corporations pushing the price to historical lows and impoverishing millions of farmers

04 January, 2004

Saddam’s Capture: A Deal Brokered
Behind The Scenes?

By David Pratt

When it emerged that the Kurds had captured the Iraqi dictator, the US celebrations evaporated. Subsequent power-brokering in Iraq reveal that it is quite possible that secret deal was struck between the US and the Kurds that could ultimately determine the emerging power structure in Iraq

Controlling What We Hear From Iraq
By Dahr Jamail, has been banned from at least one of the US military bases in Iraq. Like other repressive dictatorships and regimes, the US military has now followed suit in Iraq by attempting to select what its personnel should and should not read

Jesus vs. The Beast Of The Apocalypse
By Glen Martin

Evil presents itself as "respectability," as the established way of doing things, as the accepted social morality of a society. Evil hides, they say, in everydayness, in business as usual, in what is given honors and the highest praise. Evil poses as its opposite

Mr Bush Has One Priority For 2004
By Robert Fisk

Get America out of Iraq. Fast Iraq is breaking up into rebels and collaborators, with a vast heap of innocent bodies turning up each day at the morgues

03 January, 2004

'Our Children Are Dead, Our Grief Is Endless'
By James Astill

Devastated survivors of the Bam earthquake turn anger on government as Red Crescent is praised for relief effort

World Economy: No Smooth Path
To Growth In 2004

By Nick Beams

The longer the world economy continues on the present path, the greater will be the underlying disequilibrium and the possibility of a major financial crisis

An Interview With Noam Chomsky

By Hawzheen O. Kareem and Noam Chomsky

Communal Riots 2003
By Asghar Ali Engineer

Communal riots have become the fate of India. Most of the riots are engineered by the politicians who claim to be most patriotic. The year 2003 too, like previous years, saw its own quota of communal violence

Communalism 2003
By Ram Puniyani

In India, communalism is rising by default, it is as much the success of the long work of RSS and its progeny as much it is due to the failure of the progressivepeople to understand the multiple dimensions of social, economic and cultural life of the people in all its rich complexity

02 January, 2004

Dictatorship Goes Constitutional
By Abid Ullah Jan

Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf, has won vast powers, including the authority to dismiss the elected government, after the Senate approved a set of sweeping constitutional amendments

How Natural Is Normal?
By Nivedita Menon

The recent episode of a lesbian couple in Kerala having to seek court intervention to stop police persecution initiated by their parents, starkly underlines the fearsome question that lies unrecognized at the heart of the furore around Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code: Is it natural to be normal?

01 January, 2004

New Year's Wish List
By Satya Sagar

What does one do with an entire New Year on hand when the shambles of the last one are still all around us? Just think of what the year 2003 really represents to the future well-being of planet Earth?

Why is Al-Adamiyah Targeted
By the Americans?

By Dahr Jamail

Al-Adamiyah stands as the symbol of 'Kholmi', the idea and hope for one united great Arab Nation. The area has always been known as 'The Mother of the Revolution', even during the reign of Saddam Hussein

UK Charity Seeks Compensation Over
"Lost" Cancer Drugs For Iraqi Children

By Robert Fisk

A British charity for Iraqi children is demanding that the Government repay almost £100,000 to its donors after nearly half its shipment of medicines ­ including vital cancer drugs ­ was lost by the British Army after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq

TheTwo Faces Of India
By Seema Mustafa

There was a time when India looked at the poor as the yardstick for policy making. Today she looks at the middle class and the rich, the poor having disappeared from the map of progress and development. The political language is now coloured by corporate hype in era of hard sell consumerism