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15 September, 2003

Uri Avnery To Act As Human Shield For Arafat

"I am willing to put myself at risk and serve as a human shield, in order to foil Prime Minster Sharon's intention to murder the leader of the Palestinian People. So are many of my my fellows in the Israeli peace movement"

14 September, 2003

Removing Arafat
By Uri Avnery

So now it is official: the government of Israel has decided to assassinate Yasser Arafat

Birth And Death At The Checkpoint
By Gideon Levy

A familiar Palestinian story- Rula was in the last stages of labor. Daoud says the soldiers at the checkpoint wouldn't let them through, so his wife hid behind a concrete block and gave birth on the ground. A few minutes later, the baby girl died

Free Trade Is War
By Naomi Klein

The brutal economic model advanced by the World Trade Organization is itself a form of war because privatization and deregulation kill--by pushing up prices on necessities like water and medicines and pushing down prices on raw commodities like coffee, making small farms unsustainable

Communalism Combat Completes A Decade
By Jyoti Punwani

Javed Anand, who along with wife Teesta has edited Communalism Combat for ten years, tells what it means to be a professional journalist running an advocacy magazine

13 September, 2003

"They Have Decided To Murder Arafat"
Gush Shalom, Press Release

"The government of Israel has tonight resolved to commit a cold-blooded murder, with the implementation deferred -- the cold blooded murder of the elected president of the Palestinians. Let there be no mistake about it. Let no one be fooled by the talk of 'deportation'. There is no intention that Arafat will survive the encounter with Sharon's soldiers."- Uri Avnery

Full text Israel's cabinet communique citing
removal of Arafat

Communique, MFA, 11 September 2003, Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser

Iraq's Epic Suffering Is Made Invisible
By John Pilger

If the great crime in Iraq was represented not by the poignant moment of a dead squaddie's flag-draped coffin returning, but by the unrelenting horror I have watched on unseen videotape, the cover would crack. And the illusion presented by the Hutton inquiry would be revealed

12 September, 2003

Manipulating Grief Of 9/11
By Robert Fisk

President Bush cruelly manipulated the grief of the American people - and the sympathy of the rest of the world - to introduce a "world order" dreamed up by a clutch of fantasists advising the Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld

Images That Promote Fear
By Kalpana Sharma

When you tell people in India or Pakistan that you are travelling across the border, the instant response is "be careful.Why do we have this perception about each other's countries, that they are not safe for ordinary people?

11 September, 2003

9/11: After Two Years, Cover-up Begins To Unravel
By Bill Vann

A myriad of unanswered questions persist about how the most powerful military-intelligence apparatus in the world failed to either detect such a terrorist plot or interfere with it once it was launched

Out Of The Ashes
By Gail Sheehy

Thousands of people were left grieving by the September 11 terrorist attack on New York. On the second anniversary of the event that shook the world, Gail Sheehy meets a couple who each lost a spouse - but found love together

Developing Countries Take Early Initiative
By C. Rammanohar Reddy

On the eve of the formal opening of the World Trade Organisation's ministerial conference, a 20-member coalition of developing countries led by India, Brazil, China, South Africa and Argentina, has taken centre stage with its distinctive proposals for reform of global trade in agriculture

The Quick Rise And Fall Of Mahmoud Abbas
By Hasan Abu Nimah

The resignation of the first Palestinian prime minister should surprise no one. The whole scheme was no more than an artificial arrangement intended to serve far more hidden, dangerous purposes than those sanctimoniously declared

The Apartheid Wall And Jubara's Schoolchildren
By Cathy, Marlous and Kate, writing from Jubara

Every day the children of Jubara must wait for the soldiers to open the gate in the Apartheid Wall, then walk in a line past soldiers armed with machine guns, to go to school

History Of Israeli Terror
By John Pilger

In the news we get, only the Palestinians are described as terrorists, and yet the Israelis have a long history of terrorism - both before and since the founding of the Jewish state.At least three Israeli Prime Ministers have been involved in campaigns of terror

Distorting History of Freedom Struggle
By Ram Puniyani

The way Modi, Advani and company are projecting Shyamvarma, Patel etc. is more to down play the legacy of Gandhi and Nehru. They . also want to suppress the factthat people like Krishnavarma and Patel had nothing whatsoever in commonwith the Hindutva ideology

10 September, 2003

Battle Lines Drawn At Cancun
By Stephen Castle

Europe and the United States - so often economic enemies - arrive at crucial world trade talks today lined up against some of the poorer nations, insisting that developing countries must make their share of concessions

Protectionism Trumps Free Trade At The WTO
By Mark Weisbrot

At the Cancun ministerial conference one bone of contention is the international trade in pharmaceuticals. On one side are most developing countries and humanitarian groups who want poor people to have access to cheap, generic, essential medicines. Against this proposition stand the big pharmaceutical companies, backed by their governments in the United States and Europe

Meet the New Iraqi Strongman:Paul Bremer
By Robert Fisk

Today Bremer is the strongman, and under his rule US troops are losing hearts and minds by the bucketful with each new, blundering and often useless raid against the civilians of Iraq

O Jerusalem: Two Tears for Modernity
By Krishna Kumar

Far from fulfilling its promise of reinforcing reason, modernisation has given Israel the dubious status of being an exporter of high-class weaponry. Each time it acts in blind revenge against a weak and hapless adversary, Israel blurs the terrible universal memory of the Holocaust

Moments Of Privacy
By V. Gangadhar

At frequent intervals, members of the "moral police" swoop down on lovers relaxing at public parks and gardens in Indian cities.This violation of human rights should be considered as a crime

09 September, 2003

Who is Ariel Sharon
By Azmi Bishara

Kill unarmed civilians then lie through your teeth: Ariel Sharon's been doing it for half a century. Azmi Bishara examines the career of Israel's prime minister

Betrayal At Camp David
By Uri Avnery

Before the meeting even started, the Americans had, without consulting the parties, prepared the full text of an agreement. This text is very similar to the agreement that eventually emerged

Letter from Baghdad: The Progress of Disaster
By Christian Parenti

Here the criminal is king. Saddam emptied the prisons and the United States disbanded the police, while 60 percent of people are unemployed. As a result, carjacking, robbery, looting, and murder are rife. Marauding men in “misery gangs” kidnap and rape women and girls at will

How One Man Has Changed Gujarat
By Kuldip Nayar

A deafening silence comes out of Modi's Gujarat. Yet the Gujaratis must remember that, as Martin Luther King has said: "The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die."

08 September, 2003

There's Good Reason To Fear US
By Noam Chomsky

The world has good reason to watch what is happening in Washington with fear and trepidation. The people who are best placed to relieve those fears, and to lead the way to a more hopeful and constructive future, are the people of the United States, who can shape the future

07 September, 2003

This War On Terrorism Is Bogus
By Michael Meacher

The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination

The Fourth World War
By Doug Saunders

The devastating attacks on the Afghan and Iraqi regimes don't illustrate the true scope of the campaign. While everyone was preoccupied with the fireworks, Washington has quietly deployed thousands of agents in a secretive struggle that may last a lifetime

06 September, 2003

The Real Cancun: Behind Globalization's Glitz
By Marc Cooper

A de facto economic and social apartheid keeps the two worlds of Cancún--the served and the server--quite distant except when conducting necessary business

Europe's Harvest Crisis
By John Vidal and Heather Stewart

Fear of severe effect on economies after heatwave devastates grain crops

Renaming 'Women's Studies Center'
By Rochona Majumdar

'Women's Studies Center' at the University of Pune was
renamed as the 'Women's and Family Studies Center'. As the feminist historian Tanika Sarkar put it, "it re-embeds women within the family," ignoring their role in vast web of complex social relations

05 September, 2003

Baghdad's Frightening Freedom
By Mario Vargas Llosa

There are no police stations or banks, the American troops are scared and hated and anything that isn't guarded is stolen or destroyed. Is there hope for the people of Baghdad? Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa reports from Iraq

Radio Havana Interviews Chomsky
By Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky speaks about Cuban Revolution and the James Cason episode

Sharing The Art Of Ethnic Cleansing
By Mani Shankar Aiyar

It is the appeal of a common hate object which explains the BJP passion for Isreal. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to India could be a sharing of the experiences of ethnic cleansing

Archeological Excavations And Temple
By Asghar Ali Engineer

Thus the ASI report has created another controversy rather than solving the problem. Wisdom requires that the issue be resolved through negotiations

04 September, 2003

"First Of All - The Wall Must Fall!"
By Uri Avnery

A State that surrounds itself with a Wall is nothing but a ghetto-state. Peace will not be achieved with a ghetto mentality

Israel's Assassination Policy Triggers
Latest Suicide Bombings
By Steve Niva

While Palestinians must do what they can to end suicide bombings, it is past time to rethink Israel's assassination policy. They make it impossible for Palestinian authorities to undertake steps to reign in the militant groups without risking a major civil war and fuel popular support for retaliation

Ambedkar's orphans
BySagarika Ghose

Instead of being champions only for their own caste, dalit leaders should become champions of general democratisation

Milking The Cow Politically
By Praful Bidwai

If the 10 million cows slaughtered each year are to be kept alive for only five years (that is, 50 million for one year), they will need as much additional pastureland as India currently has. If a paltry Rs 10 is spent on each animal daily, that will annually cost over Rs 18,000 crores! India's total primary education spending is Rs 35,00 crores

03 September, 2003

The war is lost
By James Carroll

The war is lost. By most measures of what the Bush administration forecast for its adventure in Iraq, it is already a failure

War, Propaganda, Empire
By P Sainath

The media have never been more powerful than they were during the war on Iraq. But the public refused to buy this propaganda. That opens up a space, that opens up hope

02 September, 2003

Not Just Warmer: It's The Hottest For 2,000 Years
By Ian Sample

The most comprehensive study of climatic history has revealed the earth is warmer now than it has been at any time in the past 2,000 years

UN's Decline And Fall
By Alexander Cockburn

Handmaid in Babylon: Annan, Vieira de Mello and the UN's decline and fall

Right To Return Of Palestinian Refugees
By Salman Abu Sitta

For the Palestinians, the right of return to their pre-1948 homes is sacred. The right of return is enshrined in international law, as evidenced by the sustained affirmation of this right by the UN 135 times so far. Who then undermines the right of return? Israel, of course, and its supporters

When The Saints Go Marching Out
By Arundhati Roy

It's interesting how icons, when their time has passed, are commodified and appropriated to promote the prejudice, bigotry and inequity they battled against

Iraq's 10 million unemployed: The forgotten issue
By E.A.Khammas

There are about 10 million unemployed in Iraq. They cannot afford to pay rent or to support their families. Their families are disintegrating, and many of their wives are asking for divorce or deserting their houses