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13 August, 2004

Iraq's Phase II: Deadlier Than Ever
By Youssef M. Ibrahim

From Iran's perspective, there is little question what happens in Najaf is its business. Any damage there cannot leave a single Iranian ruler the option of remaining neutral, regardless of whether they are among moderates or hard-liners

Withdraw The Troops
By Tariq Ali

The Withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq is the only solution. The media-hyped fiction of a handover of Power in Iraq is designed for US voters

From Inside The Imam Ali Shrine
By Rory McCarthy

The guadian's Rory McCarthy reports the Najaf battle from inside the Imam Ali Shrine

12 August, 2004

World Bank Undermines Efforts On Global Warming
By George M. Woodwell and Kilaparti Ramakrishna

The World Bank recently met to consider continued support for development of new sources of fossil fuels. The action calls attention once again to the growing discrepancy between what the scientific community is saying about the state of the world and what the political and economic communities are willing to hear

Sadr's Men Wait For Martyrdom
By Rory McCarthy

On his chest was a green ammunition belt, filled with loaded magazines and rusted hand-grenades. Written neatly on the belt was his name, address and telephone number. "In case I die, so they can reach my family"

Venezuela Gets The Florida Treatment
By Greg Palast

Will the gang that fixed florida fix the vote in caracas this Sunday?

From Israel To Abu Ghraib: Globalisation Of Torture
By Ghali Hassan

The horror of abuse, torture and executions of Iraqi prisoners by the Anglo-American occupation soldiers are not "few isolated incidents" by "few bad apples". It is the tip of the iceberg of a wide spread systemic torture and violation of human rights of Iraqi citizens, including women and children, all over Iraq. The system is modelled on Israel's vicious system of Palestinians torture

The Myth Of Palestinian Development
By Sam Bahour

The Myth of Palestinian Development By Khalil Nakhleh reviewed by Sam Bahour

11 August, 2004

Climage Change: Greatest Threat To Civilization
By Ross Gelbspan

Climate change is not just another issue. It is the overriding threat facing human civilization in the twenty-first century, and so far our institutions are doing dangerously little to address it

Hiroshima Cover-up
By Amy Goodman and David Goodman

Or how the War Department's Timesman Won a Pulitzer

The Balochistan Issue
By Rashed Rahman

The clash in Balochistan is between aggressive modernisation (backed by military force) and the Baloch people's demands for their rights. Force has not yielded good results in the past. It is unlikely to do so in future

Funding For Vanuatu’s Rural Electrification
By Chin Ching Soo

Who can provide the investment for an energy supply for small communities who do not have significant cash incomes, who are dispersed over mountains and seas, usually without local experience in technical and financial aspects of an energy system and largely without the economic linkages for exploiting electricity-based small enterprises?

10 August, 2004

Oil Profits Behind West's Tears For Darfur
By Norm Dixon

While US and European governments' goal is renewed access by their countries oil corporations to Sudan's oil wealth, Washington's latest threats against Sudan are part of a “carrot and stick” approach that it has pursued with Khartoum since the 9/11 attacks

Goodbye, Kind World
By George Monbiot

People choose to believe the climate change deniers because the truth is harder to accept

De-development Israeli Style
By Sam Bahour

Just as Israeli tanks and gunships continue to militarily occupy and batter Palestinian cities and towns, there is another facet of this illegal Israeli occupation that is not apparent to the casual observer. Israel refuses to abide by the provisions in the Oslo Peace Accords which gave Palestinians full control over their telecommunications sector

Sardar Sarovar - Flood Of Fears
By Lyla Bavadam

Year after year, hamlets and villages in the valley vanish forever under the waters. Some resurface when the floods recede, with their farmland irrevocably lost on account of waterlogging

09 August, 2004

Oil Eyes $50: Where Will It End?
By Andrew Mitchell

As oil hits fresh highs, bringing $50 crude firmly into view, it will take a sea-change - a recession, an abnormally mild northern winter or perhaps a change in U.S. President - to end the rally

Manipur Burns
By Biswajyoti Das

Manipur, a remote northeastern state of India, has been simmering for nearly a month with hundreds of people demanding the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives sweeping powers to security forces

Some Order In The Mess
By Uri Avnery

Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement” plan has already made a mess on all levels. It has sparked a continuing cabinet crisis, an upheaval in several parties, a disorientation of public opinion, confusion in the security establishment and armed confrontations between Palestinian organizations

Miyasar's Fear
By Shirabe Yamada

Israel has been using the house demolition as a means of collective punishment to families whose member was involved in armed resistance. The policy, illegal by international human rights and humanitarian laws, has made countless families homeless across the occupied territories

08 August, 2004

Iraqi PM Bans Aljazeera
By Donald Macintyre

The Arab satellite TV network Aljazeera was banned from operating in Iraq for 30 days.Aljazeera has vowed to continue its Iraq coverage

Who Will Dig The Mass Graves Now?
By Girl Blog from Iraq

In Najaf it has seen a rain of bombs and shells for the last few days. Twenty years from now who will be blamed for the mass graves being dug today?

Iyad Allawi-Saddam Sans Mustache
By Greg Guma

Before the invasion we heard that the United States needed to oust a tyrant and establish a democracy. Now the argument is that the unruly country needs a tough guy ready to impose martial law, ban protest, and use secret police to "annihilate" opponents. In other words, a tyrant

The BBC: Occupation? What Occupation?!
By Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi

BBC's coverage of Arab-Israeli conflict is consistent in one aspect, its inability to see the Palestinian suffering, its inaccuracies and the blatant lies reported as facts

To Die For A Mistake
By Dr. Trudy Bond

“How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” John Kerry, 1971. Vietnam Then Iraq Now

The Wall Will Fail
By Steve Niva

The belief that security can be provided by walls and physical barriers is best illustrated by the ancient walled city of Jericho, and any Israeli schoolchild can tell you what happened to its great defensive walls once the ancient Israelites emerged from their desert exodus. They came tumbling down

To Gain 10, Dalits Must Score 12.5 Points
By Chandrabhan Prasad

In societies all over the world, many individuals, in moments of crises, may sacrifice societal, national interests in favour of their own existence. In sharp contrast, in India, individuals sacrifice their own interests in favour of the caste order

07 August, 2004

The Greenland Ice Cap Is Melting Fast
By Hamish Macdonell

Newly published research shows an alarming rise in the rate of collapse of the massive Greenland ice-sheet as a result of global warming. Scientists now believe the ice-sheet is shrinking at the rate of ten metres a year, not the one metre previously thought

Fear, Not Fortitude, Propels American Empire
By Franz Schurmann

Why is democracy failing? A simple explanation is that Jews, Christians and Muslims used to have only one primary fear, and that was fear of God. Instead, all three now fear each other, or fear their own peoples. To work, democracy has to be optimistic. But fear is the antithesis of optimism

06 August, 2004

Uprooted Trees, Razed Houses
By Eric Silver and Sa'id Ghazali

The Palestinians of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip began to count the cost of a month-long Israeli invasion.More than 42,000 olive, citrus and date trees had been uprooted, 4,405 acres of orchards, vineyards and vegetable fields were flattened. 21 houses demolished and 314 damaged

Palestinian Cement Scandal
By Khalid Amayreh

It is claimed that two Palestinian companies imported Egyptian cement and diverted it to Israel where it is believed it was used in the building of Israel's separation wall

The Tale Of Saddam's Cameraman
By Robert Fisk

Mouffak Daoud's story is extraordinary. For eight years, he was the Iraqi army's top wartime cameraman in the Somme-like conflict against Iran. He was even filming when the Americans stormed into Baghdad in April 2003. He still films for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior

Israel The Real Winner
By Mohamed Elmasry

If we rank those countries which have benefited most, and are still benefiting, from the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, Israel heads the list

Censor Board Bans 'Final Solution'
By Kalpana Sharma

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to pass Rakesh Sharma's award-winning film on the Gujarat violence - "Final Solution"

05 August, 2004

The Death Of Cheap Oil
By Adam Porter

What we are seeing could be that the long awaited peak in oil production is either here or about to arrive. We are seeing that nowhere has the capacity to increase production

Monsanto Prevails In Patent Fight
By Kristen Philipkoski

The Canadian Supreme Court upheld a ruling against a farmer who used genetically modified canola seeds patented by Monsanto while replanting his field. The farmer maintained that he inadvertently used seed that had blown into his field

Overturning Transaction Tax
By Kavaljit Singh

Under pressure from powerful lobby of brokers, speculators, arbitrageurs and "noise traders," Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, diluted several important provisions of the proposed securities transaction tax (STT)

All For The Cow
By T.K.Rajalakshmi

On July 10,32-year-old Abdul Waaris Khan was done to death in full public view in a crowded weekly market of Barghat, in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh for trying to sell his bull

04 August, 2004

The Oil War Moves To Sudan
By Doug Lorimer

In July 1998 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that a Chevron representative estimated “Sudan had more oil than Iran and Saudi Arabia together”

Over 37,000 Civilians Killed In Iraq
By Ahmed Janabi

The People's Kifah, or Struggle Against Hegemony, an Iraqi political group says more than 37,000 Iraqi civilians were killed between the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003 and October 2003

Unmasked - War Against Iraqi Children
By Ghali Hassan

What rights do Americans have to commit such heinous crimes against the history of humanity and the Iraqi people?

More Stories From Guantánamo Bay
By Vikram Dodd and Tania Branigan

Questioned at gunpoint, shackled, forced to pose naked. British detainees tell their stories of Guantánamo Bay

As The World Looked On - Seoni Gang Rape
By T.K.Rajalakshmi

Gowlis, numbering around 150 broke open the door the women through the streets of Bhomatola. The women were taken behind the Panchayat Bhawan and gang-raped

Drowned And Out
By Medha Patkar

Amidst this season of destruction, with the Sardar Sarovar and Narmada Sagar dams immiserating thousands of families, it is necessary that Indians stand up and respond to these injustices

03 August, 2004

Muslims Did Not Blow Up The Churches
By Sam Hamod

This is another American cover-up to create more chaos in Iraq, just as America did in Viet Nam to keep us in that war. In this case, it is to rally the Christians of America against Iraq and to justify more attacks on Muslims groups in Iraq

Iraq Is About To Explode
By Robert Fisk

Watching any Western television station in Baghdad these days is like tuning in to Planet Mars. Doesn’t Blair realize that Iraq is about to implode? Doesn’t Bush realize this? The American-appointed "government” controls only parts of Baghdad — and even there its ministers and civil servants are car-bombed and assassinated

India Faces A Severe Drought
By Radha Viswanath

All hopes of a normal or near normal rainfall have receded. With barely a month to go before the monsoon takes its formal bow, as many as 28 of the 36 meteorological sub-divisions in India have recorded 'below average'rainfall and the nation is staring straight into a drought year

The Oil Factor About Sudan
By John Laughland

Oil will be the driving factor for military intervention in Sudan

02 August, 2004

Heat, Death, Abduction In Iraq
By Girl Blog From Iraq

Is there sympathy with all these abductees? There is, but for every foreigner abducted, there are probably 10 Iraqis being abducted and while we have to be here because it is home, truck drivers, security personnel for foreign companies and contractors do not

The Oligarchs
By Uri Avnery

Oligarchy and democracy are incompatible. As a Russian commentator said about the new Russian democracy: “They have turned a virgin into a whore.”

Measuring Merits, And Its Apologists
By Chandrabhan Prasad

Dalits students better their performance when they enter urban centres, hostels and relatively comfortable educational environments. Once there, they discover the material basis to explore their latent energies. On being recruited, they better their performance, and, given a chance, even excel over non-Dalits

01 August, 2004

An Empire Of Torture
By Pelayo Mella

The pictures of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners made me relive what I, and many thousands of other Chileans suffered under the Pinochet’s dictatorship. What they did and do with Iraqis is exactly the same as they did with Chileans, Argentineans, and its is the same that occupying Zionists do with the Palestinians

Falluja- Documenting death
By Frank Wallis

The Iraqi city of Falluja continues to be the target of US forces strikes which claim the lives of many innocent civilians. Frank Wallis looks back at the massacre which took place in April and argues that President George W Bush went to Falluja to destroy an enemy which did not really exist

Kerala - Loss Of All Hope
By Saji P. George

The student community has joined the farmers in seeking the 'final solution' in the economically and socially ravaged state of Kerala, a classic case study of neo-liberal globalisation

31 July, 2004

The Secret File Of Abu Ghraib
By Osh Gray Davidson

New classified documents implicate U.S. forces in rape and sodomy of Iraqi prisoners

Iraq And The Dollar
By John Chapman

There were only two credible reasons for invading Iraq: control over oil and preservation of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Yet the government has kept silent on these factors

Seabird Breeding Crisis Spreads To England
By Michael McCarthy

England's biggest seabird colony is suffering from the global warming-induced severe food shortage that has devastated the birds of the Northern Isles of Scotland

The Pathology Of George Bush
By Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro answers President Bush's accusation that Cuba promotes sexual tourism and child pornography

Projects Of Mass Destruction And
Floods In Bangladesh

By Anu Muhammad

Three fourth of Bangladesh is now under water. About 50 million people are thrown from bad to worse conditions. Not everybody is suffering; there is a small section of people who feel joy with the rising water. They find their business (from alu-patal to fund stealing to huge (re)construction potential to flood control consultancy) booming

30 July, 2004

The Rise Of Global Resistance
By Omar Barghouti

The rest of the world truly hopes that Americans may themselves rise up to the occasion and renounce the empire from within; that they may opt for the status of relatively less privileged citizens of a more just and peaceful world, rather than the loathed masters of a bludgeoned, bullied, and oppressed world

Oil And Gas In Abundance In Washington
By Eli Clifton

According to a recent report by a Washington-based group, the Center for Public Integrity, the oil and gas industry has spent more than 440 million dollars since 1998 on campaign contributions and lobbying

Powell And My Grandmother
By Sam Bahour

If U.S. interests in the Middle East continue to be hijacked and jeopardized by a rapacious Israeli state, then maybe not only the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza are occupied territories. Maybe we need a peacekeeping force immediately sent to Capital Hill

On Comprehensive Law On Communal Riots
By Asghar Ali Engineer

The United Progressive Alliance Government has promised, in its Common Minimum Programme that a law will be enacted to prevent communal riots but what is stated therein seems post-riot measures like special courts to punish the guilty, to pay uniform compensation to the victims etc

29 July, 2004

Aid Agencies Desert Afghanistan
By Nick Meo

Aid workers who remained in Afghanistan throughout the years of Soviet occupation, tribal anarchy and Taliban rule are preparing to flee the country because US military tactics have made it too dangerous to operate there

Bush Floats War Against Iran
By Ted Rall

Failing to stamp passports is commonplace. Yet the Bush Administration, operating on the assumption that most Americans don't know that, is floating the possibility of war against Iran based on that innocuous practice

Baghdad Reeks Of The Stench Of The Dead
By Robert Fisk

The smell of the dead pours into the street through the air-conditioning ducts. Hot, sweet, overwhelming. Inside the Baghdad morgue, there are so many corpses that the fridges are overflowing. The dead are on the floor. Dozens of them

Humanitarian Disaster In Sudan
By Samson Mulugeta

Thousands of villages in the Sudanese region of Darfur have suffered in a war that is, by most measures, the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today

Religion, Power And Violence
By Ram Puniyani

It is time that the people associated with religion realize the abuse to which religion has been put

Body Of The Nation: Why Women
Were Mutilated In Gujarat

By Martha C. Nussbaum

The woman functions as a symbol of the site of weakness and vulnerability inside any male, who can be drawn into his own mortality through desire. The Muslim woman functions doubly as such a symbol. In this way, a fantasy is created that her annihilation will lead to safety and invulnerability The paranoid anxiety that keeps telling every man that he is not safe and invulnerable feeds the desire to extinguish her






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