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31 July, 2007

Humanitarian Disaster In Iraq
By Jerry White

Eight million Iraqis—or one third of the country’s population—urgently require water, sanitation, food and shelter, according to a new report issued by the British-based relief organization Oxfam and the NGO Coordination Committee of Iraq, a network of nearly 300 international and Iraq-based non-governmental organizations

Iraqi Team Wins Asian Cup,
Captain Condemns US Occupation

By Patrick Martin

The 1-0 victory by the Iraqi soccer team in Sunday’s Asian Cup featured a brilliant goal on a header by Younis Mahmoud, the team’s 24-year-old captain. This was followed by an “own goal” for the Bush administration and its Iraqi stooge regime, which had hoped to reap a propaganda windfall from the event. Instead, Mahmoud told a worldwide television audience that he dared not return to his homeland because of the conditions created by the US occupation. “I want America to go out,” he said. “Today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, but out. I wish the American people didn’t invade Iraq and hopefully it will be over soon.”

The March To The Edge Of The Cliff
By Siv O'Neall

Mankind is blindly marching straight towards the edge of the cliff. Our so-called leaders are busy filling their pockets with gold and making sure they are first in line, that they can yell louder and grab faster than all the rest of us and that they can reach farther into whatever we're heading for. The fact that it's a morass and that it's going to suck us all up, nobody seems to care about

Converging Interests In Iraq Allow Bush
An ‘Iranian Option’ -Arabs Threatened

By Nicola Nasser

Converging U.S. – Iran interests in Iraq are creating a common ground for an “Iranian option” for President George W. Bush that could be developed into an historical foreign policy breakthrough of the kind he has been yearning for in the Arab – Israeli conflict

"Tamil Liberation And Prabhakaran Are Far Apart "
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa & Satchi Sithanandan

Prominent writer on Sri Lankan issues and editor of the Subidcham and websites published from Germany and USA Satchi Sithananthan spoke to us freely about the current situation in Sri Lanka and the Tamil Diaspora and also made pointed references to certain historical realities in the country to which our politicians had turned a blind eye thus causing deadly consequences

The Strange Cases Of Mohammed Haneef
And Iftikhar Gilani

By Jawed Naqvi

I spoke to Iftikhar Gilani about the Haneef episode and asked him to compare that example with his own incarceration that lasted seven scorching months in Delhi's notorious Tihar Jail. In India a terror suspect is often held for six months without charge. And this is precisely what happened with Iftikhar Gilani. He lived through hell for seven months and was then as mysteriously freed

Environment, Sustainable Development
And Globalisation: A Plea To Indian Legislatures

By Dr.Zafar Mahfooz Nomani

The India today needs to usher in a season of transformation, a season of stewardship to make long overdue constitutional commitment to protection and improvement of environment and security of future generation

Song Of The Sleepless River
By Prasanna Ratnayake

In the past two months Hugh Masekela and Afroreggae have given sold-out concerts in the Barbican. But this note is not about jazz or reggae; it traces some reverberations and reflections these events evoked

The Intra-National Colonization Of Patriotisms
By Jorge Majfud

It is assumed that there exists a unique – true, honorable – form for the nation and of being Uruguayan (Chinese, Argentine, North American, French). If one is against that particular idea of country, of fatherland (patria), then one is anti-patriotic, one is a traitor

30 July, 2007

Hurricane Boost 'Due To Warm Sea'
By Matt McGrath

A new analysis of Atlantic hurricanes says their numbers have doubled over the last century. The study says that warmer sea surface temperatures and changes in wind patterns caused by climate change are fuelling much of the increase

Running Out Fossil Fuels: A Cause For Glee?
By Emily Spence

John James, one of the writers for Crisis Coalition, suggests, "It may be that declining oil may save us from climate change. 1.5 degrees is inevitable, and in another four years -- two degrees. Were oil to decline in that time span, we may yet survive

Football Succeeds Where Politics Fails
By Ali al-Fadhily

An Iraqi football victory seems to have united Iraqis across the country where politicians only divide it

Something Happened On 9-11
By Sheila Samples

Something happened on 9-11 -- something so horrible that the American people acquiesced for a time in their own subjection.They will not succumb to their own destruction. Enough is enough

Impeachment As Political Solution To Iraq War
By James Rothenberg

A just solution to Iraq invasion won’t come without a cleansing and we are fortunate to have one handy. Impeachment will tell a story about how and why we started an aggression. It will contain sub-plots about indefinite detention and torture and the means of repression here at home, including the suppression of dissent

Americans Stuck In Political Stupor
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Americans must awake from their political stupor and stop letting themselves be victimized and manipulated by the media/political/financial elites running and ruining our nation

By David Swanson

On the question of impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney, however, Conyers takes a very different tack. He has published a book documenting the crimes of Cheney and Bush, but when it comes to supporting a bill, Conyers offers the "we don't have the votes" excuse

Ecuador: Clash Of Old And New
By Federico Fuentes

Denouncing the congress as “rubbish” and a “national disgrace”, left-wing Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa called on the upcoming constituent assembly, for which there will be elections held on September 30, to dissolve the body, which is widely viewed as corrupt. The calls came after the opposition-controlled congress amended a number of recent laws introduced by the executive to curb unprecedented rises in the price of food

Simmer Discontent
By Syed Ali Safvi

It's a travesty of justice that Kashmir do not have a single building, road, hospital or any other public infrastructure named after any of our freedom fighters who laid down their lives only that we could breathe in the ambience of freedom, peace and tranquility; where we would not be forced to pay tax to live on our own soil. Instead of commemorating them, we have roads, colleges, public parks named after the Dogra rulers who had been cruel and savage.In their rule, Kashmiris simmered in the smoldering fire

'Use Of ORS' In Diarrhoea Needs A Push
By Anil Gulati

Thousands of children die due to dehydration in diarrhoea in Madhya Pradesh and may be millions in India. Bhopal recently lost four lives due to cholera. Oral Rehydration salt solution can save many like Sharda. Every year on July 29 we observe ORS Day with aim to promote the use of Oral Rehydration salt and to educate the people about its use

28 July, 2007

Bush Fulfills His Grandfather's Dream
By David Swanson

The current President Bush has accomplished much more smoothly than his grandfather could have imagined a feat that was one of the goals of Prescott's gang, namely the elimination of Congress

Martial Law Threat Is Real
By Dave Lindorff

The looming collapse of the US military in Iraq, of which a number of generals and former generals, including former Chief of Staff Colin Powell, have warned, is happening none too soon, as it my be the best hope for preventing military rule here at home

Papers Of Impeachment: A Citizens' Action
By Lucinda Marshall

Get a blank piece of paper and in big capitol letters that fill the page, write the following one word: IMPEACH Fax that word to Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers and your Senators and Representatives. If enough papers of impeachment as it were pile up, we will literally put that word right back on the table where it belongs in such force that it cannot be ignored. And then maybe, before it is too late, we will be able to begin to reclaim our country

I Will Not Hesitate To Use Force:Obama
By Andre Damon

If the 2008 elections put Barack Obama in the White House, the American people will be saddled with a new president who continues the war in Iraq and whose foreign policy does not significantly differ from that of his reviled predecessor

Weighing The Benefits And The Deficits Of Advancements
By Emily Spence

As an acquaintance recently wrote, "The Earth [is] spinning inexorably without caring who inhabits her. We need a new species of individuals, without religion, hatred or borders if this is possible. In the meantime, enjoy yourself. It's later than you think."

Bush's Real Agenda In Palestine
By Ramzy Baroud

The Hamas government crackdown on Mohamed Dahlan's corrupt security forces and affiliated gangs in the Gaza Strip in June appears to mark a turning point in the Bush administration's foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel. The supposed shift, however, is nothing but a continuation of Washington's efforts to stifle Palestinian democracy, to widen the chasm separating Hamas and Fatah, and to ensure the success of the Israeli project, which is focussed on colonising and annexing what remains of Palestinian land

Of Marx, Christ, And The Persecution Of Radicals:
How Will Humanity Survive The Capitalist Threat?

By Jason Miller

Forget worrying about the “communist threat.” We need to turn the moneyed establishment’s idiocy on its head and focus our energies on answering a question that affects the 90% of us who aren’t obscenely affluent:How will humanity survive the capitalist threat?

The Terrible Innocence Of Art
By Jorge Majfud

Freedom, perhaps, may be the main differential characteristic of art. And when this freedom does not turn its face away from the tragic reality of its people, then the characteristic turns into moral consciousness. Aesthetics is reconciled with ethics. Indifference is never neutral; only ignorance is neutral, but it proves to be an ethical and practical problem to promote ignorance in the name of some virtue

Vision India: Together We Can!
By Nishikant Waghmare

As Indians we must have one motto: "One People! One Nation ! One India!" Now, let us look back at the Indian society. In villages where 81% of Indians live untouchability is practiced. Do untouchables get drinking water? Do they socialize like others? Have their Human Rights violations- rapes, beatings, and cold blooded murders stopped? Will they get justice in their lifetime?

Children First : Village Planning In
The Guna Villages Of Madhya Pradesh

By Anil Gulati

Villages in Guna district in the state of Madhya Pradesh are experiencing a positive change which will go a long way to give district's children a right start and bring improvement in the lives of women of the district

26 July, 2007

Is The US Preparing To Attack Pakistan?
By Eric Margolis

The Bush Administration may be preparing to lash out at old ally Pakistan, which Washington now blames for its humiliating failures to crush al-Qaida, capture its elusive leaders, or defeat Taliban resistance forces in Afghanistan

Yesterday Iftiqar Gilani,Today Binayak Sen
By Subhash Gatade

One just wishes that much like their Australian counterpart, the civil society in this part of the globe also wakes up to the innocence of Dr Binayak Sen and tell the powers that be that 'We want him out' ! If the Australians can fight for the human rights of an Indian, should the Indians maintain a conspiracy of silence when one of their own is being brutalised by the state

Tales Of Angst, Alienation And Martial Law
By Phil Rockstroh

Those who have been paying attention are aware that the outward mechanisms of martial law are in place. We shudder knowing that Bush has issued an executive decree that grants him dictatorial power in the event of some nebulously defined national emergency. In addition, the knowledge nettles us that a vast network of internment camps bristle across the length of the U.S., standing at wait for those who might raise objections to the fascistic fury unloosed by the American empire's version of the Reichstag fire

Getting Impeachment Wrong
By David Swanson

Joel Wendland has written an article opposing impeachment. His claims, and all claims of impeachment opponents, have long since been answered here. But here's some redundancy

Lebanon's Bloody Summer
By Mohamad Bazzi

Until the Lebanese can agree on a stronger and more egalitarian way to share authority, they will be cursed with instability, their future dictated by foreign powers

Thoughts On Virginia Tech And Racism
By Jeanette M. Pollard

There are task forces and committees that have and will study what happened and how it could have been prevented. I wonder if any of these task forces or committees will look at racism and how it reared its head in this tragedy

Baquba Denied The Healing Touch
By Ahmed Ali

Diyala General Hospital in the provincial capital Baquba has been hit by severe lack of supplies amid ongoing attacks by militants. The shortages coupled with a lack of basic infrastructure have left the largest hospital in Diyala province short of supplies, and staffed by terrorised doctors often unable to do their job

Reviewing Michael Parenti's "Democracy For The Few"
By Stephen Lendman

Parenti's latest book, and subject of this review, is the newly updated eight edition of one of his most noted and popular earlier ones - Democracy For the Few. In it, he shows how democracy in the nation really works. It dispels the fiction Americans are practically weaned on from birth, taught in school to the highest levels, and get daily from the dominant media

God Has A Plan
By David Truskoff

Religionists are appalled at the corruption that gives developers the right to turn the so-called Holy Land into Long Island. The pollution of the rivers, the clogged and dangerous roads and the ever present swingers with their gambling casinos and legal houses of prostitution makes the religionist warn, History will show Israel died an early death by its own hand

Millennium Development Goals:Half Way Through,
A Need To Ensure Greater Commitment And Accountability

By Umakant

It is high time that a greater involvement of civil society organizations is encouraged in the task of making a prosperous and an equitable socio, economic and political order in Asia. High GDP growth rate does not necessarily reflect equitable distribution of resources and the fruits of growth. That is why an equitable development paradigm should be given top priority while addressing MDGs and other needs for lessening the growing inequality

25 July, 2007

Iraqis Blame DU For Surge In Cancer
By RIA Novosti

Iraq’s environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country. As a result of “at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing” with depleted uranium (DU) weapons, Nermin Othman said, the nation is facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7,000 to 8,000 new ones registered each year

International Investments:
Is Policy Pendulum Swinging Back?

By Kavaljit Singh

Despite the dominant trend towards greater liberalization of investment flows, nowadays certain kinds of investments have come under closer scrutiny by policy makers. In several countries (both developed and developing), there are moves to tighten existing investment rules or to enact new rules to regulate foreign investments and protect “strategic sectors” from foreign investors

Zahir Shah: The Last King Of Afghanistan
By Robert Fisk

He was King of a nation that, in the the minds of many, does not really exist. He was a feudal master who believed in liberating women. He was a figurehead who lived a life of luxury in exile while his people suffered the agonies of war and occupation. The story of Zahir Shah is the story of Western arrogance and Eastern impotence

The Ivory Tower Behind The Apartheid Wall
By Margaret Aziza Pappano

In the last few weeks, university presidents across the US and Canada have rushed to issue statements about the proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the British University and College Union

The Invisible Government
By John Pilger

In a speech in Chicago, John Pilger describes how propaganda has become such a potent force in our lives and, in the words of one of its founders, represents 'an invisible government'

Australian Government Launches Unprecedented Attacks On Lawyers As Haneef Case Falls Apart
By Mike Head

With its prosecution of Indian Muslim doctor Mohamed Haneef on a terrorism charge in disarray, the Howard government has responded by launching unprecedented attacks on his lawyers, and the legal profession at large, accusing them of waging a campaign to undermine the anti-terrorism laws

Support Our Robots
By Adam Engel

Well, I suppose we won't have to worry as much about the safety of our invading, marauding army. We can “support our Robots” instead, as unmanned planes, named, appropriately, The Reaper, murders Iraqis, destroys more homes and “secret insurgent hideouts” ( among their families, friends and other non-combatants, in Iraq), and secures the area for Truth, Justice, and the American Way (massive oil consumption, militarism, predatory Corporatism, racism and all the rest)

Senator Reid Has No Idea
By Kevin Zeese

Senator Reid Has No Idea How Many Troops Would Remain if Democrats Iraq “Exit” Amendment Became Law

Hungry World Of Dalits In Poorvanchal
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Four districts of Poorvanchal (Eastern Uttar-Pradesh) namely Maharajganj, Kushingar, Deoria and Gorakhpur witness the dance of death every year. Two of these district Kushinagar and Gorakhpur were selected for the NREGA programme while Maharajganj has also been selected for the same from this year. All these districts saw a large number of deaths due to hunger and malnutrition despite all these programmes

24 July, 2007

England Under Water: Scientists
Confirm Global Warming Link

By Michael McCarthy

It's official: the heavier rainfall in Britain is being caused by climate change, a major new scientific study will reveal this week, as the country reels from summer downpours of unprecedented ferocity

Why Buying Less Is More Than Buying Green
By George Monbiot

It wasn’t meant to happen like this. The climate scientists told us that our winters would become wetter and our summers drier. So I can’t claim that these floods were caused by climate change, or are even consistent with the models. But, like the ghost of Christmas yet to come, they offer us a glimpse of the possible winter world we’ll inhabit if we don’t sort ourselves out

Electing Gore - Non-Linear Climate Change Politics
By Bill Henderson

A Gore run for president will only happen and be successful when this true appreciation of danger from climate change pushes far ahead of more immediate economic and security electoral concerns. And, in all probability, this more accurate appreciation of the climate change danger won't happen in time for 08 so Mr. Gore is probably not electable as climate change president and is probably more effective still as an outsider

Mobilising ‘World Opinion’
By Adam W Parsons

As individuals we may feel separated, impotent and unimportant, but as part of a transnational movement with a selective petition of demands – based on the simple, human principles of cooperation, sharing and justice – we may find ourselves in a position to definitely shape world affairs. The prospective rapidity of worldwide changes could reasonably prove, if the Two-Thirds majority world realise the power of joining hands, beyond the erstwhile dreams of even the late Mahatma and Luther King

Saving A President
By Stephen Lendman

For now, though, removing the criminal class from Washington, restoring the rule of law, saving the republic, avoiding further wars, and ending the current ones is job one. Failure to do it may mean whatever's ahead won't matter. It'll be too late long before it arrives. Those who care about these things and see the threat better enlist others, do more than complain about it, and act in time collectively to stop it. It can only come from the bottom up, never the other way

Bush’ Failure
By William James Martin

Bush seems to have failed in all of his intended objectives, not least of which is freeing Americans from the threat of Al Qaeda. Far from defeating Al Qaeda, Bush has only strengthened it, while paying the price of hundreds of thousands dead Iraqis and Americans and three quarters of a trillion dollars transferred from the pockets of American taxpayers to the banks of east Asia, which is the location of US borrowing in order to pay for the war

The Course Of History
By Dan Lieberman

A return to the natural course of history might resolve the Middle East Crisis

Living Becomes Hard In A Dead City
By Ahmed Ali

Life in the violence-plagued capital city of Iraq's Diyala province has become a struggle for day-to-day survival.Heavy U.S military operations, sectarian death squads and al-Qaeda militants have combined to make normal life in Baquba, 50 km northeast of Baghdad, all but impossible

Targeting Symptom: Ignoring Disease
By Ram Puniyani

The terror attack in Glasgow (July 06, 07) has once again, brought to the fore the debate about the nature, the problem of terrorism and how to deal with it

22 July, 2007

Oil And Gas May Run Short By 2015
By Geoffrey Lean

Humanity is approaching an unprecedented crisis when not enough oil and gas will be produced to keep industrial civilisation running, the world's top oilmen warned last week. The warning – which is being hailed as a "tipping point" – marks the first time that the industry has accepted that it may soon no longer be able to meet demand for its products

Rising From The Phoenix's Flames
By Emily Spence

With the many diverse, monumental and urgent calamities facing the world today, the need for massive sweeping change on the part of humankind is undeniably clear. Without further delay, it's imperative that the necessary adjustments start here and now!

Justice, The Australian Way
By Ghali Hassan

There is no conclusive evidence to justify Dr Haneef’ detention. His continued detention is the greatest injustice, and undermines his right to the presumption of innocence. This form of injustice is only adding to Australia’s already tarnish reputation as an anti-Muslims penal colony

White Australia Grossly Abusing
Indigenous And Asian Children

By Gideon Polya

The right-wing, Bush-ite Australian Federal Government has attempted to shore up its flagging supporting an election year by “invading” Northern Territory Aboriginal (Indigenous) communities with troops in battle dress – ostensibly to deal with “Aboriginal Child Abuse”. This is widely seen as a cynical and racist “land grab” and an exercise in bolstering the racist vote in White Australia

Bush Administration Threatens
Military Intervention In Pakistan

By Peter Symonds

The Bush administration this week signalled a tough new stance on Pakistan, demanding that military strongman General Pervez Musharraf takes action against Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in areas bordering Afghanistan, and threatening US strikes if he failed to do so

Stealing America
By David Truskoff

Where do you think Clinton came up with the quick 30 Million and Obama, out of no where, acquired 33 million. Both of them have been openly courting Pro Israel money. Most large donors, of course, want something back for their money. The prediction for the 2008 presidential race is that the candidates will spend a Billion and the one who spends the most almost always wins. It is stealing America

Trying To Destroy Hamas Is Bad Policy
By Ira Glunts

The Israeli and US policy of supporting the newly formed Palestinian government of the weak Mahmoud Abbas and his divided Fatah party while attempting to isolate and paralyze the democratically elected Hamas government, could prove to be as great a blunder as the debathification of Iraq

Bush’s War Policy: When Time Heals Nothing
By Ramzy Baroud

The news of recent weeks emanating from Washington and Baghdad point to one clear, if not final, conclusion: The Bush administration's adventures in Iraq have been a complete failure

Gujarat: Encounters Of A Different Kind
By Raju Rajagopal

As far as the Muslims are concerned, the state has not only failed to heal the wounds of 2002, but it seems to have largely succeeded in invisibilizing the community. Thankfully, there are still a handful of activists here who refuse to throw in the towel in their David and Goliath encounters with institutionalized intolerance. This is their story

19 July, 2007

Another Step Toward War With Iran
By Joshua Frank

The Democrats certainly don’t contest Bush’s Middle East foreign policy, they embrace it. Just last week the Senate voted 97-0 in favor of moving toward war with Iran. So while the Democrats call for withdraw of our troops from Iraq in the future, they insist we must keep an eye on Iran, for the Iranians are opposing the occupation of Iraq by allegedly arming the Shia resistance

Carnage In Kirkuk Amid Conflicts Over City’s Future
By James Cogan

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-filled truck on Monday in the busy political and commercial district of the oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk, just as hundreds of people were going for their lunch-break. The carnage was horrendous. At least 85 people were killed and more than 180 wounded. The victims were predominantly ethnic Kurds. Given the crisis-stricken state of the country’s health system, many of the injured are unlikely to survive

Overcoming The Conspiracy Against Palestine
By Ali Abunimah

"Be certain that Yasser Arafat's final days are numbered, but allow us to finish him off our way, not yours. And be sure as well that ... the promises I made in front of President Bush, I will give my life to keep." Those words were written by the Fatah warlord Mohammed Dahlan, whose US- and Israeli-backed forces were routed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip last month, in a 13 July 2003 letter to then Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz and published on Hamas' website on 4 July this year

Interview With Jonathan Cook
By Amir Tajik

Interview with the British journalist Jonathan Cook who is based in Nazareth, Israel

The Militarization And Annexation Of North America
By Stephen Lendman

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was formerly launched at a March 23, 2005 meeting in Waco, Texas attended by George Bush, Mexico's President Vincente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. It's a tri-national agreement hatched below the radar in Washington containing the recommendations of the Independent Task Force of North America

The Great American Train Wreck
By Rand Clifford

In this age of continuous and absolute lies, one thing Americans can rely on: If the government cries wolf, the sheep are relatively safe

No Evidence Of Iran’s Role In Violence And
Instability In Iraq – Confirms British Foreign Minister

By Mehrnaz Shahabi

David Milliband, British foreign secretary, confirmed in an interview with the Financial times, 8th July, that there is no evidence of Iranian complicity in instability in Iraq or attacks on British troops

Sri Lanka's War Goes North
By Amantha Perera

With the Sri Lankan government celebrating the capture of the country's east, all-out battles with Tamil rebels in their northern bastion of Jaffna are imminent

Operation Silence Backfires
By Gul Jammas Hussain

On Tuesday the bombers struck at Islamabad leaving 16 dead while injuring more than 40 people. On Sunday, in a devastating series of suicide attacks in different cities of northwest Pakistan at least 52 people died and more than 100 were injured. Clearly, Operation Silence has backfired, since the extremists have not been silenced

18 July, 2007

A Tale Of Two Genocides,
Congo And Darfur

By Glen Ford

As many as five million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A quarter million or so have perished in Darfur, western Sudan. But only Darfur rates coverage in the U.S. corporate media, action by the United States on the diplomatic and military front, or concerted interest by the Congressional Black Caucus. The Congolese genocide, triggered directly by the U.S. and its surrogates, is masked in silence. In Darfur, "Arabs" who are indistinguishable from their Black African Muslim neighbors are demonized as enemies in the "clash of civilizations."

Reports Show Impact Of Climate Change In Africa
By Barry Mason

A recent news item on Britain’s Independent Television News by Martin Geissler highlighted the impact of climate change on sub-Saharan Africa. He reported from Lesotho, a country of less than two million people, which forms an enclave within South Africa

Impeach Now
By Paul Craig Roberts

Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran

What's Next For America?
By Paul Buchheit

With the Bush Administration nearing its end, and criticism of America's domestic and foreign policies at unprecedented levels, it is time to devise a workable plan for our country's future. This is an attempt to do so

Maria Made Me Cry
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

I unexpectedly found myself crying over the Iraq war as I read the obituary of Capt. Maria Ines Ortiz, a highly praised Army nurse. What I read broke my heart. The story of this remarkable woman and her tragic, pointless killing in Iraq had so much more power than the endless statistics that have numbed our emotions and fed our anger about Bush’s Iraq War

Mass Graves Dug To Deal With Death Toll
By Ahmed Ali

The largest morgue in Diyala province is overflowing daily. Officials told IPS they have had to dig mass graves to dispose of bodies

Israeli Apartheid
By Bruce Dixon

The apartheid state in question is, of course, Israel. Its first class citizens are Israeli Jews, the majority of them of European or sometimes American origin. The second class citizens are Israeli Arabs, who enjoy significant but limited rights under the law including token representation in the Knesset. The eleventh class citizens are not citizens at all. They are Palestinians

Is This Ben Gurion Or Hell?
By Remi Kanazi

Anyone who has traveled through Ben Gurion airport in Israel knows that it is a unique experience. For most Israeli Jews, the experience is comforting. For Palestinian-Americans and many activists working in occupied Palestine it is quite a different experience

The SIM Card Terror Case
By Binoy Kampmark

And now, citizens, or rather immigrants, must be careful to lend their SIM cards to their relatives. In Australia, the accessory might actually be charged, as Indian doctor Haneef Mohammad was, for providing 'reckless support' to a terrorist organisation (or to be more exact, Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed). Relatives should know better, though I am sure all readers must know everything their second cousins get up to. Naturally, not doing so renders you culpable

Two Island Tales, The Use And Abuse Of Power
By Brian McAfee

The idyllic lives of two island based populations were inexorably changed and came close to annihilation just to accommodate U.S. supposed protection of democracy. Both Bikini Atoll in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean's Diego Garcia island were populated by thriving, self sufficient, fishing based population until coming under the radar screen of British and U.S. hegemonic interests

Tensions Between NATO And Russia Escalate
By Peter Schwarz

Tensions between NATO and the former states of the Soviet Union reached a new climax last weekend, following Russia’s unilateral withdrawal from the Treaty for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe

17 July, 2007

Iraqi River Carries Grotesque Cargo
By Mona Mahmoud & Sebastian Usher

Five hundred mutilated bodies dumped into the River Tigris have been washed up in two years in the town of Suweira, 100km south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad

Just Another Day In Iraq
By Patrick Cockburn

The United States surge, the use of the American troop reinforcements to bring violence in Iraq under control, is bloodily failing across northern Iraq. That was proved again yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in Kirkuk killing at least 85 people and wounding a further 183

Most Foreign Insurgents In Iraq Are Saudis
By Peter Symonds

An article in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times detailing the national origins of foreign insurgents in Iraq has punctured a large hole in the Bush administration’s relentless propaganda against Iran. Most foreign fighters, however, come, not from Iran, but Saudi Arabia, a close American ally, with which the Bush administration in particular has intimate ties

Iran And Beyond: Total War Is Still On The Horizon
By Glen Ford

An invasion of Iran is imminent, because that is the only solution the Bush gang and the corporate mafia it serves can conjure to rally the American people behind their quest for global dominance. The Democratic Party is one with the Republicans in the mission to subjugate Tehran

Out Of America Or How I Became A Marxist
By Betty Wamalwa Muragori

Ms. Muragori arrived in the U.S. with the idea that a highly developed economy bred highly developed people. African Americans somehow manage to convince themselves that society has been integrated, but the African lady saw differently, as she observed Blacks and whites intersecting in the same space. "The new apartheid still did not allow the twain to commune freely even as they congregated."

Militarizing Mexico: The New War On Drugs
By Laura Carlsen

The United States' ill-conceived war on drugs has failed at home and failed in Colombia. Mexico is up next

Biofuel Mania Ends Days Of Cheap Food
By Gwynne Dyer

A sixth of all the grain grown in the United States this year will be "industrial corn" destined to be converted into ethanol and burned in cars, and Europe, Brazil and China are all heading in the same direction

Bush, Health And Education
By Fidel Castro

Yet another example of the plunder: “There are more Ethiopian physicians in Chicago than in all of Ethiopia.”In Cuba, where healthcare is not a commodity, we can do things that Bush cannot even dream of

A New Documentary Series
From Dharmasiri Bandaranayake

By Prasanna Ratnayake

Sri Lanka’s political problems cannot be adequately understood without recognising the decades of systematic discrimination and exclusion from our cultural life of our non-Sinhala heritages. Dharmasiri Bandaranayake has made it a personal responsibility to recover and re-present aspects of our true traditions essential to the forging of a culturally coherent and liberated future for Sri Lanka

Democratic India In The Development Index 2004
By Sarbeswar Sahoo

The paradox is that India and Indian democracy claim to be shining when its people look pale and dejected. This paper examines some of these paradoxes and the dismal position of democratic India in the economic development and social opportunity index after fifty-five plus years of its planned development and democratization, thereby examining the relationship between democracy and development

16 July, 2007

Tuvalu Sounds The Alarm

By Kathy Marks

For Tuvalu, a string of nine picturesque atolls and coral islands, global warming is not an abstract danger; it is a daily reality. The tiny South Pacific nation, only four metres above sea level at its highest point, may not exist in a few decades. Its people are already in flight; more than 4,000 live in New Zealand, and many of the remaining 10,500 are planning to join the exodus. Others, though, are determined to stay and try to fight the advancing waves

The Human Cost Of The June Floods In Britain
By Robert Stevens

The flooding disaster that struck villages, towns and cities all over Britain in June has been met with callous indifference by the Labour government of newly installed Prime Minister Gordon Brown and by the Environment Agency

An Open Letter To CNN
By Michael Moore

I expect CNN to put this matter to rest. Say you're sorry and correct your story -- like any good journalist would. Then we can get back to more important things. Like a REAL discussion about our broken health care system. Everything else is a distraction from what really matters

By Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

Filmmaker Michael Moore appeared on CNN's Situation Room on July 9 to talk about his new film Sicko--but ended up having an animated discussion with host Wolf Blitzer about a CNN "fact check" of the film that made several embarrassing errors

Plan Iraq:Permanent Occupation
By Stephen Lendman

Drawdowns, withdrawal, timelines, mission shifting, building democracy and all the other current and long-standing phony rhetoric aside, America is in Iraq to stay as a conqueror and occupier - that is, until Iraqis finally kick us out as they will in time in a part of the world long a graveyard for foreign invaders. But it won't happen quickly or before countless more thousands die, are injured, suffer immeasurably, are displaced, and lose everything

US Middle East Wars: Social Opposition
And Political Impotence

By James Petras

Everywhere I visit from Copenhagen to Istanbul, Patagonia to Mexico City, journalists and academics, trade unionists and businesspeople, as well as ordinary citizens, inevitably ask me why the US public tolerates the killing of over a million Iraqis over the last two decades, and thousands of Afghans since 2001?

Partition Fears Begin To Rise
By Ali al-Fadhily

Many Iraqis are now beginning to see the rising sectarian violence as part of a larger plan to partition the country

A Vote For Bush Was A Vote For The Terrorists
By Mary Shaw

In the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, George W. Bush won the support of "red state" voters by touting 9/11 and the "war on terror" and convincing them that only he could keep America safe. A vote for John Kerry would be a vote for the terrorists. Now it appears that a vote for Bush was a vote for the terrorists

Toward A Palestinian-Led Rebuilding
By Osamah Khalil

The only solution to the fragmentation of the Palestinian body politic is revitalization of Palestinian institutions by Palestinians. These are certainly not the bodies Tony Blair or the Arab League will work to assist. It is imperative that the Palestinians resist these efforts to vitiate and co-opt the institutions which will form the core of a revitalized national movement and an independent state

The Jesus The Emperors Kidnapped
By Jorge Majfud

A few days ago the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, referred to Jesus as the greatest socialist in history. I am not interested here in making a defense or an attack on his person. I would only like to make a few observations about a typical reaction caused by his words throughout different parts of the world

Crime Rate 13 Times More Than Militancy
In Jammu And Kashmir

By Syed Junaid Hashmi

In a state where voices seeking withdrawal of security forces from civilian areas and giving the charge to the state police are being looked upon with suspicion, official reports of Union Ministry of Home Affairs and state home department when compared reveal that incidents of normal crime reported and registered in the year 2006 are 13 times more than the militancy related incidents

Will Dalit Christians Get Justice?
By M. Madhu Chandra

After constitutional denial of Scheduled Caste origins converted to Christianity and Muslims after the Presidential Order 1950, a million dollar question remains in the minds of Indian Dalit Christians "Will the Judicial system of India give justice to Indian Dalit Christians now after 57 years of injustice done to them?"

13 July, 2007

Global Warming Is A
Human Rights Issue

By Mary Shaw

If action isn't taken immediately worldwide to reduce carbon emissions, the consequences could be catastrophic. This isn't just about polar bears and glaciers. It's about humanity. It's about the right to protection from the deliberate and careless destruction of people's homelands, property, and livelihoods. It's about the right to observe one's native culture. It's about the basic human right to physical integrity. All of these things are on the line for millions of people if this problem isn't stopped now. In other words, global warming a human rights issue

FDA Gave Glaxo Extra Year To Profit Off Avandia
By Evelyn Pringle

A February 22, 2006 internal FDA memorandum, obtained by staffers of the Senate Finance Committee, proves that safety officials within the agency recommended that GlaxoSmithKline add a black box warning about congestive heart failure to the label of the diabetes drug Avandia well over a year ago

By Stephen Gowans

Michael Moore’s Sicko is an entertaining and emotionally compelling film. It exposes the harshness of profit-based healthcare to the majority of Americans, and does so in the film-maker’s accustomed engaging way

Eat, Fight, Fuck, Pray
By Joshua Frank

Joe Bageant is author of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War just published by Random House Crown. He recently spoke with Joshua Frank about his newbook, religion, rednecks and what it's like to serve beer to an underage horse

We Won, You Lost
By Rand Clifford

Who are we? We’re the winners—America loves a winner. In America there are winners, and everybody else. Remember that old saying, "It’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game"? Turns out that’s the motto for suckers, for losers. Winning is all that matters

How Terror Has Lost Its Meaning
By John Chuckman

We know Bush is wrong also because the people who genuinely hate democracy and freedom - the world’s oligarchs, dictators, and strongmen - are people who hate terror themselves because it threatens their security

Equatorial Guinea: A Local Point Of View On
Assessments By International Experts

By Agustin Velloso

It is a shame that the children of Acurenam are so ungrateful and spend their time stealing from defenceless Deputy Ministers. Let’s just hope that police station visits and their broken legs help them appreciate all that is done by Obiang, his government, and the international press in their name. Then, maybe in years to come they will be able to live on $2.10 a day

Rural Indebtedness In India:
An Obstacle For Development

By Siba Sankar Mohanty

Rural indebtedness is increasingly being recognized as a significant obstacle for rural development. It not only aggravates inequality in the access to socioeconomic opportunities, but also hinders the growth process in rural areas and creates an intergenerational handicap for participating in democratic processes due to growing distress and shocks to social psyche among the indebted households

A Passive Resistance To Equality
By Mritiunjoy Mohanty

The decision of the Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 is of a piece in the long tradition of the Indian judiciary to oppose reservations that favour OBCs

12 July, 2007

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness
By Chris Hedges & Laila Al-Arian

Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. These combat veterans, some of whom bear deep emotional and physical scars, and many of whom have come to oppose the occupation, gave vivid, on-the-record accounts. They described a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or chronicled in newspaper accounts

Lessons From The Lal Masjid Tragedy
By Robert Jensen

I felt angry at people like Ghazi and at the same time a deep sorrow for his death. I felt a much deeper rage at Pakistan's military president, Pervez Musharraf, and the U.S. leaders who support him. And I felt a kind of fear for the Muslim fundamentalism that unleashes such violent forces, which always reminds me of the equally frightening Christian fundamentalist theology circulating in the United States

Behind The Red Mosque
By Tarek Fatah

For too long, the U.S. has propped up men in uniform who ruin the political and social fabric of Pakistan. The risks are too high to continue playing this game of Pakistani roulette. Like his hero Ayub Khan, Gen. Musharraf, too, has sucked almost a decade out of the life of the nation. Like Ayub Khan, he, too, should go, or the country will go, instead

Free The Jena 6!
By Alice Woodward

Jena, Louisiana: Nooses and White Supremacy

Indian - Israeli Ties Could Neutralize
Delhi’s Palestinian Policy

By Nicola Nasser

An indicator of the new Indian strategic shift is the Indian focus on the Palestinian – Israeli peace process more than on the struggle of the Palestinian people for liberation

Palestine In Suicide
By Roni Ben Efrat

Among the Palestinians, a leadership will have to emerge that resembles neither Hamas nor Fatah. It will have to be both honest and realistic. It will have to put the common people first, the workers and refugees—rather than trying to buy them off with the drug of foreign charity or the promise of an otherworldly paradise

What Drove A Doctor To Become
A Suicide Bomber?

By Chris Marsden

The detention of at least seven medics in connection with last week’s failed terror attacks in Britain has added to the public’s sense of shock. All the more so since the alleged perpetrators of the attacks were both initially identified as doctors working at Glasgow’s Royal Alexandra Hospital

What Lies Beneath: Privileged Grotesques,
Ordinary Monsters And The Iraqi Deathscape

By Phil Rockstroh

At present, George W. Bush is unpopular with the majority of the American public not because of the murderous mayhem he has unloosed in Iraq; rather, his standing has plummeted, due to the fact, he didn't deliver the goods. Americans are fine with fueling our republic of road rage using the blood of Iraqis (or any other distant and darker people) as long as "the mission" doesn't drag on too long or reveal too much about ourselves

Remembering The Maestro:
Music Master, Anti-Fascist

By Stephen Lendman

Today the Mastro would be in the artistic forefront leading the struggle for the same freedoms he believed in when fascism earlier engulfed Europe, Asia and North Africa in its greatest of all wars. In words and stunning music, he'd be in the lead to prevent it happening again so the spirit of equity, social justice and peace on earth could prevail for all above the darkness of tyranny now threatening everyone in the age of George Bush's America

A Letter To My Son Regarding The Problem Of War
By Doug Soderstrom

During the past six years (ever since that of 9-11) our world has been transformed into a seeming “holocaust of horrors,” a world in which our president speaks of “wars without end.” For your own welfare as a human being, I ask that you take the time to listen to what I have to say, for how you respond may well determine if you become a man of honor, one controlled by the inner voice of his conscience, or that of an automaton, a mere piece of machinery, an inanimate cog, doing what it has been told to do

11 July, 2007

Solar Activity 'Not The Cause Of Global Warming'
By Steve Connor

Claims that increased solar activity is the cause of global warming - rather than man-made greenhouse gases - have been comprehensively disproved by a detailed study of the Sun

When Less Is More: Learning About Limits
By Emily Spence

Let us try to keep in mind Buckminster Fuller's words, “We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims.” If we cannot do so, we will surely learn about having less by other means. However, the outcomes for the alternative ways won't be any bit as pleasant as a concerts on a relatively mild, sunny day. This is guaranteed

Preventing More Lal Masjids
By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Lal Masjid underscores the danger of runaway religious radicalism in Pakistan. It calls for urgent and wide-ranging action

Lal Masjid Not The Only Threat
By M B Naqvi

What do the Islamic extremists inside Lal Masjid stand for? They stand for enforcing an Islamic shariah of their own conception immediately. It is literalist Deobandi interpretation of Islamic tenets. It rejects modernist interpretations of Islam. They are bereft of modern education, indeed they reject the knowledge of pure and applied sciences and modern thought on social subjects. They want to take Pakistan back to early years of Islam. For that reason they are a big and growing challenge to most Muslim countries

Musharraf's Bloodbath At The Masjid
By Abid Mustafa

What is transpiring at Lal Masjid has all the hallmarks of becoming a template for Musharraf to deal with other religious schools and institutions- a recipe for civil war. Not to mention that the timing of the crisis suits Musharraf, as it deflects the public's attention away from the secular opposition and the government's disastrous response to the floods in Balochistan

Making Gaza "Scream"
By Stephen Lendman

With essential border crossings closed, supplies aren't coming in. Fresh food, such as meat, fruit and dairy products are disappearing. The World Food Program warns of dangerous food shortages

The Palestinian Left: A Lost
Opportunity For Relevance

By Ramzy Baroud

There was hardly a Palestinian Left to begin with; they lost the only opportunity that could’ve made them relevant, and now they continue to pander to the status quo, yet posing as the wise ones in an ocean of dim-witted multitudes: the precise definition of intellectual elitism

The Danger Of Rising Print Media
Monopoly In Australia

By Ghali Hassan

Nowhere in the world, has one print media played such a dominant role in people’s lives than the Murdoch Press in Australia. Supported by the Government’s policies of serving big business and hunger for power, Australia’s print media has become the most monopolistic in the ‘Western World’. Print media monopoly constitutes great danger to free thought and democracy, a frightening reminder of fascist dictatorships in Europe

Seize The Moment
By David Truskoff

Time for you the young people of America to create your own Progressive Party and create a system that will work for all the people. Seek out a leader and perhaps you can save the soul of America

Labeling Terrorists
By Ram Puniyani

One just hopes that the major powers of the World put an end to attacking one country after the other, Afghanistan, Iraq, and threatening Iran on permanent basis, stop the atrocities on the people of those countries, and the sectarian violence is stopped here in India, so that the likes of Dr. Mohammad Haneef and Dr. Sabeel Ahmad do their profession of saving lives rather than undertaking the things which take the lives of innocents

07 July, 2007

Over 6 Million Face Food Insecurity In Afghanistan
By IRIN News

Three out of 10 Afghans suffer from chronic food insecurity, which badly affects the health and well-being of the estimated 27-million nation, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Slouching Toward A Palestinian Holocaust
By Richard Falk

It is especially painful for me, as an American Jew, to feel compelled to portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel through a reliance on such an inflammatory metaphor as 'holocaust.'

The United States Of Israel
By Margaret Kimberley

The 4th of July is supposed to be a celebration of U.S. independence. But no one can honestly claim that the U.S. is independent of Israel and its immensely powerful domestic lobby

Al-Qaeda In Iraq Bush's Creation
By Bill Gallagher

Bin Laden never had any kind of relationship with Saddam, but many intimates of our president did. So far, they have been able to choke the life out of that truth

Senator Specter Fights For Constitution
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

On the Friday before July 4 Republican Senator Arlen Specter showed his respect for the U.S. Constitution and his anger about President Bush’s repeated pissing on it by introducing the Presidential Signing Statements Act of 2007. What happens to this crucial bill will test both congressional integrity and courage

Mela Chamliyal - Yet To Become
A Testimonial Of Friendship

By Syed Junaid Hashmi

Standing barely at a distance of 600 yards from the shrine of Baba Chamliyal, 11 year old Shifa Fatima, daughter of an officer of Pakistan Rangers' wonders, why she cannot visit the shrine of the saint whose martyrdom signifies irrelevance of boundaries. She questions the building trust between India and Pakistan saying that if both the countries are trying to be triumphant over each other's heart, then why she cannot cross over and interact with children from this side

06 July, 2007

A Message From The Melting Slopes Of Everest
By Cahal Milmo & Sam Relph

Fifty-four years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to scale Everest, their sons have said the mountain is now so ravaged by climate change that they would no longer recognise it

Australian Defence Minister Admits Oil
A Key Factor Behind Iraq Occupation

By Patrick O’Connor

Australia’s Minister for Defence Brendan Nelson yesterday acknowledged that maintaining control over Iraq’s vast oil reserves was a critical factor behind the ongoing US-led occupation. His comments came just before Prime Minister John Howard delivered a major foreign policy address, similarly stressing the need to ensure “energy security” amid growing “great power competition” in the Middle East

Israeli Forces Kill Six In Gaza Camp offensive
By Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have killed six activists of the Palestinian resistance and have wounded four others and six civilians, including two children and a journalist, in the context of an offensive on al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip that has been ongoing since Thursday morning, 5 July 2007. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, IOF have prevented Palestinian medical crews from attending the wounded

Under Sustained US Pressure, Iraqi Cabinet
Sends Oil Law To Parliament

By James Cogan

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went before the media on Tuesday to announce that his cabinet had “unanimously” approved US-backed draft legislation covering the future development of Iraq’s vast oil resources. The parliament, he declared, would begin debating the oil law the following day. He trumpetted his achievement as a key step towards finalising the “most important law in Iraq”

Killing 15,000 Iraqis Every Month
By Michael Schwartz

A state-of-the-art research study published in October 12, 2006 issue of The Lancet (the most prestigious British medical journal) concluded that—as of a year ago—600,000 Iraqis had died violently due to the war in Iraq. That is, the Iraqi death rate for the first 39 months of the war was just about 15,000 per month. That wasn’t the worst of it, because the death rate was increasing precipitously, and during the first half of 2006 the monthly rate was approximately 30,000 per month, a rate that no doubt has increased further during the ferocious fighting associated with the current American surge

Files: Focus On The Presidents Who Ordered
Each Specific CIA Crime Against Humanity

By Jay Janson

These U.S. presidents, were presented in media as jovial, pleasant, charming, law abiding citizens as honest as the day is long in their characters, and smiling to us on TV, all the while they were deceitfully engaged in criminal activity world wide

Strike The Root
By Sheila Samples

Recently, Nova M Radio's Mike Malloy suggested the lethargy that appears to have descended on the American people is more "rage fatigue" than a lack of knowledge or comprehension of the damage wrought by this administration. I agree, although for many of us, rather than fatigue, it's more an inability to "focus" on any single atrocity about which to be enraged. There are just too many incoming horrors at any one time. We are in the throes of a national paralysis

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit OfPersonal Gratification:
“Here There Be Monsters”

By Jason Miller

As long as greed, self-absorption, selfishness, and consumerism are so deeply woven into our sociocultural fabric, we who comprise the collective in the United States will exist as a living testament to Victor Hugo’s observation that, “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”

By Pranoti Chirmuley

'RACISTS' concerns about the West's obsession with proving the supremacy of a particular race during the early 18th and 19th century

Marxism And The New Synthesis In Moral Psychology
By Thomas Riggins

Jonathan Haidt, of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, has an important article in the May 18, 2007 issue of Science ("The New Synthesis in Moral Psychology." Since we live in a time of rampant amorality (to say nothing of immorality) in government and civil society, I think a review of this article will further advance a study of the role of Marxist thinking in our times

Extreme Solutions
By Zia-Ur-Rehman

The role of TNSM in Talibanising the Malakand -- a journey into history up to the present times

Protecting Culture Or Fishing In Troubled Waters?
By Prasanna Ratnayake

As books are no longer the main means of circulating modern culture, the attack is now on cinema. We are forced, or at least inclined to conclude that the methods of fascism have not changed greatly since the last century

Despite Years Of Turmoil Sufism
Still Holds Sway In Doda

By Renu Bhran & Syed Junaid Hashmi

Ask people in district Doda, they would tell you that being an area where Sufism has been thriving from centuries, possibility of communities getting engaged in religious, regional, racist and gender conflicts are meager. Despite changing times, Sufism continues to enjoy supremacy in district Doda

04 July, 2007

Global Warming: A Sudden Change Of State
By George Monbiot

The IPCC predicts that sea levels could rise by as much as 59cm this century. James Hansen’s paper argues that the slow melting of ice sheets the panel expects doesn’t fit the data. The geological record suggests that ice at the poles does not melt in a gradual and linear fashion, but flips suddenly from one state to another. When temperatures increased to 2-3 degrees above today’s level 3.5 million years ago, sea levels rose not by 59 centimeters but by 25 meters. The ice responded immediately to changes in temperature

Call Out The Instigator
By Cindy Sheehan

I’m not backing off. I tried to remove myself from the political realm of the US, what BushCo is turning into an Evil Empire, but the blatant audacity of George commuting Scooter’s sentence (he’s not ruling out a full pardon —and you know he will) has dragged me kicking and screaming back in. I can’t sit back and let this BushCo drag our country further down into the murky quagmire of Fascism and violence, taking the rest of the world with them!

The Freeing Of Lewis Libby: Government Criminality
And The Class Nature Of American “Justice”

By Bill Van Auken

The decision of the Bush White House to commute the jail sentence of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is a telling demonstration of both the criminal character of the US government and the inequality that pervades American society

When Presidents Pardon Their Own Crimes
By David Swanson

Now is the moment for members of the public to act. Go to your Congress Member's office. Sit down. Read the U.S. Constitution aloud. Do not leave until they take you to jail

Who Am I?
By David Truskoff

What a wonderful world. All one has to do is go to Israel and become a citizen, get a bonus, bulldoze down someone else's house and get one built for you for free. You need not worry about the last resident and his children starving because God gave you the land and God is on your side All you have to do is claim to be Jewish

Fourteen Congress Members For Impeachment
By David Swanson

Congress is off this week, so your Representative is home making appearances at community events. What a great opportunity to grab a video camera and ask them point blank: what's your excuse for not co-sponsoring H.Res. 333 ? is paying $100 for each "no excuse" video asking a Democrat in the House why (s)he has not co-sponsored H.Res. 333 and recording their response on video

The Air Force vs. Rev. Lennox Yearwood
By Kevin Zeese

Air Force Claims Anti-war Minister, Rev. Lennox Yearwood is a National Security Threat!

Grassroots Movements Change
The Face Of Power In Latin America

By Nadia Martinez

As the people of Latin America build democracies from the bottom up, the symbols of power are changing. What used to be emblems of poverty and oppression ­- indigenous clothing and speech, the labels "campesino" and "landless worker" ­- are increasingly the symbols of new power. As people-powered movements drive the region toward social justice and equality, these symbols speak, not of elite authority limited to a few, but of power broadly shared

India-Pakistan; Suspects In Each Others Eyes
By Syed Junaid Hashmi

"A joint mechanism on terror has been formed, bus service has been started, Rail services have become operational and people to people contacts have increased yet mistrust, suspicion, skepticism have become a part of such ceremonial meetings between India and Pakistan," said Senior leader of People's Democratic Party Nizamuddin Bhat. He added that these points could become points of emotional integration and help in strengthening the bond of love and liking between the people on the two sides

Kashmir Dialogue Process Needs To Be Broadened
By Wajahat Habibullah & Priyashree Andley

An interview with India’s Chief Information Commissioner, Wajahat Habibullah, who is also New Delhi’s expert hand on Kashmir affairs

03 July, 2007

Airstrike Leaves Over 100 Dead
In Afghanistan

By Tom Carter

Late in the day on June 29, more than a hundred people were killed in a massive US-led airstrike on the village of Hyderabad, located in the Grishk district of the southern province of Helmand in Afghanistan. According to Dur Ali Shah, the mayor of the district, at least 107 people were killed in the attack, which can only be described as a massacre

The Killing Machine
By Fidel Castro

The American empire has created a veritable killing machine that is made up not only of the CIA and its methods. Bush has established powerful and expensive intelligence and security super-structures, and he has transformed all the air, sea and land forces into instruments of world power that take war, injustice, hunger and death to any part of the globe, in order to educate its inhabitants in the exercise of democracy and freedom. The American people are gradually waking up to this reality

Lewis "Scooter" Libby Sentence Commuted
By Stephen Lendman

Expeditiously removing a lawless president and vice-president from office is the only remaining hope of restoring the rule of law and showing those in contempt of it won't go unpunished as Mr. Libby has

Reinventing A War Criminal
By Stephen Lendman

Based on his sordid war criminal record post-9/11, Tony Blair won't likely have the qualms that got James Wolfensohn to resign his job. He's taking it to reinvent himself, but that's no more likely than convincing carnivores to become vegetarians. He'll first visit Ramallah in the West Bank, showing up as a Trojan horse fooling no one about what's behind his slick-tongued hypocrisy

Enter Turkey
By Paul Craig Roberts

Perhaps the clearest indication that the war in Iraq is no longer under American control is Turkey's announcement of plans to invade northern Iraq, the home of the Iraqi Kurds. As June 2007 came to an end, Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul announced that if US or Iraqi forces did not eliminate the Kurdish guerrillas that were attacking Turkey, the Turkish Army would move into northern Iraq to deal with the situation

Injustice In Jena As Nooses Hang
From The "White Tree"

By Bill Quigley

All White Jury sitting before White Judge agrees with White Prosecutor and All White Witnesses and Convicts Black Youth in Racially Charged High School Criminal Case

Economic Siege Of Gaza Leading
To Humanitarian Crisis

By Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Israeli Occupation Forces have denied the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip. If IOF continue to close the crossing, the Gaza Strip will soon suffer from a humanitarian crisis as the storages of basic foodstuffs will run out soon. Such crisis will severely impact at least 73 percent of the population who live below the poverty line

Who Will Save Palestine?
By Sonja Karkar

If the leaders cannot do it, then the people themselves and everyone who believes in justice and peace the world over may yet indeed find a way to save Palestine – and not before time

An Open Letter To America:Now Is The Time
For Us To Stand Up And Stand Together

By Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government is persecuting Americans who speak out against the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The U.S. military has launched politicized attacks on its own military members and moral leaders who oppose the war to discredit their voices of dissent

We Got Mugged,So Let’s Get Hemp Back
King Hemp Part-3

By Rand Clifford

Prohibition of cannabis hemp was a mugging, a twisted and diabolical assault on the rights, health and well-being of Americans unparalleled in our history for sheer scope of lasting impact. Never has brazen self interest cost so many people so much for so long. And the number of entrenched industries with profits threatened by hemp have greatly multiplied in number, and political influence

Madhya Pradesh: Water Becoming
Reason Of `Civil War'

By Sachin Kumar Jain

Bhopal is considered the worst endemic city for gastroenteritis in the country and in 22 districts the amount of fluorides in water is above permissible limits. As per a study, 16000 children in Seoni district and 120 villages in Guna district are affected the flourosis. Children do not get clean drinking water in about 30118 schools

02 July, 2007

Massacre In Baghdad’s Sadr City
By Patrick Martin

In one of the largest raids into the largely Shiite Sadr City district of eastern Baghdad, US forces killed some 26 people and detained another 17, according to an announcement by a military spokesman Saturday. The early-morning raid produced an explosion of violence, with US tanks and helicopters opening fire in the densely populated working-class neighborhood and destroying both vehicles and entire buildings

"Abu Henry" And The Mysterious Silence
By Robert Fisk

"Abu Henry" says we may have to remain in Afghanistan for decades to protect Afghans from the Taliban. Our ambassador in Kabul--Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, KCMG, LVO, to be precise--apparently sees no contradiction in this extraordinary prediction

A Dark Summit
By Uri Avnery

The declared task of Blair is to "strengthen Abbas". Woe to the task. Woe to Blair. Woe in particular to Abbas

Finding Lessons In Gaza's Bloodshed
By Ramzy Baroud

The Hamas-Fatah clash that has culminated into a mini-civil war in recent weeks is both old and new, and while some of its elements are uniquely Palestinian, much of it was manufactured at the behest of US-Israeli intelligence and governments

Should Spanish Toops Be Withdrawn From Lebanon?
By Agustin Velloso

Mr. Zapatero desires an impossible miracle: that Spanish troops in Lebanon serve "the cause of peace and solidarity", as he stated in the Spanish Congress, while at the same time selling weapons to Israel, joining Israel in military maneuvers, and playing along with the American policy in the region. Many Spaniards don't know what UNIFIL represents and what relations Spain has with Israel, but it is certain that Arabs do know and are displeased by it

Blair's Future Is Brown
By Mohammad Kamaali

The day a war criminal becomes an envoy of peace is an Orwellian nightmare having come true, and a wake up call to us all

Put Away The Flags
By Howard Zinn

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed

Independence Day Hypocrisy
By Stephen Lendman

On this "independence day" and all others, think of them and our own deprived millions at home. Then imagine a future time free of that condition because enough people mobilized to change things bettering everyone. That would be something worth giving thanks for and celebrating

The Palestinian Hamas –
Vision, Violence, And Coexistence

By Jim Miles

The Palestinian Hamas presents a sympathetic portrait of the movement, a movement with surprising – again the word – flexibility and a high degree of democracy, counter to the western Orientalist view that Islam cannot be democratic. It is a tightly written narrative, focussing almost exclusively on the Hamas, and introducing components of Israeli action and ideology, and that of the PLO, only as necessary for understanding Hamas itself

This Is Not A Story About Binayak Sen
By Subhash Gatade

This is not a story of the fifty plus Children's doctor Binayak Sen from Raipur, Chattisgarh who is at present languishing in jail under draconian provisions of a law which has declared him a 'terrorist' because he had the courage to speak truth to power


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