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15 May, 2003

Vinnell The Target
By Marian Wilkinson

The bloody attacks in Riyadh are telling because of their targets, in particular the Vinnell Corporation which has close links with the Bush family and the administration

Clearance For Raising Narmada Dam Height
By Gargi Parsai

The Narmada Control Authority gave its clearance for raising the height of Sardar Sarovar Project in Gujarat from the present 95 metres to 100 metres enlarging the area and habitations under submergence this monsoon season

NHRC Seeks Details On Missing Kashmiris
By Anjali Mody

The National Human Rights Commission has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government for a report with regard to the "disappeared'' persons in the Kashmir valley

Bechtel And Blood For Water
By Vandana Shiva

In Iraq blood was not just shed for oil, but also for control over water and other vital services

Interlinking Rivers -The Millennial Folly
By Shailendra Nath Ghosh

The Vajpayee government’s resolve to link up all major rivers of the country, if acted upon, will go down in history as the millennial folly

So, Mr Straw, Why Did You Go To War?
By Ben Russell

The legal and political basis for the war in Iraq was thrown into doubt when Jack Straw declared that uncovering Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction was "not crucially important"

14 May, 2003

A Backlash In The Desert

The car-bomb attacks on expatriate housing complexes in Riyadh, reflect the first response to the month-long American occupation of Iraq

Why Friends Of Israel Should See Gaza
By David Aaronovitch

If ordinary Israelis and their friends in other countries were to spend even a few hours in Gaza, or talking to people on the West Bank, then it is difficult to imagine them supporting the policies of the present Israeli government

Khatami Insists Tehran Still Supports Hizbollah
By Robert Fisk

President Mohammad Khatami of Iran insisted that Tehran's support for the Lebanese Hizbollah would remain firm and Israel must leave the last square miles of Lebanese territory

The Two Faces Of Ha'aretz
By Jonathan Cook

Dont be fooled by the liberal face of the English edition of, Haaretz, Israel's leading newspaper. The Hebrew edition has drifted rightwards, in line with the rest of Israeli society

Does Defeat Always Have To Be So Humiliating?
By Ramzy Baroud

Anti war activists, intellectuals and educators must move one step forward, to escape preaching and problem-digenesis, into offering solutions, mechanisms, guidelines, and to-do lists, so that the passionate millions know what to do with their passion, to effect change and to foster a more promising vision for the future

Gun Rule In Basra
By Judit Neurink

Weeks after the battle for Basra ended, the city remains paralysed by lack of security

Allah Baksh Versus Savarkar
By Anil Nauriya

Since many of the contrary voices, like those of Allah Baksh,
represented the unifying tendency within India, their muffling has fed Hindutva

13 May, 2003

IOF Kill 3 Palestinians in Rafah, Khan Younis

Israel Seals Off Gaza Strip One Day After Powell’s Visit and kill 3 palestinians

'Many injured' As Bombs HitWestern Targets In Riyadh
By Paul Peachey

A series of bomb attacks on Western targets in Saudi Arabia killed a number of people and injured at least 50,hours before Colin Powel was due to visit the country

Communalising Kerala
By K.N. Panikkar

A transition from the communitarian to the communal has been taking place in Kerala, slowly but steadily

From Cold War to Holy War
By Henry C K Liu

The war was about eliminating the will of any state to defy US global intentions, which neo-conservatives define as faith-based benign hegemony

Iraq In Danger Of Starvation, Says UN
By Helena Smith, Nicosia and Ed Vulliamy in Baghdad

Iraqi agriculture is on the brink of collapse, with fears that many of its 24.5 million people will go hungry this summer

Bhopal Activists End Hunger Strike

Two women survivors ended their 12-day hunger strike in Washington and launched Global Relay Fast

12 May, 2003

‘We Have The Right To Kill You’
By Nigel Parry and Ali Abunimah

Israel's We have the right to kill you' visa for Gaza

Elections vs. Democracy In Argentina
By Naomi Klein

How did a movement that was building a whole new kind of democracy--direct, decentralized, accountable--give up the national stage to a pair of discredited has-beens?

The New Peasants Revolt
By Katherine Ainger

All of us, affected by trends in the global economy, in the most intimate and fundamental way possible - through our food

`It's A Terrible Thing, Living With The Knowledge
That You Crushed Our Daughter'

By Nathan Guttman

Rachel Corrie's parents remember their daughter

Jews Consume 50% More Water Than Arab Citizens
By Yair Ettinger

According to a study, every Jew consumes an average of 90 cubic meters of water each year, while for Arabs, average consumption is only 57 cubic meters

Roadmap To A Concentration Camp
By Mahir Ali

With an electrified fence cordoning off all "autonomous" areas, the "independent" Palestine that the roadmap is supposed to lead to by 2005 couldn't possibly be anything other than a glorified concentration camp

11 May, 2003

"Go in Ali Baba! It´s all yours"
By Walter Sommerfeld

American soldiers literally opened the gates and the doors to looters of Iraqi museums. Plundered articles were often sold off openly on the streets the very same day

"Corporism: The Systemic Disease
That Destroys Civilization"

By Ken Reiner

Huge corporations now control America's body politic by reason of their bald-faced purchases of the three branches of the American government and America's major media

US's "Axis of Evil" as China Sees It

Victory for China does not lie in killing and plundering the enemy. Disgracing an enemy in front of a wide audience is a goal in itself

10 May, 2003

Iraq Inc: A Joint Venture Built On Broken Promises
By David Usborne, Rupert Cornwell and Phil Reeves

America and Britain declared themselves yesterday to be the "occupying powers" in Iraq and produced a blueprint for the administration of the country that confined the United Nations to a co-ordinating role

Cholera Threat In Basra
By Ewen MacAskill

Conditions in hospitals throughout Iraq have descended to new levels of squalor

US And Britain Seek To limit UN Role In Iraq

America and Britain are seeking UN approval to run Iraq for at least a year

Will Iran Be Next?
By Mark Gaffne

In the coming months the United States and its ally Israel will either accede to the existence of an Iranian nuclear power program, or take steps to prevent it

Bush Targets Iran
By Paul Koring

U.S. President George W. Bush shifted targets yesterday, saying that Iran must be stopped from developing nuclear warheads

Autopsy Indicates Cameraman Was Killed By Israelis
By Justin Huggler in Jerusalem

The findings of an Israeli autopsy released yesterday indicate that British television cameraman, James Miller, killed last week was shot dead by Israeli soldiers

U.S. to Propose Broader Control Of Iraqi Oil, Funds
By Colum Lynch

The Bush administration circulated a draft resolution among key Security Council members today calling for the elimination sanctions and granting the United States broad control over the country's oil industry and revenue

Chaos, Crime Reign In Baghdad
By Mitch Potter In Baghdad

One shot to the throat. One dead American. One more body bag weighing against the triumph of liberation

Gaza Visitors Must Sign Waiver In Case
Army Shoots Them

By Chris McGreal

Foreigners entering the Gaza Strip must sign waivers absolving the army from responsibility if it shoots them. Visitors must also declare that they are not peace activists

09 May, 2003

Palestinian Toddler Gunned Down

A Palestinian toddler was killed Wednesday when Israeli tanks opened fire at residential neighborhoods in Khan Younis

Settlers Begin Enlarging Illegal Colonies

With ‘Roadmap’ Only Days Old, Settlers Begin Enlarging Illegal Colonies

Liberation, One Month On
By Phil Reeves in Baghdad

Chaos on the streets, cholera in the city and killings in broad daylight

The Two Faces Of Rumsfeld
By Randeep Ramesh

2000: director of a company which wins $200m contract to sell nuclear reactors to North Korea
2002: declares North Korea a terrorist state, part of the axis of evil and a target for regime change

Trouble in Bush's America
By Bob Herbert

More than 1 in 10 New Yorkers who would like to work cannot find a job

Stop Demolishing Palestinian Homes
By César Chelala

Since the start of Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 1967, more than 10,000 Palestinian civilian homes have been demolished

The Nowhere People
By Ranabir Samaddar

On the historical pattern of migration,South Asia have added another factor: that of communal politics predicating the movements of populations

I Am A Mumbaikar
By Pamela Raghunath

Shiv Sena steps up campaign against Mumbai migrants

08 May, 2003

Halliburton Deal Includes Operating Iraq Oil Fields

The US Army has revealed for the first time that a subsidiary of Halliburton Co. has a contract encompassing the operation of Iraqi oil fields

Bush's Real Goal In Iraq
By Jay Bookman

The war in Iraq was intended to mark the official emergence of the United States as a full-fledged global empire, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman

Global Eye -- Dark Passage
By Chris Floyd

Not since "Mein Kampf" has a geopolitical punch been so blatantly telegraphed, years ahead of the blow

The Evil Wall
By Uri Avnery

The wall twists like a snake according to a simple principle: most of the settlements must remain on the western side of the wall, i.e. eventually to be absorbed into Israel

Ten Lessons Of The Iraq War
By David Krieger

There are always lessons to be learned after a war

The Beacon Of Hypocrisy
By Ra Ravishankar

Anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant hysteria has skyrocketed in America since September 11

Reviving Traditional Water Harvesting in Bihar
By Savita Gokhale

The traditional water harvesting system which is thousands of years old in the Indian state of Bihar is amazingly relevant today

Thailand Human Rights Commission-
A Promise Not Kept

Two years into its existence, theThe National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has yet to develop the capacity to address the human rights situation in Thailand

07 May, 2003

Blue Print For US Global Hegemony
By Bette Stockbauer

Some people have compared the blueprint of the PNAC Plan for U.S. Global Hegemony to Hitler's publication of Mein Kampf, which was ignored until after the war was over

Next Target: Iran?
By Jim Lobe

With Iraq under U.S. occupation and Syria shaken by a series of high-level threats, Iran is now looming as a major target for U.S. pressure

Unprotected Munitions Injure Civilians In Basra

Civilians are being wounded by abandoned ordnance in Basra,because British forces have failed to secure weapons caches

Garner To Be Replaced By Former Diplomat
By Donald Macintyre

Jay Garner, the former general who was appointed Iraq's chief civil administrator is making way for Paul Bremer who is close to neo-conservatives around the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

The Real Terror Network
By William Bowles

Paul Bremer, the new ‘Gauleiter’ of Iraq

Iraqi Welcome For US Tturns To Fury
By Mark Baker

The mood is changing for the worse in Umm Qasr where food and medicine is desperately needed

Liberation at Gunpoint
By Angana Chatterji

George Bush announces 'victory' in Iraq. But is it victory?The night is a long journey of self-reflection. In the early hours of the day, history is in mourning

IOF Fire on Diplomatic Convoy Carrying
Parents of Injured Peace Activist

A convoy carrying British diplomats and the parents of a peace activist left in a coma by an Israeli sniper bullet came under fire and were held at gunpoint at a Gaza Strip roadblock

Wall Will Isolate Thousands of Palestinians
From Their Land

According to a recent report by international donors, the separation wall being built by Israelcould cut off 12,000 Palestinians from their land, work and essential social services

Rich in Imagination
By George Monbiot

The figures which purport to show that the world’s poor are emerging from poverty don’t add up

Organic cotton: At last, freedom for farmers
By Meena Menon

More and more cotton farmers in the Maharashtra state of India are turning to organic farming

The History And Future Of Radical Politics In Australia
By Eric Arons and Tristan Ewins

An interview with Eric Aarons, former Secretary of the Communist Party of Australia

06 May, 2003

Minorities Commission Gives Clean Chit to VHP

VHP leaders including Praveen Togadia met the National Commission for Minorities and to everyone's surprise, endorsed the trishul diksha.

Peace Activists Beaten Up in Delhi

Three peace activists including the well known Gandhian Vimal Bhai were beaten up by Bajrang Dal members while they were protesting against "trishul" (trident) distribution ceremony.

My Experience with Dharam Sansad
By V.K.Tripathi

An eye witness account of Dharam Sansad held in Delhi

With the Wall, the Settlers will Have all the Olives
By Gush Shalom

"The Sharon who builds this Wall has nothing to offer the Palestinian people, except for killing and murder and robbing of land"

So He Thinks It’s All Over...
By Robert Fisk

When Iraqi civilians look into the faces of American troops, President Bush famously told the world on Thursday, “they see strength and kindness and goodwill”. Untrue, Mr Bush. They see occupation

"America: The Failed Experiment"
By Paul Harris

Today, it is the most powerful nation on earth in every sense of the word, except moral. The moral authority of the United States comes from the barrel of a gun.

The Biggest Bomb in Bush's Arsenal
By David Morgan

Draping the Stars and Stripes over the face of a Saddam statue in Baghdad was a photo-op created for Bush's re-election campaign commercials

Ritter Blasts Bush's War
By Jan Barry

Ex-weapons inspector and former Marine Scott Ritter is calling for regime change in Washington.

A Leap of Faith in Indian Politics
By John Lancaster

Congress party Shifts Strategy as Hindu Nationalism Dominates Discourse in Indian politics