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Refuse to be Terrorized

From Bruce Schneier at Wired:Regardless of the threat, from the would-be bombers’ perspective, the explosives and planes were merely tactics. Their goal was to cause terror, and in that they’ve succeeded.Imagine for a moment what would have happened if they had blown up 10 planes. There would be canceled flights, chaos at airports, bans on […]

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Identity Crisis

Over at The Nation, William Greider examines what it means to be a Democrat in light of this whole Joe Lieberman thing:The question of party identity takes on weird new relevance now that Joe Lieberman is cross-dressing in Connecticut. Defeated once as a Democrat, tiresome Joe is now running again as an independent. Only he […]

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CORPORATE TAKEOVER: an interview with Jim Gollin

From a 2005 Tricycle magazine interview with the chairman of Rainforest Action Network:The Rainforest Action Network is highly confrontational. How does a Buddhist find himself comfortable using confrontation?There’s a story about a guy with a mule. He couldn’t get the mule to move. His friend says, “You’ve just got to whisper ‘Move’ in his ear […]

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"Retail with a Conscience"

From “Creating a Market for Fair Trade” by Evelyn Iritani, L.A. Times:“William Easterly, a former World Bank economist who teaches at New York University, called the fair-trade movement a ‘brilliant marketing ploy’ that had shown limited success in reducing poverty. He said a far better way to help poor African farmers would be to remove […]

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The Brooklyn Rail: Critical Perspectives on Art, Politics, and Culture

An Anarchist in the Hudson Valley In Conversation: Peter Lamborn Wilson

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The Culture of Self-Deception

Yes, we can insist on a purging of public lies – a true reform. But we repeat a major blunder if we conclude that the problem of self-serving deception belongs to someone else. ”When I talk about the contaminated moral atmosphere,” Havel presumed to tell his fellow citizens, ”I mean all of us.”Read “the Culture […]

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Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need to Know

As the tv networks give unlimited airtime to Israel’s apologists, the message rolls out that no nation, least of all Israel, can permit bombardment or armed incursion across its borders without retaliation.The guiding rule in this tsunami of drivel is that the viewers should be denied the slightest access to any historical context, or indeed […]

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the Conflict in the Middle East

Robert Fisk Reports From Lebanon on the Israeli Bombing of Qana That Killed 57, Including 37 Children

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The Peculiar Disappearance of the War in Iraq

AS America fell into the quagmire of Vietnam, the comedian Milton Berle joked that the fastest way to end the war would be to put it on the last-place network, ABC, where it was certain to be canceled. Berle’s gallows humor lives on in the quagmire in Iraq. Americans want this war canceled too, and […]

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How Much Longer? By Eduardo Galeano

07/28/06 ” IPS ” — –One country bombed two countries. Such impunity might astound were it not business as usual. In response to the few timid protests from the international community, Israel said mistakes were made. How much longer will horrors be called mistakes? This slaughter of civilians began with the kidnapping of a soldier. […]

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The Super Rich Are Out of Sight

The super rich, the less than 1 percent of the population who own the lion’s share of the nation’s wealth, go uncounted in most income distribution reports. Even those who purport to study the question regularly overlook the very wealthiest among us. For instance, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, relying on the latest […]

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Rasha Salti Seige Day 5

http://manalaa.net/node/42853Dear All,A quiet night in Beirut, more or less, compared to what the inhabitants of Tyre and the south and the Beqaa and Tripoli experienced. They were shelled from the air and sea with little respite. Tyre is in tragically dire situation. 30,000 displaced, the mayor was on TV screaming for help, his voice choking […]

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Rasha Salti Seige Day 4

http://manalaa.net/node/42852Dear All,Things seem to heating up. Missiles hit Haifa and the shelling on the south and southern suburbs is unrelenting.Scorched Earth Policy Ehud Olmert promised scorched earth in South Lebanon after missiles hit Haifa. Warnings have been sent to inhabitants of the south to evacuate their villages, because the Israeli response to Hezbollah will be […]

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Rasha Salti Seige Day 3

http://manalaa.net/node/42851Today was a bad day. The shelling started from the morning countrywide and has not let until now. It was particularly brutal in the south. Marwaheen, a village in the south that had been under siege was showered with leafets from airplanes urging its inhabitants to flee because it would be bombed to the ground […]

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Rasha Salti’s Seige Day 2

Dear All,It is now night time in Beirut. The day was heavy, busy with shelling from the air and sea, but so far the night has been quiet in Beirut. We are advised to be bracing ourselves for a bad night, although most analysis is more reading tea leaves at this stage. I received a […]

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