We believe it is of the utmost importance to contest the hegemonic agenda that makes the U.S. and its allies only the victims of terror, not terrorists and sponsors of terror. This is a matter of establishing basic truth, but also providing the long- run basis for systemic change that will help solve the problem of "terrorism," however defined.
October 19, 2001
"Palestinian State" a la Washington and London
Peres Declares Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad will be destroyed
"It is necessary to fight Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the P.F.L.P., and Hizbullah with no compromises.
We must see to it that they are finished.
All means are justified.
If Arafat is not going to do that, either we, or the West will do it.
There is no compromise with terrorism."
"On this issue I recommend to kill and annihilate."
-- Shimon Peres - Israeli Foreign Minister (30 Sept) CONTINUE HERE
Our leaders must decide
Polly Toynbee The Guardian and Response
A halt to the bombing would save some of the starving, but an end to the Taliban might help many more
So you support the war? Out there the richest countries on earth are bombing the poorest, thrashing rubble into rubble, sending hell-fire gunships with a kill-zone the size of a football pitch to destroy stone age people. Labour backbenchers grow increasingly uneasy, some vocal, others just wriggling in their seats miserably. On day three air supremacy was grandly proclaimed - as if it were an unexpected triumph. So why all this, people ask; what is the thud and crump of yet more ordnance achieving? Full Article
The Top Five Lies About This War
by the Anti-War Committee of Students in Solidarity at the University of Pittsburgh
How many people do you know who claim to be skeptical, who pride themselves on their distrust for authority, who like to pretend that they're wise to the ways of the world -- and then, every time there's a war, they swallow the lies of the government with all the gullibility of a three-year-old child in the lap of a department store Santa Claus? Don't fall into that trap yourself! Learn to identify and refute official misinformation when you see it. Let's count down some of the common misconceptions about this war: Full Article
Who Terrorizes Whom?
By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
One of the marks of exceptional hegemonic power is the ability to define words and get issues framed in accord with your own political agenda. This is notorious at this moment in history as regards "terrorism" and "antiterrorism."
Since the September 11 attacks, two truths have been indisputable and universally reported. One is that the hijacker bombings of the World Trade Center and Pentagon were atrocities of a monumental and spectacular scale (and media coverage of that day's events alone may have generated more words and graphic images than any other single event in recent history). Full Article
COINTELPRO: The Untold American Storywww.derechos.net
Compilation by Paul Wolf with contributions from Robert Boyle, Bob Brown, Tom Burghardt, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Kathleen Cleaver, Bruce Ellison, Cynthia McKinney, Nkechi Taifa, Laura Whitehorn, Nicholas Wilson, and Howard Zinn.
Presented to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa by the members of the Congressional Black Caucus attending the conference: Donna Christianson, John Conyers, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Cynthia McKinney, and Diane Watson, September 1, 2001.
Despite its carefully contrived image as the nation's premier crime fighting agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has always functioned primarily as America's political police. This role includes not only the collection of intelligence on the activities of political dissidents and groups, but often times, counterintelligence operations to thwart those activities. The techniques employed are easily recognized by anyone familiar with military psychological operations. The FBI, through the use of the criminal justice system, the postal system, the telephone system and the Internal Revenue Service, enjoys an operational capability surpassing even that of the CIA, which conducts covert actions in foreign countries without having access to those institutions. Full Article
By Dione Rocha
No American has ever cried over millions of people who die every day in Third World Countries, victims (directly or indirectly) of American foreign policies designed to keep America on top. They think they are poor victims who have been attacked for no reason and that's why they have been asking so insistently for retaliation. Full Article
Britain writes off 20 million of Pakistan debt
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has been further rewarded with Britain's announcement that it will write off 20 million pounds in bilateral debt and provide new funding of 105 million pounds over the next two years.
Although small by the standards of relief announced by other coalition
partners, it is nearly half Pakistan's total debt with Britain and the
remaining 30 million pounds is likely to be scrapped through the Paris Club shortly.
The write-off was announced in Islamabad by British aid minister Clare
Short, the latest in a growing list of Western visitors to thank President Pervez Musharraf for his cooperation following the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Full Article
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