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Recommended articles - international developments


  • "War and Wisdom," by Nicholas D. Kristof (New York Times, February 7, 2003). President Bush and Colin Powell have adroitly shown that Iraq is hiding weapons, that Saddam Hussein is a lying scoundrel and that Iraqi officials should be less chatty on the telephone. But they did not demonstrate that the solution is to invade Iraq. If you've seen kids torn apart by machine-gun fire, you know that war should be only a last resort. And we're not there yet. We still have a better option: containment.
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  • "No War with Iraq No Blood for Oil or Ego," by Barry Rommo, Dave Curry & Joe Miller (The Veteran, Fall 2002). It looks like those courtiers, known as advisers, who what a war with Iraq, have Bush's ear. From his speech before the United Nations in September, it is clear that the boy wishes to finish daddy's war from 1990-91 and be a big hero himself. However, in addition to little things like the Constitution and international law stands the reality of a "war too far" in their never ending war on terrorism.
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  • "Kucinich Rocks the Boat," by John Nichols (The Nation, March 25, 2002). Nichols describes efforts of Rep. Dennis Kucinich and others in Congress to counter Bush's expanding war on terrorism.
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  • "Rogue States? America Ought to Know: The Hyperpower Sets Its Own Rules," by Phyllis Bennis (TomPaine.com, March 1, 2002). "The United States is the strongest country in the world. But does that mean we can ignore the international laws, treaties and U.N.resolutions we demand others obey?"
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  • "Afghans are still dying as air strikes go on. But no one is counting," by Ian Traynor in Kabul (The Guardian, Feb. 12, 2002). "Bombing blunders and misleading information on the ground keep the civilian toll rising in Afghanistan. In the first of a three-part investigation Guardian writers ask: How many innocent people are dying?"
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  • "The Others," by Howard Zinn (The Nation, Feb. 11, 2002). "What if those Americans who declare heir support for Bush's 'war on terrorism' could see . . . the real human beings who have died under our bombs? I do believe they would have second thoughts."
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  • "Deconstructing George W. Bush: A Critical Analysis of the 2002 State of the Union Address," by Stephen Zunes (Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 31, 2002). Despite widespread accolades in the media and strong bipartisan support in Congress, a careful examination of the language and assumptions in the address raise disturbing questions about the direction of U.S. foreign policy under the current administration."
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  • "Bring Out Your Dead," by Bill Berkowitz (WorkingForChange.com, January 23, 2002). Story on Marc Herold, a professor of economics and women's studies at the University of New Hampshire who has been putting databases for more than thirty years; describes his efforts to obtain information on Afghan casualties in the face of stonewalling by the mainstream media and the Bush administration.
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  • "Afghanistan, Continued: Does War Really Work?" by William D. Hartung of the World Policy Institute (Common Dreams News Center, Dec. 14, 2001). "Before we get too carried away with the wonders of U.S. military intervention, it probably makes sense to reflect for a few moments on what has actually been accomplished in Afghanistan."
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  • "The Long and Hidden History of the U.S in Somalia" by Stephen Zunes, AlterNet January 17, 2002. "The East African nation of Somalia is being mentioned with increasing frequency as the next possible target in the U.S.-led war against international terrorism. . . . Before the United States attacks that impoverished country, however, it is important to know how Somalia became a possible haven for the followers of Osama Bin Laden and what might result if the United States goes to war."
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  • "U.S. Takes Anti-Terrorism War to the Philippines" by John Gershman, Jan. 15, 2002. "Repeating the pattern of U.S. aid packages to the Philippines during the Marcos dictatorship, U.S. military assistance continues to outpace support for anti-poverty programs. The Bush administration has earmarked $70.2 million in military aid to the Philippines this year, a more than three-fold increase over the $22.1 million in 2001."
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  • "A Dossier on Civilian Victims of the United States' aerial Bombing of Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting" by Marc W. Herold, Professor of Economics and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire, Jan. 6, 2002. "What causes the documented high level of civilian casualities - 3,767 (thru Dec. 6, 2001) civilian deaths in eight and a half weeks - in the U.S. air war upon Afghanistan?" After culling internet sources to document the number of civilian casualties, Professor Herold says, "The explanation is the apparent willingness of U.S. military strategists to fire missiles into and drop bombs upon, heavily populated areas of Afghanistan."
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  • "The New War Against Terror" An interview with professor Noam Chomsky, October 18, 2001. Transcribed from a live lecture at MIT. Chomsky focuses on the broader goals and history of U.S. foreign policy, including U.S. actions in Nicaragua in the 1980s and relations with the World Court.
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  • "The Fight Against Totalitarianism" by Karl Jaspers (1963).
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  • "Bombing Alters Afghans' Views of U.S." by Alissa J. Rubin, Los Angeles Times staff writer (Los Angeles Times), Nov. 5, 2001. "With the rising civilian deaths, a nation once regarded as a savior is increasingly being seen as the enemy--and the Taliban as a victim."
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  • "The Illogic of War" by Roger Peace (TNJP web page), Nov. 1, 2001. "If the goal of the United States is to create an effective, global anti-terrorist network, the current strategy of bombing Afghanistan is counterproductive." (John, please link this to my article on the "About TNJP page.")
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  • "September 11 And Its Aftermath" by Michael Albert and Stephen R Shalom (Z Magazine, October 2001). This article, written on Sept. 17th, consists of 47 questions and answers on the terrorist bombing, what should be done about it, and U.S. foreign policy in general. Highly critical of U.S. foreign policy, the authors assert that the U.S. must work through the United Nations and not take action "without a full presentation of the evidence assigning culpability."
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  • "Brutality smeared in peanut butter: Why American must stop the war now" by Arundhati Roy, published in Guardian Unlimited, Oct. 23, 2001. "Each innocent person that is killed must be added to, not set off against, the grisly toll of civilians who died in New York and Washington."
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  • "Ten Reasons to Stop Bombing Afghanistan" by Don Hazen (AlterNet, Oct. 19, 2001). "Despite almost universal agreement that America 'needs to do something' in response to terrorism, our heavy bombing of Afghanistan increasingly looks like a bad idea." Hazen lists ten reasons why. He concludes: "Why not treat terrorists like the criminals they are, building a long-term, world-wide coalition to stop terrorism that includes the U.N. and world court?"
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  • "The United States Response to the September 11th Attack: If Not Military Force and War, Then What? Ten Points" by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Sept. 26, 2001.
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  • "To Prevent Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy Must Change" by General Charles Horner, the retired Air Force commander of the Gulf War, distributed by Knight-Ridder Tribune Media Services - September 21, 2001. Gen. Horner examines the motives of those who attack the United States.
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  • "U.S. can have security or revenge, not both" by Robert Bowman, PhD, LTC, USAF, Retired former director of the Space Defense program under Presidents Ford and Carter, and veteran of 101 combat missions over Vietnam. Guest column, published in Florida Today, Sept. 17, 2001.
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  • "How to defeat bin Laden" by Michael Klare; September 13, 2001. "The U.S. should drop its war rhetoric and convince the Islamic world that he is a dangerous fugitive from justice... As an alternative to military action of this sort, I propose a strategy that combines global law enforcement collaboration plus moral and religious combat. It would compel the Bush administration to drop its war rhetoric and instead treat its hunt for bin Laden as a criminal investigation."
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Recommended articles - civil liberties

  • "Ashcroft's unlawful rule: Attorney General John Ashcroft wants to shatter attorney-client privilege, constitutionally protected by the Sixth Amendment, at his discretion" St. Petersburg Times editorial, Nov. 15, 2001. "In cases where he believes attorneys and their clients are acting in concert to further terrorism, Ashcroft has ordered the monitoring of their conversations and mail. According to the rule, published in the Federal Register without the usual public comment period, there will be no oversight by a judge to determine the reasonableness of the department's breach of attorney-client confidentiality. The discretion would rest entirely with the attorney general."
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  • "Detention and Accountability" New York Times editorial, October 19, 2001. "The continuing terrorism threat justifies aggressive efforts by the Justice Department to get to the root of the Sept. 11 attacks and to prevent future disasters. It does not justify the department's refusal to provide basic information about the hundreds of people who have been arrested and detained."
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  • "The Court That Wields the Wiretaps Policy: Bush seeks to extend the reach of a secret panel that approves government surveillance" by Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 2001.
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  • "Where hard evidence is lacking, fear fills the void" Mary Jo Melone, Sept. 30, 2001, St. Petersburg Times opinion article.
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  • "An authoritarian agenda: Tom Warner, a candidate for state attorney general, in the wake of the terrorist attacks, advocates intrusive changes that would trample Floridians' constitutional protections" St Petersburg Times editorial, Sept. 29. 2001.
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  • "Terrorism and the Four Freedoms" Doris Haddock, AKA Granny "D" Haddock, who walked across the U.S. in 1999-2000 for campaign finance reform (AlterNet, Sept. 28, 2001).
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  • "Privacy hit in Senate's war on terrorism" by Robyn E. Blumner, St. Petersburg Times,
    September 23, 2001.
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  • "Bigots who target Muslims deserve harshest punishment" Florida Today editorial, Sept. 20, 2001.
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Recommended articles - peace movement

  • "Peace movement takes on a sense of urgency: The Earth Charter Summit offered a message of peace to hundreds in attendance" by Susan Thurston, St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 20, 2001.
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