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Articles from No. 376, March

An Open Letter to George W Bush
'They hate us and they hate freedom and they hate people who embrace freedom.' President George W Bush interviewed on Al Arabiya television, 6 May 2004.Mr President,We have heared you offer such justifications for the war in Iraq many times since 11...
Be Very Afraid! [Fear Politics]
I ARRIVE in New York, clutching my British passport. I hand it over. He looks at me, and then looks at my passport. I know what questions will follow.'Where are you from?' My passport indicates my place of birth. 'Britain', I say. I feel like adding,...
Congotronics
Congotronicsby Konono No 1(Crammed CRA W 27 CD)Once the likembé was, like its mbira cousin, a thumb piano producing a bluntish sound which in the hands of a virtuoso was a versatile instrument. Mawangu Mingiedi, founder of Konono No 1, was such a musician....
Crackdown [Post-9/11 Chill]
IT'S one tiling to hold forth on how the suppression of dissent marches hand in hand with free market capitalism. It's quite another to have the idea thrown in your face by secret agents invading your house in the 'burbs'.That is what happened to me...
Daughters for Debts
ZEVA'S eyes filled with tears as the 10-year-old's father took her by the arm and handed her to the moneylender. 'I cannot pay you in any other way. Take my daughter,' said Gul Miran, a farmer in Nangarhar province. Like many other farmers in Afghanistan,...
Death Threat to Global Justice Activists
Walden Bello, a prominent activist in the global justice movement and frequent contributor to the Nl, has been included on a hitlist issued by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its paramilitary wing, the New People's Army. The list of...
Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal
Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal by Li Onesto (Pluto Press ISBN 0 77453 2341 3)Nepal burst spectacularly out of media obscurity on 1 June 2001 when Prince Dipendra slaughtered his parents, siblings and six other members of the Royal Family with...
Gulf War III - Rise of the Machines
Of all the Hollywood visions of the future that could end up coming true, you have to hope the Terminator films will not be among them. Is there anything more terrifying than an invulnerable robot blowing people away with a sawn-off shotgun and uttering...
Insecure Lives
THE belief that intensifying the mechanisms of surveillance at home and delivering engines of annihilation abroad will increase security is a cruel delusion. Such a narrow idea of 'security' is likely to produce an effect the reverse of that intended....
Interview with Zvakwana
THE words are everywhere. Zvakwana! Enough is enough! Scrawled on walls and street signs; printed on matchboxes and clothes pegs. From the cities to the towns and through to the villages all across Zimbabwe, this message - of hope and of defiance - is...
Letters
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Marshall Islands: Country Profile
TELL a friend you're travelling to the Marshall Islands and, Pacific paradise in mind, they may beg to come along. The Marshall Islands are certainly remarkable. Not because they're so beautiful - although they are - but because of the resilience of...
Peace Faces the Axe
WHEN a delegation of over a dozen Solomon Island chiefs boarded the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior \Me last year they were seeking global support to save the Marovo Lagoon - dubbed 'the eighth wonder of the world'. They pointed to the forested hills...
Playroom of the Gulf [Lebanon's Tourist Boom Results in Higher Prices]
Lebanon's tourist boom leaves Reem Haddad out of pocket.WE stared at the bill incredulously. 'Did we just pay $60 for a little bit of grilled meat and hummus?' I asked my husband.Again we stared at the bill. The answer was all around us. The restaurant...
Putin's Terror Card
RUSSIA is slipping back into a pattern of governance that looks a lot like Soviet-style déjà vu to anyone brought up during the Cold War. A new strong man in the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin, is tightening his grip upon society, cracking down on...
Robert B Zoellick [Worldbeaters]
ONE way or another you're going to be hearing a lot more about Robert Zoellick. Until recently the donnish-looking Harvard law graduate was the indefatigable US Trade Representative under US President George W Bush. Initially, there was speculation that...
State of Fear: The Global Attack on Rights
'THE army is a poor school for democracy.' The words are those of the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. We students took them and plastered them all over the walls of downtown Montreal when Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act and...
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
The Corporation The pathological pursuit of profit and power by Joel Bakan (Constable ISBN 1 84529 079 8)You need to read this book. This was the work on corporate power that was waiting to be written.Bakan has produced a crystal clear, systemic analysis...
The Death of Hadi Saleh
WHEN they came for Hadi Saleh, they found him at home in Baghdad with his family. First they bound his hands and feet with wire. Then they tortured him, cutting him with a knife. He finally died of strangulation, but apparently that wasn't enough. Before...
The Eternal Road
The Eternal Road by Kurt Weill (Naxos 8 559402 CD)If it's possible to think of Kurt Weill as a composer whose later work was eclipsed by the genius of his early compositions, then The Eternal Road serves as a reminder that there was much that followed...
The Oath: A Surgeon under Fire
The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire Khassan Baiev (Pocket Books ISBN 0 7434 3036 0)In 1994 Boris Yeltsin ordered Russian troops into Chechnya and the rebellious Caucasian republic's 400-year struggle for independence erupted into bloody, outright war. Appalled...
The Waters of October
A few days before last November's election of the President of the planet in the US, elections and a plebiscite were held in a little-known, almost secret, South American country called Uruguay. In these elections, for the first time in the country's...
They Are Watching You
Closed circuit TVBRITAIN LEADS THE WAY here with an estimated million cameras already in place. But other industrial countries are quick to follow. It's hard to go anywhere (at least anywhere urban) without being caught on video. It used to be just banks,...
Vigilante Heaven
A STREET kid in bare feet with matted hair huddles in a doorway sniffing glue. Further up the road, a young prostitute loiters on a street corner. A street dweller shuffles past her, stopping to scavenge through the rubbish. A group of fire-eaters attempts...
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