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An Interventionist's Dream

Z Blogs - Thu, 02/08/2007 - 01:08
  Yesterday, the Security Council adopted Res. 1769,   calling on "all the parties to the conflict in Darfur to   immediately cease all hostilities and commit them-   selves to a sustained and permanent cease-fire," and   establishing an "AU/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur   (UNAMID)" by no later than October - December 2007   under a "single chain of command...provided by the United Nations."  As Security Council resolutions go, this one has an upside-down structure, with all of the usual baggage about "Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations" not turning up until as late as paragraph 15.  But as in previous resolutions, 1769 pronounces the situation in Darfur a "threat to international peace and security," and whatever transpires in the western states of the Sudan belongs within the Security Council's competency and jurisdiction.  read more
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Alfie Kohn, rewards... and parecon

Z Blogs - Wed, 01/08/2007 - 22:30
Some thoughts on alternative education author Alfie Kohn today. I started with his book, "Punished by Rewards", which discusses why rewards (grades, gold stars, salary bonuses or any other kind of bribes) are not good things - not in workplaces, not in families, and not in schools. Why? Five reasons, Alfie says: 1. Rewards are the flip side of punishment - we agree that we don't like punishment, but rewards are just as controlling. read more
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Samantha Power, Bush & Terrorism

Z Blogs - Tue, 31/07/2007 - 17:44
The following exchange took place in the ZNet Sustainer system, where Noam hosts a forum... ZNet Sustainer: Noam, Would you be willing to comment on Samantha Power's review essay in the 29 July NYT Book Review? The Times presents her as the very model of the liberal academic -- a columnist for Time, adviser to Democratic presidential candidates, etc. The article is a good deal more than a book review. Noam Chomsky: It was an interesting article, and her work, and its popularity, gives some insight into the reigning intellectual culture. read more
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When the Whole Really Is False

Z Blogs - Sun, 29/07/2007 - 01:21
   You know: At least the 2007 Tour de France had the right sense of    etiquette to all-but-collapse under the weight of scandal and disillusion-    ment triggered by the news of the widespread use of doping techniques    by its top racers.  Now. Contrast this with Major League Baseball,    where the governing assumptions are that the whole is so corrupt and    irreparably false, the same kind of news about rampant doping fails to                                     leave more than a few nicks in the paint.  read more
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Obama, Nuclear Power and Coal: All About the Green

Z Blogs - Thu, 26/07/2007 - 07:22
We live in a degraded political culture. Here is an interesting exchange from the last Democratic presidential candidate debate, which took place earlier this week in South Carolina: read more
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President Bush Defends the Homeland

Z Blogs - Thu, 26/07/2007 - 04:23
By my count, the Commander-in-Chief used the phrase 'al Qaida' a total of 87 different times yesterday during his speech at the U.S. Air Force base in Charleston, South Carolina.  (Others have come up with even higher estimates: At one point yesterday, CNN estimated 93 times.)   Since the White House's transcript of the speech totals approx. 3,600 words, this means that the American President uttered the phrase 'al Qaida' (which counts as two words, incidentally) once every 41 words (roughly).  Insofar as the so-called War on Terror and Defense of the Homeland go, this might be the all-time record.  (Though I admit to not having checked very many of the speeches delivered by Dick Cheney over the past six years or so.  Or everything associated with the Department of Homeland Security.  Or the news reports and commentaries that stream across the FOX News Channel, the Weekly Standard, and similar venues.) read more
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President Bush Declares War on Dissent -- Part 97

Z Blogs - Sat, 21/07/2007 - 03:48
  Might you be determined to commit, or pose a significant risk of committing,   an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of threatening the   peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq, or undermining efforts   to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq, or to provide   humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people?  Might you be part of an unusual   and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United   States, and pose obstacles to the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in that country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic institutions in Iraq? Boy. Have I got a Commander-in-Chief for you. read more
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Hearts and Minds and Americans

Z Blogs - Tue, 17/07/2007 - 20:14
Somebody kicked-over a rock at The Nation the other day.  An important but otherwise hidden issue lay beneath it.  A hearts-and-minds issue.  One of Alexander Cockburn's friends wondered about the "grand taboo" of the anti-war movement in the States.  (By the way, I'm posting the CounterPunch version of Cockburn's commentary because The Nation's is sequestered behind a $$$$$ curtain.)  Why are the fighters of the armed resistance to the occupying forces inside Iraq "never mentioned as people for whom we should show concern, much less admiration"?  Cockburn wondered too.  After all, they are fighting against a colonial occupation.  Indeed.  Against a neocolonial occupation, wherein some of the world's major multilateral organizations -- first and foremost the United Nations -- have been brought in to provide a cover of legitimacy and to serve as administrators.  To let Cockburn explain it: read more
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Blast The Right podcast worth a listen

Z Blogs - Sat, 14/07/2007 - 22:52
Blast The Right is a nicely produced weekly podcast that I initially overlooked because its name suggested some kind of angry liberal Democrat long on vitriol and short on analysis. I was way off the mark. Jack Clark puts together a very informative, well produced, well researched show with good analysis of the right in its various forms. He always lists his sources, and often uses a Znet article or two. read more
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Wanted: a New York Times Columnist with "Three Functioning Grey Cells" (or a Modicum of Courage)

Z Blogs - Sat, 14/07/2007 - 02:09
MEDIA ALERT: Childish power-worshipping petro-imperialism denial and doctrinally mandated policy ignorance are reaching new levels of absurdity among New York Times columnists. read more
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Do Not "Move On": On Bush-Cheney, the Libby Case and Impeachment

Z Blogs - Wed, 11/07/2007 - 00:56
"MOVE ON"  I recently spoke about impeachment to a major Democratic political operative.  read more
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The Road To Nowhere

Z Blogs - Mon, 09/07/2007 - 00:23
    Seeing that this Sunday's New York Times advocated at length for the     immediate withdrawal of the occupying military's troops from Iraq --      "without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly     exit" ("The Road Home," July 8) -- perhaps it is worth remembering that,     five years ago, there already were a hell of a lot of voices in this world --     even in the largely whacked out fundamentalist republic of America --     who opposed the invasion before it ever began, when opposing it really     mattered --      Open Letter on the Declared Intention of the United States     To Commit Aggression against Iraq    read more
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Radio interview with Michael Albert

Z Blogs - Wed, 04/07/2007 - 21:44
Just a quick blog post announcement which would interest ZNet readers. Last month, I interviewed Michael Albert on my weekly radio show in Chicago. We discussed a number of topics raised in his recent book "Remembering Tomorrow". The full audio of the interview is online here for your listening enjoyment. Thanks.
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