Analysis and Articles
Noam CHOMSKY, 21 March 2003
21 March 2003
Dear Mr. President, In reference to the armed conflict in Irak we urge you: to make a clear declaration and commitment to respect fully the rules and principles of international humanitarian law by taking the utmost precautions to protect civilians and refrain from direct attacks on civilians (...)
Jonathan STEELE, 19 March 2003
A new myth has emerged in the pro-war camp’s propaganda arsenal. Iraqi exiles support the war, they claim, and none took part in last month’s march through central London. So if the peaceniks and leftwingers who joined the protest had the honesty to listen to the true voice of the Iraqi people they would never denounce Bush’s plans for war again.
Frank SMYTH, LA Weekly, 19 March 2003
How many Americans who oppose the looming war know the left from the right when it comes to Iraq? The only two players on the field are not George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. For inside and outside the borders of Iraq there is a political opposition to Saddam - and while some of those opponents are now aligned with the White House, others remain on the political left. But don’t expect to read or hear much about any Iraqi leftist groups in the mainstream or even the "alternative" press.
Noam CHOMSKY, 18 March 2003
The most powerful st ate in history has proclaimed that it intends to control the world by force, the dimension in which it reigns supreme. President Bush and his cohorts evidently bel ieve that the means of violence in their hands are so extraordinary that they ca n dismiss anyone who stands in their way.
18 March 2003
AIDS in South Africa has created a social crisis that is being felt in millions of households. For many people HIV/AIDS is a personal and community crisis. According to government statistics, KwaZulu-Natal is the worse affected province in South Africa, with 36.2% adults estimated to be HIV (...)
13 March 2003
Humanitarian aid is most effectively delivered by civilian humanitarian agencies under UN leadership. Military involvement can compromise the effective delivery of aid and lead to unintended consequences, potentially threatening the security of civilian aid workers. Any war in Iraq, however, (...)
Roger BURBACH, 10 March 2003
Rio de Janeiro - As Luis Inacio Lula da Silva enters his third month as president of Brazil he enjoys popular approval ratings approaching eighty percent. His "Zero Hunger" program has begun with pilot projects around the country, and as promised in his electoral campaign, he has set up councils comprised of members of civil society to make recommendations on key policy issues.
John BRADY KIESLING, 7 March 2003
The following is the text of John Brady Kiesling’s letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Mr. Kiesling is a career diplomat who has served in United States embassies from Tel Aviv to Casablanca to Yerevan.
Judy REBICK, 7 March 2003
The Lysistrata Project, one of the many anti-war actions sweeping the globe, reminds us that women’s opposition to war goes back a long way in human history. While I am glad to see a revival of the ancient comedy of women refusing sex to men if they go off to war, I would a prefer a more modern version of women’s resistance. How about a story where women form a global non-violent army and rise up against the men in power?