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Archive | November, 2006

Casino Royale

As critics of Hollywood are fond of saying, the best way to identify a Hollywood movie is to check if it has all the usual accoutrements — among them, at least one car chase and a few cataclysmic explosions.  True to tradition, the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale recently released by Columbia Pictures, fulfills […]

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Is Canada an Imperialist State?

  Has Canada become an imperialist state, as some on the Left argue?  On the surface, a case can be made.  Why did Canada participate in the kidnapping and expulsion of Haiti’s elected head of state, Jean-Bertrand Aristide?  Why are Canadian troops fighting the insurgency in Afghanistan while supporting a regime dominated by feudal warlords?  […]

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Blunders in Berlin

Berlin’s new government started off on the wrong leg.  Will it ever get both feet on the ground?  And if it does, what direction will the feet be facing?  Before describing its first blunders, a brief look backwards could be helpful. Both of the two parties running the city-state of Berlin took losses in last […]

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United for Peace and Justice

One Big Push

A NEW MOMENT It’s a new political moment for the antiwar movement. Washington’s failure in Iraq is undeniable: even Henry Kissinger says a U.S. victory is impossible.  The Iraq war was the prime reason the U.S. electorate delivered a huge “thumping” to George Bush on November 7.  The administration is openly flailing about for any […]

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Diario Panorama’s Exclusive Interview with President Chávez (I) [Entrevista exclusiva del Presidente Chávez al Diario Panorama (I)]

“la mayor amenaza a la Revolución está por dentro” “Estamos enfrentando al poder más grande que hay en el planeta con una gran capacidad de presión, de chantaje”, afirmó Chávez al referirse al Gobierno de Bush. “La Alternativa Bolivariana que tiene ya una serie de caminos Petrocaribe, Petrosur, Petroandina, algunas propuestas ya está en marcha”, […]

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FIGARO erzählt Grimms Märchen mit Marx

FIGARO Tells Grimm’s Fairy Tale with Marx [FIGARO erzählt Grimms Märchen mit Marx]

FIGARO-Autor Siegfried Stadler bringt beides zusammen: die Märchen von Marx und die Märchen der Brüder Grimm.  Herausgekommen ist eine Radio-Märchenserie. “Es war einmal …” Karl Marx war ein Märchenerzähler.  Und das ist noch freundlich ausgedrückt, aus der Sicht derer, die ihn für den Begründer des real – existierenden Sozialismus halten, der den Menschen die Freiheit […]

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Yono naka wa jigoku no ue no hanami kana

This World

  This world — a banquet of flowers just above hell. Kobayashi Issa was born on 15 June 1763 in Kashiwabara, Shinano Province (Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture today).  Denied his inheritance by his stepmother and stepbrother, he made a living as an impoverished traveling teacher of poetry.  The language of his poems is as simple and […]

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Empire’s Ally: Canadian Foreign Policy

Since the coming into power of the Stephen Harper Conservative government in January of this year, there has been much gnashing of teeth over the foreign policy stance of Canada.  In particular, Canada’s relation with the U.S. on a phalanx of fronts has been at the center of controversy.  One has been the softwood lumber […]

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Hidden Plots in Lebanon [Hidden Plots in Lebanon]

L’assassinat de Pierre Gemayel, ministre libanais de l’Industrie, est un acte indéniablement terroriste qui intervient à un moment délicat de polarisation politique au Liban.  L’empressement de Washington – et certains de ses clients libanais – à désigner la Syrie souligne d’emblée l’enjeu géopolitique de la situation au Liban. Mais cela n’empêche pas de noter, froidement, […]

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Neither Truth nor Consequence

America stands shamed in the eyes of the world thanks to the Bush administration’s crime spree.  And, as a partial result, the Democrats scored a resounding triumph in an election where only 40.4% of eligible Americans cast ballots.  40.4%!  So much for urgency. The Democrats, covering their aid-and-abetment in the American catastrophe called Iraq, chortled […]

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Half Moon

Reflections on Arab and Iranian Ultra-Nationalism

Critical students of ethnically coded nationalism would agree: propagating the glory of “our” race or culture almost always entails the suppression of equal status for the race or culture that is represented as its other.  West Asia is no exception.  Iranian and Arab identity politics thwarted, perverted, and dismembered communitarian thinking for long periods in […]

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