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Ralph’s Revolt: A Discussion with Greg Bates

By: 
Josh Frank
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    Greg Bates co-founded Common Courage Press in 1990, and is the current publisher. He is also the author of the new book, Ralph’s Revolt: The Case for Joining Nader’s Rebellion. Bates recently spoke with Joshua Frank about his upcoming book, the elections, and the future of progressive politics in America. He currently resides in Monroe, Maine.

Josh Frank: What was your reaction to the Green Party deciding to nominate longtime party activist David Cobb on June 26, rather than endorsing the Ralph Nader/Peter Camejo independent ticket? Cobb as you know was democratically nominated by the largest progressive party in the US, where Nader is running on his own.

Creating “Other Power”: Lessons for the US from the Argentine Elections

By: 
Marina A Sitrin
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    “We were inside the government building…we put our hands on the walls, and said ‘we do not want this,’ the idea of taking power is archaic…and we went back to the neighborhoods...”—Paula, Argentine activist

The popular rebellions of December 19-20, 2001 began a process that threatened the legitimacy and power of the Argentine state. These rebellions forced out five consecutive governments, and created an atmosphere of protest, direct democracy and popular power. The state was largely ignored, unless it was in the way. There was not a desire to “take power.” The desire was, and continues to be, different: the creation of another power.

It is not a good day for state power when the people ignore it.

The Hand-Over that Wasn’t: How the Occupation of Iraq Continues

By: 
Antonia Juhasz ( originally printed in Foreign Policy in Focus)
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004

The U.S. occupation of Iraq officially ended on June 28, 2004 , in a secret ceremony in Baghdad . Officially, “full sovereignty” was handed from the Americans to the Iraqi Interim Government. But it was clear from the start that this was sovereignty in name, not in deed. First, there is the continued military occupation: 138,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines, plus 20,000 troops from other countries and an estimated 20,000 contractors, all fully under U.S. control and immune to Iraqi laws. Equally debilitating, however significantly less well reported upon, is the continued political and economic occupation by the Bush administration and its corporate allies.

The Venezuelan Referendum: Countdown to August 15

By: 
JP Leary
Date Published: 
August 13, 2004

Since last summer, when petitions gathered before the half-way point of Chávez’s six-year term were summarily thrown out as illegal, the recall process has been controversial.

A Night in Rafah

By: 
Kristen Ess
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    Israel’s process of ethnic cleansing in Rafah in the occupied Gaza Strip is going along without much of a hitch, despite UN condemnation, illegality under international law, and rampant violations of human rights standards. Kristen Ess reports.

Bilal Mosque cries out the call to prayer, despite its blackened top floor gutted by Apache helicopter fire during one of Israel’s daily attacks on the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The 53-year old father of Ahmed and Mohammed Al Sha’er lives just down Al Quds Street from the mosque in Tel Al Sultan neighborhood. The asphalt is torn up. The house behind his is completely destroyed. The Sha’er father, Jasser, says most the houses in Tel Al Sultan are now uninhabitable.

Torture, Inc.

By: 
Rayan El-Amine
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006

“Black sites,” “ghost prisoners,” and “points of darkness” are all real terms used to describe the clandestine nature of US detention facilities all over the world being used as part of the “war on terror.” Hearing these terms, one might think of a Hollywood movie of espionage and intrigue. But as more stories come out on torture and abuse in these detention facilities, the reality seems less like an action drama and more a like a horror film.

Recession on the Horizon: Interview with Dean Baker

By: 
Left Turn
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006

LT: There's been a lot of speculation the last couple of years that the dollar would be displaced as the currency of choice for global trade and, most importantly, foreign exchange reserves. There seems to be a debate about whether this would have much of an impact on the US economy. What is this debate about and should we be concerned about the ups and downs of the dollar?

Dean Baker: Will the dollar be displaced? It will be used less. It’s not universal today. The Euro is increasingly being used. Obviously for intra-European trade it’s used exclusively and that’s a lot of trade. In China, they trade in Euros, probably not dollars. Increasingly the Euro, even the Yen, and probably before too long, the Chinese currency will be used.

Inside Iraq’s Green Zone

By: 
Left Turn
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006
    Inside the heavily fortified Green Zone (GZ) near Baghdad—Iraq’s politicians, imposed leaders, and occupation generals plan the future of the country. The GZ is where all major decisions are made, including the drafting of the Iraqi constitution. Supreme power is thought to reside in the GZ. Left Turn interviewed a “European Official” currently working and living inside the GZ about the disconnect between the life of Iraqis under occupation and the place where their rulers live. The official agreed to the interview under the condition of guaranteed anonymity.

LT: Regarding life in Baghdad’s Green Zone—do policymakers there have a grasp of daily life and life-affecting issues for ordinary Iraqis?

Bay Area Leftists Lounge

By: 
Rishi Awatramani and Josh Warren-White
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006
    The chill spot for the socialist socialite and the dissident diva, the third Bay Area Leftist Lounge hit on September 30, drawing over 1100 revolutionaries to celebrate the freedom struggle, build unity on the Left, and raise money for the movement.

The Bay Area Leftist Lounge III was the product of two years of party building that kicked off in May of 2004 with a house party that drew around 200 activists.

Rural Organizing Project

By: 
Amy Dudley
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006
    A hundred and fifty people strong, we walked along Highway 99 in rural Oregon. The rush of air and sound of a horn from a passing truck interrupted the quiet shuffling of our feet. We looked up, waved and flashed peace signs, as one more rural American signaled their support for the Walk for Truth, Justice, and Community.

We walked up the steps of the capitol and occupied the governor’s office. 300 bodies shoulder to shoulder, we literally turned up the heat on the governor to take action against the war. Veterans and members of Military Families Speak Out stepped to the front of the room to deliver our call to bring the Oregon National Guard home.