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From No Man’s Land to Displacement

By: 
Dar Jamail
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    The Iraqi/Jordanian border is a land of desolation. Coils of razor wire stretch into the desert whilst sun-grayed plastic bags caught in their sharpness flap in the hot, dry winds. In No Man’s Land, Jamail exposes yet another face of the human consequences of the US occupation of Iraq — the suffering and resistance of displaced Kurdish-Iranian and Palestinian refugees.

Long columns of trucks wait at the Jordanian border to carry their loads of supplies into war-torn Iraq. When Iraqi drivers wish to enter Jordan, they now wait up to 18 days to be allowed in. The al-Karama border is a land of waiting, but not just for the truck drivers. There have been others waiting to enter Jordan for far longer.

Independence in Lebanon?

By: 
Bilal El-Amine
Date Published: 
August 03, 2005

The merry-go-around of Lebanese politics of changing loyalties and shifting alliances since the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Harriri on February 14, has finally arrived at its natural resting place: religious sectarianism, or “confessionalism,” as it is referred to here. Millions protested in downtown Beirut calling for “freedom, sovereignty, and independence” and the mafia Syrian regime in control of Lebanon for nearly 30 years dramatically withdrew. Many optimistically predicted a new beginning for this divided land – a time of unity and prosperity. No more excuses about external forces meddling in our affairs, the Lebanese will finally control their own fate.

Building Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners, Resisting Israel’s Criminalization of Life

By: 
Kole Kilibarda
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    Kole Kilibarda of the Toronto-based Palestinian political prisoner solidarity group Sumuod discusses the importance of building a cross-border movement linking prisoner struggles in North America to those of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

Umm and Abu Hussein’s two sons, Sami and Yasser, are being held in Jelboa and Nakab prisons. Physical reminders of their presence come in the form of two pictures that Umm Hussein has hung on the walls of the family reception room. Similar pictures hang from the walls of many neighboring homes in Nablus’ old city and the surrounding refugee camps of Askar, Balata and El-Ein – as they do throughout Palestine.

Editorial

By: 
Left Turn Editors
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

With low poll numbers, high-profile indictments, worldwide condemnation and increasing criticism from within their own party, the Bush administration seems to finally have lost their air of invulnerability. In fact, it appears that a new scandal breaks almost every week. From going on the defensive on torture to admitting that the administration has illegally been spying on it’s citizens, Bush and co. have stayed on the run from the media and down in public opinion—the source of this unrest are the two ongoing disasters of New Orleans and Iraq.

No event has dramatized the warped priorities of the current regime quite like the continuing Gulf Coast catastrophe.

Want to Get Rid of Bush and Grow the Greens? Support David Cobb

By: 
Medea Benjamin
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

I spent a sleepless night last night thinking about the Nader/Camejo ticket and the Green Party's dilemma. I love and admire both Nader and Camejo, and have had a close working relationship with both of them for many years. I totally support their anti-war, anti- corporate, pro-democracy message. But I don't think their campaign will bring us any closer to the world we want to build.

The Nader/Camejo ticket can't win, will create tremendous division within the progressive movement and might well help elect George Bush. This would be disastrous for our party, our county and our planet.

Want to Get Rid of Bush and Grow the Greens? Don’t Listen to Medea Benjamin

By: 
Robert Tufts
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

In her plea to Greens to nominate David Cobb, Medea almost makes a convincing argument for why Greens should support David Cobb and his “giving something to the Democrats in exchange for nothing” strategy (otherwise known as the “safe state” strategy). However, in doing so Medea, and many of the professional liberals like her, essentially suggest that we should betray our core vision, and cede whatever political power the Greens may have in exchange for some mythical coalition building that the Green Party’s professional liberals think will emerge during the course of the 2004 election campaign.

The truth is that we will build the Green Party, build successful coalitions, and create sustainable change moving us closer to the world we want.

Election 2004: Why the Left is Behind?

By: 
Sunil K Sharma and Josh Frank
Date Published: 
March 01, 2004

Our position is not that third parties in principle do not have a right to take part in the political process and field a presidential contender; but that in the present lousy situation, such an effort would do more harm than good. Sunil and Josh explain...

President-select George Bush and his coterie of neocon-artists is arguably the American Left’s best organizer. After all, the Bush regime’s drive to invade Iraq brought some 15 million protestors to the streets of cities all over the world before the war began, a display of dissent hitherto unseen in history. A plethora of international polls and surveys reveals Bush to be the most detested political figure today.

VANISHING VOTES

By: 
Gregory Palast
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from The Nation

On October 29, 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Hidden behind its apple-pie-and-motherhood name lies a nasty civil rights time bomb.

First, the purges. In the months leading up to the November 2000 presidential election, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, in coordination with Governor Jeb Bush, ordered local election supervisors to purge 57,700 voters from the registries, supposedly ex-cons not allowed to vote in Florida. At least 90.2 percent of those on this "scrub" list, targeted to lose their civil rights, are innocent. Notably, more than half--about 54 percent--are black or Hispanic.

The Left and the Elections

By: 
Christopher Phelps, Stephanie Luce, Johanna Brenner
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

[Christopher Phelps and Stephanie Luce are editors, and Johanna Brenner an associate editor, of Against the Current. All are members of Solidarity.]

Two electoral paths will be taken by those left of center this year, and all the spilled ink in the world won't affect the choices.

Appalled by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the USA Patriot Act, wholesale destruction of the environment, contempt for democracy, blurring of lines of church and state, erosion of reproductive rights, right-wing stacking of the judiciary, and tax bonanzas for the rich - appalled, in short, by the most reactionary administration in U.S. history - many on the left this year will vote for Kerry and against Bush, simply to repudiate, if only symbolically, the conservative juggernaut.

Collecting Signatures for Nader in Detroit

By: 
Margaret Guttshall
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

"Antiwar, did you say antiwar?"

Collecting signatures for Nader in Detroit

I have been standing by workplaces, grocery stores, schools, and street corners for nearly 40 years, passing out literature and collecting signatures for causes. It's something I enjoy; I like learning what working class people are thinking and feeling; I like sharing my thoughts when I'm not at work and don't have to worry about being disciplined or fired. It's an activity that has sustained my confidence in the future.

Collecting signatures to put Ralph Nader on the ballot as an independent candidate has been no exception.