With the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1441, the US has removed another obstacle in its path to an escalated war against Iraq.
[Updated October 17, 2002-- a note on the action is below]
10/7 will not go down in history or live in infamy the way 9/11 did. Those who wish that it would are guilty of something called moral equivalence.
Colombian community leaders Alirio Arroyave and Arquimedes Vitonas were in Toronto last month to give talks, part of the Canada-Colombia Solidarity Campaign. rabble interviewer Justin Podur caught up with both men during their stay and spoke with them about participatory politics, direct democracy and what can happen when the people making the decisions are also the people affected by them.
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Two years ago, just after Vicente Fox's election ended the PRI's 71-year long dictatorship over Mexico and just before Pablo Salazar's election as governor of Chiapas raised such high hopes of change, there was a literacy class in the Tzotzil, Abeja refugee community of X'oyep in the Altos.
The teachers, young urban university students from northern Mexico had given their students the assignment of writing a single page composition, on any topic they chose.
What happened in Jenin? What is happening in Jenin? The second question is more important than the first, but the two are related. With the United Nations report on Jenin published and the Human Rights Watch Report tabled some time ago, the official voices have spoken.
Alvaro Uribe Velez was being sworn in as Colombia's president on August 7 while mortar shells were hitting the presidential palace. He was swearing that his war plan, that includes the creation of a 'civilian intelligence network' of spies who are to inform on their neighbours, would make Colombians safe.