Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.

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Nuclear Dual Standards

The US administration’s double standards in dealing with the intensifyingnuclear crisis in North Korea further strengthens the argument thatPresident George W Bush’s colonial designs are either exasperated by thevulnerability of his foes or deterred by their lethal preparedness.

Considering the US-North Korea protracted standoff, one can only imagine howfoolishly disposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein must now feel that hedidn’t pursue a more determined programme of weapons of mass destruction.Even if one would accept Iran‘s claims that its nuclear programme isconstructed for peaceful purposes, one has to wonder if Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad is willing to reconsider the overriding intent of hisnuclear ambitions.  read more


From Chiapas to the Zócalo: Popular Uprisings in Mexico

Jose Santiago sits in front of the radio station's guarded door with a box of bread rolls in his lap. To his left, soda crates filled with Molotov cocktails line the wall. To his right two women with a club stretched between them block the door. A 62 year-old elementary school principal in Oaxaca City, Santiago was supposed to retire this year, but when state police brutally repressed a teachers' strike on June 14, sparking an unprecedented civil uprising from all sectors of society, he thought, "I'd rather jump in."