Governments often add a veneer of high principle to aggressive military
campaigns. But can the rhetoric of human rights justify wars waged by powerful nations to universalise their political, economic and cultural paradigms? By Costas Douzinas.
Commentators have referred to water as "blue gold", implying that water will be the object of the next resource wars. A peaceful future can only be secured if governments agree to share water resources, argues Tara Lohan.
President Bush will leave office boasting that the United States has
the most powerful military machine in the world - but his true legacy is a Pentagon
bloated almost beyond recognition and crippled by its dependence on
private military corporations, says Frida Berrigan.
This past May, in an unheralded and almost unnoticed move, the Energy Department signaled a fundamental, near epochal shift in US and indeed world history: we are nearing the end of the Petroleum Age and have entered the Age of Insufficiency.
We are led to believe that Western societies are free and open. In many respects this is true: freedom of speech and the right to protest still exist, albeit within ever-tighter constraints. At root, however, much of what we see and hear in the corporate media has been shaped by money, power and greed.
These are exciting days in Washington, as the government directs its energies to the demanding task of “containing Iran” in what Washington Post correspondent Robin Wright, joining others, calls “Cold War II.”