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Coup d'etat in Washington

Bush's accession to the presidency was in violation to the constitution. In the end he was not elected, but was selected in the supreme court. That was the beginning of the violation of the constitutional separation of powers and checks and balances. Since then the Bush administration has carried these violations farther than any previous one in US history.

Calcutta Diary

Charged with hijacking a Thai Airways plane at Bangkok airport in November 1990 to highlight the Burmese nation's struggle against the ruling junta and shuttling ever since between New Delhi, Calcutta and the second additional sessions court at Barasat, Soe Myint has scrounged a living through stray journalistic writings. A collection of these writings, Burma File: A Question of Democracy, was recently released by the venerable Lakshmi Sehgal. That is all she, and the rest of us, can do for Soe Myint for the present. Ours is a democratic country, civil liberties are respected here, but then we are also an integral part of George W Bush's war on terrorism.

Rethinking India's International Economic Diplomacy

Some first rough thoughts to provide a context for and to make a case for the pursuit of a clear coherent and consistent international economic policy by India's policy-makers.

Anti-Terrorism Legislation

We need a wider perspective on our anti-terrorism laws which comparison with similar laws elsewhere alone can provide.

9/11: One Year of Empire-Building

A theoretical and analytical framework for understanding the peculiarities of US empire-building in the new millennium, particularly the current US administration's big push in the year following 9/11, and a discussion of the new themes, policies and strategic goals enunciated and their application to specific regions of the world.

US after September 11

The slow, gradual expression of dissent is making itself heard in the US as the post-September 11 right-wing jamboree begins to subside. However, another terrorist attack inside the US could well reverse this return to sanity.

American Muslims, before and after September 11, 2001

The history of Islam in the US has been changed dramatically by the events of September 11, 2001. The directions now being taken reverse earlier tendencies on the part of American Muslim political organisations to narrow the boundaries of the community and to emphasise foreign policy issues at the expense of domestic ones. These new directions, however, broaden the boundaries of American Islam in other ways, drawing more widely on the religion's rich, long-standing traditions of humanistic and legal scholarship. Importantly also, the directions now being taken are being strongly shaped by non-Muslim politicians and the media in the US, in an interaction between American Muslims and the state that is, perhaps paradoxically, drawing Muslims more closely into national political life.

Zeroing in on Ground Zero

The terror attacks of September 11 left behind a shaky and suddenly insecure America, living in the constant fear of still more terror attacks. In New York, six months later, the scars still remain, eloquently symbolised by the gaping emptiness and rubble where the Twin Towers once stood, but there are also all too visible signs of recovery, of a coping born out of a city's shared sorrow.

Us and Them in the New World Order

The world did not radically change on September 11. The reasons for that act of terror lie in the shift in the geopolitical balance of power in the past quarter of a century. The contrasts that already existed are hardening into segments of inclusion and exclusion.

Dilemmas of Imperialism:Enfeebled Dollar

There are no buoyancy factors within the US internal market that could give a fillip to a US upturn. The international market, with the exception of China, has similarly entered a state of sustained deceleration. Hence the plight of the wobbly dollar bodes ill as US capitalism lurches from one crisis to another.

War against Terrorism:Perspective on Protests

Significantly, the focus of the mass upsurge against the US war on 'terrorism' although visible across the whole Muslim world is in the countries which have large oil reserves or provide a passage for the transport of oil but which continue to be poorly developed. With almost no working class movement, the masses are rallying round the traditional 'ulema' who can understand the mass injustice only in terms of traditional religious symbolism.

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