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After Empire

Time to join the community of nations.

A Victory for Haiti A Victory for Haiti
by Hayley Hathaway
How an international, grassroots mobilization helped spur the G7's decision to cancel Haiti's onerous foreign debt.
What’s Wrong with Avatar? What’s Wrong with Avatar?
by Fran Korten
James Cameron's Avatar has its pluses, but it elevates violence instead of depicting a real path to peace and cultural transformation.
Debt Relief: The Results Are In Debt Relief: The Results Are In
by Hayley Hathaway
Debt relief has allowed poor nations to pay for schools and health care instead of loan interest. A new bill in the U.S. Congress would offer relief to more countries and make lending more responsible.
A New Beginning with the Muslim World A New Beginning with the Muslim World
by Farrah Hassen
If the administration is serious about building a new relationship with the Muslim world, it should implement one basic, non-ideological, cost-effective policy: Stop killing Muslims.
Guardians of the Revolution Guardians of the Revolution
by John Feffer
Iran and the United States do not have to remain eternal enemies. So argues Ray Takeyh, an Iranian-born scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, in his useful and engaging new book.
When Our Leaders Fail to Lead When Our Leaders Fail to Lead
by David Korten
We have to make them. What David Korten learned from his experiences during the Vietnam War.
Obama's Afghanistan Speech: Where Do We Go from Here? Obama's Afghanistan Speech: Where Do We Go from Here?
by Phyllis Bennis
What the president said, what he left out, and what we can still do to promote peace.
7 Ways the Battle of Seattle Changed the World 7 Ways the Battle of Seattle Changed the World
by Fran Korten
Ten years later, the protests of 1999 are still having an impact.
The WTO and the Myth of Activist Violence The WTO and the Myth of Activist Violence
by Rebecca Solnit
The people who have made our world through direct action have been treated as dangerous, even if they are revered when their radical acts are at a safe distance.
The Meaning of Seattle: Truth Only Becomes True Through Action The Meaning of Seattle: Truth Only Becomes True Through Action
by Walden Bello
WTO+10: Before 1999, the momentum of globalization seemed to sweep everything in front of it, including the truth. But in Seattle, ordinary women and men made truth real with collective action.
The World Turned Out in Seattle The World Turned Out in Seattle
by Anuradha Mittal
WTO+10: The 1999 protests changed America's image in the eyes of the world, crippled the WTO, and energized an international civil movement for social and economic justice.
One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World
by Sarah van Gelder
Among the many ripple effects of the successful shutdown of the WTO in Seattle in 1999 is one that few know about. The organizing that went into the direct action, marches, media center, and forums inspired the organizers of the World Social Forums, which have become some of the world's most important centers of people power.
Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism
by John Perkins
To combat terrorism, we should address the root causes of poverty, says former "economic hit man" John Perkins.
People Power Brought Down the Berlin Wall
by Sarah van Gelder
Some say it was Ronald Reagan's toughness that forced down the wall. But detente between East and West and grassroots people's movements deserve the credit.
Rethinking Afghanistan Rethinking Afghanistan
by Jim Wallis
Counter-insurgency? Counter-terrorism? What we need is a whole new approach—leading with development and the knowledge of NGOs on the ground, writes Jim Wallis.
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