Bill Berkowitz reports on The New Apostolic Reformation, “the largest religious movement you’ve never heard of”, whose “prayer warrior” members include the charismatic author and preacher, C. Peter Wagner and former Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. NAR’s videos, according to researcher Rachel Tabachnick, “demonstrate the taking control of communities and nations through large networks of ‘prayer warriors’ whose spiritual warfare is used to expel and destroy the demons that cause societal ills. Once the territorial demons, witches, and generational curses are removed, the ‘born-again’ Christians in the videos take control of society.”

Tariq Ali criticises recent French press comments on Ilhem Moussaid, the hijab-wearing New Anti-Capitalist Party candidate in Avignon (Le Monde, 20 February 2010). He concludes, “Marx famously wrote of religion as the ‘opium of the people’, but the sentence that followed is forgotten. Religion was also ‘the sigh of the oppressed creature’ and this partially explains the rise of religiosity in every community since the collapse of Communism.”

Why do a few hundred thousand dead in Haiti and a few thousand dead in Chile get all the attention? After all, the slow and methodical killing of millions of workers is the daily “business as usual” for our most successful global corporations… such as Wal-mart.

And John Pilger salutes the heroes of Israel.