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Roger Bybee: Now It Can Be Told on China PNTR

Now It Can Be Told Belated barking on China trade deal   By Roger Bybee I A  watchdog that barks only after a major   plundering  will   under­standably have  its  competence questioned—as well as its loyalty. Major  media’s  performance   around Permanent Normalization   of Trade Relations (PNTR) with China inspires similar challenge to their pretensions as watchdogs Read more…

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Tim Wise: Exchange With David Horowitz on Racism

In September, 2000, Tim Wise, ZNet commentator, wrote an article called ‘Gore-Vey’, about Lieberman’s Vice-Presidential candidacy with Al Gore and the Democratic Party. David Horowitz, a prominent conservative, called Wise a ‘self-hating Jew’, and a debate ensued on an email listserve. The following is the exchange: HOROWITZ: You’re a patronizing racist who thinks American blacks Read more…

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Manning Marable: Racism, Prisons and the Future of Black America

Manning Marable There are today over two million Americans incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails throughout the United States. More than one-half, or one million, are black men and women. The devastating human costs of the mass incarceration of one out of every thirty-five individuals within black America are beyond imagination. While Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Affirmative Action Election

Vijay Prashad

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Ted Glick: Respecting Your Elders?

Ted Glick 

Dorothy Guellec: Investing in Death Benefits – Exploiting AIDS patients

  Once the domain of the terminally ill, viatical settlements or arrangements – the reassignment of a life insurance policy to a third party in return for a cash settlement – are set to explode in the next decade as the market evolves to include healthy seniors looking to sell their life insurance policies. The Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Can Thabo Mbeki change the world?

Patrick Bond Cynics may be tempted to view Mbeki’s own recent pronouncements on global governance in a similar vein: the uncritical embrace, during a May trip to the US, of president Bill Clinton’s corporate-designed Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, of highly-conditional debt "alleviation"–not cancellation–by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), and of renewed Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Cop Killer

Russell Mokhiber  and Robert Weissman

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Michael Albert: Lesser Evil?

Michael Albert The general anti-Nader argument is very simple. To vote/work for Nader means not voting/working for Gore. That’s uncontestable. In states with close Gore/Bush ratings, Gore could lose enough votes to Nader for Bush to win the state, and ultimately the election. That’s also uncontestable. Thus, and here is the leap in logic, if Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Speaking Back to the Media

Danny Schechter There used to be something called equal time and the right to reply to TV editorials and coverage. I am reminded of this by the publication, in a thin booklet called Poems for the Nation, of the text of a previously unpublished television address delivered in l972 at a local TV station in Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Verizon Workers Defend the Right to Organize

Mark Weisbrot Workers at Verizon Communications had a lot of reasons to go out on strike against the nation’s largest provider of local telephone and wireless services: loss of jobs to non- union sub-contractors, forced overtime, overbearing management. And a level of stress that can only be described by someone who handles more than 1000 Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Downfall

Howard Zinn I am surprised that my friend Hans Koning, a stalwart protester against the war in Vietnam, seems to have been taken in by the argument of Richard Frank, in his review of Frank’s DOWNFALL. Yes, we must all be willing to reconsider our most hardened judgements in the light of new evidence. But Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: Creating jobs and expanding opportunity

majority was relegated to the margins of the economy as sharecroppers, tenant-farmers or victims of the South’s notorious crop lien system. "Often facing starvation and usually illiterate (it was against the law to teach blacks to read under the infamous ‘black codes’);, blacks frequently found themselves at odds with prevailing laws or the agents and Read more…

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Scott Burchill: Heroes and Villains

Scott Burchill In his first lecture on Indonesian soil after being banished for 26 years, Benedict Anderson spoke about the bewildered expression on the faces of his Indonesian students over the years at Cornell University whenever he asked them "who in Indonesia today do you admire and look up to?" Anderson regards the inability of Read more…

Guest Author: Local Energy, Local Democracy

David Cromwell In their 1996 book "Who Owns the Sun?", solar energy campaigners Daniel Berman and John O’Connor rightly declared that "democracy is a false promise if it does not include the power to steer the energy economy". It’s a crucial point that not even Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth appear to have grasped; Read more…

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Robert Naiman: Gun Control, Burma and Corporate Rule

Robert Naiman  

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Mark Weisbrot: Police Abuses Won’t Stifle Protests

Mark Weisbrot

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Norman Solomon: HOLY SMOKE AND MIRRORS: THE RISE OF CENTRIST THEOCRATS

Norman Solomon It’s always dangerous when politicians claim to be doing God’s will. So, as the novelty fades from Al Gore’s selection of Joseph Lieberman, journalists should ask some probing questions about the ticket’s conspicuous piety. Over the years, Republican policymakers have been fond of saying that they rely on divine guidance. Cementing his alliance Read more…

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Edward Herman: ROGUE REMOVAL AS OFFICIAL U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

Edward S. Herman

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Saul Landau: THE DRUG WAR IS AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE AND COCAINE

Saul Landau One of my friends mocks the drug war and sneers at President Clinton’s request that Congress fund a new $1.2 billion military aid package for Colombia, so the Colombian military can better engage the iniquitous narco-traffickers. "You don’t understand US politics," I say. "Don’t forget about those who benefit from the drug war. Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Zapatismo, Anyone?

Brian Dominick Not since the Zapatista uprising in January, 1994, has my hope for radical social change been so reinvigorated as by the recent uprisings here in the North around the World Trade Organization, the IMF/World Bank, and the Organization of American States. It’s been all the more disturbing, then, that the recent flurry of Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Big Ideas on Corporate Accountability and Global Sustainability

Russell Mokhiber  and Robert Weissman

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Michael Albert: Anarchism Today

Michael Albert In lieu of attending the North American Anarchist Conference (NAAC), I was asked: “what do you think of anarchism as an existing and potential ideology and movement?” Well, I think if anarchism were an ecology, it would be a tropical rain forest–broad, wide, and deep, a many faceted organism. A brief reply won’t Read more…

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David Edwards: Two on Iraq

As the 10th anniversary of the devastating UN economic sanctions against Iraq approaches (6th August), it is clear that even the ‘liberal’ and ‘independent’ press is sweeping the matter under the carpet. If the government propaganda merchants in Washington and London don’t even mention the dreadful suffering of the Iraqi people, then ‘news’ journalists can Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Violence and Gays in the Militaryby

Michael Bronski It was, of course, to be expected. On July 17 an Army review concluded that no officers would be held responsible for the death of P.F.C..Barry Winchell who was murdered on July 5, 1999 by a fellow soldier at Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Even more shocking was that the review also stated Read more…

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Ted Glick: Leftists and Popular Movements

Ted Glick

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Cynthia Peters: Talking to Kids about Class

Cynthia Peters

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuelan Elections Offer Hope of Real Reform

Mark Weisbrot

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Leslie Cagan: Philadelphia: Sunday, July 30

Leslie Cagan  

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Jim Hightower: Three from Hightower

Jim Hightower  GEORGE W. BUSH’S DEADLY ABSOLUTISM "The truth will come out. They are killing me tonight. They are murdering me." These were the final words of Gary Graham, number 135 on the list of death row inmates executed in rapid-fire order on the watch of George W. Bush, who has averaged one of these Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE HACK STRIKES AGAIN!: KRUGMAN ON NADER

Edward S. Herman

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Marta Russell: ADA Celebration, Protest and Dirty Harry

Marta Russell 

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Noam Chomsky: “Peace Process” Prospects

Noam Chomsky 

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Saul Landau: THE 47TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIDEL’S ATTACK ON MONCADA

Saul Landau         July 26, 1953. Fidel Castro leads 158 men to attack Fort Moncada, in Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second largest military installation. Flashback. 1860. John Brown’s raiders hit Harper’s Ferry. Brown, like Castro, lost the battle. Both of these visionaries or madmen planned to distribute arms to their collaborators. Both Brown and Castro Read more…

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Edward Said: Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Edward Said From Al-Ahram Weekly / Issue No. 491  The media has been bursting with all sorts of rumours, speculation, and some news about the Camp David summit, its progress, outcome, and meaning. Whatever happens as an immediate result of the negotiations, one thing seems quite clear: that despite any arrangements that will be made Read more…

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Tim Wise: Bill of Whites: Historical Memory Through the Racial Looking Glass

Tim Wise In 1992, white supremacist Jared Taylor lamented the ostensibly growing influence of people of color in the U.S. when he wrote: "The old, standard history united Americans…It emphasized one point of view and ignored others. It was history about white people for white people…This served the country well, so long as Blacks and Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Long Live Chairman Levin!

Danny Schechter

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Russell Mokhiber: Which Way, CFA?

Russell Mokhiber  and Robert Weissman

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Robert Naiman: SOFT STEP FOR CONGRESS: STRONG SLAP FOR THE WORLD BANK

Robert Naiman Representative Sonny Callahan, the Chair of the Foreign Operations subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, and Representative Nancy Pelosi, his Democratic counterpart, disagree on a lot of issues. But they do agree that Congress should act to stop the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank from keeping poor kids out of school Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: National Missile Defense

Noam Chomsky Taking into account the results of the recent test, should President Clinton ask the Pentagon to go ahead with the national missile defense system? I would prefer to respond to a slight reformulation of the question. The most hopeful prospect for the NMD [National Missile Defense], I think, is that the tests fail; Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: The dark side of the Canadian Healthcare system’s decline

  My wise uncle told me that the real meaning of Globalization “is to make the world safe for the American and other multinational corporations to penetrate and take over as much as the world’s economy, country by country, as possible”. He is right, and this is why the once sacred Canadian healthcare model is Read more…

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Patrick Bond: A Political Economy of South African AIDS

Patrick Bond  Johannesburg, South Africa Up to a point, Danny Schechter is absolutely right to focus on the power and the appalling discursive-policy mistake of a single personality, SA president Thabo Mbeki, in this country’s recent HIV-AIDS fiasco ("Mbeki’s Muddle: South Africa’s AIDS Debate, ZNet Commentary, July 13). Explains Schechter, "Staring down the barrel of Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Hunt for Mexicans

Vijay Prashad

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Tanya Reinhart: LAND FOR APPARTHEID (The Camp David summit)

Tanya Reinhart

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