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Cynthia Peters: U.S. Anti War Actvism

Crafting an anti-war movement from inside the belly of the beast is not easy. I’m going to talk today about how the U.S. anti-war movement is gaining momentum, despite the challenges, and I hope to convey to you all the hope that I feel, and that is expressed daily by the many millions of people Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Sexuality, masculinity and men’s choices

One of the most divisive issues on the left regarding sexuality has been the sex industry — prostitution, pornography, strip bars, and similar enterprises. Feminist critics have focused on the harm to women and children in these systems, while sex liberals have argued that there should be no collective restrictions, or sometimes even criticism of, Read more…

Ovidio Waldemar: Family Life

The subject is vast and complex and generalizations are both necessary and dangerous. As a psychiatrist and and family psychotherapist , someone who deals with daily  problems and their solutions, I will in this panel focus on my experience with recent trends in western middle class family life, which I assume to be the family Read more…

Helena Singer: Educação

  Porto Alegre, 27 de janeiro de 2003   A escola que hoje predomina nas sociedades capitalistas não é fundamentalmente diferente daquela que predominava nas sociedades ditas comunistas. Não é portanto criação e prerrogativa do capitalismo, mas certamente terá que ser superada em uma sociedade que supere a atual configuração de forças.  O ponto pelo Read more…

Adrienne Huber: The getting of An-education

Brazil is magical. I’ve been here three and a half months now and I live in a kind of magical realism a bit like being in a novel (apologies to writers who use the literary technique of the same name). Last weekend I had the enormous pleasure of being a guest at that most beautiful Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Uneven Health Outcomes and Political Resistance under Residual Neoliberalism in Africa

Presented to the seminar on Life After Capitalism: Health ZNet at the World Social Forum Porto Alegre, Brazil – 25 January 2003       Introduction   In the wake of the devastation wrought in Africa by two decades of ‘neoliberalism’–i.e., state policies that are market-oriented, export-led, subjet to fiscal austerity and characterized by the Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Uneven Health Outcomes and Political Resistance under Residual Neoliberalism in Africa

Presented to the seminar on Life After Capitalism: Health ZNet at the World Social Forum Porto Alegre, Brazil – 25 January 2003       Introduction   In the wake of the devastation wrought in Africa by two decades of ‘neoliberalism’–i.e., state policies that are market-oriented, export-led, subjet to fiscal austerity and characterized by the Read more…

Dawn Belkin Martinez: Mental Health After Capitalism

Thank you. It is an honor and privilege to be with you here today. My talk will focus on mental health care under capitalism and on an alternative vision of what mental health systems would look like in a post-capitalist society.   Mental Health Care Under Advanced Capitalism Health care is in profound crisis in Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: ?Por que la guerra, y por que la resistencia no violenta en Colombia?

Porto Alegre, enero 23 de 2003 El agravamiento de la situación de Colombia tiene como base la conjunción de la actual crisis económica internacional con el sistema histórico de dominación que rige en el país. Generalmente se olvida el factor externo de la violencia, el clima actual de guerra en el mundo y más comunmente Read more…

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Eleanor J. Bader: Georgia Abortion Bill

T here is a lot of curiosity about HB 1,” says Beth Cope, Executive Director of the Georgia chapter, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (GARAL). “People want to know if it’s real or if it’s a hoax.” Indeed, when Representative Robert Franklin, a conservative businessperson from Cobb County, Georgia, introduced H.B. 1 in Read more…

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David Barsamian: An interview with Hanan Ashrawi

H anan Ashrawi, academic and political activist, served from 1996-98 as Minister of Education under the Palestinian Authority. She was educated at the American University in Beirut and got her PhD in comparative literature at the University of Virginia. She’s one of the most well-known representatives of the Palestinian viewpoint. She is the author of Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Edison Schools Going Under?

I n February 2000, Samuel A. Walker, a communications specialist for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a conservative Michigan-based policy institute, touted Edison Schools as the wave of the future. In a “Free Market Moment,” Walker, using the techniques he honed as director of editorial services in the Heritage Foundation’s public relations department, wrote: Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Orchestrating Health Crises

U nder legislation submitted to states throughout the U.S., medical providers will be required to administer smallpox vaccines to the population whether people want them or not. Doctors will also fill out forms enabling the federal government to track those inoculated with smallpox vaccines. According to the sample forms in the legislation, there are four Read more…

Nick Dearden: 40,000 Gather for a People’s Europe

W ell over 40,000 delegates with an average age of no more than 25, gathered to participate in the European movement’s coming of age: moving from destruction, opposition, and confrontation to sowing the seeds of a new society. The European Social Forum (ESF) represents a cross-section of European society with a range of ideologies and Read more…

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Martin Don: Factory Farms as Primary Polluter

O ver the past 15 years, factory farms have replaced small family farms as the primary producers of livestock for human consumption in the U.S. These farms generate 1.4 billion tons of animal waste per year (130 times annual human waste production). One hog farm in North Carolina generates the same amount of waste as Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: A Survey of European Social Movements

T here is no country in Europe where, after the defeat of social democracy, there arose resistance as effective as is in Italy. The overarching mood in Italy is to try to unify workers and all marginalized groups and strata: the unemployed, the poor, industrial and intellectual workers, whites, and people of all other races, Read more…

Wayne Grytting: American Newspeak

Empire As A Lifestyle O ur prize quote comes from former Newsweek editor Michael Hirsch in the November issue of Foreign Affairs . “U.S. Allies must accept that some U.S. unilateralism is inevitable, even desireable. This mainly involves accepting the reality of Americas supreme might—and truthfully, appreciating how historically lucky they are to be protected Read more…

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Edward Herman: How the pitbull manages his poodles

W hen U.S. officials declare that there is a dire threat from some hapless small country that they have put on their hit list, their foreign poodles are quickly brought in line and agree that, yes, there is a dire threat as the pitbull has declared, but we must go a bit more slowly perhaps Read more…

Brandon Keim: Biopharm Roulette

W hen people think of genetically modified crops, they usually think of plants that are meant to be eaten. However, to industry insiders, food is just the beginning. The real money is supposed to be biopharming: the engineering of plants to produce pharmaceutical and industrial substances. It might sound futuristic, but a lot is being Read more…

Matthew Lyons: Conservatives split over war

T welve years ago, conservatives split sharply over the first Bush administration’s drive toward war with Iraq. While the majority of right-wingers supported the president’s war plans, anti-war rightists such as Patrick Buchanan criticized Israel’s “amen corner” and raised larger questions about the United States’ role in a post-Cold War world. Absent the Soviet threat, Read more…

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Paul Street: Empire abroad, prisons at home

I t is commonplace for left writers and activists to note stark contradictions between the declared objectives of United States foreign policy and the harsh imperial realities of that policy. It is difficult, we note, to take seriously the U.S. government’s statements for freedom, justice, democracy, and security and against terrorism, authoritarianism, violence, and insecurity Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: The OAS-mediated negotiations, the strike, and other recent events

C ésar Gaviria, the General Secretary of the OAS, has the unenviable job of mediating negotiations between Venezuela’s government and its opposition, while the political situation deteriorates and tension grows. Following a full three weeks of negotiations, the two parties at the negotiating table seem farther apart than when they first sat down at the Read more…

Stefan Wray: Increasing military contracts

T exas newspapers reported in November that information technology services giant, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), was in trouble because the Pentagon was behind by $1.8 billion in payments on a multi-billion dollar contract it has with the Plano based company. But it’s unlikely this setback to EDS will kill the project nor buck current trends Read more…

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Z Staff: Life After Capitalism

Z will be attending the third annual World Social Forum from January 23 to 28 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This year, interestingly, instead of the state where the event is held being friendly to it, the entire country is friendly, with the new president of Brazil, Lula, scheduled to participate. The first World Social Forum Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: A Rebel Agaist The Claus

As I write this, the snow is falling outside my apartment window. So I’ve got the Christmas spirit bubbling up inside me. ‘Tis the season…to shop for Christmas presents. But I have a confession to make. I’m about to commit a grave sin. I’m actually going to make a few gifts this year, instead of Read more…

Jeffrey St. Clair: Drug War According to Mengele

Hostile intentions toward the people of another country. Deployment of chemical weapons and biological agents. Pursuit of a scorched earth policy. Sound like Saddam’s Iraq? Think again. This neatly capsulizes the Bush administration’s ongoing depredations in Colombia, all under the shady banner of the war on drugs. The big difference is that Saddam’s hideous use Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Kashmir and Jihad International

On the night of 19 December 2002, a group of men entered the home of Mohammed Sadiq in Hast village, Rajouri district, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. They killed his twenty-year old daughter Nosen Kousar. They then went down the road to Khalid Ahmed’s house and killed his twenty-two year old daughter Read more…

Hasan Barghouthi: Political Economy of Occupation

Hasan Barghouthi is a long time Palestinian activist  in  the field of social and workers’ rights. He is well known in Palestine  for his many years of struggle as a trade unionist. He was arrested by Israeli forces and placed under house arrest for several years for organizing unions and strikes and defending the freedom Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: Various and Sundry

Zapatista Army of National Liberation: Mexico, December 29, 2002. To Whom It May Concern: Greetings.  Yes, the cold and rain are encircling us in their embrace, and not even a bonfire made up of all the criticisms they have sent me (us) can manage to even moderately warm one up.  It must be because most Read more…

Mickey Z: “We can use the fruits of it”

“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day…” (U2) In the corporate media equivalent of a scoop, Dana Priest and Barton Gellman of the Washington Post “broke” the story of US torture of Arab and Afghan “detainees.” The December 26 article, perfectly timed to get lost in the holiday shuffle, begins like a bad spy novel: “Deep Read more…

Dennis Halliday: Scylla And Charbydris

In the vast machinery of the behemoth that is the United Nations, even a high-level figure is just a worker bee. Or so it seems after talking to Denis Halliday, who four years after resigning his post as chief UN relief co-ordinator for Iraq still seems to relish the liberty to speak freely about the Read more…

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David Edwards: Professional Servility And How To Overcome It

We live in strange times. Day to day, journalists are seriously debating whether a single omission in a dossier on arms, or a single failure to open a door within two hours, justifies launching a massive war against a broken Third World country with a force of upwards of a third of a million troops. Read more…

Guest Author: On a Clear Day You Still Can’t See

In New Hampshire, men with guns are walking through the woods near my house. They’re carrying thirty-ought-six’s with scopes or some such. Their cars or trucks, gun racks empty, are parked alongside the woods road I climb, where Slaughter Brook plunges down toward the Warner River. Deer, laughing at the hunters, leave tracks from their Read more…

Maria Tomchick: Operation Provoke Iraq

In recent weeks, the Bush administration has stepped up efforts to destabilize the Iraqi government, while aggressively deploying troops and ships in a manner that could provoke an attack from Iraq — and provide an excuse to start a war. Over the weekend of December 14 to 16, the U.S. hosted a conference in London Read more…

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Site Administrator: Back To Iraq As A Human Shield

Day by day, the latest headlines tell us that we are moving ever closer to war with Iraq. So many people around the world are ashamed and outraged by this prospect and yet feel powerless to make their voices heard. Large rallies for peace have been held in cities around the world. Yet the bulletins Read more…

Bryan Rostron: The Rise Of Mblaireki

In a move that will sound eerily familiar to old Labour folk in Britain, the South African president, Thabo Mbeki, and his ANC government have lurched decisively to the right and are directing an assault against their own left wing, particularly the unions. The government is currently directing far more bitter venom at its alliance Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Year 2002, R.I.P.

It’s impossible to adequately sum up any year, and 2002 is probably more difficult than most to grasp. Bursts of militaristic fervor bracketed the 12 months, which began in the terrible aftermath of 9/11 with the United States waging a fierce war in Afghanistan. Now, an even larger war against Iraq seems about to begin. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Interview With Chomsky

Mark Thomas: If we can start with US foreign policy in relation to Iraq and the War on Terror, what do you think is going on at the moment? Noam Chomsky: First of all I think we ought to be very cautious about using the phrase ‘War on Terror’. There can’t be a War on Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Human Rights Week 2002

Human Rights Week is not much of an occasion in the US, with some notable qualifications. But it does receive considerable attention elsewhere. For me personally, Human Rights Week 2002 was memorable and poignant. The week opened on the eve of Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where thousands of Read more…

Pablo Dávalos: Indian Ocean: “Open Regionalism” or Naked Militarism?

There were more defence and security analysts from think tank organisations than trade and business representatives. The Australian High Commissioner to India who inaugurated the conference did not try to hide behind any faade when she stated the Indian Ocean regional was strategically important to Australia as it carried over 90 percent of the countrys Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Source Of Terror

We live in terrifying times. But into what context can we Americans place the terrorism we’ve recently experienced? Until 9/11 Americans could pretend that we were different, that God or something had truly blessed us. Yes, Al Qaeda tormentors tried to use an explosive-laden truck to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. But Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Christmas Eve In Bethlehem

Jerusalem: At around 9:00 am, the first fifty Israelis passed the military checkpoint and climbed over the dirt barricade. They were entering Bethlehem, which is considered “Area A” of the Palestinian territories and therefore out of bounds for Israeli citizens. Determined to meet their Palestinian partners, these Israelis, members of Ta’ayush, Arab-Jewish Partnership, had decided Read more…

Kristen Ess: Bethlehem To Rafah

At the last minute, at the end of the day before Christmas Eve, the Israeli government announced it would lift its curfew of Bethlehem. This was another move in the endless game of Israeli propaganda, and one that was expected. Thousands of eyes were on Bethlehem, the West Bank city that has been under curfew Read more…

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Ben Bagdikian: Beware the Geeks Bearing Lists

“I have here in my hand, a list ….” Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wheeling, West Virginia, February 9, 1946. Senator McCarthy’s list turned out to be a mish-mash of changing numbers, names, and wild charges that paralyzed the government and brought chaos to normal political life. It was an “emergency” — the post-war world was one Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Christmas 2002

You can get a $12 push-up bra for Christmas. I know because the billboards all over Boston tell me so. They feature a well-endowed model with her breasts hoisted up to just below her chin. But they don’t say who’s supposed to shop for the gift. Does the lover go browsing amongst the bras for Read more…

Laurie King-irani: It’s Up To Us Not To Heed The Call

A bleak Christmas Eve, bringing news of despair in Bethlehem and killings near Jenin, has been made even bleaker with the news that Joe Strummer, the lead singer for the legendary British punk band “The Clash,” has died at the early age of 50. Ironically, he and the original members of the group, which infused Read more…

Vatche Sahakian: An Early Peek Into Homeland Security

Fear can be a powerful driving force for resolute and determined action; albeit action that is often irrational and self-defeating. Hence, the use of tension in society has long been a powerful tool for controlling and rallying the masses. History abounds with uncountable instances of governments or leaders manipulating entire populations towards consent, for goals Read more…

Chris Crass: Let’s Build Liberation

Could you give a brief history of your own organizing and activist work? I got into politics in high school when I was 15. My best friend, Mike Rejniak introduced me to politics and punk rock. We had a group at our high school called the United Anarchist Front (UAF) and we handed out flyers, Read more…

Hank Wrightstorm: The Return Of Uncle Scrooge

(Z has obtained a leaked copy of President G.W. Bush’s speech to the first annual Republican book club meeting. As with the famous “Axis of Evil” address, this speech was ghostwritten by a Canadian.) “The Return of Uncle Scrooge” My fellow Republicans, tonight we savor our recent electoral gains and gleefully anticipate two full years Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: White Supremacy and the Anti-Immigrant Movement

Trent Lott’s controversial praise of Strom Thurmond is kicking up a lot of dirt about the Senator’s unsavory past. This includes Lott’s association with the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, heir to the White Citizens Councils which formed to fight integration during the civil rights period. Just recently, the Council’s website claimed that blacks Read more…

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