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Nikos Raptis: A New Film

Raptis In the late ’40s and early ’50s quite a few young Greek leftists had to flee their country to avoid at best torture and long prison terms and at worst execution in the hands of the US appointed local puppet Greek Government. Some of them fled to Paris; in a traditionally tolerant society towards Read more…

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Tim Wise: Breaking the Cycle of White Dependence: A Call for Majority Self-Sufficiency

Wise I think it’s called ‘projection.’ When someone subconsciously realizes that a particular trait applies to them, and then attempts to locate that trait in others, so as to alleviate the stigma or self-doubt engendered by the trait in question. It’s a well-understood concept of modern psychology, and explains much: like why men who are Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: The Unraveling Safety Net

Guellec In all of American medicine, the only place that Federal Law guarantees Americans the right to a physician 24-7 is in the Emergency Room. This is because of the 1986 "anti-dumping" law, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, known as EMTALA. The Health Care Finance Administration enforces it. This law was tested recently Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The State of Well-Being: Welfare Fights in CT

Prashad I hate authority. Whenever I’m in front of someone with power, and if I feel alone, I get awkward and silly. No wonder I hate the Connecticut State House, all opulent and aristocratic, with the lobbyists gathered like sharks in the stairwell, and under a very, very high ceiling state legislatures trade in their Read more…

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Michael Albert: Anarchism = Zerzan?

In a number of mainstream media outlets, anarchism has recently been associated with John Zerzan. In my last ZNet commentary (Anarchism), I instead suggested that anarchism ought to be associated with identifying structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination throughout life and with challenging them as conditions and the pursuit of justice permit. Anarchism would seek Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: Results we are after

Gonsalves When that U.S. spy plane was snooping around the coast of China, crashed into a Chinese military plane, killing its pilot, the "liberal" media swung into action and gave us constant coverage of the international incident. Even though a Chinese pilot was dead and no American lives were lost, MSNBC – on one of Read more…

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Douglas Dowd: Down with the Bah Humbug of Taxes, Surpluses, Spending, and Deficits, up with What We Need and Can Do

Dowd The flagrantly unjust and harmful policies for taxes, governmental spending and real and imagined surpluses in place or on their way had their beginnings in the last years of Carter’s presidency — prodded and facilitated by what Richard Du Boff termed “the corporate counter-attack,” against unions and decent social policies. In the ensuing quarter Read more…

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Sonia Shah: Lost in Translation On the Liabilities of Being an American Abroad

Shah You get so used to walking around feeling like a big smart smartypants, understanding (and disapproving of) most things around you (come on, you know what I mean) and then something simple happens that shows you, in a flash, how fragile and circumscribed that satisfying smugness really is. For me, that something was a Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Market Missionaries Flock To The Pacific

Choudry “Your nonsense spreads to Pacific beliefs like the plague bubonic/ speaking tongues parallel to concrete jungle mumbo.”   (Reverse Resistance, by King Kapisi) Samoan hiphop artist King Kapisi slams colonialism and missionary beliefs on his Savage Thoughts CD. Another kind of missionary has been active in the Pacific for many years. Like their predecessors Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Mother’s Day, 2001

  The problem with Mother’s Day rituals is that they reinforce what I call the telescope effect on Moms and their kids. Most days of the year, disproportionate blame is leveled at Moms for their kids’ shortcomings. On Mother’s Day, they are privately adored. Remember Smokey the Bear, and his paranoia-inducing admonition that you alone Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: MotherÕs Day, 2001

Peters The problem with Mother’s Day rituals is that they reinforce what I call the telescope effect on Moms and their kids. Most days of the year, disproportionate blame is leveled at Moms for their kids’ shortcomings. On Mother’s Day, they are privately adored. Remember Smokey the Bear, and his paranoia-inducing admonition that you alone Read more…

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Edward Herman: PUBLIC VERSUS POWER INTELLECTUALS, Part 1

S. Herman and David Peterson The conventional use of the term "public intellectual" has been a source of growing confusion and bombast of late. At a forum on "The Future of Public Intellectuals" held some months ago in New York City, Russell Jacoby of The Last Intellectuals fame lamented the disappearance of earlier generations of Read more…

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Edward Herman: PUBLIC VERSUS POWER INTELLECTUALS, Part 1

S. Herman and David Peterson The conventional use of the term "public intellectual" has been a source of growing confusion and bombast of late. At a forum on "The Future of Public Intellectuals" held some months ago in New York City, Russell Jacoby of The Last Intellectuals fame lamented the disappearance of earlier generations of Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Of Catapults and Teddy Bears

Rebick The teddy bear hurling catapult at the demonstrations in Quebec City may turn out to be the most effective piece of street theatre in protest history. Designed to mock the wall separating leaders at the Summit of the Americas from the people protesting their policies, the catapult has accomplished much more. It has exposed Read more…

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Michael Albert: Anarchism?!

Albert Like most social movements anarchism is diverse. Most broadly an anarchist seeks out and identifies structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination throughout life, and tries to challenge them as conditions and the pursuit of justice permit. Anarchists work to eliminate subordination. They focus on political power, economic power, power relations among men and women, Read more…

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David Edwards: Media Mendacity and The Art of Self-Deception

  On 27 January 1986, the O-ring task force of Morton Thiokol met to discuss the likely consequences of a proposed Space Shuttle launch the following day at a temperature of 18 degrees Fahrenheit. O-rings are designed to take up the slack in the Shuttle’s solid rocket boosters, expanding to plug gaps between rocket segments Read more…

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Norman Solomon: MEDIA AND VIETNAM: APPARITIONS OF INNOCENCE

Solomon Media commentators are split about Bob Kerrey and what happened 32 years ago in the Vietnamese village of Thanh Phong. Some journalists seem eager to exonerate the former senator. Others appear inclined to turn him into a lightning rod for national guilt. Syndicated columnists have been a bit unpredictable. "This is a murder story Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Bob Kerrey’s Nightmare Tells the Story of Vietnam

Weisbrot Some people are wondering why the New York Times and CBS’ 60 minutes II would spend two and a half years investigating war crimes allegedly committed by former Senator Bob Kerrey 32 years ago in Vietnam. But this is journalism at its best: it is forcing people to rethink some important history, not just Read more…

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Ted Glick: On Historical Moments

Glick Organized efforts to bring about significant reforms need a number of things if they are to be successful. One is an ability to discern when, for whatever the reasons may be, there has been a change from what might be called the "keep plugging away" stage into what might be called the "time to Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Generates the Statistics

Peters Once again, a lot of very smart scientists with significant institutional backing have spent a lot of time and a lot of money coming up with brainless conclusions and age-old solutions. In this case, after spending millions of dollars over 10 years in 10 different cities, a team of well-credentialed researchers backed by the Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Talk to your neighbours

Klein The idea of turning London into a life-sized Monopoly board on May Day sounded like a great idea. The most familiar criticism lobbed at modern protesters is that they lack focus and clear goals such as "Save the trees" or "Drop the debt." And yet these protests are a response to the limitations of Read more…

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Michael Albert: New Targets

Albert We anti-globalists oppose imperial trade arrangements. We reject that the rich get richer. We repudiate that the poor get poorer. We laugh at pundits claiming that globalization positively entwines world centers via new modes of communication and travel. We guffaw at the claim that globalization expands democracy and participation. We live and breathe that Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Ari the Evader

Mokhiber and Robert Weissman Ari Fleischer is a nice guy. He likes baseball. We like baseball. That’s about where the similarities end. Fleischer is the most recent in a long unbroken line of press secretaries of corporate presidents of the United States. We decided recently to test Ari’s knowledge of the workings of the corporate Read more…

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Marta Russell: Craig Shirley Does the Disabled

Russell Craig Shirley is the guy whose PR firm created the newly formed Disabled Americans for Death Tax Repeal. Disabled Americans for Death Tax Repeal ran a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Times to lobby Congress to abolish the federal estate tax. According to its press release, the group was formed Read more…

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David Barsamian: Liberating the Mind from Orthodoxies

David Barsamian Noam Chomsky, long-time political activist, writer, and professor of linguistics at MIT, is the author of numerous books and articles on U.S. foreign policy, international affairs, and human rights. Among his many books are World Orders Old and New, Class Warfare, and Powers and Prospects. Among his latest books are The Common Good Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Anti-Harassment Policies

Michael Bronski Since Columbine, school shootings and killings have become so routine, even commonplace, that they have lost their initial horror. The downside is that they have become part of accepted U.S. behavior patterns. The upside is that there has been a far deeper, more honest discussion of the role cliques, bullying, class, gender, and Read more…

Margie Burns: The Marc Rich Hearings

Margie Burns Regrettably, Congressperson Dan Burton suspended hearings on former President Clinton’s pardon of fugitive trader Marc Rich. The hearings could have told us something about Rich’s opulent-but-murky deals with rogue entities, whole governments, and multinational corporations around the globe. Take Alcoa Aluminum, for example. Until recently, Alcoa may have been most visible in the Read more…

Sandy Carter: Spring Reviews

Carter Dolly Parton, Little Sparrow (Sugar Hill/ Blue Eye) In an interview decades ago, the great Merle Haggard lamented the fact that one of country music’s most talented singer-writers, Dolly Parton, had wasted her greatest artistic gifts when she reinvented herself as a pop diva. Now, stripped of all the glitz and camp that accompanied Read more…

Ron Galaktik: Make The Switch

Ron Galaktik There are a lot of reasons for border patrols and border wars, a lot of empty-headed and tight-fisted justifications for keeping the thems out and the uses in. That’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m not here to attack or defend the nonlogic that has been robustly proliferated to propagate the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Israel’s Approved Ethnic Cleansing

Edward S. Herman As described in Part 1, Israel has been able to establish and maintain a “Jewish” state —hence a racist state—and systematically “redeem” the land from the large indigenous Palestinian population—that is, engage in large-scale ethnic cleansing—because in this case the United States found ethnic cleansing not only tolerable but worthy of aggressive Read more…

Frank Morales: Electromagnetic Weapons

Frank Morales In a neatly calculated “unveiling” of weapons designed for social control, for use against civilians and the suppression of dissent, the Pentagon has gone “transparent” with the latest in electronic weapons technology which targets people. At a selective press briefing for congressional and military leaders March 1, Pentagon officials stated they were “developing Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Celibacy, Cigars, and Sales Pitches

Cynthia Peters It’s practically a cliché to say that the marketplace uses sex to sell. Not only do the commercials feature attractive female hands caressing gear shifts, but the shows themselves feature instant sexual gratification, without so much as a nod toward responsibility. In the old days, the Brady Bunch mom and dad kept their Read more…

James Petras: U.S. China Conflict

James Petras The resolution of the conflict between China and the U.S. is over much more than the U.S. airpeople and airplane in Chinese possession and the question of a U.S. apology. What is at stake is sovereignty versus hegemony, ideology versus trade, and the old Cold War versus the new Cold War. In the Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Dear Sisters

In Dear Sisters Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon set out to document a “social movement that changed America.” They note that while women's liberation was “the largest social movement in the history of the U.S.,” reaching into every home, school, business, etc., very little has been written about it and no publication has presented the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Digital Promise Of A Global Village

Norman Solomon Many Americans have seen the digital dream of global communications vividly expressed on TV commercials for Cisco Systems. Eager to promote its theme of “empowering the Internet generation,” the giant high-tech firm paid for a lot of lovely ads with adorable children from different countries asking: “Are you ready?” By now, we understand Read more…

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Paul Street: Race, Prison, and Poverty

Street In the last two-and-a-half decades, the prison population has undergone what the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics director Jan Chaiken last year called “literally incredible” expansion. Chaiken reported a quadrupling of the U.S. incarceration rate since 1975. That rate, more than 600 prisoners for every 100,000 people, is by far the highest in Read more…

Sophie Style: Gustavo Esteva

Sophie Style Gustavo Esteva is a Mexican grassroots activist and “de- professionalized” intellectual. He is the author of more than 500 essays and a dozen books, including Grassroots Post-modernism: Remaking the Soil of Culture, with M.S. Prakash, London: Zed Books, 1998. At present, he works at the Centre for Intercultural Dialogues and Exchanges (CEDI) in Read more…

Kip Sullivan: Rationing Health Care Is Not Necessary

Sullivan Rationing has long been a dirty word in the health care reform debate. HMOs hotly deny that they are engaged in rationing. Politicians decry rationing, whether it is inflicted directly by HMOs or indirectly by lack of insurance. Polls consistently indicate that a large majority of Americans oppose rationing as a means to reduce Read more…

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Marie Trigona: Zapatista Caravan

    The Zapatista rebels made a historic journey to Mexico City this March in order to rally support and to make demands for indigenous rights in Mexico. An estimated 200,000 people came to Mexico City’s center square Sunday, March 11 to hear the demands of the 24 masked Zapatista delegates and to catch a Read more…

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Z Staff: What Do Women Want?

Staff It drives many “second wave” feminists nuts when men and/or mainstream media intone, “Well, what do you women want, anyway?” This, of course, implies some combination of the following: (1) women, being confused hysterical creatures don’t really know what they want, and/or (2) women do know, and it means something bad for men, and/or Read more…

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Paul Burrows: Is there an alternative to capitalism?

Rough transcript of a talk given by Paul Burrows (of Mondragón Bookstore & Coffee House) as part of the SMAC forum on “Alternatives to Capitalism” (Wednesday, April 11th, 2001) “Is there an alternative to capitalism?” The short answer to the question is “yes.” (Can we call it a night and hit the pub?!?) In fact, Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE MEDIA AT THE BARRICADES IN SUPPORT OF “FREE TRADE”

The same bias, and the same resentment at the intrusion of dissidents and dissident opinion, has characterized media treatment of the Summit of the Americas at Quebec city, April 20-22. Now, as in the Nafta case, the media editorialists and pundits huff and puff, sneer, caricature dissidents’ views, throw out words like "free trade" and Read more…

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John Pilger: Academia is silent on imperialism, as German universities were during the rise of the Nazis

Pilger The other day, I attended a conference at the University of Sussex on the "new imperialism". What was extraordinary was that it took place at all. Julian Saurin, who teaches in the school of African and Asian studies at Sussex, said that, in ten years, he had never known an open discussion on imperialism. Read more…

: Profits Over People: The FTAA’s Negative Impacts on the People of the Western Hemisphere

  Recently, the leaders of thirty-four nations in the Americas, representing every country except Cuba, gathered to discuss the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a proposed trade agreement encompassing 800 million people and eleven trillion dollars (Handelman, 24). However, they were not alone. They were joined a few miles away by more than Read more…

Guest Author: Profits Over People: The FTAAÕs Negative Impacts on the People of the Western Hemisphere

Aghazadeh Naini 12th Grade Student Recently, the leaders of thirty-four nations in the Americas, representing every country except Cuba, gathered to discuss the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a proposed trade agreement encompassing 800 million people and eleven trillion dollars (Handelman, 24). However, they were not alone. They were joined a few miles Read more…

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Robert Naiman: Debt Cancellation, Not Corporate Trade Deals, Would Help the Poor

Naiman The verbal flubs of President Bush in Quebec City were widely reported to the amusement of the educated. He referred to the language of Mexico (Spanish) as "Mexican" and called the Canadian leader "amigo" (rather than using the French "ami.") Attention to these "dumb" things that President Bush said overlooked something truly dumb he Read more…

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Ted Glick: On Winning Hearts and Minds

Glick A year ago, on April 17th, 2000, I wrote a Future Hope column which likened both the forms of action and the relative organizational coherence of the April 16th actions in D.C. against the IMF/World Bank to a regular army without violent weapons, a "non-violent army." After being in the middle of the April Read more…

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Justin Podur: Invisible Struggles in Colombia

Podur If you had the chance to see ‘Traffic’, you know the War on Drugs is a sham. There’s a good chance you know that its domestic effects are to imprison thousands and thousands of non-violent offenders who aren’t dangerous, cut them off from their families and friends, destroy their life chances, destroy social bonds Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Cuba Today

Bohmer Forty years ago on April 16th , 2001, in the Vedado section of Havana, Fidel Castro announced to the Cuban people and beyond that the Cuban revolution had become a socialist revolution. On April 16th, 2001 in the same place, Fidel reaffirmed Cuba’s commitment to socialism to an enthusiastic gathering of a reported half Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Hindutva For a Few Dollars a Day

people would like to say that only a few bad apples do not condemn the entire orchard: but we are not talking about a few apples, but the core itself, the president of the party, the leaders of its main alliance partner and trustees of its ideological wing. And, besides, these few names are only Read more…

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