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David Barsamian: Intifada 2000: The Palestinian Uprising

David Barsamian Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, Palestine and attended schools there and in Cairo. He received a BA from Princeton, an MA and PhD from Harvard. He is University Professor at Columbia. He is the author of Orientalism, The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, Culture and Imperialism, Representations of the Intellectual, The Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: RU-486

Shortly after Rev. John Earl, pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Rochelle, Illinois, learned the Food and Drug Administration had approved the abortion pill RU-486, he paid an up-close- and-personal visit to a nearby health clinic. Rev. Earl crashed his four-door Saturn into a garage behind the Northern Illinois Women’s Health Clinic, got out, and Read more…

Ahmed Bouzid: The Algerian Tragedy Continues

Ahmed Bouzid The shocking violence that has been consuming Algeria since the cancellation of the 1992 parliamentary elections—elections that were poised to bring Islamists to power—has claimed at least 100,000 lives, with many human rights activists in Algeria and elsewhere claiming that the figure is at least double that number. The hopes that the April Read more…

John Macarthur: none

Hill and Wang Publishing, 2000; 388 pages. Review by Roger Bybee When Master Lock officials announced in 1999 that they were shifting nearly 800 jobs to Nogales, Mexico from their plant in inner-city Milwaukee, they were brutally frank about the hopelessness of the workers’ situation. “‘We can’t pay you little enough to make the locks Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Toxic Waste As Strategy, Part 2

The trade in toxic waste is more than a lucrative industry; it is also a central strategy of the New World Order, an intentional way of enclosing lands and resources—the very air we breathe—previously held in common and setting up trade in “pollution rights.” It is a means for proletarianizing peasants and villagers, driving them Read more…

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David Barsamian: Maid to Order

David Barsamian Barbara Ehrenreich is a leading activist, lecturer, and writer. Among her many books are Fear of Falling and The Snarling Citizen. Her latest books are Blood Rites and Nickel and Dimed. You’ve been somewhat successful in penetrating the mainstream media. What’s your secret? I don’t know if I’m that successful. I was a Read more…

Elliott d. Sclar: none

D. Sclar Cornell University Press 184 pages. Review by Edward Herman This book by Elliott Sclar, a professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University, is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the bases and consequences of the still powerful drive to privatize. The mainstream media and most writers on the subject have been Read more…

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Edward S. Herman Pluto Press, 222 pages By Robert Jensen One of the most unpleasant moments for me, and I suspect for many other leftists and anti-war activists, during the NATO attack on Yugoslavia came when I realized that a significant segment of what is usually called the progressive community had swallowed NATO’s propaganda about Read more…

Tim Rogers: Plan Colombia

In an historic round of multi- sector dialogue on peace, a delegation of more than 300 people representing the Colombian government, guerrilla leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN), members of civil society, and international observers from 36 countries, gathered in Costa Rica on October 16 to discuss the 36-year-old armed conflict. Notably absent from Read more…

Steven nasr Salaita: …Invisible, With Liberty and Justice for All

Steven Nasr Salaita Native Americans continue to be America’s invisible constituency. Now that the presidential election is over, we can evaluate how Natives were treated by the candidates and what that might signal in the coming years. Vibrant activism arises from numerous tribes spanning all geographic regions of Turtle Island (North and South America), yet Read more…

Holly Spaulding: S26 Actions in Prague

Holly Spaulding The indigenous Zapatistas of Chiapas, heroes of resistance to many anti-globalization critics, have described the current movement as being made up of “one no, many yeses.” Among those saying “no” at the most recent, 55th annual joint meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) in Prague, were the Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Assisted suicide and Euthanasia: the illusion and façade

  Why are the long-standing ethics of our health care system suddenly so threatened? Maybe it is all about money, or is it? HMO’s already induce physicians to keep costs low, using a combination of financial rewards or punishments, which create in my opinion an implicit conflict of interest between doctors and some patients. After Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Assisted suicide and Euthanasia: the illusion and faade

Dorothy Guellec Why are the long-standing ethics of our health care system suddenly so threatened? Maybe it is all about money, or is it? HMO’s already induce physicians to keep costs low, using a combination of financial rewards or punishments, which create in my opinion an implicit conflict of interest between doctors and some patients. Read more…

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David Edwards: THE CLIMATE KILLERS

  An anonymous US official once advised, "We must counter, both in the UN and within the framework of the North-South dialogue, any discussion of global problems which questions the validity of the free market and of free enterprise in the countries of the Third World." This was merely a small part of a much Read more…

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Norman Solomon: FINALLY, A HUGE MEDIA SPECTACLE THAT REALLY MATTERS?

Norman Solomon After a decade filled with round-the-clock media sensations, we finally ended up with one that’s truly portentous. The post-election battle for the White House has stood in sharp contrast to countless ersatz stories that gained enormous coverage during the 1990s. The warfare between Al Gore and George W. Bush is certainly historic — Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Even Now We Lie To Ourselves About Vietnam

Robert Jensen Bill Clinton has always been keen on apologizing, for himself and on behalf of the nation. He has apologized not only for a sex scandal, but for U.S. support of repression in Guatemala and for slavery. One might contest the motivation for, or the phrasing of, the apologies — Were they offered for Read more…

Guest Author: Women in Gaza

Nahda Sh’hada

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Cynthia Peters: Children’s Museums A Rant

Cynthia Peters Question: What do you get when you cross "generous funding" from bloated financial institutions with a culture that picks on parents? Answer: Children’s Museums. You’ll say I’m just being cranky, but consider this: A recent trip to Boston’s world famous Children’s Museum felt like plunging into an "educational," semi-politically correct arcade, featuring a Read more…

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Charles Glass: Ramallah, West Bank

Charles Glass Most afternoons, the boys head from their schools down to the edge of town where Israeli tanks and soldiers are standing by to watch unarmed children wage war. A wide road heads from the center of Ramallah downhill towards a hotel, the City Inn, where the Israeli army has set up shop. From Read more…

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Douglas Dowd: WHAT DO WE WANT? AND WHO ARE “WE”?

Doug Dowd Alongside and arising from "Seattle" and subsequent protests are questions such as the above — by those participating in and supporting, and those against the protests.  Those and related questions have always deserved serious answers; now more than ever.  The response here cannot be more than a sketch. First, on the matter of Read more…

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Edward Herman: LIBERAL APOLOGETICS FOR IMPERIALISM

Edward S. Herman The American Prospect (TAP) magazine, edited by Robert Kuttner and Paul Starr, with Robert Reich as "National Editor," is a liberal magazine par excellence, and has frequent articles on domestic policy issues that represent the best of traditional liberalism, opposed to welfare "reform" and the evolving systems of social and economic injustice. Read more…

Sam Mchombo: FREE ENTERPRISE, PRIVATIZATION, CORRUPTION, ALL THAT

Sam Mchombo On October 29, the people of the East African nation of Tanzania went to the polls to elect a new government. The elections returned the incumbent, Benjamin Mkapa, of the ruling party of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) to a second term in office. The elections proceeded peacefully, with problems confined to the islands Read more…

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Jeffrey Sommers: Report from Kiev

Jeffrey Sommers I am in Kiev as the pampered guest of a Baltic offshore company which helps CIS nations avoid taxation by incorporating in the Channel Islands, Cyprus, the Cayman Islands, or even the US’s own outlaw banking state of Delaware. Granted, many of the CIS nation’s tax laws are so onerous that business would Read more…

Guest Author: Viral Roulette: Malaria, Blood, and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

Stephen F. Minkin In a speech in Abuja, Nigeria on August 27th President Clinton came very close to identifying a taboo subject – the medical transmission of HIV. Mr. Clinton noted that both AIDS and malaria are increasing in Nigeria, but his staff failed to advise him on how the two killers are connected. Malaria Read more…

Guest Author: No matter who wins, the president will be a bastard

Terry J. Allen The campaign was a minuet performed by robots; the post-election period is a bacchanal. What a relief. It’s just too bad one of these mediocre men has to win. But the good news is that the victor will be perceived by much of the population as illegitimate. And that is not only Read more…

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Dennis Brutus: US election debacle

Dennis Brutus The world still anxiously awaits the outcome of elections in the United States. But really, will it matter to the way we conduct our business, in a world economy that still imposes misery and inequality in the course of corporate-dominated trade, debt collection and investment? The Florida snarl-up has banana-republic connotations: confusing ballots, Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Betrayed Redemption in Chile

Vijay Prashad On Friday, 10 November, the Santiago (Chile) Court of Appeals refused to grant parole to retired army General Torres Silva. A few hours later, Judge Sergio Munoz indicted a general on active duty, Hernan Ramirez for the same crime. Both these leading figures of the ousted regime of former General Augusto Pinochet, the Read more…

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George Monbiot: Reality Re-Asserts ItselfT

George Monbiot.  Just as floods and tornadoes were laying waste to our homes, we earthlings watched the launch of an exciting new venture. Three cosmonauts were blasted into orbit, to pioneer the permanent inhabitation of space. Humanity is already making plans for its escape. Our attempts to avoid the constraints of earthbound life are, of Read more…

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Michael Albert: Election Issues

Michael Albert The election fiasco is an unexpected spur to progressive prospects. Lots of people are thinking hard about what good government is. This could yield positive political vision, not just a list of things we don’t like. The coming assault on the Electoral College will nourish reform fever and could lead toward proportional representation, Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Yugoslavia: The Birth of a U.S Client State

Nikos Raptis "Client state: a country that is economically, politically, or militarily dependent on another country" (Webster’s 10th). That was a rather polished definition by the political elite around 1918. In today’s real world the expressions "vassal state" or "occupied territory" are more honest. Even the term "vassal" (humble dependant) is weak. "Occupied" is closer Read more…

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Edward Herman: NADER, OR DISENFRAN-

character; the second convention, where the election funders are wined and dined, deals are struck, and real agendas are formed. This means that ordinary citizens are disenfranchised, given that a critically important part of the electoral process is outside of their orbit of influence. This feature of the political system also makes the dominant parties Read more…

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Tim Wise: No More Mister Fall Guy

Tim Wise Well, the long knives are out. Media pundits, Democratic Party officials, and I would suspect Al Gore himself before long, have or will soon begin to do the predictable: search out a scapegoat for why the Presidential election turned out the way it did. With Gore having won the popular vote, and yet Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: DON’T SAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW

that day there were 276 people injured (LAW report, Nov 3), and by the final count "Up to 452 Palestinians were hurt on Friday across the territories, according to the Red Crescent" (‘ha’aretz’, Nov 5). On Saturday, October 4th, as the the media covers in great length of Barak’s "plea to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Read more…

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Norman Solomon: NEW DEMOCRATS: MAYBE THE JIG IS UPBy

Norman Solomon The New Democrats may have outsmarted themselves. A couple of months ago, the current Democratic Party leadership seemed to be firmly in control. The succession was orderly. The party’s new ticket of "moderates" — Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman — gained momentum. If all went according to plan, President Lieberman would be wrapping Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Still Hasn’t Found What He’s Looking For

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Dan Georgakas: Voting Without Illusion

Dan Georgakas Every time there is a major election, some of my closest political friends decide not to vote. The most obvious reason they give, of course, is that there are no candidates worth voting for. When pressed about voting for a minority party, they argue that as those candidates haven’t a chance, voting only Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Ford/Firestone: Homicide?

Russell Mokhiber  and Robert Weissman    In 1998, in Corpus Christi, Texas, 17-year-old Matthew Hendricks was on his way to pick up his girlfriend. He was driving a Ford Explorer. The tread ripped off one of the Ford’s Firestone’s tires, causing him to lose control. He was thrown from the vehicle and killed. "When I was Read more…

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Tim Wise: Getting Serious About White Deviance

Tim Wise To Whom It May Concern: With great excitement, I recently discovered your organization’s work for the betterment of mankind, through the applied science of racial research. As someone who has been investigating the disproportionately pathological tendencies of persons of European descent–whites in the popular vernacular–imagine my delight upon reading your Charter, which notes: Read more…

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Edward Herman: CENSORSHIP AS A PACIFICA MANAGEMENT TOOL

Edward S. Herman Studying the recent history of Pacifica over the past several weeks, I have been once again impressed with how important a role censorship has played in the tactics and apparent strategy of the Pacifica management. Censorship by the use of gag rules has been used for years now to quiet dissent from Read more…

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Manning Marable: “Education Works, Prisons Don’t”

  “Education Works, Prisons Don’t” was the call to action that attracted hundreds of concerned New Yorkers at a Harlem teach-in, sponsored by United New York Black Radical Congress, on October 27-28, 2000.  The teach-in brought together students, parents, teachers, community activists, and leaders from politics, unions and religious institutions. The event marked the highpoint Read more…

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Manning Marable: ÒEducation Works, Prisons DonÕtÓ

Manning Marable “Education Works, Prisons Don’t” was the call to action that attracted hundreds of concerned New Yorkers at a Harlem teach-in, sponsored by United New York Black Radical Congress, on October 27-28, 2000.  The teach-in brought together students, parents, teachers, community activists, and leaders from politics, unions and religious institutions. The event marked the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Why Not Create A Shadow Government?

Michael Albert As you read this, the presidential elections are over. Without doubt the new president, minutely different from the old president, is waiting eagerly to commit domestic and international mayhem on behalf of his favored elite constituencies. The unanswered question is what are Nader, LaDuke, and the Greens going to do now that the Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Farm Bureau Is a Front

When singer/songwriter Willie Nelson took the stage in mid-September in Bristow, Virginia, kicking off the 15th annual Farm Aid concert, he once again called the nation’s attention to the desperate plight of America’s small family farms. Unknown to most folks, there is a major struggle going on in America’s heartland. Karen Hudson, from her home Read more…

Sandy Carter: The Great Folk Scare Continues

Carter Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four, Various Artists (Revenant) Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, The Warner Collection Volume One, Various Artists (Appleseed Recordings) Nothing Seems Better To Me, The Warner Collection Volume Two, Various Artists (Appleseed Recordings) The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of The American Underground From the Pages Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Toxic Wastes and the New World Order, Part 1

    Twelve years ago, the soon-to-be infamous barge, the Khian Sea, left the territorial waters of the United States and began circling the oceans in search of a country willing to accept its cargo: 14,000 tons of toxic incinerator ash. First it went to the Bahamas, then to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bermuda, Guinea Read more…

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Steve Ellner: Venezuela’s Foreign Policy

Steve Ellner Typically, State Department officials grit their teeth when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez challenges U.S. foreign policy, but occasionally he provokes a sharper reaction. For example, in August Chávez was the first Western nation head of state to visit Iraq since the U.N.-imposed boycott went into effect ten years ago. State Department spokesperson Richard Read more…

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Dean Baker: none

University of Chicago Press, 2000 Review by Edward Herman This fine book contends, and demonstrates compellingly, that the only “crisis” Social Security faces is posed by its enemies, who have created a phony one to provide the moral and intellectual basis for weakening and destroying a highly successful and completely viable system. It is Social Read more…

Leon Lazaroff: CWA-Verizon

The extraordinary thing about the August telephone workers strike against Verizon Communications was that 87,000 operators and line technicians refused to work for 18 days not over the pocketbook issues of wages and benefits, but over the opportunity to greatly increase the chances of organizing the company’s non-union wireless workers. This strike was about the Read more…

Richard Alan-leach: Agent Orange

Media coverage of the April 22 Earth Day enviro-fest contained a curious omission, given that the same month coincided with the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30). While noting Earth Day’s 30-year anniversary, mainstream coverage elided the fact that its founder, former Senator Gaylord Nelson, was inspired by numerous anti-war teach-ins on Read more…

Charlotte Morrison: The Mental Illness Excuse

When Raymond Alves left prison at the end of his seven-year sentence last March he triggered a nationwide hunt. Because Alves is a convicted sex offender, New Jersey’s recently enacted Sexually Violent Predator statute required prison officials to notify prosecutors 30 days prior to his release. The statute provides for the indefinite civil commitment of Read more…

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