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Russell Mokhiber: The Wartime Opportunists

Make way for the wartime opportunists. Corporate interests and their proxies are looking to exploit the September 11 tragedy to advance a self-serving agenda that has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with corporate profits and dangerous ideologies. Fast track and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. A corporate tax Read more…

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Robert Fisk: How can the US bomb

I watch these events with incredulity, not least because I was a witness to the Russian invasion and occupation. How they fought for us, those Afghans, how they believed our word. How they trusted President Carter when he promised the West’s support. I even met the CIA spook in Peshawar, brandishing the identity papers of Read more…

Guest Author: How can the US bomb this tragic people?

We are witnessing this weekend one of the most epic events since the Second World War, certainly since Vietnam. I am not talking about the ruins of the World Trade Centre in New York and the grotesque physical scenes which we watched on 11 September, an atrocity which I described last week as a crime Read more…

Guest Author: Will Tears Ever Stop

I can’t help crying. As soon as I see a person on TV telling the heart-rendering story of the tragic fate of their loved-one in the World Trade Center disaster, I can’t control my tears. But then I wonder why didn’t I cry when our troops wiped out some 5,000 poor people in Panama’s El Read more…

Guest Author: The Theatre of Good and Evil

In the struggle of Good against Evil, it’s always the people who get killed. The terrorists killed workers of 50 countries in NYC and DC, in the name of Good against Evil. And in the name of Good against Evil President Bush has promised vengeance: “We will eliminate Evil from the world”, he announced. Eliminate Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The United States and Middle East: Why Do “They” Hate Us?

(Revised, 22 Sept. 2001) The list below presents some specific incidents of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The list minimizes the grievances against the United States in the region because it excludes more generalized long standing policies, such as U.S. backing for authoritarian regimes (arming Saudi Arabia, training the secret police in Iran under Read more…

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Michael Albert: Peace Movement Prospects

September 11 went well beyond tragic. Worse is possible. Much better is also possible. And to achieve better is why activists need to not only mourn, but also to educate and organize. But many people I encounter doubt peace movement prospects. I find this wrong for two reasons. One, doubting prospects wastes time. Even when Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Composite Interview 2

1. How do you see the media coverage of this event? Is there a parallel to the Gulf War in “manufacturing consent?” Media coverage is not quite as uniform as Europeans seem to believe, perhaps because they are keeping to the NYT, NPR, TV, and so on. Even the NYT conceded, this morning, that attitudes Read more…

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Michael Albert: Neoclassical Micro And Macro Economics–Science Or Silliness?

BY ITS own claims economics is the most scientific "social science." Yet non-economist critics such as E.F. Schumacher tell us that "to produce [economic] figures about the unknown, the current method is to make a guess about something or other–called an assumption–and to derive an estimate from it by subtle calculation. The estimate is then Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Edward Bellamy And The Twenty First Century

It is not uncommon for geniuses to suffer from lack of recognition during their lives only to be canonized as intellectual giants after their departure. Edward Bellamy is a rare opposite case. The popular response to Looking Backward was so overwhelming that Bellamy was drafted into the life of an activist until his death by Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Robin Hahnel Answers Various Criticisms of Participatory Economics

>>"Nancy Folbre … said their vision of life was as one long student council meeting." (Doug Henwood)   If Nancy has said this, she has, to my knowledge, not published it. What she has said in writing (Z Magazine, July/August 1991) is she worries that a participatory economy would be susceptible to "the Dictatorship of Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: In Defense Of Participatory Economics

In the shadow of the collapse of Communism, and very far from the public eye, a debate over what is a desirable economy has rekindled among a few who cannot convince themselves that human beings are not deserving and capable of better than capitalism. In the past decade a small torrent of books, articles, and Read more…

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Michael Albert: Markets Uber Alles?

REGULAR READERS of Z know I frequently use this column to argue that private ownership yields grotesque inequalities, while markets: ·         hide human relations, ensuring that economic calculations focus only on dollar profits ·         promote antagonism among buyers and sellers, yielding conflict and precluding solidarity ·         promote a class of intellectual workers dominating traditional workers, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Yawning Emptiness

Just after the Washington Demos, the NY Times, Washington Post, and many other mainstream media outlets did “evaluative” pieces on the events. The Seattle and DC demonstrators don’t know what they want. The activists offer nothing beyond capitalism. The pundits sought to de-legitimate dissent, of course, but unfortunately that doesn’t falsify their observation.   A Read more…

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Michael Albert: Canadian Dimension Interview

This Fall Michael Albert went to Canada for some talks and did an interview with the excellent Canadian Magazine, Canadian Dimension. Here is an essentially verbatim transcript they prepared for publication in Canada.   CD: How is Z Magazine doing? Where does it stand in terms of reaching an audience — have you reached a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Five Reasons Not to Go to War

  In the wake of the horrific attacks of September 11, many people find their feelings of sadness and shock mixed with anger and calls for war. But war would be horribly wrong for at least five reasons. 1. Guilt hasn’t yet been proven. As the New York Times acknowledged, "Law enforcement officials … appear Read more…

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Michael Albert: Perceiving the Situation

Albert Beyond Bush and his ilk predictably trying to use calamity to propel their reactionary agendas on every front they can, from repressive legislation about eavesdropping, to military expansion, and even to tax policy — it is certainly also true and must be faced that many citizens are in a violent mood, suggesting all kinds Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: BLACK TUESDAY: THE VIEW FROM ISLAMABAD

Hoodbhoy Samuel Huntington’s evil desire for a clash between civilizations may well come true after Tuesday’s terror attacks. The crack that divided Muslims everywhere from the rest of the world is no longer a crack. It is a gulf, that if not bridged, will surely destroy both. For much of the world, it was the Read more…

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Brian Dominick: The Greatest Argument Against War

On Wednesday, September 12, I was witness to the greatest argument against war the North American Left has ever had I’ve never liked New York City. I’ve only gone there for the most compelling of reasons. When I awoke to the horrifying news of the incidents there on Tuesday morning — still occurring, unbeknownst to Read more…

Robert Weissman: Respond to Violence: Teach Peace, Not War

and Robert Weissman Open the Washington Post to it’s editorial pages, and war talk dominates. Henry Kissinger: Destroy the Network. Robert Kagan: We Must Fight This War. Charles Krauthammer: To War, Not to Court. William S. Cohen: American Holy War. There is no column by Colman McCarthy talking peace. From 1969 to 1997, McCarthy wrote Read more…

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John Pilger: Inevitable ring to the unimaginable

If the attacks on America have their source in the Islamic world, who can really be surprised? Two days earlier, eight people were killed in southern Iraq when British and American planes bombed civilian areas. To my knowledge, not a word appeared in the mainstream media in Britain. An estimated 200,000 Iraqis, according to the Read more…

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Edward Herman: FOLKS OUT THERE HAVE A

own actions (e.g., helping dismantle the Soviet Union and pressing Russian "reform"; positively encouraging Slovenian and Croatian exit from Yugoslavia and the breakup of that state, and without dealing with the problem of stranded minorities, etc.) is completely unrecognized. The Times then goes on to blame terrorism on "religious fanaticism…the anger among those left behind Read more…

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Norman Solomon: THIRTY YEARS LATER, MEMORIES OF ATTICA CRY OUT

Solomon In a recent obituary about a former state prison official, the New York Times made a passing reference to "the bloody Attica uprising in 1971, which left 43 people dead." That’s the kind of newspeak that presents itself as journalism while detouring around truth. Thirty years ago, on Sept. 13, in upstate New York, Read more…

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Jeffrey Sommers: Blowback

In CIA parlance missions that are “successful” create backlashes. The CIA aptly calls this “Blowback.” At the end of WW II the US took empire from a weakened Britain and France. Among the first casualties was East Europe, which was sacrificed on the mantle of superpower relations. That same deal between superpowers saw Greece put Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Does Marriage Protect or Control?

Peters In a previous commentary I wrote in response to the gay and lesbian rights movement’s pursuit of legal marriage: Be careful what you wish for. Recent judicial and legislative decisions revealing some of the mis-uses of marriage help explain why the "freedom to marry" is a questionable goal. Clearly, denying marriage rights to gays Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Ruse of Israel: Durban Failures.

state force. While brown faces now dominate everyday life in the center of the city, many of those faces are gaunt with hunger and desperation. The conversation turned, precipitously, to Israel. I suspected we’d get there soon enough because anyone who talks about the WCAR seems to find him or herself in this imbroglio. Besides Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE OFFENSE BUDGET

Herman Just about the time George Orwell published his novel 1984, shortly after the end of World War II, the U.S. "War Department" was renamed the "Defense Department." This name change also coincided with the fact that the United States was then the sole possessor of nuclear weapons and had an overwhelming military superiority. In Read more…

Guest Author: Nothing But Human Rights

As journalist William Blum notes, there¹s one thing the United States hates more than a Marxist in power, and that¹s a democratically elected Marxist in power. A prime example was Salvador Allende of Chile. September 4 marks 31 years since his election. September 11 marks 28 years since his death in a U.S.-sponsored coup. "I Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: IMF “Rescue” Won’t Help Latin America

Weisbrot When I was a child growing up in Chicago, we heard stories of lifeguards who saved panicked, drowning beach-goers by first knocking them out with a punch to the face, then hauling them to shore. This seemed like a risky strategy to me, and I never knew if it actually worked. The International Monetary Read more…

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Naomi Klein: After Genoa

Part of the tourist ritual of traipsing through Italy in August is marvelling at how the locals have mastered the art of living — and then complaining bitterly about how everything is closed. “So civilised,” you can hear North Americans remarking over four-course lunches. “Now somebody open up that store and sell me some Pradas Read more…

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Tim Wise: Reflections on Zionism From a Dissident Jew

So it’s official. The U.S. has withdrawn from the World Conference on Racism, being held in Durban, South Africa. And though the cynical and historically observant might suspect that this decision was merely in keeping with our longstanding unwillingness to deal with the legacy of racism on a global scale, the official reason is more circumscribed. Namely, the mid-conference Read more…

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John Pilger: Liberal elites have always disguised their innate conservatism

At the Hay-on-Wye literary festival in May, leading members of the media and cultural elite assembled in the fine gardens of a Regency house to await the arrival of the great man. They included broadsheet editors, deputy editors, literary editors, ex-editors, novelists, actors and John Birt. Afterwards, there would be a "lecture about world affairs" Read more…

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Marta Russell: “Rational” Discrimination in the Health Insurance Market

Russell If you have a disability, chances are you have a hard time getting inexpensive insurance (or any private insurance) and a job. As someone actively involved in disability rights, I regularly hear from disabled people who have been discriminated against by insurance companies. The Rev. Clyde Shideler, who is blind, wrote me, "I have Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: The Opposite of Racism Isn’t Colorblindness

Gonsalves If St. Paul was right, that the wages of sin is death, is it a stretch to say that the wages of white supremacy is colorblindness? To suggest such a thing, I’m sure, makes a good number of white brothers and sisters uneasy, thinking perhaps Black Americans have deserted Dr. King’s dream where people Read more…

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Ted Glick: White Progressives, Black Reparations

  Part 1… How many white progressives "get it" when it comes to the issue of reparations for people of African descent? More to the point, how many are able to genuinely and rationally consider it? These questions came to mind after reading a column by white progressive Marty Jezer, "Reparations: By Whom? For Whom?" Read more…

Guest Author: The Australian Government’s war against asylum seekers The Tampa Affair

  According to the Howard Administration, the Australian Government has a "decent, generous and compassionate" track record when it comes to accommodating a share of the world’s refugees. Events of recent times tell otherwise, with daily reports of mental illness, hunger strikes, self-injury, and suicide amongst inmates held within the country’s mandatory detention centres for Read more…

Guest Author: The Australian Government’s war against asylum seekers The Tampa Affair

Dumble According to the Howard Administration, the Australian Government has a "decent, generous and compassionate" track record when it comes to accommodating a share of the world’s refugees. Events of recent times tell otherwise, with daily reports of mental illness, hunger strikes, self-injury, and suicide amongst inmates held within the country’s mandatory detention centres for Read more…

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Michael Albert: What Are We For?

Michael Albert Anti-globalization activists understand that sympathetic and mutually beneficial global ties are good. But we want social and global ties to advance universal equity, solidarity, diversity, and self-management, not to subjugate ever-wider populations to an elite minority. We want to globalize equity not poverty, solidarity not anti-sociality, diversity not conformity, democracy not subordination, and Read more…

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David Bacon: Britons Organize Against Anti-Immigrant Hysteria

David Bacon On April 6 this year, Perry Wacker, a Dutch truck driver, was found guilty in a British court for causing the deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants. They perished after he closed the air vent on his truck trailer, as he loaded it onto a ferry crossing the English Channel on a hot summer Read more…

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David Barsamian: Immigration and Racism

David Barsamian Cathi Tactaquin is a founder and director of the Oakland-based National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an alliance of grassroots, community, labor, and faith organizations. Miriam Ching Louie, of the Berkeley-based Women of Color Resource Center, is the author of Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory, published by Read more…

Anthony Black: Prescription For Scandal

Anthony Black The last few decades have witnessed an explosion in the use of psychiatric medication. Indeed, the omnipresence of legal brain altering drugs in our society is such that, nowadays, it is rare for us not to know someone who is on them —if we are not already taking them ourselves. Moreover, and contrary Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Queer As Your Folks

Michael Bronski Do lesbian parents raise queer kids? A recently published study says they do. It’s easy to predict how socially conservative lawmakers will use the study. But national gay organizations—the ones who’ve spent millions of dollars trying to convince mainstream America that gay people are just like straight people—face a tricky decision. In “(How) Read more…

C. stone Brown: Predatory Lending

Stone Brown The Jacksonville, Florida case of Mattie Foster, a 72-year- old elderly black woman, typifies the immoral and unethical chicanery of the industry known as “predatory lending.” It began with a knock at her front door and a polite introduction by a loan broker representing a home repair company. Foster didn’t know it at Read more…

Sandy Carter: Reviews

Carter Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stay Human (Six Degrees) From his days with the Beatnigs and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy on up to his current band Spearhead, Oakland-based singer-rapper Michael Franti has been evolving more accessible blends of music and protest. Taking inspiration from Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and Gil Scott-Heron, Franti wraps his Read more…

Kevin Donegan: Endgame in Northern Ireland?

Kevin Donegan The outbreak once more of sectarian violence, along with the threatened resignation of an instrumental political leader, the express refusal of a terrorist/liberation militia to give up their weapons, and electoral gains in recent British elections by hard-liners on both sides tell an inauspicious story of competing nationalisms fast approaching an endgame in Read more…

Matthew Easton: Inside the Circle of Intimidation

Matthew Easton In August 1999, a quarter century after Indonesia invaded the former Portuguese colony of East Timor, an unprecedented referendum on independence took place. Although Indonesia had promised to ensure the security of the vote, the Indonesian military (TNI) instead organized, trained, armed, and coordinated militias in every district, mirroring the army’s territorial structure. Read more…

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Edward Herman: Propaganda System Number One

Edward S. Herman The way in which the mainstream media have handled the turning of Milosevic over to the Hague Tribunal once again reinforces my belief that the United States is not only number one in military power but also in the effectiveness of its propaganda system, which is vastly superior to any past or Read more…

Jamie K. McCallum: United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union

Jamie McCallum Mike Griffin has been a carpenter in Decatur Illinois for five years, but recently he found himself working with the pipe systems that power huge turbines. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) signed a deal with Westinghouse guaranteeing that carpenters can do pipefitters’ work if they agree to work for 10 percent less Read more…

Bill Neal: A Victory for Immigrant Workers

Bill Neal Few people heard about the strike even though it lasted 10 weeks. Hidden away in Vernon, an industrial city carved out of South Central Los Angeles, 450 mostly Spanish-speaking immigrant workers fought and won an almost invisible battle. But it didn’t go unnoticed. The garment industry found out that even the most exploited Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Way Out for Colombia

Justin Podur Who in the U.S. benefits from fumigating Colombians?” the man asked me pointedly in the crowded community hall. The community was in a paramilitary-controlled part of Putumayo. Putumayo is a southern department of Colombia where the guerrilla insurgency is strong, where much coca is grown, where paramilitary massacres, disappearances, and assassinations are frequent, Read more…

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