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July/August 2015
Volume 28
Number 7/8

 

 

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Edward S. Herman: Soft Power Dictatorships

The New York Times is a very good newspaper, except where ideology and party line demands intrude. Unfortunately these intrusions occur often and are of great importance.

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Staughton Lynd: American Gandhi

American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century is particularly valuable in its treatment of the years that Muste devoted to building a labor movement—1919 to 1936

Ellen Isaacs: From Baltimore to Palestine

The increasingly militarized attacks on rebellious neighborhoods in the U.S. seem more and more like armed forces brought to bear on Palestinians in the Middle East.

Jane LaTour: Feminism Unfinished; What Women Want

Two terrific books have arrived at the same time and serve as complementary entry points to a similar topic. Feminism Unfinished…

Eric Laursen: Why Things Are Going to Get Worse…And Why We Should Be Glad

Ask 50 people when the capitalist era began, and you’ll probably get close to 50 different answers, ranging from Italy in the 15th century to England in the 18th.

Nizar Visram: EU’s Military Strategy to deepen Mediterranean Tragedies

More than 800 migrants died on April 19 this year when their overcrowded boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. The tragedy sent soaring this year’s Mediterranean death toll which was by then around 1,500

Andrew Breiner: Why We Should Spend Billions More On Trains

Getting cars off the roads would help combat climate change and improve air quality. Government policy could make this happen. From Acela to Alaska, U.S. train travel offers a practical, affordable, and green alternative to travel by car and plane.

Amien Essif: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

If you were airdropped blindfolded into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library

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Lawrence Wittner: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

John Potash: The Baltimore Riots, Resident Info Beyond Mainstream Media

Despite the nearly 24-hour-a-day national television coverage of the situation in Baltimore, there was much the media didn’t cover. Some of these omissions, or facts only mentioned once and never repeated, appeared against the media owners’ more right-wing political agenda.

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Peter Bohmer: Police Shooting in Olympia, WA; It Can Happen Anywhere

At 1:15 AM on May 21, on the west side of Olympia, Washington, white police officer Ryan Donald shot two young unarmed Black brothers, Andre Thompson, 24, and Bryson Chaplin, 21.

Karima Bennoune: The Women’s Court

From 1991 through 2001, a series of conflicts, including the Bosnian War, were fought on the territory of the Former Yugoslavia. During that time, ethnic, sexual and economic violence against women was rampant and rape was used as a tool for “ethnic cleansing.”

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Paul Street: From Watergate to Deflategate

One useful measure of a political culture’s moral level is the nature of what counts as a terrible outrage, disgrace, or scandal in that culture

William Boardman: No Progress on Nuclear Weapons Control As Planned

In a world where six of the world’s nine nuclear-armed states are already directly or indirectly engaged in armed conflict, even the best case scenario is a disaster. The nuclear-armed U.S. and Russia are facing off over Ukraine. The nuclear-armed U.S., UK, France, and Israel are supporting Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, with nuclear-armed Pakistan weighing its options.

Michael Gould-Wartofsky: The Wars Come Home

As Baltimore was bracing for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) was preparing for battle

James Petras: Peace Negotiations or War Preparations?

On May 21, 2015, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) bombed the base camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killing 26 guerrillas. Three days later, FAC bombed other FARC bases killing 14 more guerrillas.

Joris Leverink: Water Politics

Mesopotamia, the “Land of Two Rivers,” cradle of modern civilization and currently home to probably as many conflicts as there are ethnic groups, religious factions and nation states

Celine-Marie Pascale: U.S. Language Policy

Authors Pascale and Cook write in “U.S. Language Policy”: “According to the U.S Census, in three decades, no single racial or ethnic group will comprise the majority of the U.S. population. In many parts of the U.S. this reality has already arrived…. “The United States prides itself on being ‘a nation of immigrants,’ yet it has cultivated a multicultural, monolingual society.”

Ian Angus: Hijacking The Anthropocene

What can lobbyists do when science contradicts their political messages? Some simply deny the science, as many conservatives do with climate change. Others pretend to embrace the science, while ignoring or purging the disagreeable content. That’s what the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) is doing with one of the most widely discussed issues in 21st century science, Read more…

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Z Staff: Z Summer Special

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Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Current events, book, film releases, summer conferences, etc

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Edward S. Herman: Golden Silences in the Propaganda System

Propaganda shapes the flow of information in many different ways, including, obviously, the choice of the news fit to print, its placement, and the selection of authorities to make those facts credible. But equally important… is omitting facts and ignoring sources that call the chosen (often official) perspective into question.

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Staughton Lynd: Books on Activism

Latin American Movements and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn are the subjects of books being reviewed in this issue.

William Boardman: Saudis Try Yemen Peace Initiative

Seldom has such a clear case of criminal war, of naked aggression, drawn such yawns from the world at large

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Seth Sandronsky: Van Jones’s Blind Spot

The American government’s (federal, state and local) race to incarcerate black and Latino communities exists within the struggle between capital and labor. The former has triumphed over the latter in the past 40 years through deindustrialization, deregulation and privatization

Adam Hudson: U.S. Wages “War on Terror” in the Philippines

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Philippines joined the U.S. in the global War on Terror. The effort became a subterfuge for the Philippine government to wage its own Argentina-style dirty war against political opponents.

Al Gedicks: Defeating the Iron Mines in Wisconsin

Two years after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a controversial Iron Mining Law designed to speed up permitting for a giant open pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills above Lake Superior, Gogebic Taconite (GTac), president Bill Williams pulled the plug on the mine because the project was not feasible

Jane LaTour: The Two Troublemaking Idas

This is the story of two women named Ida—Ida Tarbell (1857-1944) and Ida B. Wells (1862- 1931).

Andy Piascik: Long Distant Running, An Interview With Peace Activist Doug Allen

Over those 41 years, Allen, Professor of Philosophy, has been the one MPAC constant. His work illustrates how someone can devote their life-long distance running—to building a better world. He’s also a long-distance runner

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Arun Gupta: The 2016 Election

If you’re progressive or on the left, here’s your cheat sheet on how to participate in the 2016 presidential election, which is just 18 months away

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Juan Cole: U.S. Has No Idea Who It Is Assassinating

Indiscriminate fire is a recognized war crime, and it seems to characterize the U.S. drone program

Richard Rothstein: From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation

In 1925, 18 Baltimore neighborhood associations came together to form the “Allied Civic and Protective Association” for the purpose of urging both new and existing property owners to sign restrictive covenants, which committed owners never to sell to an African American

John Raymond: Indigenous Blood At Indian Point

“There are more than 10,000 abandoned uranium mines in Western states and many are in or near indigenous communities suffering from high cancer rates, kidney failure, and birth defects caused by exposure to these toxic sites”

Alex Kotch: Expanding School Vouchers in North Carolina

In a few months, North Carolina’s $10 million private school voucher program could quadruple in size, according to Wake County GOP Representative Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Republican-led state House.

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Bill Berkowitz: Ripping Off Prisoners and Their Families One Minute at a Time

One of the few bright spots for many prisoners has been the face-to-face family visit. Now, along comes something called video visitation, the latest profit-making venture trying to suck money out of the pockets of prisoners and their families

Various Contributors: Election Cartoon Commentary

cartoon editorials on the elections

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Z Staff: Subscription Details and General Information

Z Magazine’s political mission

Joel Chaffee: Free Listings of Events

Free listings of Items of interest to progressives

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Noam Chomsky: History Handbook: The Passion for Free Markets

For more than half a century, the United Nations has been the main forum for the United States to try to create a world in its image, maneuvering with its allies to forge global accords about human rights, nuclear tests or the environment that Washington insisted would mirror its own values.”

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Edward S. Herman: Global Versus Local Violence

In the U.S. establishment’s patriotic history of the Ukraine conflict it is also important to black out the fact that the United States, so passionately opposed to Russian “aggression,” committed a vastly more deadly one in Iraq from 2003.

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Paul Street: Left Radicals, Radical Republicans, and Dismal Dollar Dems

In recent months, “Progressive Democrats” have been hoping to breathe new life into the nation’s hopelessly 1%-dominated “two party system” by running the nominally socialist, technically Independent, and genuinely populist and domestically progressive U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

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Kathy Kelly: Crosscurrents

By the time I leave Kentucky’s federal prison center, where I’m an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world’s 12th largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water reserve of Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, at 60 days

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Vincent Emanuele: A Tragic Anniversary

In the U.S., those in charge of the Empire don’t fret over the deaths of Iraqi children. Hell, they don’t shed a tear for poor or dying U.S. children, so why should we expect the managers of Empire to offer any mercy to the enemy?

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Walden Bello: Washington Frets Over Beijing

To many analysts, Washington and its western allies have only themselves to blame for China’s increasingly assertive push to build new multilateral institutions

Pete Dolack: Low-Cost Banking

The struggle to save the United States Postal Service is emblematic of the larger struggle against corporate plundering of public resources

William Boardman: American Spring in Chicago

Since 2011, the arrogant and ineffective mayor Rahm Emanuel, catered to his rich folks base (with “the actions of a mad king”). And he has treated the majority of Chicagoans with destructive disdain, whether he’s closing their schools, attacking teachers and other public employees, or ignoring police brutality and killing.

Al Gedicks: Globalized Mining Resistance from El Salvador to Wisconsin

The environmental devastation from past and ongoing gold mining operations in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has provoked a formidable Salvadoran social movement that has been educating and organizing communities for a total ban against metallic mining in El Salvador.

Coha Staff: Attempted Coup in Venezuela

On February 11, 2015, the government of President Nicolas Maduro, along with a number of his senior officials, declared that Venezuela had faced an attempted coup. Contrarily, the mainstream media in the United States and in Europe viewed such allegations as ridiculous

Joel Chaffee: Recent Events

Events and recent book/film/music releases of interest to progressives

Andy Piascik: A Review of A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies

Among the important subcategories of bottom-up history are stories of the local chapters of important radical and revolutionary organizations whose national work has previously been the primary focus of scholarship and attention

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