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July/August 2015
Volume 28
Number 7/8

 

 

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Z Magazine is an independent monthly magazine founded in 1988. Our mission is to publish in depth articles that critique society's political, economic, social life and institutions. We see the race, class, and gender dimensions of personal life as equally important in understanding current circumstances and as necessary for developing visions and strategies for progressive change.

 

 

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Edward Herman: The U.S. Jobs Miracle

In both Europe and the United States, the substantial growth in U.S. jobs over the past several decades has been repeatedly cited in support of the view that a “flexible” labor market is the solution to the problem of unemployment that has beset the West once again. “Flexible” is a euphemism for “unorganized and unprotected Read more…

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John M. Laforge: Nuclear Disarmament

The United States’ atomic bombings were the “first use” of nuclear weapons in more ways than one. In modern parlance, nuclear “first use” means the escalation from conventional bombing or the threat of it, to the initiation of nuclear warfare. The U.S. government was not only the first to use nuclear weapons in war but Read more…

Michael Steinberg: Nuclear Contamination In Connecticut

Steinberg The end of 1997 brought a flurry of media reports in Connecticut about radioactive contamination from the state’s notorious nuclear power plants. The Connecticut Yankee nuclear plant, located about 20 miles up the Connecticut River from Long Island Sound, has been the focus of much of the attention. But the Millstone nuclear plants, located Read more…

Ross Gelbspan: The Heat is On

Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts, 1997; 278 pp. Review by Genevieve Howe   If you ever lie awake at night wondering how fast we’re destroying the planet, you have plenty to worry about. As long as you’re up, don’t miss the chance to read The Heat is On. It will tell you in no uncertain Read more…

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David Bacon: High-Tech Transportation Workers

  Sabrina Giles went to work seven years ago, keeping track of huge shipping containers moving in and out of the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) yard in Point Richmond, California. Over the years, she trained one worker after another in the difficult art of tracking the million-dollar cargoes shipped by giant corporations–C&H Sugar, United Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Fear of a Queer Planet

  One of the most tiresome avenues of gay and lesbian film criticism has been the cataloguing and dismissing of "negative images of gay people" as either bad politics or bad art. Thus defined, the question of "is it good for gay people" feels overly restrictive and unfruitful. Life—and art—is far more complicated than simply Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: It Should Be Possible, It Has To Be Possible

  For over 30 years, Leslie Cagan has been a tireless organizer: from the Vietnam War to racism at home, from nuclear disarmament to lesbian/gay liberation, from fighting sexism to working against U.S. intervention. Her coalition and organizing skills have put hundreds of thousands of people in the streets in many of the country’s largest Read more…

Sandy Carter: Conjunto Cxe9spedes

  Although the Bay Area-based Conjunto Cspedes is now being recognized as one of the most exciting Afro-Cuban ensembles in the country, Guillermo Cspedes, the group’s musical director, recalls that until very recently there was no context for appreciating their distinctive sound. "Today, with the great influx of Cuban bands, we belong somewhere," he explains. Read more…

Randall Robinson: none

Dutton Books; 304 pp. Review by Camille Goodison   Bitter. Black. Beautiful: These, to paraphrase Jimmy Baldwin—vocal in his disdain for American myth-making and its delusions of "innocence,"—would be three very appropriate words in describing Defending the Spirit. Randall Robinson, founder and president of TransAfrica, the Washington-based pressure group that advocates for more friendly U.S. Read more…

Patrick Grugan: Poor People’s Organizing

  On the weekend of April 3 to 5, 62 people representing more than 20 different poor people’s organizations from across the country met in Philadelphia. This meeting, sponsored by the National Welfare Rights Union and hosted by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, was an orientation to the Economic Human Rights Campaign and specifically to Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot’s Death In The Propaganda System

  The death of Pol Pot on April 15, 1998 unleashed a media barrage of indignation and sanitized history that illustrates well their role as agents in a system of propaganda. While Pol Pot was undoubtedly a mass killer and evil force, and deserves angry condemnation, the U.S. media’s indignation ebbs and flows in accord Read more…

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David Barsamian: Let’s Fight the Bastards: Believing in the common good

Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street." HIGHTOWER: Bingo. And now it’s not just Wall Street, but the Japanese and the European conglomerates as well, the new global economy.   Are we looking here, then, at an El Niño kind of climate change? We’re looking at the same old greed that has been repackaged. Read more…

Ingrid Rivera: Organizing in Lawrence

  It all began with the Gay and Lesbian Community Advocates of Lawrence petitioning the City Council for a parade permit. But things quickly escalated with the entrance of a strong Christian Right, and the rather foolish decision by a city council sub-committee to reject the parade application. What was left after the smoke cleared Read more…

Emanuel Sferios: Population, Immigration, & the Environment

  During March and April the national Sierra Club membership voted by a 20 percent margin against a ballot initiative which would have adopted a Club policy calling for a reduction in U.S. immigration. Out of the 78,069 members who mailed in ballots, a 60.1 percent majority voted to preserve the Club’s long-standing position of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Beat

  After Pulitzer, Graham’s Book Still Lacks Scrutiny In the days since Katharine Graham won a Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography Personal History, media coverage has added new luster to the book’s reputation. United Press International referred to Graham’s book as a "classic." On the CNN Financial Network, a correspondent lionized the author: "By unanimous Read more…

Helen Vosters: The Celling of America

and Paul Wright Common Courage Press; 249 pp. Review by Helene Vosters   Incarceration is a growth industry—crime pays. Now, from behind the cell doors of America’s modern day dungeons, prisoners speak out exposing private interests that fuel, and profit from, our nations prison proliferation. In The Celling of America, editors Daniel Burton-Rose, Dan Pens, Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Resisting Concessions

  While the number of strikes and strikers plummeted during the 1980s and 1990s, most of the major labor struggles that did take place were in resistance to management demands for concessions. Three of the most important—and most revealing—occurred at the Austin, Minnesota plant of the Hormel meatpacking company, the Watsonville Canning company in southern Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Queering the Scouts

  This was a right-wing nightmare that rivaled the image of Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan announcing that they are lovers on National Coming Out Day, or Kenneth Starr excusing himself as Special Prosecutor because he had walked that mile in Monica’s kneepads. This may have been even worse. This was about those iconographic models Read more…

Sandy Carter: Short Cuts

  In the last decade the music industry has gradually discovered the music of American Indians. As a result, at least a small portion of the music buying public has started to hear sounds that have nothing to do with the Hollywood western soundtracks that have defined “Indian Music” as methodical drum beats, shaking rattles, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Domestic Constituencies

  Let’s begin with some simple points, assuming conditions that now prevail–not, of course, the terminus of the unending struggle for freedom and justice. There is a "public arena" in which, in principle, individuals can participate in decisions that involve the general society: how public revenues are obtained and used, what foreign policy will be, Read more…

Bob Feldman: Years After The 1968 Columbia Revolt

solidarity with justice and freedom for others (in Vietnam and Harlem)—and by risking their own privileged futures, they forged meanings and discovered their own humanity. When several hundred students disrupted the status quo and defied their own upbringing by seizing university buildings, they uncovered a flood of creativity: daily wall newspapers, art posters, real learning Read more…

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Gabriel Kolko: none

Routledge; 190 pp. Review by Asad Ismi   What should a communist party do when it leads a nation to victory over the most powerful empire the world has ever known at the cost of three million lives? Build an equitable society for the survivors, of course. The Communist Party of Vietnam has not done Read more…

James Petras: The Post-Communist Generation

  The Soviet Union has transited from a repressive and authoritarian communist regime in which social welfare, full employment, and a secure old age predominated to a savage capitalism in which a small minority of Mafia business thugs, ex-communist bureaucrats, and new rich speculators have pillaged the economy leaving 60 percent of the population in Read more…

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Z Staff: Economics?

  Robert Barro of Harvard recently was offered a $300,000 salary to jump to Columbia. In reaction, MIT’s Paul Krugman wrote in Microsoft’s online magazine, Slate: "the ability to do innovative economic research is at least as rare as the ability to sink a basketball through a hoop—and a lot rarer than many other abilities that Read more…

: Whither Asia’s Economies?

  Throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s big business made the mistake of letting the U.S. government assume the major responsibility for bending Southeast Asia to capitalism’s will. Because of the incredible heroism and determination of the Vietnamese people, supported by the moral indignation expressed by an ever-increasing number of Americans, the effort was Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Are You Femme Enough?

  Welcome to Hotel Satire—where traditional values inhabit our tastefully decorated rooms, where the enterprise is free for those with the right background and breeding, where dad is in command, the kids are at his feet, mom is in the kitchen, lesbos are in jail, commies have all joined the Russian Mafia, and everyone is Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Beat

Sex-Scandal Coverage Evades Contradictions In the days since Kathleen Willey’s interview on "60 Minutes," media outlets have flooded us with renewed debates over President Clinton’s sexual conduct. But news coverage still fails to consider the Clinton scandals in the context of what he has long been preaching about welfare recipients and other low-income Americans. So Read more…

Paul von Blum: Sculptures of Charles Dickson

  Sculpture has played a powerful role in the artistic heritage of Africa. Too often regarded as "primitive," and routinely consigned to museum "curiosity rooms" and natural history exhibitions, these works have nevertheless been sources of inspiration to many Western modern artists. Viewers familiar with Pablo Picasso, Amadeo Modligiani, Constantin Brancusi, Chaim Soutine, and others, Read more…

Sue Wall: Towards “2000 in 2000″

  One candidate grew up working in Hong Kong sweatshops and led the fight as a school board member against accepting funds from Nike. Another is the chief steward of her union, a single working mother putting her daughter through college. A third is a food service worker who helped organize her restaurant. The three—Joseph Read more…

Sandy Carter: Celebrating Pete Seeger

  Our songs are like you and me, the product of a long human chain… —Pete Seeger Ever since the radical tradition of American folk music incubated in the 1930s, a loosely defined, loosely tied "folk music community" has inspired strains of popular music linked to radical politics and struggles for social justice. In musical Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Rogue States

  The concept of "rogue state" plays a pre-eminent role today in policy planning and analysis. The current Iraq crisis is only the latest example. Washington and London declared Iraq a "rogue state," a threat to its neighbors and to the entire world, an "outlaw nation" led by a reincarnation of Hitler who must be Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: The American Doll

  Zoe, my six-year-old, was practically vibrating with delight when she opened the big rectangular box and pulled out her first American Girl doll. It was her birthday. She had asked for Felicity—the "colonial era" doll, but there had been a mix-up. She got Kirsten instead. This "pioneer" girl is from Sweden. Blond hair. Blue Read more…

James Petras: Our Man in Mexico and the Chiapas Massacre

  The massacre of 45 Indians in Chiapas by government-sponsored paramilitary forces has to be viewed within the broader context of regimes’ vigorous implementation of the socio-economic model and its growing political isolation within Mexican society. While there was worldwide condemnation of the massacre (over 58 cities and several parliaments in Europe) and its perpetrator Read more…

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David Bacon: A New Europe?

  Morena Pivetti’s mother was a dedicated school teacher. Until she retired a few years ago, she devoted her working life to Italy’s greatest and most-loved resource, its children. When she retired, she got one of the best pensions in Europe. Over decades, the social respect gained by Italian teachers has earned them the right Read more…

Liberal Genius: Liberal Genius

Cold War was supposed to bring not only a peace dividend, with less money spent on defense, but a sort of moral dividend, too. The United States, which had suppressed its ethical standards in the higher battle against godless Communism, was now supposed to be able to pick its friends with a little more discretion." Read more…

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Elizabeth Martinez: High School Students In The Lead

  Who’s got the power? We’ve got the power. What kind of power? Youth power!" The train was packed with dozens of high school students who had walked out of classes and jumped onto the BART subway without paying. They came from San Francisco, Oakland, Daly City, San Leandro, Hayward, Richmond, Pittsburg, San Leandro. Many Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Super Rich

  The super rich, the 1 percent that owns the lion’s share of the nation’s wealth, go uncounted in most income distribution reports. Even those who purport to study the question regularly overlook the very wealthiest among us. For instance, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, relying on the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, Read more…

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Z Staff: Stop the Insanity!

don’t care about typos, only content, and that this reflects badly on the whole left, no less. Be serious folks. Does Z look like it was created by bumbling folks who have no aesthetic or "professional pride?" We profread it up the kazoo. Do we need to repeat that? We prufread it up the kazoo. Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Hotel Satire

that makes corsets and peek-a-boo dresses, but this shouldn’t concern you.) Here are the letters she picked out and her answers.   Dear Satire Expert Gal, I just don’t know what to make of this "crisis" in the White House. Our government seems to be just another soap opera episode. Shouldn’t we be more upset Read more…

Sandy Carter: THE BEST OF 1997

lap slide phenom Kelly Joe Phelps, Brown etches a multi-faceted portrait of life in the rural Midwest. Like Dylan, Brown sees and feels the rot all around. But he also penetrates life deeply enough to find its humor and grace. As a result, you come away from Slant 6 Mind with recharged faith in humanity. Read more…

Israel Shahak: none

  Israel has an estimated 60 to 80 nuclear warheads. They are pointed at every Arab capital, and at nuclear facilities in Pakistan and some states of the former USSR. Absent a Chernobyl-like accident at the Israeli nuclear instillation at Dimona, another horrific possibility for the weapons’ use is a hijacked launching by messianists along Read more…

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Z Staff: A Tale of Two Stories

of the broader political system. When the media runs too fast, sometimes a story gets wings of its own and the results escalate beyond anyone’s interests, as in this case.   Y2K is a real issue. Lurking in billions of lines of computer code an infinitesimal fraction that is very hard to find refers to Read more…

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Z Staff: Hollywood?

Hollywood?

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Edward Herman: GLOBAL ROGUE STATE

more than they would label it a terrorist state or sponsor of terror, no matter how close the fit. If a country is sufficiently powerful, it naturally assumes the role of global policeman, and as such it designates who are terrorists and rogues. This role is accepted and internalized not only by its own media, Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: I’m Sick of Cultural Awareness

  Helloooo. I’m Mrs. Geoffrey. I’m sitting here in my expensive townhouse. I gaze out the window at the noon sun glistening on our $500 birdhouse. A Martin Luther King day march passes by. I clutch my $18,000 emerald necklace which Geoffrey purchased just yesterday, on a whim. A newspaper with the headlines "Clinton Begins Read more…

Richard w. franke and barbara h. Chasin: Power to the (Malayalee) People

Franke and Barbara H. Chasin In Kerala State, India, an elected left wing government has launched a campaign to make village democracy a major development mechanism.   Ninth Plan, People’s Plan Kerala State, in southwestern India, is the scene of a dramatic experiment in democratic development. The Left Democratic Front government, elected to office in Read more…

Mariana Mora: Massacre in Chiapas

The Government’s double headed game unfolds to disclose a strategy of violence and military solutions to the 4 year conflict   "They, our fathers, our mothers will ensure that we reach the dream of justice. Their blood will water our earth, our cornfields, our houses so that peace may awaken and justice shine." On Christmas Read more…

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Site Administrator: none

Review by Christian Parenti   Zines are the kudzu weed of the publishing world. Much like that floral alien which so dominates the empty lots and waste ground of the U.S. South, zines have for years flourished on a social terrain long deemed worthless and inaccessible. "Zine" is short for "fanzine." The first of these Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Media Literacy

  When my daughter came home from kindergarten telling me that her school was teaching her about the media, advertising, and such things as toy packaging, I was impressed. She was beginning to get the tools necessary to think critically about the blizzard of advertising and commercialism we confront everyday. It’s always been clear that Read more…

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Ward Churchill: The Crucible of American Indian Identity – Part 2

  The Impositions of U.S. Policy Probably the first concerted effort on the part of U.S. officialdom to use the incorporation of whites and their mixed-blood offspring as a wedge with which to pry indigenous societies apart began in the late 1700s, when Moravian missionaries were asked to serve as de facto federal emissaries to Read more…

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