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May 2016
Volume 29
Number 5

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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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Michael Albert: A Q & A on the WTO, IMF, World Bank, and Activism

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David Bacon: Will A Social Clause In Trade Agreements Advance International Solidarity?

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David Barsamian: Challenging Corporate Power

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Bill Berkowitz: Talk Radio’s Laura Schlessinger

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Site Administrator: The Road From Seattle

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Michael Bronski: Justice is Blind and Gagged

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Robin Hahnel: China & the WTO

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Lydia Sargent: 37.7 Seconds, Part II

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Michael Albert: On Trashing and Movement Building

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David Bacon: Dried Garlic And A Busted Union

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Shahid Bolsen: The Pakistan Coup

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Michael Bronski: Deliver Us From Reverends

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Sandy Carter: Bruce Springsteen’s Land Of Hope And Dreams

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Steve Ellner: President Hugo Chavez Of Venezuela

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Edward Herman: Clinton Is The World’s Leading Active War Criminal

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Michael Bronski: Wag the Dogma

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John Pilger: Hidden Agendas

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Michael Albert: Mother Jones, Todd Gitlin, & Kosovo

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Noam Chomsky: East Timor Questions & Answers

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Michael Bronski: Mary Daly vs. Boston College

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Noam Chomsky: World Order and its Rules

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Don Fitz: Genetic Engineering

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Edward Herman: The “Permanent Interests” Budget

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John M. Laforge: A European Walk for Disarmament

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James Petras: NATO in Kosova

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Peter Phillips: Untold Stories of U.S./NATO War

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Andy Pollack: Nasdaq Japan

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Lydia Sargent: Battery Powered Bras

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Claudia Whitman: The New South 1999

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Michael Bronski: Gay Lit and the Pulitzer

Early on the afternoon of April 12, a joyful buzz spread through the queer literary community: Michael Cunningham’s The Hours had just been awarded the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Earlier that month it had been a runner-up for the National Books Critics Circle Prize Award, and it had won the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Read more…

Sandy Carter: Move On Up: The Politics Of Gospel

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E. Wayne Ross: Resisting Test Mania

The use of "high-stakes" standardized tests as the primary tool of school reform is sweeping the United States. Proponents of standardized tests-including most state legislatures, the President, Governors, boards of education, and the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers-wrap themselves in the rhetoric of higher, tougher standards. No one advocates low standards, but this Read more…

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