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Justin Podur: 886,000 black people died unnecessarily – in the world’s wealthiest country – from 1991-2000

This story came from the LiP people who do a ‘media picks’ weekly mailing. You have heard of the Lancet study that conservatively estimates that the US killed 100,000 in Iraq. You have heard of the UN figures that suggested in 1996 that excess mortality due to the US sanctions against Iraq was around 500,000 Read more…

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Justin Podur: 886,000 black people died unnecessarily – in the world’s wealthiest country – from 1991-2000

This story came from the LiP people who do a ‘media picks’ weekly mailing. You have heard of the Lancet study that conservatively estimates that the US killed 100,000 in Iraq. You have heard of the UN figures that suggested in 1996 that excess mortality due to the US sanctions against Iraq was around 500,000 Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: More on the Draft

One is the system that the military preferred after the debacle with a citizen’s army in Vietnam, the first time an imperial power used a citizen’s army to fight a colonial war: what’s called a “volunteer army,” which in effect amounts mostly to a mercenary army of the disadvantaged, from which the privileged are exempt. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Freedom: a moral hypothesis

Is it a claim, or a thesis that is put forth as a kind of null hypothesis — something that it is morally right to accept unless there is evidence against it? I think the latter. Thus take a debate about slavery, or women’s rights. If Jones claims that some people (say blacks) yearn to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Public Expense & Private Profit

For computers, the period from development to commercially viable sales was about 30 years (depending on how you count). For the internet, it was also about 30 years within the state system before it was handed over, by a process that remains obscure, to private corporations. And it’s not a matter of public companies going Read more…

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Paul Street: Bush’s Christmas Budget: Guns Over Butter

Tomorrow morning and afternoon, I expect, George and Laura and mom and fellow war criminal Dad and the twins and Jeb and the rest of the misbegotten hyper-aristocratic and necrophyilic Bush brood will open presents and enjoy a sumptous meal prepared for them by grateful servants. They will congratulate themselves on their spiritual rectitude, their Read more…

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Paul Street: “There’s Nothing You Can Do”

It’s always nice to hear that considerable numbers of Americans tell nice and progressive things to public opinion pollsters. But when I see the happy data showing that the United States populace supports peace, justice, and democracy, not empire and inequality, in various issue and policy areas, I like to ask three basic questions: (1) Read more…

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Michael Albert: A Sporting Revolution: The Parecon Hockey League

I reeived this in Email. It is a short essay by Kim Peterson. Relevant here, more so than on the main site, I think. Up to now, there is no National Hockey League (NHL) fare for ice hockey aficionados. The public NHL players and behind-the-scenes owners are incurring the wrath of disgruntled fans. The wrangling Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bakunin, the death penalty & seeds of the future

Bakunin’s point was, I think, pretty simple. Within the larger society, it is possible to build structures that capture hopes for the future. For example, free schools, or self-managed cooperatives (like South End press, or worker-run factories in Argentina), or innumerable other examples in communities and workplaces, extending as feasible to larger enterprises, such as Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Vietnam then, Iraq today

We can learn a lot from what happened in Vietnam. Protest was very slow in developing.  By the time it reached a significant scale in 1967, the highly respected (and rather hawkish) military historian and Vietnam specialist Bernard Fall was wondering whether Vietnam would become “extinct” as a cultural-historic entity under the blows of the Read more…

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