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Jim Hightower: Radio Nuggets

Jim Hightower   CLINTON FLIES HIGH WITH HEMP Bill Clinton did not inhale. We’re clear on that, right? But, recently, he did swallow. It was on a return trip to Washington from Mexico City, where the President had traveled to proclaim that his international drug war is a tremendous success. Bill has a tough time Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Drugs, Patents, and U.S. Policy

and Robert Weissman Thanks to new drug therapies, many people with HIV/AIDS in the United States are now able to live relatively healthy lives. "Triple drug" therapies, or "drug cocktails" allow HIV-positive people to reduce their HIV blood load in some cases to undetectable levels. In the Third World, however, where HIV/AIDS is at epidemic Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: The Greeks, Kosovo, and the U.S.

Following the Chomskyan distinction, in the present text the word Greeks refers to the inhabitants of the geographic region of Greece as distinct from the political and economic elits that "govern" the country. (The use of the quotation marks is explained later on.) But, first, a report on the main events in Greece for the Read more…

Sandy Carter: Littleton

Pearl, Miss., West Paducah, Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., Springfield, Ore., Fayetteville, Tenn., Edinboro, Pa., and last week–Littleton, Colo. Seven school shootings in less than two years. And after the avalanche of tragic images and endless CNN expert commentaries, what have we learned about the seeds of this horrific violence? Our health professionals offer no easy answers, Read more…

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David Bacon: Miners’ Strike Broken in Cananea

David Bacon In the mile-high mountains of the Sonora desert, just 25 miles south of the border between Arizona and Mexico, over 2,000 miners have been locked in a bitter industrial war since mid-November. Here Grupo Mexico operates North America’s oldest, and one of the world’s largest copper mines—Cananea. For 2 months the mine has Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Fundies Upset About Undies

Michael Bronski In the past 100 years Times Square has been the metaphoric center of American anxieties about sexuality. From the new honky tonk freedoms of the early years of the century to its state-imposed Disneyfication in the last few years it has been the place where American culture has debated what was sexually permissible Read more…

Sandy Carter: Cassandra Wilson Sings Miles

Sandy Carter Although the musical tradition known as jazz has long enjoyed a reputation as an art of change and freedom, the music seems increasingly mired in recycled history. Check out any record store where jazz is sold and you’ll find CD shelf space dominated by dead and gone greats. Airplay on mainstream jazz radio Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Crisis in the Balkans

Noam Chomsky On March 24, U.S.-led NATO forces launched cruise missiles and bombs at targets in Yugoslavia, “plunging America into a military conflict that President Clinton said was necessary to stop ethnic cleansing and bring stability to Eastern Europe,” lead stories in the press reported. In a televised address, Clinton explained that by bombing Yugoslavia, Read more…

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Z Staff: Pacifica, Pacifica!

requirements subvert our values, and has to operate with limited means under harsh pressures. Not surprisingly problems arise, ranging from budget deficits and personal disputes, to shortages of resources, time, or energy, to structural inadequacies in changing contexts. But these facts of life do not justify ignoring progressive aspirations and aims. Three broad areas of Read more…

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Ted Glick: A Progressive Voice in 2000?

Ted Glick The year 2000 Presidential sweepstakes has gotten underway. As the candidates for president go about their work of raising the millions needed to be seen as serious, there’s one presidential “horse” that is not even mounting up to be in the race: good old progressive. The Republicans have their center-right to far-out-right stable Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Godfather’s New World Order

Edward S. Herman Perhaps we should take heart in the rationality of the process whereby power affects global moral judgments and policies, even if this results in the institutionalization of truly laughable double standards. Examples abound. The Godfather can get away with supporting tyrants of the most monstrous sort for decades (e.g., the Duvaliers of Read more…

Ben Manski: 97 Hours of Struggle

Ben Manski This was the beginning of the end—200 of us pounding on the walls, on the floors, on the doors, chanting “No More Bullshit,” and “We Say No to Sweatshop Labor.” The 97-hour occupation of the Bascom Hall administration building had come to an end. It began on Monday evening, February 8, at 5:00 Read more…

Geoffrey Paterson: Louisiana Supreme Court

Geoffrey Paterson Louisiana has never been known as an environmental panacea. Indeed, its reputation has long been as one of the dirtiest and most polluted in the country and with good reason: no matter what is measured (air, water, ground), Louisiana leads the nation in toxic emissions per capita. Uncoincidentally, Louisiana is one of the Read more…

James Petras: From Pericles to Samaranch

James Petras The corruption scandal of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was an event waiting to happen. The blatant buying of IOC delegate votes for holding the winter events in Salt Lake City, Utah should be no surprise, given the big business atmosphere that engulfs the operations of the Olympics. The recently published 300-page report Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Kosovo/NATO Conflict

1. What are the roots of the Kosovo conflict? Ethnic Serbs and Albanians give extended historical arguments going back as far as 1389 or 1912 or World War II. The basic issue is that the Kosovo province of Serbia (called Kosova in Albanian) has a large majority—as much as 90 percent—of ethnic Albanians with a Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Hillie, Madie, Tippie, Tracey, & an Erect Nipple

Sargent   Gals. Welcome to Hotel Satire where gals learn (through rigorous training) to be the true gals they were born to be. We gals have been confused of late about feminism—what the heck is it? Sometimes, everyone and everything seems to be feminist, even when clearly not. For instance, is Hillary Clinton a feminist Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Growing Wealth Gap

Holly Sklar, Chuck Collins, & Betsy Leondar-Wright The booming economy has been a bust for millions of Americans. Most households have lower inflation-adjusted net worth now than they did in 1983, when the Dow was still at 1,000. The top 1 percent of households have soared while most Americans have been working harder to stay Read more…

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Kristian Williams: Reflections on the Georgetown Sit-In

Kristian Williams On February 5, 27 students occupied the office of George- town President Leo O’Donovan, vowing not to leave until the Administration adequately addressed the conditions under which university apparel is produced. Eighty-five hours later, Dean of Students James Donahue signed an agreement, granting nearly all the students’ demands. The sit-in came after many Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Fight the Power

Last weekend, my son, Inti, who is 20 and I, who am quite a few years older than that, went to San Francisco to take part in a rally and demonstration in support of political prisoner and death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The main demand is for a new trial for Mumia. It was the Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Knowing and Responding

On this the liberal and the right-wing columnists seem to agree: Adults are responsible for not controlling the behavior of Littleton, Colorado’s “trench coat mafia” killers. Eileen McNamara, liberal columnist for the Globe, suggests that the parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold “must have known” what their kids were planning and that they surrendered Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Writing and Thinking Amidst Hostile Intentions

Massachusetts News — made clear its concerns: "Will Pedophilia Be Next in Massachusetts Schools? Child Molestation is Being Normalized.’" On the second page of the leaflet is the headline " Boston Phoenix Leads the Charge followed by the fact that the Phoenix and its "popular columnist Michael Bronski" are "leading advocates of pedophilia in Massachusetts." Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Don’t Ignore the Hate Crime

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado, a search for meaning and understanding has begun. Concerned citizens across the nation are seeking to grasp what motivated at least two students to turn a normal school day into a killing field. Clearly, the answer is complicated and may never be fully Read more…

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Sonia Shah: Asian American?

I was recently asked to write about Asian American History Month, which, since 1979, has been observed during the month of May. Despite the fact that I write about Asian American issues on a fairly regular basis, and in many ways, consider myself an Asian American, it wasn’t easy to figure. The very term, "Asian Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: A Movement Grows in NYC

On Thursday, April 15th tens of thousands of New Yorkers will march in yet another expression of outrage at the conduct of the New York City Police Department. (If you live in or near NYC, I encourage you to make every effort to participate in what promises to be one of those demonstrations you kick Read more…

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Edward Herman: The U.S. Versus the Rules of War

permitting a low-casualty NATO occupation of Kosovo. I don’t think this was carefully thought out in advance; rather, it is a default strategy based on an unwillingness to suffer casualties, the availability of planes, bombs and money, and the determination of the U.S./British leadership to defeat the villainized foe. Another basis of the default strategy Read more…

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Tim Wise: Famous Last Words

Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all. And inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources, and at the most inopportune moments. So much so, that if we aren’t paying close attention, we’ll miss them altogether. Such Read more…

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Norman Solomon: For Whom The Media Bell Tolls

/ Creators Syndicate For several weeks now, the suffering of refugees from Kosovo has filled our TV screens. Empathy seems to motivate much of the public support for the ceaseless bombing of Yugoslavia. Fortunately, Americans can be stirred by moral outrage. Unfortunately, that outrage has been manipulated by a constellation of forces that could be Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: The Global Sustainable Development Resolution

Brendan Smith For the past decade, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, the United States government has promoted a model of free-market global capitalism that it claimed would benefit the great majority of people both at home and abroad. This model has failed. Over and over the mantra has been repeated that "there is no alternative" Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Responding To Sentiment

There was a lengthy debate at my dinner table the other night about the situation in Yugoslavia. Most of my relatives defended the NATO bombings as the only moral action to take in the face of crimes being committed against ethnic Albanians. I argued the opposite: that there were very few historical examples of the Read more…

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Scott Burchill: Kosovo and East Timor

The arrest of Care Australia’s Steve Pratt and Peter Wallace by Serb authorities exposes more than the risks faced by aid workers in a war which masquerades as "humanitarian relief". It also reveals the perils faced by good people as a result of their own government’s stupidity. If we dismiss Serbian claims that they were Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Essential Information

Jennings Bryan to the 1912 Constitutional Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Ask yourself: Who today would speak in such a manner?  This is what William Jennings Bryan had to say in 1912:   "The first thing to understand is the difference between the natural person and the fictitious person, called the corporation. They differ in the Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Young People and Activism

Young people in movement circles are often met with a great deal of admiration and little to no respect. Impressed as they are by kids’ very presence at activist events and meetings, given the preoccupations and pressures of modern youth; adults rarely acknowledge the contribution of young activists beyond the sense of "diversity" the latter Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Edward R Murrow Is Dead

In June 1993, a human rights television program I co-produced obtained remarkable footage from inside Kosovo. We led our "Rights & Wrongs" program with an exclusive from what we called "the next powder keg in the Balkans." The story documented a non-violent campaign against brutal repression ordered by Slobodon Milosovic’s ultra nationalist regime. It warned Read more…

Guest Author: We Who Are About To Die

Wednesday April 14 1999 The Guardian Two and a half years ago, I wrote the first of these columns for this paper, an attack on the pessimistic idea that the best we could hope for was Tony Blair. As a result, the following morning I was contacted by Robin Cook, who asked me to write Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Racism’s Enablers

While much of the American public’s attention has been focused on the evils of Milosovich and his efforts at ethnic cleansing, America’s home grown fascists and their enablers have gotten a free ride. To their ever-increasing discredit, congressional Republicans have used every scheme and manipulation they can muster to deter a congressional condemnation of the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: American Journalist Have No Reason to be Smug

/ Creators Syndicate Ever since the start of NATO ‘s bombing blitz more than two weeks ago, the regime in Belgrade has maintained total control of Serbia’s press — and American journalists have scornfully reported on the propaganda role of Yugoslavian news media. But no one should be smug about freedom of the press in Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Thinking About Affirmative Action

Others will tell us that not all blacks suffered, so affirmative action is imprecisely targeted and hence unjust. But not all veterans suffered either. Consider, for example, Ronald Reagan: he was eligible for veterans’ preferences even though he spent the war in Hollywood. Those who enacted veterans’ preferences decided — reasonably enough — that it Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Behind Enemy Lines

ZNet Commentary . In a disturbing case of hypocritical Western propaganda tripping over its own distortions, the Associated Press recently reported that Turkish troops and warplanes have crossed into Northeastern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels presumably taking refuge there (AP, 4/7/99). Any honest observer will be mesmerized by the juggling act of ignorance involved Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Is There A Truth About Rigoberto Menchu

  My friend the anthropologist says there is no such thing as truth. She says that she’s interviewed people in the field who completely contradict each other. One says the volcano erupted and the other says it didn’t. They both say it with equal conviction. I say: one of them is wrong. Either the volcano Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Harassment

have been deemed newsworthy: On January 17 Kevin Tryals and Laaron Morris of Galveston TX. were found in a burning car on a dead-end road outside of city limits. Both bodies were severely burned. The medical examiner’s office ruled that both men were dead before the car was ignited, and that both men died from Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: The Debacle in Kosovo

The bombing of Yugoslavia is turning out to be a foreign policy debacle of disastrous proportions, yet most of the chattering class insists that we can turn things around if we only commit more troops. We have heard that before. Nearly two weeks into the war, our government (which has the dominant voice in NATO) Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The Talking Kosovo Blues

It was for me the big booking: an hour on MSNBC in the middle of a crisis. I had pitched the network proposing to talk about the media coverage of the Kosovo catastrophe. As a TV producer, I had been covering the Balkan wars for a public television human rights series since l993. As a Read more…

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Edward Herman: Oligarchic Control of Mutual Organizations

Many years ago I participated in a Wharton School study of the savings and loan industry, my assignment being to analyse their control and conflict of interest problems. My contribution to this multi-volume project, sponsored and published by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, was a small volume entitled Conflict of Interest in the Savings Read more…

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Site Administrator: Branislav Canak and the Independent Unions in Yugoslavia

With all the bleak news out of Kosovo and Yugoslavia, I’ve been trying to make contact with the independent union federation Nezavisnost. During a visit to Belgrade, in May of 1996, I had a series of discussions with Nezavisnost President, Branislav Canak. An independently thinking former journalist, and an ardent anti-war activist, Canak and I Read more…

Pablo Pozzi: Labor Repression in Argentina

On Monday, February 16, 1998, in Usuhuaia, the Argentina’s southernmost city in Tierra del Fuego, the courts finally declared the innocence of steelworker leader Oscar Martinez. Accused of "inciting to violence", Martinez had been blamed by the government for the April 1995 repression of a strike that resulted in one steelworker dead and dozens wounded. Read more…

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Charles Glass: Letter from London

The war against Slobodan Milosevic was clearly lost when the London papers ran a front-page photograph of Defence Secretary George Robertson in Italy aboard a warplane. This isn’t a war, it’s a photo op for politicians who have never seen battle. With friends like British prime minister Tony Blair and his comic book hero, Bill Read more…

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Tim Wise: White America’s Dirty Little Secrets

Sometimes it’s best to just tell the truth. Even when it makes folks angry. In fact, particularly then, because it’s at precisely those times that the truth is obviously most in need of being spoken–otherwise resistance to it probably wouldn’t be so strident. Such has always been my feeling when it comes to discussions of Read more…

Sandy Carter: Reading Elvis

Carter In the last two decades, the image of Elvis Presley has been so thoroughly obfuscated by myth and parody, it is near impossible to recall his life and music without bringing to mind the ridiculous and tragic figure he had become by the time of his death. With that in mind, Peter Guralnick’s two-volume Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Jerry Brown – A Green Success?

  A number of Greens started out in politics campaigning for Jerry Brown in the 1992 Presidential elections. It’s true, the once-upon-a-time Zen-Governor of California did describe himself as a “recovering politician.” His nightly radio show on Pacifica touched on all sorts of ecological and radical issues, and his thundering speech to the Labor Party’s Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Substituting Prisons for Schools

Henry A. Giroux The current debates about multiculturalism in higher education represent more than insular disputes between warring factions of professional academics. They also, with few exceptions, harbor an indifference to the world outside of the university that borders on bad faith and ethical irresponsibility. As more and more young people face a world of Read more…

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