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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Comments on Milosevic Ouster, etc.

Noam Chomsky A number of people in the ZNet forum system and elsewhere have raised questions about the prominent role they see assigned to US-NATO in the flood of commentary on recent events in Yugoslavia, "gloating over the victory of the opposition in Yugoslavia–as if that affirms the NATO bombing" (as one puts it). Others Read more…

Sam Mchombo: ROUNDING UP HOKERS IN MALAWI

Sam Mchombo It is a matter of fact that AIDS has taken its toll on human life, with various African countries amongst the worst hit. It has also placed incredible economic burdens on most of those countries which, given the soaring costs of available drugs, find their budgets increasingly strained. In May when the president Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Turmoil in Palestine: The Basic Context

As the occupied Palestinian territories suffer their worst paroxysm of violence in years, with the casualties, as always, overwhelmingly Palestinian, the mainstream media, also as always, focus on peripheral questions, offer misleading answers, and ignore the underlying causes of the conflict. The fundamental, neglected reality is that the Palestinian people have been denied their basic Read more…

Guest Author: Time to Take a Critical Look at Depo-Provera

Sara Littlecrow-Russell My first experience with Depo-Provera was as a young welfare mother. I had just finished my first post-partum check-up after having had my second child. The doctor pronounced me in great health and then pulled out a syringe and a vial. I am just going to give you a shot so that you Read more…

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Marta Russell: Social Security, Work and Poverty

Marta Russell It is a tight labor market and tight labor markets traditionally threaten to give workers more bargaining power from which to secure significant wage increases. Wall Street and investors get nervous about tight labor markets. They reckon that the inflationary pressures may upset their profit margins, so it is not surprising that in Read more…

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David Cromwell: Supping with the devil

David Cromwell When Chris Tuppen, a senior manager with British Telecom, was granted space a couple of years ago in a green pressure group’s magazine, he made a plea for business and the green movement to "settle their differences" and "work together". But what he was advocating was simply a greener kind of capitalism: more Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Nobody Hid This Crime: The Police Open Fire in Naidu.Com

Vijay Prashad This crime was committed under the shadow of the State Assembly in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh, India). For three quarters of an hour the guns of the police tore through the thousands of people, hundreds fell, two never to rise again. The streets could not hide the wounded and dead. Images of the slaughter Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: RU puzzled, fed up?

Dorothy Guellec Last Thursday, September 28,2000, the landscape for abortion really changed. It has been a long time coming. The pill called RU-486 was developed in 1980. and in 1982 the first successful human testing was reported in France. After 10 long years of promises American women will surely benefit. “Finally, American women can benefit Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Clinton in Colombia: The Ugly American

Mark Weisbrot When President Clinton announced his trip to Colombia, he said his purpose was "to seek peace, to fight illicit drugs, to build its economy, and to deepen democracy." Nothing could be further from the truth. The Clinton administration seeks not peace but rather a military solution to the 40-year old civil war in Read more…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Enigma of Chavez

[Translated by Mark McHarry] On December 6, 1998, Hugo Chávez won the presidency of Venezuela, his sixth consecutive election victory. Who really is this man who has awakened as many hopes as fears? With his characteristic style, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude narrates the fateful political biography of Hugo Chávez. He concludes Read more…

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Judy Rebick: The extreme views of Stockwell Day

Judy Rebick Gloria Steinem once quipped that she was going to ask for political asylum in Canada. Michael Moore too talks about how much more progressive is Canada than the U.S. And up until recently, they have been right. In the long shadow cast by free trade and globalization, Canada is getting more and more Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Mount Temple

Tanya Reinhart In today’s setting, it is hard to recall that just a few years ago, only some fringe lunatics demanded Israeli control of ‘Mount-temple’. Every time they tried to enter the place and pray, Israeli police would be there to block their entrance or drag them out. Even the word ‘mount temple’ was perceived Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Trajectory Of Change

Michael Albert I think we have a problem. From Seattle through Prague and San Francisco, we have established an activist style needing some mid-course correction. What’s the problem, you might ask? Thousands of militant, courageous people are turning out in city after city. Didn’t Prague terminate a day early? Aren’t the minions of money on Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Gay Movies

There was a point in film history when almost any film with gay or lesbian characters or content was defined as transgressive. In the 1960s such films as Victim, The Children’s Hour and Compulsion, with their tastefully handled homosexual content, were considered shocking. By the 1970s the closet was opened and Boys in the Band, Read more…

Margie Burns: The Bigger They Come, The Harder They Fall On You

Graduate students and other students of politics and government are wasting their time taking seminars. They should be sitting in on white-collar crime trials in federal court. Here in the United States District Court in Baltimore, lobbyist Gerard E. Evans has been found guilty on nine counts of wire and mail fraud, with the jury Read more…

Tj Conner: The Good Friday Agreement

One of the most important events in Irish history has recently taken place. For the first time since 1921, the British government entered into negotiations with Sinn Fein (the Irish Republican party meaning “self reliance”), along with Northern Ireland’s leading Unionist parties with the Republic of Ireland and America refereeing. What finally emerged from these Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: none

Common Courage Press Review by Michael Hardesty For a couple of months in the spring and summer of 1999 many western liberals thought they were reliving the glorious days of World War II—the good war—as the social democrats of NATO in tandem with the Clinton Administration remorsely bombed the small Balkan country of Yugoslavia in Read more…

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John M. Laforge: Food Irradiation & Nuclear Weapons

M. LaForge The same folks that brought you open-air bomb testing, human radiation experiments, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl are promoting the food irradiation process. Ever since 1986, the FDA, the nuclear industry, and the meat industry have moved to expose almost the entire food supply to nuclear irradiation. But staunch citizen opposition has generally Read more…

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Site Administrator: Slovenia, Somewhat Out of Step

Michael  Parenti In the late 1980s, as economic conditions in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia worsened under the squeeze of IMF debt and Western destabilization efforts, the more prosperous republics of Croatia and Slovenia increasingly resisted having to subsidize the poorer ones.  Given every encouragement from Germany (and later the United States), the government of Read more…

John e. Peck: Remilitarizing Africa for Corporate Profit

E. Peck This Spring, in a move that’s probably susceptible to World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge as an illegal trade barrier—since it enables consumers to distinguish between goods based upon production/process methods—De Beers promised to certify that all of its consignments “do not include any diamonds which come from any area in Africa controlled by Read more…

M.v. Ramana: none

V. Ramana Two summers ago, when India and Pakistan tested their nuclear weapons—Pakistan for the first time and India, after a gap of 24 years, for the second time—the U.S. government suddenly discovered the dangers of nuclear weapons. President Bill Clinton, for example, stated: “I cannot believe that we are about to start the 21st Read more…

Suzanne Simon: Texaco’s Ecological Terrorism of the Ecuadorian Amazon

Suzanne Simon From 1972 until 1992, the U.S.-based Texaco Corporation spearheaded oil production activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They guided exploration activities, built roads and a trans-Ecuadorian pipeline, which runs from the oil town of Lago Agrio to the port city of Esmeraldas. These two decades of oil extraction and production have resulted in levels Read more…

Ian Urbina: Vermont Campaign Finance Reform

Urbina In June 1997 Vermont passed one of the most comprehensive campaign finance reform laws in the country and the signing of the “Clean Elections” bill was a generally festive occasion. Democratic Governor Howard Dean was on hand for congratulations and photos with the bill’s main architect, Anthony Pollina, whom he enthusiastically dubbed “Mr. Campaign Read more…

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Howard Zinn: A CAMPAIGN WITHOUT CLASS

Howard Zinn (This essay will appear in the  October Issues of The Progressive) There came a rare amusing moment in this election campaign when George Bush (who has $220 million dollars for his campaign) accused Al Gore (who has only $170 million dollars) of appealing to ‘class warfare’. It recalled the 1988 election campaign when Read more…

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Edward Herman: UNCLE CHUTZPAH AND HIS MEDIA MINIONS ON THE YUGOSLAV AND OTHER ELECTIONS

Edward S. Herman There is no better place than foreign elections to observe the brazenness of U.S. interventionism abroad, its crude double standard as between targets and client states, and the mainstream media’s propaganda service in support of their country’s imperial policies. One feature of this service is the media’s rush to focus attention on Read more…

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Danny Schechter: From Sydney To Prague: Newspeak Clouds Global Coverage

Danny Schechter LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND: Poor NBC. They spent a small fortune to scoop up the rights to the Olympic Games, and now no one in the United States is watching. To get the games, they paid buckeroo bucks, even reportedly "donating" a cool million to the International Olympic Committee’s monument to itself, a museum here Read more…

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Site Administrator: BEFORE AND AFTER YUGOSLAV ELECTIONS

Diana Johnstone (This was prepared a couple of weeks ago… should have gone out sooner…my apologies…) The first round of voting to elect the next President of Yugoslavia Presidential is to be held on September 24. If no candidate wins an absolute majority, there will be a runoff two weeks later. Because of the boycott Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Protests Keep Spotlight on IMF and World Bank Failures

purposes; as in the Washington DC demonstrations last April, the organizers and protesters are committed to non-violence. The real danger is that of embarrassment for the IMF and the Bank. They are fighting to preserve their legitimacy, which has been badly damaged over the last three years. For half a century hardly anyone even knew Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Surviving “Survivor” While Thinking Of Abbie

Danny Schechter Wonder what Mr. Survival of the Fittest Charles Darwin would be thinking as the surreality show "Survivor" moves from the realm of television into the arena of TV legend. CBS has cashed in already, and all l6 of the "survivors" of this staged sitcom-cum-adventure show that has titillated TV viewers all summer are Read more…

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Tim Wise: Freeh’s Blind Mice: A Critical Look at “Tolerance Training,” FBI Style

Tim Wise That I’m no Biblical scholar is an understatement of monumental proportions. And yet, recently I found myself–for reasons I’ll explain shortly–thinking of the following verse from the book of Matthew, if memory serves: Why behold the mote in thy brother’s eye, but consider not the beam in thine own eye? Arcane language aside, Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Anatomy of the Clinton visit to Athens (Part 1)

Nikos Raptis Can a rather routine visit of a US President to a small country be so important to deserve an "anatomy"? I think that an analysis of the events and the behaviors of the participants in these events before, during, and after the Clinton visit to Athens, on November 19, 1999, could be very Read more…

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Patrick Bond: South-South-North alliances

Patrick Bond Here are two sentences in the concluding paragraph of Chomsky’s September 17 ZNet Commentary (`Summits’);, in which he champions the Havana South-South Summit of `G77′ country leaders that took place in April: African leaders pointed out that the `voices in the street’ in the West are repeating what `the developing countries have been Read more…

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Robert Naiman: An “Underground Railroad” for Patented Drugs?

Robert Naiman September 18th was the 150th anniversary of an infamous Act. In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, making the federal government responsible for tracking down escaped slaves in the North and sending them back to slavery. The Act galvanized anti-slavery opinion and contributed to the development of the "Underground Railroad" to assist Read more…

Margaret Randall: A CULTURE OF RAGE

Margaret Randall This week’s mail brought a letter quite suddenly and unceremoniously informing me that my health insurance provider is discontinuing my group policy. "Your existing QualMed health care coverage will end on October 31, 2000. . . this is the only notice you will receive" is the way the company’s account representatives put it. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Summits

Noam Chomsky The United Nations Summit in New York in September was the second major gathering of government leaders marking the millennium. The first was the South Summit in Havana in April. The UN Summit received considerable national publicity, while the South Summit was barely reported, a reflection of the "imbalance" in the global system Read more…

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Ted Glick: On Burnout and Recruitment

Ted Glick I’ve been thinking about these two, opposite aspects of an activist’s life and work while on vacation in the mountains of western North Carolina. It seemed appropriate that I spend some vacation time, in particular, considering the issue of "burnout." Burnout is when the demands of the struggle for change, the day-to-day grind Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Killing Africa with Kindness

Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman With the announcement of a billion-dollar-a-year U.S. government loan program for African countries to buy AIDS drugs, the fight to deliver affordable drugs to people with HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world has entered its third phase. If the drug companies’ current kill-them-with-kindness scheme fails, many of Read more…

Guest Author: Let the Palestinians Go Home

Ali Abunimah President Clinton’s renewed efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations focussed attention once again on what is conventionally held to be the key sticking point in the talks: the future of Jerusalem. But for many Palestinians this focus on Jerusalem suggests that other issues equally vital to a just peace are being neglected, or Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: THE MENACE OF EDUCATION

Pervez Hoodbhoy From brain size and hair colour to the shape and texture of toe-nails, every characteristic of an individual is totally determined by just two twisted strands of human DNA. A similar cultural DNA – a society’s education system – contains within it the detailed genetic blueprint determining what that society is destined to Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE MONEY, MEDIA, AND LIBERAL-LEFT ROLE IN PLUTOCRATIC ELECTIONS

Edward S. Herman In many ways the system is working beautifully right now. First of all, money dominates the initial selection and weeding out of presidential candidates, so that only those who will serve the corporate interest on the basics–advancing "free trade," keeping the lid on or shrinking the welfare state, and preserving and strengthening Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Healthcare according to Ralph Nader

Dorothy Guellec Ralph Nader is the only candidate who supports Universal Healthcare for all as a human right. Health, not merely illness should be a public concern. We could save at least $36 billion a years if we had a "paperless hospital system." As Business Week reported recently we could save just by using electronic Read more…

Dan Georgakas: Previewing Kosovo

Dan Georgakas The only constant in American and NATO policy in the Balkans has been the breakup of a socialist, multi-ethnic state into a series of small, capitalist-oriented states based on narrowly defined religious/ethnic identity. Given that pattern, it is not surprising that the mini-states are usually ruled by extremely nationalist parties and that the Read more…

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Manning Marable: Escaping From Blackness: Racial Identity and Public Policy

Manning Marable The greatest struggle of any oppressed group in a racist society is the struggle to reclaim collective memory and identity. At the level of culture, racism seeks to deny people of African, American Indian, Asian and Latino descent their own voices, histories and traditions. From the vantagepoint of racism, black people have no Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: The Death of the Dinosaur, the Saber Tooth Tiger, and Militarism

Sunni Moslem Saladin on July 4, 1187. The concept of Holy War or Jihad did not begin with the Moslems, on the contrary, it was a Moslem imitation of the "Holy War" of the Christian Crusaders. Was Japan defeated in World War II? Ask one of the world’s major economic powers. Were the Mexicans defeated Read more…

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Saul Landau: Pinochet naked — at last!

Saul Landau Picture Homer Simpson’s boss, naked, a scrawny figure bent with age, covering his genitals with his general’s hat. The caption: "You’ve stripped me, but don’t take my hat!" Augusto Pinochet, former President, Generalissimo, King of the world, now naked, stripped of immunity. The Chilean Supreme Court has removed the imperial armor that has Read more…

Guest Author: Violence, Gender and Health

Eileen Hoffman, M.D. If one bothered to notice, we would see that most reports about "violence" are really stories about "violent males." That is not to say that females aren’t violent. It is just that the male predominance is overwhelming. Yet we speak of these events in gender-neutral language as "school" violence, or "teen" violence, Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: World Bank Can’t Seem to “Think Different”

Mark Weisbrot The World Bank spends millions of dollars each year on public relations, promoting the idea that the organization is well-run, accountable, transparent, and working for "a world free of poverty" (the slogan on their web site). This effort has grown more intense as the Bank– and its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund– Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Looking Back: “Leave It To Lieberman”

Danny Schechter Don’t say independent media analysts can’t get on the air. On Wednesday might, hours before Joe Lieberman would speak to the Democratic Convention, Seth Ackerman was invited to have his say. Seth, who works with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), was asked to comment on the media coverage in Los Angeles. No, Read more…

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Marta Russell: Just Getting to the Protests – Still a Struggle

Marta Russell On Monday, the first day of the Democratic Convention, I was sitting in my wheelchair in the shade at Pershing Square, waiting for my compadres to join me for the “People Before Profits” march when a fellow activist recognized me and came over to say hello. Garbed in a Green T-shirt, it turned Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Toast

Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman About six years ago, a friend gave us a toaster. It was a present. The friend bought the toaster from Williams-Sonoma, the San Francisco-based kitchen store, with outlets in upscale malls throughout the United States. It was a modern toaster, which means first, that it was made primarily out of Read more…

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