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Romi Mahajan: The Cost of Living

Roy Modern Library, 1999, 126 pages. By Romi Mahajan When in 1998 Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray manifested great pride in the fact that India detonated nuclear bombs by saying “we are no longer eunuchs,” he unwittingly revealed the root cause of the Indian power elite’s reckless affair with bigness—the constant perception of being embattled, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Escaping Orthodoxies

leaders claim when they use force. The major recent academic study of humanitarian intervention is by Sean Murphy, Humanitarian Intervention: The UN in an Evolving World Order. He’s now an editor of the American Journal of International Law. He points out, correctly, that before the Second World War, there was the Kellogg-Briand Pact in 1928 Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE PACIFICA COUNTERREVOLUTION HITS WBAI

Edward S. Herman One of the most crushing series of blows to the U.S. left, and to democracy in this country, has been the gradual transformation of the five station Pacifica Radio network from locally-based and left-oriented stations into centrally controlled, mainstream institutions. Before 1990, all five stations in the network were locally oriented, locally Read more…

Noy Thrupkaew: Marketing “Woman” to Women Online

Noy Thrupkaew I just couldn’t do it. I was shuddering at the thought of becoming a member of women.com, one of a rapidly proliferating group of "women’s websites," for the purposes of research for this piece. After spending just a few days surfing women.com and iVillage.com, the only publicly traded websites "made by and for Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Africa’s Progressive Movements

Patrick Bond and Dennis Brutus ZNet Commentator Patrick Bond (pbond@wn.apc.org) chats with South African poet/activist ZNet Commentator Dennis Brutus  about the state of the African Left PB: Good to see you back in Johannesburg, comrade Dennis, even briefly, in the midst of your travels. But the news today (December 27) is mixed, because it seems Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: Star Wars: The Sequel

Sean Gonsalves Back in September of 1999, at the Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina, president-elect George W. Bush gave a policy address that his Orwellian speech writer called: “Defense: A Period on Consequences.” In that speech, he talked about “the contagious spread of missile technology and weapons of mass destruction” and therefore the Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Psst. The real scoop on Patient Assistance Programs

Dorothy Guellec Drug companies are giving away medications if you know how to ask. This is the best-kept secret because it is not widely known. All of the top 30 pharmaceutical companies make prescriptions available free, and these programs are horribly underutilized. PHRMA, an industry trade group, told me that 2.8 million prescriptions nationwide (not Read more…

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David Cromwell: An Unholy Trinity: Truth, Market Forces and the Media

David Cromwell Are you a regular newspaper reader? If so, you’ll have noticed that many journalists and columnists include an email address at the bottom of their articles. They surely crave your feedback! So here’s a fun experiment. Fire off an email to the commentator of your choice asking: ‘To what extent can we learn Read more…

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George Monbiot: Big Business, As Seen On TV

George Monbiot Our liberty could scarcely be entrusted to a more rackety bunch. Journalists are, quite rightly, almost universally reviled. But the freedom of a nation depends in large measure on the freedom they enjoy. If reporters are forced to show the world not as it is but as a handful of multimillionaires would like Read more…

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Scott Burchill: Australia & East Timor: Senate Passes Judgement

new Australian Defence White Paper, another significant parliamentary report quietly entered the public domain. The Australian Senate Committee enquiry into Australia’s East Timor diplomacy presented its final report, a largely factual history of a dark episode in Australian foreign policy. Commissioned in late 1998, the Committee’s investigation was extended following the post-ballot violence that engulfed Read more…

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Tim Wise: White Christmas?

Tim Wise Well it’s that time of year again. Time for all good Americans to focus on what really matters. Not family, community, or world peace, but that national sacrament of late-stage capitalism known as Holiday shopping. Whether you do it online, or drag yourself to the mall amidst the sea of humanity scrapping and Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Busted: the Genentech/American Heart Association Connection

Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman For years, Genentech Inc.’s clotbuster drug tPA has been used to treat heart attacks. Last year, the American Heart Association published guidelines for physicians advising that tPA be used to treat strokes. Whether these new guidelines will help stroke patients or not is an open question. Whether it helps Genentech’s Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Terror Over Bush’s Supreme Court Picks May Not Be Justified

  Nothing stirs greater terror among civil rights and women’s rights groups  than the prospect of Bush making politically disastrous picks to the U.S.  Supreme Court. During the presidential campaign, Jesse Jackson, NAACP  President Kweisi Mfume, legions of black Democratic officials, the leaders of  NOW and the Fund For a Feminist Majority constantly dangled the Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Terror Over Bush’s Supreme Court Picks May Not Be Justified

  Nothing stirs greater terror among civil rights and women’s rights groups  than the prospect of Bush making politically disastrous picks to the U.S.  Supreme Court. During the presidential campaign, Jesse Jackson, NAACP  President Kweisi Mfume, legions of black Democratic officials, the leaders of  NOW and the Fund For a Feminist Majority constantly dangled the Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Draft of an Alternative Program for the Global Economy

Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith [Note: This is based on the authors’ new book GLOBALIZATION FROM BELOW: THE POWER OF SOLIDARITY (Cambridge: South End Press, 2000. http://www.southendpress.org/ 800/533-8478. Visit the authors’ web site at www.villageorpillage.org] Commenting on the Battle of Seattle, Newsweek wrote, "One of the most important lessons of Seattle is that Read more…

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Howard Zinn: TENNIS ON THE TITANIC

Howard Zinn As the prize of the presidency lurched wildly back and forth in the last days of the year, with the entire nation hypnotized by the spectacle, I had a vision. I saw the Titanic churning through the waters of the North Atlantic toward an iceberg looming in the distance, while passengers and crew Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Overcoming Orthodoxies

Noam Chomsky David Barsamian: I want to come back to the idea of what individuals can do in overcoming orthodoxies. Steve Biko, the South African activist who was murdered by the apartheid regime while he was in custody, once said, The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Hitler : The (Strange) Elser Case

Nikos Raptis Johann Georg Elser was born in the German Village of Hermaringen in 1903. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed as a (lathe) turner in a local iron factory. In 1922 he passed his journeyman’s exam as a cabinet-maker and became a specialist in carpentry and metal work.. For the next decade Read more…

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Saul Landau: THE PRIZZI BUSHES WILL OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE

Saul Landau Maureen Down has cleverly labeled them the Kennebunkport Corrleones. But I  think of the Bushes as the Texas Prizzis, that Mafia branch that has moved  to cowboy country and have successfully filched the 2000 election. Recall  in Prizzi’s Honor how the Mafioso Don, who has stolen billions and murdered  countless people who he Read more…

Guest Author: CONNECTIONS OF CANF’S TREASURER

  The Cuban American National Foundation is well-represented on the GOP’s list of presidential electors from Florida by CANF’s treasurer, Feliciano M. Foyo, who happens to be a good friend of Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  Foyo has another friend named Luis Posada Carriles, one of the most notorious terrorists among Cuban expatriots.  In an autobiography Read more…

Guest Author: CONNECTIONS OF CANF’S TREASURER

Jane Franklin The Cuban American National Foundation is well-represented on the GOP’s list of presidential electors from Florida by CANF’s treasurer, Feliciano M. Foyo, who happens to be a good friend of Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  Foyo has another friend named Luis Posada Carriles, one of the most notorious terrorists among Cuban expatriots.  In an Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Wis. activists rip Kohl’s sweatshop ties

Union Labor News / 2000 / December / Article Wis. Activists Attack Kohls Sweatshop Ties By Roger Bybee Kohl’s Corp. continues to wear a poker face, claiming that it still holds a strong hand in the face of anti-sweatshop protests over the Chentex factory where its products are made in Nicaragua. After workers at the Read more…

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Douglas Dowd: A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Doug Dowd The two cities are Bologna and Venice. The environmental problems threatening both, despite well-publicized "remedies," have not improved but worsened in recent decades; the cities, their problems, and their failure to deal with them exemplify all too well what is happening all over the world. For purposes of "qualification," I begin with a Read more…

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Laura Flanders: A Racist Elephant in Our Living Room

Laura Flanders There’s an elephant in our electoral living room that Democratic leaders want  to hide. In all the talk about cranky voting machines, chads and butterflies,  this is one topic the Gore camp has not touched. It will hurt them. It has  already. In this case, the pachyderm is institutional racism, and in an Read more…

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Justin Podur: Mexico’s New President Vicente Fox and the Zapatistas

Justin Podur  I was talking to a Mexican friend who voted for Vicente Fox in the July elections, and told her I was a Zapatista supporter. She was appalled. "You’re not Mexican, you don’t know what’s going on there. You can’t know from spending a few months there. I’m from there and the decisions made Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: On Breakfast, Kids and Common Sense

Cynthia Peters Ivy League institutions, major hospitals, and corporate money teamed up recently to make the startling revelation: kids should eat breakfast. You may be forgiven for thinking that you already knew eating in the morning was a good idea for kids, and for having come to that conclusion based on common sense, or, perhaps, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Propaganda and Indoctrination

Noam Chomsky This is the first of three Chomsky Commentaries I will send this month…each answers one or more queries from David Barsamian (DB) and all are excerpted from a still to be published interview… DB: Lets talk about a theme that we return to periodically, and that is propaganda and indoctrination. As a teacher, Read more…

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David Cromwell: FALLOUT FROM THE CLIMATE TALKS

David Cromwell The planet is burning, while politicians fiddle the books. If yet more proof was needed that capitalist society is rotten to the core, then just look to the recently collapsed climate talks in The Hague. No agreements, paltry or otherwise. Just bitter recriminations between John Prescott, Britainís ‘macho’ environment minister, and Dominique Voynet, Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Beauty Queens and the Capitalist Beast

Vijay Prashad All the men are computer programmers, all the women are beauty queens, and some of us are humorless. So it seems in the land of Silicon(e) India. Bill Gates says that Indians are the second smartest people on the planet, and the international consortium of Beauty Contests deems Indian women to be the Read more…

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Patrick Bond: South Africa’s municipal elections: Finally, basic services for the masses?

Patrick Bond Tuesday, December 5, is a national election in South Africa, as nearly 9,000 councilors in 284 municipalities seek the support of ten million voters. The African National Congress (ANC), which since 1994 has won three national, provincial and local polls with nearly two-thirds of the total vote, will no doubt again be the Read more…

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Jim Hightower: The Uncounted Majority

Jim Hightower Not all computer errors involve vote counts in Florida. Writing in Funny Times, Richard Lederer tells about a computer glitch that caused the publisher of an economics report to have to issue an apology to subscribers: "Instead of the figures on the sales of soybeans to foreign countries," the sheepish publisher explained, the Read more…

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Tim Wise: Of Monsters and Vampires: People Who Kill People (and the People Who Kill Them)

Tim Wise My mother lied to me. She told me when I was a boy, so as to allay my fears to the contrary, that there were no such things as vampires; that there were not, in real life, those whose lust for human blood drove their every waking moment. And this was a lie. Read more…

Guest Author: Gendered Assaults: The Attack on Immigrant Women

Syd Lindsley If you opened a newspaper in Iowa this spring, you might have come across an advertisement stating: “How do you feel about paving over the amber waves of grain, the purple mountain majesties and the fruited plain?” If you read the small print, you found not the anticipated environmental message, but a proposal Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The Media And HIV/AIDS: What Should We Do?

Danny Schechter Sorry. So sorry if you were given "unnecessary offense." So sayeth the BBC as part of an apology for a stunt concocted for a TV show that plays practical jokes on the public. "Aunty," as the Beeb is known, hired a child actor to pose as an African orphan and go door to Read more…

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George Monbiot: The Massacre Starts Tomorrow

George Monbiot Also Published in the Guardian 30th November 2000 There’s an odd component of globalisation, which I find myself at a loss to explain. We are, we’re assured, living in a global village, whose people are daily brought closer together. Yet we hear ever less about what is happening in distant parts of the Read more…

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Roger Bybee: REVIEW: The Selling of Free Trade

REVIEW: The Selling of Free Trade By John MacArthur printer friendly version MacArthur’s ZSpace page Hill and Wang Publishing, 2000; 388 pages. Review by Roger Bybee When Master Lock officials announced in 1999 that they were shifting nearly 800 jobs to Nogales, Mexico from their plant in inner-city Milwaukee, they were brutally frank about the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Election Lessons

Michael Albert What happened? Amazingly, as we go to press, still no president. But we do know that of all potential voters those Not Voting got roughly 50 percent. Gore got 24 percent. Bush got 24 percent. Nadergot 2 percent. Salient facts: Twice as many folks did not vote as supported either candidate. The Greens Read more…

Felicity Arbuthnot: Depleted Uranium in the Balkans

Felicity Arbuthnot In a week that saw the French government follow their Italian counterparts in launching an enquiry into the effects of depleted uranium (DU) on their soldiers in Kosova, Antonio Pereira, the Portugese Defense Minister, informed NATO Headquarters that he is withdrawing Portugese troops from Kosmet. They were not, he said, going to become Read more…

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David Barsamian: Intifada 2000: The Palestinian Uprising

David Barsamian Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, Palestine and attended schools there and in Cairo. He received a BA from Princeton, an MA and PhD from Harvard. He is University Professor at Columbia. He is the author of Orientalism, The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, Culture and Imperialism, Representations of the Intellectual, The Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: RU-486

Shortly after Rev. John Earl, pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Rochelle, Illinois, learned the Food and Drug Administration had approved the abortion pill RU-486, he paid an up-close- and-personal visit to a nearby health clinic. Rev. Earl crashed his four-door Saturn into a garage behind the Northern Illinois Women’s Health Clinic, got out, and Read more…

Ahmed Bouzid: The Algerian Tragedy Continues

Ahmed Bouzid The shocking violence that has been consuming Algeria since the cancellation of the 1992 parliamentary elections—elections that were poised to bring Islamists to power—has claimed at least 100,000 lives, with many human rights activists in Algeria and elsewhere claiming that the figure is at least double that number. The hopes that the April Read more…

John Macarthur: none

Hill and Wang Publishing, 2000; 388 pages. Review by Roger Bybee When Master Lock officials announced in 1999 that they were shifting nearly 800 jobs to Nogales, Mexico from their plant in inner-city Milwaukee, they were brutally frank about the hopelessness of the workers’ situation. “‘We can’t pay you little enough to make the locks Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Toxic Waste As Strategy, Part 2

The trade in toxic waste is more than a lucrative industry; it is also a central strategy of the New World Order, an intentional way of enclosing lands and resources—the very air we breathe—previously held in common and setting up trade in “pollution rights.” It is a means for proletarianizing peasants and villagers, driving them Read more…

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David Barsamian: Maid to Order

David Barsamian Barbara Ehrenreich is a leading activist, lecturer, and writer. Among her many books are Fear of Falling and The Snarling Citizen. Her latest books are Blood Rites and Nickel and Dimed. You’ve been somewhat successful in penetrating the mainstream media. What’s your secret? I don’t know if I’m that successful. I was a Read more…

Elliott d. Sclar: none

D. Sclar Cornell University Press 184 pages. Review by Edward Herman This book by Elliott Sclar, a professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University, is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the bases and consequences of the still powerful drive to privatize. The mainstream media and most writers on the subject have been Read more…

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Edward S. Herman Pluto Press, 222 pages By Robert Jensen One of the most unpleasant moments for me, and I suspect for many other leftists and anti-war activists, during the NATO attack on Yugoslavia came when I realized that a significant segment of what is usually called the progressive community had swallowed NATO’s propaganda about Read more…

Tim Rogers: Plan Colombia

In an historic round of multi- sector dialogue on peace, a delegation of more than 300 people representing the Colombian government, guerrilla leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN), members of civil society, and international observers from 36 countries, gathered in Costa Rica on October 16 to discuss the 36-year-old armed conflict. Notably absent from Read more…

Steven nasr Salaita: …Invisible, With Liberty and Justice for All

Steven Nasr Salaita Native Americans continue to be America’s invisible constituency. Now that the presidential election is over, we can evaluate how Natives were treated by the candidates and what that might signal in the coming years. Vibrant activism arises from numerous tribes spanning all geographic regions of Turtle Island (North and South America), yet Read more…

Holly Spaulding: S26 Actions in Prague

Holly Spaulding The indigenous Zapatistas of Chiapas, heroes of resistance to many anti-globalization critics, have described the current movement as being made up of “one no, many yeses.” Among those saying “no” at the most recent, 55th annual joint meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) in Prague, were the Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Assisted suicide and Euthanasia: the illusion and façade

  Why are the long-standing ethics of our health care system suddenly so threatened? Maybe it is all about money, or is it? HMO’s already induce physicians to keep costs low, using a combination of financial rewards or punishments, which create in my opinion an implicit conflict of interest between doctors and some patients. After Read more…

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