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Site Administrator: The Milosevic Indictment

Following World War II, a war crimes tribunal was held in Tokyo to try Japanese political and military leaders. There is no doubt that the defendants were responsible for appalling atrocities, but, as the Indian judge on the tribunal wrote in his dissenting opinion, the victorious allies had themselves committed grave crimes, and the U.S. Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Milosevic Indictment

Following World War II, a war crimes tribunal was held in Tokyo to try Japanese political and military leaders. There is no doubt that the defendants were responsible for appalling atrocities, but, as the Indian judge on the tribunal wrote in his dissenting opinion, the victorious allies had themselves committed grave crimes, and the U.S. Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Three On Kosovo

"This is mere pretext for our arrogant assertion of dominance and power in defiance of international law. We make the non-negotiable demands and rules, and implement them by military force." With enormous help from mass media, the White House has been able to marginalize the public on matters of war and peace. Reporters and pundits Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Liberation by Accumulation

by Michael Bronski I hardly ever drink beer, being a cheap red wine and bourbon sort of guy, so I was startled last week when I received more then a dozen e-mail (many from lesbian and gay activists use work I respect) urging me call the Anheuser-Busch company and voice my support for their new Read more…

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Brian Dominick: That’s Some Catch

 "Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions…. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Whose Atrocity Is Bigger

Milosovic has committed atrocities. Therefore it is okay for us to commit atrocities. He is terrorizing the Albanians in Kosovo. Therefore we can terrorize the population of cities and villages in Yugoslavia. I get e-mail messages from Yugoslav opponents of Milosovic, who demonstrated against him in the streets of Belgrade (before the air strikes began), Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Restive Allies

Diana Johnstone The florid and reckless war rhetoric of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is the stuff British tabloids are made of. Likening the latest recalcitrant foreign leader to Hitler is the sort of thing readers on the London tube expect to find in between sex scandals and cleavage Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Struggle Against Racial Profiling

For years, African American motorists have complained of being stopped by the police for the offense of DWB — "Driving While Black." From grueling life experience, African Americans have known that they were singled out on the nation's roads for traffic stops and searches, and subject to humiliation, intimidation, and, all too often, police violence. Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Jailhouse Knocks

HBO’s "Thug Life in DC" is not about Bill Clinton’s proclivities toward Serbia. It is a stunning wakeup call about the growing warehousing of young black men in the nation’s jails and prisons. It is about the disturbing and increasing merger of black male youth culture and prison culture. The program has created somewhat of Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Killing Work

Want to kill somebody and get away with a slap on the wrist? You’d be hard pressed to find a better way than being a employer who endangers his or her employees. Under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act, violations of health and safety rules that pose a substantial probability of death or serious Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Can We Keep A Movement Alive

If you read my commentary last month you know I recently was in the center of the organizing for a major march and rally against police brutality here in New York City. The event went well, with somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people marching across the Brooklyn Bridge into downtown Manhattan. The protest was on Read more…

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Norman Solomon: When Will the Media Call It War

Nearly two months have passed since the beginning of NATO’s air war against Yugoslavia. After a shaky start, Washington’s spin machinery has done much to promote a war agenda — with crucial assistance from major U.S. news media. Early on, top officials of the Clinton administration seemed to be playing catch-up. "The problem is they Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: The Israeli Elections

This is a translation of a column that appeared in the Israeli daily ‘yediot’ on May 16, 1999 (a day before the elections). The last Israeli elections were decided by the ballots that "do not count" – the blank ballots. 148 thousand people, about 5% of the voters opted for this choice in the prime-minister Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Letter to Bernie Sanders

In the Dayton agreement, the U.S. gave Milosevic a free hand in Kosovo in exchange for a settlement in Bosnia. The U.S. has consistently opposed sending ground forces into Kosovo, even as the destruction of the Kosovar people escalated. (While I do not personally support such an action, it would, in sharp contrast to current Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: No Change at Treasury

Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin picked a good time to resign. As a senior White House official said, Rubin "made his fortune selling at the top of the market." Perhaps that’s why the Dow initially dropped 200 points on the news: some of Rubin’s colleagues on Wall Street may have sensed that he was getting out Read more…

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Site Administrator: Organized Labor and the War in Kosovo

It’s an alarming signal of the declining influence of organized labor that with the start of the bombing of Yugoslavia and the war in Kosovo, that neither the media nor the public at large demand to know labor’s position on the conflict. Alas, labor has not sought to draw much attention to itself and its Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Jackson and the Contradictions of War

Into the storm’s eye of the Balkin war stepped Rev. Jesse Jackson, and, once again, he emerges with prisoners of war. Exercising what scholars called "citizen’s diplomacy," where personalities intervene in international situations for individual political, ideological, or moral reasons, Jackson by-passed the normal channels of diplomacy and injected an unstable variable into the equation. Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: The Greeks, Kosovo, Etc.

This is a sequel to the  ZNet Commentary of May 2 FIRST: The Port of Salonica "saga". As already mentioned, during the night of April 27 to April 28, ’99, Greek demonstrators forced a train carrying British troops and tanks to Macedonia to return to the terminus of the port of Salonica and not leave Read more…

Guest Author: Atlantic Alliance

with my own eyes – travelling under the Nato bombardment – the house-burning in Kosovo and the hundreds of Albanians awaiting dispossession in their villages. But back to the subject – and perhaps my first question should be put a little more boldly. Not: "How much longer do we have to endure this stupid, hopeless, Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Covering Wars at Home and Abroad

instead of creating his own. The bombs bursting in air over Serbia and the bombs planted in high school corridors in Colorado may have differed in scale–and impact–but there are eerie parallels between l999’s two biggest news stories. It is a connection that is rarely made in the media , but the fact is that Read more…

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Marta Russell: Dollars And Death

Living in a neoliberal era, where the interests of business dominate government and public policy and in a climate that more and more measures one’s worth by economic efficacy, demands that we scrutinize the “right” to die beyond a liberal expansion of individual rights. We must look at the timing of these proposals. Why assisted Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: What She Really Wants

Take a look at that face. It’s true. She really could use a little help with her complexion. It may be that with all that mothering work she’s been doing she hasn’t had time to properly wash, rinse, clarify, tone, moisturize, and treat twice a week with mask made of mud from the Dead Sea. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Moral Principles and International Law

But attention to Pol Pot’s crimes, while a worthy enterprise (if done honestly, which was rarely the case), had little if any moral significance because there was no hint of a proposal as to what to do about them — and when they were terminated, the US was infuriated and severely punished the criminals (the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Hitchens Degraded

It would be hard to imagine better evidence of the sorry state of supposedly left opinion in this country than Christopher Hitchens’ "Belgrade Degraded" in the May 17 issue of The Nation. Hitchens never comes to any firm conclusion on what ought to be done, but he clearly regrets that the full-scale invasion option "might Read more…

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Michael Bronski: High School Hell

Reading through the media coverage of the Littleton, Colorado shootings one can’t help but be impressed by how skillfully the reporting shaped the story to fit the preconceived anxieties and biases of a broad readership. From both liberal and conservative vantage points the Columbine High School murders became a Rorschach test of political and social Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Give Peace A Chance

How long can NATO continue bombing Yugoslavia? The Clinton administration’s answer so far has been, "as long as it takes" for Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to capitulate to its demands. It doesn’t seem to matter if the bombing only worsens the plight for the Kosovar Albanians, the people we are supposedly trying to help. But Read more…

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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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