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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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Site Administrator: Remember the Alamo Part II

R. González On August 4, 1998 in San Antonio, the Alamo rumbled. This time, though, it was not the typical lucha between Anglos and Latinos for power in this southernmost mecca of Mexican heritage. Instead, it was a battle against the latest enemy in a city whose history is defined by war. The hate this Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism In Crisis

Robin Hahnel When real world outcomes differ from the efficient ones predicted by mainstream models in text books, the memories of pro-capitalists are jogged to recall catchall phrases, like “perfect competition,” and “complete markets.” The word “perfect” refers to knowledge and requires complete and accurate information for all participants in the economy about the consequences Read more…

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Edward Herman: All the Book Reviews Fit to Print

Books are a relatively open avenue to dissent in the United States. Critical voices of the left are rarely heard on TV or in the leading news magazines and dominant newspapers, and never at the length (or with the repetitions) necessary to overcome audience unfamiliarity and cognitive dissonance. Left-of-center books, by contrast, are published frequently, Read more…

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Aaron Krei: Hunger Strike At Notre Dame

Kreider   On February 3, at the nation’s most prominent Catholic university over 100 Notre Dame students organized a 3-day hunger strike in support of including sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause. The Board of Trustees was to meet on February 5 and for the first time ever, have the opportunity to end years of Read more…

Jeff Nygaard: Social Security Reform

Jeff Nygaard A society’s system of Social Security deals explicitly with a fundamental human issue: What do we, as a society, do about human suffering? The key word being “we.” Whose responsibility is it to address the suffering created by a system that produces more than enough for everyone, but leaves some in desperate need? Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Marketing to Teens

Cynthia Peters You are what you wear, what you snack on, how you accessorize. Ever heard of the “echo boomers?” Generation Y, generation wired, the digital generation, millenials? If not, you probably haven’t been reading the retail trade journals—BrandWeek, Sporting Goods Business, and Target Marketing, among others. You’ve missed out on the frenzy, the corporate Read more…

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E. Wayne Ross: Re-segregating Schools

  Current efforts to reform public education are driven by a fervent desire to improve student test scores. For many states and local school districts the only thing that counts when judging the effectiveness of schools are the scores students produce on standardized tests. In the pursuit of higher test scores, a Long Island, New Read more…

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Paul Street: “Don’t Blame the Company”

Paul Street If, as Noam Chomsky argues, the conservative thought-controlling nature of the corporate media is best seen in its “leftmost” or most liberal creations, then Time magazine’s recent four-part exposé on corporate welfare give us an especially good look at the boundaries of acceptable opinion. This hard-hitting Fall 1998 series found that more than Read more…

Jesse Walker: The Care & Feeding of Community Radio

Walker If nothing else, the recent fracas at Pacifica should remind us of the importance of structure, of building a sound foundation that will allow free-spirited radio to thrive. In 50 years of community radio, there have been as many station structures as there have been stations. Most of these can be fit into six Read more…

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Jim Hightower: Selected Shorts

departments? Hey-belly up to the bar, Bub, and put your money down-Sacramento is for sale, lock, stock, and underwear. Winning bidders get exclusive marketing rights and the imprimatur of official city approval-even if the corporate sponsors are polluters, make their products in sweatshops, and are known to rip off consumers. This is Jim Hightower saying Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: With Friends Like These

and Robert Weissman With friends like these, Africa certainly doesn’t need any enemies. Africa’s "friends" in Congress have again introduced a "NAFTA-for-Africa" bill. In early February, Representatives Philip Crane, R-Illinois, and Charles Rangel, D-New York, reintroduced an African free trade bill called the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which passed the House of Representatives in Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Resisting Genetic Engineering

While the biotechnology industry continues to promise miracles– new ways to feed the world, solutions to intractable medical problems, enhanced "freedom of choice" in human reproduction, and more — activists worldwide have recently stepped up their opposition. For those who look beyond the often extravagant claims of biotech proponents, this technology represents a profound threat Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Terrorists and Madmen

The official U.S. explanation for the missile strikes on the Sudanese pharmaceutical plant last summer was so transparently bogus that even the New York Times — after its initial approving editorial — was forced a few days later to run a skeptical report. One hardly needed Seymour Hersh’s thorough debunking in the New Yorker (12 Read more…

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Michael Albert: Some Thoughts About the Bombings

(1) Does it ring any bells for anyone else that bombing country A may not have anything to do with country A per se, at least in recent times? Once it begins, bombing almost never yields a sought outcome regarding the place bombed (save, of course, when one literally wants to devastate it). It rarely Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: What’s Wrong With This Picture

Leslie Cagan The challenge for me in writing a commentary is to figure out which of many items I want to comment on. Every time I sit down to write this something different captures my attention. So, instead of zeroing in on one, here’s a few snapshots of things that are on my mind…all under Read more…

Sandy Carter: Kazan and the Oscars and Us

Despite all the controversy stirred by the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give director Elia Kazan an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, Sunday’s 71st Academy Awards ceremony passed with no disruption and little commentary. With the Academy controlled cameras showing only quick and partial glimpses of the audience, and Read more…

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Site Administrator: Nato’s Humanitarian Trigger

From James Rubin to Christiane Amanpour, the broad range of government and media opinion is totally united in demanding that NATO bomb Serbia. This is necessary, we are told, in order to "avert a humanitarian catastrophe", and because, "the only language Milosevic understands is force"… which happens to be the language the U.S. wants to Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: The Great Global Asset Swindle

  Is it any surprise that the least noticed effect of the global economic crisis among Western economists is that Western multinational corporations and banks are busy buying up the most attractive economic assets the third world has to offer at bargain basement prices? At their present pace they may undo, in only a couple Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Remembering the International Day Against Racism

Remembering the International Day Against Racism

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Danny Schechter: Monica Is Now Global

LONDON: I beat Monica to Borders on London’s Oxford Street by two days; La Lewinsky is stopping there on Tuesday at lunch as part of her British tour. She was ‘whisked in’ by Concorde, of course. The posters announcing her visit plaster the place in the same way that ABC relentlessly promoted its Barbara Walters’ Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Reinventing Solidarity Activism

Since the January 1, 1994 Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, EZLN* leaders have been quite forthcoming about what solidarity means to them, be it domestic or international. Their articulation of the revolution they envision is poetic in its clarity, as is the applied strategy they hope will achieve their aims — one reaching well beyond Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: The Steven Lawrence Victory

For every police murder of a person of color or racist street killing in the United States, there are mirror cases of death by bigoted cops and street thugs in other places. Nowhere is this truer than in the United Kingdom. In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of people of Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Two, Three, Many Protests…But All On the Same Night?

Leslie Cagan George W. and his new friends in the leadership of the New York State Republican Party gathered at a fund raising dinner in mid-town Manhattan October 5th. They were all there: George W. Bush, George Pataki, Rudolf Giuliani, Al D’Amato and the rest of the bunch of thugs. About 2,000 people attended the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: A Farewell to Oscar

On March 11, Oskar Lafontaine resigned his position as German Finance Minister and chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). His resignation elicited "euphoria" in "jubilant" financial markets, editorial offices, and news rooms.[1] Bidding him its editorial farewell, the London Financial Times heralded the "angry revolt" that had "unquestionably changed…the relationship between government and business" Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Dung on All Their Houses – The New Censorship

Danny Schechter On October l, thousands of New York artists, activists and politicians rallied outside the Brooklyn Museum against threats by the city’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to defund one of the city’s preeminent cultural institutions because of one painting on display at a controversial art show called "Sensation" that had played earlier in London. The Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Teen Girls, Sexism, and Marketing

The more time a teen girl spends reading fashion magazines, the worse she feels about herself, according to a study done by Brigham and Women’s hospital released earlier this month. And that’s just how marketers like it. A girl feeling unattractive, overweight, and in dire need of a boyfriend is more likely to respond favorably Read more…

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Tim Wise: Kill First, Ask Questions Later

Tim Wise It’s been nearly four decades since the last execution in Tennessee. During that time, my state has resisted boarding the killing train engineered by folks in places like Florida and Texas, where execution has been refined to a near science, applied with such efficiency that it passes with hardly a notice whenever either Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: A Letter to Mrs. Bush

Sean Gonsalves I recently received a copy of a letter that was sent to the former First Lady, Barbara Bush. The letter was written by six mothers whose children are in jail because of the "war on drugs" – a "war" avidly supported by Barbara’s son, George W., who is running for President. All six Read more…

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Jim Hightower: Time Warner Lobbyiest Costs You Money

When Bill Clinton watched this year’s Super Bowl on TV at the presidential retreat at Camp David, one of those kicking back with him was Washington superlobbyist Mike Berman. Berman’s corporate clients include Time Warner, the media giant that controls cable access to millions of our homes-and that bills you and me a pretty penny Read more…

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Tim Wise: Racism and “Preferential Treatment” by the Numbers

By Tim Wise Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) Anyone who does political analysis, advocacy or organizing knows that folks on all sides of an issue have "numbers." Trotting out statistics to prove one’s point about something is a well-accepted practice, and yet rarely do we stop to think about what certain numbers mean: be Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Keeping Mickey in the Private Domain

Who’s the leader of the club that’s paid for you and me? S-E-N-A-T-O-R L-O-T-T! And you know what, boys and girls? Thanks to Trent Lott and others in the Senate club, the big people at the Walt Disney Co. don’t have to worry about Mickey and his pals getting lost in a scary place called Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: What if Colombus Had Not Discovered America

  ELEFTHEROTYPIA is a mainstream Greek daily (usually first or second in circulation). The title is a compound from ELEFTHEROS (free) and TYPOS (press), yet the modern Greek meaning of the title is not Free Press but Freedom of the Press. I think that it would be interesting for ZNeters that, every now and then, Read more…

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Ward Churchill: Wages of Cointelpro Still Evident

In 1980, former FBI Director L. Patrick Grey and Edward S. Miller, one-time head of Squad 47, the domestic counterintelligence unit in the FBI’s New York Field Office, were convicted of having "conspired to injure and oppress the citizens of the United States." The context of their crimes was COINTELPRO, a secret, nationwide campaign conducted Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Triangle Fire and Anti-Sweat Activism

Two weeks ago on Sunday, February 21st, at the fine age of 107 Bessie Cohen died. She was the last living survival of the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. As a 19-year old garment worker in New York, Bessie had just completed her 9-hour shift at the Triangle Shirtwaist company when she heard from Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: On Staying Informed and Inteelectual Self Defense

There’s no way to be informed without devoting effort to the task, whether we have in mind what’s happening in the world, physics, major league baseball, or anything else. Understanding doesn’t come free. It’s true that the task is somewhere between awfully difficult and utterly hopeless for an isolated individual. But it’s feasible for anyone Read more…

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Howard Zinn: On Getting Along

You ask how I manage to stay involved and remain seemingly happy and adjusted to this awful world where the efforts of caring people pale in comparison to those who have power? It’s easy. First, don’t let "those who have power" intimidate you. No matter how much power they have they cannot prevent you from Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: You’ve Come A Long Way, Brother

The year 1926 was in the thick of the Jim Crow era. In the American South, racial segregation was the law of the land. Schools, jobs, public accommodations, movie theaters, water fountains and most everything else were segregated. In the North, jobs and labor unions were segregated and the U.S. armed forces had separate units Read more…

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Edward Herman: How the NYT Solved the New Guatemala Problem

Newspaper of Record, as an establishment institution and consistent defender of U.S. imperial prerogatives, and it is interesting and amusing to see how it coped. One problem for the paper was to explain and justify U.S. complicity in light of this country’s definitionally good and benevolent qualities. Sometimes this problem has been eased by discrediting Read more…

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Sonia Shah: My Fantasy Goddess Is Not A Barbie Doll

This holiday season, Mattel, the world’ biggest toy maker is poised to embarrass itself and enrage Asians across the globe, with the release of its latest collectible Barbie: The Fantasy Goddess of Asia. Designed by Bob Mackie in a fit of laziness, ignorance, cynicism or all three, the doll is a mishmash of racist stereotypes Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Biotechnology and the Commodification of Life

The U.S.government’s aggressive advocacy for the biotechnology industry, and its potentially disastrous agenda of reshaping world agriculture, has finally made international headlines. At the end of February, representatives of 163 nations met for a week in Cartagena, Colombia for what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations toward an international protocol on the Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Keep Hope Alive

shameful foreign economic policy in Africa. It’s a nice object lesson for those who think that progress is only made by those who "go along to get along," begging for crumbs and then settling for "reforms" that actually make things worse. Here’s the story: the Orwellian-named "Africa Growth and Opportunity Act" would require African countries Read more…

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David Barsamian: The Future of History, Part I

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, is one of this country’s most distinguished historians. He was an active figure in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. His seminal book, A People’s History of the United States, is widely used in college and university classrooms. He is also the author of Declarations of Independence Read more…

Elsa Davidson: Chutes & Ladders

Elsa Davidson Jeanette” leaned against the shabby exterior of Welfare Center 62, an infant daughter on one shoulder. Although Social Security had issued Jeanette a notice stating a delay in the processing of her daughter’s Social Security card, her welfare caseworker had just refused to accept this surrogate document and had terminated her daughter’s benefits. Read more…

D. stanley Eitzen: Upward Mobility Through Sport?

Typically, Americans believe that sport is a path to upward social mobility. This belief is based on the obvious examples we see as poor boys and men (rarely girls and women) from rural and urban areas, whether white or black, sometimes skyrocket to fame and fortune through success in sports. Sometimes the financial reward has Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism In Crisis

If international trade and investment actually reduced international economic inequality, if it actually reduced strain on the environment, if it actually increased ds global efficiency, we should be all for it. The problem, of course, is that international liberalization and neoliberal policies have actually done just the opposite. They have increased international inequality and environmental Read more…

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Edward Herman: Transparency: Fad Word/Pseudo Remedy

In the recent evolution of fad words and clichés we have already digested, exhausted, and moved past deregulation, privatization, and restructuring, and latched onto “transparency” and its close relatives, accountability and responsibility. If only there had been more transparency in Indonesian (Thai, Mexican) business and governmental practice we wouldn’t have suffered such investment excesses and Read more…

James Petras: The Philippines Revolution

Nearly 100 years ago, U.S. Marines invaded the newly independent Philippines and killed anywhere from a quarter of a million (U.S. military estimates) to a half million Filipinos in the course of colonizing the archipelago. The legacy of 50 years of U.S. colonial rule is palpable in the slums and streets of Manila, the misery Read more…

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