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Jamie K. McCallum: United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union

Jamie McCallum Mike Griffin has been a carpenter in Decatur Illinois for five years, but recently he found himself working with the pipe systems that power huge turbines. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) signed a deal with Westinghouse guaranteeing that carpenters can do pipefitters’ work if they agree to work for 10 percent less Read more…

Bill Neal: A Victory for Immigrant Workers

Bill Neal Few people heard about the strike even though it lasted 10 weeks. Hidden away in Vernon, an industrial city carved out of South Central Los Angeles, 450 mostly Spanish-speaking immigrant workers fought and won an almost invisible battle. But it didn’t go unnoticed. The garment industry found out that even the most exploited Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Way Out for Colombia

Justin Podur Who in the U.S. benefits from fumigating Colombians?” the man asked me pointedly in the crowded community hall. The community was in a paramilitary-controlled part of Putumayo. Putumayo is a southern department of Colombia where the guerrilla insurgency is strong, where much coca is grown, where paramilitary massacres, disappearances, and assassinations are frequent, Read more…

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Z Staff: After Genoa, How Do We Protest?

On our side, we should try to do anything that works and is within our capacity. However, the best tactics are those that increase our size and strengthen our commitment. If rallying does that, good. If teach-ins do it, fine. If sit-ins, blockades, and/or more aggressive tactics do it, that’s fine too. Debates over whether Read more…

Ronald Radosh: none

Radosh Encounter Books, San Francisco, 2001 Review by Irwin Silber The great virtue of Commies, Ronald Radosh’s self-serving Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left, is that it clears up any remaining ambiguity as to his niche in the political spectrum. It also manages to demolish the dubious notion that Read more…

Arthur Stamoulis: Prison Policy In Media Driven America

Arthur Stamoulis John Stossel’s report will make you see red,” promised the promotion for a “20/20” story on “The Great Prison Pastime.” Viewers lucky enough to see the newsmagazine’s investigation quickly found out why. Stossel reported how states such as Florida, which wanted to “rebuild schools after Hurricane Andrew” and “expand its Head Start program,” Read more…

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Starhawk: Fascism in Genoa

Starhawk I was there when the carabinieri raided the IndyMedia Center and the Diaz school, in Genoa, at the end of the protest against the G8 meeting. We heard the shouts and screams, couldn’t get out the door, ran upstairs and hid, fearing for our lives. Eventually the cops found us, but we were the Read more…

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Paul Street: Savage Inequality As No Big Deal

Paul Street For those who read leading journals of “elite” opinion, there is little hidden about the real values of the ruling-class. Forthright discussion commonly occurs in those select venues, encouraged by editors’ confidence that the masses are not paying attention and are incapable anyway of understanding the sophisticated discourse of the privileged. Take, for Read more…

Kip Sullivan: Drugs for Vouchers

Sullivan The Republicans seem to think they can stay on the wrong side of the health policy debate for years and not pay a price at the polls. Since they took control of Congress in 1995, they have opposed prescription drug coverage for all seniors as well as patient protection legislation, and they have promoted Read more…

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Michael Albert: Cuba Sí?

In a 1962 speech titled "The Duty of the Revolutionary." Fidel Castro said, The summary of the nightmare which torments America from one end to the other is that on this continent … about four persons per minute die of hunger, of curable illness, or premature old age. Fifty-five hundred per day, two million per Read more…

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Saul Landau: MURDER CHARGES AGAINST CASTRO?

The June 8 conviction of a small group of Cuban spies in south Florida holds ominous news on the US-Cuba front. The South Florida US Attorney Guy Lewis hinted that he might indict Fidel Castro by stating that the conviction of spymaster Gerardo Hernández on charges of collaborating with the murder of four members of Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Return of the Lockbox

Weisbrot Just when you thought the debate over national budget and economic policy couldn’t get any more confusing or silly, the "lockbox" is back. Big time. The Democratic National Committee is running TV ads asserting that "the Bush budget raids the Medicare trust fund — now he’s using gimmicks to hide a raid on Social Read more…

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Michael Albert: Responding to the Nation

Michael Albert The Nation’s (Sept 3) unsigned editorial treats Pacifica’s management as if they have “worthy” aims but indulge in a bit too much coffee each morning. Yet Pacifica’s management has routinely lied, employed pink slips as a bludgeon, hired thugs, issued threats, and actually used force to stifle differences, quell dissent, and even physically Read more…

Guest Author: Amira Hass: Life under Israeli occupation

Amira Hass: Life under Israeli occupation

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Justin Podur: Loincloths, Ski Masks, and Social Movements

Podur “Certainly a soldier, myself included, is an absurd and irrational man, because he has the ability to resort to arms in order to convince. In the end, that’s what a soldier does when he gives an order: convince by force of arms. That’s why we say the military must never govern, and that includes Read more…

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Norman Solomon: DESIGNS FOR A DIFFERENT MEDIA FUTURE

Solomon What we see is what we get, or so the adage goes. But when we see the designs of mass media, what do we truly get? That’s a troubling question for those who wonder what the constant barrages of media-generated images are doing to our lives. Journalists who use words on the job are Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Horowitz 4

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   David,   I can understand being busy, I have that problem too… When you want to stop our exchange, however, you will have to stop writing content. As long as you reply with new points, I will reply in turn. Read more…

David Horowitz: Horowitz Responds

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   I didn’t suggest that you were “for” Soviet socialism. My point was that you dismissed the relevance of its failure to your argument for any kind of socialism, including what you call “socialism 3” or “coordinatorism.”   Here’s my argument: Socialism Read more…

David Horowitz: Horowitz Responds…

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   Michael,   Your response overwhelms me, literally. There’s no way I can respond to this very long letter of yours. There are not hours enough in the day for me to do this and get my work done. Which is the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Albert Replies Anew

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   David,   Let’s assume all your assertions about the Soviet economy circa 1980 are precisely correct. To have bearing on what I argued about centrally planned socialism’s capacity to accomplish material development despite its other drawbacks, you would have had to Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Horowitz 3

[This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.] David, You say “Socialism doesn’t work first because you can’t substitute politics (plans) for the market and get anything like a rational allocation of resources…” The problems with this are that (1) socialism does not require planning at all, in fact, most Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Mike’s Masquerades

Choudry "The tide is high but I’m holding on, I’m gonna be your number one, I’m not the kind of guy who gives up just like that…" Mike Moore, two-thirds of the way through his stint as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation is crooning to the Third World – and anyone else who might Read more…

Guest Author: IMF’S FOUR STEPS TO DAMNATION

  It was like a scene out of Le Carr: the brilliant agent comes in from the cold and, in hours of debriefing, empties his memory of horrors committed in the name of an ideology gone rotten. But this was a far bigger catch than some used-up Cold War spy. The former apparatchik was Joseph Read more…

Guest Author: IMF’S FOUR STEPS TO DAMNATION

Palast It was like a scene out of Le Carré: the brilliant agent comes in from the cold and, in hours of debriefing, empties his memory of horrors committed in the name of an ideology gone rotten. But this was a far bigger catch than some used-up Cold War spy. The former apparatchik was Joseph Read more…

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Tim Wise: A New Round of White Denial

In a time of multiple school and workplace shootings, middle-aged mass murderers, drug-saturated rave parties, and moms who drown their kids in tubs, lakes, or dump them in garbage cans, one question comes to mind. How long will suburban white America get away with expressing shock at the criminal proclivities of its progeny, without media Read more…

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David Edwards: A CLIMATE OF PROFIT

To what extent is business a positive force for good in a world undergoing potentially devastating human-induced climate change? In the week that government leaders met in Bonn to discuss the rapidly-crumbling Kyoto Protocol, The Guardian took a look at the climate debate (‘Melt Down’, July 18, 2001). Environment correspondent Paul Brown did a fine Read more…

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David Edwards: A CLIMATE OF PROFIT

To what extent is business a positive force for good in a world undergoing potentially devastating human-induced climate change? In the week that government leaders met in Bonn to discuss the rapidly-crumbling Kyoto Protocol, The Guardian took a look at the climate debate (‘Melt Down’, July 18, 2001). Environment correspondent Paul Brown did a fine Read more…

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Scott Burchill: Megawati’s Indonesia and US regional policy

Defense Donald Rumsfeld, security issues in the East Asian region are starting to look much clearer. A widespread belief that Indonesia is edging towards disintegration should now be laid to rest. It has become a truism of secessionism that, to be successful, it often requires the support of an active external sponsor. Some examples of Read more…

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George Monbiot: Hell’s Grannies

Monbiot Ariel Sharon’s decision not to blast the Palestinians out of existence after last week’s suicide bombings is, at first sight, mystifying. While jets blew up the Palestinians’ police station in Ramallah and Israeli soldiers occupied their East Jerusalem headquarters, these reprisals were far less bloody than most people had predicted. Several hypotheses have been Read more…

Guest Author: Reporting On Palestine

Arnove and Ahmed Shawki People look back on apartheid South Africa with horror and disgust. But you don’t have to go to the history books to find out what apartheid is like. You only need to visit Palestine. Since the Oslo peace accords were signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993, the Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: The Road From Genoa

Kagarlitsky The battle in Genoa was not only the key event in the summer of 2001, but also marked a watershed for the anti-corporate movement. From the outset, the Big Eight summit in Genoa was doomed to become nothing more than a pretext for widespread protests. It was also clear in advance that the protests Read more…

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Robert Naiman: World Bank Grants Would Reduce Poor Country Debt Without Cost to U.S.

Naiman President Bush proposed in Genoa that up to 50% of the World Bank’s lending to the poorest countries be converted to grants focused on education, health care, access to clean water, and sanitation. This would be a step towards addressing the unbearable external debt burden of poor countries. The World Bank claims that the Read more…

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Robert Naiman: Reparations Should Include Universal Access to Health Care and Education

Reparations Should Include Universal Access to Health Care and Education

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Cynthia Peters: An S30 Victory Six Weeks in Advance

Peters In a joint statement released on August 14, 2001, the IMF/World Bank reported that their annual meeting, originally scheduled to run for two weeks, would be reduced to two days. (The normal two-week meeting had previously been shortened to one week.) An earlier press release (August 10, 2001) stated that the decision to consolidate Read more…

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Norman Solomon: A GREEN PARTY CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2004?

Solomon Two years from now, the national committee of the Green Party will make a big decision: Should the party run a candidate for president in 2004? To hear many Green leaders tell it, the choice is a no-brainer. In a recent news release, Mike Feinstein, a party member who’s the mayor of Santa Monica, Read more…

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Judy Rebick: The New Politics Initiative: Towards a Living Democracy

Ponniah & Judy Rebick What is participatory democracy? It is government that involves citizens at every level of decision-making. The form of participatory democracy we know best in Canada involves consulting citizens about policy. While experiences like the citizens constitutional conferences before the Charlottetown Accord are an important contribution to expanding our notions of democracy, Read more…

David Horowitz: Horowitz Replies

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   Dear Michael,   Allow me to quote my book The Politics of Bad Faith. “After sixty years of socialist industrialization, the Soviet Union’s per capital output of nonmilitary goods and services placed it somewhere between fiftieth and sixtieth among the nations Read more…

David Horowitz: Why is Socialism Still on the Agenda?

[This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   Z MAGAZINE is the Chomsky left the left you see tearing up Genoa and  Seattle over the mythical monster “globalization,” the left you see at  Mumia rallies, and at events like the Inauguration attacking a president  who has appointed a more diverse Read more…

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John Pilger: Liberal elites have always disguised their innate conservatism

At the Hay-on-Wye literary festival in May, leading members of the media and cultural elite assembled in the fine gardens of a Regency house to await the arrival of the great man. They included broadsheet editors, deputy editors, literary editors, ex-editors, novelists, actors and John Birt. Afterwards, there would be a "lecture about world affairs" Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Rule Britannia

Flanders British libel law is called that, you’d think, because it applies in Britain. When it comes to libel, the UK is about the most plaintiff-friendly country in the world. British citizens enjoy no freedom to write, to speak, let alone to publish. It’s a free-speech free zone. US citizens escaped all that when they Read more…

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Edward Herman: GENOCIDE AS THE SOLUTION TO “TERRORISM” IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES?

Herman The word "genocide" is used very loosely and irresponsibly these days; Sebastian Unger could see it in Kosovo by looking at the body of one Albanian alleged to be a victim of Serb paramilitaries ("A Different Kind of Killing," NYT Magazine, Feb. 27, 2000), and the Hague Tribunal has just found Bosnian Serb General Read more…

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David Edwards: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE…

"All of existence", an ancient sage once wrote, "depends on the tip of a wish." By which he meant that the state of the world is determined by what ultimately motivates us: if enough people basically crave personal wealth and power, then the world fills up with injustice, exploitation, concocted enemies, pointless missile systems, environmental Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Corporate Globalization and the Poor

Mokhiber and Robert Weissman George Bush has thrown down the gauntlet, issuing a public challenge to the anti-corporate globalization movement. When hundreds of thousands last month demonstrated against the G-8 meeting of rich country leaders in Genoa, Italy, George Bush decried the activists, saying it was the advocates of corporate globalization who genuinely are seeking Read more…

Guest Author: World Conference Against Racism Is Ambushed by White House

World Conference Against Racism Is Ambushed by White House

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Vijay Prashad: Hindutva and Zionism: Comprador States of Pentagon, Inc.

Prashad George W. Bush has a cat named India. In New Delhi, about thirty activists of the Hindu Right’s political formation, the BJP, stood before the US Embassy outraged with this news. "We are not cats," said one man, "we are lions." And lions don’t lie with the lamb, or with the goat. Which is Read more…

Noy Thrupkaew: A Letter from Cuba, Part II: Cuban Women, Beyond Prostitution

Thrupkaew I recently traveled to Cuba as part of a U.S. women’s delegation, sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Sojourner, a feminist newspaper, and Hermanas, an organization dedicated to building solidarity between U.S. and Caribbean women. Away from our group, I was armed with only the most rudimentary of Spanish skills Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Has Globalization Helped the Poor?

Weisbrot It has become increasingly fashionable for our government officials and their friends to promote Washington’s global agenda as a helping hand to the world’s poor. "If one is concerned about the developing countries, both history and recent studies would suggest an open system is going to be the formula for them," said Bob Zoellick, Read more…

Guest Author: Hiroshima

It is an atomic bomb…. It is the greatest thing in history. President Harry S. Truman, August 6, 1945 About two months ago, I wrote an article about the film, Pearl Harbor, in which I attempted to present some context about December 7, 1941. I received hundreds of e-mails, mostly supportive, I must add. There Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Treating Teens Contemptuously: The Retail Squeeze

Peters Type "teen jobs" in the findinfo.com search engine, and a good portion of what it turns up will have something to do with teens and blow jobs. The few actual links to job listings talk in glorified terms about "career planning" or lighthearted slang about "finding a gig," but they can’t mask what their Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: Bringing It All Back Home

Choudry "We are faced with a two-fold challenge, to struggle as best we can to deal with the immediate consequences of globalisation. Secondly, and more difficult, to contextualise those problems within the 500-year-and-more history of the culture of colonisation" – Moana Jackson, Ngati Kahungunu/Ngati Porou, lawyer and Maori sovereignty advocate "For us, as Indigenous Peoples, Read more…

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