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Jeremy Brecher: The Road from Genoa

Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith In the year-and-a-half from the Battle of Seattle to the Battle of Genoa, the WTO, World Bank, IMF, and G-8 have provided spectacular "targets of opportunity" for the transnational movement challenging top-down globalization. The movement has reframed the debate on globalization, put its advocates on the defensive, and forced Read more…

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Tim Wise: See No Evil: Perception and Reality in Black and White

Just a few years ago, a public opinion poll indicated that only 6% of whites in the U.S. believed racism was still a "very serious" problem facing African Americans. While larger percentages believed racism to be somewhat of a problem, only this anemic share of the white community saw it as an issue of great Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Impartial justice needs impartial funding

Impartial state supreme courts need impartial funding Impartial state supreme courts need impartial funding By Roger Bybee August 1, 2001 Special-interest money is tainting the judicial system. Although we like to think of our courts as fair and impartial, we can’t ignore the fact that it now costs $1 million or more to win a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Albert Replies to Horowitz

[This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.] The essay Horowitz is referring to is titled “Is Socialism Still on the Agenda?” It was written on request for the magazine New Politics and is available online here. As part of a larger argument, the essay addresses the old Soviet economic system, calling Read more…

Clark Kissenger: Government Targets Mumia for Death: Outrageous New Court Ruling

Kissinger In yet another step in the government’s plan to railroad Mumia Abu-Jamal into the death chamber, a federal court has refused to take testimony from a man named Arnold Beverly, who has come forward to state that he is the person who actually shot Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. A man has come Read more…

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Marta Russell: Eroding the Employment-At-Will Doctrine

Russell Opportunities to make revolutionary change sometimes go unrecognized and are missed. When too few people fully grasp the potential of what is before them there is a failure to present a powerful societal force to secure reform. As Vijay Prashad noted (Welfare in CT / May 17) Andre Gorz makes a distinction between "reformist Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Prescription for Sex Ignored

Bronski It can’t be easy being the Surgeon General. Well, at least not when you choose to talk about sex. After months of what appears to contentious infighting within and with the Bush Administration Dr. David Satcher has finally released – or been allowed to release – his long-awaited report on sexual attitudes and education. Read more…

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Ted Glick: The Difference a Month Can Make

Think back for a moment to last December and January. There was tremendous outrage over the 5-4 Bush victory in the Supreme Court. Large numbers of people, the largest since the Vietnam War, demonstrated in D.C. on January 20th, inauguration day, against the selection of Bush as President. Major stories were being carried in the Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Way out for Colombia

Podur I didn’t go to Colombia looking for understanding, although it was there for me in the form of razor-sharp analysts who do their work under fire. I didn’t go looking for hope either, although I found some of that too, in the very same people. What I went looking for was credibility, and priorities. Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Blue Planet targets PRIVATE commodification of world’s water

Bond and Karen Bakker The July 5-8 "Blue Planet" conference in Vancouver opened with a call by Maude Barlow to promote "a global water revolution. This is the first of many international civil society meetings to take back control of our water." The host Council of Canadians, a 100,000-member citizens’ group, was joined by several Read more…

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Justin Podur: Fumigation and worse in Colombia

Podur "Who in the US 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, and Read more…

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Norman Solomon: DANCING – OR YAWNING – ON THE GRAVE OF CARLO GIULIANI

Solomon After a police officer shot Carlo Giuliani in the head, Time magazine published a requiem of sorts — explaining that the 23-year-old Italian protester pretty much got what he deserved. "One man died in Genoa; a man, we must presume, who was swayed by the false promise that violence — not peaceful protest, not Read more…

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Saul Landau: BEHIND THE VIOLENCE IN JAMAICA

      In early July, Jamaica made headlines. Before the repressive forces had restored "order" more than 25 people lay dead. Some had been shot in the back of the head, others at close range. One witness reported that he heard pleas for mercy from inside one of the houses where the Jamaica Defense Force and Read more…

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George Monbiot: Stealing Europe The great European dream has been subverted by corporate power

By George Monbiot "If people did not sometimes do silly things," Wittgenstein observed, "nothing intelligent would ever get done." In a world in which intelligence is banned from public life, baring our buttocks at George Bush is one of the few means we possess of expressing our dissent. We are forced, as protesters, to talk Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Fast-track: The next attack on democracy

Jensen Conservatives are usually the most strident defenders of the doctrine of original intent, the idea that we should follow the will of the Founding Fathers in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. In a strange twist on that idea, Republicans are warning us that the Constitution has “tied the hands” of the president in trade negotiations. Read more…

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Judy Rebick: The Spirit of Quebec City comes home

In early June, antipoverty activists trashed the constituency office of Ontario Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. They overturned desks, smashed glass and threw a microwave oven out of the building in what they called a “mock eviction.” They were protesting the fact that 2,000 people are evicted from their homes every month in the province of Read more…

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Starhawk: Genoa 7/20

At this point it’s still not clear to me how many are actually dead. I’ve heard one young man, I’ve heard two, four. I’ve heard that the police shot into the crowd, that someone was clubbed to the ground and, unconscious, run over by a car, I’ve heard it was the White Overalls, the Black Read more…

Guest Author: Knowledge, Power, Banking

"Knowledge is power" isn’t just a slogan tossed around by polo-necked post-modernists. It’s a maxim by which international capital lives. Want proof? Later this month, the World Bank will launch a prototype website that demonstrates amply their aim to control the Third world by controlling what is, and is not, officially thinkable. This has important Read more…

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Roger Bybee: NY Times Unmasks Protesterrs

Times Unmasks Protesters   July 2001 By Roger Bybee printer friendly versionBybee’s ZSpace page Roger Bybee The new global economy is a battleground between those who idealistically seek higher living standards and more democracy, and those fighting to keep Third World people confined to lives of misery and submission to tyranny, we are informed by Read more…

Guest Author: Riding the Reparations Bandwagon: A White Woman’s Perspective

    I admit it. I, a middle aged white woman, have jumped on the Reparations "band wagon". When I was asked several years ago if I thought reparations for the enslavement of African Americans were in order, I stammered and shuffled my feet and said, "it depends". A safe response for a liberally minded Read more…

Guest Author: Riding the Reparations Bandwagon: A White Woman’s Perspective

Secours I admit it. I, a middle aged white woman, have jumped on the Reparations "band wagon". When I was asked several years ago if I thought reparations for the enslavement of African Americans were in order, I stammered and shuffled my feet and said, "it depends". A safe response for a liberally minded white Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Genoa and (Persistent) Resistance in the Balkans

Raptis   Genoa: The G8 Summit What follows is a short report on the situation in Genoa as of July 8, 2001. The coordinator of the protest movement against the G8 Summit at Genoa is the Italian organization Genoa Social Forum (GSF). The GSF succeeded to force the (crypto-fascist) Berlusconi government to agree to the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: THE PENTAGON PAPERS: MEDIA PRAISE RINGING HOLLOW

Solomon When they challenged the power of the White House by claiming the right to publish the Pentagon Papers, the nation’s two most influential newspapers took a laudable stand. During the three decades since then, praise for their journalistic courage has become a time-honored ritual in the media world. Thirty years ago, the New York Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: You Don’t Know Jack

Mokhiber and Robert Weissman The clock is running out for Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric. It is also winding down for Don Morrison, a dairy farmer in upstate New York. For two decades, Welch has led the one-time appliance company, transforming it into the world’s most transnationalized conglomerate with a finance subsidiary as its Read more…

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Roger Bybee: REVIEW: ‘Pinochet and Me’

BOOK REVIEW/Roger Bybee ‘Pinochet and Me: An Anti-Memoir’ Sept. 11, 1973: a day that the empire struck back, with a vengeance. If there is a single image representing the end of the post-WWII rebellions for sweeping social justice, perhaps it is the photo of a helmeted Chilean President Salvador Allende staring upward at his own Read more…

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John Pilger: Trivial and Serious Violence

The young people who have had the courage to take to the streets on every continent, and were among the 20,000 protesters at Gothenburg (June 25), should take satisfaction from the panic of new right politicians like Blair and Berlusconi. Abuse and repression have become the stock response to a growing worldwide movement that has Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: OUT NOW!

concessions which Barak supposedly offered and which the Palestinians rejected. But a process of sobering up has began. (According to a poll published in Ha’aretz, July 4, 2001, 40% of the Israelis support the evacuation of ALL settlements; 52% support forceful evacuation of part of the settlements in a unilateral withdrawal.) Many other will join Read more…

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Patrick Bond: “Sustainable” South Africa?

  In South Africa, three interesting processes related to "sustainable development"–that ghastly phrase, denoting an allegedly more eco-friendly capitalism, often with a few "polluter-pays" regulations and social safety- net provisions added to orthodox neoliberalism–are underway as we move to the middle of 2001. First, preparations are heating up for the Rio+10 extravaganza here next September. Read more…

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Patrick Bond: ÒSustainable” South Africa?

Bond In South Africa, three interesting processes related to "sustainable development"–that ghastly phrase, denoting an allegedly more eco-friendly capitalism, often with a few "polluter-pays" regulations and social safety- net provisions added to orthodox neoliberalism–are underway as we move to the middle of 2001. First, preparations are heating up for the Rio+10 extravaganza here next September. Read more…

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Dennis Brutus: World Conference Against Racism: South Africa Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Brutus and Ben Cashdan IF YOU WERE planning a holiday in South Africa’s east-coast resort of Durban before the warm winter season is over, you’d be well advised to steer clear of the city during the last few days of August and the first week in September. Unless that is, you are a government official, Read more…

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Sonia Shah: Unveiling the Taleban Dress Codes Are Not the Issue, New Study Finds

While outrage over the Taleban’s requirement that Afghan women wear a head-to-toe veil continues, a new comprehensive study shows that the majority of Afghan women consider the Taleban’s dress codes a non-issue, and many choose to wear the burqa or chadari whether the Taleban decrees it or not. Physicians for Human Rights’s 2001 study corrects Read more…

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Tim Wise: Fear and Loathing in Suburbia

If intellectual gymnastics were an Olympic sport, we white folks would be the team to beat. Especially whites from the suburbs, who go to amazing and tortured lengths to convince others (and perhaps themselves) that their wish to steer clear of blacks in the cities isn’t even a little racist. And the stars of the Read more…

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Naomi Klein: The New Party Initiative

I’ve never joined a political party, never even been to a political convention. Last election, after being dragged by the hair to the ballot box, I was overcome by a wave of ennui more acute than the pain suffered by my friends who simply ingested their ballots. Does this mean I’m a no-brain, knee-jerk anarchist, Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: The Russian Left Today

Kagarlitsky To judge from opinion surveys, newspaper reports and simply from conversations on the street, Russian society is moving leftward. To judge from the statements of politicians and the relationship of forces within the elite, however, the country is moving decisively to the right. Disillusionment with the results of privatisation is almost universal. More than Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Will City Council stand with those who poisoneed children?

Parents’ ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ battle ‘army of crickets’ on lead-paint lawsuit   by Roger Bybee   “They’re doing it by blood, sweat and tears, ” Ald. Jeff Pawlinski admitted in grudging praise of the efforts of  Wisconsin Citizen Action and Parents Against Lead to persuade Milwaukee Common Council to sue the lead-paint industry.   Read more…

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David Cromwell: DEMOLISHING GLOBAL MYTHS

Cromwell David Cromwell talks to John Pilger about his forthcoming television documentary, The New Rulers of the World, which examines the real meaning of the ‘global economy’, including the virtually unknown and bloody history of how globalisation took root in Indonesia  Anything less than a rigorous accounting of power is – in the eyes of Read more…

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Edward Herman: GODFATHERLY GLOBAL JUSTICE: MILOSEVIC, SHARON AND SUHARTO

Herman The politicization of the system of global justice has reached new heights over the past decade, with the U.S. Godfather asserting his firmer hegemonic position with an arrogance that is a throwback to Secretary of State Richard Olney’s statement back in 1895 that "the United States is practically sovereign on this continent, and its Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Hegemony or Survival Part Two

Chomsky European observers find it "a paradox" that "a country willing to spend more than $100bn on an unproven project to blow up incoming nuclear warheads as they enter the atmosphere would opt not to pay less than a thousandth of that amount to help prevent plutonium falling into the hands of `rogue states’," while Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Hegemony or Survival Part One

Chomsky At the end of June,, the UN Conference on Disarmament concludes the second of its year 2001 sessions. Prospects for any constructive outcome of disarmament efforts are slim. Discussions have been blocked by US insistence on pursuing ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs, against near-unanimous opposition. On the purpose of BMD, there is a fair Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: Racism; The Greek Variety

Raptis On October 21, 1999 my wife and I attended the presentation of the latest book of a friend, in downtown Athens. After the presentation, at around 12 midnight, the author invited five or six of us to dinner at a nearby tavern. My wife was not feeling well, so we excused ourselves and started Read more…

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Marta Russell: Market Steamroller

Russell Bush & Wall Street are about to turn a phony Social Security crisis into a real one. Part one, the tax cut, has already been accomplished. The combo of the $1.3 trillion tax cut and a lagging economy are shrinking federal surpluses available for both Social Security and Medicare. According to a report issued Read more…

Ravi Malhotra: The Politics Of The Disability Rights Movement

Over the course of the last few decades,the socialist left throughout the industrialized West has been challenged to become more inclusive by an array of activist social movements including the women’s movement, the Civil Rights and anti-racist movement, and the gay and lesbian liberation movement. In each case, fundamental questions have been posited as to Read more…

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David Bacon: Employer Sanctions

David Bacon From the introduction of the original Simpson-Mazzoli Bill in the mid-1970s, the key provisions of U.S. anti-immigrant legislation have been directed at undocumented immigrants. At their heart are employer sanctions, which finally became Federal law as a result of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The law requires employers to keep Read more…

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David Barsamian: Why Americans Still Donx92t Vote

David Barsamian Francis Fox Piven is professor of political science and sociology at the graduate school of the City University of New York. She is co-author with Richard Cloward of a number of award-winning books, including Regulating the Poor, The Poor People’s Movement, The Breaking of the American Social Compact, and Why Americans Still Don’t Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Welfare Privatization

In 1996, welfare as we knew it was changed radically by the passage and signing of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. The new law gave states unprecedented leeway in determining how the new Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and related programs would be handled. Individual states were “liberated,” free to set Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Zimbabwe Lurches Toward a Pauper’s Burial

Patrick Bond Last year, I spent June rambling the roads of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands mountains. The human warmth of the Shona people and physical beauty of the rural landscape are world-class. But last June was a tragic time because of the decay of Robert Mugabe’s once-liberatory nationalist politics. Exhausted, corrupted, desperate, and prone to violence, Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Times Unmasks Protesters

Roger Bybee The new global economy is a battleground between those who idealistically seek higher living standards and more democracy, and those fighting to keep Third World people confined to lives of misery and submission to tyranny, we are informed by the New York Times editorialists and columnists. How do these forces of 21st century Read more…

Sandy Carter: Ralph Stanley’s Old-Time Music

Carter      Because his raw, plaintive tenor graces the platinum-selling soundtrack of Joel and Ethan Coen’s film O Brother, Where Art Thou, Ralph Stanley is getting a chance to bring his “old-time music” to legions of listeners who wouldn’t normally be exposed to sounds so obscure and archaic. But for a legend who’s been playing Read more…

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Bill Blum: none

Blum Common Courage Press, 2000, 308 pp. Review by Ted Dace I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are.” Though he was speaking in reference to the shooting down of an Iranian passenger jet by an American warship in 1988, then Vice President George Bush could Read more…

Vanessa Daniel: Reproductive Freedom Tour

Vanessa Daniel It is a sunny Saturday in Oakland and 30 people have piled out of several vans in Chinatown. Those in the crowd, mostly teachers, community members, and activists, are craning their necks towards the second story window of a nondescript building, trying to glimpse inside one of the many Oakland sweatshops. The site Read more…

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