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Russell Mokhiber: House Call

Mokhiber and Robert Weissman Recently, we have become friends with Matt Hahn, a young medical doctor who lives in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Dr. Hahn is a conventional doctor in many ways — his clinic is littered with little notepads supplied by drug companies, and he treats patients with conventional medicines. But Dr. Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Ten Reasons Why Considering Reparations is a Good Idea for Americans, and Horowitz Too

Conservative muckraker David Horowitz has been verbally mugged for peddling an ad to college newspapers giving ten reasons why reparations is racist. But the name callers have done little more than canonize Horowitz as a martyr for truth and free speech. Even worse, they’ve failed miserably to tell why reparations merits a serious look. There Read more…

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Judy Rebick: Police repression biggest threat at Quebec City

Rebeck Not since the War Measures Act, thirty years ago, has there been a greater display of the armed might of the state in Canada than there will be in Quebec City during the Summit of the Americas on April 20-22. And not since the War Measures Act, when the army occupied the city of Read more…

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Marta Russell: What’s Wrong with “Charitable Choice”?

Russell President Bush is assembling his “armies of compassion” under the banner of Charitable choice — a decisive move to contract out federal social service functions such as counseling for alcohol and drug substance abuse, shelter and food services for homeless persons, assistance with employment and after school care to private religious organizations – to Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Bad News Bears Change Tone of Media Script

Solomon When the Ameritrade company launched a $200 million marketing  drive to explain the joys of online trading in autumn 1999, a barrage of TV  commercials invited viewers to join in the fun. The news was bullish, and  the firm’s motto — "Believe in yourself" — provided an upbeat message.  Tech stocks led advances in Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Cuba offers free medical education to US minority students

Guellec It’s all about altruism man, not politics. It would be unthinkable in the US to offer much of anything for nothing, let alone a 6-year medical education, but the Cubans have been doing this for many countries in the past, and now Americans may apply. Hundreds of low-income minority students will now be fortunate Read more…

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David Cromwell: The resurgence of nuclear power?

Cromwell We haven’t heard an awful lot about nuclear power lately. Does that mean it’s a technology whose time has come and gone? Not likely. There remains the possibility that nuclear power could make a comeback through the backdoor, courtesy of the so-called ‘joint implementation’ mechanism of the Kyoto climate protocol. Joint implementation is intended Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE MEDIA-RIGHTWING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GAMBIT RENEWED: HOROWITZ AND REPARATIONS

institutes servicing their manpower and technology needs. With the Horowitz case we are back to this super-selectivity: it is an ad that challenges a position supportive of black people by some of their spokespersons, and it is a refusal to publish this ad that the media latch on to. The ad is offered by a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Not Free Speech

Albert In todays other commentary, Ed Herman has laid waste the pretensions of pundits bleating over the plight of poor abused David Horowitz that they are sincerely concerned about free speech. But there is more to the situation…so let’s address another aspect.   Setting aside mainstream media hypocrisy, what is our best response to Horowitz’s Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Media-Rightwing Political Correctness Gambit Renewed: Horowitz And Reparations

The heavy media attention being given to rejections of David Horowitz’s ad on reparations for slavery is a throwback to the rightwing and "liberal media" political correctness campaign of 1991. In that earlier campaign, it was the alleged free speech threat of blacks, women, and other non-establishment groups trying to influence curricula and teaching appointments Read more…

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Mike Gould: Pax Americana

Pax Americana   By Mike Gould, a communication consultant based in the Netherlands   We live in a time of simplistic polarized views, whereas global politics may never have been more complex. Of particular difficulty for the West since the end of the Cold War has been the transition from a bipolar to a unipolar Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: The sky is falling?

Gonsalves The sky is not falling. That used to be something you said to Armageddon aficionados as an antidote to their end-of-the-world predictions. It appears that cliché is in need of some revision. The Russian MIR space station is slated to crash land on earth today. On its decent, experts say most of the 135-ton Read more…

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Charles Glass: The first casualty

vast American aid was news, yet it never made the  news, although no one at ABC News at the time criticised the piece  or questioned its accuracy. At the time, however, I was able to write about it – in the  Spectator . When I moved to Lebanon in 1983, the Spectator ‘s  editor, Alexander Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Magical Realism in the Fabulous World of the Indian Economy

Vijay Prashad Magical Realism is an Indian habitus discovered accidentally by Latin American fiction. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, may his recent illness be as painless as possible, wrote in a style that evokes for me the social relations of the Indian subcontinent. No wonder, then, that his technique is so freely, and profitably, used (most mimetically) Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE GODFATHER AS “HONEST BROKER”

occupied territories represents a true case of ethnic cleansing, with Palestinians driven from their lands and with houses demolished in a long-term process of "redemption of the land" for the "chosen people." Serb destruction of houses in Kosovo was not to make room for Serbs, it was done in a struggle to contain an armed Read more…

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Robert Jensen: FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS (batteries not included)

Robert Jensen The University of Texas’ commitment to free speech on campus — which has  been a curiously lethargic commitment given the centrality of such freedom  to higher education — has gotten curiouser lately. Sadly, I think this little story from the largest university in the United  States tells us a lot about the state Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Globalization from Below

Patrick Bond (Review of `Globalization from Below: The Power of Solidarity,’ by Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello and Brendan Smith, Cambridge, MA, South End Press.) There are more than a dozen new english- language books aimed mainly at an audience of international-justice activists, strategists and intellectuals. I’ve got the pleasant task of reading these in my Read more…

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Tariq Ali: Porto Alegre

Judy Rebick The social summit held recently in Porte Allegre Brazil seems to have inspired everyone who attended that, in the slogan of the conference, a better world is possible. But in all the discussion of events at the Social Summit, I have seen little about the inspiring experiment in participatory democracy that the city Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: The Archbishop

Nikos Raptis The Greek word "orthodox" is a compound word from "orthos" (meaning : right) and "doxa" (meaning : opinion). Therefore, an "orthodox" is a person that has the "right opinion", as opposed to the rest of humanity who have the "wrong opinion". If to this rather irrational (and arrogant) attitude one were to add Read more…

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Norman Solomon: OBSTINATE MEMORY AND PURSUIT OF THE PRESENT

Norman Solomon Henry Kissinger usually has an easy time defending the  indefensible on national television. But he faced some pointed questions  during a recent interview with the PBS "NewsHour" about the U.S. role in  bringing a military dictatorship to Chile. When his comments aired on Feb.  20, the famous American diplomat made a chilling spectacle Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: New Zealand Plays “Follow the Leader” on spylaws

  New Zealanders often brag that their country is a world leader. They claim it was first to create a welfare state and give suffrage to women. The 1984-1990 Labour Government declared the country nuclear-free, while, according to the Economist, it simultaneously set about “out-Thatchering Mrs Thatcher” by applying textbook neoliberal economic theory on an Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: New Zealand Plays ÒFollow the LeaderÓ on spylaws

Aziz Choudry New Zealanders often brag that their country is a world leader. They claim it was first to create a welfare state and give suffrage to women. The 1984-1990 Labour Government declared the country nuclear-free, while, according to the Economist, it simultaneously set about “out-Thatchering Mrs Thatcher” by applying textbook neoliberal economic theory on Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Punishing and Prescribing Sexuality

Cynthia Peters It’s practically cliché to say that the marketplace uses sex to sell. Not only do the commercials feature attractive female hands caressing gear shifts, but the shows themselves feature instant sexual gratification, without so much as a nod toward responsibility. In the old days, the Brady Bunch mom and dad kept their pajamas Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Globalization and Russia

Boris Kagarlitsky As often happens with such terms, the word “globalisation” has become popular in our country (Russia) only belatedly. To be exact, it has become popular among us at the very moment when people around the world have ceased talking about the rise of a new global economy, and instead have begun talking about Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Sinking of the Ehime Maru and U.S. Bases in Okinawa

  On February 9, the U.S. nuclear attack submarine, the USS Greeneville, with visiting civilians in the control room, surfaced rapidly under a Japanese fishing vessel, the Ehime Maru, sinking it, apparently with the loss of nine lives. The Japanese public was outraged, and though U.S. officials apologized, in Japan criticisms of the entire U.S.-Japanese Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Violence is a Public Health Problem

Dorothy Guellec According to the FBI there are 240 million firearms in America today. Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop identified violence as a public health issue in 1991. The Centers for Disease Control tells us "the United States may be a more violent society than all other industrialized countries." Examining violence in the Read more…

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Saul Landau: THE PINOCHET CASE: LEGAL COURAGE; POLITICAL COWARDICE

Saul Landau It finally happened. On January 29, Judge Juan Guzman Tapia charged Geralissimo Augusto Pinochet, former dictator, President, chief of the armed forces, with 75 counts of murder and kidnapping. Five years ago, even most optimists had abandoned hope of bringing the Criminal en Jefe before a court – much less a Chilean tribunal. Read more…

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Edward Said: The only alternative

Edward Said I first visited South Africa in May 1991: a dark, wet, wintry period, when Apartheid still ruled, although the ANC and Nelson Mandela had been freed. Ten years later I returned, this time to summer, in a democratic country in which Apartheid has been defeated, the ANC is in power, and a vigorous, Read more…

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David Edwards: BIG BROTHER’S BAD INFLUENCE

  December 2001 will see London hosting the first conference exploring the extent to which radical writing tends to incorporate, and be corrupted by, mainstream prejudices, emphases and ethical presumptions. The first subject under discussion will be the way that radical, like mainstream, writers are expected to ‘hang’ their articles on a ‘hook’: articles have Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Corporations: Different Than You and Me

Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman Corporations are fundamentally different than you and me. That’s a simple truth that Big Business leaders desperately hope the public will not perceive. It helps companies immeasurably that the law in the United States and in many other countries confers upon them the same rights as human beings. In the Read more…

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Sonia Shah: The Curious Politics of Milk

Sonia Shah   Part One One night, a small American boy slipped into bed with his mother and suckled at her breast for a few minutes before dropping off to sleep. The next day, he told his babysitter he wanted to stop doing so, but "Mommy wouldn’t let me." The child was swiftly removed from Read more…

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George Monbiot: How the Superstores Gave Us Foot and Mouth

George Monbiot "You enterprised a railroad through the valley," John Ruskin charged the railway companies in 1889. "The valley is gone, and the gods with it; and now every fool in Buxton can be at Bakewell in half-an-hour, and every fool in Bakewell at Buxton." God knows what he would have made of the 21st Read more…

Guest Author: SHAKY GROUND

Paul Loeb Last week, I ran into a friend I worked with twenty years ago at a senior center. Lately, he’s been working on emergency preparedness–helping Seattle retrofit its homes, businesses, and schools to withstand major earthquakes. Supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s $25-million Project Impact, my friend has been developing and promoting inexpensive Read more…

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Denis Vericel: The East Timorese of Western Sahara

The East Timorese of Western Sahara The East Timorese of Western Sahara March 02, 2001By Scott Burchill  Scott Burchill’s ZSpace Page    1975 was an extraordinary year for revolutionary upheavals in the Third World. The Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh in April just two weeks before the US puppet regime in Saigon collapsed. The Pathet Read more…

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Scott Burchill: The East Timorese of Western Sahara

1975 was an extraordinary year for revolutionary upheavals in the Third World. The Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh in April just two weeks before the US puppet regime in Saigon collapsed. The Pathet Lao took control of Laos the following month and later in the year Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tome and Angola achieved Read more…

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Scott Burchill: The East Timorese of Western Sahara

Scott Burchill 1975 was an extraordinary year for revolutionary upheavals in the Third World. The Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh in April just two weeks before the US puppet regime in Saigon collapsed. The Pathet Lao took control of Laos the following month and later in the year Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tome and Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: Facts on the ground

Sean Gonsalves JERUSALEM — I was humbled by my ignorance. But even the ignorant quickly learns that studying maps and learning the lay of the land is central to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "If you only look at what is called the ‘peace process,’ from the political point of view, you get a certain picture," Read more…

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Michael Albert: Stop Whining, Start Winning

Michael Albert Think of a professional athletic team. What distinguishes those who win from those who lose? Talent and training, of course. But let’s assume talent and training are essentially the same for some set of teams. Then what characteristics dstinguish them? Luck will be a factor, of course, but often it’s attitude that will Read more…

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David Bacon: Paolo Friere Hits LAx92s Mean Streets

David Bacon   I’m going to sing you a story, friends (Voy a cantar compañeros) that will make you cry, (algo que da compassion) how one day in front of K-Mart (un dia frente a la K-Mart) the Migra came down on us, (nos cayo la migracion) sent by the sheriff (manda por el sheriff) Read more…

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David Barsamian: Childhood Memories

David Barsamian June Jordan is assistant professor of African American studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She also directs the Poetry for the People program. She writes for The Progressive magazine. She’s an award-winning poet and essayist. She has numerous books, including Technical Difficulties, Naming Our Destiny, Affirmative Acts, and Haruko/Love Poems. Her Read more…

Stephen Bender: American Banks and the War on Drugs

Stephen Bender When discussing the war on drugs, the political class and hence the mainstream media focus their collective heft on military intervention in the South and mass incarceration in the North. The targets, almost invariably, are the poor and brown. Yet, an understanding of the drug trade’s machinations is incomplete without an analysis of Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Left Behind

Bill Berkowitz Who would have imagined that when Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole lashed out at Hollywood during the 1996 campaign, it would bear fruit four years later? In fact, the Bush presidency may usher in a golden age for evangelicals in the entertainment industry, giving them their biggest opening in many years.   By Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: none

Staughton Lynd and Alice Lynd Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000 Review by Jeremy Brecher In the 1960s, Staughton and Alice Lynd got the idea of going around with their tape recorders and asking rank and file workers about their experiences in the labor upheavals of the 1930s and 1940s. The results, published in their 1973 Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Christian Queer Sex Radicals?

Michael Bronski Earlier this year, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development released the results of a study showing that teen virginity pledges can effectively delay sexual intercourse until later in life. Virginity pledges, for those who’ve been too busy screwing around to notice, are public promises made by young people—usually Christian youth— Read more…

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Site Administrator: History As Mystery

Parenti San Francisco: City Lights Books, 273 pp. Review by Dan Brook The writing of history, Voltaire believed, “should be one form of battle in the age-old war for our intellectual emancipation.” So begins Michael Parenti’s History as Mystery. Having written other books, which I also recommend, such as The Sword and the Dollar (on Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

Bárbara Renaud González Free speech is not popular in Texas. For a state that prides itself on individualism, the Lone Star state is no place for the lone voice. But in San Antonio, where cultural fusion is not the postcard-perfection of the Alamo that many tourists happily visit, a renegade—and nationally prominent arts and cultural Read more…

James Ingalls: “Smart” Sanctions On Afghanistan

James Ingalls   The United Nations Security Council voted on December 19, 2000 to intensify the existing sanctions against the Taliban militia that currently rules Afghanistan. The goal of the sanctions, according to United States Ambassador to the UN, Nancy Soderberg, is “convincing the Taliban leadership to turn over the terrorist that we seek.” The Read more…

Alan Jenkins: Letter from Santiago

Alan Jenkins Last month, a remarkable meeting took place in Santiago, Chile. Over 1,500 activists from throughout the Americas joined officials from the world’s governments to discuss the enduring problems of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and immigrant status. The historic gathering was the Americas preparatory meeting for the upcoming World Conference Against Racism, Racial Read more…

Alan Jenkins: Letter from Santiago

Alan Jenkins Last month, a remarkable meeting took place in Santiago, Chile. Over 1,500 activists from throughout the Americas joined officials from the world’s governments to discuss the enduring problems of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and immigrant status. The historic gathering was the Americas preparatory meeting for the upcoming World Conference Against Racism, Racial Read more…

Darryl Leroux: Next stop: Quebec City

Darryl Leroux April 20-22, Quebec City has the dubious honor of hosting the 3rd Summit of the Americas, which brings together 34 heads of state of the Americas and the Caribbean (all except Cuba). Aside from the Summit’s usual hostile declarations on security and terrorism, and empty rhetoric about human rights and democracy, the main Read more…

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