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Nikos Raptis: The Statue of a Benefactor

Nikos Raptis After WWI at the Versailles peace conference, in 1919, an irregular line of nations, north to south from Finland to Albania, with Britain controlling Greece and Turkey, was designated a "cordon sanitaire" to divide Europe into two parts; the capitalist West and the communist Russia. On February 23, 1945, Joseph Goebbels, gave a Read more…

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Sonia Shah: What Are You On? Hormones?

Sonia Shah I am not proud, but not ashamed either, to admit I am humbled by hormones. I used to pride myself on being logical: as a philosophy major, I got an A+ in deductive logic in school. But under the powerful effect of estrogens and other biochemicals coursing through my pregnant body, I realized Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Review of Panic Rules

By Jeremy Brecher A funny thing happened on the way to the New Millenium: the Old Millenium crashed. According to economist Paul Krugman, "Never in the course of economic events — not even in the early years of the Depression — has so large a part of the world economy experienced so devastating a fall Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Behind the Front; Nuclear Deterrance Indo-Pak Style

Vijay Prashad May, 1998. India and then, Pakistan, tested nuclear devices of questionable ferocity to launch themselves as nuclear power States. Both countries made diplomatic bids to join the discriminatory nuclear bargain currently being flogged to the world as a test ban treaty (CTBT). The Prime Minister of India traveled to Pakistan where the two Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Biotech Untamed

Russel Mokhiber  and Robert Weissman When Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman wanted to address the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to rave about the biotech industry and its wonders, he called Gene Grabowski. Grabowski, a former Associated Press reporter and currently a spokesperson for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, sits on the Press Club’s Read more…

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Charles Glass: Hacks Versus Flacks

Charles Glass The London media world is under fire and taking shelter. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s head flack, Alistair Campbell, has challenged the patriotism of the British press. It’s as if Sid Blumenthal had questioned the loyalty under fire of the New York Times op-ed writers from Tom Friedman to Bill Safire. There are reminders Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Give em Ritalin

Cynthia Peters "Although the exact number of people taking Ritalin is not known, this year, experts estimate, as many as two million Americans – the vast majority of them children — will take the medication, some as often as five times a day. … Critics within the medical community itself say the drug is being Read more…

Guest Author: The New Labor Internationalism

Peter Waterman Must be around six months since I wrote an open letter to Barbara Shailor, new international relations honcha at the *new* AFL-CIO. Did the postman only ring once? Doesn’t she have really important email and electronic lists scanned by an aide or intern? Does she secretly discrimate against Middle-Aged White Male Hetero Intellectuals Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Embargo

Saul Landau On  July 26, 1953, 26 year old Fidel Castro led a 158 armed men in an attack on, Cuba’s military barracks in Santiago de Cuba. The object: take Fort Moncada and, like John Brown planned to do with the slaves, distribute the captured weapons to revolutionary Cubans who would rise up and overthrow Read more…

Dan Georgakas: Hillary As Senator: Just Say No

Dan Georgakas Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign to become the senator for New York offers the New York Green Party a unique opportunity to focus national attention on truly progressive solutions to our health and environmental problems. Clinton’s candidacy is mainly the inspiration of the West Side and Southampton liberals who are long on celebrity consciousness Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Reflections on Five Years of ZNetting

Brian Dominick Five years ago this month, I installed a tiny telecommunications program in my 386 laptop computer, plugged in a 2400bps modem (yes, I said 24 hundred ), and logged onto ZNet, and that conglomeration of silicon and wires we call the Internet, for the first time. Actually, what I connected to was called Read more…

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Edward Herman: Resisting Illegitimate Autbority

Edward S. Herman My feeling that the government in Washington represents illegitimate authority ebbs and flows, but it has gathered strength over the past few years, and even months. One reason is the blatant further dollarization of the electoral process, with Bush having raised over $37 million, Gore and Bradley each having lined up substantial Read more…

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Scott Burchill: Marx on Globalization

Scott Burchill   In the 1850s, Karl Marx believed that the spread of capitalism, or what today we would call globalization, was transforming human society from a collection of separate nation-states to a world capitalist society where the principal form of conflict would be between classes rather than nations. According to Marx, the conflictual properties Read more…

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Site Administrator: Labor Law and the Heavy Hand of the State

Elaine Bernard There is one remarkable exception to the deregulatory trend in the United States. While politicians happily hack away at regulation, protective legislation, standards and governmental’s ability to action on behalf of the whole community, one organization seems to be singled out for further containment – unions. There have been, of course, some attempts Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Some Concerns About the Internet as an Organizing Vehicle

Leslie Cagan For reasons I don’t totally understand, I was somewhat late in getting on line. About five years ago the small organization I coordinated – the Cuba Information Project – went on line, but usually the other staff person handled the email communications. It was clear right from the beginning that this technology was Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: A Pilgrimage in Chiapas with Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia

Blase Bonpane   In the wake of the Pope’s visit to Mexico the press has been full of announcements about the death of liberation theology. Our recent experience in Chiapas indicated that such announcements are premature and marked by misinformation.   Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia We traveled in caravan with Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Bishop Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Journalists Inspire Support for Community Radio / Pacifica Continues

Norman Solomon / Creators Syndicate Last Wednesday afternoon, radio journalist Aileen Alfandary stood on the sidewalk in front of the building where she has worked for many years. She looked out of place. The deadline for the KPFA evening news was fast approaching — but all the doors were locked. I asked Alfandary to describe Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Monsanto’s Expanding Monopolies From Seed to Water

Over the past few years, Monsanto, a chemical company, has positioned itself as an agricultural company through control over seed the first link in the food chain. Monsanto now wants to control water, the very basis of life. In 1996, Monsanto bought the biotechnology assets of Agracetus, a subsidiary of W.R. GRACE, for $150 million Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Inspire Please

The order came from above (I will not reveal the name, unless tortured) ): "Write something inspirational." The exact words were: "Inspire, please." The courteous approach concealed a certain desperation. For those not in the know, let me explain that we who write for the progressive-radical movement have our specialties. Some specialize in writing depressing Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Public is Secondary

Across the country, PBS stations are in denial. And if we think the programming they provide is worthy of the name "public television," then maybe we’re in denial, too. Targeting an upscale audience, elaborate commercials are now routine on PBS — but we’re supposed to look at them as "enhanced underwriter credits." Every weeknight, the Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: The Dictionary

Last year (1998) George Babiniotis, professor of linguistics at the University of Athens, compiled "The Dictionary of the Modern Greek Language." The dictionary was a much needed work, given the fact that all Greek dictionaries up to that time were rather "childish" efforts in lexicography. Babiniotis adopted (mostly) the Merriam Webster approach to a reference Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Children: Their Deficiencies,

We are at my 7-year old daughter’s annual check-up. After a peering in her ears and mouth, palpating her glands, and listening to her heart, the Doctor points at Zoe’s crotch and asks abruptly, "Does anyone ever touch you here?" Zoe is taken aback. She looks at me, then back at the doctor. "No," she Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Our Profile and Theirs

When Dr. W.E.B DuBois predicted the question of color would become the problem of the twentieth century, he was writing before the advent of television, the proliferation of the mass media, and the many uses (and abuses) of the idea of racial profiling. DuBois spoke about color in terms of oppression of nations and nationalities, Read more…

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Saul Landau: Indictments of Kissenger and Bush

The US government has released the first batch of documents relating to the violence unleashed between 1973-1990 by General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. Reading some of the memos, cables and intelligence reports, I was shocked — the shock of recognition. The documents shockingly show what many people already knew. US officials helped Chile’s secret Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Fed Preemptive Strike

The Fed launched a "pre-emptive strike" this week against an unseen enemy — inflation — by raising interest rates one-quarter percentage point. With inflation at its lowest level in 30 years (2.1%), why would the Fed want to start down a path that could cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs, slow the growth Read more…

Sandy Carter: Buena Vista Social Club

Because nearly all music heard in the United States is driven by dreams of fame and fortune, the sounds of the Cuban ensemble known as the Buena Vista Social Club are immediately startling. The melodies, rhythms, and songs of the group pull you in with a seductive charm and impassioned beauty. Nurtured by singers and Read more…

Guest Author: The Saga of the Missing Footnote

On June 3, the Serb Parliament voted 136-73 to ratify the terms of a cease-fire with NATO. The document had been hand-delivered to Slobodan Milosevic the previous day by the Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari and the Russian Special Representative to Yugoslavia Viktor Chernomyrdin. Reports of the trio’s final face-to-face meeting in Belgrade portrayed Milosevic as Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Importance of a Left Media

A jarring moment in the Philadelphia area propaganda outpouring in support of the bombing of Yugoslavia was a passionately prowar Op Ed column in the Philadelphia Inquirer by long-time local antiwar activist Mark Sacharoff ("NATO did what it had to do," April 1, 1999). It is of course noteworthy that Sacharoff’s piece was selected for Read more…

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Tim Wise: Whiteness and the Recollection of History

For the writer, there’s nothing so frustrating as to sit in front of a keyboard and find oneself at a loss for words. To know there are a million things which need saying, and yet, you can’t think of even one. Having experienced this often, I’ve devised a few strategies by which to allow myself Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Big Name Candidates Bow To Media Power

Every modern presidential contest generates a lot of discussion about how the nation’s most prominent journalists cover major candidates. But there’s not much analysis of how candidates get along with the media conglomerates that employ those journalists. Politicians have long feared media power. And they’ve usually watched their steps to avoid tangling with it. Franklin Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Defending the New Klan

Clarence Lusane It is perhaps a sign of millennium madness that the century will end with the bizzare phenomena of an African American lawyer defending in court the right of a member of the Ku Klux Klan – whose name ironically is Black – to burn crosses. However, it seems that some sense of sanity Read more…

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Michael Bronski: The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name

The ferocity of the New York City police assault against Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in the summer of 1977 was so striking that, even in the current context of urban police brutality, it became emblematic of the sustained, sanctioned violence of contemporary "law enforcement" – particularly when aimed at communities of color. The trial of Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Littleton, Movies, and Gay Kids

It is now more than two months since Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on their fellow students at Columbine High School. The funerals are over, the pontificating abut "how could this happen" has subsided and while there are still ongoing public investigations and panels into whether Hollywood violence transfers from screen to classroom, Read more…

Sandy Carter: Cures For The Summertime Blues

For summertime inspiration and release, here are some of the good ones from the first half of the year. Sleater-Kinney, The Hot Rock (Kill Rock Stars) On their fourth album, Olympia, Washington’s Sleater-Kinney have moved to a new level of maturity. The guitars still crackle and burn and the grrrl power critique remains acute, but Read more…

Edward s. herman and david Peterson: How The New York Times Protects Indonesian Terror In East Timor

The rapid decline of the Indonesian economy in 1997 and 1998–by some estimates a one-third fall in GDP–coupled with the resignation of Suharto in May 1998, loosened Indonesia’s grip on East Timor, the former Portuguese colony that Indonesia had invaded in December 1975 and annexed the following year. The aftershocks of these two closely related Read more…

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Tim Wise: Exploring the Depths of Racist Socialization

Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all. And inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources, and at the most inopportune moments. So much so, that if we aren’t paying close attention, we’ll miss them altogether. Such Read more…

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Jim Hightower: The Money Primary

Jim Hightower Have you voted yet? In the race for president, have you been to the polls? What-you say the election’s not until next year? Yeah, well, technically that’s true. The caucuses and primaries don’t begin until February of 2000, but there are about 70,000 Americans who get an extra special vote, casting their ballots Read more…

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Saul Landau: Kosovo Lesson

What lessons have emerged from NATO’S self-proclaimed victory in Kosovo? Bombing supporters chanted "stop ethnic cleansing." Indeed, ethnic cleansing demanded a strong response. But those who shunned the flawed law and the UN backed a campaign to pulverize Kosovo and Serbia from the air. Now they face some embarrassing facts. Secretary of State Madeline Albright Read more…

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Serge Halimi: The Left and European Elections

Now we know for sure that « Europe » does not exist. At least not in the hearts and minds of Europeans. Only two days after they concluded a war against Yugoslavia, decided and fought by the United States, the fifteen countries of the European Union (EU) voted together with an enthusiasm heretofore witnessed mostly Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: A Graduation Day to Remember

Mumia Abu-Jamal gave a memorable speech, recorded from Pennsylvania death row, to 8000 attendees, including more than 1200 graduating students, at the Evergreen State College graduation on June 11, 1999. During his 13 minute talk drawing on the history of U.S. racist oppression and resistance, Mumia Abu-Jamal urged graduating students to live their lives deliberately Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Chicken Pox?!

Many times during the past week, I wished my kids had been vaccinated against chickenpox. It’s a miserable disease, and I hated to see them suffer through it. But overall, it’s a fairly mild disease when left to run its course among children. Children with chickenpox rarely experience complications. Adults, pregnant women, and immuno-suppressed people Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: Office of the Americas Delegation Visits Lori Berenson

All advice was negative. "You will never be allowed into the prison," said most counselors. "Put off your visit until the Organization of American States leaves Peru," said the U.S. Embassy in Peru. But we decided to go anyway. Our delegation: Reverend Lucius Walker, Director IFCO/Pastors for Peace; Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now", Pacifica Read more…

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Michael Albert: Pacifica, Pacifica!

Michael Albert The current crisis at Pacifica was unleashed with recent firings of prominent and appreciated employees leading to irate listeners and employees demonstrating their opposition widely and militantly. Any progressive alternative institution has to utilize people who have been socialized within existing society, has to navigate rules imposed by mainstream institutions whose requirements subvert Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Report from the Front Line: Challenges to Proposed Millennium March for Gay Rights Growing

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NY. The three nights of confrontation with the NYC Police Department is celebrated as the beginning of the contemporary lesbian/ gay/bisexual/transgender movement. There is plenty to celebrate as the lives of lgbt people have changed dramatically in those 3 decades. But what Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Lessons — and Hope — from Kerala

R. Shalom     Earlier this month, the World Bank issued a report declaring that global poverty has been increasing. "Today, countries that until recently believed they were turning the tide in the fight against poverty are witnessing its re-emergence along with hunger and the human suffering it brings," declared World Bank president James Wolfensohn. Read more…

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Tim Wise: The Threat of a Good Example

Occasionally when I’m speaking to college students, attempting to inspire at least a few to commit themselves to social justice as a way of life and perhaps career, I’m asked the question for which there is no easy answer; the one that goes: "What’s the point? Can you make a difference? Why fight against such Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Shadow Falling on beacon of Independent Radio

This summer begins with a large shadow hanging over one of the nation’s pioneering radio stations. Half a century after listener-supported KPFA took to the airwaves in the San Francisco area as a unique experiment in media independence, the battle raging over its future is ominous — yet inspiring. KPFA Radio provides an eclectic mix Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Laurence Summers, The World Bank, and Humanity

Russell Mokhiber  and Robert Weissman "Just between you and me, shouldn’t the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [least developed countries]?" So wrote Treasury Secretary-designee Lawrence Summers, then the chief economist at the World Bank, in a 1991 World Bank internal memorandum arguing for the transfer of waste Read more…

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Saul Landau: Remember Angola

As Kosovo atrocities dominate the headlines, I wait for some former national security maven to confess to US government crimes committed during the Cold War. We know the CIA assassinated people, fomented coups and destabilized countries we claimed were pro Soviet. But we haven’t taken responsibility for the consequences of these covert actions. What became Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: U.S. Occupation

In a March 1985 talk at Harvard, Noam Chomsky once more mentioned the "Grand Area" planning of the US foreign policy developed in the 1940s. The "Grand Area" among other areas was to include "western and southern Europe and the oil-producing regions of the Middle East; in fact it was to include everything, if that Read more…

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