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Sonia Shah: Asian American?

I was recently asked to write about Asian American History Month, which, since 1979, has been observed during the month of May. Despite the fact that I write about Asian American issues on a fairly regular basis, and in many ways, consider myself an Asian American, it wasn’t easy to figure. The very term, "Asian Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: A Movement Grows in NYC

On Thursday, April 15th tens of thousands of New Yorkers will march in yet another expression of outrage at the conduct of the New York City Police Department. (If you live in or near NYC, I encourage you to make every effort to participate in what promises to be one of those demonstrations you kick Read more…

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Edward Herman: The U.S. Versus the Rules of War

permitting a low-casualty NATO occupation of Kosovo. I don’t think this was carefully thought out in advance; rather, it is a default strategy based on an unwillingness to suffer casualties, the availability of planes, bombs and money, and the determination of the U.S./British leadership to defeat the villainized foe. Another basis of the default strategy Read more…

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Tim Wise: Famous Last Words

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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Norman Solomon: For Whom The Media Bell Tolls

/ Creators Syndicate For several weeks now, the suffering of refugees from Kosovo has filled our TV screens. Empathy seems to motivate much of the public support for the ceaseless bombing of Yugoslavia. Fortunately, Americans can be stirred by moral outrage. Unfortunately, that outrage has been manipulated by a constellation of forces that could be Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: The Global Sustainable Development Resolution

Brendan Smith For the past decade, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, the United States government has promoted a model of free-market global capitalism that it claimed would benefit the great majority of people both at home and abroad. This model has failed. Over and over the mantra has been repeated that "there is no alternative" Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Responding To Sentiment

There was a lengthy debate at my dinner table the other night about the situation in Yugoslavia. Most of my relatives defended the NATO bombings as the only moral action to take in the face of crimes being committed against ethnic Albanians. I argued the opposite: that there were very few historical examples of the Read more…

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Scott Burchill: Kosovo and East Timor

The arrest of Care Australia’s Steve Pratt and Peter Wallace by Serb authorities exposes more than the risks faced by aid workers in a war which masquerades as "humanitarian relief". It also reveals the perils faced by good people as a result of their own government’s stupidity. If we dismiss Serbian claims that they were Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Essential Information

Jennings Bryan to the 1912 Constitutional Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Ask yourself: Who today would speak in such a manner?  This is what William Jennings Bryan had to say in 1912:   "The first thing to understand is the difference between the natural person and the fictitious person, called the corporation. They differ in the Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Young People and Activism

Young people in movement circles are often met with a great deal of admiration and little to no respect. Impressed as they are by kids’ very presence at activist events and meetings, given the preoccupations and pressures of modern youth; adults rarely acknowledge the contribution of young activists beyond the sense of "diversity" the latter Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Edward R Murrow Is Dead

In June 1993, a human rights television program I co-produced obtained remarkable footage from inside Kosovo. We led our "Rights & Wrongs" program with an exclusive from what we called "the next powder keg in the Balkans." The story documented a non-violent campaign against brutal repression ordered by Slobodon Milosovic’s ultra nationalist regime. It warned Read more…

Guest Author: We Who Are About To Die

Wednesday April 14 1999 The Guardian Two and a half years ago, I wrote the first of these columns for this paper, an attack on the pessimistic idea that the best we could hope for was Tony Blair. As a result, the following morning I was contacted by Robin Cook, who asked me to write Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Racism’s Enablers

While much of the American public’s attention has been focused on the evils of Milosovich and his efforts at ethnic cleansing, America’s home grown fascists and their enablers have gotten a free ride. To their ever-increasing discredit, congressional Republicans have used every scheme and manipulation they can muster to deter a congressional condemnation of the Read more…

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Norman Solomon: American Journalist Have No Reason to be Smug

/ Creators Syndicate Ever since the start of NATO ‘s bombing blitz more than two weeks ago, the regime in Belgrade has maintained total control of Serbia’s press — and American journalists have scornfully reported on the propaganda role of Yugoslavian news media. But no one should be smug about freedom of the press in Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Thinking About Affirmative Action

Others will tell us that not all blacks suffered, so affirmative action is imprecisely targeted and hence unjust. But not all veterans suffered either. Consider, for example, Ronald Reagan: he was eligible for veterans’ preferences even though he spent the war in Hollywood. Those who enacted veterans’ preferences decided — reasonably enough — that it Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Behind Enemy Lines

ZNet Commentary . In a disturbing case of hypocritical Western propaganda tripping over its own distortions, the Associated Press recently reported that Turkish troops and warplanes have crossed into Northeastern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels presumably taking refuge there (AP, 4/7/99). Any honest observer will be mesmerized by the juggling act of ignorance involved Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Is There A Truth About Rigoberto Menchu

  My friend the anthropologist says there is no such thing as truth. She says that she’s interviewed people in the field who completely contradict each other. One says the volcano erupted and the other says it didn’t. They both say it with equal conviction. I say: one of them is wrong. Either the volcano Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Harassment

have been deemed newsworthy: On January 17 Kevin Tryals and Laaron Morris of Galveston TX. were found in a burning car on a dead-end road outside of city limits. Both bodies were severely burned. The medical examiner’s office ruled that both men were dead before the car was ignited, and that both men died from Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: The Debacle in Kosovo

The bombing of Yugoslavia is turning out to be a foreign policy debacle of disastrous proportions, yet most of the chattering class insists that we can turn things around if we only commit more troops. We have heard that before. Nearly two weeks into the war, our government (which has the dominant voice in NATO) Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The Talking Kosovo Blues

It was for me the big booking: an hour on MSNBC in the middle of a crisis. I had pitched the network proposing to talk about the media coverage of the Kosovo catastrophe. As a TV producer, I had been covering the Balkan wars for a public television human rights series since l993. As a Read more…

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Edward Herman: Oligarchic Control of Mutual Organizations

Many years ago I participated in a Wharton School study of the savings and loan industry, my assignment being to analyse their control and conflict of interest problems. My contribution to this multi-volume project, sponsored and published by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, was a small volume entitled Conflict of Interest in the Savings Read more…

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Site Administrator: Branislav Canak and the Independent Unions in Yugoslavia

With all the bleak news out of Kosovo and Yugoslavia, I’ve been trying to make contact with the independent union federation Nezavisnost. During a visit to Belgrade, in May of 1996, I had a series of discussions with Nezavisnost President, Branislav Canak. An independently thinking former journalist, and an ardent anti-war activist, Canak and I Read more…

Pablo Pozzi: Labor Repression in Argentina

On Monday, February 16, 1998, in Usuhuaia, the Argentina’s southernmost city in Tierra del Fuego, the courts finally declared the innocence of steelworker leader Oscar Martinez. Accused of "inciting to violence", Martinez had been blamed by the government for the April 1995 repression of a strike that resulted in one steelworker dead and dozens wounded. Read more…

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Charles Glass: Letter from London

The war against Slobodan Milosevic was clearly lost when the London papers ran a front-page photograph of Defence Secretary George Robertson in Italy aboard a warplane. This isn’t a war, it’s a photo op for politicians who have never seen battle. With friends like British prime minister Tony Blair and his comic book hero, Bill Read more…

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Tim Wise: White America’s Dirty Little Secrets

Sometimes it’s best to just tell the truth. Even when it makes folks angry. In fact, particularly then, because it’s at precisely those times that the truth is obviously most in need of being spoken–otherwise resistance to it probably wouldn’t be so strident. Such has always been my feeling when it comes to discussions of Read more…

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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