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Betsy Hartmann: Cracking Open Crack

Betsy Hartmann "We don’t allow dogs to breed. We spay them. We neuter them. We try to keep them from having unwanted puppies, and yet these women are literally having litters of children…" These are the words of Barbara Harris, founder of the organization CRACK, Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity. Based in California, CRACK’s mission Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: A Contradiction Called Uruguay

translated by Francisco Gonzalez We Uruguayans have a certain tendency to believe that our country exists, but that the world remains unaware of it. The mass media–the media that has a worldwide impact–never mentions this tiny nation lost on the Southern end of the maps. As an exception to this rule, a few months ago Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Budget Baloney

Mark Weisbrot How much falsehood and stupidity should the media allow to go unchallenged in public debate? At what point do journalists and the press have an obligation to step in and supply the necessary facts and explanations, so that the public can have a chance to understand what is being misrepresented? I couldn’t help Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Class Politics in America: A Fashionable Consumer Item

Cynthia Peters I spent $44.00 recently to see Dario Fo’s farce about hunger, free-market injustice, sexism, and class injustice at the American Repetory Theater in Harvard Square. Dario Fo, "who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden," won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997 Read more…

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Michael Albert: The WTO and Mumia Abu Jamal

Michael Albert The World Trade Organization treats working people in countries throughout the world as assets to manipulate in pursuit of private corporate profit. From Guatemala to South Africa and from Thailand to the South Bronx, this causes impoverishment, illness, and even mass starvation. When resistance to exploitation follows, the flip side of exploitative trade Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Two, Three, Many Protests…But All On the Same Night?

Leslie Cagan George W. and his new friends in the leadership of the New York State Republican Party gathered at a fund raising dinner in mid-town Manhattan October 5th. They were all there: George W. Bush, George Pataki, Rudolf Giuliani, Al D’Amato and the rest of the bunch of thugs. About 2,000 people attended the Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Dung on All Their Houses – The New Censorship

Dung on All Their Houses – The New Censorship

Guest Author: Pakistan’s Pathos

Pakistan is, once again, in the throes of a serious crisis. The country is under martial law. The elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, his brother, Shahbaz and General Ziaudin, the head of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are under house arrest. Ever since its foundation in 1947, the Pakistani state has been plagued by a failure Read more…

Guest Author: Pakistan’s Pathos

Pakistan’s Pathos

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Tim Wise: Kill First, Ask Questions Later

Kill First, Ask Questions Later

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Sean Gonsalves: A Letter to Mrs. Bush

Sean Gonsalves I recently received a copy of a letter that was sent to the former First Lady, Barbara Bush. The letter was written by six mothers whose children are in jail because of the "war on drugs" – a "war" avidly supported by Barbara’s son, George W., who is running for President. All six Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Political Correctness and the Desert Storm Law

      Conservative pundits and their frequent liberal allies have been complaining for years about "Political Correctness" — the intrusion of left-wing ideology into the academy, supposedly subverting academic standards. Affirmative action, we are told, rather than redressing historic and present-day systemic discrimination, simply undermines the merit principle, allowing the unqualified to slip by. Read more…

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Edward Herman: How the media have protected U.S. Appeasement- Collusion with Indonesia in East Timor

Edward Herman The mainstream U.S. media have performed a semi-miracle in reporting on the East Timor crisis, providing us with a model case of apologetics in the service of state policy. Although the U.S. appeased and tacitly colluded with Indonesia as the latter attempted to disrupt the August 30 referendum and then followed this up Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Time Capsule

Norman Solomon On the first day of January, many public ceremonies will feature time capsules — sealed long ago, when "the year 2000" sounded incredibly futuristic. Those containers, intended for opening at the start of the new millennium, presumably hold evocative symbols of earlier eras. But as the moment nears to open old time capsules, Read more…

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Howard Zinn: A Larger Consciousness

Howard Zinn Some years ago, when I was teaching at Boston University, I was asked by a Jewish group to give a talk on the Holocaust. I spoke that evening, but not about the Holocaust of World War II, not about the genocide of six million Jews. It was the mid-Eighties, and the United States Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Pinochet Decision

Saul Landau This week, a British magistrate will decide whether to extradite Augusto Pinochet to Spain or release him. England has detained the former Chilean dictator for eleven plus months. In that time, his case has brought to world attention the principals of international human rights law. The Chilean government argues that Spain has no Read more…

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Danny Schechter: Fighting for the Soul of the BBC

Fighting for the Soul of the BBC

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Sonia Shah: Young and Younger

Sonia Shah As a child, on every birthday morning, I was meant to touch the feet of each of my parents to show my gratitude and respect. This simple and brief act would overwhelm me with its nakedness, its confession of my own powerlessness, its reference to an Indian culture to which I never quite Read more…

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Jim Hightower: Snapshots

Jim Hightower DON’T DIAL 9-1-1 . . . DIAL H-M-O Let’s say you’re at home one evening, sitting there in your La-Z-Boy, maybe with a cool one in your hand, when suddenly you feel a sharp pain in your chest, your left arm is tingly and sort of numb. Heart attack! Or it least it Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: East Timor

Noam Chomsky The events of the past weeks in East Timor should elicit shame as well as horror. The crimes could easily have been stopped. That has been true since Indonesia invaded in December 1975, relying on U.S. arms and diplomatic support. It would have sufficed for the U.S. and its allies to withdraw their Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Enduring Spirit of a Dissident Senator

Norman Solomon The black-and-white TV footage is grainy and faded, but it still jumps off the screen — a portentous clash between a prominent reporter and a maverick politician. Thirty-five years ago, on the CBS program "Face the Nation," journalist Peter Lisagor argued with a senator who stood almost alone on Capitol Hill, strongly opposing Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Marketizing HMOs to Latin America

Dorothy Guellec The number of for-profit health care organizations has quadrupled in the pas 17 years, a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation said. For-profit HMO’s were 18% of all plans in 1981 but increased to 74% by 1998. The proportion of enrollees in for profit HMO’s grew from 12% to 63% during Read more…

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Marta Russell: George W. Bush Y2000?

Marta Russell In his "new" fight against poverty, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush says he will issue a call to America’s "armies of compassion" to end poverty, hunger, welfare and crime by donating to charity. The political goal of compassionate conservatism is to separate George W. from the now unpopular politics of Newt Gingrich. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Mother Jones, Todd Gitlin, & Kosovo

Michael Albert Many people were concerned during the Kosovo conflict that crimes against the Albanian Kosovars were so horrific that however painful it might be to undertake, NATO intervention was warranted. Such folks felt that genocide was imminent and that U.S./NATO bombing would curb violence and save lives. To sensibly respond to such views thus Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: East Timor Questions & Answers

    This issue of Z was being prepared as the situation worsened in East Timor. The following Q&A is intended to give readers background information on the situation and U.S. interests in the area.     1. What was U.S. policy toward Indonesia before 1975? In the aftermath of World War II, U.S. policy Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Mary Daly vs. Boston College

Michael Bronski The message in all of the news and editorial coverage of Mary Daly’s newest battle in her ongoing war with Boston College (BC) to teach all-women classes is clear: The woman may be well intentioned, but wrong. The smug, self-congratulatory tone of this reporting masks a deeply ahistorical attitude toward social change, feminism, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: World Order and its Rules

Chomsky Despite the desperate efforts of ideologues to prove that circles are square, there is no serious doubt that the NATO bombings further undermine what remains of the fragile structure of international law. The U.S. made that clear in the debates that led to the NATO decision. The more closely one approached the conflicted region, Read more…

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Don Fitz: Genetic Engineering

Fitz Monsanto claims that genetic engineering is necessary to feed the world’s growing population. But a growing coalition of environmentalists, farmers, and scientists is exposing this claim as a cover for grabbing control of world agriculture. If genetic engineering (GE) proponents have their way, up to a billion poor farmers will be thrown off their Read more…

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Edward Herman: The “Permanent Interests” Budget

S. Herman What James Madison in the Federalist Papers referred to as the "permanent interests" of society—i.e., property owners, or Veblen’s "substantial citizens"—are doing extremely well in the New World Order. They underwrite elections, so that the two party system is one in which both parties and their candidates must first sell themselves to sets Read more…

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John M. Laforge: A European Walk for Disarmament

M. LaForge Calling itself "an international citizens inspection team to prevent war crimes," 500 nonviolent activists from around the world who had walked more than 100 miles from The Hague, converged on the beleaguered NATO headquarters, where we were met with water cannons and hundreds of baton-wielding riot police. The marchers, protesting NATO’s illegal nuclear Read more…

Lillian Nurmela: Why Are We Still Researching Nuclear Weapons?

Lillian Nurmela In all the furor over insufficient security at our nuclear weapons labs and the claim that China has stolen our secrets, neither the media nor Congress has questioned why the U.S. is continuing to research nuclear weapons. There are 8,400 operational warheads, of 12 types, in the U.S. arsenal. The first nuclear weapon Read more…

James Petras: NATO in Kosova

James Petras Tony Blair, Madeline Albright, and Javier Solano all returned to Kosova to cheering Albanian crowds, praising NATO and the KLA for their efforts on behalf of peace and democracy. The triumphal returns and euphoric rhetoric of the NATO leaders covers up the brutal reality of massive ethnic cleansing, systematic assassinations, pillage and destruction Read more…

Peter Phillips: Untold Stories of U.S./NATO War

Peter Phillips The mainstream media in the United States were aware that the Pentagon and NATO were releasing biased and false information regarding the war in Kosovo yet they continued to pass on the information to the American public as if it were gospel. "…the media were once more asked to sort out a few Read more…

Andy Pollack: Nasdaq Japan

Andy Pollack Last week the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), operator of New York’s Nasdaq exchange, announced it would open a new "electronic stock market" in Tokyo in the last quarter of the year 2000, in alliance with Japan’s Softbank Corporation. This new extension of the world’s financial markets around the clock and across Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Battery Powered Bras

Lydia Sargent Welcome to Hotel Satire where men are people and gals are their bra size. Yes, Gals, it’s important that we focus constantly on our breasts— when we’re not obsessing about our looks/weight/ crotches. To this end, Janie, Susie, Mary, and I decided  to have coffee in the Hotel Satire coffee shop to share Read more…

Claudia Whitman: The New South 1999

Claudia Whitman Brian Baldwin took his final steps to Alabama’s electric chair on Thursday night, June 17, 1999. Twenty-two years earlier, on arriving on death row at the Holman Unit in Atmore, guards had pushed him in front of this ominous device and taunted him about the horrible death he would suffer. Brian was 18, Read more…

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Manning Marable: Race-ing Justice: The Prison-Industrial Complex

Manning Marable Several months ago, 650 people attended the "Race-ing Justice" Conference in New York, sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. In more than two dozen panels and workshops, black people examined the destructive impact of the police, the courts and the prison system upon the African-American community. Our Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: The Looting of Russia

Mark Weisbrot What were they thinking? When executives at the Bank of New York saw billions of dollars floating in from the home computer of a Russian businessman with ties to organized crime there, did they really believe that these were just ordinary profits? The biggest money-laundering scandal in history has prompted calls for a Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Western Betrayal of East Timor

Edward Herman  and David Peterson Led by Australia, U.N.-sponsored peacekeepers continue to arrive in East Timor, where they are finding a staggering level of destruction. Reconnaissance flights over the half-island territory report scenes of Biblical dimensions, where the "Lord rained down fire and brimstone from the skies." The departing Indonesian forces have burned virtually every Read more…

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Saul Landau: The APEC Meeting

Saul Landau I just returned from New Zealand, the host of the APEC and anti-APEC conferences over last week. Until Indonesian army thugs started their violent cleansing in East Timor, New Zealand wits had called the Asian Pacific economic cooperation group All Politicians Enjoy Cocktails. New Zealanders face serious trade issues like a $1.7 billion Read more…

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Site Administrator: Nazi Nostalgia in Croatia

Diana Johnstone When I visited Croatia three years ago, the book most prominently displayed in the leading bookstores of the capital city Zagreb was a new edition of the notorious anti-Semitic classic, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion". Next came the memoires of the World War II Croatian fascist Ustashe dictator Ante Pavelic, responsible Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Growing Concerns Over WTO

Mark Weisbrot In just a couple of months thousands of environmentalists, steel workers, longshoremen, AIDS activists, farmers, and others will descend upon Seattle in a "mobilization against globalization." They will hold marches, protests, teach-ins, and conferences. The occasion? The World Trade Organization is holding a meeting of ministers from its 134 member countries, to talk Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Big Media Applaud Big Media Merger

Norman Solomon When the story about Viacom and CBS broke a few days ago, news accounts quickly depicted a match made in corporate heaven — at more than $37 billion, the largest media merger in history. With the public kept outside the frame, it was a rosy picture. "Analysts hailed the deal as a good Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Cross Dressing Malthus

Betsy Hartman October 12, 1999 has the dubious distinction of being both Columbus Day and ‘Day of 6 Billion,’ ostensibly the day world population will pass the six billion people mark. A well-funded media campaign, organized by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), the Communications Consortium Media Center and others is already revving Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Educational Philosophies and Power in the Classroom

Cynthia Peters It’s that time of year. The yellow school buses are back on the road. The stores are stocked with Disney-theme lunch boxes, pencil cases and loose-leaf paper. Kids are wondering about their teachers. Parents are worrying about the quality of education. And educators are arguing about educational philosophies. One of the controversies is Read more…

Clark Kissenger: Summary of Mumia’s Current Situation

C. Clark Kissenger Because many people have requested an explanation of Mumia’s legal situation, let me explain concisely why Mumia’s case is at a critical point as we go into the September Mumia Awareness Week. All appeals by Mumia Abu-Jamal in the Pennsylvania court system have been denied, and he is about to begin his Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: European Labor

Nikos Raptis The Building The German word "Reichstag" means parliament. In colloquial German it also means the parliament building. It is not an exaggeration to say that this building, the Reichstag, is a very important part of the history of the 20th century. On the evening of February 27, 1933 Putzi Hanfstaengl, a Harvard educated Read more…

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Manning Marable: The Battle for Ideas

Manning Marable Political power always expresses itself as a body of ideas. If you can create and popularize the key ideas that define the general perceptions about public issues, you will largely determine what happens politically. It matters less who gets elected, than what policies and programs that person implements once in office. Politics is Read more…

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Site Administrator: International Labor Solidarity Puts Pressure on Indonesia

Elaine Bernard In contrast to organized labor’s division over what should be done about the Kosovo crisis, the current mayhem and mass killing in East Timor has galvanized a powerful and unified response from unions internationally. Organized labor, and most especially unions in Australia, Canada, and Europe have not only fired off press statements, but Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: East Timor Activism in Boston

Cynthia Peters The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday, September 14, 1999 that "Piles of bodies were burnt on the streets of Dili at the weekend and tens of thousands of refugees were without food or water as they fled the militias and the Indonesian Army. . . Dr Andrew McNaughton, spokesman for the Darwin-based Read more…

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