Category: South Africa

Bob Harris: Where’s There’s Smoke… Someone’s Getting Burned

Harris   OK, so the big tobacco companies and their lobbyists have cobbled together a backroom deal to save their hides. And now the various state Attorneys General can return to their respective capitals and grandstand the agreement triumphantly. Neville Chamberlain did the same thing once. Didn’t help. Yeah, the bad guys have to pour Read more…

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Site Administrator: CrossCurrents: Imagine A Country

Holly Sklar   Imagine a country where one out of four children is born into poverty, and wealth is being redistributed upward. Since the 1970s, the top 1 percent of families have doubled their share of the nation’s wealth—while the percentage of children living in extreme poverty has also doubled. Highlighting growing wage inequality, the Read more…

George Wright: Mobuto Was Chaos

George Wright   As this article is being written in early May, the 32-year regime of Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko is coming to an end. A guerrilla offensive carried out by the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Zaire-Congo (ADFL), led by Laurent Kabila, has control of 75 percent of the country, Read more…

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Edward Herman: Word Tricks & Propaganda

Edward S. Herman   The mainstream media carry out their propaganda service on behalf of the corporate and political establishment in many ways: by choice of topics addressed (government rather than corporate abuses, welfare rather than Pentagon waste, Kadaffi rather than Guatemalan state terrorism), by their framing of issues (GDP growth rather than distribution, Fed Read more…

Tom Johnson: Human Rights Watch World Report 1997: Events Of 1996

  In January 1997, the international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, released its seventh annual report on the worldwide condition of human rights. The report, overall, finds human rights’ conditions bleak and deteriorating. However, the organization, financed by individuals and foundations throughout the world, also finds reasons for hope. According to the report, "…the Read more…

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Joel Kovel: Cuba & South Africa

Joel Kovel     The linkage between Castro’s Cuba and Mandela’s South Africa runs deep. Cuban slave society was less efficient in demolishing ties to Africa than its North American counterpart, allowing Cuba to retain a strong sense of their parent culture. Accordingly, revolutionary Cuba has held, amidst its many allegiances, to a special affiliation Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Passion for Free Markets

  For more than half a century, the United Nations has been the main forum for the United States to try to create a world in its image, maneuvering with its allies to forge global accords about human rights, nuclear tests or the environment that Washington insisted would mirror its own values." So runs postwar Read more…

Tom Johnson: Nuclear Politics All MOXed Out

  On January 14, 1997, representatives from 171 medical, environmental, and activist organizations in the United States and 18 other countries—including every major nuclear power except China and Israel—sent a letter to President Bill Clinton asking him to overrule a decision by former Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary to process plutonium from nuclear warheads and "burn" Read more…

Jennie marie Luna: U.C. Berkeley Students Protest Vote to End Affirmative Action

  Students at the University of California, Berkeley waged an arduous campaign against Proposition 209–walking precincts, phone-banking, and rallying–for months prior to the November 1996 election. When Prop 209–to end affirmative action in the state—passed, on top of the passage of Prop 187 against immigrant rights, it felt like yet another defeat. This time around, Read more…

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Edward Herman: Gary Webb and the Media’s Rush to the Barricades

Edward S. Herman Every so often the mainstream media’s pack response to a story throws a powerful light on their deep collective biases. Such was the case following the publication of Gary Webb’s series in the San Jose Mercury News on the CIA’s connection to the drug epidemic in Los Angeles. Characteristically, the media failed Read more…

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