Category: Mexico

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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…

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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…

Dickie Wallace: UMass Student Movement

  Something was up—that was the word around campus. Returning from winter break at the end of January, the talk was of some kind of student protest that would wake people up. At least one dean had warned his charges to be prepared for Teaching Assistant work stoppages as the Grad Employees Organization entered it Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Questioning Official Environmentalism

Seven years ago in these pages, we launched an in-depth investigation of the mainstream environmental movement. The occasion was the widely publicized 20th anniversary of the original Earth Day, an event which in many ways helped institutionalize the widespread corporate co-optation of environmental themes. The year 1990 was an auspicious one for environmental activists in Read more…

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David Bacon: West Coast Janitors Get Ready to Fight

  On March 17, after seven years of rebuilding their union, Service Employees Local 399, Los Angeles janitors are leaving it. Together with janitors from Silicon Valley, Oakland, and Sacramento, they are joining to create one of the largest building service unions in the country—Local 1877. Rosa Ayala, who’s been through LA’s labor wars as Read more…

James Petras: The Political Economy of Early Debt Payment

  On January 15 President Clinton announced that Mexico had repaid all of the $12.5 billion it borrowed from Washington to stave off financial collapse and bail out Wall Street speculators. The New York Times (January 16, 1997) reported that "The repayment of the loan—three years ahead of schedule—was marked by a celebration at the Read more…

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Howie Hawkins: Green Party: Still Seeking Unity

  Greens ran more than 60 candidates in the 1996 election and the results are encouraging for Greens and for anyone who wants to see an independent progressive political movement in this country. Among the Greens’ strongest showings were: Arcata, California: A Green Party three out of five majority on the city council of Arcata, Read more…

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Elizabeth Martinez: It’s a Terrorist War on Immigrants

  In the spring of 1997, a Latino immigrant who had worked legally in the United States for 40 years committed suicide after receiving a letter saying that under the new welfare law his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) might end. Not long afterward a wheelchair-bound Russian immigrant threw himself off his balcony from the same Read more…

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David Bacon: Still Hungry

Bacon   In 1974, the first World Food Conference declared "the inalienable right to be free from hunger." Meeting at the just-concluded World Food Summit in Rome 22 years later, governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and food producers themselves could hardly avoid the obvious. The number of hungry hasn’t declined significantly. Today 809 million people Read more…

Anders Corr: Battling the Banana Baron: Rural Hondurans fight Chiquita

Corr     In June 1994, at the height of a strike against Chiquita Brands International, the company closed four banana farms in northern Honduras, fired 1,200 temporary workers, and told 800 permanent workers to choose between relocation or termination. The fired workers lived in company towns and to keep their jobs, Chiquita said, they Read more…

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