Category: Brazil

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Joel Kovel: Bad News for Fast Food: What’s wrong with McDonald’s?

In 1990, London Greenpeace circulated a six-page leaflet entitled "What’s Wrong With McDonald’s? Everything they don’t want you to know." The ever-vigilant fast-food merchant did what it routinely does in such instances: threaten with law suits; and four of the six activists who put out the broadsheet did what others have done when faced with Read more…

Rich Gibson: In Memory: Paulo Freire

Gibson   Paulo Freire, the radical Brazilian "Vagabond of the Obvious" and the most widely known educator in the world, died on May 2, 1997 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 75. Freire drew on humanist and Marxist ideas to forge a concept of popular literacy education for personal and social liberation. He suggested that Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Economics of the Rich

S. Herman   Back in 1849, the British economist Nassau Senior chided those defending trade unions and minimum wage regulations for expounding an "economics of the poor." The idea that he and his establishment confreres were putting forth an "economics of the rich" never occurred to him; he thought of himself as a scientist and Read more…

James Petras: El Salvador Elections

Petras   The signing of a peace accord between the guerrilla commanders and the right-wing government in 1992 promised a period of freedom, prosperity, and peace. Overseas donors would contribute funds for reconstruction, reinsertion of combatants, and social reform. The regime would dismantle the repressive apparatuses including the paramilitary death squads and encourage popular participation 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…

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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…

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…

Mark Harris: WE WANT TO REDEFINE WHAT SOCIETY IS ALL ABOUT

  Sheila Mannix: Tony Mazzocchi has been a leader of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers union since 1953. As a union activist, he has been especially concerned with health and safety issues. He worked closely with Karen Silkwood, the OCAW member whose suspicious death in 1974 when she was about to expose serious safety Read more…

Harold Pinter: It Never Happened

Pinter Can it be true? Are the other "major powers" in the world finally moving towards a position where their contempt for the assertion of U.S. power is actually being embodied in action? For the fourth year running the United Nations has voted for the motion condemning the U.S. embargo of Cuba, this time by Read more…

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