Category: Ecuador

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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Sonia Shah: My Fantasy Goddess Is Not A Barbie Doll

This holiday season, Mattel, the world’ biggest toy maker is poised to embarrass itself and enrage Asians across the globe, with the release of its latest collectible Barbie: The Fantasy Goddess of Asia. Designed by Bob Mackie in a fit of laziness, ignorance, cynicism or all three, the doll is a mishmash of racist stereotypes Read more…

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Site Administrator: “New Global Architecture” Poses Questions for the Left

Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello   Global capitalism has entered a crisis that few of its architects anticipated. As a result, the air is abuzz with proposals for a “new architecture” for the global economy. An era of debate and struggle over the design of the global economy lies ahead. But popular movements, progressives, and Read more…

Sandy Carter: Indie Land

While a record company Big Six have been dominating music industry market space for almost 25 years, earlier this year Seagram gobbled up Polygram, bringing the major label music biz down to a Big Five (Bertelsmann, EMI, Sony, Seagram, and Time-Warner). If we can trust music industry rumors, it also seems likely that sometime in Read more…

James Petras: The New Revolutionary Peasantry

Latin America The New Revolutionary Peasantry The growth of peasant-led opposition to neoliberalism By James Petras   I was invited to give one of the inaugural speeches at the Second Latin American Congress of Rural Organizations (Congreso Latinoamericano de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC) that took place in Brazil November 3-7, 1997. There were approximately 350 Read more…

Wayne Grytting: Newspeak

corporations, their work is inevitably compromised. Just the opposite was demonstrated by attorney Gary Reback at a conference on Microsoft sponsored by Ralph Nader. Recently the Gates monolith bought out Funk & Wagnell’s Encyclopedia to use for their on-line "Encarta" version. Funk and Wagnell’s originally had an entry on none other than Bill Gates himself, Read more…

Jim Smith: Unions From 61 Countries Meet

Just as the pivotal UPS strike was getting underway, union activists from 61 countries were assembling in Havana, Cuba, intent on breathing new life into the international labor movement. The International Workers Conference Against Neoliberalism and Globalism, August 6 to 8, brought together some of the most militant unions from every continent to hammer out Read more…

Danielle Knight: Who Benefits, Who Suffers?

Knight   George and Edvino, ages 12 and 13, have been hired as farm workers in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, a town in the state of Parana located in Southern Brazil. This week they are applying pesticides. Edvino, wearing a dusty Yankees baseball cap and Lee Jeans, nervously giggles as George explains how the hand-held Read more…

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