Category: Middle East

James Petras: title(“Clinton’s Triumphant Tour of Latin America”)

  Clinton’s visit to Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina has been heralded as a new era of progress for the hemisphere: free markets, free elections, and free trade. The president’s stated goal in his major speech was to establish one big free market from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. While Clinton praises the "magic of the Read more…

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Christian Parenti: The Revolution in American Policing

  There is a revolution underway in American policing. An increasing number of police departments are mixing aggressive "zero tolerance" enforcement, aimed at minor disorders, with bureaucratic decentralization, computerized mapping of crime statistics, and a business-like focus on the "bottom line" of reduced crime rates. Nationwide crime rates are declining, with a cluster of "zero Read more…

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Amy Goodman: New Exception to the Rulers, Part 2

by land, and bombed East Timor. The carnage was unbelievable. The killing was massive in the first few days. Thousands of Timorese were killed. They would drag people out of their houses, bring down their families to the harbors, Dili, the capital of East Timor, and shoot people into the harbor as their family members Read more…

Jan knippers Black: Booming on Borrowed Labor

  After more than five years of graduate study in Great Britain, Asliza was anxious to return to her native Brunei. But the country she returned to was not the same one she had left. She wonders at times how much longer she will be able to stay. She doesn’t mind covering her head with Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Excerpt from The Trouble With Dilbert

Forthcoming from Common Courage   By late 1996, Dilbert characters and cartoons were central to pep-talk booklets that Xerox was producing and distributing to employees. Dilbert cartoon characters or complete Dilbert comic strips adorn nearly every page of the Xerox employee guidelines, which include formulas like "Empowerment = Growth and Productivity." In other words, the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Privileged Dependency and Waste: The Military Budget

  Resource Allocation in a Weapons Culture The United States remains a weapons culture today, with the MIC still powerful and dominant in national priorities. This is strikingly displayed in the Center for Defense Information’s (CDI) chart (shown below) depicting Clinton’s proposed 1998 allocation of discretionary (as opposed to mandatory) spending. It can be seen Read more…

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Site Administrator: Boom Times for Billionaires, Bust for Workers and Children

A million bucks is chump change these days to the richest Americans. It took at least $475 million to get on this year’s Forbes 400 roster of the ultra-rich, up from $415 million in 1996. Oprah Winfrey, ranked 343 with $550 million, is the only Black person on the list. If the lowliest Forbes 400 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…

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Norman Solomon: Good Grief: When It Reigns, It Pours

"the suffering was somehow unimpressive." The same media outlets that can go into paroxysms of grief over one celebrity’s demise have shown themselves fully capable of ignoring—or even celebrating—the deaths of many people. In 1991, when U.S. bombs killed "enemy" soldiers and civilians, the American news media rejoiced. At the end of the slaughter known Read more…

Rick Mcdowell: Economic Sanctions on Iraq

Seven years of the most comprehensive sanctions in modern history have reduced Iraq and its people to utter destitution. United Nation Security Council’s economic sanctions, invoked only ten times since the inception of the United Nations, and applied eight times since the end of the Cold War, constitute an extension of the devastating allied bombing Read more…

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