Category: Canada

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Danny Schechter: At the Top of the World

Danny Schechter When demonstrators packed the streets of Seattle last December to scuttle the World Trade Organization meeting and shout about their dissatisfaction with economic globalization, some journalists described them as "politically correct" activists. Reporters and pundits contended that the protestors offered simplistic and one-sided solutions lacking any objectivity. Two months later, scores of these Read more…

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David Barsamian: Monopolies, NPR, & PBS

Robert McChesney is Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a leading critic of corporate media. He is the author of Telecommunications, Mass Media and Democracy. His latest book is Rich Media, Poor Democracy, published by University of Illinois Press. DAVID BARSAMIAN: Will Rogers once said, “I only know what Read more…

Christopher Black: An Unindicted War Criminal

& Edward S. Herman Among the many ironies of the NATO war against Yugoslavia was the role of the International Criminal Tribunal and its chief prosecutor, Louise Arbour, elevated by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien to Canada’s highest court in 1999. It will be argued here that that award was entirely justified on the grounds Read more…

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Judy Rebick: New Workers’ Initiative

Judy Rebick Always on the cutting edge of social change, the Canadian Auto Workers union has just launched an important new initiative. The CAW has set up "A Task Force on Working Class Politics in the 21st Century." Here is the introduction to the paper that introduces the task force to union members: "We generally Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Humanitarian Intervention

Stephen R. Shalom   The issue of humanitarian intervention arises again, propelled by the crises in Kosovo and East Timor and by the memories of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Some analysts have used these cases to support new principles of international relations. But to assure that the correct lessons are learned, we have to examine Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: China & the WTO

Robin Hahnel After declining to sign a "better deal" last April, the Clinton administration signed off on conditions for permitting China to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO) in November. Even though China’s premier was in Washington last April begging for Clinton’s signature to lock in a victory for his faction of economic liberalizers over Read more…

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David Bacon: Will A Social Clause In Trade Agreements Advance International Solidarity?

David Bacon On November 30 the AFL-CIO mobilized thousands of union members to demonstrate in Seattle outside the meeting of trade ministers of the World Trade Organization. The labor federation called for incorporating the rights of working people around the world into the text of future trade agreements, and for treating the impact of trade Read more…

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Judy Rebick: First Mourn, Then Work for Change

violent men. At first there was a ferocious debate. He was just a madman, they said. It had nothing to do with violence against women, they said. But we knew better. Why did we even have to argue the point? His suicide letter had a hit list of prominent feminists he wanted to kill. He Read more…

Michael Steinberg: Genocide in East Timor

Michael Steinberg The U.S. role in the recent catalog of horrors in East Timor is deep and far reaching, the culmination of over three decades of nurturing the Indonesian fascist regime. Just as the U.S. mainstream media has attempted to suppress the clear connection between the Indonesian military and its militias in carrying out genocide Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Things Are Never As They Seem and yet They Are Always As They Seem

Dorothy Guellec What this title suggests is that we have to look between the lines and live between the lines. Life is almost always terribly complex. Readers of this commentary may feel convinced that the business model does not fit healthcare, so I need not preach to the converted. However, you may not be familiar Read more…

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