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Brian Tokar: Biotechnology and the Commodification of Life

The U.S.government’s aggressive advocacy for the biotechnology industry, and its potentially disastrous agenda of reshaping world agriculture, has finally made international headlines. At the end of February, representatives of 163 nations met for a week in Cartagena, Colombia for what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations toward an international protocol on the Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Monsanto: A Checkered History

Headquartered just outside St. Louis, Missouri, the Monsanto Chemical Company was founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny. Queeny, a self-educated chemist, brought the technology to manufacture saccharin, the first artificial sweetener, from Germany to the United States. In the 1920s, Monsanto became a leading manufacturer of sulfuric acid and other basic industrial chemicals, and Read more…

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Edward Herman: Corporate Junk Science in the Media

The prime mark of industry control over environmental policy is that its right to put chemicals into the environment without independent testing is unchallenged even today. This hegemony is so complete that only a small fringe of environmentalists question this industry prerogative. Mainstream environmentalists take producer sovereignty for granted and seek only marginal changes that Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Reinventing Antipoverty

On the morning of October 21, 1998, Paul Dixon’s alarm went off just before 3:00 AM. He and three housemates dragged tired bodies out of bed and made their way on bicycle from their home on the west end of downtown Toronto to a community center several blocks east The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) 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…

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Lydia Sargent: Too Many Young Males

Hotel Satire Too Many Young Males By Lydia Sargent    Welcome to Hotel Satire where we have been sickened by the sex scandal in the White House. We agree with the Christian Coalition that Clinton is Satan and are hoping that Kenneth Starr appoints the very moral and upstanding Dan Quayle as president, the Constitution Read more…

Vincent Romano: Inspecting the Inspectors

Disarmament   Inspecting the Inspectors By Vincent Romano   It is August 1998 and for the umpteenth time, a crisis with Iraq looms. The government of Saddam Hussein has barred UNSCOM inspectors from implementing their mandate to root out all suspected hidden weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. is enraged. Major media pontificate on the Read more…

Sharon Beder: Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism

Chelsea Green, 288 pp. Review by David Edwards This book deals with the real environmental crisis—the crisis that lies in the fact that the modern mass media system is a corporate system deeply embedded in, and dependent on, the wider corporate status quo; and in the related capacity of corporate power to boost facts, ideas, Read more…

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Edward Herman: The U.S. Jobs Miracle

  In both Europe and the United States, the substantial growth in U.S. jobs over the past several decades has been repeatedly cited in support of the view that a “flexible” labor market is the solution to the problem of unemployment that has beset the West once again. “Flexible” is a euphemism for “unorganized and Read more…

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David Barsamian: Let’s Fight the Bastards: Believing in the common good

Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street." HIGHTOWER: Bingo. And now it’s not just Wall Street, but the Japanese and the European conglomerates as well, the new global economy.   Are we looking here, then, at an El Niño kind of climate change? We’re looking at the same old greed that has been repackaged. Read more…

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