Category: Coups

Billy Nessen: East Timor in Suharto’s Shadow

Dili, June 28, 1998. They came running at us, screaming something. One man’s face was painted red and white, the Indonesian flag, and his fist hit my chin, a sharp jolt near my ear as I staggered back. His colleagues surrounded me and Felipe and Jose, two East Timorese university students, on the narrow side-street. Read more…

Tor Wennerberg: Liberty for Property: On human nature, economics, and democracy

or women’s rights and so on. It wasn’t just people screaming at each other. There were interesting arguments on both sides. The pro-slavery side had substantial arguments that are not easy to answer. But there was a common moral ground in which a good bit of the debate took place, and as it resolved, which Read more…

Dennis bernstein and larry Everest: Cops That Maim And Kill

  The following passage comes from a recent report by Amnesty International’s historic, 150-page report–United States of America: Rights for All. "There is a widespread and persistent problem of police brutality….Thousands of individual complaints about police abuse are reported each year….Police officers have beaten and shot unresisting suspects; they have misused batons, chemical sprays and Read more…

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Joel Kovel: So You Want To Be A Senator?

  When I was asked by the Green Party to run for Al D’Amato’s senate seat in New York, I faced a starkly unfavorable prospect. The winner-take-all election system is designed to keep small parties out, in contrast to the proportional representation system of many parliamentary democracies, such as Germany, where Greens have been able Read more…

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David Bacon: title(“Fraud In Oakland’s Garbage Sweatshop”)

When 70 workers walked out of a west Oakland recycling facility August 21, they simply wanted a raise. But the increasingly bitter East Bay strike uncovered, not just abusive working conditions and poverty wages, but de facto municipal sanction of a garbage-sorting sweatshop, operated for years in violation of its own city contract.  As the 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…

Bob Harris: Pinochet

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. Turns out U.S. intervention began as early as 1958, when the leftist physician Salvador Allende first came close to being elected Chile’s president. Can’t have that. So up to 100 CIA and State Department operatives were dedicated to an ongoing operation, "creating propaganda and organizational mechanisms capable of influencing key sectors Read more…

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Ward Churchill: Smoke Signals in Context

  —Rennard Strickland, Tonto’s Revenge 1998   Meanwhile, Edwin Carewe, a Chickasaw, had completed The Trail of the Shadow in 1917. The film was distinguished enough to land him the director’s berth in a whole string of movies over the next decade, culminating in the sensitive and critically-acclaimed 1928 screen version of Helen Hunt Jackson’s Read more…

Daniel Burton-rose: Long-Distance Running

Being Left Long-Distance Running An Interview with Staughton and Alice Lynd By Daniel Burton-Rose   In the process of putting together their classic work of oral history Rank and File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers, Staughton and Alice Lynd met several extraordinary workers from Youngstown, Ohio. These men, Ed Mann and John Barbero, were, as 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…

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