Category: Social Policy

Andrew Hartman: The Politicization of Terror

Hartman September 11 will forever be synonymous with terrorism. If Americans lacked a clear definition of terrorism prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, those events have now generated an unwelcome familiarity with terrorism. Defining terrorism is not simple, but for the sake of clarity, here is a definition of Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Feminist Analysis and the Crisis

Cynthia Peters (This is a slightly corrected version of the article published in the 12/01 issue of Z.) Cynthia Enloe, feminist scholar and author of several books and articles about women and the military, suggested that it is useful to ask, "Where are the women?" A casual observer of recent events might be justified in Read more…

Sean Healy: Aids Fight Boosted By Big Pharma’s Defeat

  By Sean Healy There’s not often something to celebrate on World AIDS Day, December 1, but there might be this year: a small, much fought-over clause in a World Trade Organisation declaration may signify a turning of the tide, at least insofar as poor peoples’ access to needed medicines is concerned. The clause is Read more…

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Kavaljit Singh: Anthrax, Drug Transnationals And TRIPs

Kavaljit Singh The current anthrax crisis has, once again, raised highly controversial issues related to intellectual property rights. Just a few months back, the world witnessed heated debate on the patent controversy when the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (PMASA), a body representing South African subsidiaries of 39 drug transnational corporations (TNCs), took the Read more…

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Aziz Choudry: CanadaÕs Dirty War Over Words

“Some must speak and some must be still, so we can listen to the voices of the just and to the silence of the sinners”. Admiral Emilio Massera, member of the first military junta during Argentina’s “Dirty War” of the late 1970s and early 1980s. My October visit to Canada was overshadowed by the vicious Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Biotech Companies As Bioterrorists

While the public is preoccupied by an anthrax scare, another act of bio-terrorism is threatening India’s farmers and our rich biodiversity. Ten thousand hectares of transgenic Bt. cotton was found to have been illegally planted in Gujarat in Western India. At a meeting of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), the Committee in the Union Read more…

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Laura Flanders: Dear Mr. Secretary

Dear Mr. Secretary, Congratulations on your recent deal with the Bayer Corporation of Germany. The newspapers all seem very excited. You got Bayer to give you a cut price on their famous anti-anthrax drug, Cipro. Bayer has agreed to sell the administration 100 million tablets at 95 cents a piece, instead of their usual $4.67 Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The War In Afghanistan: 40 Questions and Answers

Michael Albert and Stephen R. Shalom In the course of our discussions since the bombing of Afghanistan began, we have encountered certain questions over and over. Here we assemble those questions and provide answers to each. 1. What is Islamic fundamentalism? Fundamentalism has been on the rise worldwide. One reason has been the absence in Read more…

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Edward Herman: Nuggets From A Nuthouse

Edward S. Herman Left criticisms of the media have always drawn the accusation of conspiracy theory, because media personnel and defenders of the media establishment are either too lazy to examine closely the case made by left analysts, can’t understand it, or are pleased to resort to a smear tactic. They can get away with Read more…

Al Gedicks: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations

Gedicks South End Press, 2001, 241 pages. Review by Janet Lloyd Resource Rebels is a detailed and informative account of modern day genocide that reveals the dark side of the global economic system. By exposing the continuing genocide of indigenous peoples throughout the world, Gedicks reveals the hidden cost of western “progress.” Uncovering the connections Read more…

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