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February 2017
Volume 30 Number 2

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Z Magazine is an independent monthly magazine founded in 1988. Our mission is to publish in depth articles that critique society's political, economic, social life and institutions. We see the race, class, and gender dimensions of personal life as equally important in understanding current circumstances and as necessary for developing visions and strategies for progressive change.

 

 

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Edward S. Herman Pluto Press, 222 pages By Robert Jensen One of the most unpleasant moments for me, and I suspect for many other leftists and anti-war activists, during the NATO attack on Yugoslavia came when I realized that a significant segment of what is usually called the progressive community had swallowed NATO’s propaganda about Read more…

Tim Rogers: Plan Colombia

In an historic round of multi- sector dialogue on peace, a delegation of more than 300 people representing the Colombian government, guerrilla leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN), members of civil society, and international observers from 36 countries, gathered in Costa Rica on October 16 to discuss the 36-year-old armed conflict. Notably absent from Read more…

Steven nasr Salaita: …Invisible, With Liberty and Justice for All

Steven Nasr Salaita Native Americans continue to be America’s invisible constituency. Now that the presidential election is over, we can evaluate how Natives were treated by the candidates and what that might signal in the coming years. Vibrant activism arises from numerous tribes spanning all geographic regions of Turtle Island (North and South America), yet Read more…

Holly Spaulding: S26 Actions in Prague

Holly Spaulding The indigenous Zapatistas of Chiapas, heroes of resistance to many anti-globalization critics, have described the current movement as being made up of “one no, many yeses.” Among those saying “no” at the most recent, 55th annual joint meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) in Prague, were the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Why Not Create A Shadow Government?

Michael Albert As you read this, the presidential elections are over. Without doubt the new president, minutely different from the old president, is waiting eagerly to commit domestic and international mayhem on behalf of his favored elite constituencies. The unanswered question is what are Nader, LaDuke, and the Greens going to do now that the Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Farm Bureau Is a Front

When singer/songwriter Willie Nelson took the stage in mid-September in Bristow, Virginia, kicking off the 15th annual Farm Aid concert, he once again called the nation’s attention to the desperate plight of America’s small family farms. Unknown to most folks, there is a major struggle going on in America’s heartland. Karen Hudson, from her home Read more…

Sandy Carter: The Great Folk Scare Continues

Carter Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four, Various Artists (Revenant) Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, The Warner Collection Volume One, Various Artists (Appleseed Recordings) Nothing Seems Better To Me, The Warner Collection Volume Two, Various Artists (Appleseed Recordings) The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of The American Underground From the Pages Read more…

Mitchel Cohen: Toxic Wastes and the New World Order, Part 1

    Twelve years ago, the soon-to-be infamous barge, the Khian Sea, left the territorial waters of the United States and began circling the oceans in search of a country willing to accept its cargo: 14,000 tons of toxic incinerator ash. First it went to the Bahamas, then to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bermuda, Guinea Read more…

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Steve Ellner: Venezuela’s Foreign Policy

Steve Ellner Typically, State Department officials grit their teeth when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez challenges U.S. foreign policy, but occasionally he provokes a sharper reaction. For example, in August Chávez was the first Western nation head of state to visit Iraq since the U.N.-imposed boycott went into effect ten years ago. State Department spokesperson Richard Read more…

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Dean Baker: none

University of Chicago Press, 2000 Review by Edward Herman This fine book contends, and demonstrates compellingly, that the only “crisis” Social Security faces is posed by its enemies, who have created a phony one to provide the moral and intellectual basis for weakening and destroying a highly successful and completely viable system. It is Social Read more…

Leon Lazaroff: CWA-Verizon

The extraordinary thing about the August telephone workers strike against Verizon Communications was that 87,000 operators and line technicians refused to work for 18 days not over the pocketbook issues of wages and benefits, but over the opportunity to greatly increase the chances of organizing the company’s non-union wireless workers. This strike was about the Read more…

Richard Alan-leach: Agent Orange

Media coverage of the April 22 Earth Day enviro-fest contained a curious omission, given that the same month coincided with the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30). While noting Earth Day’s 30-year anniversary, mainstream coverage elided the fact that its founder, former Senator Gaylord Nelson, was inspired by numerous anti-war teach-ins on Read more…

Charlotte Morrison: The Mental Illness Excuse

When Raymond Alves left prison at the end of his seven-year sentence last March he triggered a nationwide hunt. Because Alves is a convicted sex offender, New Jersey’s recently enacted Sexually Violent Predator statute required prison officials to notify prosecutors 30 days prior to his release. The statute provides for the indefinite civil commitment of Read more…

Kathleen Richter: Revolutionary Afghan Women

Most Americans are by now aware of the abysmal human rights abuses perpetuated in Afghanistan by the ultra fundamentalist Taliban regime—public amputation is the punishment for robbery, adulterers are stoned to death, and women and girls are barred from school and employment, and from leaving the house without a male relative. Those who fail to Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: 37.7 Seconds, Part IX

By Lydia Sargent I have been writing in this column for the last 10 months about the experience of reading current “feminist” sociobiology and evolutionary psychology where the hot topic is the differences that have been discovered (in dubious studies) in men’s and women’s chromosomes and brains, differences that make the sexes equal but separate. Read more…

Eric Schwartz: After LA: Organizing to Win

Eric Schwartz In the nine months since our unexpected victory at the World Trade Organization summit, thousands of people have converged on Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to protest the International Monetary Fund/World Bank and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions (RNC and DNC). These mass actions have expanded the anti-capitalist and anti-globalizations movements Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Spin &the Israeli Occupation

Norman Solomon The formula for American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is simple: Report on the latest developments in the fragile “peace process.” Depict U.S. officials as honest brokers in the negotiations. Emphasize the need for restraint and compromise instead of instability and bloodshed. In the world according to news media, the U.S. government Read more…

Steven l. Strauss: The Politics of Reading and Dyslexia

Steven L. Strauss If you can’t read, you may have missed some recent reports on “breakthroughs” in reading and dyslexia. If we are to believe the words of Sally Shaywitz, M.D., co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention Disorders, advances in brain imaging studies of reading are nothing short of Read more…

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Paul Street: The Economy is Doing Fine, It’s Just the People That Aren’t

L. Street On the eve of the millennial elections, set to occur in the persistent glow of a record-setting economic expansion, Americans are being told that they’ve “never had it so good.” The key evidence for this common elite judgment is a plethora of stunning data on America’s rising tide of affluence. As the Chicago Read more…

Ian Urbina: Palestinian Bantustan

Just weeks ago President Clinton was negotiating a ‘final status’ peace agreement in the Israelis and Palestinians. What seemed like a sudden deterioration in the region belies the deeper frustrations with the peace process which had been mounting for some time. For his purposes, Ariel Sharon timed his move perfectly. Meant to derail any further Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Gay Movies

There was a point in film history when almost any film with gay or lesbian characters or content was defined as transgressive. In the 1960s such films as Victim, The Children’s Hour and Compulsion, with their tastefully handled homosexual content, were considered shocking. By the 1970s the closet was opened and Boys in the Band, Read more…

Margie Burns: The Bigger They Come, The Harder They Fall On You

Graduate students and other students of politics and government are wasting their time taking seminars. They should be sitting in on white-collar crime trials in federal court. Here in the United States District Court in Baltimore, lobbyist Gerard E. Evans has been found guilty on nine counts of wire and mail fraud, with the jury Read more…

Tj Conner: The Good Friday Agreement

One of the most important events in Irish history has recently taken place. For the first time since 1921, the British government entered into negotiations with Sinn Fein (the Irish Republican party meaning “self reliance”), along with Northern Ireland’s leading Unionist parties with the Republic of Ireland and America refereeing. What finally emerged from these Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: none

Common Courage Press Review by Michael Hardesty For a couple of months in the spring and summer of 1999 many western liberals thought they were reliving the glorious days of World War II—the good war—as the social democrats of NATO in tandem with the Clinton Administration remorsely bombed the small Balkan country of Yugoslavia in Read more…

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John M. Laforge: Food Irradiation & Nuclear Weapons

M. LaForge The same folks that brought you open-air bomb testing, human radiation experiments, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl are promoting the food irradiation process. Ever since 1986, the FDA, the nuclear industry, and the meat industry have moved to expose almost the entire food supply to nuclear irradiation. But staunch citizen opposition has generally Read more…

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Site Administrator: Slovenia, Somewhat Out of Step

Michael  Parenti In the late 1980s, as economic conditions in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia worsened under the squeeze of IMF debt and Western destabilization efforts, the more prosperous republics of Croatia and Slovenia increasingly resisted having to subsidize the poorer ones.  Given every encouragement from Germany (and later the United States), the government of Read more…

John e. Peck: Remilitarizing Africa for Corporate Profit

E. Peck This Spring, in a move that’s probably susceptible to World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge as an illegal trade barrier—since it enables consumers to distinguish between goods based upon production/process methods—De Beers promised to certify that all of its consignments “do not include any diamonds which come from any area in Africa controlled by Read more…

M.v. Ramana: none

V. Ramana Two summers ago, when India and Pakistan tested their nuclear weapons—Pakistan for the first time and India, after a gap of 24 years, for the second time—the U.S. government suddenly discovered the dangers of nuclear weapons. President Bill Clinton, for example, stated: “I cannot believe that we are about to start the 21st Read more…

Suzanne Simon: Texaco’s Ecological Terrorism of the Ecuadorian Amazon

Suzanne Simon From 1972 until 1992, the U.S.-based Texaco Corporation spearheaded oil production activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They guided exploration activities, built roads and a trans-Ecuadorian pipeline, which runs from the oil town of Lago Agrio to the port city of Esmeraldas. These two decades of oil extraction and production have resulted in levels Read more…

Ian Urbina: Vermont Campaign Finance Reform

Urbina In June 1997 Vermont passed one of the most comprehensive campaign finance reform laws in the country and the signing of the “Clean Elections” bill was a generally festive occasion. Democratic Governor Howard Dean was on hand for congratulations and photos with the bill’s main architect, Anthony Pollina, whom he enthusiastically dubbed “Mr. Campaign Read more…

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Michael Albert: What’s Napster’and Freenet?

The New York Times business pages have lately featured reports of a music industry crisis. Many leftists don’t read these pages, but this is big news for everyone, perhaps especially for the left. Napster Napster is a computer program plus a massive web site/server and information center. Sitting at your desk at home you type Read more…

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David Bacon: Unions Take On Immigration-Related Firings

Even though she was working 40 hours a week at the Valencia Street Travelodge, Matilde (the women’s last names are not used in this article at their request) still couldn’t buy clothes for her four kids and husband. “I go first to the places where they give clothes away, like St. Anthony’s Church,” she says, Read more…

Harald Bauder: Guilty of Living in Detroit

When a client of a suburban Detroit temp agency demanded “no Detroit residents” in its recruitment profile, the agency’s personnel manager cried foul. She filed a complaint at the regional office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, citing that her employer allowed clients to screen potential temp workers not only for race, gender, religion, and Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: The Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship

A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to this year’s 30th anniversary of Earth Day. A group of Religious Right leaders, scientists, and academics, basking in the dual spotlights of Earth Day and Holy Week, launched the Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship (ICES), an organization to graft dominion theology onto right-wing environmentalism. For years, Religious Read more…

Jan knippers Black: Cuba and the U.S. in the Age of Elian

When Elian Gonzalez finally returns to Cuba, there will be a great many Americans wishing he would take along some drunken great uncles. Therein lies the lasting significance of the soap opera. One might have hoped that this lengthy national obsession with the psychological state of a 6-year-old would transmute into greater concerns about the Read more…

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Michael Bronski: The Failure of Privacy

To most Americans, the right to privacy is a cornerstone in the grand constitutional structure, a right that guarantees a wide range of freedoms. We invoke it romantically in our self-righteous claims to freedom from social or legal intrusion (“What I do in my bedroom is my own business”); freedom of belief (“My religion—or lack Read more…

Sandy Carter: Hip-Hop Uprising

Carter Ever since the world of hip-hop edged into public consciousness in the late 1970s, mainstream and alternative media have slagged the music and its listeners for encouraging gang violence, misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and nihilism. Despite the bad press, by the end of the century the music had become a billion-dollar industry. In 1999, the Read more…

Authors Many: A Z Compendium for the ‘Summer of Convention Convergences

alphabetically: Michael Albert, Tariq Ali, Leslie Cagan, Doug Dowd, Dorothy Guellec, Robert Naiman, Cynthia Peters, Lydia Sargent, Danny Schechter, Steve Shalom, Karen Wald, and Tim Wise.     Michael Albert Solving Problems For "outward organizing and demonstrating" the movement seems on track in focusing on global economics and the WTO/IMF/WB nexus, on Mumia and Peltier, Read more…

Stolen lives Project: none

By Stolen Lives Project Review by Larry Everest & and the staff of Revolution Books, Berkeley Crime has been dropping for a number of years, but you’d never know it from the capitalist press, which is overflowing with crime coverage and “reality-based” cop shows. Yet there’s one crime wave the media rarely touches and never Read more…

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Karel Bartosek, Jean-Louis Margolin Harvard University Press, 1999 Review by Tom Gallagher Exposes of communism are not new—they date back to the Russian Revolution. Yet, The Black Book of Communism caused a sensation when it first appeared in France. The stir, however, had less to do with past crimes, terror, and repression than with contemporary Read more…

Scott Mclarty: AIDS Drugs for Africa

Scott McLarty On Wednesday, May 10, President Clinton issued an Executive Order (EO) titled “Access to HIV/AIDS Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies.” The order reverses the White House’s earlier policy and says the U.S. will no longer challenge sub-Saharan African nations that seek to produce low-cost generic AIDS drugs (“compulsory licensing”) and buy low-cost drugs on Read more…

Mark Sapir: Dismembering PACE

In October 1999 Tom Bodenheimer, a progressive San Francisco community physician published a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine, presenting an historical overview of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a model of community-based long-term care for frail elders. Bodenheimer’s review of PACE was far from the first, there Read more…

Jose Palafox: Arizona Ranchers Hunt Mexicans

I flew out to Tucson, Arizona (a little over an hour from Nogales, Mexico) to help out a local border rights group in their “week of action” to commemorate the life of Esequiel Hernandez Jr. He was a high school student shot and killed by U.S. marines in 1997, in a small border town in Read more…

Randy Rowland: Breaking the Bank

The Independent Media Center has recently released Breaking the Bank, a video produced during and immediately after the A16 actions in Washington, DC against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Breaking the Bank uses video edits from the demonstrations to tell the story. “This is our political moment,” says a young Asian Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: 37.7 Seconds

In Part VI of this series, we looked at Natalie Angier’s Women: An Intimate Geography, an entertaining, very thorough examination/celebration of our bodies. We probed the intimate details of our eggs, our chromosomes, and our vaginas, ending with an intense look at the clitoris. In part VII, we continue in this vein with more about Read more…

Daniel Schirmer: President Clinton, A Corporate Offensive, and Okinawan Bases

Daniel Schirmer For about a decade the United States has been the world’s sole superpower. It has had global supremacy, both economic and military. Today there is evidence that members of the U.S. corporate elite, the dominant influence in Washington, have been engaged in a global offensive to maintain and strengthen U.S. hegemony. The Clinton Read more…

Maurice Isserman: none

New York: Public Affairs, 2000; 449 pp. Review by Jason Schulman The legacy of the late Michael Harrington—known best to the public at large as the author of The Other America (1962), the book credited with sparking the Kennedy-Johnson War On Poverty —is a contested one on the Left. Many see him as the heir Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Beat

Norman Solomon   The Los Alamos Story Spinning Like Crazy It’s media spin in overdrive: Major security breaches have jeopardized the vital work going on at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where scientists toil to protect America. But after many years of monitoring key weapons policies, Jacqueline Cabasso dismisses the uproar as “a sideshow.” Cabasso, Read more…

Silja j.a. Talvi: Public Interest Law

Silja J.A. Talvi Ellen Barry is a respected prison rights activist, lawyer, and organizer who speaks out about the crucial issues facing women in U.S. jails and prisons. Barry works with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and in the Critical Resistance prison movement.      Barry has devoted much of her life to challenging America’s Read more…

Paul von Blum: Kuumba

Von Blum Throughout the 20th century, African American artists have used their creative powers to document and celebrate the historical record of their people. In the process, they have promoted an alternative perspective for younger generations harmed by stereotypical images of black life pervading American popular culture. For many decades following the Harlem Renaissance, a Read more…

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