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Michael Albert: There Is No Alternative!?

C urrently, our website, ZNet, is helping to form Projects for a Participatory Society, which will, for the moment, be an online discussion of values and structures for this possible “other” world.   In conjunction with this effort, Z Magazine plans to include more vision and strategy in these pages on a regular basis. To Read more…

Puck Puck: Taking It All Back

B eing white in the United States means never having to think about what that means. And most white folks don’t. In fact, any frank discussion of race makes many liberal or left-leaning white people immediately nervous or defensive. The U.S. is supposed to be “colorblind,” after all. And what better way to prove blindness Read more…

: Militarism and Violence Against Women

W ith no end in sight to the war on terrorism, it is increasingly urgent to recogniz e the effects of war on women. The pandemic of violence against women continues, exacerbated by militarism.  The theory of “power over” an “other” provides the common thread between military campaigns and assaults against women. In order for Read more…

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Site Administrator: Interview with Medha Patkar

O ver the past two decades the struggle against dam projects that threaten the right to life and livelihood for the people of India’s Narmada valley has grown into one of the world’s largest non-violent social movements. Activist Medha Patkar has been at the center of these struggles. For this work, Patkar and her colleagues Read more…

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Yves Engler: Rising Health Costs

F ord, General Motors, and DaimlerChrysler recently joined a legal challenge to block two Michigan health systems from building two new hospitals in the Detroit suburbs. The Big 3 automakers, with a combined annual employee health bill of nearly $10 billion, worry that the new hospitals will lead to overcapacity in Detroit’s Oakland County suburbs. Read more…

Judith David: The Innocence Project

F rom his cell on death row, Ron Williamson screamed “I am an innocent man. I didn’t kill Debbie Carter,” disturbing the whole cell block. Just five days before he was to be executed, he was found innocent on the basis of DNA testing.  Williamson was exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project, which Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. & Haiti

T hose who have any concern for Haiti will naturally want to understand how its most recent tragedy has been unfolding. For those who have had the privilege of any contact with the people of this tortured land, it is not just natural, but inescapable. Nevertheless, we make a serious error if we focus too Read more…

Roger Burbach: Argentine President Faces Off With the IMF

P resident Nestor Kirchner of Argentina is emerging as the leading nemesis of the International Monetary Fund and the private financial speculators in South America. Assuming office in May 2003 with less than a quarter of the popular vote, he now enjoys 85 percent support in the opinion polls, due in large part to his Read more…

George j. Bryjak: Outsourcing The American Dream

E conomists Ashok Bardhan and Cynthia Kroll of the University of California at Berkeley estimate that in July 2003 between 25,000 and 30,000 IT (information technology) positions were outsourced to India. According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, since 2001 “more than 500,000 people in IT professions in the United States have lost their jobs.” Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Carnival As Organizing

A decade ago the idea of seriously organizing for gay marriage—or, more correctly stated, same-sex marriage—was barely imaginable. The idea of actually getting any place with it was unthinkable. Yet, in the past two years, we have seen enormous strides made in fighting for the right for gay and lesbian couples to become legally wed. Read more…

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