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Noam Chomsky: Hordes of Vigilantes & Popular elements defeat MAI, for now

Noam Chomsky   This is a follow-up to my article on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) in the May issue. That went to press a few weeks before the April 27 target date for signing of the MAI by the OECD countries. At the time, it was fairly clear that agreement would not be Read more…

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Site Administrator: NYU’s Chinese Construction Workers

Stinnett   At the New York University (NYU) main building in downtown Manhattan—the building where, in 1911, a sweatshop garment factory fire killed 146 young immigrant workers—a handful of immigrant Chinese construction workers has fought for the last 9 months against the racist hiring polices of construction companies contracted by NYU. On March 26, groups Read more…

James Crotty: The Korean Struggle

& Gary Dymski Just a few months after getting a clean bill of economic health from the OECD in mid 1997, South Korea’s economy plunged into a foreign exchange crisis. By December the Korean government had signed a loan agreement with the IMF. The severity of its terms were unprecedented. Koreans quickly spread the bitter Read more…

Michael Steinberg: Nuclear Contamination In Connecticut

Steinberg   The end of 1997 brought a flurry of media reports in Connecticut about radioactive contamination from the state’s notorious nuclear power plants. The Connecticut Yankee nuclear plant, located about 20 miles up the Connecticut River from Long Island Sound, has been the focus of much of the attention. But the Millstone nuclear plants, Read more…

Cecilia Zarate-laun: The War On Drugs From The Supply Side

  Last October 25 a paramilitary patrol landed on the small town of El Aro in Colombia’s northern Antioquia province, with the intention of "doing away with the guerrillas." For five days the town was converted into a con¬≠centration camp. First, they killed Andres Mendoza,Wilmar Restrepo, RosaMaria Barrera, and Dora Angela Areiza in front of Read more…

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John M. Laforge: Nuclear Disarmament

The clamor for nuclear disarmament is being raised by millions the world over not only by established peace and anti-nuclear organizations, but by NGOs, scientific panels, retired generals, eminent military and civilian officials, nuclear weapons designers, and international judges. With the influential weight of these new voices, the United States has an opportunity to reconsider Read more…

Sandy Carter: Feminism and Classic Blues

   Because blues is such a heavily male dominated musical genre, it’s often forgotten that the first popular blues recording stars were women. During the 1920s when the emerging recording industry first realized the commercial potential of blues, women so dominated recorded blues that the popular image of a blues singer was a big-voiced black 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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Michael Bronski: Onward, Christian Soldiers?

  Gay Pride, Boston, June 21, 1977: It was a hot Saturday afternoon on Boston Common, and the crowd listening to speeches was restless. At long last, Charley Shively (professor of history at Boston College and a founder of Fag Rag, one of the first gay-liberation publications in the country) began his keynote speech. Sounding 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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