John M. Laforge
Liberals & Dictators
Health Care Bargaining
2010 & Beyond
CFR & Obama
Laurence h. Shoup
Nicolas J.S. Davies
Robinson's Latin America
Zaps - 01-10
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SCHOOL: Z Media Institute 2010 by Z Staff
Z Communications Announces A SCHOOL FOR MEDIA AND POLITICS, JUNE 6-14 Z Media Institute 2010 For a printable PDF version of this announcement (as it appeared in ... More / Printer Friendly Version
BRIEFINGS: CorporateHaven etc by Various Contributors
Outrage at CorporateHaven By Anne Petermann December 9, 2009 - At the UN conference on climate change, the leak to the press of a document prepared by the Danish government, in collabora... More / Printer Friendly Version
SCANNING: Nuclear Medicine Causing "Tens of Thousands" of Cancers by John M. Laforge
According to Dr. Atul Gawandea, surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, "We know that doing 62 million scans every year for a population of 300 million... More / Printer Friendly Version
FOG WATCH: Liberals and Military Dictatorships by Edward Herman
BRAZIL: In 1971, the military dictator of Brazil, Emilio Medici, commented somewhat regretfully that, "The economy is doing fine, but the people aren't." Ofcourse, he was claiming at the ... More / Printer Friendly Version
ECOLOGY: Producing Annihilation: Effects of Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia by Frank Smecker
Along the backbone of the eastern United States, better known as Appalachia, a relatively new trend in coal mining is underway. Mountaintop removal (MTR), a process in which the coal industry blows... More / Printer Friendly Version
BASES: Instead of Radar, Will There Be Rockets? by Erica Carlino
On September 17, the Obama administration released a statement saying that all plans to build a radar base in the Czech Republic and Poland would be canceled. A month later, it seemed that the Admi... More / Printer Friendly Version
CONSERVATIVE WATCH: An All-Christian Prison? by Bill Berkowitz
If Bill Robinson gets his way, Wakita, Oklahoma, a small town of around 400 residents located near the Kansas border and featured in the movie Twister, will be home to the first all-Christian priso... More / Printer Friendly Version
MASSIVE PROTESTS: New Movement Stops Mexico for a Day by Tamara Pearson
On October 10, 44,000 electricity workers in Mexico, members of the county's most combative and independent union, SME (Mexican Electrical Union), were fired. The layoff became a catalyst for a mov... More / Printer Friendly Version
LABOR NOTES: Labor Bargains for Too Little on Health Care and Gets Even Less by Jane Slaughtor
It's been a frustrating year for supporters of single-payer health care reform—aka Medicare for all. They protested as their proposal, which they call the most comprehensive, humane, and econ... More / Printer Friendly Version
INTERVIEW: Thinking Outside the Box by David Barsamian
Helena Norberg-Hodge is a native of Sweden, a leading critic of conventional notions of growth and development, and the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel ... More / Printer Friendly Version
ECONOMIC POLICY: Economic Crisis in 2010 and Beyond by Jack Rasmus
At the end of 2009, investors, business press pundits, and government policymakers alike reluctantly began to question whether the economic recovery in GDP terms would continue into 2010. Growing a... More / Printer Friendly Version
FOREIGN POLICY: Finance Capitalists, the CFR, and the Obama Administration by Laurence h. Shoup
The Obama administration, together with assorted "neo-leftist supporters," is attempting to use the state capitalist cards of imperialism abroad, massive deficit spending, giveaways to fi... More / Printer Friendly Version
REVIEWING POLICY: Human Rights in the New Millennium by Noam Chomsky
Before trying to address the current state of human rights, it is worth considering what is admitted into that sacred canon. The question constantly arises, quite concretely. For example, on the In... More / Printer Friendly Version
HISTORY HANDBOOK: The Great Game in the Graveyard of Empires by Nicolas J.S. Davies
Afghanistan is known as the "graveyard of empires." But just why do empires keep sending thousands of their young people to die in Afghanistan? American blood-letting there is generally e... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: Latin America and Global Capitalism by Ben Terrall
Book by William I. Robinson; Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2008, 440 pp. Last year, UC Santa Barbara sociology professor William I. Robinson was in the news for having the temerity ... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: The Red Army Faction by Fischer
Book by J. Smith and André Moncourt; Kersplebedeb Press & PM Press, Montreal & Oakland, 2009, 736 pp. It's easy to forget that armed struggle within the "first world" wa... More / Printer Friendly Version
FREE LISTINGS: Zaps - January 2010 by Various Contributors
Events SOCIAL FORUMS - 2010 is the 10-year anniversary of the first World Social Forum, which promotes alternatives to capitalism and corporate hierarchy under the banner "Another Wor... More / Printer Friendly Version
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HUMAN RIGHTS - The U.S. Human Rights Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6-8, in Atlanta, GA.
Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; firstname.lastname@example.org; http:// www.ushrnetwork.org/.
AFRICAN/SOCIALIST - The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party USA will be held December 7-11, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727- 821-6620; info@aps puhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.
SCHOOLS - The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will host a workshop on the DSC “Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting A Human Rights Framework for Schools” at the Mid-Hudson Region NY State Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships, December 11 in White Plains, NY.
Contact: http://www.dignityin schools.org/.
ANARCHIST/BOOKFAIR - The Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair will be held December 14, in Eureka, CA.
Contact: humboldtgrassroots @riseup.net; http://humbold tanarchist bookfair.wordpress. com/.
CLIMATE - The World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities is hosting a follow-up event to the 2012 Rio de Janeiro symposium. The gathering will be held in Qatar on January 28-30, 2014.
Contact: http://environment.tufts. edu/.
LABOR - The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) will host Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for the New Working Class in Los Angeles, March 26-29. Proposals are due December 15.
Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719;lawcha @duke. edu; http://lawcha.org/.
MEDIA FELLOWSHIP - The Media Mobilizing Project is seeking applicants for the first annual Movement Media Fellowship Program. The Fellow will work with MMP to produce the spring season of Media Mobilizing Project TV. MMPTV is a news and talk show that tells the stories of local communities organizing to win human rights and build a movement to end poverty.
Contact: 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-821- 9632; milena@media mobilizing.org; http://www.media mobilizing.org/.
RACE - The 7th Facing Race: A National Conference will be held in Dallas, TX November 13-15, 2014. Organizers, educators, artists, funders and everyone interested in racial equity is invited to exchange best practices and learn about innovative models and successful organizing initiatives. Proposals must be submitted by January 24, 2014.
Contact: Race Forward, 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004; 212-513-7925; media @raceforward.org; http://race forward.org/.
VETERANS - They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars - The Untold Story, by Ann Jones, is about the journey of veterans from the moment of being wounded in rural Afghanistan to their return home.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarketbooks.org/.
LIBYA - Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution, by Francis A. Boyle, is a history and critique of American foreign policy from Reagan to Obama.
Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; email@example.com; http://www. claritypress.com/.
CHILDREN - Fannie and Freddie by Becky Z. Dernbach is about two bumbling villains who gamble away the savings of the people of Homeville.
Contact: fannieandfreddiebook @gmail.com; http://fannieand freddie.org/.
PROTEST/COMIC - Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among English Speaking Peoples, by Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson is a graphic narrative that explains how people have fought against oppression.
Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-8760; info@ sevenstories.com; http://www. sevenstories.com.
CHILDREN - Brave Girl by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is the true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.
Contact: http://www.harpercollins childrens.com/Kids/.
FESTIVAL - The 2014 Queer Women of Color Film Festival will be held June 13-15 in San Francisco. The festival is currently accepting submissions until December 31.
Contact: QWOCMAP, 59 Cook Street, San Francisco, CA 94118-3310; 415-752-0868; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.qwocmap.org/.
IRAQ/REFUGEES - Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, thousands of displaced Iraqi refugees are still facing a crisis in the United States. The Lost Dream follows Nazar and Salam who had to flee Iraq in order to avoid threats by Al- Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents that consider them “traitors” for supporting U.S. forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Contact: Typecast Films, 888- 591-3456; info@type castfilms. com; http://type castfilms.com/.
HUMAN RIGHTS - Lyrical Revolt! III will be held December 4 in Syracuse, NY. The event will feature hip-hop musician Anhel whose album Young, Gifted, and Brown was just released. The event is sponsored by ANSWER Syracuse, Liberation News, and SyracuseHip Hop.com. Performers and artists are encouraged to send submissions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.answercoalition.org/syracuse/.
FOLK - Musician Painless Parker has released his album Music for miscreants, malcontents and misanthropes featuring “Fuck Yeah, the Working Class.”
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://painlessparkermusic.com/.
COMEDY - Political comedian Lee Camp’s new album Pepper Spray the Tears Away has been released.