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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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.