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Commentary, April, 01 2000
Arnove's ZSpace page
Hans von Sponeck resigns March 31 as the director of the United Nations humanitarian program in Iraq. Normally, the comings and goings of UN officials isnâ€™t a subject for headlines or a source of encouragement for activists, but von Sponec...
Commentary, March, 31 2000
Cagan's ZSpace page
Hard to believe it, but April 30th will be the 25th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam!!
Commentary, March, 28 2000
Herman's ZSpace page
The great nineteenth century U.S. agnostic and lecturer, Robert Green Ingersoll, used to delight in telling the story of the test of true faith imposed on those seeking entry into heaven by the heavenly gatekeeper (e.g., in his lecture on the "Mis...
Commentary, March, 24 2000
Weisbrot's ZSpace page
The Clinton administration claims to have learned something from the outpouring of protest against the World Trade Organization (WTO) last December. "Those who heard a wake-up call in Seattle got the right message," said President Clinton. Maybe s...
Commentary, March, 08 2000
Martinez's ZSpace page
Since Feb. 6, the Students of Color Coalition (SCC) has occupied the tower of the University of Michigan Union building to protest ongoing racist practices on a campus that claims to have a longstanding commitment to multiculturalism and diversity...
Commentary, March, 06 2000
Hartmann's ZSpace page
In January I made my first trip to New Mexico. My partner and I visited the ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Like many tourists before us, we were awed by the beauty of the Frijoles Canyon and the knowledge that an an...
Commentary, March, 04 2000
Shalom's ZSpace page
During the Vietnam War, the court martial trials of Lt. William Calley and other U.S. military personnel who massacred hundreds of unarmed civilians at My Lai was deeply contentious. Conservatives opposed the trials as besmirching the good name of...
Commentary, February, 29 2000
Cunningham's ZSpace page
"The Chinese people must speak up to protest the Japanese government for refusing to acknowledge the historical misdeed of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre." These are the words of an unknown hacker who added a new twist to the seven decade old Sino-Japa...
Commentary, February, 26 2000
Wise's ZSpace page
When it comes to discussions of racism, or any other kind of "ism" for that matter, sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. Such was the case recently when it was reported that Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker had cut loose with a str...
Commentary, February, 24 2000
Bond's ZSpace page
Divide-and-conquer is an all too familiar gambit of a ruling elite under stress. Thus Seattle demonstrators, together with a growing international movement struggling in the same spirit in many other sites, have found themselves subject to both re...
Commentary, February, 16 2000
Weissman's ZSpace page
Imagine this: you study your entire life to reach the pinnacle of your profession. First, you secure an undergraduate degree in biology from Oregon State University. Then a PhD in developmental biology at Yale University. Then on to Indiana Univer...
Commentary, February, 11 2000
Shalom's ZSpace page
In December 1975, after receiving a green light from U.S. President Gerald and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Indonesian President Suharto launched an invasion of East Timor. The weapons for the attack came from the United States. "Of course ...
Commentary, February, 08 2000
Naiman's ZSpace page
There's great consternation in Cuba and Florida over the fate of Elian Gonzalez. If he were from any other country, he would already be home with his father. Yet only a handful of the media reports mention the extreme U.S. embargo that led to the ...
Commentary, February, 07 2000
Peters's ZSpace page
What happens when corporations take on progressive social and political issues? We've all had the opportunity to roll our eyes at the marketers who co-opt feminist principles in order to sell their products. "Take Control" hair gel and "Stay Free...
Commentary, February, 04 2000
Burchill's ZSpace page
In societies which like to call themselves free and open, liberty is usually defined in contrasting terms. State propaganda and indoctrination, for example, are said to be exclusive characteristics of unfree or totalitarian states at both ends of ...
Commentary, February, 03 2000
Herman's ZSpace page
There has long been a strong tendency on the part of Western non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to serve as did the Christian missionaries in the years of colonial expansion and occupation, who followed in the wake of the empire builders to con...
Commentary, February, 01 2000
Prashad's ZSpace page
I'm not one to pass a good film by, having enjoyed Michael Mann's 'The Insider.' Its send-up of '60 Minutes' was enjoyable even as it felt the need to recuperate that bastion of US liberalism at film's end. This weekend I went to see Tim Robbin's ...
Commentary, January, 29 2000
Rebick's ZSpace page
Always on the cutting edge of social change, the Canadian Auto Workers union has just launched an important new initiative. The CAW has set up "A Task Force on Working Class Politics in the 21st Century."
Commentary, January, 25 2000
Landau's ZSpace page
Explain US-Cuba policy, my friends ask. Last week's prison riot occurred in Louisiana where Cuban prisoners had served their sentences, yet remained locked up because they didn't qualify to stay in the US. They had committed crimes before gaining ...
Commentary, January, 23 2000
Albert's ZSpace page
Besides immediate objectives, great social movements need long-run goals for inspiration and guidance. The abolitionist movement to end slavery and the movement for the eight-hour day both in the nineteenth century, the movement for women's suffra...