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Commentary, May, 18 2000
Burchill's ZSpace page
In the first weeks of September last year, 70% of all public buildings and private residences in East Timor were destroyed. At least 75% of the population of the territory was displaced, with over 260,000 people being driven across the border into...
Commentary, May, 17 2000
Ali's ZSpace page
In these times of political adversity for the left, Ken Livingstone's spectacular triumph against the culture and politics of New Labour marks an important turning point in English politics. Blair refused to accept Livingstone as the Labour candid...
Commentary, May, 16 2000
Schechter's ZSpace page
I can just hear some Hollywood exec wondering if it has "series potential" while watching the dramatic showdown in the latest episode of the EliÃ¡n GonzÃ¡lez tug-of-war. On April 22 federal agents in a long overdue and overdrawn response "rescued"...
Commentary, May, 15 2000
Mokhiber's ZSpace page
Last month, a Texas jury recommended that Kenneth Payne, 29, spend 16 years in jail.Payne's crime? Stealing a Snickers bar from a Tyler, Texas grocery store on December 17, 1999. When Smith county Assistant District Attorney Jodi Brown was asked ...
Commentary, May, 14 2000
Hightower's ZSpace page
Have you heard of the "Butterfly Effect?" Both a scientific concept and an ecological reality, its essence is that the flapping of a million butterfly wings in central Mexico can have consequences in New York City, Rome, or Hong Kong. The notion i...
Commentary, May, 13 2000
Prashad's ZSpace page
One hundred million people and sixty million cattle in India are in the midst of a crippling drought. The states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh have been hit with poor monsoon rain. According to the Union Minister...
Commentary, May, 12 2000
Chomsky's ZSpace page
There has been a general assault in the last 25 years on solidarity, democracy, social welfare, anything that interferes with private power, and there are many targets. One of the targets is undoubtedly the educational system. In fact, a couple of...
Commentary, May, 11 2000
Hoodbhoy's ZSpace page
He fought for Kashmiri self-determination in 1948, against French imperialism in Algeria in the early 60's, roused students on American campuses in the early 70's against their government's immoral war in Vietnam, dodged arrest by the CIA in a cas...
Commentary, May, 10 2000
Wise's ZSpace page
"What's the difference between a radical and a liberal?" It is a question I'm regularly asked at lectures, usually by college students struggling with their own sense of the world, trying desperately to figure out where they stand on the seemingly...
Commentary, May, 09 2000
Peters's ZSpace page
Disability rights activists have been waiting for Christopher Reeve to get over his ÒI-will-walk-againÓ thing. But itÕs been 5 years since the actor, best known for his role as ÒSuperman,Ó became a quadriplegic after a horse-riding accident, and h...
Commentary, May, 08 2000
Landau's ZSpace page
History repeats itself, wrote Marx, first as tragedy and then again as farce. First time: Chile, November, 1970. In one photo, a helmeted officer just to the right of and behind Allende's car wears a bored, or maybe slightly pained, expression. Ge...
Commentary, May, 07 2000
Zinn's ZSpace page
Recently, meeting with a group of high school students, I was asked by one of them: "I read in your book, A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, about the massacres of Indians, the long history of racism, the persistence of poverty in the rich...
Commentary, May, 06 2000
Dowd's ZSpace page
Let not young souls be smothered out before They do quaint deeds and fully flaunt their pride. It is the world's one crime its babes grow dull, Its poor are ox-like, limp and leaden-eyed. Set those words beside these: I am somehow less inte...
Commentary, May, 05 2000
Weisbrot's ZSpace page
May 4 will mark thirty years since four students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University were murdered by Ohio National Guardsmen. It is no exaggeration to call it murder, since the students were unarmed and-- given how far they were f...
Commentary, May, 04 2000
Solomon's ZSpace page
Despite all the emphasis on new media, photography has never lost the power to move us. Some recent photo essays in major American magazines, focusing on the poor and dispossessed, are efforts to break through abstraction and indifference. They te...
Commentary, May, 03 2000
Hightower's ZSpace page
Well, there we have it: Gore-Bush. Dull versus dullard. The political establishments of the two-party duopoly successfully rose up to surround, defend, and shove forward their chosen ones, both girded with tens of millions of dollars from the exac...
Commentary, May, 02 2000
Herman's ZSpace page
The left always has a problem at election time, and embattled left pens are already trying to demonstrate that we should: (1) forego voting; (2) vote for Ralph Nader; or (3) vote for the lesser evil (Gore). The fact that there is always such vigor...
Commentary, May, 01 2000
Hartmann's ZSpace page
In February of this year the Indian government announced a new population policy based on a two-child norm. While social activists have welcomed certain elements of the policy, such as free and compulsory elementary education and improvements in h...
Commentary, April, 30 2000
Shah's ZSpace page
Did you miss me? YouÕve been busy, with world-shaking, front-page social change happenings. In my sleep-deprived fog even I noticed that things were getting exciting, and I missed you. My six-month leave from work to look after my 2 kids, aged 3 a...
Commentary, April, 29 2000
Schechter's ZSpace page
In my travels to the "Old World," I often discover how "old" some of my own ideas are. In Berlin last week to speak at a media conference, I learned about Tobias Peucer who, as a student at the University of Leipzig, wrote what may have been the w...