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Commentary, October, 21 2000
Scipes's ZSpace page
To many people in the United States, the AFL-CIO is a progressive organization, joining unions across the country to fight for higher wages, better working conditions and progressive social programs for workers and people in our communities. Howe...
Commentary, October, 19 2000
Bond's ZSpace page
In a ZNet commentary last month, Noam Chomsky observed South-South-North alliances "taking shape at the grassroots level--an impressive development, rich in opportunity and promise, and surely causing no little concern in high places." I want to f...
Commentary, October, 18 2000
Ratner's ZSpace page
(see: www.humanrightsnow.com) In mid-September I traveled to Nicaragua as part of a delegation organized by the National Labor Committee (NLC), an organization that fights sweatshops and supports labor rights around the world. Charles Kernaghan a...
Commentary, October, 17 2000
Gonsalves's ZSpace page
Life is good. Psychologists are supposed to make it better, or at least help individuals reach a certain level of maturity. Much has been written about psychology and much of that is simply verbose foolishness. I'm especially turned off by those ...
Commentary, October, 16 2000
Guellec's ZSpace page
In the two years since the FDA began an experiment to let the mass media broadcast the prescription-drug message directly to consumers, the pharmaceutical industry has shelled out a whopping $1.3 billion per year on consumer ads. That dwarfs the $...
Commentary, October, 15 2000
Schechter's ZSpace page
As the United Nations opens its Millennial Summit in New York September 6 with an expected 150 heads of state in attendance, the world organization is trying to refocus its mission and revive its credibility. (Never mind the cost of staging the wo...
Commentary, October, 14 2000
Solomon's ZSpace page
The formula for American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is simple: Report on the latest developments in the fragile "peace process." Depict U.S. officials as honest brokers in the negotiations. Emphasize the need for restraint ...
Commentary, October, 13 2000
Bronski's ZSpace page
Imagine my appalled surprise when I discovered that I was quoted as a "radical advocate of same-sex marriage" in, of all places, this month's Commentary -- the last place where I expect to be noticed. Also Ð and this is a telling detail Ð I am not...
Commentary, October, 12 2000
Chomsky's ZSpace page
A number of people in the ZNet forum system and elsewhere have raised questions about the prominent role they see assigned to US-NATO in the flood of commentary on recent events in Yugoslavia, "gloating over the victory of the opposition in Yugosl...
Commentary, October, 10 2000
Shalom's ZSpace page
As the occupied Palestinian territories suffer their worst paroxysm of violence in years, with the casualties, as always, overwhelmingly Palestinian, the mainstream media, also as always, focus on peripheral questions, offer misleading answers, an...
Commentary, October, 08 2000
Russell's ZSpace page
It is a tight labor market and tight labor markets traditionally threaten to give workers more bargaining power from which to secure significant wage increases. Wall Street and investors get nervous about tight labor markets. They reckon that the ...
Commentary, October, 07 2000
Cromwell's ZSpace page
When Chris Tuppen, a senior manager with British Telecom, was granted space a couple of years ago in a green pressure groupÕs magazine, he made a plea for business and the green movement to "settle their differences" and "work together". But what ...
Commentary, October, 06 2000
Prashad's ZSpace page
This crime was committed under the shadow of the State Assembly in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh, India). For three quarters of an hour the guns of the police tore through the thousands of people, hundreds fell, two never to rise again. The streets co...
Commentary, October, 05 2000
Guellec's ZSpace page
Last Thursday, September 28,2000, the landscape for abortion really changed. It has been a long time coming. The pill called RU-486 was developed in 1980. and in 1982 the first successful human testing was reported in France. After 10 long years o...
Commentary, October, 04 2000
Weisbrot's ZSpace page
When President Clinton announced his trip to Colombia, he said his purpose was "to seek peace, to fight illicit drugs, to build its economy, and to deepen democracy."
Commentary, October, 03 2000
Rebick's ZSpace page
Gloria Steinem once quipped that she was going to ask for political asylum in Canada. Michael Moore too talks about how much more progressive is Canada than the U.S. And up until recently, they have been right. In the long shadow cast by free trad...
Commentary, October, 02 2000
Reinhart's ZSpace page
In today's setting, it is hard to recall that just a few years ago, only some fringe lunatics demanded Israeli control of 'Mount-temple'. Every time they tried to enter the place and pray, Israeli police would be there to block their entrance or d...
Commentary, October, 01 2000
Albert's ZSpace page
I think we have a problem. From Seattle through Prague and San Francisco, we have established an activist style needing some mid-course correction. WhatÕs the problem, you might ask? Thousands of militant, courageous people are turning out in ci...
Commentary, September, 30 2000
Zinn's ZSpace page
There came a rare amusing moment in this election campaign when George Bush (who has raised $150 million or thereabouts, anyhow, for his campaign) accused Al Gore (who has only raised $140 million or thereabouts, anyway, for his campaign) of appea...
Commentary, September, 29 2000
Herman's ZSpace page
There is no better place than foreign elections to observe the brazenness of U.S. interventionism abroad, its crude double standard as between targets and client states, and the mainstream media's propaganda service in support of their country's i...