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Commentary, September, 04 1999
Prashad's ZSpace page
In the late 1960s, the communists in Bengal allied with the left Congress to form a United Front government in the state. These were heady times for a region buffeted by two drought years, by the cataclysmic pressures of international finance, and...
Commentary, September, 03 1999
Weisbrot's ZSpace page
This commentary is for those who really want to understand the debate that has been raging over what to do with the projected Federal budget surpluses over the next 10 years. It's not as difficult as it seems.
Commentary, September, 02 1999
Zinn's ZSpace page
In the spirit of killing two obligations with one effort, I offer as my Commentary a response I just made to a letter by a retired professor in California, who wrote: "As a great admirer of Howard Zinn [should he have said "as a former great admir...
Commentary, September, 01 1999
Marable's ZSpace page
Immediately following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X was asked by the media for his response. Malcolm was not surprised by this tragic event, because white America had long fostered violence and racism throughout society...
Commentary, August, 31 1999
Schechter's ZSpace page
In less than two months, on October 1st, the People's Republic of China turns fifty. Mao's long march liberated a country which in a half century has gone from championing world revolution to building "socialism with Chinese characteristics."
Commentary, August, 30 1999
Gonsalves's ZSpace page
"Reflecting growing alarm in Washington about leftist rebels strengthened by the cocaine trade, a leading US diplomat met with (Colombian) President Andres Pastrana (last week) to discuss drug trafficking and the country's civil war," Associated P...
Commentary, August, 29 1999
Peterson's ZSpace page
Shortly before noon on April 6, several truckloads of the Red And White Iron militia rolled up outside a church where hundreds of people had fled seeking sanctuary. "Get out of the church!" the gun- and machete-wielding gangsters shouted. Then may...
Commentary, August, 28 1999
Administrator's ZSpace page
The war was launched to protect an oppressed ethnic minority, to punish a massacre, and to secure a New World Order. Which war was that? Why, Hitler's war of course, which came to be known as World War II.
Commentary, August, 27 1999
Bronski's ZSpace page
It is no news that the "news" appearing in the mass media is often manufactured. No where was this clearer than a front page story in The New York Times of August 11, 1999 whose headline announced: "Gay Voters Finding G.O.P. Newly Receptive to Sup...
Commentary, August, 26 1999
Wise's ZSpace page
Let me get this straight: if people of color respond to an unjust verdict in a police brutality trial, not to mention years of racial and economic oppression, by taking to the streets, burning stuff, looting stores and engaging in assorted violenc...
Commentary, August, 25 1999
Cagan's ZSpace page
I sit and watch in horror as the toll continues to rise from the earthquake in Turkey. Today they say over 12,000 dead and with 35 - 40,000 people still missing it's clear this number will grow in the coming days. The Turkish government has alread...
Commentary, August, 24 1999
Chomsky's ZSpace page
The origins were in part European libertarian socialist thought. In part they were in a kind of romantic "back to the land" movement, suffused sometimes with Tolstoyan anarchism, in other cases part of a (very conscious) effort to reverse the "inv...
Commentary, August, 23 1999
Peters's ZSpace page
Teacher, There's a Brand Name in My Math Problem
Commentary, August, 22 1999
Author's ZSpace page
It took some time, but I think I've come to understand why so many people favor school vouchers. I was hung up on the separation of church and state and worried about decreased funding for inner- city schools. But I've seen the light. My only ques...
Commentary, August, 21 1999
Solomon's ZSpace page
Few phrases in American politics have more negative connotations than "inside the Beltway." In this rarified and unreal zone, we often assume, the activities of politicians and bureaucrats are disconnected from the main concerns of most Americans....
Commentary, August, 20 1999
Raptis's ZSpace page
In 1943 as the Nazis were rounding up the Jews of Salonica in a part of the city, a 16-year-old girl (not a Jew) stood by in the street watching with curiosity (and I hope with horror) as the Nazis were loading them on trucks.
Commentary, August, 18 1999
Solomon's ZSpace page
Is it really possible for broadcasting and democracy to mix? In theory, yes. But right now, the prospects look bleak.
Commentary, August, 17 1999
Landau's ZSpace page
Juan Gabriel Valdes, Chile's new foreign minister, will meet with Secretary of State Madeline Albright to ask her to help return Augusto Pinochet to Chile. Since last October, British authorities have held Pinochet on a request from the Spanish Ju...
Commentary, August, 16 1999
Weisbrot's ZSpace page
Should countries have the right to set health and safety standards for the food that their citizens eat? Should they be allowed to exclude foreign-produced foods that don't meet national standards? Or should these questions be decided by the World...
Commentary, August, 15 1999
Halimi's ZSpace page
Few countries publish as many books and articles on media criticism as the United States. Logically, all of this good work has little to no effect on the shaping and publication of news. Any adequate criticism, which describes media indoctrination...