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Commentary, September, 06 1999
Shiva's ZSpace page
The patents on the anti-diabetic properties of karela, jamun, brinjal once again highlight the problem of Biopiracy - the patenting of indigenous biodiversity related knowledge.
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, 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, 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, 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...
Commentary, August, 14 1999
Shalom's ZSpace page
In the present dreary political climate, another court decision against affirmative action might not warrant special comment. But a ruling last month by a Federal District judge in Savannah, Georgia, is worth considering if only because it illustr...
Commentary, August, 12 1999
Wise's ZSpace page
There is no question so irrelevant as the one to which all or nearly all can respond in like fashion. Thus, asking people their views on child molestation, or whether or not they'd like the schools to be "better" has always seemed absurd: like ask...
Commentary, August, 10 1999
Albert's ZSpace page
About 25 years ago I was at a dinner party with a bunch of leftist economics faculty and grad students, and I posed a hypothetical question to engender some dinner debate. If you had only two choices, I asked, would you open all prison doors and l...
Commentary, August, 09 1999
Gonsalves's ZSpace page
As part of a U.S. State Department special envoy, Tony Lake, former national security adviser to President Clinton, recently met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki and Organization of African Unity (OAU)...
Commentary, August, 04 1999
Prashad's ZSpace page
May, 1998. India and then, Pakistan, tested nuclear devices of questionable ferocity to launch themselves as nuclear power States. Both countries made diplomatic bids to join the discriminatory nuclear bargain currently being flogged to the world ...
Commentary, August, 01 1999
Glass's ZSpace page
The London media world is under fire and taking shelter. Prime Minister Tony Blair's head flack, Alistair Campbell, has challenged the patriotism of the British press. It's as if Sid Blumenthal had questioned the loyalty under fire of the New York...
Commentary, July, 28 1999
Georgakas's ZSpace page
Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign to become the senator for New York offers the New York Green Party a unique opportunity to focus national attention on truly progressive solutions to our health and environmental problems.