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Author: An Imminent Coup in Venezuela?
Apr 13, 2002
It appears that the strategy of President ChavezÕ opposition is to create as much chaos and disorder in Venezuela as possible, so that Chavez is left with no other choice than to call a state of emergency. This, in turn could either lead to a military cou
Author: Whispering Black (or Little White Lies)
Apr 08, 2002
Several months ago I attended the "State of the Black World Conference" in Atlanta Georgia. Among those present were black activists, politicians, scholars and clergy from around the globe. Even celebrities such as Tavis Smiley, Danny Glover and Chris Tuc
Arnove: Convenient And Not So Convenient Massacres
Mar 30, 2002
A frequent justification for toppling Saddam Hussein has been that he used chemical weapons on "his own people". A look at the US response at the time of the Halabja Massacre shows the US concern for the Kurdish to be an utter lie.
The violence unleashed on September 11 has radically altered the political stage by raising questions about the relevance of routine political work in the U.S. Compared to the enormous tragedy of September 11, this yearÕs Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In December 1995 John DiIulio, former head of BushÕs Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, published a series of apocalyptic reports predicting a new breed of violent juvenile delinquents, the Òteenage superpredators.Ó Most famous among these r
My mother's side of the family is Irish and, a million years ago, I attended St. Patrick's grammar school here in New York City. So, for me, St. Patrick's Day usually involved a corned beef and cabbage meal and a day off from school. (Today, I'm a vegan and the only thing Catholic about me is my past.)
My mother's side of the family is Irish and, a million years ago, I attended St. Patrick's grammar school here in New York City. So, for me, St. Patrick's Day usually involved a corned beef and cabbage meal and a day off from school. (Today, I'm a vegan a
Author: Lips sewn shut - An Australian secret
Mar 10, 2002
Ahmed (not his real name) shows me some photos taken of him reciting his poems at a convention a few years ago. He is quietly spoken, mild-mannered and very intelligent. Since then he has lost a lot of weight and his face has become gaunt and beset by wor
Author: JOHN Q. - "Shamelessly Manipulative"???
Mar 03, 2002
The critics and the news media panned it. Variety went so far as to say, "A rare case of blatant political propaganda in a major Hollywood picture, John Q. is a shamelessly manipulative commercial on behalf of national health insurance." True, the film gr
Author: Iraq in the Crossfires
Mar 01, 2002
Though no connection between Iraq and the terrorist attacks of September 11 has been found, the Bush administration has raised expectations significantly that it will again bomb Iraq as it extends its Òwar on terrorismÓ into new countries.
Author: Savage Inequalities
Feb 25, 2002
Much has changed since last September's jetliner attacks but more has stayed the same. Beneath the outward sense of national unity engendered by the events of last September, the United States remains a harshly unequal society in which policy primarily se
Author: Industry Versus Precaution In Massachusetts
Feb 08, 2002
Something's wrong with the kids.
Ainger: Spin on this!
Feb 07, 2002
Spin on this!
Its amazing how quickly an American President insensitive to the needs of ordinary Americans and the principle of fairness can lose the massive outward popular support that flows to the White House in times of war.
Author: Whispering Black (or Little White Lies)
Feb 03, 2002
This past weekend I attended the "State of the Black World Conference" in Atlanta Georgia. Among those present were black activists, politicians, scholars and clergy from around the globe. Even celebrities such as Tavis Smiley, Danny Glover and Chris Tuck
Author: Over the Top in Brussels?
Jan 31, 2002
Someone held up a hand-painted red sign over the heads of the crowd at Bockstael square in Brussels. An arrow pointed straight ahead: "Top," it said _ the Dutch word for "summit." Another curved off to the right: "Legal Route," it read.
Author: A Shareholder Pickets Outside the Waldorf
Jan 29, 2002
I own shares in a few companies that are members of the World Economic Forum. My CEOs will be meeting from Jan. 31 through Feb. 5th at the Waldorf Hotel with CEOs from about a thousand other companies to figure out how to make more money for me. But IÕll
The explosive events of mid December 2001 that toppled two presidents and left 30 dead in Argentina represent the culmination and logical outcome of almost 26 years of neoliberal economic policies. The common demand among the looters, the looted, and most
Author: Let the Debates Begin!
Jan 19, 2002
Two days after September 11 my grandaughter Crystal, a college student, found her teacher's jingoism too much to swallow. "These attacks are the chickens come home to roost!" she said to the class. "Now we get the chance to know what it's like for those p
Albert: Democracy Is Coming To Pacifica
Jan 13, 2002
PacificaÕs struggle is in a new phase, about to take a big leap forward. Countless activists have pursued diverse strategies and have resisted recriminations and have now finally overcome reactionary obstacles. A majority progressive interim board is in p