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Author: An Epidemic of Contagion Hysteria
Feb 04, 2004
A few weeks ago, the Chinese killed 10,000 civets, a weasel-like animal that was, until recently, served as a delicacy in restaurants.
Albert: TINA!? And Getting There
Jan 30, 2004
We all know lots of people who think Òthere is no alternativeÓ (TINA) to capitalism. And we all know that on the left it is now de rigour to emphasize the slogan Òanother world is possible.Ó Neither stance is an argument, however.
The hidden link between capitalism, social unrest, state violence, and corruption is becoming more and more exposed all over the world. Iraqis do not need to be explained this: George W. Bush is not only killing them on a daily basis, but also privatizing
The corrosive effect that capitalism has over democracy is becoming more and more clear. Economic exploitation and the progressive privatization of every single centimeter of the world simply cannot tolerate anything even vaguely similar to Òthe rule of t
Administrator: Israel in the EU?
Dec 18, 2003
Absurd? Crazy? Beyond discussion? Wrong, it is discussed. The Government of Israel wants to join the supranational European Union.
There is an eerie similarity between Leo Tolstoyâ€™s novel, War and Piece, which describes with considerable accuracy Napoleonâ€™s 1812 invasion of Russia and George Bushâ€™s 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Adamovsky: Autonomous Politics And The Autonomists
Nov 17, 2003
The recent rebellion in Bolivia brought some fresh air for Argentinean movements, at a time when the local political mood seems to be changing dramatically. The image of Bolivians banging pots and pans in La Paz and setting up road blockades all over the
Author: Bill Gates Rescue Package
Nov 06, 2003
Bill Gates donation of US $ 25 million for biofortification - breeding crops with higher levels of micronutrients - is an effort to provide a life-saving shot to the dying family of public-sector international agricultural research institutes. Ironically,
Albert: Guns and Alternative Media?
Nov 04, 2003
There are about 30,000 gun related deaths in the U.S. per year, plus a huge number of lesser violations ranging from minor wounds to lasting disabilities. Gun control of diverse sorts could hugely diminish these losses, yet U.S. gun control is ineffectual
Administrator: The Philippine Model
Oct 22, 2003
Addressing a joint session of the Philippine Congress on Saturday, President Bush said to skeptical critics of his Iraq policy, "Some say the culture of the Middle East will not sustain the institutions of democracy. The same doubts were once expressed ab
Author: My Country Is At War With Palestine
Oct 21, 2003
Most US citizens, if asked, would be surprised to learn that their country is at war with the country of Palestine. They wouldn't be aware that Palestine is a country. They've heard of the West Bank and Gaza, not as parts of Palestine, but as territories
Author: The Tiger of Baghdad
Oct 03, 2003
ÔThere was once a Tiger of Baghdad. He was in a cage, hungry and quite unhappy but at least he was - ALIVE. All that was, till the US armed forces entered his town one day----Õ
Author: It_s the Corporations, Stupid!
Sep 29, 2003
The BBC's excellent radio show Talking Points recently focused a full hour of discussion and call-ins from all over the world on the collapse of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Cancœn, Mexico. Dozens of callers representing a wide range of views p
Author: The Disturbing Reality of Sweatshops
Sep 27, 2003
As an activist involved with so-called "anti-globalization" campaigns I heard a lot about sweatshops, though I never really thought they were a relevant issue in Brazil. By chance, in 2001, one of the activists in my group got a job at a multinational gar
Arnove: The War Abroad - and at Home
Sep 19, 2003
The war abroad is every day becoming more clearly a war at home against working people, immigrants, and the poor.
Author: VenezuelaÕs Recall Show-Down
Sep 17, 2003
With the recent passing of the three-year anniversary of Hugo ChavezÕ year 2000 election as president of Venezuela; several milestones have been reached more or less simultaneously in the recent history of Latin AmericaÕs most controversial president.
New Zealand scientists are developing a genetically modified vaccine for curing tuberculosis in cows. That certainly is good news. Scientists at AgResearch's Wallaceville research center say the vaccine might later be helpful in curing millions of the hum
Author: Misogyny In Afghanistan
Sep 02, 2003
Recent reports from Afghanistan by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International are a discomforting reminder of the old French adage Òplus a change É.Ó. Implying that Òthe more apparent the change, the more it essentially remains
Author: The Rules of Engagement
Aug 30, 2003
As July turns into August, the thoughts of repressed white men turn to...marriage?
In a rather dramatic move, the Argentinean Congress voted today (21 August) to invalidate two laws, passed by the same Congress in the mid-1980s, that exonerated lower-grade military from the crimes of the last dictatorship (1976-1983) and impeded new tri