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Bond: Assessing the Latin American Left (part 2)
Jun 30, 2004
Early last month, at the University of Wisconsin's Havens Center - supported by Amsterdam's Transnational Institute - radicals from ten countries came to discuss the "The New Latin American Left." In my last ZNet commentary, I reported on six of those sit
Bond: Assessing the Latin American Left (part 1)
May 11, 2004
One of the great punchlines in politics I was fortunate to hear first-hand, was during a 1989 interview for Pacifica Radio with Brazilian presidential candidate Lula. ?You?ve just been in New York, meeting the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. What
One of South AfricaÕs most fascinating environments is the terrain leading from the eastern mountain range in Mpumalanga (Ôland of the rising sunÕ) province, down to the ÔlowveldÕ and the well-stocked Kruger game park bordering Mozambique. The dramatic es
Bond: Target: Mugabe, victim: Mbeki?
Jan 12, 2004
The leadership of one African country, Zimbabwe, still gets disproportionate demonisation from the West, for good and bad reasons. In addition to hostile media coverage, president Robert Mugabe and nearly 100 of his cronies face Ôsmart sanctionsÕ which pr
There is an eerie similarity between Leo TolstoyÕs novel, War and Piece, which describes with considerable accuracy NapoleonÕs 1812 invasion of Russia and George BushÕs 2003 invasion of Iraq.
A rare activist-driven win for some of Africa's wretchedly poor women, men and children leaves me humbled. In June 2002, I wrote a ZNet column-'Corporate cost-benefit analysis and culpable HIV/AIDS homicide'-in which the main prediction proved partly wron
ÔWe are becoming critical again,Õ said a delighted Maria de los Angeles of El Colegio de Mexico midway through an October seminar at this Mexico City university. ÔAcademic economists used to stop at analysis of causality. Now we are ready to propose polic
Bond: Cancun to Dubai
Sep 20, 2003
Well, that was a really great moment on the southeast corner of Mexico on Sunday, was it not?! A few Third World elites -- led by Kenyan and Ugandan delegates -- finally walked out of the World Trade Organisation summit, insulted to the bitter end by US a
Bond: Alliances and conflicts prior to Cancun
Sep 09, 2003
The poor nations are preparing for another unsatisfying round of trade talks in Cancun, and South Africa once again is lining up in a manner consistent with Third World rhetoric--and First World interests.
Beal: Israeli Parliament Adopts Racist Marriage Laws
Aug 14, 2003
The current Israeli regime has provided further ammunition to those fighting for Palestinian sovereignty who have long promoted the slogan that ÒZionism is racismÓ and a
Bonpane: Prison System
Aug 08, 2003
Bond: Rolling Back Water Privatisation
Aug 05, 2003
Another water war is brewing here in Johannesburg. If local and international trends are anything to go by, the people could defeat capital.
Bohmer: Support Billy Nessen
Jul 16, 2003
U.S. journalist, Billy Nessen, is currently being held and interrogated by the police in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, currently part of Indonesia. He has been detained by the Indonesian Police since Tuesday, June 24th. Officially, he is being
Bond: Bush in Africa
Jul 12, 2003
The petro-military-commerce safari that George Bush embarked upon this week may well succeed in the areas that progressive critics fear most. Those critics, ranged in protest in several African cities, are not shy about what's wrong with Washington's agen
Bond: Cuba Dares
May 31, 2003
Any visitor initially experiencing Cuba might easily deduce that growing pressures make the continuation of the revolution and social progress untenable.
[ "Terminating the Bush Juggernaut," a longer and more comprehensive discussion paper on this subject, is posted at http://www.zmag.org/brecherjug.htm.]
Bagdikian: George Bush and Winning by Losing
Apr 22, 2003
The last individual I would associate as tactical twins would be a merchant I once encountered in Tangier, Morocco years ago and President George W. Bush. Bargaining for an item, the merchant mentioned a ridiculously high price. I suggested half his price
The surgical counter-attack from the international left which impressed me most at Porto Alegre, was bullshit detection in relation to two Kyoto deals: the 1997 Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; and the upcoming World Water Forum.
Bagdikian: Peace Candles v. Kalashnikovs
Feb 20, 2003
We live in a time of clashing cultures and a major mischief in a world where almost every culture aggressively propels its "fundamentalism." Whatever serves the group's purpose, physically, legally, morally, or in romantic fantasy, is justified as a god-g
Bond: "Deglobalization"? Sure, but...
Jan 13, 2003
My favorite haunt, Zimbabwe, is the delight of aggressive bourgeois commentators, one of whom wrote a month ago about that country's meltdown in the Economist (30 November 2002):