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Bond: Zimbabwe's Rip-Off Poll
Mar 17, 2002
Report and analysis of the election in Zimbabwe.
It is not news that the Roman Catholic Church has a sex problem. It isn't easy promoting a pre-modern sexual morality in the postmodern world. On topics such as masturbation, birth control, oral sex, premarital sex, reproductive technologies, abortion, an
The surprise decision by the Indonesian Government to propose a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Australia for combating international terrorism, is one of the cleverest diplomatic initiatives ever made in South East Asia.
Bond: Thabo Mbeki addresses his compatriots
Feb 18, 2002
South African president Thabo Mbeki's opening of parliament on February 8 was eagerly awaited, and began with a grand motif: "The global struggle to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment is fundamental to the well-being of human society."
Bello: Porto Alegre Social Summit Sets Stage for Counteroffensive against Globalization
Feb 02, 2002
Porto Alegre is not exactly a Third World city. Located in one of BrazilÕs more prosperous states, Rio Grande do Sul, and populated by people mainly of European stock, this city of 1.2 million people is First World when it comes to infrastructure and soci
Here comes the most fascinating election of 2002: Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe through guerrilla war to liberation from Rhodesian colonists in 1980, facing a presidential vote in March where the challenger is Morgan Tsvangirai, who led the Zimbabwe Con
Brecher: Two, Three, Many Argentinas?
Jan 26, 2002
International investors have imposed their will on the world by means of a "creditors cartel"Ñembodied in the IMF, the World Bank, the G-7/8, and their creatures and allies. They have imposed cruel and destructive policies on the people of debtor countri
Burchill: Australia's Nightmare
Jan 24, 2002
When US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz announced recently that "going after al Qaeda in Indonesia is not something that should wait until after Al Qaeda has been uprooted from Afghanistan", a shiver must have gone up the collective spine of Austr
Bronski: Gays of Our Lives
Jan 17, 2002
There are so many things wrong with this story.
The Bush Administration is blundering into a global conflagration. There is currently no force within the U.S. likely to stop it. It is up to the rest of the world, and especially AmericaÕs friends and allies Ð both governments and their citizens -- to
I was glad to see Mokhiber/Weissman writing for ZNet last week on the durability of the anti-neoliberal movement. Here in Johannesburg, September 11 came and went, with linkages made between the Left peace movement's urgent agenda--anti-war demonstrations
Brecher: End of the Global Gilded Age
Nov 28, 2001
While AmericaÕs politicians and media focus on terrorism and counter-terrorism, the global gilded age is coming to an end. While advocates of globalization gloat that September 11 has silenced the critics of globalization, the emerging global recession w
Burchill: The End of Cosmopolitanism?
Nov 22, 2001
If it didn't have such disastrous consequences for some of the world's most desperate people, it would be amusing to watch the advocates of economic globalisation suddenly start championing border protection.
Thabo Mbeki's speech last Saturday morning at the UN is the highest-profile opportunity yet for the South African leader to plead for a permanent Security Council seat for Africa. He's already been told that two seats--his first prize (presumably to go to
As a native of Pakistan working full-time in the field of human rights, Surina Khan, executive director of the San Francisco-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), has a lot to say about America's war on terrorism.
Burchill: Corrected: Mad, Bad, Dangerous To Know
Oct 26, 2001
WASHINGTON'S decision to renew friendships with the Northern Alliance for its war against al-Qa'ida and the Taliban provides clues as to what George W. Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard mean by "our values".
Brecher: Collateral Damage: Neo-Liberalism
Oct 17, 2001
Even as they were planning military action in Afghanistan, US leaders were struggling with the contradictions of capitalism. One can almost hear them sighing, ah, if only we could bomb the recession!
Bronski: The Problem of Gay Soldiers...
Oct 06, 2001
Over the past week I have received, and continue to receive, dozens of e-mails relating to gay politics and lives and the Bush's administration's response to the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11.
Burchill: The US, Indonesia, and Terror
Oct 01, 2001
In a bid to build its coalition for a war against terrorism, the United States has demonstrated that it is keen to have on side the world's biggest Islamic nation, Indonesia. Support from Indonesia, an ally of the United States from the late 1960s until S
In the months before September 11, the Bush Administration undermined one effort after another to address world problems on an international basis. It skipped out on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, scuttled efforts to control biological weapons, ref