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Bagdikian: Beware the Geeks Bearing Lists
Dec 26, 2002
"I have here in my hand, a list ...." Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wheeling, West Virginia, February 9, 1946.
Brecher: A Nightmare to Love
Dec 11, 2002
A nightmare scenario is facing the Bush Administration.
Johannesburg: Most ZNet readers will have heard of the November 8 arrest of former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive, James Kilgore, known here as John Pape. Across this region, first reactions--an outpouring of support from comrades, friends and even m
From Adam Smith to Milton Friedman and beyond, it has been capitalist theology that the driving force of healthy and fairly distributed creation of national wealth is greed. There are nicer words for it, but that's the real meaning of our euphemisms ("
Last week's two-day national labour stayaway against the impending privatisation of South African electricity, telephones, water and transport services was only a mixed success. But combined with other recent regional dynamics and ruling-party convulsions
Trying to convince a sceptical population why Australia could soon be at war with Iraq is proving a major test of opinion management for the Howard Government.
Brecher: Collective Security Is Working
Oct 01, 2002
As an American, I would like to thank all those people and countries around the world who are helping to pull my country back from the brink of war. And I want to assure you that your efforts are having a big impact in the United States.
Bagdikian: Vague Warnings And Public Panic
Sep 23, 2002
The American public, already traumatized by the horrors of September 11, are periodically warned that another such act is on the way. Justified warnings, based on realistic knowledge, are necessary and appreciated. But there is a social cost in raising pe
Burchill: If Weapons Were Found
Sep 15, 2002
The English historian A.J.P. Taylor once argued that the principal difference between the methodologies of the lawyer and the historian was that "the lawyer aims to make a case; the historian wishes to understand a situation." According to Taylor, the evi
For ninety years, we've waited to see the combined geographical and political implications of locating an urban bantustan in a small block of land in northeast Johannesburg called Alexandra Township. Today was breakout day, with South Africa's most milita
Panic and fear among politicians, media pundits and citizens from coast to coast in the post September 11th period has created a political climate that has permitted the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice to enact a series of laws and policies
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the African American community are still reeling from the defeat of Earl Hilliard in Alabama's 7th congressional district. The five-term incumbent went down in flames at the hands of another Black candidate that w
How mature and unified must a broad Left front in a given city become before it establishes a coherent critique of, and hosts demonstrations against, the international establishment?
Bagdikian: God vs. The Big Name Droppers, Inc.
Jul 26, 2002
There is a famous Washington tableaux in the National Capitol. No, not George Washington crossing the Delaware. It is a repeated public ritual resulting in slight variations of the great classic of our time: seven corporate executives in 1994 standing beh
South African president Thabo Mbeki made the cover page of the international edition of Time magazine in early June, with the misleading heading: `He has finally faced up to the AIDS crisis and is now leading the charge for a new African development plan. Will the rich world listen?'
Bond: ÒNepad, no thanks,Ó say African progressives
Jun 22, 2002
South African president Thabo Mbeki made the cover page of the international edition of Time magazine in early June, with the misleading heading: `He has finally faced up to the AIDS crisis and is now leading the charge for a new African development plan.
If you have never heard of Vanuatu, or the economics of Andorra and Labuan, then you're one of us millions of ordinary citizens of the United States who, each year, pay a higher percentage of federal income tax revenues than is our true share.
Brecher: Global Self-Organization from Below
May 07, 2002
As globalization from above has grown more destructive, the constructive achievements of globalization from below in the two years since the Battle of Seattle have been impressive. An incredible range of movements and concerns that once seemed unrelated o
"Breaking with some of its anti-globalization allies, the aid agency Oxfam International issued a report yesterday that praised international trade as a potentially enormous boon to the world's poor... `The extreme element of the anti-globalization moveme
Brecher: Globalization Today
Mar 25, 2002
Since the beginning of the new millenium, the process of global economic integration we call globalization from above has sped from crisis to calamity. That has intensified both the need for and the strength of the convergence of social movements we call