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The July 5-8 "Blue Planet" conference in Vancouver opened with a call by Maude Barlow to promote "a global water revolution. This is the first of many international civil society meetings to take back control of our water." The host Council of Canadians,
Bond: â€œSustainable" South Africa?
Jul 12, 2001
In South Africa, three interesting processes related to "sustainable development"--that ghastly phrase, denoting an allegedly more eco-friendly capitalism, often with a few "polluter-pays" regulations and social safety- net provisions added to orthodox neoliberalism--are underway as we move to the middle of 2001.
Bond: ÒSustainable" South Africa?
Jul 12, 2001
In South Africa, three interesting processes related to "sustainable development"--that ghastly phrase, denoting an allegedly more eco-friendly capitalism, often with a few "polluter-pays" regulations and social safety- net provisions added to orthodox ne
IF YOU WERE planning a holiday in South Africa's east-coast resort of Durban before the warm winter season is over, you'd be well advised to steer clear of the city during the last few days of August and the first week in September.
Bagdikian: THE CYNICISM OF SECRECY
Jun 29, 2001
Last year the Republicans tried to cast a wider and more punitive net over anyone who violated what they said were "classified secrets." It is a move that is either naive to the point of uneducable ignorance or it is cynical to the point of contempt for
Bickerton: Labour Looks Forward From Quebec City
Jun 03, 2001
As we look forward to planning future political actions in opposition to free trade and globalization, unions in English Canada can learn much from the People's Summit and the anti-FTAA protests held in Quebec City in April.
In the West, we continuously confuse the terms â€œconsumerâ€ and â€œcitizenâ€: what the Old Greeks used to know, we do not know anymore. When we speak of representative and other forms of democracy, namely a participative or active democracy, we only create confusion. Strong interest groups are trying very hard to perpetuate the neo-liberal school of thought in the field of economy â€“ and politics! Thus, the rich become richer, and the poor poorer. The great majorities are hypnotised and crippled by the technological marvels of the last decades. Active minorities have reacted and for years they have emphasized the point:
In the West, we continuously confuse the terms ÒconsumerÓ and ÒcitizenÓ: what the Old Greeks used to know, we do not know anymore. When we speak of representative and other forms of democracy, namely a participative or active democracy, we only create con
Bond: Ghana's hydro-class struggles
May 23, 2001
ACCRA -- Notwithstanding the horrific soccer stadium disaster in which at least 165 people were killed in a police-incited stampede on May 9, the past week offered signs of genuine hope in Ghana.
Bohmer: Cuba Today
Apr 26, 2001
Forty years ago on April 16th , 2001, in the Vedado section of Havana, Fidel Castro announced to the Cuban people and beyond that the Cuban revolution had become a socialist revolution. On April 16th, 2001 in the same place, Fidel reaffirmed CubaÕs commit
Bond: The World Bank in the time of cholera
Apr 13, 2001
One of the most painful preventable diseases known to humankind, cholera, continues to spread in South Africa, affecting hundreds of people a day. More than 80,000 people have been infected over the last eight months, and approximately 180 have lost their
Bond: Globalization from Below
Apr 05, 2001
In the year since Seattle, the movement for global economic justice has shown that it's here to stay. It has staged three national demonstrations against the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the one-party system controlled by corporate cap
It can be the best of times or the worst of times, but whether in prosperity or recession, there is one constant in the United States economy--the richest country in the world has maintained a permanent class of Americans who are poor. That is not an acci
Bond: Globalization from Below
Mar 18, 2001
(Review of `Globalization from Below: The Power of Solidarity,' by Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello and Brendan Smith, Cambridge, MA, South End Press.) There are more than a dozen new english- language books aimed mainly at an audience of international-justi
Burchill: The East Timorese of Western Sahara
Mar 02, 2001
1975 was an extraordinary year for revolutionary upheavals in the Third World. The Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh in April just two weeks before the US puppet regime in Saigon collapsed. The Pathet Lao took control of Laos the following month and lat
Bronski: Gay Media Monopoly
Feb 18, 2001
While the Bush administration is considering a possible reversal of the Microsoft antitrust case activists in the gay and lesbian community are debating their own looming monopoly problems.
Bello: When Davos Meets Porto Alegre: A Memoir
Feb 01, 2001
Porto Alegre, Brazil "Hemingway said that the rich are different from you and me. How can anyone expect the people in Davos to understand the crisis that globalization has visited on the lives of people like those of us here in Porto Alegre?" That was go
Bond: Welcome to Jo'burg
Jan 26, 2001
If you had a choice, which host city would you choose for Rio+10, a.k.a. the 2002 `World Summit on Sustainable Development,' where 60,000 delegates will jawjaw about social and environmental problems, maybe in the process constructing more bits of a globa
The last year will probably go down as one of those defining Êmoments in the history of the world economy, like 1929. Of course, the Êstructures of global capitalism appear to be solid, with many in the global Êelite in Washington, Europe, and Asia congra
Bond: Africa's Progressive Movements
Dec 28, 2000
ZNet Commentator Patrick Bond (email@example.com) chats with South African poet/activist ZNet Commentator Dennis Brutus about the state of the African Left PB: Good to see you back in Johannesburg, comrade Dennis, even briefly, in the midst of your travel