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Largely unnoticed last week amongst the publicity splash produced by the release of a new Australian Defence White Paper, another significant parliamentary report quietly entered the public domain. The Australian Senate Committee enquiry into Australia's
Commenting on the Battle of Seattle, Newsweek wrote, "One of the most important lessons of Seattle is that there are now two visions of globalization on offer, one led by commerce, one by social activism." Globalization from below's vision has been articu
Tuesday, December 5, is a national election in South Africa, as nearly 9,000 councilors in 284 municipalities seek the support of ten million voters. The African National Congress (ANC), which since 1994 has won three national, provincial and local polls
Brutus: US election debacle
Nov 16, 2000
The world still anxiously awaits the outcome of elections in the United States. But really, will it matter to the way we conduct our business, in a world economy that still imposes misery and inequality in the course of corporate-dominated trade, debt col
Bond: The African grassroots and the global movement
Oct 19, 2000
In a ZNet commentary last month, Noam Chomsky observed South-South-North alliances "taking shape at the grassroots level--an impressive development, rich in opportunity and promise, and surely causing no little concern in high places." I want to firmly en
Bronski: Heterosexuality: A Romance of the Right
Oct 13, 2000
Imagine my appalled surprise when I discovered that I was quoted as a "radical advocate of same-sex marriage" in, of all places, this month's Commentary -- the last place where I expect to be noticed. Also Ð and this is a telling detail Ð I am not particu
Bond: South-South-North alliances
Sep 22, 2000
Here are two sentences in the concluding paragraph of Chomsky's September 17 ZNet Commentary (`Summits');, in which he champions the Havana South-South Summit of `G77' country leaders that took place in April: "African leaders pointed out that the `voices
Take a look at the La Brea Tar Pits numerous millennia ago. The saber tooth tiger attempts to attack a wild horse. The tiger gets stuck in the tar. The most ferocious animals are generally on the endangered species list, the lions the tigers, the bald eag
Bond: Can Thabo Mbeki change the world?
Aug 22, 2000
In a formidable recent speech, South African President Thabo Mbeki, quoting Shakespeare, publicly attacked not only a senior white politician for alleged racism and arrogance over the AIDS treatment tragedy. He also castigated the section of the "native p
Burchill: Heroes and Villains
Aug 16, 2000
In his first lecture on Indonesian soil after being banished for 26 years, Benedict Anderson spoke about the bewildered expression on the faces of his Indonesian students over the years at Cornell University whenever he asked them "who in Indonesia today
Bronski: Violence and Gays in the Militaryby
Aug 05, 2000
It was, of course, to be expected. On July 17 an Army review concluded that no officers would be held responsible for the death of P.F.C..Barry Winchell who was murdered on July 5, 1999 by a fellow soldier at Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee-Kentucky borde
Bond: A Political Economy of South African AIDS
Jul 17, 2000
Johannesburg, South Africa Up to a point, Danny Schechter is absolutely right to focus on the power and the appalling discursive-policy mistake of a single personality, SA president Thabo Mbeki, in this country's recent HIV-AIDS fiasco ("Mbeki's Muddle
Bonpane: CIRCLES OF HOPE
Jul 14, 2000
With very short notice, the Director of Pastors for Peace, Tom Hansen, asked me to lead a delegation to the peace talks at San Andres Larrainzar in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Picture an indigenous village in the highlands of Chiapas where clouds float
Burchill: The Problem With Panic Merchants
Jul 06, 2000
Some just never learn. From the same people who told us that East Timor should not and would not become independent, now comes the argument that the people of West Papua should also be denied the right to determine their political arrangements.
Bond: Zimbabwe's Election: Who's Right, Who's Left?
Jun 25, 2000
On Saturday and Sunday, Zimbabweans cast their vote for members of parliament in the most important election here since the country's first democratic poll, in 1980. It won't be a truly democratic, free-and-fair poll, thanks to intimidation and the likeli
Bonpane: Delegation to Colombia
Jun 05, 2000
What does Medellin mean to a U.S. citizen? Narco-terrorists, sicarios (hired assassins) and drug lords. It is actually a beautiful and mountainous city located at many altitudes, all of them comfortable.
Those in the Z community anxious to hear organic voices from the South debating global socio-economic injustice are probably aware that South African rhetoric is especially hot these days. For evidence, check out the documentary "Two Trevors Go To Washing
Burchill: New Rules of Engagement
May 18, 2000
In the first weeks of September last year, 70% of all public buildings and private residences in East Timor were destroyed. At least 75% of the population of the territory was displaced, with over 260,000 people being driven across the border into Indones
In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe appears to have taken leave of his senses, potentially plunging his country of 12 million into civil war. What does this have to do with the mid-April protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund?
During the heated debate on whether or not to raise the US quota in the IMF in 1998, the US Congress voted for the quota increase but attached several conditions, including the creation of an independent body to look at the missions and performance of the