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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
Bond: Run on the Bank
Apr 05, 2000
"We can't REALLY aim to shut down the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, you know, Patrick. What would we do without them? What would take their place?"
Bonpane: A DEPARTMENT OF PEACE?
Mar 18, 2000
A few months ago I met with Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and he told me of his plans to formulate a Department of Peace for the United States Government. He now has a draft of a bill to establish such a department.
Bond: Workers of the world, transcend the wedge!
Feb 24, 2000
Divide-and-conquer is an all too familiar gambit of a ruling elite under stress. Thus Seattle demonstrators, together with a growing international movement struggling in the same spirit in many other sites, have found themselves subject to both real and i
Bronski: Saving Our Children, All Over Again
Feb 22, 2000
Quick. What is the worst threat to high school students across the United States today? Interpersonal violence among students? Guns in the hallways? Rampart drug and alcohol use? Shabbily low teaching standards that allow students to graduate beneath mini
Burchill: The Limits of Thinkable Thought
Feb 04, 2000
In societies which like to call themselves free and open, liberty is usually defined in contrasting terms. State propaganda and indoctrination, for example, are said to be exclusive characteristics of unfree or totalitarian states at both ends of the ideo
Bonpane: Fasting for Justice
Jan 20, 2000
In the wake of a dozen Vigils throughout the United States on January 11, 2000, Lori Berenson began a hunger fast. This news has been confirmed by the Peruvian prison authorities and the U.S. Embassy in Peru. This date represents the fourth anniversary of
Bronski: Playing the Media
Dec 09, 1999
The first wave of the attack came swift and strong. Jonah Goldberg, in his column titled "When the Show is on the Other Foot" in the National Review wrote on October 25:
Brecher: There's An Alternative
Nov 20, 1999
When world leaders meet in Seattle after Thanksgiving for the "pre-millennial" session of the World Trade Organization, many will sincerely believe that there is no alternative to the present direction of globalization. But all over the world, activists a
Bonpane: Wars No More
Nov 11, 1999
Just as a battered spouse who enables her partner to continue his abusive ways, so we, the people of Americas continue to enable the United States to be an incurable serial killer. The victims of the holocaust of the Third Reich have rightfully taken the
Burchill: A Fresh Start
Nov 05, 1999
Sometimes statistics tell a grim tale. In the first weeks of September this 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 bein
Bronski: GOP = Gay Old Party
Aug 27, 1999
It is no news that the "news" appearing in the mass media is often manufactured. No where was this clearer than a front page story in The New York Times of August 11, 1999 whose headline announced: "Gay Voters Finding G.O.P. Newly Receptive to Support."
Bronski: The Exciting Sex Life of Gay Toys
Aug 13, 1999
It has become a commonplace that gay people are everywhere. We are everywhere - is even on bumper stickers. We are Martina and Greg, Rupert and Ian, Ellen and Will on Will and Grace.
Brecher: Review of Panic Rules
Aug 05, 1999
A funny thing happened on the way to the New Millenium: the Old Millenium crashed. According to economist Paul Krugman, "Never in the course of economic events -- not even in the early years of the Depression -- has so large a part of the world economy ex
Burchill: Marx on Globalization
Jul 24, 1999
In the 1850s, Karl Marx believed that the spread of capitalism, or what today we would call globalization, was transforming human society from a collection of separate nation-states to a world capitalist society where the principal form of conflict would
In the wake of the Pope's visit to Mexico the press has been full of announcements about the death of liberation theology. Our recent experience in Chiapas indicated that such announcements are premature and marked by misinformation.