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Cagan: Life After Y2K
Jan 27, 2000
The nineties opened with a bang. In August, 1990 the Iraqis invaded Kuwait and it was immediately clear that George Bush would do everything in his formidable presidential power to go to war.
Chomsky: Four from the Forums
Jan 19, 2000
On graduate unions, it's true enough that (ideally) "graduate teaching is pedagogical training," but that's incomplete. Any teaching, if done at all seriously, is also a way of learning -- about lots of things, including the subject you are teaching.
In fairness, it should be mentioned that the chorus of self-adulation that closed the millennium was disrupted by some discordant notes. Questions were raised about the consistency of our adherence to the guiding principles: the "new doctrine" that "unive
The new year opened with familiar refrains, amplified by the numerology: a chorus of self-adulation, somber ruminations about the incomprehensible evil of our enemies, and the usual recourse to selective amnesia to smooth the way. A few illustrations foll
Cagan: Some Thoughts on Hate Crimes
Nov 16, 1999
The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming a little more than a year ago focused national attention on a long-standing reality for many lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people: the widespread fear and hatred of people outside the so-calle
Chomsky: East Timor Is Not Yesterday's Story
Oct 23, 1999
According to recent reports, the UN mission in East Timor has been able to account for just over 150,000 people out of an estimated population of 850,000. It reports that 260,000 "are now languishing in squalid refugee camps in West Timor under the eff
George W. and his new friends in the leadership of the New York State Republican Party gathered at a fund raising dinner in mid-town Manhattan October 5th. They were all there: George W. Bush, George Pataki, Rudolf Giuliani, Al D'Amato and the rest of the
Chomsky: East Timor
Oct 04, 1999
The events of the past weeks in East Timor should elicit shame as well as horror. The crimes could easily have been stopped.
Cagan: Thinking About Turkey
Aug 25, 1999
I sit and watch in horror as the toll continues to rise from the earthquake in Turkey. Today they say over 12,000 dead and with 35 - 40,000 people still missing it's clear this number will grow in the coming days. The Turkish government has already ordere
Chomsky: Question on Kibbutzim
Aug 24, 1999
The origins were in part European libertarian socialist thought. In part they were in a kind of romantic "back to the land" movement, suffused sometimes with Tolstoyan anarchism, in other cases part of a (very conscious) effort to reverse the "inverted py
For reasons I don't totally understand, I was somewhat late in getting on line. About five years ago the small organization I coordinated - the Cuba Information Project - went on line, but usually the other staff person handled the email communications.
Carter: Buena Vista Social Club
Jul 08, 1999
Because nearly all music heard in the United States is driven by dreams of fame and fortune, the sounds of the Cuban ensemble known as the Buena Vista Social Club are immediately startling. The melodies, rhythms, and songs of the group pull you in with a
Cagan: Report from the Front Line: Challenges to Proposed Millennium March for Gay Rights Growing
Jun 22, 1999
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NY. ... But what has grown into one of the major civil rights struggles is riddled with serious political problems.
Carter: When Kids Kill
Jun 07, 1999
Since the school shootings in Littleton, the nation's print and broadcast media have unleashed a sensational outpouring of analysis and concern aiming to explain why boys kill and what can be done to save them. Once we get by the headlines, however, we fi
Cagan: Can We Keep A Movement Alive
May 20, 1999
If you read my commentary last month you know I recently was in the center of the organizing for a major march and rally against police brutality here in New York City.
Chomsky: Moral Principles and International Law
May 09, 1999
I'm afraid the first question is not a "genuine question," though there is a huge literature, for thousands of years, attempting to say at least something about these topics, without much success.
May 01, 1999
Pearl, Miss., West Paducah, Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., Springfield, Ore., Fayetteville, Tenn., Edinboro, Pa., and last week--Littleton, Colo. Seven school shootings in less than two years.
Cagan: A Movement Grows in NYC
Apr 25, 1999
On Thursday, April 15th tens of thousands of New Yorkers will march in yet another expression of outrage at the conduct of the New York City Police Department.
Cagan: What's Wrong With This Picture
Mar 25, 1999
The challenge for me in writing a commentary is to figure out which of many items I want to comment on. Every time I sit down to write this something different captures my attention.
Carter: Kazan and the Oscars and Us
Mar 25, 1999
Despite all the controversy stirred by the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give director Elia Kazan an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, SundayÕs 71st Academy Awards ceremony passed with no disruption and little comme