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Cohen: Stepford Republicans
Feb 09, 2008
"The Stepford Wives" tells the chilling story of once smart, independent women who get abducted and turned into tamed, mindless robots.
Cronan Jr: A Liberatory Labor Movement
Dec 27, 2007
In the United States, we can see the roots of an emerging militant labor movement. Though in its infancy, rank-and-file initiatives are becoming more common as traditional Labor continues to fail us. A militant labor movement will be comprised of (or at least should be) self-managed workers' organizations; subsequently, labor activists focus on organizing the rank-and-file workers. This much I think we can all agree on. However, there is disagreement on what the role of a militant labor movement and organizing around class has in the context of greater societal change. I think that much of the disagreement stems from, in general terms, how we conceptualize how societal change happens, and who are the agents of change. It is this question that I will try to address, presenting a complementary and holistic approach that recognizes the centrality of non-class oppressions, along with class, in the struggle for radical societal change.
Choudry: A Highly Unsuitable Candidate: New Zealand Government Is Not Fit to Sit on UN Human Rights Council
Oct 22, 2007
The New Zealand Government must be stopped. At home and abroad.
Chomsky: Arab Peace Initiative
Apr 09, 2007
[Note: Noam Chomsky was asked, in the ZSustainer Forums, to share his response to the Arab Peace Initiative. Below is his replyÉ]
Cromwell: The Fictitious Firewall: The Mythical Divide Between Journalism And Advertising
Nov 08, 2006
In its latest annual report on media performance, US-based watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) noted that:
Cromwell: The Invisible Corporate Shadow
Oct 06, 2006
The Australian social scientist Alex Carey summed up the evolution of political power in the last century as follows:
Chomsky: Apocalypse Near
Aug 08, 2006
Noam Chomsky interviewed by Merav Yudilovitch
An Understandable Mistake
The urgency of halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and moving toward their elimination, could hardly be greater. Failure to do so is almost certain to lead to grim consequences, even the end of biology's only experiment with higher intelligence.
Cromwell: Silence In The Service Of Power
Jun 03, 2006
In November last year, as many as 24 Iraqi civilians - among them 11 women and children - were killed by US marines in Haditha, western Iraq. The New York Times has described the atrocity as possibly "the gravest case involving misconduct by American grou
Chomsky: A Just War? Hardly
May 20, 2006
Spurred by these times of invasions and evasions, discussion of "just war" has had a renaissance among scholars and even among policy-makers.
Chomsky: Perceptions of the "Unpeople"
Apr 29, 2006
It is comforting to attribute the alleged "clash" between Islam and the West to their hatred of our freedom and values, as the president proclaimed after 9/11, or to our curious inability to communicate our true intentions. A New York Times headline reads
The prospect that Europe and Asia might move towards greater independence has troubled US planners since the second world war. The concerns have only risen as the "tripolar order" - Europe, North America and Asia - has continued to evolve.
Cromwell: Burning The Planet For Profit
Jan 18, 2006
After 4.6 billion years of planetary history, we may become the first species to monitor its own extinction. In impressive detail, humankind is amassing evidence of devastating changes in the atmosphere, oceans, ice cover, land and biodiversity.
A Media Lens reader wrote to us recently quoting historian Mark Curtis's accurate observations that:
Cagan: Remembering Rosa Parks
Oct 27, 2005
I woke up this morning to the news that Rosa Parks had died yesterday. She had lived a long, full life and had contributed to the struggle for human dignity, for freedom and justice more than most of us can even imagine doing. Nearly 50 years ago she took
"The best relationship with our viewers is no longer one of parent-child but of consenting adults trying to piece together the best picture of the world." (Roger Mosey, head of BBC TV news)
"What goes against the grain of conditioning is experienced as not credible, or as a hostile act." (John McMurtry, philosopher)
Churchill: Who's The Terrorist?
Mar 10, 2005
Once again what I have said has been turned into the opposite of itself.
Cromwell: Seduced By Doses Of Dissent
Jan 29, 2005
Given the regimented, mind-numbing conformity to power in the US mainstream media, it must be refreshing for US-based progressives to see and enjoy the occasional challenging piece in the British press. Yes, good articles do appear from time to time, part