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Hightower: WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
May 14, 2000
Have you heard of the "Butterfly Effect?" Both a scientific concept and an ecological reality, its essence is that the flapping of a million butterfly wings in central Mexico can have consequences in New York City, Rome, or Hong Kong. The notion is that o
Hoodbhoy: EQBAL AHMAD: POST-POKHARAN DAYS
May 11, 2000
He fought for Kashmiri self-determination in 1948, against French imperialism in Algeria in the early 60's, roused students on American campuses in the early 70's against their government's immoral war in Vietnam, dodged arrest by the CIA in a case trumpe
Hightower: WHAT'S MISSING IN CAMPAIGN 2000
May 03, 2000
Well, there we have it: Gore-Bush. Dull versus dullard. The political establishments of the two-party duopoly successfully rose up to surround, defend, and shove forward their chosen ones, both girded with tens of millions of dollars from the exact same s
Herman: THE LEFT AND ELECTORAL PARTICIPATION
May 02, 2000
The left always has a problem at election time, and embattled left pens are already trying to demonstrate that we should: (1) forego voting; (2) vote for Ralph Nader; or (3) vote for the lesser evil (Gore). The fact that there is always such vigorous disp
In February of this year the Indian government announced a new population policy based on a two-child norm. While social activists have welcomed certain elements of the policy, such as free and compulsory elementary education and improvements in health in
Hahnel: Let's Review
Apr 08, 2000
For almost 20 years an accelerating process many of us now call corporate sponsored globalization has been changing the way the international economy operates. Under the title â€œneoliberalismâ€ multinational corporations have succeeded in rewriting the rules governing international trade and investment ever more to their liking. But the question, of course, is whether these changes are to the liking of the rest of us.
The great nineteenth century U.S. agnostic and lecturer, Robert Green Ingersoll, used to delight in telling the story of the test of true faith imposed on those seeking entry into heaven by the heavenly gatekeeper (e.g., in his lecture on the "Mistakes of
Hightower: ELECTION 2000: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Mar 21, 2000
The quadrennial presidential horserace is on, and the media establishment has unleashed its multimillion-dollar army of pundits, pollsters, powdered anchors, analysts, chart makers, gossips, make-up artists, set designers and others to drum up the drama,
Hartmann: A Visit to Los Alamos
Mar 06, 2000
In January I made my first trip to New Mexico. My partner and I visited the ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Like many tourists before us, we were awed by the beauty of the Frijoles Canyon and the knowledge that an ancient ci
Herman: SAUL LANDAU'S LETTER ON "PACIFICA BASHING"
Mar 02, 2000
In mid-February of this year Saul Landau issued an "Appeal to All Progressives: Stop the Pacifica Bashing!" And he got some 40 liberals and leftists to sign on, many associated with The Nation and Institute for Policy Studies.
Herman: Real Journalism
Feb 03, 2000
There has long been a strong tendency on the part of Western non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to serve as did the Christian missionaries in the years of colonial expansion and occupation, who followed in the wake of the empire builders to convert the
Herman: The AOL Time Merger
Jan 16, 2000
Each great technological advance in communication begins with claims of the dominance of public service aims and probable effects, which is then followed and concluded by a commercial takeover.
Hightower: Four Vignettes
Jan 09, 2000
In a courtroom, an attorney asked the witness, "Sir, What's your IQ?" The fellow responded, "Well, I can see pretty well, I think."
Hartmann: What's In A Word?
Jan 08, 2000
Conservative anti-immigrant and population control forces are once again threatening to take control of the Sierra Club, one of the nation's most influential environmental organizations. A September 26 resolution by the Board of Directors changed Club pol
Herman: Paul Krugman in the NYT
Jan 07, 2000
With a column on trade and globalization in the New York Times of January 2 ("Once And Again"), MIT economist Paul Krugman announces his new status as a Times columnist under the heading "Reckonings."
Herman: THEY BROUGHT IT ON THEMSELVES
Dec 18, 1999
One of the tricks of imperialism is to pretend that a targeted enemy has been offered a negotiating option, quickly claim that that option has been rejected, and then ruthlessly attack or continue sanctions that may be taking a heavy human toll.
Hartmann: Women's Health Advocates Win a Victory in the Fight Against Chemical Sterilization
Dec 02, 1999
On November 13, the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of America (PPFA) turned down a motion from its own Medical Committee which have put the organization in the position of supporting unethical human experimentation. The drug in question was quin
Herman: Questioning Henwood on Globalization
Dec 01, 1999
For some reason Doug Henwood feels called upon to play down globalization. Others on the left, some associated with MONTHLY REVIEW, have done the same, warning that any acceptance of the globalization thesis will discourage leftists and breed "defeatism."
Henwood: What is Globalization, Anyway
Nov 26, 1999
If there's one thing that analysts and activists across the political spectrum agree on today it's that we live in an era of economic globalization. This is taken by both critics and cheerleaders as self-evident and largely unprecedented. We should think
Herman: The Times and East Timor
Nov 14, 1999
Seth Mydans's October 31 piece on the Indonesian departure from East Timor, "A Calamitous Era Plays Out Quietly For East Timorese," with its admission that 200,000 had died in Indonesia's 24 year failed pacification effort, including its final "rampage of