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Jamal: Dragons Return
Nov 18, 2008
Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, we have seen the naked rule of the dollar, unrestrained, wreak havoc around the world.
Nov 10, 2008
The count has been called and Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. has become the 44th President of the United States of America.
Jamal: Economic Crisis
Oct 23, 2008
Three ZNet sustainer commentaries by Mumia Abu-Jamal on the economic crisis.
Oct 07, 2008
What we are seeing in the midst of America's financial crisis, is a crisis not so much of confidence as it is of ideology, for the crisis has its origins in an economic outlook that has been ascendant for generations.
Jamal: Pakistani Democracy
Aug 29, 2008
With news of the abrupt resignation of Pakistani general-cum-president, Pervez Musharraf, comes the stark realization that, in Islamabad, democracy means the power of the people over that of a dictator.
Jamal: Black Political Power
Aug 19, 2008
As we are on the eve of what may be the most powerful Black achievement in U.S. history, it would be well to examine the history of Black political leadership in this country.
Jamal: Beyond Politics
Aug 10, 2008
If TV channels are any measure, the U.S. presidential elections, now less than 4 months away, are the permanent stuff of headlines...
Jensen: Universal Patterns
Jul 11, 2008
Islamabad, Pakistan - Some lessons learned while spending time in a different culture come from paying attention to the wide diversity in how we humans arrange ourselves socially. Equally crucial lessons come from seeing patterns in how people behave similarly in similar situations, even in very different cultural contexts.
Jamal: Power & Justice
Jul 07, 2008
There is an adage in Anglo-American law that says, "The King can do no wrong," a reflection of the power of kings stemming from the conquest of Britain by William the Conqueror in 1066.
Jamal: Road Rage
Jun 24, 2008
As the price of gasoline soars, Americans are forced to think in ways that they haven't in generations: to drive, or not to drive?
Jamal: Obama's Victory?
Jun 12, 2008
With the attainment of the required delegates to claim the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. president, Sen. Barack H. Obama (D. ILL.) has written a new page in American history.
Jensen: Masculine or Feminine
Jun 11, 2008
In a guest lecture about masculinity to a college class, I ask the students to generate two lists that might help clarify the concept.
Jensen: Race, Gender & Election
Apr 28, 2008
It may seem odd to talk of sorrows around race and gender in politics when we are a few months away from being able to vote for a white woman or a black man for president of the United States. When I was born in 1958, any suggestion that such an election was on the horizon would have been laughed off as crazy. In the first presidential campaign I paid attention to as an eighth-grader in 1972, Shirley Chisholm -- who four years earlier had become the first black woman to win a seat in Congress -- was to most Americans a curiosity not a serious contender. Today, things are different.
Jensen: Osheroff's Dance
Apr 15, 2008
As Abe Osheroff's body slowly began to betray him in his 80s and 90s, one of his favorite lines was, "I have one foot in the grave but the other keeps dancing."
Jensen: Beyond Peace
Mar 20, 2008
It has long been a staple of the antiwar movement that there can be no meaningful peace without justice on a global scale...
Jensen: Problem of Mainstream Journalism
Feb 06, 2008
Pro Publica, an initiative launched last month in the United States to help revitalize investigative journalism, is a great idea trapped by the worst aspects of the best instincts in contemporary corporate commercial journalism. The project reminds us of important values at the core of the craft of journalism, but also exposes the common political confusions of mainstream journalists that so often undermine their best efforts.
Jensen: King of the Hill
Nov 07, 2007
The object of the children's game King of the Hill is to be the one who remains on top of the hill (or, if not an actual hill, a large pile of anything or the center of any designated area).
[Remarks to the final ÒLast SundayÓ community gathering in Austin, TX, April 29, 2007. For a PDF of all five of the talks in this series, write to email@example.com .]
Jensen: Impeachment, all down the line
Apr 25, 2007
[A speech delivered to the "Impeachment: Our Right, Our Duty" rally in Houston, TX, April 9, 2007.]
Ia political culture defined by a centrist-to-reactionary political spectrum, Paul Wellstone was a breath of fresh air when he brought his progressive politics to the U.S. Senate in 1991. His death in 2002 robbed the country of a humane voice on the natio