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Mokhiber: The Age of Inequality
Jun 07, 2002
Here's the latest evidence of the startling growth of income and wealth inequality, in the United States and around the world:
Monbiot: A New Mobilisation
May 27, 2002
The left, almost everyone agrees, is on the run. George Bush's seizure of power has dragged governments everywhere still further to the right. Most of the world's media are deeply hostile to progressive ideas. Now the war in Afghanistan has greatly empowe
On April 18, 2002, the US Congress announced a new bill intended to raise the
Monbiot: Diplomatic Impunity
Apr 26, 2002
Tony Blair might believe he belongs to an international coalition, but George Bush has other ideas. Bush's international war against terrorism has not stopped him from waging a parallel war against co-operation.
Monbiot: A War Against the Peacemaker
Apr 20, 2002
On Sunday, the US government will launch an international coup. It has been planned for a month. It will be executed quietly, and most of us won't know what is happening until it's too late. It is seeking to overthrow 60 years of multilateralism, in favou
Mokhiber: Rotten To The Core
Apr 10, 2002
Frank Easterbrook and Daniel Fischel are University of Chicago law professors who believe that, when it comes to making profits, nothing -- not even the law -- should stand in the way. (For almost two decades, Easterbrook has also been a federal appeals c
Monbiot: Patent Nonsense
Mar 21, 2002
The most surprising aspect of the steel war launched by the United States last week is that anyone is surprised. For all the talk of increasing freedom, the only certain and consistent trend in global trade rules over the past ten years has been the drift
The abstention of more than half the citizenry; the vote for traditional parties of the extreme right; the continuing proportion in the legislature of 70% traditional bipartisan electoral barons, and the surprising growth of an alternative vote for the le
Monbiot: Race War
Mar 08, 2002
Those of us who opposed the bombing of Afghanistan warned that the war between nations would not stop there. Now, as Tony Blair prepares the British people for an attack on Iraq, the conflict seems to be proliferating faster than most of us predicted. But
Mokhiber: Wired for Business or Democracy?
Mar 06, 2002
While Internet stocks may have crashed, Internet optimists still abound.
Monbiot: The Corporate Takeover of Childhood
Feb 14, 2002
For many children, a new school term begins with apprehension. But yesterday it wasn't just the children who were worried about what they might encounter. Every term now brings another government scheme, to re-finance, outsource, subcontract, reclassify,
Monbiot: Airstrip One
Feb 05, 2002
There could scarcely be an odder time to announce a massive airport development. Even before the crash in New York eleven days ago, the world's airline companies were expecting to lose 15% of their trade and some $7bn. In the past fortnight two major carr
Monbiot: The End of the Enlightenment
Dec 21, 2001
The pre-Enlightenment has just been beaten by the post-Enlightenment. As the last fundamentalist fighters are hunted through the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the world's most comprehensive attempt to defy modernity has been atomised. But this is not,
Mokhiber: The Cipro Rip-Off and the Public Health
Dec 03, 2001
Confronted with the prospect of bioterrorism on a massive scale, the Bush administration and the pharmaceutical industry have colluded to protect patent monopolies rather than the public health.
Monbiot: Making Generosity Redundant
Nov 23, 2001
They thought it was all over. After civilisation's victory in Afghanistan, where the lion now lies down with the lamb, there was, almost all the newspapers agreed, nothing left to discuss. All that needed to be done was to remind those who had questioned
Marable: The Failure of U.S. Foreign Policies
Nov 20, 2001
The bombing campaign against the people of Afghanistan will be described in history as the "U.S. Against the Third World." The launching of military strikes against peasants does nothing to suppress terrorism, and only erodes American credibility in Musli
Mokhiber: Kill, Kill, Kill
Nov 19, 2001
In a recent interview with the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Osama bin Laden justified the killing of innocent Americans this way :
The armchair warriors have proved no more merciful in victory than the Northern Alliance. Yesterday's Sun turned over two pages to an editorial titled "Shame of the traitors: wrong, wrong, wrong ... the fools who said Allies faced disaster".
Monbiot: Trade Piracy Unmasked
Nov 12, 2001
Just as woodworkers used to drink in the Carpenter's Arms, or farmhands in the Jolly Ploughman, the trade negotiators from the world's richest nations have found their way to their own hallowed ground.
Mokhiber: How Wall Street Created a Nation
Nov 05, 2001
Oviodio Diaz Espino was working as a corporate lawyer at J.P. Morgan in New York when he went to a Christmas Party in 1997. At the party, Diaz met a movie producer, Webster Stone. Stone noticed Diaz had a foreign accent and asked him where he was from. D