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Mokhiber: Business Power and Mobility
Jan 30, 2001
The election season makes it patently clear how Big Business is able to transform its financial resources into political power via campaign contributions.
Mokhiber: Pardon Me?
Jan 20, 2001
Sometime within the next two days, in the last hours of his presidency, Bill Clinton will exercise his Constitutional power to grant clemency to a lucky group of federal convicts.
Monbiot: Dying of Consumption
Jan 12, 2001
The modern industrial economy works like this: resources are dug from a hole in the ground on one side of the planet, used for a few weeks, then dumped in a hole on the other side of the planet. This is known as the Creation of Value. The Creation of Valu
Marable: Two on the Election
Jan 08, 2001
We have just witnessed, in the United States, the massive and wholesale theft of the presidency. Yet the fraudulent political dynamics that propelled loser George W. Bush into the White House have happened before. A political philosopher once observed tha
A few weeks ago, we received an invitation to attend an event at the Library of Congress. Coca-Cola was about to make an "historic contribution" to the Library of Congress, and the Library, and Coca-Cola, were inviting reporters to cover the event. We ac
Monbiot: Big Business, As Seen On TV
Dec 23, 2000
Our liberty could scarcely be entrusted to a more rackety bunch. Journalists are, quite rightly, almost universally reviled. But the freedom of a nation depends in large measure on the freedom they enjoy. If reporters are forced to show the world not as i
For years, Genentech Inc.'s clotbuster drug tPA has been used to treat heart attacks.Last year, the American Heart Association published guidelines for physicians advising that tPA be used to treat strokes. Whether these new guidelines will help stroke p
Monbiot: The Massacre Starts Tomorrow
Dec 01, 2000
There's an odd component of globalisation, which I find myself at a loss to explain. We are, we're assured, living in a global village, whose people are daily brought closer together. Yet we hear ever less about what is happening in distant parts of the w
On October 29, the people of the East African nation of Tanzania went to the polls to elect a new government. The elections returned the incumbent, Benjamin Mkapa, of the ruling party of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) to a second term in office. The elections
Monbiot: Reality Re-Asserts ItselfT
Nov 14, 2000
Just as floods and tornadoes were laying waste to our homes, we earthlings watched the launch of an exciting new venture. Three cosmonauts were blasted into orbit, to pioneer the permanent inhabitation of space. Humanity is already making plans for its es
Mokhiber: Ford/Firestone: Homicide?
Nov 04, 2000
In 1998, in Corpus Christi, Texas, 17-year-old Matthew Hendricks was on his way to pick up his girlfriend. He was driving a Ford Explorer. The tread ripped off one of the Ford's Firestone's tires, causing him to lose control. He was thrown from the vehicl
Marable: â€œEducation Works, Prisons Donâ€™tâ€
Nov 01, 2000
â€œEducation Works, Prisons Donâ€™tâ€ was the call to action that attracted hundreds of concerned New Yorkers at a Harlem teach-in, sponsored by United New York Black Radical Congress, on October 27-28, 2000. The teach-in brought together students, parents, teachers, community activists, and leaders from politics, unions and religious institutions.
Marable: ÒEducation Works, Prisons DonÕtÓ
Nov 01, 2000
ÒEducation Works, Prisons DonÕtÓ was the call to action that attracted hundreds of concerned New Yorkers at a Harlem teach-in, sponsored by United New York Black Radical Congress, on October 27-28, 2000. The teach-in brought together students, parents, t
Mcchesney2: Will Gore Throw the Election to Bush?
Oct 27, 2000
This past Friday a dozen former "Nader's Raiders" held a press conference and told Ralph Nader to drop out of the presidential race and throw his support to Vice-President Al Gore. Concerned about Gore's faltering numbers in the polls, they argued that vo
Oct 22, 2000
The American Political Science Association's annual convention recently came through town, filling up Washington, D.C. hotels with thousands of academics ready to present their latest research findings.Browsing through the convention's program, we hoped t
Mchombo: ROUNDING UP HOKERS IN MALAWI
Oct 11, 2000
Sam Mchombo It is a matter of fact that AIDS has taken its toll on human life, with various African countries amongst the worst hit. It has also placed incredible economic burdens on most of those countries which, given the soaring costs of available dru
Mokhiber: Killing Africa with Kindness
Sep 16, 2000
With the announcement of a billion-dollar-a-year U.S. government loan program for African countries to buy AIDS drugs, the fight to deliver affordable drugs to people with HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world has entered its third phas
The greatest struggle of any oppressed group in a racist society is the struggle to reclaim collective memory and identity. At the level of culture, racism seeks to deny people of African, American Indian, Asian and Latino descent their own voices, histor
Sep 04, 2000
About six years ago, a friend gave us a toaster. It was a present. The friend bought the toaster from Williams-Sonoma, the San Francisco-based kitchen store, with outlets in upscale malls throughout the United States.
There are today over two million Americans incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails throughout the United States. More than one-half, or one million, are black men and women. The devastating human costs of the mass incarceration of one ou