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Mokhiber: Cop Killer
Aug 22, 2000
Cop killer. No, we are not talking about Mumia Abu-Jamal. After a trial that the National Journal's Stuart Taylor called "grotesquely unfair" and that included "fabricated evidence," Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer. He no
Sometimes, it is important to think big.In an era where corporations trample across the globe with minimal restraint, and citizen movements around the world are on their heels, it is natural -- and necessary -- for those trying to check corporate power to
Mokhiber: Which Way, CFA?
Jul 22, 2000
The Consumer Federation of America is at a crossroads. Set up in 1968 to advocate in Washington, D.C. for consumer interests, the Federation is being consumed by Washington's corporate culture. Will it seek to reverse course and get back to its consumer r
Marable: Why Diallo Had To Die
May 19, 2000
For more than one year, the controversy surrounding the New York murder of Amadou Diallo has made headlines throughout the world. Most people have heard by now about the unarmed African immigrant who was fired on 41 times as he stood in the vestibule of h
Mokhiber: Sixteen Years for a Snickers Bar
May 15, 2000
Last month, a Texas jury recommended that Kenneth Payne, 29, spend 16 years in jail.Payne's crime? Stealing a Snickers bar from a Tyler, Texas grocery store on December 17, 1999. When Smith county Assistant District Attorney Jodi Brown was asked by the A
Mid-August, 1999, the heads of state of the countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) had a summit in Maputo, Mozambique. Held against the backdrop of economic stagnation, unresolved conflicts in Angola, internal strife in the Democrat
Mokhiber: Who Owns America?
Apr 03, 2000
The other day, at our local bookstore, we passed a book. And then doubled back. ÊThe book is titled Who Owns America?: A Declaration of Independence. Sounded like it was written by people we should know. But on further investigation, we recognized none of
Marable: White Supremacy in Dixie
Mar 27, 2000
How far has America actually progressed toward more constructive race relations? Judging by some recent events, not much.
Mokhiber: Somebody Else's Wealth
Mar 15, 2000
Where does the vast wealth of the United States come from? It is hard to read the financial and popular press today without encountering stories that suggest the answer is the creativity of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
Since Feb. 6, the Students of Color Coalition (SCC) has occupied the tower of the University of Michigan Union building to protest ongoing racist practices on a campus that claims to have a longstanding commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. These
Marable: No Rights Whites Must Respect
Feb 25, 2000
In the Dred Scott decision of 1857, the Supreme Court turned down a petition for freedom from an enslaved African American. The author of the court's ruling, Chief Justice Roger B. Tawney, declared that blacks could never be granted equal protection under
Marable: Seattle and Beyond
Jan 22, 2000
It was immensely significant for black America that the last major public demonstration in the U.S. in the 20th century was a protest over global economics and trade.
Mokhiber: You Can't Eat Enough of It
Jan 05, 2000
At the end of the millennium, W.R. Grace should be considered a candidate as one of the world's most rapacious corporate predators. Of course, if you have seen the movie A Civil Action or read the book by the same title, you are aware of the injury infli
Marable: Civil Rights or Silver Rights
Jan 03, 2000
More than a century ago, conservative black educator Booker T. Washington proposed a strategy for black advancement within capitalism. The founder of both Tuskegee Institute and the National Negro Business League, Washington cautioned African Americans no
Marable: A Dialogue Between Generations
Dec 20, 1999
Several weeks ago I attended and spoke at a conference on race which was organized at Stanford University. After delivering my lecture, I walked down the steps from the stage. Clustered around the steps were several male and female graduate students.
Marable: The Politics of Inequality
Dec 09, 1999
The fundamental issue that will define U.S. politics in the first decade of the twenty-first century is the spiraling growth of inequality in American life.
Marable: The KKK: From Greensboro to NYC
Nov 15, 1999
Twenty years ago, on November 3, 1979, five principled and dedicated activists for social justice-Cesar Cauce, Dr. Mike Nathan, Bill Sampson, Sandi Smith, and Dr. Jim Waller-were brutally murdered in Greensboro, North Carolina by the Ku Klux Klan. History
On June 19, 1998, over two thousand African Americans gathered in Chicago to participate in the founding conference of the Black Radical Congress (BRC).
Mokhiber: The Criminal Element
Nov 01, 1999
The criminal element has seeped deep into every nook and cranny of American society. Forget about the underworld -- these crooks dominate every aspect of our market, culture, and politics. They cast a deep dark shadow over life in turn of the century Amer
Mokhiber: Keep the Public in Public Health
Oct 26, 1999
The great thing about the American Public Health Association (APHA) is in its name -- it's about public health -- what we as a society do to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.