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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.
Several months ago, 650 people attended the "Race-ing Justice" Conference in New York, sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. In more than two dozen panels and workshops, black people examined the destr
Marable: The Battle for Ideas
Sep 18, 1999
Political power always expresses itself as a body of ideas. If you can create and popularize the key ideas that define the general perceptions about public issues, you will largely determine what happens politically.
Mokhiber: Moving Gently on East Timor
Sep 15, 1999
The Clinton administration's shamefully slow response to the savagery unleashed by the Indonesian military and militia on the people of East Timor allowed a vicious slaughter to take place.
"While in theory U.S. law provides for workers to have freedom of association, the right to join trade unions and participate in collective bargaining is in practice denied to large segments of the American workforce in both the public and the private sec
Marable: Chickens Coming Home to Roost
Sep 01, 1999
Immediately following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X was asked by the media for his response. Malcolm was not surprised by this tragic event, because white America had long fostered violence and racism throughout society. Kenned
Mokhiber: Biotech Untamed
Aug 02, 1999
When Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman wanted to address the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to rave about the biotech industry and its wonders, he called Gene Grabowski.
"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [least developed countries]?" So wrote Treasury Secretary-designee Lawrence Summers, then the chief economist at the World Bank, in a 1991
Mokhiber: Killing Work
May 21, 1999
Want to kill somebody and get away with a slap on the wrist? You'd be hard pressed to find a better way than being a employer who endangers his or her employees.
Mokhiber: Drugs, Patents, and U.S. Policy
May 03, 1999
Thanks to new drug therapies, many people with HIV/AIDS in the United States are now able to live relatively healthy lives. "Triple drug" therapies, or "drug cocktails" allow HIV-positive people to reduce their HIV blood load in some cases to undetectable
Mokhiber: Essential Information
Apr 19, 1999
There is a new breed of activist roaming the land. These are activists who believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with the large corporation itself -- that it is not what corporations do wrong that is the problem, it is corporations themselve
Mokhiber: With Friends Like These
Mar 30, 1999
With friends like these, Africa certainly doesn't need any enemies. Africa's "friends" in Congress have again introduced a "NAFTA-for-Africa" bill. In early February, Representatives Philip Crane, R-Illinois, and Charles Rangel, D-New York, reintroduce