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The verbal flubs of President Bush in Quebec City were widely reported to the amusement of the educated. He referred to the language of Mexico (Spanish) as "Mexican" and called the Canadian leader "amigo" (rather than using the French "ami.")
Ten years after the United States and its allies imposed economic sanctions following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the embargo rremains largely in place. Theembargo continues to exact a heavy toll on Iraqi society, even after the passage of United Nations S
The Bush team arrives committed to the construction of what its proponents call "national missile defense." Critics call it "Star Wars" - the implementation of a system for shooting down incoming nuclear missiles.
September 18th was the 150th anniversary of an infamous Act. In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, making the federal government responsible for tracking down escaped slaves in the North and sending them back to slavery. The Act galvanized anti
Naiman: Banning Imports from Burma
Sep 03, 2000
In Burma - "Myanmar" to its military regime - Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democracy movement, sits in her car, blocked by the military dictatorship from meeting her supporters.
Naiman: Gun Control, Burma and Corporate Rule
Aug 14, 2000
Robert Naiman Remember the "New Federalism"? State and local governments were supposed to be "laboratories of democracy," where new ideas could be tried out to address social problems, where government would be more responsive to citizen input at the loc
Representative Sonny Callahan, the Chair of the Foreign Operations subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, and Representative Nancy Pelosi, his Democratic counterpart, disagree on a lot of issues. But they do agree that Congress should act to
Naiman: Globalization: The Fat Lady Ain't Sung
May 27, 2000
Champagne corks are popping in Washington, as the corporate lobby celebrates its victory over democracy - bribing Congress into granting "Permanent Normal Trading Relations" to China. Corporations, not China, are the true beneficiaries - they have won "pe
Naiman: A19: The Media Empire Blows Back
Apr 21, 2000
As someone whose central organizing principles in life include figuring out how to reduce and undermine the power and legitimacy of the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO, and kindred institutions, I have to say that the week of protests and education in Washin
As a participant in the planning for the April 16-17 mobilizations against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, I have this to say about all the hype around the April demonstrations and the "new movement for global economic and social justi
Naiman: A Small Victim of the Embargo
Feb 08, 2000
There's great consternation in Cuba and Florida over the fate of Elian Gonzalez. If he were from any other country, he would already be home with his father. Yet only a handful of the media reports mention the extreme U.S. embargo that led to the current
Naiman: Access To Education
Dec 31, 1999
Public education in the United States has been subjected to vigorous criticism. Some criticize it in the hopes of improving it, and some criticize it in order to undermine it. If one accepts the principle that every citizen of our society has the right to
After President Clinton announced that he supports 100% cancellation of the debts owed by the poorest countries to the United States, some poll data suggested that people thought Clinton was being too generous.