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Podur: A few more moves ahead
May 25, 2001
There is too much at stake for social change to be a game. But if it were a game, the side that had the ability to think many moves ahead, anticipate its opponents moves, know what its goal was and move toward it relentlessly, would have huge advantages o
I hate authority. Whenever I'm in front of someone with power, and if I feel alone, I get awkward and silly. No wonder I hate the Connecticut State House, all opulent and aristocratic, with the lobbyists gathered like sharks in the stairwell, and under a
Peters: Motherâ€™s Day, 2001
May 12, 2001
The problem with Motherâ€™s Day rituals is that they reinforce what I call the telescope effect on Moms and their kids. Most days of the year, disproportionate blame is leveled at Moms for their kidsâ€™ shortcomings. On Motherâ€™s Day, they are privately adored. Remember Smokey the Bear, and his paranoia-inducing admonition that you alone could prevent forest fires?
Peters: MotherÕs Day, 2001
May 12, 2001
The problem with MotherÕs Day rituals is that they reinforce what I call the telescope effect on Moms and their kids. Most days of the year, disproportionate blame is leveled at Moms for their kidsÕ shortcomings. On MotherÕs Day, they are privately adored
Once again, a lot of very smart scientists with significant institutional backing have spent a lot of time and a lot of money coming up with brainless conclusions and age-old solutions.
Pilger: Academia is silent on imperialism, as German universities were during the rise of the Nazis
Apr 29, 2001
The other day, I attended a conference at the University of Sussex on the "new imperialism". What was extraordinary was that it took place at all. Julian Saurin, who teaches in the school of African and Asian studies at Sussex, said that, in ten years, he
Podur: Invisible Struggles in Colombia
Apr 27, 2001
If you had the chance to see 'Traffic', you know the War on Drugs is a sham. There's a good chance you know that its domestic effects are to imprison thousands and thousands of non-violent offenders who aren't dangerous, cut them off from their families a
Prashad: Hindutva For a Few Dollars a Day
Apr 25, 2001
Bangru Laxman asks the intrepid tehelka.com journalists to bring him $30,000 to their next meeting. He has already taken Rs. 1 lakh. "You can give dollars," said the President of the BJP. "You talk to us directly. We normally turn to [National Security Ad
A refugee from the Sudan is in a grocery store in Fargo, North Dakota. Orphaned by war, traumatized by loss and violence, and having survived most his life on minimal rations, this young man, Peter, is understandably amazed by the endless of aisles of bri
U.S. activists' contribution to the effort to end Indonesia's brutal 25-year occupation of East Timor paid off. In August 1999 a vast majority of East Timorese - after years of immense suffering and patient organizing -- courageously voted for independenc
A few years ago I had the fortune of spending a morning debating Dinesh D'Souza on the question of affirmative action. It was in Chicago at the South Asian Students' Association annual meeting. I was a bit apprehensive. I've debated people before, indeed
Magical Realism is an Indian habitus discovered accidentally by Latin American fiction. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, may his recent illness be as painless as possible, wrote in a style that evokes for me the social relations of the Indian subcontinent. No wond
Peters: Punishing and Prescribing Sexuality
Mar 13, 2001
ItÕs practically clichŽ to say that the marketplace uses sex to sell. Not only do the commercials feature attractive female hands caressing gear shifts, but the shows themselves feature instant sexual gratification, without so much as a nod toward respons
Podur: Onward to Mexico City
Feb 28, 2001
To call it waffling would be an understatement. But whatever you call it, Mexico's President Vicente Fox has been changing his position on the Zapatistas at least every fifteen minutes. Maybe even every five minutes.
Peters: Sex in Service of the Marketplace
Feb 25, 2001
LetÕs see. Where was I? Oh yesÉlamenting the shallow, voyeuristic, mystified, moralistic ways we talk about sex.
Peters: Jesse, You Should Have Used a Condom
Feb 09, 2001
Jesse Jackson has begged our forgiveness for his extra-marital affair, which produced a child born about 20 months ago. But itÕs none of our business who Jesse sleeps with (assuming his relationships are consensual). If the public has anything to be disap
Never underestimate the power of the Earth. Vast, deep, unstable. Tectonic plates in motion beneath miles of sod and stone. And above, flora and fauna bursting forth. Of that lot the humans walk on the Earth at our own rhythm, divided by classes and natio
Peters: Trivializing Teens
Jan 27, 2001
The good news is: It takes a constant bombardment of advertising, articles, and advice to convince teens that they ARE their skin-exfoliators, hair de-frizzers, and lip moisturizers.
Prashad: The Great Indian Mail Strike of 2000
Jan 05, 2001
For two weeks in December 2000, almost all of the 600,000 postal workers in India struck work, on behalf of 300,000 part-time workers. From Cyberabad to Silicon Galli computers tried in vain to send packages to each other, as the Sensex sang a dirge for t
Mexico's New President Vicente Fox and the Zapatistas