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Peters: East Timor Activism in Boston
Sep 16, 1999
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday, September 14, 1999 that "Piles of bodies were burnt on the streets of Dili at the weekend and tens of thousands of refugees were without food or water as they fled the militias and the Indonesian Army. . .
Peterson: Genocide 2?
Sep 10, 1999
With the United Nations seriously considering the final evacuation of the last members of its international staff from the capital city of Dili any day now, East Timor is threatened with being plunged into a black hole from which virtually no news could a
Prashad: REd Salute: Comrade Uncle Ho
Sep 04, 1999
In the late 1960s, the communists in Bengal allied with the left Congress to form a United Front government in the state. These were heady times for a region buffeted by two drought years, by the cataclysmic pressures of international finance, and down-wi
Peterson: Between the Guns and the Wall
Aug 29, 1999
Shortly before noon on April 6, several truckloads of the Red And White Iron militia rolled up outside a church where hundreds of people had fled seeking sanctuary. "Get out of the church!" the gun- and machete-wielding gangsters shouted. Then mayhem.
Teacher, There's a Brand Name in My Math Problem
May, 1998. India and then, Pakistan, tested nuclear devices of questionable ferocity to launch themselves as nuclear power States. Both countries made diplomatic bids to join the discriminatory nuclear bargain currently being flogged to the world as a tes
Peters: Give em Ritalin
Jul 31, 1999
Although there is no medical proof that there is such a thing as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), over 3.5 million children in the United States are diagnosed as having some form of it.
Peters: Children: Their Deficiencies,
Jul 13, 1999
We are at my 7-year old daughter's annual check-up. After a peering in her ears and mouth, palpating her glands, and listening to her heart, the Doctor points at Zoe's crotch and asks abruptly, "Does anyone ever touch you here?" Zoe is taken aback. She lo
Peters: Chicken Pox?!
Jun 25, 1999
Providing temporary immunity to children could drive chicken pox disease into the older adult population where it can cause many more deaths and complications.
Peters: Mentoring Toward Revolution
Jun 08, 1999
Do you have mentors in your life? Are you anyone's mentor? Could we positively affect social change movements by building mentoring relationships into our political work? I think we could.
Jun 02, 1999
At a recent birthday, my daughter became the proud owner of the much coveted American Girl doll. We had vaguely supported her strong desire to have an American Girl doll. We knew that the doll would come with books that told the girl's story, that the dol
Peters: What She Really Wants
May 10, 1999
Take a look at that face. It's true. She really could use a little help with her complexion. It may be that with all that mothering work she's been doing she hasn't had time to properly wash, rinse, clarify, tone, moisturize, and treat twice a week with m
Peters: On Knowing and Responding
Apr 29, 1999
On this the liberal and the right-wing columnists seem to agree: Adults are responsible for not controlling the behavior of Littleton, ColoradoÕs Òtrench coat mafiaÓ killers. Eileen McNamara, liberal columnist for the Globe, suggests that the parents of E
Peters: Responding To Sentiment
Apr 21, 1999
There was a lengthy debate at my dinner table the other night about the situation in Yugoslavia. Most of my relatives defended the NATO bombings as the only moral action to take in the face of crimes being committed against ethnic Albanians. I argued the
Peters: Is There A Truth About Rigoberto Menchu
Apr 10, 1999
My friend the anthropologist says there is no such thing as truth. She says that sheÕs interviewed people in the field who completely contradict each other. One says the volcano erupted and the other says it didnÕt. They both say it with equal conviction.
Pozzi: Labor Repression in Argentina
Apr 03, 1999
On Monday, February 16, 1998, in Usuhuaia, the Argentina's southernmost city in Tierra del Fuego, the courts finally declared the innocence of steelworker leader Oscar Martinez.
Peters: Teen Girls, Sexism, and Marketing
Mar 16, 1999
The more time a teen girl spends reading fashion magazines, the worse she feels about herself, according to a study done by Brigham and Women's hospital released earlier this month.