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Raptis: Do the (Ordinary) Americans Know?
Dec 13, 2001
Does the ordinary American know what the American Government has been doing to the other peoples of the world?
Russell: Damn Lies
Dec 12, 2001
Economist/pundits, distanced from the harsh realities of the now official recession, talk of the rising numbers of unemployed as if there is no human cost to the "natural" business cycle. Worse, they act as public relations agents for capitalism; they lie
Rebick: It Really Is About New Politics
Dec 02, 2001
The New Politics Initiative (www.newpolitics.ca), which made its debut at the convention of the New Democratic Party (CanadaÕs social democratic party) in Winnipeg last weekend, could be one of the most innovative and significant developments on the left
After years of battle, the pro-corporate globalization forces have won a victory in Qatar. Maude Barlow in an internet radio report from Qatar www.canadians.org says NGOs on the ground at the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks Òare devastated.Ó
Raptis: Nukes and Rationality
Nov 15, 2001
Let us make the assumption that humans have the potential to think rationally. If the assumption is wrong, this text (or any other text for that matter) is irrelevant. So, if in the nature of man there is the potential for rationality, why is there so muc
Nov 11, 2001
Since the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, there have been numerous public outcries casting the terrorists and suspects as disabled.
Reinhart: Stop Israel!
Oct 30, 2001
For a whole week now, The Israeli army has been terrorizing cities and villages in the West Bank. As in the darkest days at the beginning of the present Intifada, desperate voices and reports pour through the internet, telling of massive shelling, includi
Rebick: Assault On Liberty
Oct 07, 2001
We are not even at war yet and the most important freedom in a democracy, freedom of speech, is already under assault.
Raptis: Of Pyramids and Skyscrapers
Sep 30, 2001
That the skyscraper is the "monumental" structure par excellence of the US culture is difficult to dispute. "The decision for the construction of multistory buildings in any country, either for living space or for work is a political act with very importa
While the AFL-CIO has alarmed environmental and other activists by throwing its support behind big oil and Bush's backwards energy policy, Henry Waxman has alarmed disability activists by throwing his support behind the nursing home industry and perpetuat
If you have a disability, chances are you have a hard time getting inexpensive insurance (or any private insurance) and a job. As someone actively involved in disability rights, I regularly hear from disabled people who have been discriminated against by
What is participatory democracy? It is government that involves citizens at every level of decision-making. The form of participatory democracy we know best in Canada involves consulting citizens about policy. While experiences like the citizens constitut
Russell: Eroding the Employment-At-Will Doctrine
Jul 31, 2001
Opportunities to make revolutionary change sometimes go unrecognized and are missed. When too few people fully grasp the potential of what is before them there is a failure to present a powerful societal force to secure reform. As Vijay Prashad noted (Wel
Rebick: The Spirit of Quebec City comes home
Jul 22, 2001
In early June, antipoverty activists trashed the constituency office of Ontario Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. They overturned desks, smashed glass and threw a microwave oven out of the building in what they called a Òmock eviction.Ó They were protesting
Genoa: The G8 Summit What follows is a short report on the situation in Genoa as of July 8, 2001. The coordinator of the protest movement against the G8 Summit at Genoa is the Italian organization Genoa Social Forum (GSF).
Reinhart: OUT NOW!
Jul 13, 2001
In contrast to the spirit of blood and revenge which is now dominating the Israeli public discourse, there has been for years a wide consensus in the Israeli society that peace with the Palestinians requires withdrawal from the occupied territories and ev
Raptis: Racism; The Greek Variety
Jul 02, 2001
On October 21, 1999 my wife and I attended the presentation of the latest book of a friend, in downtown Athens. After the presentation, at around 12 midnight, the author invited five or six of us to dinner at a nearby tavern. My wife was not feeling well,
Russell: Market Steamroller
Jul 01, 2001
Bush & Wall Street are about to turn a phony Social Security crisis into a real one. Part one, the tax cut, has already been accomplished. The combo of the $1.3 trillion tax cut and a lagging economy are shrinking federal surpluses available for both So
Russell: Abuse: Sanctioning Societal Violence
Jun 10, 2001
Long time disability scholar Professor David Pfeiffer stated (in a New Political Science review of Beyond Ramps) that he "ha[s] never met a former inmate of a state school or a state hospital who was not repeatedly raped, men and women."
Raptis: A New Film
May 20, 2001
In the late '40s and early '50s quite a few young Greek leftists had to flee their country to avoid at best torture and long prison terms and at worst execution in the hands of the US appointed local puppet Greek Government.