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(see: www.humanrightsnow.com) In mid-September I traveled to Nicaragua as part of a delegation organized by the National Labor Committee (NLC), an organization that fights sweatshops and supports labor rights around the world. Charles Kernaghan and Barba
Russell: Social Security, Work and Poverty
Oct 08, 2000
It is a tight labor market and tight labor markets traditionally threaten to give workers more bargaining power from which to secure significant wage increases. Wall Street and investors get nervous about tight labor markets. They reckon that the inflatio
Rebick: The extreme views of Stockwell Day
Oct 03, 2000
Gloria Steinem once quipped that she was going to ask for political asylum in Canada. Michael Moore too talks about how much more progressive is Canada than the U.S. And up until recently, they have been right. In the long shadow cast by free trade and gl
Reinhart: Mount Temple
Oct 02, 2000
In today's setting, it is hard to recall that just a few years ago, only some fringe lunatics demanded Israeli control of 'Mount-temple'. Every time they tried to enter the place and pray, Israeli police would be there to block their entrance or drag them
Can a rather routine visit of a US President to a small country be so important to deserve an "anatomy"? I think that an analysis of the events and the behaviors of the participants in these events before, during, and after the Clinton visit to Athens, on
Randall: A CULTURE OF RAGE
Sep 19, 2000
This weekÕs mail brought a letter quite suddenly and unceremoniously informing me that my health insurance provider is discontinuing my group policy. "Your existing QualMed health care coverage will end on October 31, 2000. . . this is the only notice you
On Monday, the first day of the Democratic Convention, I was sitting in my wheelchair in the shade at Pershing Square, waiting for my compadres to join me for the ÒPeople Before ProfitsÓ march when a fellow activist recognized me and came over to say hell
Russell: ADA Celebration, Protest and Dirty Harry
Jul 28, 2000
July 26, 2000 marks the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark disability civil rights bill intended to improve the lives of disabled Americans. Reactions and planned ADA 2000 events are mixed as to what the law has acco
Barak went to the summit with a magic formula: 10-90. 10 percent annexation, and in the rest - a Palestinian state. No previous Israeli plan ever offered so much land to the Palestinians. Where do these numbers come from?
Russell: Noxious Earnings Restrictions
Jun 27, 2000
My friend David just went through what could be termed an noxious and unproductive bout with the Social Security Administration(SSA). David was an understudy for Dustin HoffmanÕs Rainman character (autistic) and works for a large chain electronics retail
The Ontario Coalition against Poverty wanted to be heard. Ever since right-wing Ontario Premier Mike Harris was elected, the organization has tried everything to get the government to pay attention to the desperate straits facing poor and homeless people
May 31, 2000
Is Barak determined to achieve peace, or is ÊÊhe exercising Sharon's plan to withdraw from Lebanon and return under 'better conditions'? The problem is that nobody knows, not even the government which has exempted him from the need to inform it on his Leb
Russell: Why not Capitalism?
May 20, 2000
Society still perceives disability as a medical matter. That is, society associates disability with physiological, anatomical, or mental ÒdefectsÓ and hold these conditions responsible for the disabled personÕs lack of full participation in the economic l
Russell: Handicapitalism Makes its Debut
Apr 20, 2000
While a backlash is in full gear against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) across the nation, the Wall Street Journal (Dec. 15, 1999) recently tagged disabled people as the ÒNext Consumer Niche.Ó Another icon of AmericaÕs ruling class, Fortune Mag
Ratner: Elian: Pious Words, Craven Acts
Apr 18, 2000
Early on in the Elian affair Janet Reno made the correct determination. On January 5th she determined that ElianÕs father had a close, loving relationship with his son and that he had the sole legal authority to speak on ElianÕs behalf in immigration matt
Reinhart: Mideast Apartheid? Peace?
Apr 14, 2000
Hundred and twenty Palestinian intellectuals issued a message addressed to the Israeli and Jewish public. "The majority of Palestinians, including the undersigned, believed that the time was ripe for concluding with the Israelis a historic agreement", the
Rebick: Feminist Origins
Feb 28, 2000
With memories of the Battle of Seattle still dancing in our heads and thoughts of the World March of Women against poverty and violence beginning to take shape, it might be a good time to think about how social movements actually develop.
Being a veteran of the war for truth during the Kevorkian era of the assisted suicide debates, it astounds me when I see that some companions battling for social justice are still entangled in the Kevorkian-as-humanist illusion web.
Rebick: New Workers' Initiative
Jan 29, 2000
Always on the cutting edge of social change, the Canadian Auto Workers union has just launched an important new initiative. The CAW has set up "A Task Force on Working Class Politics in the 21st Century."
Reinhart: This Ain't the Road of Peace
Jan 28, 2000
For many in Israel, it is already difficult to remember the joy and relief in which they received the news about the forthcoming peace with Syria, about a month ago. What was this joy about?