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Russell: WTO Has Power to Override Civil Rights
Jan 04, 2000
The short five year history of the World Trade Organization (WTO) shows that the WTO is most interested in building a new global economic order of free trade unfettered by environmental, and labor regulations which protect people over corporate interests.
Reinhart: With Barak No Withdrawal, No Peace
Dec 29, 1999
In Israel, there is a feeling of a great historical moment. Finally, after much pressure and diplomacy - the story goes - Asad agreed to turn to the road of peace. In the expected peace agreement, Syria will get back all of the Golan Heights, and Israel w
Rebick: First Mourn, Then Work for Change
Dec 13, 1999
It has been 10 years since that terrible day, December 6, 1989. Ten years since a lone gunman who blamed feminists for his problems walked into Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and systematically slaughtered only women. Fourteen young women who died becaus
Russell: Government Example Setting Not Enough
Dec 05, 1999
Despite a growing economy and a 29-year low official unemployment rate, potential workers with disabilities remain chronically unemployed. Nine years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), national employment surveys show no real
Raptis: The Pnyx
Nov 07, 1999
Pnyx is the name of a low (357 feet high) hill about 450 yards to the west of the Acropolis in Athens. The word "Pnyx" means "tightly crowded together." The "crowding" refers to the male citizens (also known and as "demos") of classical Athens, who assemb
Presidential hopeful Bill Bradley has placed health care reform on the national agenda as well it should be. However, the Bradley plan does not go far enough to resolve real need and it protects the insurance industry - the very culprit which is undermini
Raptis: The Harvard Lady
Oct 30, 1999
The U.S. (corporate or state) institutions that dominate the life of ordinary people in almost all countries, though impersonal, need some individuals who as part of a local elite promote the ideology and the goals of these institutions. The portrait of s
Russell: George W. Bush Y2000?
Oct 01, 1999
In his "new" fight against poverty, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush says he will issue a call to America's "armies of compassion" to end poverty, hunger, welfare and crime by donating to charity. The political goal of compassionate conser
Raptis: European Labor
Sep 19, 1999
The German word "Reichstag" means parliament. In colloquial German it also means the parliament building. It is not an exaggeration to say that this building, the Reichstag, is a very important part of the history of the 20th century.
Raptis: Life Complexities / Quakes
Aug 20, 1999
In 1943 as the Nazis were rounding up the Jews of Salonica in a part of the city, a 16-year-old girl (not a Jew) stood by in the street watching with curiosity (and I hope with horror) as the Nazis were loading them on trucks.
Raptis: The Statue of a Benefactor
Aug 08, 1999
After WWI at the Versailles peace conference, in 1919, an irregular line of nations, north to south from Finland to Albania, with Britain controlling Greece and Turkey, was designated a "cordon sanitaire" to divide Europe into two parts; the capitalist We
Raptis: The Dictionary
Jul 14, 1999
Last year (1998) George Babiniotis, professor of linguistics at the University of Athens, compiled "The Dictionary of the Modern Greek Language." The dictionary was a much needed work, given the fact that all Greek dictionaries up to that time were rather
Raptis: U.S. Occupation
Jun 16, 1999
In the core of this "sophisticated and careful" planning one finds the need for a US occupation of the "Grand Area." The dictionary "definition" of occupation is: "The holding and control of an area by a foreign military force."
Raptis: Hitler's Americanization
Jun 04, 1999
The intertwined lives of Ernst Franz Sedgwick and Adolf Hitler...
Reinhart: The Israeli Elections
May 18, 1999
This is a translation of a column that appeared in the Israeli daily 'yediot' on May 16, 1999 (a day before the elections).
Raptis: The Greeks, Kosovo, Etc.
May 12, 1999
As already mentioned, during the night of April 27 to April 28, '99, Greek demonstrators forced a train carrying British troops and tanks to Macedonia to return to the terminus of the port of Salonica and not leave for Macedonia.
Raptis: The Greeks, Kosovo, and the U.S.
May 02, 1999
Following the Chomskyan distinction, in the present text the word Greeks refers to the inhabitants of the geographic region of Greece as distinct from the political and economic elits that "govern" the country. (The use of the quotation marks is explained
Raptis: What if Colombus Had Not Discovered America
Mar 11, 1999
ELEFTHEROTYPIA is a mainstream Greek daily (usually first or second in circulation). The title is a compound from ELEFTHEROS (free) and TYPOS (press), yet the modern Greek meaning of the title is not Free Press but Freedom of the Press.