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Raptis: Stability of Slopes
Jan 14, 2005
A "slope" could be the inclined side of a hill (a natural slope) or the side of a man-made earth or stone structure as a dam or an embankment (an artificial slope). The failure (collapse) of the material (soil or rock) beneath a slope is called a "slide".
Raptis: Tsunamis And People
Jan 01, 2005
The Japanese word "tsunami" (pronounced tsoo-nah-mee) means "great wave in harbor" (which describes the problem very accurately). The scientific term is: "seismic sea wave." The expression "tidal wave" is inaccurate as this kind of wave has nothing to do
Raptis: Terrorists Against Occupiers
Aug 14, 2004
The place was a house in T. The time was AD.... The terrorists were A.V. and E. H. The occupiers were informed about the hiding place of the terrorists by a collaborator. The occupiers attacked the terrorists in the house. The terrorists fought back. Two
Russell: Headlines Tell Of The War On Poor People
Jul 15, 2004
Most any day more attacks are leveled at poor people who rely on government programs such as health care and housing subsidies. Section 8 and Medicaid have particularly been targeted for cuts that will result in reductions in services.
While on the national front ADAPT has been waging its campaign against the institutional bias in Medicaid that keeps nursing homes flush and disabled people unnecessarily captive in them, Governor Schwarzenegger would like to eliminate California's In Hom
Raptis: Warmakers and Their Auxiliaries
May 23, 2004
"...the warmakers were still avoiding the eyes of their victims." ...
Reinhart: Biddu: The Struggle Against The Wall.
May 08, 2004
Biddu is a beautiful Palestinian village, surrounded with vines and fruit orchards, a few miles to the east of the Israeli border of 1967. In the last couple of months, the village, that has lived in peace with its Israeli neighbors even during the presen
Raptis: Kosovo, Greek Elections, Cyprus
Apr 22, 2004
Through history ordinary people in all cultures realized that among the "tools" the powerful used to subjugate them was the one expressed by the phrase: "Divide and rule". The Romans were proud of this "ingenious" tool which they expressed in their langua
Reinhart: As in Tiennamen square
Apr 02, 2004
Yediot Aharonot. An extensive discussion has already taken place in Israel regarding the cost-benefit ratio of Yassin's assassination. But the question of justice has hardly been raised.
Russell: Medicare Games
Mar 23, 2004
I use a power wheelchair that Medicare rightly paid for some six years ago. Were I to need another one today I would be in for the fight of my life to get it.
Russell: Capital Destroying Jobs
Mar 04, 2004
It was predicted by Business Week in the 90s and assumed by disability groups that in the Information Age disabled workers would get a shot at improving their employment lot. Technology makes it possible for significantly disabled persons to use computers
Raptis: Quakes, Nazis and People
Feb 05, 2004
Russell: Terror Master Governor Schwartzenegger
Dec 29, 2003
Terminating items in a budget can be a fun affair. Just ask Gov. Schwartzenegger who is selling massive cuts to health and welfare services to the public in private California malls. All three of his major speeches last week were in malls with stores in t
Russell: "Wither on the Vine" Medicare Strategy
Dec 09, 2003
Newt Gingrich vowed in the mid 90s to see to it that Medicare would "wither on the vine". What he attempted to do then was to divert Medicare's public purpose, to euthanize it by funding starvation.
Raptis: The Flag
Nov 18, 2003
Sixty-three years ago, on October 28, 1940, an Italian fascist dictator (Mussolini) attacked Greece, which at the time was under another fascist dictator (Metaxas). Metaxas, although a German educated military officer, was controlled by the British throug
Around the 13th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26, 1990) Anthony Trocchia, President of Disabled in Action in New York, found it necessary to hold a public bus hostage for an hour in 95 degree heat by sitting in fr
Greek Lawyers and Blair; Clinton and Kiesling
Citizenship can be seen as the realization of certain rights. When states can be held responsible for the treatment of their citizens, much can be gained. The United Nations has a role in setting global standards but so do disabled persons ourselves.
Raptis: Report on Salonica
Jul 01, 2003
The biannual European Union (EU) summit meeting, of June 20-21, took place in Salonica , as it was the turn of Greece to hold the presidency of the EU. Twenty-five heads of state (plus their retinues) attended. There was a simultaneous translation into 28
Raptis: Listen American Student
May 16, 2003
The headline at the top of the first page of the April 7, 2003 issue of the "International Herald Tribune" reads: "American troops are encircling Baghdad".