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Weisbrot: Trade Wars: Where's the Beef
Aug 16, 1999
Should countries have the right to set health and safety standards for the food that their citizens eat? Should they be allowed to exclude foreign-produced foods that don't meet national standards? Or should these questions be decided by the World Trade O
Wise: Hate Crimes
Aug 12, 1999
There is no question so irrelevant as the one to which all or nearly all can respond in like fashion. Thus, asking people their views on child molestation, or whether or not they'd like the schools to be "better" has always seemed absurd: like asking if t
Weisbrot: Fed Preemptive Strike
Jul 09, 1999
The Fed launched a "pre-emptive strike" this week against an unseen enemy -- inflation -- by raising interest rates one-quarter percentage point. With inflation at its lowest level in 30 years (2.1%), why would the Fed want to start down a path that could
Wise: Whiteness and the Recollection of History
Jul 03, 1999
For the writer, there's nothing so frustrating as to sit in front of a keyboard and find oneself at a loss for words. To know there are a million things which need saying, and yet, you can't think of even one. Having experienced this often, I've devised a
Wise: The Threat of a Good Example
Jun 20, 1999
Occasionally when I'm speaking to college students, attempting to inspire at least a few to commit themselves to social justice as a way of life and perhaps career, I'm asked the question for which there is no easy answer; the one that goes: "What's the p
I mean, what does one do if Satan really is the author of all this unhappiness? IÕm pretty sure that at that point gun laws and conflict resolution training become sortaÕ useless.
Weisbrot: No Change at Treasury
May 17, 1999
Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin picked a good time to resign. As a senior White House official said, Rubin "made his fortune selling at the top of the market."
Weisbrot: Give Peace A Chance
May 05, 1999
How long can NATO continue bombing Yugoslavia? The Clinton administration's answer so far has been, "as long as it takes" for Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to capitulate to its demands.
Wise: Famous Last Words
Apr 24, 1999
Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all. And inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources, and at the most inopportune moments.
Weisbrot: The Debacle in Kosovo
Apr 08, 1999
The bombing of Yugoslavia is turning out to be a foreign policy debacle of disastrous proportions, yet most of the chattering class insists that we can turn things around if we only commit more troops. We have heard that before.
Wise: White America's Dirty Little Secrets
Apr 01, 1999
Sometimes itÕs best to just tell the truth. Even when it makes folks angry. In fact, particularly then, because itÕs at precisely those times that the truth is obviously most in need of being spokenÐotherwise resistance to it probably wouldnÕt be so strid
Wise: Kill First, Ask Questions Later
Mar 15, 1999
It's been nearly four decades since the last execution in Tennessee. During that time, my state has resisted boarding the killing train engineered by folks in places like Florida and Texas, where execution has been refined to a near science, applied with
Anyone who does political analysis, advocacy or organizing knows that folks on all sides of an issue have "numbers." Trotting out statistics to prove one's point about something is a well-accepted practice, and yet rarely do we stop to think about what ce
Weisbrot: Keep Hope Alive
Mar 02, 1999
Who says one person can't make a difference? Jesse Jackson, Jr. has shaken things up in Congress by taking on the establishment and offering a bold alternative to our shameful foreign economic policy in Africa.