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To hear those who support the current air assault on Afghanistan tell it, those of us who doubt the likely efficacy of such a campaign, and who question its fundamental morality are not only insufficiently patriotic but dangerously naÃ¯ve.
Weisbrot: Trading on Tragedy
Oct 12, 2001
Every crisis and tragedy is an opportunity for some, as any ambulance-chasing lawyer can tell you. We expect the Pentagon to lard its already bloated budget, and Attorney General John Ashcroft to chip away at the Bill of Rights, all in the name of the War
Weissman: The Big Bank's Dirty Little Secret
Oct 10, 2001
What is the purpose of law enforcement? To enforce the law, and make public the results. What deterrent effect does law enforcement have if the public is not aware of the results of the law enforcement? Not much.
"We stand united," comes the proclamation from America's political leaders and national media. "Americans are pulling together like never before," say still others, in the wake of the horrific attacks of September 11.
Weissman: Respond to Violence: Teach Peace, Not War
Sep 15, 2001
Open the Washington Post to it's editorial pages, and war talk dominates.
Weisbrot: IMF "Rescue" Won't Help Latin America
Sep 07, 2001
When I was a child growing up in Chicago, we heard stories of lifeguards who saved panicked, drowning beach-goers by first knocking them out with a punch to the face, then hauling them to shore. This seemed like a risky strategy to me, and I never knew if
Wise: Reflections on Zionism From a Dissident Jew
Sep 05, 2001
So itÕs official. The U.S. has withdrawn from theÊWorld Conference on Racism, being held inÊDurban, South Africa. And thoughÊthe cynical and historically observant might suspect that this decision was merely in keeping withÊour longstanding unwillingness
Weisbrot: Return of the Lockbox
Aug 30, 2001
Just when you thought the debate over national budget and economic policy couldn't get any more confusing or silly, the "lockbox" is back. Big time. The Democratic National Committee is running TV ads asserting that "the Bush budget raids the Medicare tru
Wise: A New Round of White Denial
Aug 23, 2001
In a time of multiple school and workplace shootings, middle-aged mass murderers, drug-saturated rave parties, and moms who drown their kids in tubs, lakes, or dump them in garbage cans, one question comes to mind. How long willÊsuburban white America get
Weisbrot: Has Globalization Helped the Poor?
Aug 06, 2001
It has become increasingly fashionable for our government officials and their friends to promote Washington's global agenda as a helping hand to the world's poor. "If one is concerned about the developing countries, both history and recent studies would s
Just a few years ago, a public opinion poll indicated that only 6% of whites in the U.S. believed racism was still a "very serious" problem facing African Americans. While larger percentages believed racism to be somewhat of a problem, only this anemic sh
Wise: Fear and Loathing in Suburbia
Jul 09, 2001
If intellectual gymnastics were an Olympic sport, we white folks would be the team to beat. Especially whites from the suburbs, who go to amazing and tortured lengths to convince others (and perhaps themselves) that their wish to steer clear of blacks in
Weisbrot: Don't Cry for the IMF, Argentina
May 29, 2001
How many times can the most powerful financial institution in the world -- the International Monetary Fund -- make the same mistake? The answer seems to be: as many times as it wants to. As Argentina teeters on the brink of defaulting on its $150 billion
I think itÕs called Ôprojection.Õ When someone subconsciously realizes that a particular trait applies to them, and then attempts to locate that trait in others, so as to alleviate the stigma or self-doubt engendered by the trait in question.
Some people are wondering why the New York Times and CBS' 60 minutes II would spend two and a half years investigating war crimes allegedly committed by former Senator Bob Kerrey 32 years ago in Vietnam. But this is journalism at its best: it is forcing p
The story of the decade, and perhaps the century, has finally made it to the front pages: millions of people who could be saved are dying from AIDS. The reason for their unnecessary, premature, and often agonizing deaths is now becoming clear: it is pure,
Sometimes, folks don't even bother hiding their racism. Take Keith Fangman, President of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police. In the wake of this past week's uprising to protest the killing of Tim Thomas and fourteen other black men by his colleagues
Weisbrot: Beyond Tax Relief for the Prosperous Few
Feb 27, 2001
The political success of the Bush Administration's tax cut strategy will depend on how much they can deceive people as to who gets what. Most Americans, no matter how much they hate paying taxes, do not believe that the richest people should be first in l
Weisbrot: Can Haitian Democracy Survive?
Feb 17, 2001
As President Jean-Bertrand Aristide takes the reins of power in Haiti for the third time in ten years, a debate over his presidency is taking place in US foreign policy circles and the press. The discussion centers around whether Aristide is "fully commit
There are few points made about racism that get folks as upset as the oft-heard and repeated maxim by some, that only whites can be racist, because racism is a power relationship, and only whites have institutional power--at least in the United States.