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The new year opened with familiar refrains, amplified by the numerology: a chorus of self-adulation, somber ruminations about the incomprehensible evil of our enemies, and the usual recourse to selective amnesia to smooth the way. A few illustrations foll
Hightower: Four Vignettes
Jan 09, 2000
In a courtroom, an attorney asked the witness, "Sir, What's your IQ?" The fellow responded, "Well, I can see pretty well, I think."
Hartmann: What's In A Word?
Jan 08, 2000
Conservative anti-immigrant and population control forces are once again threatening to take control of the Sierra Club, one of the nation's most influential environmental organizations. A September 26 resolution by the Board of Directors changed Club pol
Herman: Paul Krugman in the NYT
Jan 07, 2000
With a column on trade and globalization in the New York Times of January 2 ("Once And Again"), MIT economist Paul Krugman announces his new status as a Times columnist under the heading "Reckonings."
No Farewell for This Admiral: Reflections on Diego Garcia
Mokhiber: You Can't Eat Enough of It
Jan 05, 2000
At the end of the millennium, W.R. Grace should be considered a candidate as one of the world's most rapacious corporate predators. Of course, if you have seen the movie A Civil Action or read the book by the same title, you are aware of the injury infli
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.
Marable: Civil Rights or Silver Rights
Jan 03, 2000
More than a century ago, conservative black educator Booker T. Washington proposed a strategy for black advancement within capitalism. The founder of both Tuskegee Institute and the National Negro Business League, Washington cautioned African Americans no
Zinn: Notes for a Gathering
Jan 02, 2000
I have been asked to imagine this situation: "The progressive third party movement has captured the White House, 60% of Congress and 30 Governorships. What do we do now?"
Naiman: Access To Education
Dec 31, 1999
Public education in the United States has been subjected to vigorous criticism. Some criticize it in the hopes of improving it, and some criticize it in order to undermine it. If one accepts the principle that every citizen of our society has the right to
Gonsalves: The liberal media and the feds
Dec 30, 1999
In my last column, I quoted espionage expert Phillip Knightly. "An intelligence service thrives on threat," he wrote in "The Second Oldest Profession." The same could be said about the rest of the defense industry.
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
Prashad: The Tragedy of Flight IC-814
Dec 28, 1999
No one can guess the horror of Ms. Rachna Katyal as she sits aboard the Indian Airlines plane (IC-814) in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Recently married, Ms. Katyal was on her way home to Delhi from a honeymoon in Kathmandu when her plane was hijacked for a horr
The recent Report of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Kosovo is subtitled: "As Seen, as Told". The part of the report covering the mayhem that went on during the NATO bombing, between March 24 and June 10, is "as told" --
Solomon: A PRo-Democracy Movement
Dec 26, 1999
It's a pro-democracy movement. And it's global. The vibrant social forces that converged on Seattle -- and proceeded to deflate the WTO summit -- are complex, diverse and sometimes contradictory. Yet the threads of their demands form a distinct weave: We
Albert: Building Solidarity
Dec 24, 1999
Social struggle will never be perfectly choreographed but we can at least have broad norms regarding movement process that benefit all involved constituencies.
Peters: It Is Not As Easy As ABC
Dec 23, 1999
A recently released study finds that children from poor families are better off if they spend more time in day care starting at an earlier age. The Abecedarian Project (named for the first four letters of the alphabet), conducted at the University of Nort
Dec 22, 1999
In the year 1919, when the city of Seattle was brought to a halt by a general strike - beginning with 35,000 shipyard workers demanding a wage increase - the mayor reflected on its significance:
Guellec: Patient Rights vs. Distributive Justice
Dec 21, 1999
The right of the patient to direct his or her medical care and health outcome, known as patient autonomy, and the right of society to control and allocate "limited resources", known as distributive justice will certainly collide. In an ideal world, or in
Marable: A Dialogue Between Generations
Dec 20, 1999
Several weeks ago I attended and spoke at a conference on race which was organized at Stanford University. After delivering my lecture, I walked down the steps from the stage. Clustered around the steps were several male and female graduate students.