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Bonpane: Fasting for Justice
Jan 20, 2000
In the wake of a dozen Vigils throughout the United States on January 11, 2000, Lori Berenson began a hunger fast. This news has been confirmed by the Peruvian prison authorities and the U.S. Embassy in Peru. This date represents the fourth anniversary of
Chomsky: Four from the Forums
Jan 19, 2000
On graduate unions, it's true enough that (ideally) "graduate teaching is pedagogical training," but that's incomplete. Any teaching, if done at all seriously, is also a way of learning -- about lots of things, including the subject you are teaching.
Shalom: Humanitarian Intervention
Jan 18, 2000
The issue of humanitarian intervention arises again, propelled by the crises in Kosovo and East Timor and by the memories of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Some analysts have used these cases to support new principles of international relations. But to assure
Schechter: Attica, Hurricane, and Mumia
Jan 17, 2000
ATTICA! It's a word I hadn't heard in a number of years. It was a word I will never forget, and not just because of Al Pacino's memorable invocation of the term in the movie Dog Day Afternoon. Attica was one of the first stories I dissected in my early da
Herman: The AOL Time Merger
Jan 16, 2000
Each great technological advance in communication begins with claims of the dominance of public service aims and probable effects, which is then followed and concluded by a commercial takeover.
Albert: Internet Commercialism?!
Jan 15, 2000
There is an old economic saying that "there is no free lunch." To get something out of an economy you have to put something in. Contrary to rumors, this holds for the Internet as well as for factories. To provide internet content takes labor, tools, and o
Peters: Porn Stars, Promise-Keepers, and "Pound Dawgs" A Comment on: Stiffed, by Susan Faludi
Jan 14, 2000
Male porn stars get paid based on their ability to sustain an erection. Promise Keepers are told to look to God as a Father they can trust, and to stock up on Promise Keeper mugs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. "Pound Dawgs" - extreme fans of the Clevel
In fairness, it should be mentioned that the chorus of self-adulation that closed the millennium was disrupted by some discordant notes. Questions were raised about the consistency of our adherence to the guiding principles: the "new doctrine" that "unive
Guellec: End of Century Musings
Jan 12, 2000
Malaysia is being pushed to modernize and this is attracting multinational companies and putting pressure of their healthcare system. The country's extensive public healthcare system can no longer provide free care on demand, promoting an expansion to the
Wise: Springing the "Diversity Trap"
Jan 11, 2000
You know you're in trouble when Ronald Reagan starts to sound progressive. And you really know you're in trouble when so-called progressives make him sound that way, thanks to their own pathetic gesticulations on one or another issue.
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