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Schechter: Fighting for the Soul of the BBC
Oct 08, 1999
British television has become a battleground--literally. On Labor Day, an enraged intruder vaulted over the BBC's new upgraded security barriers, raced up a set of stairs, threw a table through the window of a newsroom, jumped inside and started tossing c
Shah: Young and Younger
Oct 06, 1999
As a child, on every birthday morning, I was meant to touch the feet of each of my parents to show my gratitude and respect. This simple and brief act would overwhelm me with its nakedness, its confession of my own powerlessness, its reference to an India
Oct 05, 1999
Let's say you're at home one evening, sitting there in your La-Z-Boy, maybe with a cool one in your hand, when suddenly you feel a sharp pain in your chest, your left arm is tingly and sort of numb. Heart attack! Or it least it could be one. You go for th
Chomsky: East Timor
Oct 04, 1999
The events of the past weeks in East Timor should elicit shame as well as horror. The crimes could easily have been stopped.
Solomon: The Enduring Spirit of a Dissident Senator
Oct 03, 1999
The black-and-white TV footage is grainy and faded, but it still jumps off the screen -- a portentous clash between a prominent reporter and a maverick politician.
Guellec: Marketizing HMOs to Latin America
Oct 02, 1999
The number of for-profit health care organizations has quadrupled in the pas 17 years, a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation said. For-profit HMO's were 18% of all plans in 1981 but increased to 74% by 1998. The proportion of enrollees in for p
Russell: George W. Bush Y2000?
Oct 01, 1999
In his "new" fight against poverty, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush says he will issue a call to America's "armies of compassion" to end poverty, hunger, welfare and crime by donating to charity. The political goal of compassionate conser
Several months ago, 650 people attended the "Race-ing Justice" Conference in New York, sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. In more than two dozen panels and workshops, black people examined the destr
Weisbrot: The Looting of Russia
Sep 29, 1999
What were they thinking? When executives at the Bank of New York saw billions of dollars floating in from the home computer of a Russian businessman with ties to organized crime there, did they really believe that these were just ordinary profits?
Herman: The Western Betrayal of East Timor
Sep 28, 1999
Led by Australia, U.N.-sponsored peacekeepers continue to arrive in East Timor, where they are finding a staggering level of destruction. Reconnaissance flights over the half-island territory report scenes of Biblical dimensions, where the "Lord rained do
Landau: The APEC Meeting
Sep 27, 1999
I just returned from New Zealand, the host of the APEC and anti-APEC conferences over last week. Until Indonesian army thugs started their violent cleansing in East Timor, New Zealand wits had called the Asian Pacific economic cooperation group All Politi
Administrator: Nazi Nostalgia in Croatia
Sep 26, 1999
When I visited Croatia three years ago, the book most prominently displayed in the leading bookstores of the capital city Zagreb was a new edition of the notorious anti-Semitic classic, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion".
Weisbrot: Growing Concerns Over WTO
Sep 25, 1999
In just a couple of months thousands of environmentalists, steel workers, longshoremen, AIDS activists, farmers, and others will descend upon Seattle in a "mobilization against globalization." They will hold marches, protests, teach-ins, and conferences.
Solomon: Big Media Applaud Big Media Merger
Sep 24, 1999
When the story about Viacom and CBS broke a few days ago, news accounts quickly depicted a match made in corporate heaven -- at more than $37 billion, the largest media merger in history. With the public kept outside the frame, it was a rosy picture.
Hartmann: Cross Dressing Malthus
Sep 23, 1999
October 12, 1999 has the dubious distinction of being both Columbus Day and 'Day of 6 Billion,' ostensibly the day world population will pass the six billion people mark.
ItÕs that time of year. The yellow school buses are back on the road. The stores are stocked with Disney-theme lunch boxes, pencil cases and loose-leaf paper. Kids are wondering about their teachers. Parents are worrying about the quality of education. An
Kissenger: Summary of Mumia's Current Situation
Sep 20, 1999
Because many people have requested an explanation of Mumia's legal situation, let me explain concisely why Mumia's case is at a critical point as we go into the September Mumia Awareness Week.
Raptis: European Labor
Sep 19, 1999
The German word "Reichstag" means parliament. In colloquial German it also means the parliament building. It is not an exaggeration to say that this building, the Reichstag, is a very important part of the history of the 20th century.
Marable: The Battle for Ideas
Sep 18, 1999
Political power always expresses itself as a body of ideas. If you can create and popularize the key ideas that define the general perceptions about public issues, you will largely determine what happens politically.
In contrast to organized labor's division over what should be done about the Kosovo crisis, the current mayhem and mass killing in East Timor has galvanized a powerful and unified response from unions internationally. Organized labor, and most especially