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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
Peters: East Timor Activism in Boston
Sep 16, 1999
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday, September 14, 1999 that "Piles of bodies were burnt on the streets of Dili at the weekend and tens of thousands of refugees were without food or water as they fled the militias and the Indonesian Army. . .
Mokhiber: Moving Gently on East Timor
Sep 15, 1999
The Clinton administration's shamefully slow response to the savagery unleashed by the Indonesian military and militia on the people of East Timor allowed a vicious slaughter to take place.
Weisbrot: Washington Fiddles While East Timor Burns
Sep 15, 1999
The violence and crisis in East Timor has raised pointed questions about U.S. foreign policy and what we stand for in the world. It was only months ago that we bombed Serbia for 78 days, killing hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocent civilians, suppos
Shalom: State of the World
Sep 14, 1999
This summer, the United Nations Development Programme issued its annual Human Development Report. The document is a stinging indictment of globalization and its horrific impact on the well-being of so many of the world's people.
Landau: Zany U.S. Rafting Policy
Sep 13, 1999
It's hurricane time in the Caribbean, so we'll have a temporary respite from Cubans floating to Florida on inner tubes from that red island 90 miles away, and even from Cubans brought over in speedboats. Smugglers earn up to $8,000 per person they bring i
Herman: Russian Corruption
Sep 12, 1999
With the discovery of the massive laundering of Russian money-- some of it compliments of the IMF, and U.S. taxpayers--through the Bank of New York, the issue of Russian corruption is now "in." But it presents the establishment with a problem.
"While in theory U.S. law provides for workers to have freedom of association, the right to join trade unions and participate in collective bargaining is in practice denied to large segments of the American workforce in both the public and the private sec
Peterson: Genocide 2?
Sep 10, 1999
With the United Nations seriously considering the final evacuation of the last members of its international staff from the capital city of Dili any day now, East Timor is threatened with being plunged into a black hole from which virtually no news could a
Herman: Inhumanitarian Nonintervention in East Timor
Sep 08, 1999
Coming so soon after the NATO devastation of Yugoslavia in the alleged interest of humanitarianism and protection of human rights, the performance of the NATO powers in the East Timor crisis strikingly confirms the views of those who questioned the moral
Lusane: Clinton Escapes Again
Sep 07, 1999
Each Summer the major civil rights organizations hold their annual gatherings. Attended by thousands, these events include workshops, plenaries, and major addresses by civil rights leaders, trade union officials, representatives from women and youth organ
Shiva: Stopping Biopiracy
Sep 06, 1999
The patents on the anti-diabetic properties of karela, jamun, brinjal once again highlight the problem of Biopiracy - the patenting of indigenous biodiversity related knowledge.
Dominick: An Appeal for Continued Anti-War Efforts
Sep 05, 1999
Sept. 5, 1999 An Appeal for Continued Anti-War Efforts By Brian Dominick Did I just see what I think I saw? Has a growing anti-war movement suddenly become dormant, for the umpteenth time in the past few decades - in this cas
Prashad: REd Salute: Comrade Uncle Ho
Sep 04, 1999
In the late 1960s, the communists in Bengal allied with the left Congress to form a United Front government in the state. These were heady times for a region buffeted by two drought years, by the cataclysmic pressures of international finance, and down-wi
This commentary is for those who really want to understand the debate that has been raging over what to do with the projected Federal budget surpluses over the next 10 years. It's not as difficult as it seems.
Zinn: Beyond the Soviet Union
Sep 02, 1999
In the spirit of killing two obligations with one effort, I offer as my Commentary a response I just made to a letter by a retired professor in California, who wrote: "As a great admirer of Howard Zinn [should he have said "as a former great admirer..."?]
Marable: Chickens Coming Home to Roost
Sep 01, 1999
Immediately following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X was asked by the media for his response. Malcolm was not surprised by this tragic event, because white America had long fostered violence and racism throughout society. Kenned
Schechter: China on My Mind
Aug 31, 1999
In less than two months, on October 1st, the People's Republic of China turns fifty. Mao's long march liberated a country which in a half century has gone from championing world revolution to building "socialism with Chinese characteristics."
Gonsalves: America's Civilizing Efforts
Aug 30, 1999
"Reflecting growing alarm in Washington about leftist rebels strengthened by the cocaine trade, a leading US diplomat met with (Colombian) President Andres Pastrana (last week) to discuss drug trafficking and the country's civil war," Associated Press wri