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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
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