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Landau: Kosovo Lesson
Jun 29, 1999
What lessons have emerged from NATO'S self-proclaimed victory in Kosovo? Bombing supporters chanted "stop ethnic cleansing." Indeed, ethnic cleansing demanded a strong response. But those who shunned the flawed law and the UN backed a campaign to pulveriz
Halimi: The Left and European Elections
Jun 27, 1999
Now we know for sure that Ç Europe È does not exist. At least not in the hearts and minds of Europeans. Only two days after they concluded a war against Yugoslavia, decided and fought by the United States, the fifteen countries of the European Union (EU)
Bohmer: A Graduation Day to Remember
Jun 26, 1999
Mumia Abu-Jamal gave a memorable speech, recorded from Pennsylvania death row, to 8000 attendees, including more than 1200 graduating students, at the Evergreen State College graduation on June 11, 1999.
Peters: Chicken Pox?!
Jun 25, 1999
Providing temporary immunity to children could drive chicken pox disease into the older adult population where it can cause many more deaths and complications.
"Put off your visit until the Organization of American States leaves Peru," said the U.S. Embassy in Peru. But we decided to go anyway.
Albert: Pacifica, Pacifica!
Jun 23, 1999
The current crisis at Pacifica was unleashed with recent firings of prominent and appreciated employees leading to irate listeners and employees demonstrating their opposition widely and militantly. Any progressive alternative institution has to utilize p
Cagan: Report from the Front Line: Challenges to Proposed Millennium March for Gay Rights Growing
Jun 22, 1999
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NY. ... But what has grown into one of the major civil rights struggles is riddled with serious political problems.
Jun 21, 1999
Are there alternatives to the dominant economic model that consigns increasing numbers of people to lives of misery? One such alternative is offered by the state of Kerala in southern India which has been the site of fascinating social experimentation for
Wise: The Threat of a Good Example
Jun 20, 1999
Occasionally when I'm speaking to college students, attempting to inspire at least a few to commit themselves to social justice as a way of life and perhaps career, I'm asked the question for which there is no easy answer; the one that goes: "What's the p
This summer begins with a large shadow hanging over one of the nation's pioneering radio stations. Half a century after listener-supported KPFA took to the airwaves in the San Francisco area as a unique experiment in media independence, the battle raging
"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [least developed countries]?" So wrote Treasury Secretary-designee Lawrence Summers, then the chief economist at the World Bank, in a 1991
Landau: Remember Angola
Jun 17, 1999
As Kosovo atrocities dominate the headlines, I wait for some former national security maven to confess to US government crimes committed during the Cold War. We know the CIA assassinated people, fomented coups and destabilized countries we claimed were pr
Raptis: U.S. Occupation
Jun 16, 1999
In the core of this "sophisticated and careful" planning one finds the need for a US occupation of the "Grand Area." The dictionary "definition" of occupation is: "The holding and control of an area by a foreign military force."
Herman: Kosovo and Doublespeak
Jun 15, 1999
War, propaganda, and the proliferation of doublespeak have always gone hand-in-hand. As was the case during the Persian Gulf war, the NATO war against Yugoslavia witnessed a collapse of mainstream media integrity and a new surge of doublespeak in the serv
By propping up the Suharto dictatorship for over three decades, both sides of Australian politics clearly demonstrated what they thought about the prospect of democracy in Indonesia.
Glass: Top Drawer
Jun 13, 1999
Diana is dead. Tony lives. Miracles have begun. The first on record comes, as so often with the Bible and Lives of the Saints, in the form of a cure.
It has been a tense several days for those of us paying close attention to the war, as we evaluate both the status of so-called "negotiations" in Europe and that of the anti-war movement here at home.
Peters: Mentoring Toward Revolution
Jun 08, 1999
Do you have mentors in your life? Are you anyone's mentor? Could we positively affect social change movements by building mentoring relationships into our political work? I think we could.
Carter: When Kids Kill
Jun 07, 1999
Since the school shootings in Littleton, the nation's print and broadcast media have unleashed a sensational outpouring of analysis and concern aiming to explain why boys kill and what can be done to save them. Once we get by the headlines, however, we fi
For seven days in June, from the 19th to the 25th, unions and their allies all over the US will be organizing hearings and forums, rallies and actions aimed at drawing public attention to the dismal state of labor rights, especially the most fundamental o