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In many ways the system is working beautifully right now. First of all, money dominates the initial selection and weeding out of presidential candidates, so that only those who will serve the corporate interest on the basics--advancing "free trade," keepi
Guellec: Healthcare according to Ralph Nader
Sep 12, 2000
Ralph Nader is the only candidate who supports Universal Healthcare for all as a human right. Health, not merely illness should be a public concern. We could save at least $36 billion a years if we had a "paperless hospital system." As Business Week repor
Georgakas: Previewing Kosovo
Sep 12, 2000
The only constant in American and NATO policy in the Balkans has been the breakup of a socialist, multi-ethnic state into a series of small, capitalist-oriented states based on narrowly defined religious/ethnic identity. Given that pattern, it is not surp
The greatest struggle of any oppressed group in a racist society is the struggle to reclaim collective memory and identity. At the level of culture, racism seeks to deny people of African, American Indian, Asian and Latino descent their own voices, histor
Take a look at the La Brea Tar Pits numerous millennia ago. The saber tooth tiger attempts to attack a wild horse. The tiger gets stuck in the tar. The most ferocious animals are generally on the endangered species list, the lions the tigers, the bald eag
Landau: Pinochet naked -- at last!
Sep 09, 2000
Picture Homer Simpson's boss, naked, a scrawny figure bent with age, covering his genitals with his general's hat. The caption: "You've stripped me, but don't take my hat!" Augusto Pinochet, former President, Generalissimo, King of the world, now naked, s
Author: Violence, Gender and Health
Sep 08, 2000
If one bothered to notice, we would see that most reports about "violence" are really stories about "violent males." That is not to say that females aren't violent. It is just that the male predominance is overwhelming. Yet we speak of these events in gen
Weisbrot: World Bank Can't Seem to "Think Different"
Sep 07, 2000
The World Bank spends millions of dollars each year on public relations, promoting the idea that the organization is well-run, accountable, transparent, and working for "a world free of poverty" (the slogan on their web site). This effort has grown more i
Schechter: Looking Back: "Leave It To Lieberman"
Sep 06, 2000
Don't say independent media analysts can't get on the air. On Wednesday might, hours before Joe Lieberman would speak to the Democratic Convention, Seth Ackerman was invited to have his say. Seth, who works with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR),
On Monday, the first day of the Democratic Convention, I was sitting in my wheelchair in the shade at Pershing Square, waiting for my compadres to join me for the ÒPeople Before ProfitsÓ march when a fellow activist recognized me and came over to say hell
Sep 04, 2000
About six years ago, a friend gave us a toaster. It was a present. The friend bought the toaster from Williams-Sonoma, the San Francisco-based kitchen store, with outlets in upscale malls throughout the United States.
Naiman: Banning Imports from Burma
Sep 03, 2000
In Burma - "Myanmar" to its military regime - Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democracy movement, sits in her car, blocked by the military dictatorship from meeting her supporters.
History is replete with corrupt and decadent societies, including (but not beginning with) that of 1st Century Rome, where decadent/corrupt Nero fiddled as corrupt/decadent Rome burned. Iniquity -- and inequality -- in ancient and medieval societies were
Edwards: SPORTING LIE
Sep 01, 2000
A month before the great 'Green Games' in Sydney were due to open, a group of international scientists arrived at the North Pole to find, not ice, but a stretch of open water at least one mile wide - the first time the North Pole has not been ice-bound fo
There are today over two million Americans incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails throughout the United States. More than one-half, or one million, are black men and women. The devastating human costs of the mass incarceration of one ou
Prashad: The Affirmative Action Election
Aug 30, 2000
As we approach the calendar end of the Christian millennium, we, as progressives, are posed with an electoral choice that has begun to startle me. So much commentary seems to go by these days on what appears to be the only election worth anything, that fo
I am a Jew. And according to what others of my faith tradition tell me, I should be beaming with pride at the fact that Al Gore--a Southern Baptist whose denominational leaders once said God didn't answer the prayers of folks like me--has picked a fellow
Glick: Respecting Your Elders?
Aug 28, 2000
Respect for elders is a tradition deeply rooted within most cultures in this world. This is as it should be; older people, generally speaking, have accumulated the wisdom gained from years of experience. Does the progressive movement have any unique or pa
Once the domain of the terminally ill, viatical settlements or arrangements â€“ the reassignment of a life insurance policy to a third party in return for a cash settlement â€“ are set to explode in the next decade as the market evolves to include healthy seniors looking to sell their life insurance policies.
Once the domain of the terminally ill, viatical settlements or arrangements Ð the reassignment of a life insurance policy to a third party in return for a cash settlement Ð are set to explode in the next decade as the market evolves to include healthy sen