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September 18th was the 150th anniversary of an infamous Act. In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, making the federal government responsible for tracking down escaped slaves in the North and sending them back to slavery. The Act galvanized anti
Randall: A CULTURE OF RAGE
Sep 19, 2000
This weekÕs mail brought a letter quite suddenly and unceremoniously informing me that my health insurance provider is discontinuing my group policy. "Your existing QualMed health care coverage will end on October 31, 2000. . . this is the only notice you
Sep 17, 2000
The United Nations Summit in New York in September was the second major gathering of government leaders marking the millennium. The first was the South Summit in Havana in April. The UN Summit received considerable national publicity, while the South Summ
Glick: On Burnout and Recruitment
Sep 17, 2000
I've been thinking about these two, opposite aspects of an activist's life and work while on vacation in the mountains of western North Carolina. It seemed appropriate that I spend some vacation time, in particular, considering the issue of "burnout."
Mokhiber: Killing Africa with Kindness
Sep 16, 2000
With the announcement of a billion-dollar-a-year U.S. government loan program for African countries to buy AIDS drugs, the fight to deliver affordable drugs to people with HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world has entered its third phas
Author: Let the Palestinians Go Home
Sep 15, 2000
President Clinton's renewed efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations focussed attention once again on what is conventionally held to be the key sticking point in the talks: the future of Jerusalem.
Hoodbhoy: THE MENACE OF EDUCATION
Sep 14, 2000
From brain size and hair colour to the shape and texture of toe-nails, every characteristic of an individual is totally determined by just two twisted strands of human DNA. A similar cultural DNA - a society's education system - contains within it the det
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