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Author: Is globalization dangerous to our health?
Jun 21, 2000
When asked about globalization, Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, replied, "There is no alternative." Her reply was shortened to "TINA," which some people think is a newly discovered law of nature. Yet, public resistance to th
The Ontario Coalition against Poverty wanted to be heard. Ever since right-wing Ontario Premier Mike Harris was elected, the organization has tried everything to get the government to pay attention to the desperate straits facing poor and homeless people
Solomon: VIRTUAL COMMANDMENTS OF THE DOT-COM FAITH
Jun 19, 2000
Inside the temples of true believers, ardent faith has a way of prevailing. And so, in the Dot-Com year of 2000, vast numbers of followers seem eager to fulfill a sacred digital future.
Gonsalves: Stubborn facts versus thick skulls
Jun 18, 2000
Sean Gonsalves Whoever coined the phrase Òfacts are stubborn thingsÓ has apparently never come across drug war advocates Ð a self-righteous bunch, undeterred by trivial matters of fact.
Jun 16, 2000
At a talk earlier this year, Chomsky was asked -- "KosovoÑwhat are the interests driving intervention? What do you foresee for the people of the region?"
It is often asserted by conservatives, and widely taken as a fact by the general public, that the American news media are Òanti-business.Ó ItÕs a rather silly claim, given the capitalist/managerial framework in which U.S. journalists work, but it is under
Glick: History and Communications
Jun 13, 2000
A few weeks ago I received a letter from someone who quoted Karl Marx as having once said, "History moves with the speed of communication." This quote struck me.
Herman: WHAT IS LIBERALISM?
Jun 12, 2000
In a May 22 editorial in the liberal The American Prospect (TAP), which he edits along with Paul Starr, Robert Kuttner lauds radicals, for keeping moral demands to the fore and for pioneering on major issues that were central to democratic advance (as in
Schechter: Newman's Own PR War (On Nuclear War)
Jun 11, 2000
When he took off his sunglasses, you knew it was screen star Paul Newman. Those blue eyes always give him away. One day last week, I found myself staring into them from behind a video camera, as Newman recorded a message beginning with a recollection of "
The Santiago Appeals Court apparently voted 13-9 to revoke General Augusto Pinochet's parliamentary immunity. This makes Pinochet vulnerable to prosecution in Chile for allegedly ordering his subordinates to carry out a mass murder campaign - which they d
Solomon: AD INDUSTRY: GIVING WOMEN SPECIAL TREATMENT
Jun 09, 2000
Last fall, when Jean Kilbourne's new book "Deadly Persuasion" was arriving on shelves, Publishers Weekly praised it as "a wake-up call about the damaging effects of advertising in our media-saturated culture." But six months later, the mass media's finger
Author: AN EMBARGO TOO FAR
Jun 08, 2000
Mariam Hamza has beautiful eyes, a loving personality and immense courage. She is also a symbol of one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. This four year old Iraqi leukaemia patient hit the headlines in 1998 when George Galloway, MP for Glasg
Weisbrot: Labor in 2000: No Place to Go?
Jun 07, 2000
In the movie version of Steven King's classic, "The Dead Zone," Christopher Walken reads the mind of the mother of a demonic serial killer. His psychic powers discern that she had long been aware of her son's vicious murders. His eyes widen with shock and
We Southerners are famous for wishful thinking: in fact, you could say it's something of a regional pastime. This should come as no surprise given our interminable heat in the summer which leaves nearly all wishing for rain to cool things down, and yet ne
On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King was gunned down as he stood on a hotel balcony in Memphis. He was in Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workers who carried bold signs proclaiming, I AM A MAN. At the time of his
Bonpane: Delegation to Colombia
Jun 05, 2000
What does Medellin mean to a U.S. citizen? Narco-terrorists, sicarios (hired assassins) and drug lords. It is actually a beautiful and mountainous city located at many altitudes, all of them comfortable.
Solomon: U.S. NEWS MEDIA: A SECURITY ZONE FOR ISRAEL
Jun 03, 2000
One phrase -- "security zone" -- sums up an entire era of media spin about Israel's 22-year occupation of southern Lebanon.
Hightower: HUNGER REPORT BITES BUSH ON BUTT
Jun 02, 2000
At the 1988 Democratic convention in Atlanta, I gave a podium-pounding speech in which I characterized George Bush the Elder as "a man who was born on third and thought he'd hit a triple."
May 31, 2000
Is Barak determined to achieve peace, or is ÊÊhe exercising Sharon's plan to withdraw from Lebanon and return under 'better conditions'? The problem is that nobody knows, not even the government which has exempted him from the need to inform it on his Leb
Chomsky: Unsustainable Non Development
May 30, 2000
At a recent talk Chomsky was asked ÒWhat are the motivations of the U.S. push for sustainable development in the developing world?Ó Here was his answerÉ