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Shalom: Crash of the Osprey
Jul 03, 2000
On April 8, a hybrid helicopter-airplane known as the V-22 Osprey crashed in Arizona, killing all 19 Marines aboard. It was, said Air Force Magazine, "one of the worst accidents in the history of Marine Corps aviation and one of the deadliest military cra
Cunningham: Moon River
Jul 02, 2000
The Moon river is the lifeline of Isan, bringing sustenance and irrigation to the poorest and most populous part of Thailand. The World Bank identified the Moon, the greatest of the Mekong's tributaries, as a suitable location for a giant dam, and proceed
Ali: NUCLEAR PERILS IN SOUTH ASIA
Jul 01, 2000
The nuclear games being played by India and Pakistan are both dangerous and obscene. They are dangerous because there are Taliban-type elements within the Pakistan Army (and I'm sure their equivalents in India), who could, in extremis, press the dreaded b
Last June 3, two tribunals reached opposite conclusions concerning accusations of war crimes brought against NATO for its 1999 bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. In The Hague, Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor at the "International Criminal Tribunal for
Guellec: A Single Payer System for the U.S.?
Jun 29, 2000
Americans are not correctly informed about the Canadian system. This may or may not be a conscious media effort, but I want to set the record straight. Healthcare delivery in Canada reflects the countryÕs principles, in particular universal entitlement an
Russell: Noxious Earnings Restrictions
Jun 27, 2000
My friend David just went through what could be termed an noxious and unproductive bout with the Social Security Administration(SSA). David was an understudy for Dustin HoffmanÕs Rainman character (autistic) and works for a large chain electronics retail
Edwards: Mobile Phones
Jun 26, 2000
Jim Mochnacz worked for British Telecom's Cellnet for eight years, initially siting and installing mobile phone transmission masts, before managing installations throughout a third of Britain. At the end of this period, Mochnacz fell seriously ill with pr
Bond: Zimbabwe's Election: Who's Right, Who's Left?
Jun 25, 2000
On Saturday and Sunday, Zimbabweans cast their vote for members of parliament in the most important election here since the country's first democratic poll, in 1980. It won't be a truly democratic, free-and-fair poll, thanks to intimidation and the likeli
In 1917, as war ripped Europe apart, Einstein wrote to a friend that "Our much-praised technological progress, and civilization gene rally, could be compared to an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal." Subsequently, in showing that E=MC2, that li
Now a little more than one year after the ending of Nato's 78- day bombing of Yugoslavia and the beginning of Nato control of Kosovo (June 10-12, 1999), the mainstream media have been exceedingly reticent in offering the public serious retrospectives on t
Wise: Membership Has It's Privileges: Thoughts on Acknowledging and Challenging Whiteness
Jun 22, 2000
Being white means never having to think about it. James Baldwin said that many years ago, and it's perhaps the truest thing ever said about race in America. That's why I get looks of bewilderment whenever I ask, as I do when lecturing to a mostly white au
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 "