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Hans von Sponeck resigns March 31 as the director of the United Nations humanitarian program in Iraq. Normally, the comings and goings of UN officials isnâ€™t a subject for headlines or a source of encouragement for activists, but von Sponeck is now the second person to resign from this position, which involves oversight of the UNâ€™s oil-for-food program. Like his predecessor, Denis J. Halliday, von Sponeck has issued a clear call for an end to the sanctions after seeing first-hand their devastating consequences for the Iraqi people.
Hans von Sponeck resigns March 31 as the director of the United Nations humanitarian program in Iraq. Normally, the comings and goings of UN officials isnÕt a subject for headlines or a source of encouragement for activists, but von Sponeck is now the sec
Cagan: The War Is Over...The Struggle Continues
Mar 31, 2000
Hard to believe it, but April 30th will be the 25th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam!!
Administrator: ANTI-CORPORATE PROTECTION MARKET
Mar 30, 2000
One of the more entertaining pieces of email to cross my screen in the last few weeks, was a cover letter with a "Guide to the Seattle Meltdown: A Compendium of Activists at the WTO Ministerial." The letter noted that the "perceived success" of the groups
A public opinion poll released by the New Jersey City University in early February had some unexpected findings regarding the views of Hudson County residents about American-Cuban relations. In huge headlines The Jersey Journal declared: Hudson to Elian:
The great nineteenth century U.S. agnostic and lecturer, Robert Green Ingersoll, used to delight in telling the story of the test of true faith imposed on those seeking entry into heaven by the heavenly gatekeeper (e.g., in his lecture on the "Mistakes of
Marable: White Supremacy in Dixie
Mar 27, 2000
How far has America actually progressed toward more constructive race relations? Judging by some recent events, not much.
Albert: A Program Seeking Participatory Allocation
Mar 26, 2000
Participatory planning is the allocation component of participatory economics. Producers and consumers organized in councils cooperatively negotiate labor, resource, and output allocations. The procedure organizes economic choices and simultaneously foste
On Friday, January 28th at 1:41am, Cornell Young Jr. was shot to death in Providence, Rhode Island. This 30-year-old African American was a police officer and the son of the Providence Police DepartmentÕs first Black officer to become a Major.
The Clinton administration claims to have learned something from the outpouring of protest against the World Trade Organization (WTO) last December. "Those who heard a wake-up call in Seattle got the right message," said President Clinton. Maybe so, but t
Russian democracy rode high in the late 1980s and into the early 1990s. Glasnost created a genuine culture of citizen participation in political life. Sterile arguments remain over whether this was done to preserve communism or tear it down. Whatever the
They are two places that at first appear wholly unrelated to one another; but of course, rarely are things as they seem. On the one hand, we have New York City, whose police-thanks to acquittals in the Diallo shooting trial-have been given carte blanche t
Hightower: ELECTION 2000: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Mar 21, 2000
The quadrennial presidential horserace is on, and the media establishment has unleashed its multimillion-dollar army of pundits, pollsters, powdered anchors, analysts, chart makers, gossips, make-up artists, set designers and others to drum up the drama,
Peters: The Teenage Liberation Handbook
Mar 20, 2000
group, national or religious or even social, in the competititon with other groups. It is this motive, in the main, which determines the subjects taught, the knowledge offered and the knowledge Grace Llewellyn, author of ÒThe Teenage Liberation Handbook:
Albert: Vision Matters
Mar 19, 2000
So far I have sent out an economic vision and strategy commentary each of the past eight Sundays. I assumed we would quickly agree that we don't have but that we do very much need a shared economic vision, and that to get one we need to collectively debat
Bonpane: A DEPARTMENT OF PEACE?
Mar 18, 2000
A few months ago I met with Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and he told me of his plans to formulate a Department of Peace for the United States Government. He now has a draft of a bill to establish such a department.
As the story is told, it was a slow news day at NBC back in 1985 when staffers looked up at an incoming satellite feed on one of their many monitors. The newsroom fell silent as a parade of harrowing images from the dying fields of Ethiopia streamed from
Mokhiber: Somebody Else's Wealth
Mar 15, 2000
Where does the vast wealth of the United States come from? It is hard to read the financial and popular press today without encountering stories that suggest the answer is the creativity of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
Author: THE REAL ROSA PARKS
Mar 14, 2000
We learn much from how we present our heroes. A few years ago, on Martin Luther King. Day, I was interviewed on CNN. So was Rosa Parks, by phone from Los Angeles. "We're very honored to have her," said the host. "Rosa Parks was the woman who wouldn't go t
What if a big restaurant chain announced that it was hiring a chief inspector -- and filled the job with the person who'd been in charge of the company's kitchens? We might roll our eyes if the incoming inspector proclaimed from the outset that the meals