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The electoral victory of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday, greeted with celebration by the country's poor majority, may have implications beyond Venezuela's borders.
Cagan: Philadelphia: Sunday, July 30
Aug 01, 2000
As the several thousand delegates to the Republican PartyÕs Nominating Convention were arriving in Philadelphia this weekend, protests were already in full swing. There is too much happening for me to report on it all, but the Independent Media Center wit
Hightower: Three from Hightower
Jul 31, 2000
"The truth will come out. They are killing me tonight. They are murdering me." These were the final words of Gary Graham, number 135 on the list of death row inmates executed in rapid-fire order on the watch of George W. Bush, who has averaged one of t
Herman: THE HACK STRIKES AGAIN!: KRUGMAN ON NADER
Jul 29, 2000
In his op-ed column of July 23rd entitled "Saints and Profits," Paul Krugman shows once again why the New York Times put him on as a regular (for a more extended discussion, see my "Krugman On Economists As Hacks: Or, 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall'," Z Magaz
Russell: ADA Celebration, Protest and Dirty Harry
Jul 28, 2000
July 26, 2000 marks the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark disability civil rights bill intended to improve the lives of disabled Americans. Reactions and planned ADA 2000 events are mixed as to what the law has acco
Chomsky: "Peace Process" Prospects
Jul 27, 2000
The latest AP report from Camp David (evening, July 25) begins: "The Middle East peace talks at Camp David collapsed Tuesday over rival claims to East Jerusalem. Disappointed, President Clinton said he tried several approaches but could not come up with a
July 26, 1953. Fidel Castro leads 158 men to attack Fort Moncada, in Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest military installation. Flashback. 1860. John Brown's raiders hit Harper's Ferry. Brown, like Castro, lost the battle. Both of these visionar
Said: Dark at the End of the Tunnel
Jul 25, 2000
From Al-Ahram Weekly / Issue No. 491 The media has been bursting with all sorts of rumours, speculation, and some news about the Camp David summit, its progress, outcome, and meaning. Whatever happens as an immediate result of the negotiations, one thin
In 1992, white supremacist Jared Taylor lamented the ostensibly growing influence of people of color in the U.S. when he wrote:"The old, standard history united Americans...It emphasized one point of view and ignored others. It was history about white peo
Schechter: Long Live Chairman Levin!
Jul 23, 2000
A long time ago, in the days when evil empires threatened freedom-loving peoples everywhere, there were a few men we were taught to fear. They led massive, top-down international networks of true believers committed to infiltrating our minds and way of li
Mokhiber: Which Way, CFA?
Jul 22, 2000
The Consumer Federation of America is at a crossroads. Set up in 1968 to advocate in Washington, D.C. for consumer interests, the Federation is being consumed by Washington's corporate culture. Will it seek to reverse course and get back to its consumer r
Representative Sonny Callahan, the Chair of the Foreign Operations subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, and Representative Nancy Pelosi, his Democratic counterpart, disagree on a lot of issues. But they do agree that Congress should act to
Chomsky: National Missile Defense
Jul 20, 2000
Taking into account the results of the recent test, should President Clinton ask the Pentagon to go ahead with the national missile defense system?I would prefer to respond to a slight reformulation of the question. The most hopeful prospect for the NMD [
My wise uncle told me that the real meaning of Globalization â€œis to make the world safe for the American and other multinational corporations to penetrate and take over as much as the worldâ€™s economy, country by country, as possibleâ€. He is right, and this is why the once sacred Canadian healthcare model is in trouble right now.
My wise uncle told me that the real meaning of Globalization Òis to make the world safe for the American and other multinational corporations to penetrate and take over as much as the worldÕs economy, country by country, as possibleÓ. He is right, and thi
The Supreme Court's unanimous decision yesterday to strike down the Massachusetts Burma law says more about the pro- business bias of the present Court than it does about the legal principles involved in the case.
Bond: A Political Economy of South African AIDS
Jul 17, 2000
Johannesburg, South Africa Up to a point, Danny Schechter is absolutely right to focus on the power and the appalling discursive-policy mistake of a single personality, SA president Thabo Mbeki, in this country's recent HIV-AIDS fiasco ("Mbeki's Muddle
Prashad: The Hunt for Mexicans
Jul 16, 2000
On 16 February 2000, the American Federation of Labor-Coalition of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) which represents 13 million US workers dropped a bombshell. Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson said that 'the current system of immigration enforcement
Barak went to the summit with a magic formula: 10-90. 10 percent annexation, and in the rest - a Palestinian state. No previous Israeli plan ever offered so much land to the Palestinians. Where do these numbers come from?
Bonpane: CIRCLES OF HOPE
Jul 14, 2000
With very short notice, the Director of Pastors for Peace, Tom Hansen, asked me to lead a delegation to the peace talks at San Andres Larrainzar in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Picture an indigenous village in the highlands of Chiapas where clouds float