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Dowd: NEITHER A BORROWER NOR A LENDER BE
Jul 10, 2000
Anyone giving that advice today would be seen as deranged; but, as some oldies will remember, such was once the received truth, as proclaimed by Founding Father Ben Franklin (along with "Waste not, want not" and "A penny saved is a penny earned").
At the cusp of dot-com frenzy and the biotech century, a group of influential scientists and pundits has begun zealously promoting a new bio-engineered utopia. In the world of their visionary fervor, parents will strive to afford the latest genetic "impro
There is no question, absolutely none, that of the four "name recognition" Presidential candidates--Bush, Gore, Nader and Buchanan--Ralph Nader is far and away the most progressive. He will be on the ballot in almost all of the states. As distinct from 19
In its editorial, "Mr. Nader's Misguided Crusade" (June 30), the New York Times assails Nader's candidacy and campaign on grounds that are partly fraudulent and misleading (as I describe below). But it is also clear that this attack is based ultimately on
Burchill: The Problem With Panic Merchants
Jul 06, 2000
Some just never learn. From the same people who told us that East Timor should not and would not become independent, now comes the argument that the people of West Papua should also be denied the right to determine their political arrangements.
Chomsky: Humanitarian Intervention
Jul 05, 2000
At a public talk in February Chomsky was asked: "President Clinton recently said the U.S. has the right on humanitarian grounds to intervene, with force, in any country which it deems is abusing the human rights of its citizens. Do you agree with Pre
Zinn: A Fourth of July Commentary
Jul 04, 2000
In this year 2000, I cannot comment more meaningfully on the Fourth of July than Frederick Douglass did when he was invited in 1852 to give an Independence Day address. He could not help thinking about the irony of the promise of the Declaration of Indepe
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