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Albert: Just Rewards
Jan 30, 2000
In a desirable economy what income does each actor get to enjoy? What is the basis for remuneration?
Rebick: New Workers' Initiative
Jan 29, 2000
Always on the cutting edge of social change, the Canadian Auto Workers union has just launched an important new initiative. The CAW has set up "A Task Force on Working Class Politics in the 21st Century."
Reinhart: This Ain't the Road of Peace
Jan 28, 2000
For many in Israel, it is already difficult to remember the joy and relief in which they received the news about the forthcoming peace with Syria, about a month ago. What was this joy about?
Cagan: Life After Y2K
Jan 27, 2000
The nineties opened with a bang. In August, 1990 the Iraqis invaded Kuwait and it was immediately clear that George Bush would do everything in his formidable presidential power to go to war.
Wise: Resolutions for Radicals
Jan 26, 2000
I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, or use the new year as an excuse for significant reflection on the one just ended. But this year, I'm making an exception. After all, we have (arguably, I know) entered a new millennium: and the end of a thous
Landau: Contradictory Cuba Policies
Jan 25, 2000
Explain US-Cuba policy, my friends ask. Last week's prison riot occurred in Louisiana where Cuban prisoners had served their sentences, yet remained locked up because they didn't qualify to stay in the US. They had committed crimes before gaining residenc
Quito, January 22, 2000: The coup carried out yesterday in Ecuador by mid-level military officers together with leaders of the indigenous movement lasted less than 24 hours.
Besides immediate objectives, great social movements need long-run goals for inspiration and guidance. The abolitionist movement to end slavery and the movement for the eight-hour day both in the nineteenth century, the movement for women's suffrage at th
Marable: Seattle and Beyond
Jan 22, 2000
It was immensely significant for black America that the last major public demonstration in the U.S. in the 20th century was a protest over global economics and trade.
And so, early in the year 2000, it came to pass that visions of a seamless media web enraptured the keepers of pecuniary faith as never before. A grand new structure, AOL Time Warner, emerged while a few men proclaimed themselves trustees of a holy endeav
Bonpane: Fasting for Justice
Jan 20, 2000
In the wake of a dozen Vigils throughout the United States on January 11, 2000, Lori Berenson began a hunger fast. This news has been confirmed by the Peruvian prison authorities and the U.S. Embassy in Peru. This date represents the fourth anniversary of
Chomsky: Four from the Forums
Jan 19, 2000
On graduate unions, it's true enough that (ideally) "graduate teaching is pedagogical training," but that's incomplete. Any teaching, if done at all seriously, is also a way of learning -- about lots of things, including the subject you are teaching.
Shalom: Humanitarian Intervention
Jan 18, 2000
The issue of humanitarian intervention arises again, propelled by the crises in Kosovo and East Timor and by the memories of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Some analysts have used these cases to support new principles of international relations. But to assure
Schechter: Attica, Hurricane, and Mumia
Jan 17, 2000
ATTICA! It's a word I hadn't heard in a number of years. It was a word I will never forget, and not just because of Al Pacino's memorable invocation of the term in the movie Dog Day Afternoon. Attica was one of the first stories I dissected in my early da
Herman: The AOL Time Merger
Jan 16, 2000
Each great technological advance in communication begins with claims of the dominance of public service aims and probable effects, which is then followed and concluded by a commercial takeover.
Albert: Internet Commercialism?!
Jan 15, 2000
There is an old economic saying that "there is no free lunch." To get something out of an economy you have to put something in. Contrary to rumors, this holds for the Internet as well as for factories. To provide internet content takes labor, tools, and o
Peters: Porn Stars, Promise-Keepers, and "Pound Dawgs" A Comment on: Stiffed, by Susan Faludi
Jan 14, 2000
Male porn stars get paid based on their ability to sustain an erection. Promise Keepers are told to look to God as a Father they can trust, and to stock up on Promise Keeper mugs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. "Pound Dawgs" - extreme fans of the Clevel
In fairness, it should be mentioned that the chorus of self-adulation that closed the millennium was disrupted by some discordant notes. Questions were raised about the consistency of our adherence to the guiding principles: the "new doctrine" that "unive
Guellec: End of Century Musings
Jan 12, 2000
Malaysia is being pushed to modernize and this is attracting multinational companies and putting pressure of their healthcare system. The country's extensive public healthcare system can no longer provide free care on demand, promoting an expansion to the
Wise: Springing the "Diversity Trap"
Jan 11, 2000
You know you're in trouble when Ronald Reagan starts to sound progressive. And you really know you're in trouble when so-called progressives make him sound that way, thanks to their own pathetic gesticulations on one or another issue.