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Jun 21, 1999
Are there alternatives to the dominant economic model that consigns increasing numbers of people to lives of misery? One such alternative is offered by the state of Kerala in southern India which has been the site of fascinating social experimentation for
Wise: The Threat of a Good Example
Jun 20, 1999
Occasionally when I'm speaking to college students, attempting to inspire at least a few to commit themselves to social justice as a way of life and perhaps career, I'm asked the question for which there is no easy answer; the one that goes: "What's the p
This summer begins with a large shadow hanging over one of the nation's pioneering radio stations. Half a century after listener-supported KPFA took to the airwaves in the San Francisco area as a unique experiment in media independence, the battle raging
"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [least developed countries]?" So wrote Treasury Secretary-designee Lawrence Summers, then the chief economist at the World Bank, in a 1991
Landau: Remember Angola
Jun 17, 1999
As Kosovo atrocities dominate the headlines, I wait for some former national security maven to confess to US government crimes committed during the Cold War. We know the CIA assassinated people, fomented coups and destabilized countries we claimed were pr
Raptis: U.S. Occupation
Jun 16, 1999
In the core of this "sophisticated and careful" planning one finds the need for a US occupation of the "Grand Area." The dictionary "definition" of occupation is: "The holding and control of an area by a foreign military force."
Herman: Kosovo and Doublespeak
Jun 15, 1999
War, propaganda, and the proliferation of doublespeak have always gone hand-in-hand. As was the case during the Persian Gulf war, the NATO war against Yugoslavia witnessed a collapse of mainstream media integrity and a new surge of doublespeak in the serv
By propping up the Suharto dictatorship for over three decades, both sides of Australian politics clearly demonstrated what they thought about the prospect of democracy in Indonesia.
Glass: Top Drawer
Jun 13, 1999
Diana is dead. Tony lives. Miracles have begun. The first on record comes, as so often with the Bible and Lives of the Saints, in the form of a cure.
It has been a tense several days for those of us paying close attention to the war, as we evaluate both the status of so-called "negotiations" in Europe and that of the anti-war movement here at home.
Peters: Mentoring Toward Revolution
Jun 08, 1999
Do you have mentors in your life? Are you anyone's mentor? Could we positively affect social change movements by building mentoring relationships into our political work? I think we could.
Carter: When Kids Kill
Jun 07, 1999
Since the school shootings in Littleton, the nation's print and broadcast media have unleashed a sensational outpouring of analysis and concern aiming to explain why boys kill and what can be done to save them. Once we get by the headlines, however, we fi
For seven days in June, from the 19th to the 25th, unions and their allies all over the US will be organizing hearings and forums, rallies and actions aimed at drawing public attention to the dismal state of labor rights, especially the most fundamental o
Herman: 'Balance' Sickness at The Nation
Jun 05, 1999
The Nation has not distinguished itself in its coverage of the Kosovo crisis. It has had some good editorials and articles, but these are nicely balanced by pro-war pieces. It should embarrass the editors that its UN Correspondent Ian Williams is a fanati
Raptis: Hitler's Americanization
Jun 04, 1999
The intertwined lives of Ernst Franz Sedgwick and Adolf Hitler...
Jun 03, 1999
Ethnic Albanians are reportedly unique in one respect: they do not run away from bombing. The small province of Kosovo has been turned into a proving ground for advanced U.S. weaponry, but the Albanian inhabitants would not think of taking the kids across
Jun 02, 1999
At a recent birthday, my daughter became the proud owner of the much coveted American Girl doll. We had vaguely supported her strong desire to have an American Girl doll. We knew that the doll would come with books that told the girl's story, that the dol
I mean, what does one do if Satan really is the author of all this unhappiness? IÕm pretty sure that at that point gun laws and conflict resolution training become sortaÕ useless.
Herman: Bomb the NYT
May 31, 1999
NATO spokespersons have justified the bombing of Serbian TV and radio on the grounds that these broadcasters are an "instrument of state propaganda," tell lies, spew forth hatred, provide no "balance" in their offerings, and thus help prolong the war.
Bohmer: Mumia at Graduation
May 30, 1999
No, Mumia Abu-Jamal is not being released to speak at the Evergreen State College graduation. However, on Friday June 11th, the 1999 graduation at this college will include a unique commencement address - a 13-minute audio-recorded speech taped on death r