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Shalom: Milosevic Indictment
May 29, 1999
Following World War II, a war crimes tribunal was held in Tokyo to try Japanese political and military leaders. There is no doubt that the defendants were responsible for appalling atrocities, but, as the Indian judge on the tribunal wrote in his dissenting opinion, the victorious allies had themselves committed grave crimes, and the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the most horrific war crimes of the Pacific War. But only the atrocities committed by the Japanese were punished. In short, the war crimes trial represented "victors' justice."
Solomon: Three On Kosovo
May 28, 1999
A few days ago, the president of the United States openly violated the War Powers Act -- and the national media yawned.
Bronski: Liberation by Accumulation
May 27, 1999
I hardly ever drink beer, being a cheap red wine and bourbon sort of guy, so I was startled last week when I received more then a dozen e-mail (many from lesbian and gay activists use work I respect) urging me call the Anheuser-Busch company and voice my
Dominick: That's Some Catch
May 26, 1999
As the NATO rampage continues in Yugoslavia, Western military and political leaders seem to be drifting slowly away from what can be fully explained by institutional analysis.
Zinn: Whose Atrocity Is Bigger
May 25, 1999
Milosovic has committed atrocities. Therefore it is okay for us to commit atrocities. He is terrorizing the Albanians in Kosovo. Therefore we can terrorize the population of cities and villages in Yugoslavia.
Administrator: The Restive Allies
May 24, 1999
The florid and reckless war rhetoric of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is the stuff British tabloids are made of.
Shalom: Racial Profiling
May 23, 1999
For years, African American motorists have complained of being stopped by the police for the offense of DWB -- "Driving While Black."
Lusane: Jailhouse Knocks
May 22, 1999
HBO's "Thug Life in DC" is not about Bill Clinton's proclivities toward Serbia. It is a stunning wakeup call about the growing warehousing of young black men in the nation's jails and prisons.
Mokhiber: Killing Work
May 21, 1999
Want to kill somebody and get away with a slap on the wrist? You'd be hard pressed to find a better way than being a employer who endangers his or her employees.
Cagan: Can We Keep A Movement Alive
May 20, 1999
If you read my commentary last month you know I recently was in the center of the organizing for a major march and rally against police brutality here in New York City.
Solomon: When Will the Media Call It War
May 19, 1999
Nearly two months have passed since the beginning of NATO's air war against Yugoslavia. After a shaky start, Washington's spin machinery has done much to promote a war agenda -- with crucial assistance from major U.S. news media.
Reinhart: The Israeli Elections
May 18, 1999
This is a translation of a column that appeared in the Israeli daily 'yediot' on May 16, 1999 (a day before the elections).
Brecher: Letter to Bernie Sanders
May 17, 1999
Dear Bernie -- This letter explains the matters of conscience that have led me to resign from your staff.
Weisbrot: No Change at Treasury
May 17, 1999
Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin picked a good time to resign. As a senior White House official said, Rubin "made his fortune selling at the top of the market."
Administrator: Organized Labor and the War in Kosovo
May 14, 1999
It's an alarming signal of the declining influence of organized labor that with the start of the bombing of Yugoslavia and the war in Kosovo, that neither the media nor the public at large demand to know labor's position on the conflict.
Lusane: Jackson and the Contradictions of War
May 13, 1999
Into the storm's eye of the Balkin war stepped Rev. Jesse Jackson, and, once again, he emerges with prisoners of war.
Raptis: The Greeks, Kosovo, Etc.
May 12, 1999
As already mentioned, during the night of April 27 to April 28, '99, Greek demonstrators forced a train carrying British troops and tanks to Macedonia to return to the terminus of the port of Salonica and not leave for Macedonia.
Author: Atlantic Alliance
May 11, 1999
How much longer do we have to endure the folly of Nato's war in the Balkans? In just 50 days, the Atlantic alliance has failed in everything it set out to do. It has failed to protect the Kosovo Albanians from Serbian war crimes.
Schechter: Covering Wars at Home and Abroad
May 11, 1999
Had the Marine Corps recruiter not gotten hung up on the fact that Columbine H.S. student Eric Harris lied about taking an anti-depressant, he may very well have been on his way by now to the front lines of Kosovo, the real war he reportedly preferred to
Peters: What She Really Wants
May 10, 1999
Take a look at that face. It's true. She really could use a little help with her complexion. It may be that with all that mothering work she's been doing she hasn't had time to properly wash, rinse, clarify, tone, moisturize, and treat twice a week with m