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Shiva: Stopping Biopiracy
Sep 06, 1999
The patents on the anti-diabetic properties of karela, jamun, brinjal once again highlight the problem of Biopiracy - the patenting of indigenous biodiversity related knowledge.
Dominick: An Appeal for Continued Anti-War Efforts
Sep 05, 1999
Sept. 5, 1999 An Appeal for Continued Anti-War Efforts By Brian Dominick Did I just see what I think I saw? Has a growing anti-war movement suddenly become dormant, for the umpteenth time in the past few decades - in this cas
Prashad: REd Salute: Comrade Uncle Ho
Sep 04, 1999
In the late 1960s, the communists in Bengal allied with the left Congress to form a United Front government in the state. These were heady times for a region buffeted by two drought years, by the cataclysmic pressures of international finance, and down-wi
This commentary is for those who really want to understand the debate that has been raging over what to do with the projected Federal budget surpluses over the next 10 years. It's not as difficult as it seems.
Zinn: Beyond the Soviet Union
Sep 02, 1999
In the spirit of killing two obligations with one effort, I offer as my Commentary a response I just made to a letter by a retired professor in California, who wrote: "As a great admirer of Howard Zinn [should he have said "as a former great admirer..."?]
Marable: Chickens Coming Home to Roost
Sep 01, 1999
Immediately following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X was asked by the media for his response. Malcolm was not surprised by this tragic event, because white America had long fostered violence and racism throughout society. Kenned
Schechter: China on My Mind
Aug 31, 1999
In less than two months, on October 1st, the People's Republic of China turns fifty. Mao's long march liberated a country which in a half century has gone from championing world revolution to building "socialism with Chinese characteristics."
Gonsalves: America's Civilizing Efforts
Aug 30, 1999
"Reflecting growing alarm in Washington about leftist rebels strengthened by the cocaine trade, a leading US diplomat met with (Colombian) President Andres Pastrana (last week) to discuss drug trafficking and the country's civil war," Associated Press wri
Peterson: Between the Guns and the Wall
Aug 29, 1999
Shortly before noon on April 6, several truckloads of the Red And White Iron militia rolled up outside a church where hundreds of people had fled seeking sanctuary. "Get out of the church!" the gun- and machete-wielding gangsters shouted. Then mayhem.
The war was launched to protect an oppressed ethnic minority, to punish a massacre, and to secure a New World Order. Which war was that? Why, Hitler's war of course, which came to be known as World War II.
Bronski: GOP = Gay Old Party
Aug 27, 1999
It is no news that the "news" appearing in the mass media is often manufactured. No where was this clearer than a front page story in The New York Times of August 11, 1999 whose headline announced: "Gay Voters Finding G.O.P. Newly Receptive to Support."
Wise: The Kids are all White
Aug 26, 1999
Let me get this straight: if people of color respond to an unjust verdict in a police brutality trial, not to mention years of racial and economic oppression, by taking to the streets, burning stuff, looting stores and engaging in assorted violence, it's
Cagan: Thinking About Turkey
Aug 25, 1999
I sit and watch in horror as the toll continues to rise from the earthquake in Turkey. Today they say over 12,000 dead and with 35 - 40,000 people still missing it's clear this number will grow in the coming days. The Turkish government has already ordere
Chomsky: Question on Kibbutzim
Aug 24, 1999
The origins were in part European libertarian socialist thought. In part they were in a kind of romantic "back to the land" movement, suffused sometimes with Tolstoyan anarchism, in other cases part of a (very conscious) effort to reverse the "inverted py
Teacher, There's a Brand Name in My Math Problem
It took some time, but I think I've come to understand why so many people favor school vouchers. I was hung up on the separation of church and state and worried about decreased funding for inner- city schools. But I've seen the light. My only question now
Few phrases in American politics have more negative connotations than "inside the Beltway." In this rarified and unreal zone, we often assume, the activities of politicians and bureaucrats are disconnected from the main concerns of most Americans. But it
Raptis: Life Complexities / Quakes
Aug 20, 1999
In 1943 as the Nazis were rounding up the Jews of Salonica in a part of the city, a 16-year-old girl (not a Jew) stood by in the street watching with curiosity (and I hope with horror) as the Nazis were loading them on trucks.
Solomon: Broadcasting and Democracy: Oil and Water
Aug 18, 1999
Is it really possible for broadcasting and democracy to mix? In theory, yes. But right now, the prospects look bleak.
Landau: Pinochet and Valdez
Aug 17, 1999
Juan Gabriel Valdes, Chile's new foreign minister, will meet with Secretary of State Madeline Albright to ask her to help return Augusto Pinochet to Chile. Since last October, British authorities have held Pinochet on a request from the Spanish Judge Balt