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Shah: Asian American?
Apr 26, 1999
I was recently asked to write about Asian American History Month, which, since 1979, has been observed during the month of May.
Cagan: A Movement Grows in NYC
Apr 25, 1999
On Thursday, April 15th tens of thousands of New Yorkers will march in yet another expression of outrage at the conduct of the New York City Police Department.
Herman: The U.S. Versus the Rules of War
Apr 25, 1999
It is clear that the U.S./NATO military strategy in Yugoslavia is to use capital intensive warfare to ravage Serbian military forces and civil society until either the Serbs surrender or are so completely crushed that there is a "permissive environment" i
Wise: Famous Last Words
Apr 24, 1999
Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all. And inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources, and at the most inopportune moments.
Solomon: For Whom The Media Bell Tolls
Apr 23, 1999
For several weeks now, the suffering of refugees from Kosovo has filled our TV screens. Empathy seems to motivate much of the public support for the ceaseless bombing of Yugoslavia.
For the past decade, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, the United States government has promoted a model of free-market global capitalism that it claimed would benefit the great majority of people both at home and abroad. This model
Peters: Responding To Sentiment
Apr 21, 1999
There was a lengthy debate at my dinner table the other night about the situation in Yugoslavia. Most of my relatives defended the NATO bombings as the only moral action to take in the face of crimes being committed against ethnic Albanians. I argued the
Burchill: Kosovo and East Timor
Apr 20, 1999
The arrest of Care Australia's Steve Pratt and Peter Wallace by Serb authorities exposes more than the risks faced by aid workers in a war which masquerades as "humanitarian relief". It also reveals the perils faced by good people as a result of their own
Mokhiber: Essential Information
Apr 19, 1999
There is a new breed of activist roaming the land. These are activists who believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with the large corporation itself -- that it is not what corporations do wrong that is the problem, it is corporations themselve
Dominick: Young People and Activism
Apr 18, 1999
Young people in movement circles are often met with a great deal of admiration and little to no respect. Impressed as they are by kidsÕ very presence at activist events and meetings, given the preoccupations and pressures of modern youth; adults rarely ac
Schechter: Edward R Murrow Is Dead
Apr 17, 1999
In June 1993, a human rights television program I co-produced obtained remarkable footage from inside Kosovo. We led our "Rights & Wrongs" program with an exclusive from what we called "the next powder keg in the Balkans."
Author: We Who Are About To Die
Apr 16, 1999
Two and a half years ago, I wrote the first of these columns for this paper, an attack on the pessimistic idea that the best we could hope for was Tony Blair. As a result, the following morning I was contacted by Robin Cook, who asked me to write jokes fo
Lusane: Racism's Enablers
Apr 14, 1999
While much of the American publicÕs attention has been focused on the evils of Milosovich and his efforts at ethnic cleansing, AmericaÕs home grown fascists and their enablers have gotten a free ride.
Ever since the start of NATO 's bombing blitz more than two weeks ago, the regime in Belgrade has maintained total control of Serbia's press -- and American journalists have scornfully reported on the propaganda role of Yugoslavian news media. But no one
Shalom: Affirmative Action
Apr 11, 1999
There is a group of people in the United States who are given special preferences because of difficulties they suffered in the past.
Dominick: Behind Enemy Lines
Apr 11, 1999
In a disturbing case of hypocritical Western propaganda tripping over its own distortions, the Associated Press recently reported that Turkish troops and warplanes have crossed into Northeastern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels presumably taking refuge t
Peters: Is There A Truth About Rigoberto Menchu
Apr 10, 1999
My friend the anthropologist says there is no such thing as truth. She says that sheÕs interviewed people in the field who completely contradict each other. One says the volcano erupted and the other says it didnÕt. They both say it with equal conviction.
Apr 09, 1999
Several weeks ago I was walking with my lover in a quiet neighborhood in Cambridge Mass, on our way to a late afternoon movie. We were holding hands in an offhanded sort of way, chatting together when a group of young teens sitting on a front stoop across
Weisbrot: The Debacle in Kosovo
Apr 08, 1999
The bombing of Yugoslavia is turning out to be a foreign policy debacle of disastrous proportions, yet most of the chattering class insists that we can turn things around if we only commit more troops. We have heard that before.
Schechter: The Talking Kosovo Blues
Apr 07, 1999
It was for me the big booking: an hour on MSNBC in the middle of a crisis. I had pitched the network proposing to talk about the media coverage of the Kosovo catastrophe. As a TV producer, I had been covering the Balkan wars for a public television human