Monthly Archives: November 2002

A Development Distaster: The Pak Mun Dan In Thailand

For the past half-decade Thailand’s Pak Mun Dam has been recognized by environmental and human rights groups as a posterchild of insensitive, inequitable, top-down development strategy. Despite civil society’s criticism, however, thousands of local villagers still squat in a makeshift, … Continue reading

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The World Summit in Johannesburg: Notes from the Field

On the drive from the Johannesburg airport to the wealthy white suburb of Sandton – host to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the largest international conference ever – colorful billboards cajole Summit delegates to taste and enjoy the … Continue reading

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Letter from Guatemala, August 24, 2002

Dear Friends and Family, It has been a while since I have had the chance to write. A lot has been going on down here and with me personally and I haven’t had much opportunity to sit at a computer … Continue reading

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Chuck D Takes on MTV

(originally published by the Ashville Global Report) Chuck D, front man of the Hip-hop group Public Enemy, is once again at odds with the mainstream music world, this time over song lyrics that MTV finds objectionable. So what is the … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Conquers Longshoremen

The mainstream media have buried the biggest labor story in decades, far bigger than the Reagan Administration’s decision to fire the air traffic controllers. The Bush Administration has used the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, not to break a strike, but to … Continue reading

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Protestors as Targets

It has come to my attention that early this year a training class for law enforcement officers was held in our community. The instructor was Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman. His biographical statement modestly describes him as one of the “foremost … Continue reading

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