The Attack on Women & Welfare
Mimi AbramovitzThe burden of welfare reform falls overwhelmingly on poor women of color, yet discussions in Washington, state capitals and in the media scrupulously avoid mentioning gender, race and class. The public is told that support for the needy is dangerous and corrupting and furthermore there is no money for such programs. The new welfare law […]
The Inversion of Totalitarianism
Sheldon WolinTraditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalitarianism” and that it “represents the political coming of age of corporate power and political demobilization of the […]
Iraq: Refuting the Bush Allegations
As'ad AbuKhalilSince his “axis of evil” speech, President Bush has had Iraq in his gunsights. It now seems that war is inevitable. The drumbeats are almost deafening. The most powerful nation in history will lead the charge against a country of 22 million people. Iraq, ancient Mesopotamia, one of the cradles of civilization, the land between […]
Today, Iraq. Tomorrow . . . ?
As'ad AbuKhalilA Pax Americana is emerging in the Middle East. Today the U.S. stands astride Iraq. The Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean are virtually U.S. lakes guarded over by the largest naval armadas in the world. American planes command the skies. The Middle East is dotted with and surrounded by U.S. military bases. […]