lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 31 08:46:22 MST 2003
The following items have been posted during the past two weeks on
www.supportingfacts.com. The full text of each article is preceded by a
Barron’s, the influential US financial weekly, is worried that record
levels of household and corporate debt may be moving the US “toward the
abyss of a bust – and then into a depression.”
Blix report assessed
Specialists in chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare polled by the
Guardian about the detailed list of concerns identified in the UN
inspection reports evinced little surprise or alarm.
Porto Alegre paradox
When the Workers’ Party state government hosting the previous Porto
Alegre Social Forum tried to put its theories into practice, it was
ignominiously voted out of office.
Israel’s internal crisis
It presents itself as a confident military behemoth, but the Financial
Times finds Israel a fractured and despondent society, its ailing
economy dependent on its American benefactor.
Anarchist jailers reportedly used surrealist art techniques to disorient
and elicit the cooperation of their prisoners during the Spanish Civil
War, an art historian has discovered.
The end of the IRA
The Irish Republican Army is the most enduring urban guerrilla movement
in history, but the Irish Times says it will soon dissolve, accompanied
by widespread resignation and some dismay within its membership.
The Economist says the use of the Internet by protest groups is a
harbinger of a new era of direct democracy which will reduce the role of
political parties, lobbyists, and parliaments.
The Dutch election has again raised the issue of whether it is racist to
insist that immigrant cultures be subordinated to liberal democratic
values, especially in relation to women and gays.
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, writing in the latest New
Yorker, reveals intelligence reports describing how US ally Pakistan
assisted North Korean efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
The Bush Sr. administration promised Kuwaitis it would refashion the
country into a liberal democracy when it liberated them from Iraq, but
more than a decade later, they are still waiting.
A New York Times/CBS poll shows American political culture is more
liberal than often thought, especially concerning reproductive rights,
the economy, and – surprisingly – affirmative action.
Anderson on Iraq
A prescient analysis written several months ago by the left-wing
theorist Perry Anderson outlines the Bush administration's objectives in
Iraq and the likely course of events.
Anthony Lewis reviews two fawning best sellers – Bob Woodward’s Bush at
War and David Frum’s The Right Man – both of which strain to present the
US president in a heroic light.
Squeezing Africa’s poor
Another famine crisis in sub-Saharan Africa hasn’t stopped the World
Bank, IMF and some rich creditor nations from demanding that some of the
poorest African countries meet their loan obligations first.
Massive antiwar sentiment in Western Europe has contributed to the
continued reluctance of France, Germany and NATO to engage immediately
in a US-led war on Iraq, angering the Bush administration.
On the 30th anniversary of Roe vs Wade, abortion is still a more
divisive issue in America than in Europe, not only because of religion,
but also because of how the right was won, says the Economist.
An OECD study is the latest to show farm subsidies benefit US and
European agribusiness at the expense of consumers and small farmers,
especially those in developing countries.
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