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Articles from Vol. 269, No. 19, December 6

1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of $10,000, awarded annually for the most outstanding book of poems published in the United States by an American, is administered mutually by the Academy of American Poets and The Nation. The past decade's winners...
Exchange
Pass the Ammunition New York City Alexander Cockburn's wit is as enjoyable as ever, in his October 11 "Beat the Devil" column. He cracks a few jokes, makes a few snide comments and quibbles with one or two of my points in Harper's and New Left...
Jacobo
If you add up all the victims and victimizers, they form such a small percentage of the world population. What are the others engaged in? We victims and victimizers, we're part of the same humanity, colleagues in the same endeavor to prove the existence...
Nixon's Nightmare
Amid the latest batch of Nixon tapes there's a ripe one from May 13, l972, recently described by James Warren in the Chicago Tribune. Discussing welfare reform with Haldeman and Ehrlichman the President snarls about the "little Negro bastards," before...
Pro Bono
As Congress was frantically wrapping up its appropriations business in early November, an unusual lobbyist was huddling with legislators: Bono, the rock star. Bono, who fronts the band U2, has been working with Jubilee 2000, an international coalition...
Raising a Ruckus
JOIN A CARAVAN, DON A TURTLE COSTUME-IT'S WTO TIME IN SEATTLE. Somewhere amid the dancing sea turtles and bustling WTO bureaucrats, the angry anarchists and the Al Gore entourage, the striking steelworkers and the billionaires in town to sip cocktails...
Signs of the Times
When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened the opulent new Staples Center in LA on October 17, the Jersey Troubadour had a few choice words for those watching from the luxury skyboxes. "It's important for you folks up there...to come out of...
States' Rights and the WTO
The World Trade Organization imposes obligations on state and local governments that limit their ability to protect consumers, establish environmental standards and undertake economic stimulus initiatives. As someone who served as a mayor and state...
Student Power Brian Thomas Gallagher
Get the fuck out of our town... World trade you can't keep us down Who's got the power? thought it was ours- That's called democracy. This is just one of the cheers that self-described "radical cheerleader" and Evergreen State College senior...
Ten Myths about Globalization
Claim #1: Increased trade equals more jobs at higher wages. US government and corporate officials repeatedly claim that jobs in the export sector pay more than jobs on average. Hence, they argue, expanding exports should be a centerpiece of US policy....
The Battle in Seattle
THE CORPORATE-DOMINATED TRADING SYSTEM IS BEING CALLED TO ACCOUNT. It's billed as the Battle in Seattle. In the suites will be the representatives of 135 nations gathered for the Third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, hosted...
The 'Emerald' City Robert Weissman
While protesters plan to greet the WTO negotiators with street demonstrations, corporate America is preparing a different kind of welcome. Working in conjunction with the State Department and the WTO, the WTO Seattle Host Organization, a private nonprofit...
The Heat in the Kitchen
Felicia's Journey * The Insider He poses like a tightrope walker, though one who's unexpectedly domestic and chubby. The left hand smoothly stirs a pot on the stove; the right arm, extended, hovers breast-high, as if to balance him. You might imagine...
The People vs. the WTO
The thousands of demonstrators who will greet the World Trade Organization delegates in Seattle on November 30 will have many voices but one message: The attempt to write a constitution for the global economy that protects property rights but tramples...
Trump's Wealth Tax
It's a sad comment on the state of presidential politics when it takes Donald Trump, hardly a significant candidate, to discuss the most serious issue confronting the nation today: the shocking maldistribution of wealth in our society. While all the...
We Can Fight, We Can Win
EFFECTIVE PROTEST EFFORTS RANGE FROM COMIC BOOKS TO BOYCOTTS. There is nothing inevitable about the current direction of globalization. Yes, corporations have used their tremendous power to shape many of the rules of the road for globalization to...
Whose Trade?
Once, not so long ago, trade was the province of policy wonks and special interests-and the experts and lobbyists liked it that way. No longer. Now it's a hot political issue. One reason is the growth of trade; just 4 percent of GDP in the early fifties,...