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Dean Kuipers

Why Johannesburg Matters

REMEMBER THE FIRST "EARTH SUMMIT" IN RIO DE JANEIRO in 1992 and the almost giddy sense of promise that prevailed at the first truly global meeting of world activists and government officials under the auspices of the United Nations? Tens of thousands of Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) do-gooders flocked to the......

Busting the FBI

Photo by Debra DiPaolo LAST WEEK IN AN OAKLAND COURTROOM, A JURY OF 10 citizens found that, yes, the FBI is using the fight against terrorism to shut down political dissent. These jurors were not urban radicals; they were suburbanites from Walnut Creek and Concord, some of them wearing sequined......

Hitting the Streets

For more than two decades, the inhumane, neocolonial practices of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund provoked angry protests in Third World countries, but few in the Western world took notice. Now, the anti-globalization movement is alive and well in the United States and is expected to have......

Back to Business

The site has been chosen. Concrete barriers are going up. A gymnasium is renamed a ”convergence space.“ Anarchists are buying new cartridges for their gas masks. All signs indicate that the respectful quiet of the post--September 11 world is about to be broken. World finance ministers are gathering in the......

Bad Timing

On the morning of September 11, activist Soren Ambrose was preparing to help launch the latest in a series of growing and increasingly strident street protests against corporate globalization. Washington, D.C., police were constructing a security barrier against an anticipated 100,000 activists outside the September 29 and 30 meetings of......
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The Last Astronauts

A potbellied pig lies panting in the shade with the words “Get” and “Down” painted on its flanks, waiting for its cameo. A gang of hot jailbait in skimpy black lingerie prance nervously under an adjacent tent, looking like party favors among the mansions of this posh Pasadena neighborhood. Butthole......

Tax Free Speech

Exactly what is free speech, and who gets to exercise it tax-free? The answer may be up to the most unlikely of political institutions: the IRS. Frontiers of Freedom, a conservative think tank founded by retired Wyoming Republican Senator Malcolm Wallop, has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate San......

Out of Control

Last weekend’s explosive protests against the Group of Eight economic summit in Genoa left grisly milestones scattered along the path of the burgeoning anti-globalization movement. The first activist, Carlo Giuliani of Genoa, was killed in action. More than 500 serious injuries were reported on both sides, with life-threatening beatings almost......

Seeds of Wrath

Photo by Kate Seelye “You’ll Be Sorry” —Sign held by demonstrator in front of Starbucks, which is now partnered with Monsanto and other companies in developing a genetically engineered coffee. “Can we take a ride?” Han Shan, Ruckus Society organizer and spokesman for an anti-biotech protest action called BioJustice, looks......

Less Than Zero

“A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.” —Thomas Jefferson You’re not going to see Drug War movies like Traffic made about Ryan Huntsman. He’s not a hotshot local drug dealer or anyone’s fortunate son or some kind of dude......