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Le Monde diplomatique

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August/September, 1997


In the shadow of inequality by Alain Gresh

The successful two-week strike in August by 185,000 UPS delivery drivers in the United States may prove to be a turning point in American social history. This is a welcome change given the gross

disparity in wealth between a rich minority and the rest of the population in the US --- a disparity which is all the greater at the global level. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/leader.html


Alarm in the Middle East

The failure of the Oslo accords is turning the region into a powder keg once more. We must hope that it is not too late for a last chance of peace. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/alarm.html

The unsolved mystery of a Saudi bomb attack by Alain Gresh

Saudi investigations into the devastating bombing at Al Khobar in

June 1996, in which 19 US soldiers lost their lives, remain murky

and unresolved. Saudi disenchantment with the United States is growing. Conversely, Washington is increasingly unable to dictate

terms to its strategic ally, now beset by economic and social problems, a rise in Islamist opposition activity and an ongoing struggle for the succession. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/saudi.html


Fifty years of dispossession by Jan de Jong

After four years of halting talks, the optimism of September 1993

has vanished and the Palestinians see little mileage in continuing the Oslo talks. The more so in the light of Benyamin Netanyahu's formula, known as "Allon plus", under which the Palestinians would stand to recover no more than half the land of the West Bank. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/pal1947.html

Who owns what by Michael R. Fischbach

For the first time, with the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinians are gaining legal control over their land. But there are all sorts of problems to overcome in registering and selling land, establishing titles --- and preventing forgery. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/palaut.html

In Israel too by Joseph Algazy

The land grab is not just taking place in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. It is continuing in Israel too. Wholesale confiscation has always been the name of the game in the Galilee and it still affects the Bedouin of the Negev. With 92% of the land in the hands of state bodies, a debate has now begun over privatisation. But there is no question of land passing into non-Jewish hands. So much for the equality of Israel's Arab citizens... http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/israel.html


Does Africa need the police? by Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos

The police in Africa are out of control - untrained, corrupt and often staffed by ex-combatants of civil wars. A legacy of the colonial era, they have never won popular support. Now the public

has had enough and is taking its protection into its own hands. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/afpol.html

Much manoeuvring around Sudan by Jean-Louis Peninou

With the military situation in the south and the eastern borders in a state of considerable change, Sudan's Islamist regime is looking increasingly vulnerable. Its future seems likely to depend on the

attitudes of members of the new geopolitical bloc that has emerged in East Africa around Uganda (and its ally, the new Democratic Republic of the Congo), Ethiopia and Eritrea. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/sudan.html

A strange inheritance by Claude Wauthier

Freemasonry in Africa is a European import, a relic of the colonial era, and it is remarkably widespread in both French and English-speaking Africa. It is often found close to the centres of power and its members frequently seek to act as mediators in the frequent crises accompanying democratisation. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/masons.html


Change comes to Magnitogorsk by Marie-Claude Slick

From its heyday, when it produced the steel for half the Soviet tanks in the second world war, Magnitogorsk has had to adjust to post-Soviet realities. Its professionals have turned themselves into traders, but they have done it with pride and sometimes with

great success. Unusually for modern-day Russia, the city has managed to retain a rare community spirit as it tackles a difficult transition. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/magnitka.html

Beijing faces up to Uighur nationalists by Vincent Fourniau

Xinjiang, the vast empty region on China's western fringe once known as East Turkestan, has been the scene of unrest on the part

of Uighur minority for some years. A wave of bomb attacks has met

by strong-arm tactics by Beijing. The Uighurs look with envy at the opening up of the Turkic republics of Central Asia and dream of a

state of their own. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/uighur.html


The fourth world war has begun by Sub-Commandant Marcos

An original, geostrategic analysis of the state of the world by the leader of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, written in his retreat in Mexico's Lacandona forest. Marcos conjures up seven pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, representing the evils of the world we

live in (chief among which figure neoliberalism and globalisation) and its one redeeming feature, resistance. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/marcos.html

Nunavut, the final carve-up of Canada? by Philippe Bovet

1999 will see the creation of a new autonomous Canadian territory, Nunavut. It could be followed later on by Nunavik, within Quebec,

to form a common home for the Inuit who are scattered throughout the Arctic to Greenland. This ambitious project will link 27 Nunavut communities straddling three different time zones and give the Inuit an independent future of their own. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/canada.html


Hard times for working women by Margaret Maruani

Despite efforts to persuade women to stay at home and care for the family, and despite raging unemployment, more and more women are coming on to the labour market. But, if more of them are working,

they are earning less money. Part-time work has become a new form

of underemployment reserved for women. This too means less money.

We now have the "working poor" --- and most of them are women. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/women.html

American offensive for control of the skies by Yves Belanger and Laurent Carroué

The spectacular merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, which neither the US nor the European authorities opposed, has put this

private sector group in a monopoly position from which to combat its only rival, the European Airbus Consortium. The American group now has over 200,000 employees and sales of nearly $40 billion. It exemplifies the US' determination to assert its dominance in high-tech industries worldwide. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/boeing.html


Fighting for communication control by Herbert I. Schiller

Liberalism is for others. Though it insists on unlimited access for American products from the rest of the world, Washington has not hesitated since the end of world war two to intervene in any sector it deems strategic for maintaining US dominance. Communication is

the most critical of these sectors, from both the industrial as well as the symbolic point of view, for mastering the "information society" of the next century. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/md/en/1997/08-09/communication.html


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