Stories by G. Pascal Zachary

G. Pascal Zachary, a frequent contributor to AlterNet, is the author of Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century. subscribe to G. Pascal Zachary's feed

Posted on: Aug 19, 2013, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Finally, a diet book for the boggled mind -- Alex Soojung-Kim Pang's 'The Distraction Addiction''

Posted on: Dec 19, 2012, Source: In These Times

Conversations about secession highlight a hidden, but not absent, existential aspect of the American nation-state: that union is no less a choice than disunion.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2012, Source: Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes

Someone has declared an unofficial war on Iranian nuclear scientists. Is violence aimed at scientists engaged in objectionable activities legitimate public policy?

Posted on: May 9, 2011, Source: In These Times

Might the killing of Osama bin Laden create a once-in-a-presidency opportunity for Barack Obama: the chance to redefine himself by letting his progressive twin out of the closet?

Posted on: Mar 16, 2010, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Lewis's new book The Big Short and Joe Stiglitz's Freefall expose how the winners cheat and cheaters win in the American economy.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: In These Times

The case for an immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A life of captivity is too cruel for chimpanzees and dangerous for their owners. We should give them the freedoms we grant ourselves.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The gruesome lesson from the Korean War and Vietnam show that nothing will be accomplished by sending more troops to Iraq, other than adding to the 2,876 soldiers killed and leaving more dead civilians.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Veteran TV journalist and media critic Danny Schechter's new film, "In Debt We Trust," shows us how financial insecurity has become a staple of American life.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Madonna's adoption debacle is about more than one Malawian baby. Celebrity stunts and corporate campaigns reveal that well-meaning Americans often have no idea how to help Africans.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2006, Source: AlterNet

In the debate over who can marry, both sides imbue the institution of marriage with an importance it neither deserves nor possesses.

Posted on: May 17, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Jared Bernstein explains how Republicans are dividing the spoils among themselves and leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves -- and how we can change the trend.

Posted on: May 12, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The NSA's data-collection scheme has brought outraged demands for legal action against the government and the private telephone companies that assisted in the program.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Just because Bush made a mess of Iraq doesn't mean we should abandon the use of regime change for humanitarian purposes.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2006, Source: AlterNet

If U.S. troops go to Africa, it won't be for a humanitarian intervention; it will be to protect American oil interests in the troubled Niger Delta.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The longer U.S. troops remain in Iraq, the greater the chances that Iraqi insurgents will deliver some devastating blow.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2006, Source: Dvorak Uncensored

A Time Inc. and <i>Wall St. Journal</i> vet says it's time to admit to biases, dump the 'objectivity' and start getting it right.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2006, Source: AlterNet

New evidence about JFK's assassination suggests that the real version of the second-most important conspiracy in American history -- the 9/11 attacks -- may not be uncovered for years.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2006, Source: AlterNet

At least seven House Democrats learned about the NSA's secret spying program four years ago. So why didn't anyone blow the whistle?

Posted on: Dec 22, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Bush's advocacy of lawlessness lies at the heart of the right-wing agenda to remake America.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2005, Source: In These Times

For American corporations in China, staying in business often means collaborating in -- and sometimes assisting -- governmental repression of citizens.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting is a reminder of the importance of alternative weekly newspapers and the continuing tendency for monopoly newspapers to pursue profit or behind-the-scenes influence.

Posted on: May 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

For lying to Congress, misappropriating funds and overseeing a lawless regime, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shouldn&#146;t be forced to resign. He should be incarcerated.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Is California irrelevant? The nation's most populous state is a Mini Me in the realm of politics and over the past decade has emerged as a political counter-indicator for the rest of the nation.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Can Democrats present a progressive economic program that is also politically popular? The outcome of the presidential election may turn on this crucial question. AlterNet's economic primer outlines the core economic principles that distinguish progressive Democrats from profligate Republicans, and offers seven concrete actions that will promote economic equity and make a difference in the lives of ordinary Americans.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2004, Source: AlterNet

George Bush's Africa policy is actually on the right track -- albeit for all the wrong reasons.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In Ghana, growing pot can give a country starved for economic opportunity a chance to participate in the global economy &#8211; but not if the DEA has its way.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Bush administration's dangerous policy of openly supporting China at the expense of Taiwan's security offers a perfect opportunity for Democrats.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2003, Source: In These Times

With his dreadful new book "Bush at War," Bob Woodward's metamorphosis from muckraker to cheerleader is complete.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2002, Source: In These Times

Rock stars are so quick to champion the cause of the African poor that we often forget that they have singers of their own.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Did the Wall Street Journal endanger a reporter by handing over an al Qaeda laptop to the U.S. government? And how is President Bush profiting from the whole affair?

Posted on: Feb 26, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Instead of asking journalists to toe the Pentagon's line, our government must allow reporters to keep their impartial distance -- or more men like Daniel Pearl may end up dead.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

An American journalist in Europe finds Bush embarrassing. He has two consolations, though. Bush is such an embarrassment that Europeans take pity on him and gladly share their hash.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2001, Source: deleted

An exclusive from AlterNet.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2001, Source: deleted

Gregg Zachary recently attended the AFL-CIO convention in New York City and reports that with not a moment to spare, unions are reviving and mass organizing is occurring in the private-sector at the highest pace since the 1930s. Still, he cautions: "Unions could fail in any number of ways to take advantage the rising militance of workers with low or declining wages. Hidebound unions in construction and heavy industry might call more suicidal strikes, ignoring the proven alternative of mobilizing the entire community -- consumers, church groups and other progressive organizations -- against employers....Ego-maniacal union presidents, meanwhile, might continue to build their private empires, eschewing the kind of coordinated efforts among unions that might expand the membership pie rather than shuffle the existing pieces."