Volume 24, Number 7, February 7, 1997



Abdelhamid Brahimi

The former prime minister of Algeria underscores the urgency for the West to get the present regime to the peace table with its opposition.

Book Reviews

HMOs: Robin Hoods, or profit vultures?

by Marianna Wertz

Health Against Wealth: HMOs and the Breakdown of Medical Trust, by George Anders.


Report from Bonn

by Rainer Apel

Germany prepares for post-Kohl era.


Africa: today’s “Indo-China quagmire.”


British minerals grab targets South America

by Cynthia R. Rush and Gonzalo Huertas

The genocide visited on Africa, on behalf of the Empire’s strategic minerals cartel-including the Barrick Gold Corp. of “Sir” George Bush-is the dagger being pointed at Ibero-America.

Currency Rates

Business Briefs


Return to the Machine-Tool Principle  

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Lyndon LaRouche introduces our comprehensive report on the disaster caused by the “single, characteristic feature of the recent thirty years’ devolution of the world economy taken as a whole: the crucial impact of cutting deeply into capital costs of machine-tool input, ostensibly to effect a more competitive pricing of commodities.”

The era of deindustrialization has now reached its dead end

by Lothar Komp

Lothar Komp’s detailed presentation, focussing on Germany, on the machine-tool requirements to build the Eurasian land-bridge.

The ‘Asian Tigers’ and the end of full-set industry

by Kathy Wolfe

The deceptive lumping together of Hongkong and Shanghai as “tiger economies,” with Taiwan and South Korea, deliberately obfuscates what Japanese followers of the American System called “full-set industrial structure.”

London sells a killer ‘tiger’ tonic to Southeast Asia

by Michael O. Billington and Gail G. Billington

Countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines are being fed the same bait that Mexico fell for earlier.

America’s machine tool design sector has shrunk by two-thirds

by Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman looks at the history of U.S. machine tools, dating from Benjamin Franklin, and at its collapse under the “controlled disintegration” of America’s industrial economy.


Civil war destroys Algeria, while the world looks on

by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

This is the stark reality which policymakers in Bonn, Paris, and Washington have been refusing to face, since the dramatic events of six years ago.

Algerians wonder why the West keeps silent

An interview with former Prime Minister Abdelhamid Brahimi.

U.S. should back German plan on Sudan

Four U.S. legislators who visited Sudan last September, call on the U.S. Congress to support a resolution passed by Germany’s parliament, titled “Initiatives to Produce Peace in Sudan.”

Colombia’s Samper in trouble as U.S. decertification nears

by Valerie Rush

Zedillo: Mexico will not allow segregation

by Carlos Méndez

International Intelligence


Pennsylvanians take the lead to defend welfare

by Nancy Spannaus

State legislators, backed by labor and civic groups, are moving to restore Gov. Tom Ridge’s Nazi-like cuts in state health insurance for the medically indigent, and to tax securities transactions to fund necessary programs.

NBCSL: Investigate Bush drug running

The official text of the resolution passed by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Congressional Closeup

by Carl Osgood

National News