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Volume 27, Number 20, May 19, 2000

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Who Was Charles Babbage?  

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

A review by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. of The Cogwheel Brain, by Doron Swade.


Australia Dossier  

by Allen Douglas

“Pacifying” Rural Unrest.


Current History as Classical Tragedy.


Financial Crisis Prompts Asian Chiang Mai Initiative  

by Kathy Wolfe

As Asia, Europe, and the United States alike face a renewed global financial crisis, East Asian finance ministers reached what Thailand’s The Nation called “an historic agreement to redesign Asia’s financial architecture” to protect their currencies from attack.

Europeans Are Getting Uncomfortable on the Titanic  

by Rainer Apel

With the euro collapsing, the refusal of European governments to enter a serious debate on how to implement a production-based economic system that bans financial speculation and creates millions of jobs, condemns them to stumble from one emergency to the next.

Danish Parliamentarian Backs New Bretton Woods  

The Genocidal Policy behind the Creation of the HMOs  

by Richard Freeman

A Wall Street-directed team of budget-cutters in the Nixon administration authored the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1971, which passed in 1973, inaugurating the murderous system of HMOs, which have imposed Nazi medical standards, destroyed America’s health system, closed hospitals, and led to unnecessary suffering and death.

A Call for Action on Russia’s Health Crisis  

by Suzanne Rose

Business Briefs  


Solving the Water Shortage Is the Key to Mideast Peace  

by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

When peace talks resume, between the Israeli and Syrian governments, or as the Palestinian-Israeli track is revived, there will be one central issue which must be faced, if progress is to be made. That issue is water. There can be no viable Palestinian state, no future perspectives for hundreds of thousands of returning Palestinian refugees, unless the basis is established for a productive, growing agricultural and industrial economy; and that requires water currently not available. And, the technology is available to provide it.

A Nuclear-Powered Desalination Plant for Use in the Mideast  

by Marcia Merry Baker

Generating Water, Power: Beautiful, and Necessary  

by Marcia Merry Baker


Sri Lanka in Turmoil as Tamil Tigers Gain Ground  

by Ramtanu Maitra

The Tamil Tigers’ recent victory over the Sri Lankan Army, threatening to re-gain possession of the northern Sri Lankan peninsula of Jaffna, is a threat to the stability of South Asia.

Thailand: Transparency International Attacks the Institutions  

by Michael O. Billington

Momentum Builds in Congress To Change U.S. Iraq Policy  

by Carl Osgood

Opposition is growing to the UN sanctions which have killed hundreds of thousands of children.

‘Brazil Is Melting Like Ice Cream in the Sun’  

by Silvia Palacios and Lorenzo Carrasco

Opposition is growing to President Cardoso’s destruction of national institutions.

Documentation: An “Order of the Day” by Army Commander Gen. Gleuber Viera, and statements by Brigadier Ercio Braga, warning that the policies under President Fernando Henrique Cardoso must be reversed or the nation of Brazil will cease to exist.

Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela: Little Bread, But Many Circuses  

by David Ramonet

The Terminal Phase of the Bankrupt System: What Nations Must Do Now  

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

U.S. Democratic Presidential pre-candidate Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.’s videotaped address to the founding conference of Australia’s new political party, the Curtin Labor Alliance.

International Intelligence  


LaRouche Continues Drive, as Gore Self-Destructs  

by Debra Hanania Freeman

Unless a qualified dark-horse candidate emerges at the 11th hour, to rescue the Democratic Party from nominating Al Gore for President, the party is going to go up in flames in November—as Lyndon LaRouche warned.

Al Gore and George W. Bush: Wall Street’s Two-Headed Freak  

by Scott Thompson and Michele Steinberg

With this article, EIR initiates a score-card, showing that Gore’s and Bush’s policies of genocide and corruption are essentially the same.

The Dirty Justice Department Is the Dirtiest of Them All  

by Edward Spannaus

The DOJ is coming under another round of public attack, this time for its cover-up of false testimony given to the court during the 1983 trial of rogue CIA officer Edwin Wilson.

Warfield on Tour, Uplifts Audiences with Classical Art: ‘Live It, Baby!’  

by Harley Schlanger

For those privileged to spend some time with world-renowned baritone William Warfield, it is clear that he is a rare example of what Friedrich Schiller envisioned when he wrote of the “beautiful soul.”

Sing the Music  

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. wrote this essay to honor the 80th birthday of William Warfield, who is one of the great Classical singers and musical pedagogues of our time.

Congressional Closeup  

National News  

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