BOOKREVIEW: Failed States

A “failed state” is a condition of state dilapidation, when a state no longer functions properly because of government corruption and lawlessness, which jeopardizes the general populace and causes democracy to go awry. Chomsky says the United States currently fits this category.

Ending the occupation, the 2006 elections, and tactics

The pressure for troop withdrawal is growing, so much so that earlier this summer Democrats introduced two resolutions in the Senate. One, authored by Senator Kerry, envisions a short exit strategy and a role for the international community.

Katrina and the ballot box

Despite President Bush’s slick rhetoric and smooth promises, New Orleans remains stricken one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Block after block of the Lower Ninth Ward are empty of residents, the houses engulfed by mud, without electricity or running water. Where are the billions approved by Congress to rebuild the city and the Gulf Coast?

Calif. heat wave kills 141, mainly poor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California heat wave last month killed more people than either the Northridge earthquake of 1994, the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 or the wildfires of 2003.


Progressive for Congress comes under fire

MINNEAPOLIS — If Keith Ellison is elected in November to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, he will bring to the U.S. House of Representatives a fresh progressive voice in tradition of Paul Wellstone. He will also be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim in the U.S. Congress.

Coulter crap: Dont ignore it, expose it

“Godless” is a good preview of what candidates with a peace, health, environmental and women’s rights focus will face in the fall elections. Why? The Bushites know winning on the issues will be difficult so they are putting their focus on emotion.


Asian American actors career was forged by struggle

Mako, the Japan-born actor who used his Oscar nomination for the 1966 film “The Sand Pebbles” to push for better roles for Asian American actors, died July 21. He was 72.


Required watching: How DeLay stole Congress

Featuring Tom DeLay grinning like a Cheshire cat throughout the film, “The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress” chronicles the shenanigans of “the poster boy of corruption.”


Disability rights and the civil rights revolution

Those of us who come from the first wave of disability rights advocates began our struggle within the civil rights movement of the 1960s. We learned an important lesson from that movement as to how a minority of citizens could change the way a society views the rights of all the people.


Clean Energy Initiative gains support

LOS ANGELES — Using a neighborhood gas station as a backdrop, Democratic candidate for governor Phil Angelides late last month endorsed Proposition 87, the “Clean Energy Initiative,” which will be on the ballot in November.

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