Spend - it's your patriotic duty

I’m no economist, but it doesn’t take a Ph.D. to see that there is a lot of nonsense being peddled to assure the people of the U.S. that the recession we’ve been in since April or May will go away quickly.

Coping with holiday depression

The holiday season is a time of joy, happiness and celebration for most of us. Yet many people find depression a more common feeling than joy during this season.

Local police will be used for new repression

The police in Portland, Ore. and other Oregon cities, as well as several in northern California, stated they will not cooperate with a federal request to round up hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants to grill them about their political views and associations, as Oregon law forbids detaining people not suspected of a crime.

Drug czar assures repeat of past failures

While the national drug movement and voter reform efforts move toward humane, effective strategies, John Walters, President Bush’s choice for drug czar is a giant step backwards.

To clone or not

Despite pressure from President Bush to ban human cloning, either for reproduction or research, the Senate refused last week to take up a Republican measure to impose a six-month moratorium on the technology.

Bush not first president to demonize newcomers

Talk of war from Washington? People afraid to communicate through the mail? Writers and editors threatened? Dissenters harassed? Foreigners attacked? We are not talking 2001 here – each of these things happened in the early days of our country.

James Jackson: Fighter for equality, democracy, peace, socialism

NEW YORK – James E. Jackson Jr., a leader of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) for many years, celebrated his 87th birthday Nov. 29.

WTO anniversary celebrated in Seattle

SEATTLE – On Nov. 30, around 400 people gathered at Seattle Central Community College to mark the anniversary of the day when 70,000 activists shut down the WTO in 1999.

Protests mark 20 years of Mumia in jail

Mumia Abu-Jamal has been the victim of a frame-up for 20 years. A weekend of demonstrations is planned with coordinated student-led walkouts on college campuses throughout the U.S. Dec. 7. A demonstration will be held at Philadelphia City Hall Dec. 8.

Illinois labor leaders address jobs forum

CHICAGO – A public forum was held at the UNITE here Nov. 26 to discuss “Alternatives to the Terror Economy,” the economy being promoted by the Bush administration. The forum was organized by the Committee for New Priorities of Chicago Jobs with Justice.

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