A specter may be haunting the august New York Times – the specter of communism.
Governments and organizations from around the world have condemned the July 23 Israeli attack on five apartment buildings in a highly populated area of Gaza City. The F-16 fighter jet bombing killed 15 Palestinian civilians, including nine children, and wounded 150 people, and occurred at a time when seven of eight cities in the West Bank have been occupied for over one month.
American national politics has recently become driven and dominated by foreign and military policy. At a time when the global economy so directly shapes the national economy, and when global issues such as climate change are changing the ways Americans think about their relationship to the rest of the world, it is only fitting that national politics be framed by global politics. The common wisdom of citizen activists – global is local, local is global – has, it seems, finally seeped into the national political arena.
American workers are under attack by an anti-worker president who didn’t even win the election for the office he holds.
Anne Burlak Timpson died at age 91 on July 9, 2002.
In a Machevellian-type of logic, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz justified the killing of Afghan civilians when a U.S. AC-130 gunship fired on several villages in Uruzgan province, July 1. Wolfowitz said, during a visit to Bagram air base, headquarters for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, “We have no regrets about going in after bad guys and there were some there.”
An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian fighter were killed July 17 as Israel mounted a massive manhunt in the rocky hills of the West Bank following the bombing of a bus that killed eight Israelis near an orthodox Jewish settlement.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) lashed out at Bush administration plans to privatize Social Security at a July 15 press conference here.
The longshore workers who load and unload the cargo ships on the West Coast are locked in a struggle for a new contract. Their union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), is under attack by the employers, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which wants to cut benefits, undermine the union hiring hall and outsource jobs to non-union, low-wage states and other countries.
The battle to rein in corporate fraud by toughening accounting standards moved to the House of Representatives during the week of July 15 after clearing the Senate by a vote of 97-0.