Unity on the waterfront

Solidarity Day rallies held on June 27 at the West Coast ports of Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle brought together a powerful united front of unions and community groups together with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) as 10,500 of its members face a fierce battle over its new contract and a possible intervention by the Bush administration.

Afghan assassination reveals govt fragility

Fresh questions were raised about the viability of Afghanistan’s new government following Saturday’s fatal ambush of Vice President Hajji Abdul Qadir. Qadir, one of five Afghan vice presidents, died as two gunmen sprayed his vehicle with bullets as he was leaving his Kabul office.

Foreign Direct Investment threatens Indian media

TRIVANDRUM, India – As part of their pro-corporate globalization agenda, the government of India decided to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in print media. The national cabinet adopted the new bill, June 25, overturning a 1955 law that prohibited foreign ownership of Indian news publications.

Bush covers for Wall Street thieves

WASHINGTON – Hammered with questions about his links to corporate crime, President George W. Bush hastily travelled to Wall Street July 9 and vowed to crack down on CEOs who enrich themselves through fraud while employees lose their jobs, pensions and health benefits.

Marxism Lives! The American Revolution, Part II: 1900-Today

As the 20th century began, American capitalism turned its continental empire into a hemispheric one, fighting a war against Spain to “liberate” Cuba in 1898, which it made into a protectorate, as it turned the Philippines and Puerto Rico into colonies. U.S. marines regularly invaded Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and other Central American and Caribbean nations to defend the local dictatorships that were sharing the spoils with U.S. corporate interests.

Asking the right question

What did he know and when did he know it are perennial questions given new life by the recent revelations about intelligence reports to George W. Bush, the Resident, the Shrub-man, Juniorness personified, prior to last Sept. 11. But these may not be the right questions.

U.S. military domination over the Southwest

Since the 1950s and the start of the Cold War, there has been a consistent placement of military bases and military and atomic production facilities in the Southwest. The Southwest region, comprised of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, was especially suitable for this development because of the sparsely populated areas and wide use of lands, and also because, historically, these states were low-wage states.

One nation, under the boot of the ruling class

“Under God” is a phrase that’s gotten some attention since the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the phrase (inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954) unconstitutional.

Deaths in the desert: the sad price of U.S. border policy

Three months pregnant, Norma Rodriguez Amado had watched her husband, Paez Martinez, as he left his home in Morales, Mexico, for the United States. He would support his family from afar, working in the states of Tennessee and Florida. After almost two-and-a-half years of living and working in these faraway places, Paez returned to Morales to see his son, Alexander, for the first time.

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