Iraqi unionists Traveling theater

Iraqi artists, trade unionists and others who fled from persecution at the hands of the Ba’ath regime are joining forces with the newly emerging democratic trade union movement there in a traveling theater company to promote union rights among the people.

Guthrie portrait dedicated at state capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – (AP) Entertainer Arlo Guthrie and other family members led the singing at the Oklahoma State Capitol July 15 to celebrate the unveiling of a portrait of his father, legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie.

Woody Guthrie the real ramblin man

Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie By Ed Cray W.W. Norton & Company, 2004 Hardcover, 384 pp., $29.95

Environmentalism and anti-imperialism

“Hey Henry, what are you doing in there?” “Hey Waldo, what are you doing out there?” This dialogue between Henry David Thoreau and his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson is purported to have occurred through the jailhouse window in Concord, Mass., in 1846.

Space privatization: Road to conflict?

Recent news brings us the story of “space pioneers” launching privately funded craft into the heavens. A special prize is offered to the first private aerospace corporation who can successfully take a pilot and a “space tourist” into orbit.

Abu Ghraib abuse part of larger pattern

I was not surprised at the torture atrocities by United States soldiers in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at Guantanamo.

Message from Missouri: 'This is our country! Let's take it back!'

ST. LOUIS – Voters here in the Show Me State want George W. Bush to show them one good reason to give him four more years in the White House in the Nov. 2 election.

Even employer-backed health plans too costly

The rate of health care coverage is falling, even among workers eligible for employer-sponsored health plans, according to a recent survey by the Urban Institute.

Bush agenda is a cloud over civilization

The Bush administration governs from a script commissioned by oil, finance and military interests. According to John Kenneth Galbraith, these corporate interests represent “a cloud over civilization.”

International notes

Nigeria: U.S. seeks closer security ties / Haiti: Lavalas supporters demonstrate / Peru: General strike protests gov’t economic policies / Israel: Suicide top killer of soldiers / Germany: Autoworkers down tools

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