Global Day of Protest: March 19

End the War * Bring the Troops Home Rebuild our Communities

IFTU condemns Iraqi unionists murder

The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) is mourning the loss of martyred trade unionist and member of the Oil and Gas Workers Union, Ali Hassan Abd (Abu Fahad), assassinated Feb. 18 by terrorist extremists while returning with his children to his home in Baghdad, near the Al Dorah Oil Refinery.

Togolese coup leader forced to step down

Faure Gnassingbe, the son of the late Togolese president, stepped down as interim president on Feb. 25 as a result of international pressure and sanctions imposed by member states of the African Union and ECOWAS, a regional community of 16 West African nations.

And the losers (cough) are

SACRAMENTO — “Mean Girls” portrayed the more toxic side of high school social life but chose not to use tobacco as a prop, making the PG-13 movie the Thumbs Up! Award winner in the 10th Annual Hackademy Awards here Feb. 16. The Thumbs Down! Award went to “Anchorman,” a movie popular with teens that recreated the smoky ‘70s every chance it got.

Town Hall: venue for free speech

Built by a group of suffragettes in 1921, Town Hall’s original goal was to make educated and politically sophisticated voters out of New York’s men and women. Its roots go back to 1894, when six prominent women established the League of Political Education after the state’s constitutional convention refused to give women the vote.

Marian Anderson returns to Town Hall

NEW YORK — Marian Anderson, the renowned classical singer, first performed on the stage of Town Hall here in 1924. Last month Anderson became the 28th American honored in the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Black Heritage commemorative stamp series.

Strong mayor vs. democracy in Dallas

OPINION In early May, Dallas voters will have a chance to dramatically change the way the city operates. Instead of a “city manager” form of government, Mayor Laura Miller and others want to see a “strong mayor” system put in.

Budget cut blues

OPINION I live in Cleveland, Ohio. A few months ago we learned that, according to the most recent Census Bureau statistics, we now live in the poorest city in the nation. We also learned that of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank regions in the nation, we live in the only one which has yet to see any improvement in the economy.

Bring back the corporate income tax before it goes the way of the dodo

OPINION Like a comet losing its mass as it makes its way through the cosmos, so too is the corporate income tax shedding its fiscal mass. With help from the anti-tax cabal in Washington, corporate income taxes are providing a smaller and smaller portion of the monies needed to keep the country operating.

Tragedy of Iraq war vets: Re-enlisting in the Grand Army of the Poor

OPINION According to a Feb. 8 Christian Science Monitor report by Alexandra Marks, “The number of homeless vets is rising, in part because of high housing costs and gaps in pay.”

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