October

Czech govt bans youth group, torpedoes democracy

The Czech Republic has become a testing ground for imperialist forces in Europe who seek to outlaw communist activity in the formerly socialist, now European Union-member states.

Battle over UN Security Council seat continues

Argentina vacates a temporary UN Security Council seat on Jan. 1. General Assembly voting for a Latin American and Caribbean replacement candidate stalled on Oct. 23 after Venezuela and Guatemala each failed to gain a required two-thirds majority after 35 votes. The bizarre battle at the United Nations highlights dramatically changed power relations affecting Latin America.

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On the eve of change, your help is needed

Issues that burn deeply in the furnaces of public opinion are Iraq, Katrina, the economy and health care, checks and balances of the government.

GOP candidates losing ground with Calif. voters

Voters’ growing dissatisfaction with Republican incumbents is evident in California.

Films zoom in on U.S. politics

Several films dealing with American politics and social issues were premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Gripping narrative of an Iraqi trade unionist

Although Iraq is foremost in our thoughts, the condition and struggles of Iraqi workers remain the least discussed aspects of life there. Few outside the Arab world know that the Iraqi working class has been one of the best-organized, most politically engaged working classes in that region. As “Hadi Never Died” by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson relates, Iraqi workers have been at the forefront of their country’s history.

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CARTOON

The Republican record on Social Security

The Republican record on Social Security, 1935-2006

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

North American labor solidarity Union voter rights patrols ‘Domestic goddess’ to host minimum wage event Eight years without a break Three more state federations for single payer

WORLD NOTES

Liberia: Truth Commission starts work Russia: Autoworkers face anti-union pressure Asia-Pacific region: Rising seas could leave millions homeless Brazil: Combating 21st-century slave labor UN report: Violence vs. women violates human rights

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