Opinion

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Rock and roll, the BBC and dictatorship: a movie review

Governments, especially repressive ones that are worried about their people getting out of hand, tend to repress art, especially that which may be considered "subversive."

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Children go hungry in America

Children go hungry throughout the United States, the richest country in the world. What is it about capitalism - or the so-called "free enterprise" system - that it does not fulfill such a basic need: adequate food?

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Thanks for fighting, more nuance needed and other letters to the editor

Thanks for fighting. Here is a photo of Leo Munoz of Congressman Charlie Gonzales' office accepting boxing gloves to keep on fighting for health care.

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Next steps in Afghanistan

One of the Obama administration's most important actions has been its decision to thoroughly review U.S. objectives, goals and strategy in Afghanistan.

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Yip Harburg, ‘Wizard of Oz’ songwriter & socialist

There is much to be told about the message of the holiday classic, "Wizard of Oz," beginning with its Oscar-winning lyricist Edgar Yipsel Harburg.

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Obama, the Karzai brothers & the ghost of Najibullah

In 1992 Afghan President Najibullah issued a warning. Unfortunately, it was rejected.

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Weekly jobless claims and the ‘Jobs Summit’

President Obama announced that he will convene a "Jobs Summit" in December to explore the means for tackling this seemingly intractable problem of mounting unemployment even in the face of positive GDP (Gross Domestic Product) numbers from the third quarter of 2009.

16 workers killed per day, thoughts on Ft. Hood, ‘Precious’ and other letters to the editor

It is time to change the feeble and antiquated rules that fail to protect workers on the job. Sixteen workers are killed a day in the United States because of reckless negligence on the part of their employers.

Difficult victory

Overcoming the intense lobbying efforts of the health insurance-industrial complex and their far-right "tea party" stormtroopers, which spent some $640,000 a day opposing health care reform, the American people and their organizations, especially their unions, mobilized and pushed through a bill that can improve the health care system for millions of insured and uninsured people.

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First Americans & all Americans

Fulfilling a campaign pledge, President Obama met with nearly 400 leaders of Native American tribes, Nov. 5, at a White House Tribal Nations Conference.

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