Opinion

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What Frederick Douglass tells us about today

Frederick Douglass was one of the great people’s leaders of the 19th century. And yet his towering intellect and multifaceted political experience have been insufficiently appreciated.

LETTERS December 20, 2008

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EDITORIAL: The peoples train

What do Oklahoma teenager Matt Webber, the Tuskegee Airmen, Tim Robbins, Seal, Spike Lee, Elvis Costello, Susan Sarandon, Sting and the Lesbian and Gay Band Association have in common? All, along with up to 4 million other hopeful enthusiasts, will be attending Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, in what promises to be the largest such gathering in U.S. history.

A peace policy for South Asia

A few weeks ago, terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai caught the attention of the world. What were the historical roots of these attacks?

Economic stimulus in China and the U.S. (Part 2)

China has announced a 2-year, $568 billion program to deal with economic and social problems caused by the global economic crisis. The program includes investment in education and health care, environmental protection, housing, highways and rail transportation, and other infrastructure projects. China’s plan, and the ways in which it helps workers in the U.S., were discussed last week in Part I of this article.

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Editorial: Not this time

For too many years now the American people have been pushed around by the nation’s corporations, the banks, the insurance companies and their right-wing backers in government. If the events of this past week, coming just one month after a historic election, are any indication, we are seeing the beginnings of a movement that just might change all of that forever.

Letters December 13 -19, 2008

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Challenges and possibilities in the time of economic crisis

Given the current situation, it is apparent that the Obama administration enters the White House with huge challenges. At the same time, no president in recent memory brings to the job so much popular good will, a Congress dominated by Democrats, an election mandate for progressive change, and an energized movement that supports him.

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Time to build a new mass movement for a peace economy

It’s hard to overestimate the change Nov. 4 has brought in its wake. We have entered a new era, with a new political dynamic calling for new tactics to advance the agenda shaped in the course of the campaign to elect Barack Obama.

EDITORIAL: Hope, change for Iraq and beyond

In spite of himself, George W. Bush has been forced to start extricating the U.S. from the Iraq war nightmare, a process President-elect Obama has promised to complete. A total U.S. withdrawal from Iraq can mark the first step in the Obama administration’s turn away from perpetual war and toward diplomacy and cooperation in U.S. foreign policy.

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