Opinion

The Civil War, our fiery trial

150 years ago today, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.

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After 64 years, still paying the price for Taft-Hartley

How did the landmark anti-labor legislation, backed at that time by Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon, come to be the law of the land?

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"Miral": controversial film paints Middle East mirage

Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel's latest venture onto the screen is a controversial adaptation of Rula Jebreal's novelistic memoir of her childhood and youth beginning just around the time of the Nakba, otherwise known as Israel's war of independence.

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"Have you left no sense of decency?"

In the midst of the battle in Wisconsin, the Republican Party has revived McCarthyism to attack William Cronon, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Wisconsin.

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Triangle fire: then and now

While walking through the Evergreen Cemetery recently, located in Ridgewood Brooklyn, I came across a section dedicated to eight unidentified young women who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist fire on March 25, 1911.

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"Black Death": a film about plague, horror, deep thoughts

"Black Death" is a thought provoking and frightening tale set in 1348 England.

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Timely reading: “Engels, A Revolutionary Life”

The book has romance, adventure and a touch of intrigue.

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Richard Wright: a great peoples artist and journalist

It is time to restore Richard Wright's place fully as a major people's artist and ground breaking journalist of the 20th century.

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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.

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The real Ronald Reagan on his 100th birthday

In 1984 Ronald Reagan proclaimed it was "Morning in America." But many of us knew that in reality he was ramrodding wage-cut policies that busted unions, undermined New Deal programs, and deregulated the banks and corporations.

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