Opinion

Global climate change is a working-class issue

The 60th Annual United Nations Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Conference took place at the UN headquarters in New York in early September. The conference focused on climate change as one of the key issues facing the world

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Zones of conflict: challenge to African unity

There is a new danger plaguing Africa: zones of conflict are expanding into regional wars that take an ever-increasing human toll.

Rethinking Toyota, autoworkers and allies

People who own Toyotas are either the moral equivalent of scabs or they are one of the most potentially powerful allies U.S. organized labor has today.

Flim-flam financing in the housing Industry

Chickens are now coming home to roost in the housing market. Option ARMs have risen from under 1 percent of deals in the ’90s to at least 12.5 percent in 2005. Business Week likens option ARMs to the neutron bomb: the people are blown up but the houses are still standing.

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Blitzkrieg effort to ram new anti-immigrant bills through Congress

The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives is pushing hard to get HR 4437, Rep. James Sensenbrenner’s vicious anti-immigrant bill which spurred this year’s huge immigrant rights marches, approved piecemeal by the House and Senate and signed into law before the November elections.

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Sudanese strive for peace despite U.S. schemes

The United States may be the world’s only military superpower, but attempts by the Bush administration to get its way in northeastern Africa are meeting with resistance.

In the wake of Katrina Political songs zoom over the Net

When hip-hop artist Kanye West said, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,” he caught the imagination of rebellious artists everywhere. People find it refreshing to hear such a bold, truthful and militant straight-from-the-heart speech in time of profound crisis.

If the rich and right wing were treated equally

In 1940 playwright and humorist George S. Kaufman, who made his living mocking everyone, wrote a satirical story titled “The Great Caviar Riots” for The Nation magazine. In the story he mocks both the culture of protest and members of the upper classes, who take to the streets to regain their culinary class privileges.

Military bases are no solution for jobs, economy

The people of Groton and New London, Conn., breathed a loud collective sigh of relief last week when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) voted to remove their naval base from the list of bases to be closed. For months, since the Pentagon’s list was first published, the entire community was on edge.

Katrina oil companies are the real looters

Following Katrina’s devastation, the president could crack down on the real looters by sending the National Guard to Houston and Irving, Texas, and San Ramon, Calif., the headquarters of ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and ChevronTexaco.

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