Opinion

A look behind the housing crisis

Close to a million families lost their homes last year. This year, it will likely be 2 million. There were 25,000 layoffs in the mortgage industry in the first 3 weeks of August. With home construction 25 percent below last year and falling, hundreds of thousands of building trades workers could lose their jobs. The word recession is back in the media. This time, all the happy talk from business leaders and administration flaks won’t make it go away.

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Yugoslavia: a historic view

When the term “balkanization” is used, it has long meant to break a territory or a region up into hostile, unmanageable parts. The Balkans has long been portrayed by imperialist ideology as a region filled with colorful, violent, backward people — the “hillbillies” of Europe

Mexicos tortilla crisis: harvest of NAFTA

More than 120,000 people protested in Mexico City, Jan. 31, against massive hikes in the price of white maize (called “corn” in the U.S.) and other basic foodstuffs — up nearly 100 percent since Christmas on top of a 700 percent increase since 1994.

Yugoslavia past, present and future

When the term “balkanization” is used, it has long meant to break a territory or a region up into hostile, unmanageable parts. The Balkans have long been portrayed in imperialist ideology as a region filled with colorful, violent, backward people, the “hillbillies” of Europe.

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The border wall: who will build it?

DALLAS — All over Texas, people are incredulous about the Republican election ploy to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border — from Columbus, N.M., to El Paso, Texas.

Missourians shifting away from GOP

ST. LOUIS — With less than three weeks to go until the Nov. 7 midterm elections, many Republicans are defensively licking their wounds and trying to distance themselves from the Mark Foley scandal. Democrats, on the other hand, feel the shift in the winds and are cautiously taking the offensive.

Imperial divisions

On Sept. 14 the U.S. House of Representatives, in the spirit of election-year politics, passed HR 6061, the “Secure Fence Act,” which calls for construction of 700 miles of fencing along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

The new culture war

In the ongoing battle over immigration, conservative rhetoric continues to escalate. It’s racist, and it gets results. Here, then, are the six racist myths driving the immigration debate dispelled.

EDITORIAL: Unacceptable treatment

World leaders and diplomats departed New York following the 61st UN General Assembly without incident, except for one. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro was detained at JFK Airport for 90 minutes by U.S. officials who seized his travel documents.

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The economic mainsprings of U.S. foreign policy

From 1961 to 1999, Victor Perlo’s “People vs. Profits” column in the Daily World and the People’s Weekly World set the standard for a Marxist analysis of U.S. capitalism.

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