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State ballot measures highlight social, labor issues

Claiming voters’ attention this fall alongside races for national, state and local elective offices are over 150 state ballot initiatives and a wide range of local measures.


Spend on troops, not war U.S. — land of prisons Give up war job? Alleg interview Happy holidays News not fit for NYT Thank you volunteers!

New York hospital closings: a sick proposal

New York State’s “Commission on Health Care in the 21st Century” has called for closing at least nine hospitals, which, with further forced mergers and downsizing, would reduce hospital beds by 4,200 statewide.


Dear Santa

About 200 demonstrators participated in a holiday-themed picket line and rally at the Woodfin Suites Hotel in Emeryville, Calif., Dec. 18.


ATLANTA: Protests force FBI investigation into police killing WASHINGTON: Cheeks Kilpatrick to lead Black Caucus AUGUSTA, Maine: Venezuelan heating oil keeps Mainers warm SEATTLE: Publicly owned utility shines after storms

War at Christmas time

A poem


Pinochet Saddam Hussein Landless in Montana Indigenous peoples


SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Two labor victories Chicago: The right to be warm CLEVELAND: Kucinich to run for president WASHINGTON: Green light for police brutality NORTH POLE: Votes pour in for Claus ‘naughty’ list



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U.S. policies sharpen Lebanon conflicts

Demonstrations have taken over Beirut. Pundits say Lebanon may be on the brink of a new civil war. With Lebanon’s politics being a complicated mix of religion, family loyalties, class and outside intervention, current U.S. policies in the region have only heightened tensions.

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