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At the docks, Bush blamed on port security

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The recent sale of Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Navigation Company (P&O), which operates a number of East Coast U.S. ports, to Dubai’s state-owned DP World has raised a political firestorm directed at the White House. Critics charge that the company would threaten U.S. security. Two of the 9/11 hijackers came from the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a constituent part.

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Specter immigration bill a blueprint for exploitation

The Republican-led U.S. Senate has started debate on establishing a new system of servitude for imported labor through a proposal to massively expand categories of “non-immigrant workers,” complete with repressive structures to transition undocumented workers into the system and keep them under tight control. En español Nuevo projecto de inmigración: Un plan para la explotación

WHATSREALLYGOOD

‘No funding for NYU!’ grad students demand Spring break union-style Boot camp for counter-recruitment Teen mayor takes on town challenges YCL to hold Midwest conference

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Katrina survivors blast Bushs inaction

WASHINGTON — As irrepressible as jazz itself, the people of New Orleans and many tourists celebrated Mardi Gras along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter last week.But the usual mood, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” (Let the good times roll), was replaced by an undercurrent of anger spiced with humor.

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Katrina and voting rights

New Orleans boosters are throwing Mardi Gras celebrations that end on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. But there is plenty the people of the “Big Easy” are not celebrating, starting with the criminal negligence of the Bush-Cheney administration before and after the levees broke and flooded their homes last summer. They are still waiting for anything close to an adequate response to the humanitarian crisis that has cut New Orleans’ population by half, the rest scattered in a vast diaspora across the country.

Tax breaks for the wealthy

On Jan. 1 Congress allowed two tax breaks that benefit the wealthy to become effective. The cuts eliminated current provisions of the tax code that limit the amount of personal exemptions and itemized deductions that Americans with high incomes can take. Over the course of the next five years the tax cuts will cost approximately $27 billion, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

WHATS REALLY GOOD

Washington: Students lobby on tuition aid NATIONAL: ‘Another World in Production’ Chicago: Catholic university offers minor in queer studies NEW YORK: YCL fundraising party draws hundreds

No raise for Californias poorest

STOCKTON, Calif. — Prize-winning poet and author Sotere Torregian, author of 14 books of poetry, has been disabled and unable to earn a living since 1989. His only income is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — $812 a month in 2005 — and the occasional honorarium from giving a university lecture once or twice a year.

New Yorkers battle for school funding

NEW YORK — “My kids’ school has no gym and no playground,” said a mother who sends two of her children to P.S. 51 in the Bronx. “Last year we had to add a new class, which meant we had to move the library to make space for a classroom. Next year we have to add another class.”

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