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Fight for the Cuban Five goes on

The dust has settled following the announcement June 15 that the U.S. Supreme Court had refused to review the case of the imprisoned Cuban Five. A storm of outrage exploded, followed by expressions of international solidarity. The question looms as to what remains for Gerardo, René, Tony, Ramón and Fernando.

Texas unemployment offices break down

Unprecedented unemployment and political posturing by Governor Rick Perry have forced the Texas Workforce Commmission into a complete breakdown. There were warnings from the Texas AFL-CIO more than a month ago, but the corporate media reported on July 15 that tens of thousands of jobless Texans will not get their check and tens of thousands of telephone calls for help are going unanswered. Reporter Robert T. Garrett of the Dallas Morning News estimated that 82,000 unlucky Texans won't get the federal 13-week extension of benefits when their state benefits expire, and 150,000 telephone calls couldn't get through in one day, July 13.

Health care fight reaches milestone

The Obama administration is the engineer on a legislative train racing to complete a health care reform overhaul before the August congressional recess.


'Laws alone are not enough to remedy discrimination'

The Rev. Martin Luther King was present when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. Prohibiting discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion or national origin, it was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.


REVIEW Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The magic of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series isn’t so much the actual use of magic—wizards and witches, spells and potions. Instead, what sets her series apart from other, lesser works of fantasy are the deeply progressive, even subversive, messages implicit in the nearly 3,800 pages that comprise the complete series.

EDITORIAL Jobs needed now

President Obama flew to Warren, Mich., July 14, to unveil his plan to pump billions of federal dollars into the nation’s community colleges so they can prepare youth for the “jobs of the future.”


New Haven Board of Aldermen urges Sotomayor confirmation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The New Haven Board of Aldermen has urged confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The board's resolution, passed last week, is especially significant as the Republican Party and right-wing seek to use the case of white firefighters here to oppose Sotomayor's appointment and attack affirmative action.

Senators praise Sotomayors empathy for poor, voiceless

WASHINGTON — With Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sitting in the witness chair, Democratic senators praised her wide-ranging judicial experience and her empathy for working people and the oppressed.

Investigate Bush administration's domestic spying, torture

Civil liberties organizations are demanding a federal investigation into a newly disclosed, far-reaching secret domestic spying program created and controlled by top Bush administration, as revealed last week by new federal report on the country's major spy agencies. According to that report, which was authored jointly by the inspectors general of several federal departments, the Bush administration politicized terrorist threat assessments and used leads unrelated to terrorist threats to justify the continuation of the program.


COMMENTARY: Stop the presses! The CIA lied

Oh my God! Stop the presses! Call out the fire brigade! Send in the Marines! Batten down the hatches! Boil some water! They have discovered that the CIA has lied to Congress!

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