August

Canadian workers oppose planned U.S. attack on Iraq

In a statement issued on August 20, Ken Georgetti, president of the 2.5 million-member Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) said, 'Canadian workers are watching with growing disbelief the U.S. government’s preparations for a full-scale attack against Iraq and they want nothing to do with it.

Israel expels international witnesses

TEL AVIV – A group of 48 French citizens who had traveled to Israel was stopped at the Tel Aviv airport and denied entry on Aug. 20 when the Israeli government declared them personae non grata. The group had come to Israel at the invitation of the Hadash Front, an Israeli peace group, led by Issam Mahoul, a member of the Knesset. Among its members were young people of different backgrounds, including several of Jewish heritage.

Holts a progressive voice in N.J.

Commentary The race in central New Jersey’s relatively affluent 12th Congressional District is one of the more interesting races in the nation. The race pits two-term Congressman Rush Holt against the GOP candidate Reverend Buster Soaries, an African-American Baptist minister. Soaries, former Secretary of State in Christine Todd Whitman’s Republican administration, is seen by some as the 'liberal' face of the Republican party.

Castro hails U.S. House vote to ease blockade

In his July 26 speech marking the 49th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada barracks, that launched the Cuban revolution, Cuban president Fidel Castro hailed the U.S. House of Representatives’ overwhelming approval of measures easing the blockade Washington has imposed on the island for more than 40 years.

Protests against the Gaza City bombing

Now, a week after the Israeli Gaza City air-terror strike, after protests and deliberations, everybody in Israel agrees: the hurdling of a one-ton explosive bomb into the midst of a densely populated urban area with the aim to assassinate one person, alleged by the security people to have been a major “terrorist leader,” was utterly wrong.

Good times never been so good

First the steel industry, the dinosaurs, collapsed – 34 corporations in almost as many months. But that was no big deal – they were ancient history.

Corporate crime and steelworkers

Back in the roaring 1960s, Bob Dylan moved from the Mesabi Iron Range in Northern Minnesota to New York City. In those days the Mesabi Range was the home of thousands of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) iron ore miners.

The post-bubble economy: A better world

Across the country, it is finally sinking in. There really was a bubble in the stock market, and it has now burst. This is not like Tiger Woods having a bad day at the British Open. He may rebound to his past glory, but the stock market will not.

Too young to die, we want pensions!

PITTSBURGH – For steelworkers, 1949 was the year their union struck for pensions and health care. The strike shut down the entire metal-working industry, including aluminum and can. Over half a million members of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) walked the picket lines carrying signs that read, “Too old to work. Too young to die. We want pensions.”

Days of infamy in the nuclear age

Commentary There are a number of dates that live in historical infamy, like Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001. Two other such dates are August 6 and 9, 1945. These were the days when the U.S. dropped never-before-used atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, resulting in some 300,000 deaths.

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