August

Comparing Obama, McCain energy plans

A comparison of the major energy initiatives proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain:

House passes apology for slavery and segregation bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill recently apologizing to African Americans for slavery and segregation. Authored by Steve Cohen, Democrat of Memphis, and co-sponsored by 120 representatives, House Resolution 194 apologizes for the 'fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow' segregation but does not address the issue of reparations.

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A history of the European left through WW I

Historian William A. Pelz, author of several previous books on the early German left, has written a stimulating short history of the European left that spans the period from the mid 19th century to just after World War I.

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Exhibit urges end to nuclear weapons

“Nuclear-Free Future Month” was launched here Aug. 1 with the opening of a remarkable exhibit at City Hall, “Witnesses to History: Conveying the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Georgia Plant Blast Discloses Dangerous Dust, Federal Inaction

The fatal Feb. 7 explosion at the Imperial Sugar Co. refinery in Fort Wentworth, Ga., disclosed the hazards of dangerous dust in enclose paces and that despite a warning an suggestions for regulation made two years ago, the GOP Bush regime’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has failed to do anything about it.

Unity 08: making newsroom diversity a reality

CHICAGO – Although Barack Obama’s appearance here at the Unity ‘08 convention gathered most of the media’s attention, the convention had some other business to attend to.

Oil: Simple arithmetic

An average family is likely to spend an extra $750 this year on gasoline, compared with last year. My oil company has informed me it will cost $3,795 to heat my house this coming winter — three times the cost a few years ago. Cash-strapped local governments are trying to figure out how they will afford to operate police cars and heat schools.

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Congreso joins election push

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,500 Latino public officials, civic, labor rights and community leaders and activists from 20 states participated in the third annual National Latino Congreso here July 18-20. Delegates reaffirmed a progressive Latino agenda and a drive to bring out 10 million Latino voters to help change the direction of the country in the 2008 elections.

Grassroots politics vs. right-wing money

ST LOUIS – “This is a war of attrition,” said Glenn Burliegh, campaign coordinator for Robin Wright-Jones for state senate. “To win, we have to work harder, fight longer and overcome more obstacles than our opposition. But, we can do it.”

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