The American Revolution, which July 4 celebrates, freed the American colonies from the yoke of the British king and empire. It established the beginnings of a democratic republic, which enshrined the rights of individuals and the idea that “the people,” not kings nor queens, not churches nor religious leaders, would govern. With all its shortcomings — keeping slavery intact, stealing Native Americans’ land, restricting the voting franchise to property-owning white men — it nevertheless represented a leap forward for humanity, and inspired millions.
Speaking to a captive audience of soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 28, President George W. Bush resorted once again to his favorite lie to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Five times he explicitly linked Iraq to the 9/11 terrorist attacks even though all credible sources say Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
WASHINGTON — Suddenly, the Watergate conspiracy is back in the headlines with the revelation that former FBI officer W. Mark Felt is the mysterious “Deep Throat” who fed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward tips on the plot that gripped the nation in 1973-74.
MINNEAPOLIS (PAI) — After the office doors close and the phones stop ringing, the “invisible” workforce filters into downtown buildings. Janitors sweep and polish floors and clean windows. Security guards patrol silent hallways.
The paradox is inescapable. The United States pays more for health care by any measure than any other nation in the world, yet the quality of health care in the U.S. has been declining for decades.
NEW YORK — “I’m tired of paying taxes for sending young people off to war. I’m tired of watching young people dying,” said Karen of Sayville, Long Island. Karen was part of a crowd of more than a hundred people on the steps of City Hall here attending a press conference of the New York City Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund June 9.
The discussion of “class in America” has recently gone mainstream. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times each ran series examining income stratification and class mobility in the United States.
WASHINGTON (PAI) — Stressing the need for labor unity in the face of an anti-worker federal government and business hostility, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney and his ticket formally announced they would seek re-election to labor’s top posts.
Fiji: Workers win overtime pay; Palestine: China backs peace process; Argentina: Court ends impunity; Britain: Union takes up clergy rights; South Africa: COSATU urges support for jobs action
While the Bush administration has moved the case of anti-Castro terrorist Luis Posada Carriles into low gear, his case continues to attract attention both here and abroad.