July

Right-wing ideology vs. public health

Something would be seriously amiss in our nation’s capital these days if the sun were to rise without a new political scandal rocking the Bush administration. July 10 was a case in point. That day, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a congressional panel that, due to the demands of political ideology, top Bush administrations officials frequently interfered with his work to produce evidence-based reports to guide the nation’s public health policies and educate the public.

This Week In Labor: July 21

Gov’t agency a union buster House panel OKs union rights for public safety workers More immigration raids at meat plants Judge orders hotel to reinstate Rochester 19

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The threat is close to home

You don’t have to be paranoid to believe that there is an international capitalist conspiracy. All it takes is a close look at the Apple iPod.

WORLD NOTES: July 21

Australia: Conservatives admit it’s the oil Iraq: Chronicler of women’s suffering is murdered Dominican Republic: Left-led general strike rocks nation Kenya: Prisoners await voiding of death sentences

Red flags fly in South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — A sea of red surrounded the almost 2,000-strong opening session of the South African Communist Party’s 12th Congress held here July 12. The delegates received greetings from Kgalema Motlanthe, secretary-general of the governing African National Congress, and from the Communist Party of China. SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande presented the main political report.

The extraordinary case of Ricardo Palmera

On July 10, the trial of Colombian revolutionary Ricardo Palmera, also known also as Simon Trinidad, concluded in Washington with his conviction on one charge of conspiracy to take hostages and a hung jury on four remaining charges. Back in November 2006, his first jury trial ended in a mistrial on all points.

Edwards, Kucinich stand out on climate crisis

John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich stood out among Democratic presidential candidates in a national MoveOn town hall on the climate crisis this month. The two clearly captured a public desire for a president who offers forthright action to take on the global climate crisis and also protect and enhance workers’ livelihoods.

Time for women to move fast-forward

DEARBORN, Mich. — More than 500 women made it clear that women’s concerns encompass racial equality, health care, war and peace, youth issues and more, as they gathered here at the National Organization for Women’s 41st annual conference, July 13-15.

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A summer of reading, struggle and Harry

This weekend I’m going camping. I’ll be getting The Book — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” — delivered to the campsite via owl. Yep, we’ve made special arrangements.

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