March

Furor over efforts to rewrite history

Lee Yong-soo, born in Taegu, Korea, in 1928, lost her innocence during World War II, when she was forced by the Japanese Imperial Army to live as a sex slave — a “comfort woman”— at age 16.

Women key to advances in Congress

In the first 11 weeks of the 110th Congress, several pieces of progressive legislation, including the Employee Free Choice Act and an increase in the minimum wage, have passed in the House. With the new Democratic majority, congressional silence on the Iraq war has been shattered.

8,000 Mississippi shipyard workers go on strike

Eight thousand workers in Pascagoula, Miss., still picking up the pieces of their lives shattered by Hurricane Katrina, went out on strike at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard March 8.

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TAKE ACTION: Tell your senator to pass EFCA

The AFL-CIO is mobilizing its unions to line up the 60 Senate votes needed to halt a planned Republican filibuster against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Notes from Guatemala and Colombia

On March 12 Guatemalan President Oscar Berger took Bush to the Mayan sacred site Iximche. Hundreds of indigenous people carried out a vigil for 24 hours in nearby Tecpan that a leader described as “an act of resistance in defense of our sovereignty and motherland.” Afterwards they went to Iximche to ritually clean places Bush had visited.

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Assessing Americas health care system

In his book, Practicing Medicine without a License!, Don Sloan, M.D. argues the case for a corporate-free, universal health care system that would cover every American.

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Oscars and Spirits

Two recent film awards shows couldn’t have been more different. The Oscars featured films mostly within the Hollywood corporate studio system, and the Spirit Awards favored low-budget independent productions.

Ask the Communists

Capitalism/competition generates wealth for everyone and promotes improved quality of goods, better prices and advancement of technology to improve the quality of life. How is this evil?

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CARTOON

Public education vs. the privatizers

To save and improve equal, quality public education, it is imperative to take on the corporate/far right/fundamentalist coalition of privatizers.

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