North Country rings true to real life

At the beginning of “North Country,” Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) packs her two children into the pickup truck and drives to her parents’ house in Eveleth, Minn., after being beaten up by her husband. Her parents are not happy to see her, and both her mother and father see her arrival as one more piece of evidence of Josey’s failure.

Chicagos White Sox a joyous inspiration

1917 was the unforgettable year when the world witnessed the revolutionary birth of its first socialist state. The countries of imperialist expansion were waging a world war. But working-class Chicago found a unique reason to celebrate with the city’s first World Series triumph in U.S. baseball history.

An open letter to the NLRB chairman

I’ll bet that you, like many Americans, occasionally find yourself at a gathering or function that begins with everyone standing up, turning to the U.S. flag in the corner and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Oppose Alito its a life-and-death issue

In nominating Samuel Alito to fill the new vacancy on the Supreme Court, the Bush administration has at once mended fences with its conservative base and taken a major step to tip the balance of power on our nation’s highest court to the extreme right. Sound ominous? It should.

The Nuremberg trials: lessons for today

In a web site devoted to history’s “famous trials,” law professor Douglas Lindner writes: “No trial provides a better basis for understanding the nature and causes of evil than do the Nuremberg trials from 1945 to 1949. Those who come to the trials expecting to find sadistic monsters are generally disappointed. What is shocking about Nuremberg is the ordinariness of the defendants: men who may be good fathers, kind to animals, even unassuming — yet who committed unspeakable crimes.”

Editorial: On to 2006

In the same hotel where California Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger held his 2003 election night party, the California Nurses Association danced in a conga line this Nov. 8 celebrating the ballot box spanking they helped give Schwarzenegger.

Its time to honor Ben Davis

The following is excerpted from a speech given at a tribute to the life of former New York City Councilman Benjamin J. Davis, held at New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Oct. 16.The author is executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA.

Bird flu on the wing

Danger of pandemic is real, but technology exists to deal with it if sufficient resources are allocated A flu pandemic is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new influenza A virus appears in the human population, causes serious illness, and then spreads easily from person to person worldwide. Pandemics are different from seasonal outbreaks of flu that are caused by a new variety of an old flu that already has circulated among people.

Rove caught cheating in White House ethics class

Top aide seen looking at Cheney’s paper during pop quiz Just days after President George W. Bush ordered the White House staff to take what was called a “refresher” course on ethics, his top aide Karl Rove was caught cheating during the first pop quiz given in the course, the White House confirmed today.

Transit worker victory in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Buses, subways and trolleys began running again here early Monday morning Nov. 7 as members of Transportation Workers Union Local 234 and United Transportation Union Local 1594 returned to work with a new four-year contract. The weeklong strike by 5,300 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority workers forced the agency to back off its demand that the transit workers pay 5 percent co-pays on their health insurance premiums.

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