Deadly combination vaccine production at mercy of profit-based system

Every year the flu virus kills approximately 36,000 people in the United States. This year health analysts are saying that the extent of the damage will depend on whether the available vaccine will get to those most at risk, and whether this year’s strains are particularly virulent. However, the issue is really much more fundamental than that.

Elderly vent anger over flu shot crisis

CHICAGO — “I can’t believe that seniors citizens have got to go through this mess,” Anna said to me as we stood in line for a flu shot early Monday morning out side the Atlas Center for the Aging here.

Salman Rushdie decries war, censorship

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — “What’s that they say about the pen being mightier than the sword?” asked Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses,” the irreverent tale of the prophet Muhammad that caused Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to pronounce a judgment of death on Rushdie in 1988. The author recently visited Connecticut, where he opened Fairfield University’s Open Visions Forum.

What we need today a program for working peopleELECTION PLATFORM 2004, COMMUNIST PARTY USA

Editor’s note: The Communist Party USA recently released the following election platform. We reprint it here as part of our coverage of the broad, people’s movement to defeat President Bush. The platform is also available on-line, in English and Spanish, at www.cpusa.org.

GOP steps up attacks on foreign born

News Analysis The Bush administration and the Republican leadership in Congress are stoking the fires of anti-immigrant agitation in the weeks before the election.

Hey, Twin Cities: Thanks for the support!

The Twin Cities were alive with political activity the Sept. 24-26 weekend. Volunteers were doing voter registration in front of grocery stores.

Native American Indians get out the vote rez-style

CASS LAKE, Minn. — Sitting in her tiny office at Leech Lake Tribal College here, Elaine Fleming ran through the get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities she is helping to organize among the college’s students, faculty and staff.

Coalition registers millions, seeks huge turnout Nov. 2

Leaders of the nationwide voter registration movement are reporting that millions of new voters have registered for the Nov. 2 election, breaking records. click here for Spanish text

The battle for Congress heats up

“I have never considered myself a partisan person, but the Republican Party left me behind, so I had no choice but to leave the Republican Party behind,” Steven Brozak told delegates to the Democratic Convention this summer.

From plains to shining sea The call is 'Dump Bush!'

Heartland unionists put in long hours MOORHEAD, Minn. — Standing in a factory parking lot here on a sparkling September day, surrounded by fields of sugar beets, corn and soybeans that stretch as far as the eye can see, a postal worker, an electrician, a payloader operator and a railroad track maintainer divided up lists of union members and got ready for another afternoon of knocking on doors. click here for Spanish text

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