This year’s Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19, may be the most celebrated commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday since the federal holiday was first observed in 1986. Responding to President-elect Barack Obama’s call to make it a national day of service, thousands of service events were planned around the country.
Among the new opportunities that the election of a new president and Congress brings us is to end once and for all the vicious U.S. economic blockade and travel ban imposed on Cuba nearly 50 years ago.
President-elect Obama’s now oft-repeated refrain that “the people’s business can’t wait” is becoming more obvious every day.
The economic outcomes of 2009 for working people, one year from now, is in the hands of the acutest political struggle emerging over how exactly government should intervene in the U.S. economy to avert a depression? How much more, or what different kinds of, intervention will be required for recovery? And, what is recovery?
The Jammu and Kashmir State of India had legislative assembly election results declared last month. The separatists had given a boycott call, but not many listened to them. Not a single political outfit offered a word of sympathy to their positions. People voted for the pro-Indian parties overwhelmingly.