Opinion

Rethinking Toyota, autoworkers and allies

People who own Toyotas are either the moral equivalent of scabs or they are one of the most potentially powerful allies U.S. organized labor has today.

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Is Bush planning war on Iran?

The Sunday Times of London is reporting that the Pentagon has plans for three days of massive air strikes against 1,200 targets in Iran.

A look behind the housing crisis

Close to a million families lost their homes last year. This year, it will likely be 2 million. There were 25,000 layoffs in the mortgage industry in the first 3 weeks of August. With home construction 25 percent below last year and falling, hundreds of thousands of building trades workers could lose their jobs. The word recession is back in the media. This time, all the happy talk from business leaders and administration flaks won’t make it go away.

Padilla verdict raises troubling questions

José Padilla, a U.S. citizen and convert to Islam, was convicted by a federal jury in Miami, on Aug 16, on three charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism. The verdict may be appealed. The case, however, continues to be central to accusations that the Bush administration has gone berserk in its attacks on due process.

Autoworkers see tough fight ahead

United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger says the union is not entering the upcoming contract talks with Detroit automakers with givebacks in mind. “We’re not going into negotiations in a concessionary mode, I’ll tell you that,” Gettelfinger said July 11 after speaking at the NAACP national convention in Detroit.

What happened to immigration reform?

The Senate last month failed to pass the Bush-backed immigration reform plan, known as the “grand bargain.” It’s now widely reported that any immigration reform measures will have to wait until after the 2008 elections.

Protests mark G-8 summit in Germany

Security measures for the G-8 summit, which was attended by leaders of the eight largest world economic and military powers — the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia — were overwhelming, and reportedly included the largest massing of armed force in one place in Germany since the Second World War.

Missile base flap shows Czech rightward trajectory

A dispute has arisen within the Czech Republic over Bush administration plans to set up a “Star Wars”-type anti-missile base south of the capital, Prague, and another in Poland

Social Security: keep your eyes on the prize

Can you imagine, in your wildest dreams, that Wall Street is concerned with the well-being of our future generations? Or, for that matter, that George W. Bush is concerned?

Venezuelans rally against destabilization moves

Watchers of U.S. television coverage of the last couple of weeks’ events in Venezuela might be forgiven for thinking that leftist President Hugo Chavez has been trying to silence the opposition press and that the Venezuelan people have arisen en masse to protest this power grab. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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