H2O worth more than oil

Opinion Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Build the mass movement against war

Opinion At some point in the development of all things, quantitative change gives way to qualitative change. This is evident in the transformation of water (liquid) into steam (gas). Heat is added to the water (quantitative change). The temperature of the water rises, but the water remains liquid.

Voice from the dark corners: We will fight pre-emptive strikes

Opinion These are hard times we are living in. In recent months, we have more than once heard chilling words and statements. In his speech to West Point graduating cadets on June 1, 2002, the United States president declared: “Our security will require transforming the military you will lead, a military that must be ready to strike at a moment’s notice in any dark corner of the world.”

Behind Korean crisis is a New World Order

Commentary George W. Bush and White House foreign policy are following the overall strategy of establishing a “New World Order” in which U.S. imperialism will dominate the world through war and military control. The crisis in the Korean peninsula is part of this overall strategy.

Women and capitalism

One hundred twenty-eight years after the first protest of New York city’s women garment workers, against sweatshop work, the life and working conditions of women in most parts of the world are still the same and thanks to capitalism have worsened in some ways.

Memo from a wannabe messiah

To: Dick, Don and Paul From: W. Re: Ruling the world

Steel fencing is not the answer on the border

Opinion I live less than 100 miles north of the border with Mexico. All my life I’ve experienced U.S. Immigration efforts to control the migrant stream of Mexican workers traveling north across the border looking for jobs and the benefits those jobs are able to provide – things like better working conditions, better education for their children, better health care and housing. These are the things our America is about.

Neighbors on the corner: Skip the war

Opinion It is one thing to protest the Bush war stampede in Washington D.C., San Francisco or at a city – or county-wide march; it is quite another to demonstrate on a street corner on your home turf – before family, friends, neighbors and local businesses. Street corner peace vigils are popping like microwave popcorn.

In Presque Isle, Maine, a child speaks for peace

Opinion When people think about bombing Iraq, they see a picture in their heads of Saddam Hussein in a military uniform, or maybe soldiers with big black mustaches carrying guns, or the mosaic of George Bush Sr. on the lobby floor of the Al-Rashid Hotel with the word “criminal.” But guess what? More than half of Iraq’s 24 million people are children under the age of 15.

Marx and critics

In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx warned that Communism was haunting Europe. While many writers have proclaimed the death of Communism, Karl Marx continues to haunt intellectuals. Two recent articles – one in The Economist (Dec. 21, 2002) and the other in Foreign Policy (Nov.-Dec. 2002) – grudgingly concede the continued interest and respect for the thinking of Karl Marx.

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