Opinion

Reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Opinion May was the 30th anniversary of the New York state legislature’s enactment of the so-called Rockefeller Drug Laws. Proposed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, the “get-tough” laws were supposed to solve the burgeoning drug and crime problem by locking up significant participants in the drug trade and thus deterring others from involvement.

Take back America with hope, not fear

Opinion As the deceptions of the Bush administration hit home, anger is turning into organizing throughout the country. A new movement is being born, based on hope not fear.

Road map leads to Free Trade zone

TEL AVIV – During this last week, just after the dramatically-performed “road map” proclamations, more blood was spilled than in any other week during the past 30 months of the Palestinian Intifada uprising against the Israeli military occupation.

Puerto Rico fights federal death penalty

New Analysis U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has called on federal prosecutors to be more aggressive in seeking the death penalty, provoking angry denunciations from civil libertarians all over the U.S. and, indeed, the world.

Lies, cork, and weapons of mass destruction

Opinion Conservative Republicans boast of freedom, which they equate with tax cuts and a government strong on military power and weak on social services. They demand accountability from everyone but themselves.

Nothing like a little good news

Sometimes we need to hear a little good news. So often all we hear and read about is bad news – things that bring you down, make you doubt yourself or your neighbor – heck, things that make you doubt humanity.

U.S. dollars back murder in Palestine

Opinion Even people who feared Israel would take advantage of the international focus on Iraq to increase repression in the occupied Palestinian territories were surprised when a young American became one of the first casualties of this strategy.

The doctrine business

Opinion I want to get in on this doctrine business. I’ve been trying to figure it out, and it seems to me that doctrines, at least U. S. policy doctrines, go something like this: Someone, most likely a presidential speechwriter, comes up with a catchphrase that puts a spin on policy, then the President declares it somewhere, then pundits all over take it seriously.

Local health care struggles tied to 2004 elections

Opinion The fight for affordable health care and the struggle of health care workers for decent wages and union representation come together at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH).

Marxism and prices

The sky-high prices of housing, fuel, medicines and many other necessities raise the question: How are prices really set? The answer has profound implications for billions of people worldwide – and for the class struggle.

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