Opinion

New York public schools under attack

On Aug. 12, 2003, an editorial appeared in the titled “Reforming Special Ed.” The paper said New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein “has done a tremendous job” in implementing school reform and that “the turnaround in the school system must be fast and furious.”

Reject Bushs attack on Medicaid

At a June 13 New York forum titled “Ending the safety net as we know it? Assessing the new federal block grant proposals,” leaders of the Community Service Society (CSS) and the Brookings Institution tackled probably the most important issue facing health, social welfare, and economic policymakers (and average citizens) of our time: the role of the federal government in administering health and social welfare programs.

The global attack on pensions

People Before Profits Wall Street seeks it. George W. Bush is eyeing it. The managements of Bethlehem Steel and LTV have done it. Those of United and Northwest Airlines are pushing it. Japanese insurers are doing it. France’s government is pressing it and Germany’s is calling for it. Italy’s is flirting with it. The occupation forces in Iraq are implementing it. The counterrevolutionary governments of former Soviet republics have done it. Turkey and Argentina’s masses have already suffered it.

New thinking on global warming

Opinion According to a report issued by a committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002, severe change in the earth’s climate can take place in less than a decade. This runs counter to the belief widely held as late as the 1980s that any significant change in average temperature over the earth’s surface would need centuries to be noticed.

The Rosenbergs and the Cuban Five

Opinion Political frameups of pro-labor, antiracist and antiwar activists are nothing new in U.S. history. The Haymarket martyrs, Tom Mooney, Sacco and Vanzetti, Angelo Herndon, Angela Davis: these are just a few of the most celebrated cases where government authorities used trumped-up evidence to railroad innocent people to jail or to the death chamber.

Freedom Ride building solidarity and unity

Opinion As the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride travels through 81 cities across the country, the impact is sure to reverberate far and wide.

War theater of the absurd

Opinion According to Senator John Warner (R-Va.), the new Pentagon “terrorism futures market” will be “immediately disestablished.” This is a reassuring thought, given the idiocy and ridiculousness of the idea in the first place.

Bushs clear sky lies

Opinion It might seem like a long way from the dangerous streets of Baghdad to the smog-laden cities of the United States, but the two share one thing in common: both have been the subject of massive misinformation campaigns by the Bush administration.

Some modest advice for the Democratic candidate

Opinion I’d like to offer some friendly advice to whoever ends up as the Democratic Party candidate for President – a word or two to the wise, so to speak.

The military privatization scam

Opinion Here in sunny San Diego, a petty officer from Chicago told me sailors now have to pay $7 a day from their basic allowance for subsistence (BAS) for the luxury of eating that good ol’ Navy chow, whether they eat the Navy food or not.

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