“Vietnam is a country, not a war.” I now understand that better than ever. But I must admit I was excited to visit Vietnam this November, mostly because the war, and its opposition, had re-shaped forever my young life in the 1960s.
Since 2001 the World Social Forum has provided “an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neoliberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action” with thousands of participants from throughout the world.
Unnecessary deaths; Outrageous claim; Easier way to pass the word?; Postcards for impeachment; Workers for political office; LabourStart contest; Free the Cuban 5
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Jan. 4, resulting in a severe stroke. Paramedics rushed Sharon from his ranch in the Negev Desert to a Jerusalem hospital for life-saving surgery. Three operations later, things are not looking good for the gruff old general whom the West and Israel naively labeled “a man of peace.” At press time, Sharon’s condition remained stable but serious.
‘For the union makes us strong’; Straphanger stands in solidarity; Bush has surprise guests; Immigrants and the law; Help needed to start union; Calif. workers comp law
George W. Bush promised to restore “honor and integrity” to our nation’s capital. But Jack Abramoff’s guilty plea on bribery charges has sent dozens of politicians in Washington scurrying like rats for holes to hide in. His testimony in a sweeping criminal probe of government corruption could make the Teapot Dome scandal look like a Sunday school picnic.
Jan. 1 marked the 47th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. It was on this date, in 1959, that Fidel Castro and his July 26th Movement overthrew the Batista dictatorship, making possible the beginning of Cuba’s transition to socialism.
On a recent trip to Latin America, President George W. Bush said people must choose between “two competing visions.” One, he said, “pursues representative government, integration into the world community and freedom’s transformative power for individuals.” The other, “seeks to roll back the democratic progress of the past two decades by playing to fear, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and blaming others for their own failures to provide for the people.” Bush’s “two competing visions” refer to U.S. capitalism and Venezuela’s “21st-century socialism.”