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Labor opposes Alito nomination

WASHINGTON (PAI) — The nation’s two labor federations have formally joined the broad coalition of foes of GOP President George W. Bush’s nomination of federal appellate judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Annals of anti-Cuba terrorism

Five Cuban nationals came to Florida in the mid-1990s to defend their nation against terror. What they were trying to prevent is illustrated by the recently reported misdeeds of three men from Miami.

NYC transit workers moved MTA with 3-day strike

Gains seen, membership to vote on contract NEW YORK—Surrounded by dozens of transit workers and his top officials, Roger Toussaint, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, announced Dec. 27, shortly after 11 p.m., the results of his union’s Executive Board meeting: They voted overwhelmingly to accept the new contract offered by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Urgent appeal to protest jailing of Iranian trade unionists

Iran’s Tudeh Party announced last week that the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran arrested a number of leaders and key activists of the Tehran Public Bus Transportation Company Trade Union on Dec. 22-23.

White-collar blues and the vanishing American dream

After writing her book-length description of surviving on a minimum wage in “Nickel and Dimed,” Barbara Ehrenreich has now turned her attention to the plight of unemployed middle-class white collar employees in “Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.”

The downward cycle of the U.S. economy

“Free traders are resurrecting class war, not because they are Marxists but because they confuse free trade with global labor arbitrage. ... Committed to a 200-year-old theory that they no longer understand, free traders are cheering on the destruction of middle-class jobs and the dismantling of the ladders of upward mobility that make large income disparities politically acceptable.”

An antidote to disinformation about North Korea

Bruce Cumings, a history professor at the University of Chicago and a former Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea, has given us a badly needed antidote to the lies and disinformation about the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) being spread by the media and the Bush administration. The author has observed “the deafening absence of any contrary argument” and cuts through this smokescreen of ignorance in his well-researched historical study of North Korea.

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NYC transit workers go back to work stronger

NEW YORK—After a three-day strike by bus and subway workers that brought NYC to a virtual standstill, Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Roger Toussaint announced Thursday afternoon that the strike would end. Toussaint spoke after a meeting of the union’s Executive Board, which voted overwhelmingly to accept the recommendation of the New York state mediators.

U.S. seeks to deny Cubas right to play baseball

The U.S. government is trying to deny the Cuban national baseball team the right to play in the inaugural World Baseball Classic that is scheduled for March 3-20, 2006. Once again the U.S. embargo is closing doors to the Cuban people, and this time in the name of baseball. Perhaps the real reason for the denial is that the U.S. government is intimidated by the powerhouse reputation of the Cuban team.

Sen. Boxer mulls impeachment

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today asked four presidential scholars for their opinion on former White House Counsel John Dean’s statement that President Bush admitted to an “impeachable offense” when he said he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without getting a warrant from a judge.

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