Movie Reviews Catch festival gems on DVD It was last year’s Toronto International Film Festival that screened such important documentaries as “Fog of War” and “The Corporation,” which played such a vital role in today’s cultural activism. The tragedy is that many of these great films from last year still have not picked up a North American distributor and will not have a theatrical release. Some cable networks (Sundance, IFC) and video rental houses (Facets, Netflix, Home Video) have made a few of the titles available.
Karl Rove, Bush’s chief propagandist, likes to think of himself as a new Mark Hanna. Who was Mark Hanna, and is Rove right?
Opinions One of the marks of authoritarian regimes is their effort to stop the spread of knowledge and free speech. In May 1933, Nazi sympathizers in Berlin burned 20,000 “degenerate” books, many of them written by Jews and anti-fascists such as Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht and Franz Kafka.
Opinion Viridiana Herrera is a freshman at the University of Texas and the first person in her family to attend college. For the last three years, she led her high school’s efforts to sign up hundreds of Houston children for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through annual enrollment drives at neighborhood Fiesta Supermarkets and other events.
As long ago as the early 1930s, through the Townsend movement and other efforts, our parents and grandparents (and a few of us) fought for a pension plan for people 65 and older. The U.S. was one of the last developed nations to adopt a national pension plan when the Social Security Act was finally passed in 1935. Social Security has become one of the most successful, and certainly the most widely supported, social service programs in this country.
When revolutionaries change the changes that came with revolution, that’s a “revolution within a revolution.” That’s how a director of the World Health Organization described Cuba’s turn 20 years ago to “comprehensive general medicine.”
Strike authorization ballots were mailed Dec. 2 to 21,000 flight attendants at United Airlines, setting the stage for a potential nationwide “CHAOS” strike should United or any other contracted carrier abrogate its collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the 46,000-member-union announced.
Some 7,000 nurses, food service staff, housekeepers, clerks, lab technicians and other health care workers at 13 northern California Sutter hospitals returned to their jobs Dec. 6 after the company had locked them out for four days.
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Many of the resolutions passed at the 14th Ibero-American summit ending Nov. 26 in San Jose, Costa Rica, were of special significance for Cuba. The fact that positions introduced or backed by the Cuban delegation gained wide support is evidence that solidarity with Cuba is strong and continuing.