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Abramoff pleads guilty, DeLay throws in towel

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to influence peddling and his crony, Rep. Tom DeLay, Republican of Texas, gave up his drive to win back his post as House Majority Leader last weekend.

Crowds pack Out of Iraq meetings across nation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Five hundred people turned out to hear antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, actor Sean Penn and other speakers at the Out of Iraq Town Hall Forum here Jan. 7, one of over 130 similar meetings held nationwide in partnership with


From the editor: Saluting all of Kings legacy

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably the most important American thinker and leader of the 20th century. This weekend millions of people in the U.S. and around the world will honor his birthday and his contributions to the African American freedom struggle, voting and civil rights for all, workers’ rights, peace, democracy and human dignity. The People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo adds its continuing salute to King and the freedom movement he led (see editorial, page 12).

In wake of mine disaster, mourning turns to outrage on safety issues

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — “I just don’t have words. No words,” said a woman leaving funeral services for David Lewis, 28, one of the 12 miners killed Jan. 2 in the Sago Mine. “But I’ll say this much. We will do what we have to, whatever it takes, to protect our miners. Whatever we have to.” click here for Spanish text

Freedom Winter campaign demands Stop Alito

As hearings open, labor, civil rights, women’s groups call for Senate rejection WASHINGTON — Judge Samuel Alito spun a “rags to riches” tale in his opening testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. But his record, brought to light during the committee’s confirmation hearings, and by a broad human rights coalition, exposed him as a judge who panders to the rich and powerful. click here for Spanish text

The ABCs of the U.S. embargo against Cuba

The UN General Assembly regularly and nearly unanimously rejects the 40-plus-year-old U.S. economic blockade against Cuba. Yet the U.S. government intensifies its assaults. Public knowledge about U.S. policies and awareness of what’s happening inside Cuba are both limited.

Bay Area teachers step up the struggle

Teachers in Oakland and San Francisco returned from their holiday break ready to step up sharp struggles for better teaching and learning conditions, wages and health benefits.

Marxism: the science of society and social change

Over 150 years ago, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels founded the scientific study of society, or scientific socialism. After Marx died, Engels carried their studies a step further by laying the theoretical foundations of dialectical materialism in his book “Dialectics of Nature.”

A resolution for 2006: Take back Congress

The battle for the House and Senate looms large with the arrival of the new year, as opposition mounts to the Bush administration agenda. While some pundits give only a small chance for Democrats to regain control of Congress in November’s elections, the shifting mood in the country predicts otherwise.

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