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We salute Joyce Wheeler

We salute Joyce Wheeler on her retirement from the Baltimore City Public Schools.

Immigrants fight for family values

Though most observers have concluded that immigration reform is dead until after the 2008 elections, many immigrant rights activists are continuing to fight. They are especially fired up by the sharp increase in immigration raids and deportations, which are shattering families nationwide.

LETTERS July 28

Abstinence-only flunks out Sarkozy attack on labor Write more letters ‘They shall build houses’ Good questions

THIS WEEK IN LABOR July 28

New Kennedy bill would further boost minimum wage Port truckers petition to be employees Congress hears calls for single-payer national health care AFL-CIO’s LGBT group urges marriage equality

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Corn, chickens and capitalism

The economic driving force of production in capitalist society is profits. This usually leads to multiple contradictions between conflicting forces of capital. Take the current energy crisis.

WORLD NOTES July 28

Germany: Nuclear plant shutdowns renew debate Iraq: Anti-sectarian activist murdered India: U.S. military ties criticized Uganda: UN demands rebels release children El Salvador: Privatization protest attacked

IAEA to inspect quake-struck Japanese plant

After initially refusing the International Atomic Energy Agency’s offer of assistance, the Japanese government said July 22 that it would permit IAEA inspectors to visit the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, damaged last week by an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale.

Iraqi children suffering psychological damage

BAGHDAD (IRIN) — For two months, Obeid Jaafar Khalifa, 52, has been worrying about how he will cope with looking after his deceased brother’s four children. Obeid already has six of his own children to look after.

NATIONAL CLIPS July 28

DES MOINES, Iowa: Voters ratchet up pressure for Iraq withdrawal HOUSTON: BP fined for safety hazards, again JACKSON, Miss.: Teenage girls sue to halt prison abuse

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