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Irish leaders arrest provokes outcry

The arrest of Seán Garland, president of the Workers Party of Ireland, by British police at the request of the United States has provoked an international outcry. Critics say that the arrest of Garland, an Irish citizen, is an attack on Ireland’s sovereignty.

Hurricane Wilma hits Cuba but no one dies

Hurricane Wilma hit Cuba from all sides. On Oct. 17, on its way west to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the hurricane dropped torrents of rain on eastern Cuba, and five days later, en route to Florida, Wilma engulfed Havana and flooded low-lying farm areas along Cuba’s northwest coast.

Television: Tales from a couch

OK, I’ll admit it. I don’t have TiVo. I don’t even have cable. In fact, I really only get one channel perfectly. But am I going to let any of this stop me from telling you what to watch on television?

How imperialism fomented Islamist violence

President Bush has just repeated his foggy-brained assertion that somehow al-Qaida and “communism” are the same. Robert Dreyfuss, who writes for Mother Jones and The Nation, has now produced a book which shows that, in fact, Western governments had a significant hand in creating and supporting Islamist extremism, precisely to repress communism and other secular left-wing movements.

Hurricanes and war

Replacing emergency relief with war is not new in world or U.S. history. Even disasters separated by more than half a century have similarities. In the spring of 1952, during the Korean War, a Missouri River flood left hundreds of thousands homeless and cost, in 1952 dollars, hundreds of millions in property damage. The flood was the third in five years. Fifty cities and towns were submerged. The Missouri Valley Authority, proposed in the 1948 presidential campaign, which would have supplied the funds and saved the valley, remained an unmet campaign promise. The official reason was that money was needed for the military, a far more profitable expenditure than flood control.

Using Katrina to exploit immigrants

So far, the immigrant-haters have not found a way to actually blame Latino immigrants for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But there is plenty of immigrant-bashing going on in the wake of the storms. CNN’s Lou Dobbs, the Washington Times and Fox News have jumped on the use of immigrant labor in cleanup and repair to whip up another round of attacks on immigrants.

As in WWII, the president should limit oil profits

The author rightly notes that many Americans are dubious about this president’s war propaganda. Like a growing number of Americans, we reject the Bush policy of global war. But this article has an important point, that the government can curb corporate profits in the interest of the public good. It’s happened before, and it’s worth thinking about now.

Editorial: Adding Palestine to the map

World attention was galvanized last week by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement that “Israel must be wiped off the map.” Such crude, far-right rhetoric plays right into the hands of forces for war and domination. The Iranian government itself quickly backtracked, emphasizing that Iran is committed to its obligations under the UN Charter and has never tried to use force or threats against another country.

Army Corps of Engineers repairing massive leak in Cheney

Leak went undetected for two years, says Army Corps chief The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began working around the clock to repair what they called “a massive leak” in Vice President Dick Cheney, the head of the USACE confirmed today.

Youth say no to war, no to military: The movement to opt out

CHICAGO — Youth and students here and across the country are refusing in ever greater numbers to believe the promises of U.S. military recruiters, promises like, “You can get any job you want,” and “You can try the military out for a few months and if you don’t like it you can quit.” Other favorites include, “You are guaranteed to get $50,000 for college,” and “You will never see a day of combat.”

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