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Cartoon: Tom DeLay...

Tom DeLay and his compassionate medicaid budget solution.

EDITORIAL: Double standards in Geneva

Once again, at the urging of the United States, Cuba is being singled out for possible censure by the UN Commission on Human Rights.

EDITORIAL: What Dr. King and Cesar Chavez would say today

This weekend marks two key dates in the struggle for social and economic justice: the 78th anniversary of the birth of Cesar Chavez and the 37th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Bea Lumpkin honored

Chicago CLUW’s (Coalition of Labor Union Women) annual dinner March 24 presents Bea Lumpkin their Olga Maddar award.

Family tragedy as a Great Political Issue

Two weeks ago, few outside Florida had heard of Terri Schiavo. As of this writing, her family has run out of court appeals and legislative efforts to reconnect her feeding tube. This is probably not the end of the national horror show over the future of this brain-damaged woman or the Republicans’ use of a private, heartbreaking situation for their own ends. The case has implications for congressional intrusion into the most intimate areas of our lives and the separation between Congress and the courts.

Reproductive rights struggle in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Nearly 500 members of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, the National Organization for Women and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice converged here March 15 to pressure Republican Gov. Matt Blunt and the state Legislature to back off their assault on the reproductive rights of this state’s women.

Investment tip drink heavily and recycle

Labor editor’s note: A while back, cost-cutting employers began promoting stock market-based 401(k) plans as an alternative to pensions with defined benefits. Many of these 401(k) plans took a bath when the stock market dipped, so it’s no surprise that today workers have serious doubts about relying on the stock market to take care of them in their old age. In the spirit of April 1, the PWW offers the following plan, re-printed from an Internet message, to the retirement security debate.

Why are gasoline prices high?

As gas prices in the U.S. shoot up to record levels, the official explanation is that there is a supply and demand imbalance. Limits on production by oil-producing countries and growing petroleum usage by developing nations such as China are said to be responsible for skyrocketing gas prices for U.S. consumers. This storyline, however, hides more than it explains.


Pakistanis protest Rice visit

Supporters of Pakistan’s Labour Party protest near the U.S. consulate in Lahore, March 17, to condemn the visit of the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Britain: Rail union calls for public ownership. Bosnia-Herzegovina: CP leader fights firing from university. Pakistan: National strike against unemployment, privatization. Guatemala: Protest killings of demonstrators. S. Africa: Solidarity with food workers grows.

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