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PWW/Mundo forum hosts Parenti

LOS ANGELES – The war in Iraq, like conflicts in which the United States has been engaged for more than a century, is not about spreading democracy but global corporate expansionism, Michael Parenti told a standing-room only crowd at a fund-raiser for the Peoples Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo held Oct. 13 here.

Blame profits, not workers, for high health costs

The issue of corporate greed in health care is beginning to make its way into the mass media, thanks in good part to the blatant price-gouging of the pharmaceutical companies.

Arizona: Grassroots can beat big bucks

TUCSON, Ariz. – It is going to take a massive grassroots effort to vanquish the millions and millions of dollars flooding the coffers of the Bush campaign from corporate America, the defense industry, the prison industry, and every other mega-corporation that reaps benefits from donating to Bush.

National Clips

MACON, Ga.: Tobacco merger to destroy 14,000 jobs / MIAMI: U.S. gov’t prosecuting Greenpeace / CHEYENNE, Wyo.: FedEx guilty of sexual harassment / MILWAUKEE, Wis.: Methodists protest Cuba travel restrictions

Canadian health care expert on tour

Doug Allan, a Toronto-based trade union health care researcher and health coalition organizer, will be speaking on “Lessons from Canada’s Public Health Care System” in a series of three events in the eastern United States this week.

Oh, Canada! Wherefore art thy drugs so cheap?

A toe-to-toe “people versus profits” slugging match is under way over the issue of importing prescription drugs from Canada.

GOP to challenge Black voters in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Republican Party has appointed voter challengers to work election day in the 59 precincts in Louisville where African Americans are concentrated.

Community activist gets labor backing

LAWRENCE, Mass. – Community activist Martina M. Cruz was recently endorsed by the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council in her run for School Committee here. Cruz is one of three candidates being endorsed by the labor council in this year’s municipal elections.

Philadelphia mayoral race heats up

PHILADELPHIA – With only a few days left before the mayoral election, Democratic Mayor John Street, the city’s second African American mayor, reportedly has a 5 percent lead in the polls against Sam Katz, his Republican opponent, with 12 percent of voters undecided.

Southern Calif. fires raise hard questions

Progressives throughout Southern California are asking some hard questions regarding the devastating and deadly fires sweeping the area, from just north of Los Angeles through San Bernardino and San Diego counties and into Mexico.

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