Issue 677

  • Living in hell for life

    The U.S. jails more of its population than any other country, but it stands even further apart in sentencing men and women to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

  • Spreading the pain and pocketing the gain

    Call it socialism, Wall Street style: Taxpayers get saddled with the risks and costs of the bailout, while private shareholders reap the gains.

  • A new consensus on Iraq

    Why do Barack Obama, George Bush and Nuri al-Maliki seem to be converging around a similar policy for the future of the U.S. occupation of Iraq?

  • Will the U.S. get its way with Iran?

    The U.S. is dangling carrots in front of Iran to suspend uranium enrichment--but only after smacking them with increasingly big sticks.

  • Decoding Obama on Iraq

    A columnist examines Barack Obama's recent statement on Iraq, point by point, to show what the Democratic candidate is really saying.

  • Solidarity key for Seattle sprinkler fitters

    An 11-day strike ended in a victory for 300 fire sprinkler installers in western Washington, thanks to support from union workers and the community.

  • Solidarity for victims of the Postville raid

    More than 1,000 people turned out to Postville, Iowa, in defense of immigrant rights after a raid last May at the AgriProcessors meatpacking plant.

  • Which war crimes get prosecuted?

    The media hailed the arrest of Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, but no one discussed the selectiveness of who ends up in the dock for war crimes.

  • Lessons from the picket line

    After five days on strike against the University of California, an AFSCME member looks at what the walkout taught about defiance and unity.

  • One state with equal rights

    Israeli policies over the past 15 years have convinced increasing numbers of Palestinians that the idea of a two-state solution isn't viable.

  • Batman's war of terror

    The Batman franchise is one of the most popular in U.S. history. Is the latest version propping up the war on terror?

  • Fighting for union rights and clean air

    Truck drivers and community groups united for a rally in Oakland, Calif., to demand better working conditions and environmental protection.

  • Are actors headed for a strike?

    Like the 100-day writers' strike this past winter, the main sticking point in the Screen Actors Guild contract battle revolves around digital media.

  • 1968 and the Prague Spring

    Images of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 were broadcast around the world, revealing the truth about so-called "socialism" in the East.

  • Strike vote at Chicago UPS local

    Teamsters at Local 705 in Chicago turned out in large numbers July 20 to vote to authorize a strike at the shipping giant UPS.

  • Standing up to police spying

    Some 100 people gathered in Baltimore to speak out against a Maryland State Police spy operation against activists.

  • Imperialism and garden gnomes

    After 9/11, U.S. society went a little bit nuts--that's the starting point of Nick Mamatas' satirical novel Under My Roof.

  • Defying the fear-mongers in Rhode Island

    More than 150 people turned out within hours to protest an immigration raid in Rhode Island.

  • Will unions take on Verizon?

    The telecommunications giant is pressing hard for concessions, but the unions have faltered in fighting for a better contract.

  • Damage control for the system's victims

    My job at a New York HIV clinic isn't psychotherapy so much as shoring up the ruins of what was once a semi-functional system.

  • Mumia faces legal setback

    In the face of a court decision ruling against a new hearing, activists are making plans for the next step in the struggle for justice for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

  • A principled stand against racism

    Readers will be happy to learn of the principled stand against the bigoted career of Jesse Helms made by a white 51-year-old North Carolina man.

  • Vermont forum to protest anti-Arab racism

    Over 80 Vermonters turned out to hear a firsthand account of the atrocious acts committed by the U.S. against Arabs and Muslims.

  • Cleveland's “Supercop” kills again

    Cleveland police officer Jim Simone, whose nickname is "Supercop," has been involved in 10 shootings in his career, and three of the victims have died.