Issue 680

  • Working harder and falling behind

    The expectation of rising living standards for each generation of U.S. workers has given way to a low-wage economy where it's a struggle to get by.

  • The war they all agree on

    Despite new evidence of atrocities carried out by U.S. forces and their allies in Afghanistan, the two U.S. ruling parties are escalating the war.

  • The racist creep show

    Sneering at Barack Obama and snarling about the "liberal" media, the Christian Right has made a triumphant return to the spotlight in the Republican Party.

  • Boeing workers show their power

    Production lines at one of the world's most powerful corporations ground to a halt when workers went on strike over wages, health care and outsourcing.

  • Lockdown in St. Paul

    Police repression of peaceful protesters was rampant in Minneapolis-St. Paul during the Republican National Convention.

  • Does Obama have answers?

    Barack Obama's convention speech says a lot about how he sees the current political situation, and what he proposes to do about it.

  • The rise of the right in Italy

    Italy's immigrants have been the victims of escalating attacks since the victory of right-wing parties in elections last spring.

  • Rescuing the rescuers

    The government bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could cost tens of billions of dollars--and taxpayers will be the ones to pay.

  • Antiwar veterans discuss new challenges

    At their conferences in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace discussed and debated the struggle ahead.

  • Sami Al-Arian's long-delayed freedom

    Dr. Sami Al-Arian was finally released on bail and reunited with his family for the first time since the Feds' witch-hunt began with his arrest in 2003.

  • The first boots on the ground

    HBO's miniseries Generation Kill, about the early days of the Iraq war, was written by the same team that created The Wire.

  • Pitting one worker against another

    Capitalism divides the working class, based on sexual, racial and other distinctions, with specially oppressed groups suffering the most.

  • Pitting one worker against another

    Capitalism divides the working class, based on sexual, racial and national distinctions, with specially oppressed groups suffering the most.

  • Bellevue teachers battle "curriculum cops"

    The critical sticking point for striking teachers in Bellevue, Wash., is the school district's scripted daily lessons.

  • A teachers' strike in LA?

    Over 800 leaders and activists in United Teachers Los Angeles began preparations for a possible strike at the union's recent leadership conference.

  • "Do you want to play again?"

    It's the 25th anniversary of War Games, a movie gem with an all-too-relevant take on the arms race.

  • Protesting Border Patrol recruiters

    Activists came out to protest a U.S. Customs and Border Protection recruitment event at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Rochester.

  • University of Washington Medical Center

    Two hundred members of the Washington State Nurses Association picketed the University of Washington Medical Center in their contract dispute with the UW administration.