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August 13, 2009

August 12, 2009

  • Revolt in Iran: Which side are you on?

    Sections of the U.S. left are backing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his drive to crush pro-democracy protests.

  • Dispatches from Honduras

    Two activists on a mission to Honduras describe the protest--and repression--that they witnessed taking place in the aftermath of a right-wing coup.

  • Debating the way forward for marriage equality

    The passage of California's Proposition 8 sparked a new movement for same-sex marriage rights, but as one recent summit showed, there is a debate among activists about which way forward.

  • Taking on South Carolina's anti-union legacy

    Sanitation workers in Charleston, S.C., are demanding the right to organize--and despite opposition from the mayor and other forces, they won't take "no" for an answer.

  • Vacant houses should be filled

    What is keeping people homeless? A system that makes the natural right to and human necessity of adequate housing a reckless gamble for profit.

  • Hate crime law a step forward

    The Matthew Shepard Act would empower the federal government to prosecute when states are unable or unwilling.

  • Views in brief

    Banks ripping off the poor | Can we feed the world organically? | Protests for health care reform | Racism is alive and well in the U.S.

August 11, 2009

  • When war comes home

    A terrible spree of violence committed by soldiers based at Fort Carson in Colorado is casting a spotlight on the dehumanizing effects of war.

  • The fight for LGBT equality on the job

    The newest version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act promises legal protection for LGBT people, but the future of this legislation is far from certain.

  • New contract for mercenaries

    Since Barack Obama took office in January, the State Department has contracted with Blackwater for more than $174 million in "security services."

  • The Paulsons' edifice complex

    To Portland Timbers owners Henry Paulson and his son Merritt, the taxpayers of Portland must look like geese with an infinite supply of golden eggs.

  • Portland rallies for single-payer

    More than 100 labor and community activists rallied in front of Portland's Baghdad Theater on July 30 to demand a single-payer health care system.

August 10, 2009

  • Putting the war in Afghanistan on trial

    Spc. Victor Agosto faced a summary court-martial last week for his refusal to deploy to Afghanistan--but to his supporters, it was the war itself that was on trial.

  • Do hate crime laws work?

    The idea that the criminal justice system can be used to protect vulnerable communities and force bigoted elements within society to change is, unfortunately, wrong.

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