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January 28, 2010

  • Confronting police brutality in Providence

    Police and city officials faced a chilly reception at a community meeting in Providence from people who came to raise police brutality.

  • Rallying for Roe in Chicago

    Forty activists turned out in support of abortion rights at a rally in Chicago on January 22, in recognition of the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

January 27, 2010

  • The year of frustrated hopes

    The failure of Barack Obama to accomplish anything that was expected of him is feeding demoralization and anger among his most enthusiastic supporters.

  • Victims of free trade "voodoo"

    An immigrant rights activist who was in Haiti when the earthquake hit describes how U.S. and IMF policies contributed to the suffering.

  • Union nurses respond for Haiti

    National Nurses United put out a call for volunteers, and the response was overwhelming--despite the attitude of the U.S. military.

  • Right from the horse's mouth

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that the mercenary firm Blackwater is operating with U.S. forces in Pakistan.

  • Fighting for Burge torture victims

    On January 14, Chicago police torture victim Michael Tillman walked out of the Cook County court building in Chicago a free man.

  • Schwarzenegger's Trojan horse

    California's Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to reduce state spending on prisons--by further privatizing the prison system.

  • What audiences see in Avatar

    Criticisms of Avatar for being formulaic fail to mention the film's spectacular imagery--the work of James Cameron and thousands of artists.

January 26, 2010

  • Haiti under the eagle

    The U.S. media's coverage of the earthquake in Haiti leaves out any mention of an older disaster--the long and bloody record of U.S. intervention.

  • Holding the line in Portland

    Actions by members of the Portland Association of Teachers have shown that there's widespread support for the union.

  • Conservative "compassion"

    Gauging from the response of U.S. conservatives, Haiti needs a police force rather than aid to help it emerge from its devastation.

  • NFL owners' strong-arm tactics

    On January 13, the owners of all 32 NFL teams asked the U.S. Supreme Court to shield them from anti-trust laws.

  • Bus drivers fight for their jobs

    AFSCME Local 3299 members protested an attempt by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to replace union drivers by commandeering a bus.

January 25, 2010

  • The humanitarian myth

    With U.S. forces obstructing aid and beefing up "security" while Haitians die, no one should accept that the U.S. is motivated by "humanitarianism."

  • Delaying aid for a photo-op

    Given the examples of Iraq, Afghanistan and now Haiti, it seems like the U.S. knows how to do little other than occupy.

  • A legal setback for Mumia

    A Pennsylvania death row political prisoner was moved closer to the execution chamber by a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Victory for the right in Chile

    A conservative candidate won elections for Chile's presidency, marking a return of the forces that supported the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

  • A spectacle of corporate greed

    The two-week Olympic spectacle will leave in its wake a legacy of debt, deepening impoverishment and violations of civil and social rights.

  • Pressuring a San Diego Hyatt

    Over 500 activists converged on the Manchester Grand Hyatt to voice outrage over owner Doug Manchester's treatment of LGBT people and employees.

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