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August 31, 2009

  • Desperate for health care

    The hundreds lined up at Los Angeles' famous Forum arena for free medical services exposed the staggering inadequacy of the current system.

  • LA's charter school giveaway

    The floodgates were opened to private control over education in Los Angeles with a school board vote to authorize opening up over 250 schools to bidding.

  • Let them eat (organic) cake

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey revealed his contempt for poor and working-class people in a recent article about health care reform in the Wall Street Journal.

  • Caster Semenya stands tall

    The Western media's handling of the story of Caster Semenya, the 18-year-old South African runner, has been at best simplistic--and at worst repellent.

  • NYC mobilizes for LGBT march

    Over 300 people gathered in Central Park's Delacorte Theater in New York City to build support for the October 11 National Equality March.

August 28, 2009

  • Myth of the liberal lion

    Ted Kennedy is being remembered as a liberal stalwart--but also as a bipartisan dealmaker ready to set ideals aside. Those were always two sides of the same coin.

  • On strike for health care justice

    Workers at Chicago-based SK Hand Tools are walking the picket line to force management to reinstate health insurance that was canceled in May.

  • How history is made

    There's a misconception that Marxists believe history follows a predetermined course as a result of economic laws, which human beings can't affect.

  • A film's travesty of omissions

    Something is missing from the new film Balibo about the 1975 genocide in East Timor--the scandalous role of the Australian government.

  • Puerto Rico police punish the poor

    Hundreds gathered at police headquarters in the Hato Rey district of San Juan to denounce the latest case of police brutality.

August 27, 2009

  • Freedom denied again for Leonard Peltier

    After languishing in prison for 33 long years for a crime he didn't commit, renowned political prisoner Leonard Peltier has again been denied parole.

  • Taking back the health care debate

    The right wing may be dominating the national debate on health care, but the scale of the crisis means there is still massive sentiment for real reform.

  • Putting statehood before liberation

    The recent congress of the Fatah movement gave us a front row seat to the closing act of an important period of Palestinian nationalism.

  • "Labor will feed the people"

    Long omitted from the history books, the Seattle General Strike of 1919 offers an inspiring view of what it would look like if workers took power in the U.S.

  • No solidarity with the Taliban

    The Taliban may be the most potent resistance force in Afghanistan today, but with their current politics the left should not support them.

  • Join the National Equality March

    There's a ways to go to reach LGBT equality, but we can get there if we stand up together. A good place to start is the National Equality March.

  • Saying no to profit-driven education

    Progressive educators should fight against the privatization of our schools and the kind of education models that promote "banking-style" education.

August 26, 2009

  • Afghanistan's election debacle

    An election intended to showcase Afghanistan's "emerging democracy" has instead exposed astonishing corruption, fraud and violence.

  • Defending clinics in Kentucky

    A battle over women's access to abortion services is raging in Kentucky--and supporters of women's right to choose are organizing to fight back.

  • Trailer park residents fight eviction and win

    A group of people who at first felt powerless succeeded in resisting a landlord politician and the New Jersey state government.

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