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May 5, 2009

  • May Day rallies link struggles

    In protests across the country on May Day, thousands of activists marched and rallied to demand the rights that all workers deserve.

  • The sense of possibility

    Whatever disappointments people have about Obama, the dust hasn't settled on this new era, and there's a feeling we have room to fight for our demands.

  • Seabiscuit meets Syriana

    Just as Seabiscuit thrilled Depression-era crowds, recession-plagued America has its own "underhorse" in this year's Kentucky Derby winner.

  • R.I. activists protest Tancredo

    A crowd of 40 people came out to show opposition to anti-immigrant racist Tom Tancredo in Pawtucket, R.I.

  • Amherst protests anti-abortion bigot

    Students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst organized to show that bigots and sexists aren't welcome on campus.

May 4, 2009

  • The return of civil war?

    A surge of violence in Iraq shows the continuing conflicts lying just below the surface--and could shake up U.S. plans to shift forces to Afghanistan.

  • A dog ate the education budget

    My students would blush at the litany of half-truths that Washington lawmakers use to justify a budget that cuts $800 million from public schools.

  • Blank check for the bankers

    Barack Obama's approach to the banking crisis has been even more generous to Wall Street than George W. Bush.

  • The compulsive liars in blue

    It's not the violence of the police that gives away their true nature, but their compulsive Bart Simpson-style lying.

May 1, 2009

  • The story of May Day

    Although May Day was founded to honor a U.S. labor struggle, few workers in this country know its origin, because our history is largely untold.

  • Happy birthday to us!

    When started publishing daily on May Day one year ago, we couldn't have guessed how right the time was to raise our voice.

  • The NAFTA flu

    If we are going to place responsibility where it belongs, North America's new influenza is a result of how agribusinesses have organized pigs and poultry.

  • The complicit silence continues

    The Obama administration is effectively marginalizing the issue of Palestine, and unfortunately setting the stage for renewed Israeli assaults.

  • Truth is the way to peace

    Many Armenians were disappointed when President Obama failed to use the word "genocide" in a statement last week.

  • Free speech and protest

    Some liberals and leftists are rushing to defend right-wing speakers after recent protests on the grounds that protesters were violating "free speech."

  • A cramdown on student loans

    A "cramdown" is when the government forces banks to reduce what borrowers owe them. The U.S. needs a cramdown of student loans.

April 30, 2009

  • Tortured by the world's greatest democracy

    The Bush administration torture memos give the grisly details of a sick system, but it's not the first time the U.S. government carried out such barbarism.

  • Using "civil rights" to sell charter schools

    Wealthy proponents of charter schools claim they want to advance racial justice--even as public schools become more segregated.

  • Right on, Bea

    The tall and deep-voiced actress Bea Arthur was an imposing figure on stage and television--but most of all as a "women's libber" in the 1970s show Maude.

  • How much has really changed?

    A lot of the people who said let's wait, Obama was given a huge mess and he needs time are now asking what we're going to do to get action from him.

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