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January 15, 2010

  • A coup attempt in the Teamsters

    An effort to oust the reform leadership of a big Teamster local in Chicago is underway--with the goal of restoring the corrupt old guard.

  • Avatar is a great starting point

    Avatar is neither a perfect work of art nor a well-developed treatise on imperialism--but it's a good starting point for a discussion about both.

  • An online campaign for Gaza

    A Twitter campaign by activist Nadine Moawad brought together over 100 activists to raise awareness about the invasion of Gaza one year later.

  • Views in brief

    Sexual orientation can’t be shifted | My right to choose | Obama's disappoints on LGBT rights | Musical solidarity

January 14, 2010

  • Catastrophe in Haiti

    The fault line of U.S. imperialism interacted with the geological one under Port-au-Prince to turn Haiti's earthquake into a not-so-natural disaster.

  • Savage police brutality revealed

    A video released in early January shows how a routine traffic stop for a dragging muffler last November turned into a nightmare for Melvin Jones III.

  • Acts of cruelty to immigrants

    A new investigation shows that more than 107 immigrants have died in privately run U.S. detention centers since October 2003.

  • Elvis is always on my mind

    He challenged the way things were, contradicting previously dominant ideas of racism, sexual conservatism and deference toward authority.

  • Portland marches for Palestine

    About 150 people turned out for a march and rally in Portland in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

January 13, 2010

  • A new front in America's global war

    The failed attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner has provided Barack Obama with an excuse for a war in Yemen that has been fought quietly until now.

  • A new direction for nurse unionism

    An ER nurse explains why the formation of a "super union" is an important step toward organizing the nation's 2 million nurses.

  • An embodiment of our tradition

    One of the key figures of the French student revolt of 1968 and a revolutionary through all the years since has died after 15 years of living with AIDS.

  • The "parental engagement" trap

    Requiring parents to "do more" for their children is another way for charter schools to weed out students that they don't want.

  • Make the coach tighten his belt

    At a time when University of Texas football is doing remarkably well, the rest of the campus is having to make do with less.

January 12, 2010

  • States of emergency

    State and local governments are ramming through massive budget cuts that are wrecking lives--and the federal government is doing nothing.

  • Abortion shouldn't be a dirty word

    It's come to the point where we hear more about the "rights" of unborn fetuses than the rights of living women to control whether they have children.

  • Imprisoned for singing

    Iraq war vet and Army Spc. Marc Hall has been incarcerated for recording a song about the military's stop-loss policy.

  • Thomas Friedman with shades

    Judging from Bono's ongoing "guest columns" in the New York Times, the U2 front man hasn't picked up a newspaper in some time.

  • The loss of a revolutionary voice

    Bob Kaufman, a life-long fighter for social and economic equality, succumbed after a struggle with health complications on December 25.

  • A look at Avatar's Achilles' heel

    While Avatar does succeed in some ways, as a total work of art it is not successful--in part because it posits the Na'vi as almost impossibly "noble."

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