Issue 676

  • Obama's entrance exam

    By shifting to the right on a range of issues, Obama is sending a signal to the ruling elite that he will be a loyal servant of their interests.

  • Africa gets only broken promises

    The G8 governments have failed to act on their repeated pledges to aid Africa--and impoverished Africans are suffering for it.

  • How bad will it get?

    The emergency government intervention to support mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is the latest sign of a deepening world financial crisis.

  • An occupation by any other name

    Barack Obama is planning a visit to Iraq to help him "refine" the position on withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq that won him the Democratic nomination.

  • Struggling to get by in a "model global city"

    Outside a food pantry in Chicago, almost anyone you talk to is working, or just lost their job, or is retired and trying to make ends meet.

  • Jesse Helms finally does the right thing

    The tributes for Jesse Helms after his death called him a man of "stubborn principle." But the principles he actually stood for make most people's skin crawl.

  • G8 leaders feast while the world goes hungry

    At the G8 summit, the heads of the world’s most powerful governments did nothing more about the global food and environmental crises than mouth rhetoric.

  • UC strikers defy judge’s order

    University of California service workers at 10 campuses and five UC hospitals walked off the job, beginning a five-day strike in defiance of a judge’s restraining order.

  • Jewish and against Zionism

    Mike Marqusee's new book powerfully strips Zionism of its claim to represent and speak for all Jews around the world.

  • War footing for the Olympics

    Chinese government officials are organizing to head off any protests that could tarnish China's image in the lead-up to next month's Olympic Games.

  • Aftermath of the Colombian "rescue"

    The Colombia hostage "rescue" has led to some unexpected developments--including a friendly meeting between rivals Álvaro Uribe and Hugo Chávez.

  • Opposing war in "the belly of the beast"

    U.S. imperialism must be opposed, whether in the name of humanitarian intervention, spreading democracy or defending the "homeland."

  • State and Revolution

    Lenin's classic work takes up the nature of the capitalist state and the question of how workers' power can be organized.

  • Opposing war in "the belly of the beast"

    U.S. intervention has to be opposed, whether it is in the name of humanitarian intervention, spreading democracy or defending the "homeland."

  • Making racial profiling the rule

    Who needs evidence when you can identify suspects by the color of their skin? That seems to be the guiding principle of new FBI rules.

  • Weapon of mass destruction

    The Incredible Hulk captures the amoral and villainous nature of the military's hierarchal food chain, while providing plenty of thrills.

  • Strike shuts down Seattle building sites

    A strike by 300 fire sprinkler installers has shut down construction at most large construction sites in Seattle and western Washington.

  • Support for U.S. war resisters in Canada

    Protesters gathered in front of Canadian consulates in 14 U.S. cities to protest planned deportations of U.S. war resisters currently seeking refuge in Canada.

  • Activists meet at national antiwar assembly

    Some 400 antiwar activists gathered in Cleveland on June 28 and 29 for the National Assembly to End the Iraq War and Occupation.

  • East Bay unions march for fair contracts

    Some 500 people marched in Oakland, Calif., on June 30 as contracts covering 50,000 East Bay workers were about to expire.

  • The shoddy treatment of vets

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has been exposed not only to Congress, but also to the national and international media, for its deplorable treatment of veterans.

  • Two new victims of "Boston's finest"

    As in just about every city, the police in Boston are flooding into neighborhoods and increasing surveillance, all in the name of cracking down on violence.

  • Portland police raids against homeless

    Over 100 people joined a spirited march through downtown Portland to protest a string of police raids on homeless encampments.

  • Exxon’s profits versus workers’ lives

    I was 12 years old when the Exxon Valdez tanker hit the Bligh Reef in 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil in to Prince William Sound.

  • A tax that punishes the poor

    It's not fair to make smokers pay for handouts to insurance companies, nor is it fair to penalize people suffering from an addiction.