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Fletcher: Labor Day without Labor?
Sep 06, 2007
I am sure that you have noticed this as well. The tendency has been underway for years, though at certain moments it seems to reverse itself. Labor Day takes place with little mention of labor. I donÕt mean that unions are not mentioned. I mean that th
Fletcher: Environmental Crisis and Despair
Aug 28, 2007
I heard about the conversation a few months ago. It took place between my 18 year old daughter and some of her friends. Her friends had concluded that they would not permit THEIR children to have children because they believed that by that time the worl
Fletcher: Hiring picketers???
Jul 30, 2007
You may have seen the same article as I did. The Carpenters Union, it said, was hiring homeless people to walk picket lines where there is a labor dispute. Now, I must confess, the article did not come as a complete surprise. I had heard whispering abo
The Supreme CourtÕs decision undermining school diversity and desegregation in the cases Parents Involved in Community Schools v Seattle School District and Meredith v Jefferson County raises a series of questions including the general direction of the Co
As we witness Palestine further divide itself in the midst of a Hamas/Fatah factional split, I have felt both despair and anger. The reasons for the despair should be obvious. The Palestinian people are no closer to national self-determination than they
Each day in observing the Bush administration further implode I feel as if I am watching a sick comedy routine. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez gets caught fibbing as he explains the purge of Justice Department Attorneys; co-architect of the illegal Ir
Franklin: FUGITIVE TERRORIST AT LARGE
May 18, 2007
A major story about terrorism is breaking. Day by day the story is changing dramatically. On May 7, 2005, Luis Posada Carriles, one of the two most notorious terrorists in the Western Hemisphere, was apprehended by the FBI. But two years later, on Apr
Anti-worker forces have developed a very interesting tactical approach to the demand of workers to join or form unions. They yell "democracy." Let me explain how it works.
A national march and rally sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is scheduled to be held in Washington, DC June 10th. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the "6 Day War" between Israel and several Arab states, and the resulting Isr
Franklin: Terrorist's Best Defense
Jul 08, 2006
If you?re a Cuban-American caught redhanded in illegal activities, there?s a great defense these days. Just claim that you?re trying to kill Fidel Castro or overthrow the Cuban government. Proclaim that you?re just loyally carrying out the policy that W
Feffer: The Contradictions of Kaesong
May 30, 2006
I admit that the issue of North Korea has scrambled my political compass. Ordinarily, I oppose nuclear power as an expensive, even dangerous source of energy. But I support civilian nuclear power plants in North Korea as part of a deal to end the current
Feffer: Cartoon Fundamentalists
Mar 07, 2006
The recent brouhaha over the Mohammed cartoons seems, on the surface, to pit liberals against fundamentalists. On the one side are the defenders of such liberal values as free speech and freedom of the press. On the other side are an intolerant bunch of e
Feffer: Immigration Nation?
Feb 09, 2006
The fifteen Cubans thought they had made it to the United States. In early January, they sailed in a homemade boat from Cuba and reached an old bridge on the southern tip of Florida. According to the U.S. immigration policy known as "wet foot, dry foot,
Feffer: The End of Anonymity
Nov 28, 2005
The Internet is a great place for anonymity. A woman can go into a chat room on the Web and pretend to be a man. A teenager can pretend to be a lawyer and give out free legal advice. A blogger with a pseudonym can dispense inside gossip about the governme
"U.S. Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts" blared the lead article of the New York Times on Sunday, September 8, 2002. That fateful article is now a notorious example of the disastrous symbiosis between the White House and corporate media.
Feffer: The Perils of Imperial Indigestion
Aug 30, 2005
The United States currently spends more than $400 billion a year on the military. This is nearly one-half of the entire global expenditure on military affairs. Two nearest U.S. rivals in military spending, China and Russia, are not even close: combined,
Flanders: Democracy, What Democracy? Troops Out Now.
May 13, 2005
Did Prime Minister Blair get reelected? Yes, and as you've heard, he's starting an historic third term. But what was also historic was the beating he took -- losing more than half of his majority in Parliament "down from around 160 seats to 66. It's espec
Feffer: Dealing with North Korea
Mar 03, 2005
North Korea's public declaration of nuclear status does not definitively prove that it possesses nuclear weapons. What's clear is that Pyongyang expects no changes in Bush administration policy. The nuclear announcement and North Korea's decision to stop
Flanders: Anyone but Morningstar, Perry and Beers
Feb 29, 2004
John Kerry's primary victories are mounting and "anyone-but-Bush" voters are hankering for a show-down with the Resident. The Massachusetts Senator's "bring it on" victory speeches get big-d Democrats fired up, but when it comes to foreign policy, Kerry i
Flanders: Same Folks, Different Strokes
Feb 03, 2004
Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney have not spent their entire lives fighting foreign wars. They cut their warrior teeth on the domestic front, fighting a war on a war at home: the War on Poverty, which had its start 40 years ago.