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LOCAL News :: Social Welfare
Lowell police shut down riverside homeless camp
24 Nov 2008
Happy Thanksgiving: get out a' town!
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Commentary :: Globalization
A Critique of the Fourth International
24 Nov 2008
Correcting our political perspective
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Commentary :: Globalization
Lurching Toward Gomorrah: More Signs of An Unstoppable Economic Meltdown
24 Nov 2008
a deepening economic crisis
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News :: International
Germany | Day of Action for the militant group trial
24 Nov 2008
DECENTRALISED Action DAY for the militant group trial 13th 2008
Get involved with your own actions on the day of decentralised actions for the Militant Group Trial.
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Announcement :: Media
To assist reporters and editors
23 Nov 2008
Media reporters and editors now have an on-line aid to evaluate information about the crime of organized stalking and electronic harassment
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News :: Politics
Democratic leaders in the U.S. House discuss confiscating 401(k)s, IRAs
23 Nov 2008
RALEIGH — Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts — including 401(k)s and IRAs — and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration.
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Commentary :: Politics
Bush and Cheney wore the flag to appear patriotic.
23 Nov 2008
Obama does not need to follow.
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Announcement :: Media
22 Nov 2008
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Commentary :: GLBT/Queer
Massive Movement Erupts to Overturn Proposition 8
22 Nov 2008
Ex-slave and Abolitionist Fredrick Douglas famously observed that power cedes nothing without struggle. The history of civil rights movements in this country also demonstrate that even the most fundamental democratic gains are temporary at best without vigilant struggle that can potentially challenge the power of the rulers against the ruled. Nothing has ever been gained and secured by simply relying on the institutions of the state and its politicians. Any implementation of progressive measures on their part has only been the product of independent mass mobilizations that have kept their forces in the streets until the sought after gains were won.

We have again been reminded of this by the recent passage of Proposition 8 in California, a bigoted mean-spirited ballot measure aimed at denying gays and lesbians the fundamental democratic right to marry whom they wish. Last June, after decades of constant organizing, educating, and protesting on the part of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people and their supporters, the California Supreme Court was compelled to legalize same sex marriages. The purpose of Proposition 8 was to overturn this gain, leaving 18,000 same sex marriages performed in California since June in question. However, social movements aren't like films that can be run backwards and then replayed in the exact same way. The narrow victory of Proposition 8 (52% against, 48% opposed) has resulted in the opposite of its intended effect. It has re-energized the struggle for LGBT rights to a major degree, so that many are calling this movement “Stonewall II” after that inaugural rebellious act of the modern U.S. gay rights movement fighting for their rights in 1969.
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Commentary :: Social Welfare
Offe's Paradox
22 Nov 2008
Klaus Offe, a left thinker, once proposed Offe's paradox, the idea that "while capitalism cannot coexist with, neither can it exist without the welfare state." Canada has done better than some countries in protecting social welfare. The welfare state is not dead; what is dead is people's economic security.
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