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Announcement :: International
Iraq’s “National Security Council”: a move toward open dictatorship
24 Mar 2006
The announcement on March 19 that steps are being taken to form an extra-parliamentary “National Security Council” (NSC) is a warning that the Bush administration is moving toward an openly dictatorial regime in Iraq.
The White House’s attempts to portray Iraq as a country in a transition to “democracy” are becoming increasingly threadbare. More than three months after the December 2005 elections, there is no new government and no indications that one will be formed anytime soon. No party or alliance holds a majority of seats, let alone the two-thirds majority constitutionally required to elect the presidential council that names the prime minister.
The longer the intractable stalemate continues, the more the struggle for dominance in post-invasion Iraq is being fought out on the streets. A low-level civil war is raging between rival Sunni and Shiite militias in Baghdad and the surrounding regions. Since the destruction of the Shiite al-Askariya mosque in Samarra on February 22, bombings, mortar strikes, ethnic cleansing and targeted death squad killings have claimed hundreds of lives on both sides of the sectarian divide. At the same time, attacks on American troops by predominantly Sunni guerillas are continuing unabated.
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LOCAL Announcement :: International : Labor : Organizing
March 27: Immigrant Rally in Boston and DC!
24 Mar 2006
nohumanbeingisillegal.jpgIn a coordinated show of force at the local and national levels, thousands upon thousands of immigrants, religious leaders, and allies will join hands in a call for immigration reform that reunifies families, protects workers, serves students and creates a path to citizenship for all immigrants.
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LOCAL News :: International
Boston anti-war protest condemns U.S. occupation of Iraq
24 Mar 2006
Modified: 10:42:28 AM
Uniting against poverty, racism, sexism and war and demanding that the troops be brought home now, this historic action was built, led and joined by mostly people of color, youth and women.
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Commentary :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Politics
Populist #25
24 Mar 2006
Limiting Presidential War Powers
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LOCAL Commentary :: Organizing : Politics : Race
Bay State Banner article on the march
23 Mar 2006
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News :: International : Media
23 Mar 2006
Modified: 06:25:09 PM
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia.
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Commentary :: Politics
Democratic rights and the attack on constitutionalism
23 Mar 2006
The current state of affairs in the United States concerning constitutional government and law is a profound expression of a social and political system in an advanced stage of disintegration. Indeed, it reflects the decay of liberal capitalism as a world historical system in a country which did once represent the apogee of democratic government, grounded in the most noble ideas of human culture and emancipation.
I think it worthwhile to remind ourselves, as we appraise the political culture and attitude of America’s ruling elite today, of the ideas and political culture that guided the founders of the American Republic, for in these ideas is distilled the cultural and intellectual outlook of the most advanced elements of a social class in the ascent. Such a review reveals as much about their outlook as it does about the present leadership of the United States.
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News :: Human Rights
23 Mar 2006
Modified: 11:50:02 AM
This article defends Israel against charges of racism, looks at the perfidy of Arab MKs and the upcoming elections in Israel.
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News :: Labor
Students, workers plan general strike in France
23 Mar 2006
All major French union confederations and student bodies called on March 20 for a general strike and protest marches on March 28 to pressure the government to withdraw a job law that would allow workers under 26 to be fired without reason.
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News :: International
22 Mar 2006
Modified: 07:50:25 PM
This article looks at the upcoming elections in Israel and what Israel's leaders should say.
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