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The Bush administration’s decision to send more troops to Iraq in the face of rising opposition among ruling-class politicians and pundits, and against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the US people, represents a desperate gamble.

When supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rallied in the Teresa Carrena theatre in Caracas on December 15 to celebrate their presidential election victory, “there were cheers in the back half of the theatre”, wrote Caracas-based Marxist writer Michael Lebowitz in Venezuelanalysis.com, “but few in the high-priced seats”.

In a report published on January 3, the Union of Concerned Scientists argues that ExxonMobil is employing disinformation tactics used by the tobacco industry to promote public confusion over climate change and to delay urgent action to halt global

A national mobilisation for May Day 2007 is set to involve young people, workers, peace activists and others in solidarity with immigrant workers. The protest will say no to anti-immigration legislation, to the militarisation of the US border and to

James Brown treated rhythm like a mad scientist with test tubes full of chemicals — always reinventing, trying new combinations and creating more powerful potions. Brown — the Godfather of Soul, the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, Mr Dynamite, Soul Brother No. 1, and the Minister of Super Heavy Funk — died December 25 of congestive heart failure at the age of 73.

The November 7 US mid-term congressional elections were a massive repudiation of the US-led war against Iraq and of the administration of President George Bush. But while the majority of US voters have turned against the war, most of the politicians of both Democratic and Republican parties have a clue about what to do.

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Friends,
Tomorrow marks the day that we will have been in Iraq longer than we were in all of World War II.

New York City police pumped 50 bullets into a car carrying three unarmed African-American men in the early morning hours of November 25, killing one man on his wedding day.

Houston janitors have claimed victory after a four-week strike in a battle that was widely regarded as a test for organised labour in the low-wage, non-union South.

Memorial meetings were held on November 11 in Oakland, California, and on November 18 in New York City to celebrate the life of revolutionary socialist and union activist Caroline Lund. She died on October 14 from ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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