Remembering the Vietnam War

Earlier this month, I took part in a remarkable forum at New Jersey’s Vietnam War Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey. Scholars young and old and veterans, working-class people primarily, spoke. There were conservative and nationalist “my country right or wrong” voices, but as a participant in the event, I was struck at how far so many had come.


Retired Colonel Argued for Afghanistan Withdrawal during Atlanta Visit

Retired Colonel Ann Wright, who resigned from the US State Department over the US Invasion of Iraq, was in Atlanta last week to promote her new book and argue for a phased US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.


Limbaugh Defenders Ignoring Long Record of Racist Remarks

In the wake of Rush Limbaugh being booted from a group of investors bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams football team, a minor media tempest has been stirred by conservative commentators who charge that Limbaugh has been falsely accused of making racist remarks.


What About Geothermal Energy?

The term “geothermal” is derived from the Greek words for Earth (geo) and heat (therme). In essence geothermal energy is power harnessed from the Earth itself. Heat from the Earth’s core, which averages about 6,650 degrees Fahrenheit, emanates out toward the planet’s surface.

World Food Day in Crisis

For the nearly one billion hungry people on the planet, World Food Day means little: they have neither the time nor the strength to demand the support that the world community has agreed to give them but failed to provide so far because of a global socioeconomic system based on selfishness.

ACLU Report details 287(g) Immig. Law Abuses in Cobb Cty, Ga.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia released a human rights report Monday, October 12, 2009, that details the impact of the 287 (g) program--which allows local enforcement of federal immigration laws--on Cobb County.


Boxed Wine is Better for the Environment

With more and more wineries offering organic varieties to lower their eco-footprint, it’s no surprise that they’re looking at the environmental impacts of their packaging as well. The making of conventional glass bottles (and the corks that cap them) uses significant quantities of natural resources and generates considerable pollution.

Cap and Trade Reduces Smog, EPA Says

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency last week touted the success of a cap and trade program (known as NOx Budget Trading Program, or NBP) on emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which has reduced smog and acid rain in key areas of the country.

U.S. Labor Expresses Solidarity with Mexican Electricians

A growing list of U.S. labor unions is expressing their solidarity with workers of the electric company that serves central Mexico, which is facing repression from the government.


Health Reform Moves Forward in the Senate

After an eleventh hour push by health insurance lobbyists to derail reform by threatening to raise premiums if a reform bill passes, the Senate Finance Committee passed its version of a reform bill with a bipartisan majority, October 13.

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