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Bill Ayers

Love Me, I’m a Liberal

Upon returning from summer break, I found a surprising letter awaiting me written by three colleagues from another university, two of whom I’d known and worked with for decades.  The letter simultaneously informed me about a conference my friends were organizing and explained — with some anguish I think — that I would not be […]

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Israeli Assault on Lebanon

The Case against Collaboration between India and Israel

After thirty-four days of relentless aerial bombardment and a ground invasion, Israel’s brutal assault on Lebanon’s civilian population has come to a halt, at least temporarily.  As the dust from the rubble of Lebanon’s ruined cities, villages, and infrastructure settles, and as bodies of victims are recovered and buried, and the human losses mourned by […]

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U.S. Out of the Middle East

To endorse the following statement, please send your name, location, affiliation and title (if any) to, or NYCLAW, PO Box 3620166, PACC, New York, NY 10129. U.S. Out of the Middle East New York City Labor Against the War August 11, 2006 For weeks, Israel has turned Lebanon into a killing ground, slaughtering and […]

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Not Sharing in the Gains

Game Show Theory: Race, Class, and Survivor

It was Jay Gould who once bragged that he could pay half the working class to kill the other half.  In American labor history, that often meant fomenting and exploiting racism to divide and conquer.  Apparently, CBS wants to give us a TV metaphor for it: it announced that the contestants on the upcoming season […]

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Paul LeBlanc

Interview with Paul LeBlanc

  Paul LeBlanc Paul LeBlanc is what I have called an “organic intellectual,” a scholar and activist who has risen directly out of the working class.  Paul is the author of many books, including A Short History of the U.S. Working Class (Humanity Books, 1999) and Black Liberation and the American Dream (Humanity Books 2003), […]

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Martin Murie

Big Hat, Big Money

When Harker sold off the hay ranches, the new owner, a super-rich businessman from Denver, kept Lester on as maintenance man.  This owner, Christopher Bane and his wife Audrey set themselves up in Harker’s old headquarters ranch and right away started drawing up plans for a big house on the sage bench across the creek […]

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Louisiana Justice:The Long Struggle of Gary Tyler

Gary Tyler, at one time the youngest person on death row, turned forty-eight years old this July.  He has spent thirty-two of those years in jail for a crime he did not commit.  The case of Gary Tyler is one of the great miscarriages of justice in the modern history of the United States, in […]

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A New Europe: Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and the Nation-State

Matti Bunzl‘s work entitled “Between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Some Thoughts on the New Europe,” published in American Ethnologist (Vol. 32, No. 4, November 2005), is groundbreaking.  It is evident from the article, as well as the commentaries on it that appeared in the same issue, that, to understand contemporary Europe, we need to rethink some […]

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Street Life of a Mad Activist

News from the Back of the Front

POST-9/11 SCIENCE: AMERICANS ARE WORLD’S ONLY HUMANS (PU) Just in time for the 5th anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster, scientists have discovered that United States citizens — alone out of every other people on planet Earth — possess qualities identifying them as homo sapiens. The finding was announced today at the Center for […]

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Michael Steinberg

An Interview with Michael Steinberg

Michael Steinberg, the author of The Fiction of a Thinkable World (published by Monthly Review Press), was interviewed by KKUP on 3 August 2006.  Click here to listen to the interview. Michael Steinberg reads from his book at Robin’s Book Store, Philadelphia (Photo by Loret Gnivecki Steinberg) Michael Steinberg is the author of The Fiction […]

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Stew Albert by Robert Altman

Slavery Now

King’s legacy dead as doornail America still run by Plantation Hillary proclaims, she a knowledgeable house slave who carried Massah George’s lies all the way to Baghdad and said it wasn’t even heavy. Stew Albert Photo by Robert Altman © 2006   Stew Albert, a co-founder of Yippies who died on 30 January 2006, published […]

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Will US Hijack UN Resolution on Iran?

  In an article published by the Mail & Guardian Online on June 27, titled “Iran Cannot Engage in Serious Talks with US,” I briefly explained some of the reasons why Iran would not be able to engage in serious talks with the United States or accept the European incentives package offered in exchange for […]

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700 Immigrant Rights Activists Form National Alliance, Set Protests for Labor Day Weekend and September 30

  CHICAGO — Hundreds of immigrant activists and supporters met in Chicago August 11-13 in a national strategy convention of the legalization-for-all wing of the movement. The event was the largest of at least three national gatherings of immigration activists held over the summer, and the one that was directly based on the “Calendar Coalitions,” […]

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Prison Population Rates per 100,000

Boycott Japan

Today’s Liberation Day, one of the few holidays celebrated in both North and South Koreas, so it’s a good day to start boycotting Japan. Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country’s World War Two surrender, a parting shot […]

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The Solution

Die Lösung Nach dem Aufstand des 17. Juni Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen Auf denen zu lesen war, daß das Volk Das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt habe Und es nur durch verdoppelte Arbeit Zurückerobern könne.  Wäre es da Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung Löste das Volk auf und Wählte ein […]

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