War, Occupation, Torture, Apologies

On June 21, 2005, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin made a public apology for comments he had made earlier that month over the treatment of prisoners captured in the endless “war on terror” being carried out by the U.S. government and its military. After receiving an FBI email report, Durbin made a brief, and apparently reflective appraisal on its details of the treatment of prisoners being held and interrogated in U.S. custody at detainment camps in the Middle East and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sweeney Speaks Up About the Elections

No matter how many promises the current labor leadership makes, they are not interested in doing the only thing that can really improve the lives of working people - break with the two parties of big business and mobilize on the streets!

Bush's Education Agenda

With support from the Democratic leadership, Congress passed the Bush education plan, which will require public schools to administer basic skills tests in math and reading to students in grades 3 to 8 by the 2005-2006 school year. The rhetoric used by George W. "leave-no-child-behind" Bush suggests that he supports the goal of closing the academic achievement gap between black and white students, and between poor and 'middle class' white students. Is it possible to eliminate most of the academic achievement gap without lowering the bar for high achievers? Is the Bush plan actually designed to close the gap?

The Iraq Quagmire Deepens

After Bush’s reelection, many around the world thought the end of the world had come. According to them, the American “sheeple” had been duped once and for all, and Bush would effortlessly ram through his ultra-reactionary policies at home and abroad. Americans were incapable of fighting back and would let themselves be steamrolled by the Neocon juggernaut. We explained that nothing was further from the truth. Bush had no real “mandate” or “political capital”. The country was even more divided than before the elections. That Bush ended up in office a second time was due largely to the lackluster alternative presented to the American populace. It was certainly not the result of overwhelming enthusiasm for his policies. At least with Bush they knew what they were getting. Why vote for John Kerry, a pro-war, pro-Patriot Act, pro-Plan Colombia, and pro-Big Business candidate when there was already one of those in office?

The Bush Tax Cuts & Class Division in America

By David May

As the imperialist occupation of Iraq drags endlessly on, the situation in the United States itself is one of a continuing jobless economic “recovery” while the Republican-controlled government loots the treasury for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans. Coming into office with a budget surplus in the trillions of dollars, the Bush Administration has successfully emptied the world’s largest coffers - and then some. All this in less than five years.