Issue 372 - February 2007
The Human Cost of War, Why We Still Need Black History Month
- Refugees Fight for their Homes
- Pushing Back Against Military Bases
- Why We Still Need Black History Month
In This Issue
Let's pledge to one another to embrace the
History gets erased -- by intentional action as well as by inadvertence. Which made the reporter's question so mundane: "Do you think Black History month is really important? Hasn't it become a cliché, unnecessarily separated off from American history?"
Israeli closure policies, international sanctions, and US maneuvering to topple the democratically elected legislature have together led to a devastating situation for civilians.
Despite hopes that the Israeli withdrawal of its settlements in the Gaza Strip in 2005 might make life better for Gazans, 1.4 million Palestinians continue to live in devastated, poverty-stricken communities on a strip of land 25 by 6 miles long.
When these communities and their leaders refuse to cooperate with the military, they are treated as terrorists -- a pattern being recreated across the nation, largely as a result of the US-funded war on drugs and terror.
|From the Editor's Desk|
|Justice Deported: The Swift Plant Raids of 2006|| |
These actions have been concentrated in workplaces where immigrants are organizing unions or standing up for their rights.
|The Danbury 11|
|"Against the Grain" (poem)|
|In the Halls of Congress -- An Immigration Policy Update|
|The New Refugees|| |
Since 1967, Israel has been carrying out demographic manipulations which should actually be called expulsion.
|Disturbing Trends for the Years Ahead|| |
Polarization and confrontation, with occasional violence, have become the prevailing political norm in the Middle East, as the docile ideological center of years past temporarily leaves the stage.
|In El Salvador, a Revolutionary and a Gentleman (review)|| |
Enrique wanted both education and higher wages for the peasants -- ideas that were anathema to the Salvadoran aristocracy.
|Ten Reasons to Withdraw all US Foreign Military Bases|| |
The US maintains an unprecedented infrastructure of more than 700 US foreign military bases.
|Outposts of Violence: Sixty Years of Women's Activism Against US Military Bases|| |
Violence committed by US soldiers is a product of institutionalized violence of the military and its training, US racism against Asians, and the patriarchal social structure of host countries.
|Reform in Pakistan: Real Change, or a Band-Aid?|| |
While the new legislation reforms the infamous Hudood laws to a limited extent, its greater significance is that it shows that persistent work led by the Pakistani women's rights movement can make a difference.
|"More People than We Can Imagine": An Interview with Chico Whitaker|| |
Attending the World Social Forum makes people feel happy because they discover that it is possible to do politics without having to fight for power.
|Eric Weinberger: A Peacemaker Behind the Scenes|| |
Eric would have been indicted with the Chicago 8 for "conspiracy to cross state lines to incite a riot" -- but the FBI couldn't figure out where and how he crossed the Illinois state line.
Events, Gatherings, Campaigns, Opportunities, Resources
|Military Recruiting Test Ensnares Over 600,000 Students a Year|| |
The ASVAB is a Trojan Horse, as it includes the entire content of the Armed Forces Qualifying Test.
|Letter to the Editor|
|Issue 372 - February 2007|