The gruesome lesson from the Korean War and Vietnam show that nothing will be accomplished by sending more troops to Iraq, other than adding to the 2,876 soldiers killed and leaving more dead civilians.
The Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting is a reminder of the importance of alternative weekly newspapers and the continuing tendency for monopoly newspapers to pursue profit or behind-the-scenes influence.
Can Democrats present a progressive economic program that is also politically popular? The outcome of the presidential election may turn on this crucial question. AlterNet's economic primer outlines the core economic principles that distinguish progressive Democrats from profligate Republicans, and offers seven concrete actions that will promote economic equity and make a difference in the lives of ordinary Americans.
Gregg Zachary recently attended the AFL-CIO convention in New York City and reports that with not a moment to spare, unions are reviving and mass organizing is occurring in the private-sector at the highest pace since the 1930s. Still, he cautions: "Unions could fail in any number of ways to take advantage the rising militance of workers with low or declining wages. Hidebound unions in construction and heavy industry might call more suicidal strikes, ignoring the proven alternative of mobilizing the entire community -- consumers, church groups and other progressive organizations -- against employers....Ego-maniacal union presidents, meanwhile, might continue to build their private empires, eschewing the kind of coordinated efforts among unions that might expand the membership pie rather than shuffle the existing pieces."