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Banks robbing the poor…again

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March 21, 2011
Banks robbing the poor…again

The banks aren’t made of marble. They’re made of exorbitant fees charged to the jobless and the poor. That’s what about 50 protesters told US Bank on March 18, 2011. The protesters, many of them local trade union members, marched in front of a Eugene, OR, branch of US Bank chanting “Oregon families are...
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Go Smokies Go – A hockey legend

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March 16, 2011
Go Smokies Go – A hockey legend

Shivers went through me as I watched Norm Lenardon score the fifth and final goal to clinch the world amateur hockey championships for the Trail Smoke Eaters. I could feel a tear forming as I re-listened to a CD of the voice of CFRB Toronto’s Bill Stevenson calling the game on the radio from...
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Madness in Madison

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February 26, 2011
Madness in Madison

Now they’ve done it. The Wisconsin legislature has gone and passed their anti-union bill. It’s a crazy place, America, and it’s getting crazier by the minute. But turning on its public employees – the very people who make life slightly more liveable – is about the craziest move yet. What’s going on here?
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Wobbly free speech trek celebrated

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February 21, 2011
Wobbly free speech trek celebrated

Trade unionists and social activists celebrated the 100th anniversary of a uniquely local moment in United States labour history on Feb. 16, 2011, in the quiet little university city of Eugene, OR.
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Nothing is for free, not even nothing

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February 16, 2011

A big American magazine recently offered me a year’s subscription for free. How ‘bout that! In these tight times, it’s hard to imagine that anything is free. Well, guess what? It isn’t.
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British labour historian dies

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February 9, 2011
British labour historian dies

British labour historian Dorothy Thompson died on Jan. 29, 2011, at age 87. Thompson focused her studies on the 19th-century Chartist movement. Her spouse, the late E.P. Thompson, wrote a groundbreaking history called The Making of the English Working Class.  Together they made a formidable team of activist historians, both dedicating themselves to the Campaign for Nuclear...
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Evangelical powerbrokers

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February 1, 2011
Evangelical powerbrokers

How do America's Christian fundamentalists justify their support of the horrendous atrocities committed by their government in the name of God? That was the nagging question posed to American historian Nick Salvatore at the 36th annual Qualicum history conference in Parksville, B.C., on Jan. 28, 2011.
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Angela Davis still fighting

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January 26, 2011
Angela Davis still fighting

Angela Davis, one of only three women in history to be on the FBI’s most wanted list, is still a firebrand for her causes albeit a more subdued version of the 1960s radical Marxist sometimes dubbed the last great black activist.
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Ouch!

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January 10, 2011

I wandered into my local Hudson’s Bay store the other day in search of a set of cereal bowls and as I walked through the main doors an announcement blasted over the store-wide speaker system. “For the next 10 minutes only, we are giving away a free paring knife,” said a male voice. “This...
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Wired to wireless

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January 10, 2011

I’m finally wireless or am I? It had been a regular conundrum for me. Most days I write at home, do my emailing, research on the Internet, etc. So why go wireless? What did I gain from it?
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