[Marxism] LH Updated - Special: Interview with Anti-War GI

M. Junaid Alam mjunaidalam at msalam.net
Mon Nov 29 14:17:39 MST 2004

Left Hook
A Radical Youth Journal

Latest Release: Monday, November 29, 2004

Left Hook Exclusive: An Interview with an Anti-war Veteran from the Iraq

Derek Seidman with Jim Talib HM3 (FMF/PJ)

Jim Talib is an antiwar vet who served in Iraq earlier this year for
nearly seven months. He has recently begun speaking out against the war
and occupation. Derek Seidman, co-editor of /Left Hook/, was able to
catch up with Jim Talib and ask him some questions about the war and
occupation, his personal experiences in Iraq, and issues concerning the
relationship between antiwar soldiers and the broader antiwar movement.

- (Read the interview)

U.S. Hiring Increases, But Slow Job Growth Continues

Seth Sandronsky

Despite the apparent resolution of the presidential race, the U.S.
economy still faces many problems. One is slow job growth. This, and not
abortion and gay marriage, is the social issue of the day, determining
for the majority in blue and red states who does get by and who falls by
the wayside.

In October, the U.S. economy added 337,000 new, nonfarm jobs, the
highest total since March. The creation of new jobs, as revised by the
Labor Department, was 139,000 in September and 198,000 in August. Policy
makers with the Federal Reserve Bank issued cheery comments concerning
recent U.S. job growth on November 10.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Sandronsky112904.html>

His Own Fault: John Kerry's Failure

Igor Volsky

John Kerry has lost his bid for the presidency. To most Democrats who,
expecting a Kerry victory, were confirming their celebration-party
catering, the loss was a major disappointment. But President Bush had
been confident all along. When asked if he had any doubts about winning
a second term, Bush would fiercely shake his head from side to side with
the conviction of a two-year-old refusing to eat his broccoli.

Throughout the election, I had been quick to dismiss the president's
confidence as arrogance; convinced that his policies had alienated so
many Americans that his defeat was inevitable. But this election was not
decided by the issues. Instead, the vote turned into a referendum on gay
marriage and Kerry's service in Vietnam.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Volsky112904.html>

What PSA's Can Teach Us About American Democracy

Chad Faldt

How many of you saw the televised exhortations to vote? I'm not talking
about the 'rock the vote' events, or other such crap, but a couple of
particularly and unintentionally enlightening commercials. Every
presidential election is accompanied by a fusillade of rhetoric
expounding on the civic virtues and duties of voting. The newest
commercials display a brilliant sense of irony. The message is, perhaps,
only a cynical and candid acknowledgement of the substance, or lack
thereof, of the electoral process.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Culture/Faldt112904.html>

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