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If Elia Suleiman's face were a cartoon, then the single short, white
brush stroke dabbed into his black hair would perhaps be the beginning
of a thought balloon, perpetually forming above the l

Just hours after the third annual World Social Forum was officially inaugurated this afternoon, ten of thousands of delegates, visitors and local residents are gathering for a peace march thr

On the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the number of US abortion providers has fallen to its lowest level in three decades, a trend many physicians ascribe to a hostile political climate, the surge of hospital mergers and a lack of enthusiasm for teaching the procedure at most medical schools.

This info was in a new survey released on the eve of today's anniversary by the Alan Guttmacher Institute. The Institute also found, in this age of legalized abortion, that 87 percent of the counties in the United States do not have a single abortion provider! And things will likely get worse with most centers of political power in the US currently occupied by anti-choice hardliners.

Fortunately, there are numerous organizations taking effective action to help preserve and expand women's right to reproductive choice. Joining one of them today would be a good way to mark the anniversary's importance. Click here for a listing of links to groups as well as select Nation articles, essays and columns, including Katha Pollitt and Jennifer Baumgardner's Open Letter About Contraception.

Affirmative action, so long distorted by its critics, makes an easy political target.

Thirty years later, abortion's political terrain is more complicated than ever.

AD NAUSEAM--THE 'DIME BAG' AD

Lakewood, Calif.

This Kim Jong Il's a naughty lad,
But Bush says he's not half as bad
As ol' Saddam, whom we must swat
Before he gets what Kim has got.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously came out against the Vietnam War the year before he was assassinated in April, 1968. In a http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0120-03.htm "> fitting tribute from today's Los Angeles Times, David Garrow, King's Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, asks us to acknowledge what King himself would be doing almost every waking hour, were he still alive today at age 74: organizing mass demonstrations against a US invasion of Iraq.

The Alaskans for Peace didn't mind the weather; not only are they used to bitter cold, but one of them was wearing a polar bear costume.

"I want Bush to see that his people are against the war," declared 38-year-old Aris Cisneros, as he and his two childern joined a demonstration that filled the streets of downtown San Francisco.

Cisneros' sentiments were echoed coast to coast Saturday by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who marched in Washington, San Francisco and dozens of other communities in protest against the Bush administration's preparation for war with Iraq.

Braving freezing temperatures in Washington, tens of thousands of activists who had traveled by bus from as far away as Minnesota cheered as actress Jessica Lange declared, "The path this administration is on is wrong and we object. It is an immoral war they are planning and we must not be silenced."

Among Washington insiders the odds of war with Iraq rise and fall
daily--60-40, 50-50, 40-60.

"Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error," Illinois Governor
George Ryan said on January 11, clearing his state's death row as his
final act of office.

One of the most important votes of 2003 will be cast not in Congress or
in voting booths across the country but at the Federal Communications
Commission.

The Iraqi-American writer and Brandeis professor Kanan Makiya is
nowadays considered by many in the United States to be the Iraqi
dissident par excellence.

A deeply disturbing development that has been buried under the debris of
war talk is the fact that since 1998, in a major historical reversal,
most of the deaths and injuries from terrorism hav

Because they pay too much in taxes--
To feed the poor and fight the axis--
The rich are truly discommoded.
It spoils the fun of being loaded.

I asked Fatima, a mother with nine children, all living with her husband
and her sister in three rooms, "How are you preparing for the war?" She
replies, "Oh, there is not much we can do.

NAOMI KLEIN ON BOARD

Since the bottom line here is terrible physical pain, let's start with
someone who has spent most of her life in that condition. There are
millions like her. Patricia C.

"Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest," reads the little
informational card the ACLU hands out to citizens.

Kyoto was just a start for Bush.

3/13/01
Abandons pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

3/28/01
Rejects Kyoto Protocol.