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Students and labor unions armed with pots and pans marched alongside miners, truckers, coffee growers, milk producers and potato farmers in a general strike in Colombia on Thursday, where hard laborers have to endure such difficulties as high fuel prices and free trade agreements that farmers say have brought them to the edge of bankruptcy.

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Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

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A new antiwar campaign takes its inspiration from the late, great Molly Ivins, one of Truthdig's most popular writers In the last column she wrote before dying, Molly had this plea: "Raise hell Hit the streets to protest Bush's proposed surge We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'STOP IT, NOW!' " .

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