February

Haitis poor struggle against inhuman horror

The University of Miami Law School's recently released report exposes widespread human rights abuses taking place in Haiti under the U.S.-imposed government. The U.S.-sponsored coup on Feb. 29, 2004 ousted elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide. A team of investigators from UMLS’ Center for the Study of Human Rights visited Haiti, Nov. 11-21, 2004.

Quebec toys with electoral reform

The year 2004 closed with some tentative steps toward electoral reform in Canada, but no guarantee of real change. In December, Quebec became the first provincial government to submit a draft bill for mixed member proportional representation voting, although the legislation is considered weak by critics of the current “first past the post” system.

Voices of the World Social Forum

“Filipino migrants are all over the world. Why? Because they cannot make enough money to care for their families in the Philippines.

Feel good speech opens NYC mayoral battle

NEW YORK—Though elections won’t be held until November, the battle for the mayoralty here has already begun. Critics charge that Mayor Michael Bloomberg used an unrealistic “feel-good” State of the City address as a campaign tool. His challengers have come out swinging on a number of issues, ranging from labor to his failed school reforms to his proposed city budget.

Airline gets handout, workers get shaft

PITTSBURGH — At 5:30 a.m. Julie Burnett, 53, was busy at the US Airways ticket counter assisting passengers with the newfangled machines generating their boarding passes. “These machines are taking our jobs along with those crooks in the front office and that judge,” she said. “It’s criminal. [Allegheny County Executive] Dan Onorato was right. Don’t give these thieves another dime. They are destroying our families and our neighborhoods.”

Upholding Social Security: Labor targets Schwab

SAN FRANCISCO — The labor movement and community organizations took on the financial institutions backing Social Security privatization as they held noontime demonstrations Jan. 26 in San Francisco and Boston to protest Charles Schwab and Co.’s leading role in trying to open up the system to Wall Street.

Tipping point looms for Earths climate

Global warming is leading towards a “tipping point,” where rising oceans, droughts, and weather change would become irreversible by the end of this century, says a new study by the International Climate Change Task Force.

New York closes in on $35,000

The largest group of readers of the People’s Weekly World resides in the Empire State. Each year, New Yorkers take the responsibility to raise the largest amount of money for our reader-powered press. Elena Mora, New York State Communist Party chairperson, took the lead in helping to raise over $34,000 from readers and supporters. As of Feb. 2 these friends of the PWW were closing in on their $35,000 goal.

Back to its roots after 85 years: CPUSA will paint Chicago red July 1

“With pride in our unity and fighting spirit,” the National Committee of the Communist Party USA has kicked off preparations for its 28th national convention, July 1–3, under the slogans, “The people can win! Defeat the Bush agenda! Build the CPUSA.”

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