September

WORLD NOTES

UN: Agency rejects U.S. spin on Iran findings Israel: Military actions ‘insane and monstrous’ S. Africa: Cleaning workers get global support Indonesia: Forest fires rage

TAKE ACTION: Act now to free the Cuban 5

Gerardo Hernández, Fernando González, René González, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labañino have been unjustly imprisoned for eight long years.

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Worldwide call grows for release of Cuban 5

The international campaign to free the Cuban Five — five Cuban nationals who were arrested by the U.S. for monitoring Miami-based exiles trying to bomb and otherwise wreak havoc on Cuba — has sparked solidarity actions in more than 80 countries.

Non-Aligned Movement looks to new role

The 14th summit conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Havana, Sept. 11-16, was the occasion for redefining the group’s purposes and future direction. Delegates attended from 118 nations, representing two-thirds of the world’s population.

Gaza suffers under Israeli lockdown

The Gaza Strip has nearly disappeared from the news since July when the Israeli assault on Lebanon began, but there is reason to believe the 1.4 million Palestinians effectively locked down in that tiny piece of land are suffering extreme deprivation and are turning on each other.

U.S.-backed regime in Haiti committed crimes

An article in a prestigious British medical journal reveals that forces linked to Haiti’s previous U.S.-imposed interim government were responsible for widespread murder and rape.

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Black clergy demand justice for Arellano

Ohio lawmaker latest in GOP trail of corruption

Six-term Congressman Bob Ney became the latest Republican crook to bite the dust when he agreed last week to plead guilty to sweeping federal corruption charges and face a 27-month prison term.

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Calif. greenhouse gas bill draws praise, cautions

As it wrapped up its session late last month, the Democratic Party-led California Legislature reached an agreement with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the first-ever state measure to cut global warming by limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

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Outrage over Bushs bid to OK torture

WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush is meeting stiff resistance both inside and outside Congress as he attempts to ram through legislation to permit use of coerced testimony and secret evidence in kangaroo-style military tribunals at the Pentagon’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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