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Iraqi Communist Party Mourns Dr. Naziha al-Dulaimi

The Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party has mourned the passing away of the prominent patriotic Iraqi woman, comrade Dr. Naziha al-Dulaimi, who died on Tuesday morning, 9 October 2007, in hospital in Germany.

Oregon labor briefs

PORTLAND, Ore. — The workers at Rosemont School for Girls here voted Oct. 10 to join SEIU Local 503 by a vote of 37-8. This was a hard-fought NLRB-sponsored election campaign, with lots of anti-union literature, unfair labor practices by management, captive audience meetings, and the termination of a union supporter.

Elah questions war

“In the Valley of Elah,” directed by Paul Haggis, is a refreshingly open and frank look at the harsh realities the war in Iraq has caused and its impact on U.S. military families.

Solidarity talks, phonies squawk

As soon as aspects of the proposed contract with General Motors were revealed, activists’ e-mail boxes began to fill up with the opinions of armchair socialists. “Sellout” and “backroom deal” were the usual characterizations. All of them blasted the union; none of them criticized GM. All of them were full of shrieking condemnation; none of them had any positive suggestions as to how we could help.

LETTERS: Oct. 13

No Blackwater ‘The Brother’ Gun violence Daily Worker request

Port unveils clean truck proposal

OAKLAND, Calif. — Truck pollution, now contributing to soaring rates of asthma, cancer and heart disease in the West Oakland community, may be heading downward under a new plan announced by Port of Oakland officials here.

NATIONAL CLIPS: Oct. 13

TACOMA, Wash.: Watada trial postponed BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: Front page sparks fight for equality WINFIELD, W.Va.: Cancer victims sue Monsanto JENA, La.: Rocker’s song invokes mayor’s protest

By slim margin, Costa Rica passes free trade pact

In an unprecedented referendum, Costa Rican voters Oct. 7 ratified a “free trade” treaty with the United States, putting their nation on track with neighboring Panama, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — plus the Dominican Republic — to join the U.S.-sponsored Central American Free Trade Agreement. Under CAFTA, tariffs and quotas will phase out over 10 years.

Latino Congreso sets 2008 agenda

Some 2,000 Latino leaders and activists from throughout the United States met in Los Angeles Oct. 5-9 to map an action plan and social justice program for the 2008 elections. Their goal is to bring out 10 million Latino voters who can play a decisive role in the presidential and congressional elections.

Ecuadorian vote keeps left course on track

One of the main priorities of Ecuador’s constituent assembly, set to convene Oct. 30, will be to counteract the “barbarism that prevails in the economy” and to dismantle the economic model that exists today so as to benefit “the most dispossessed sectors in the country,” according to President Rafael Correa.

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