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WORLDNOTES Equatorial Guinea, Australia, Afghanistan, UN, Guyana, Cuba

Equatorial Guinea: Corporations, banks back corruption, Australia: Labor protests anti-worker discrimination, Afghanistan: U.S. military contractors take root, United Nations: Ban speaks out on climate change, Guyana: U.S. military visits, Cuba: Good living at low ecological cost

COMMENTARY On racism, Supreme Court rules for status quo

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the New Haven firefighters is not a reason to keep Judge Sonia Sotomayor off the court as some on the right are pushing, but rather it shows how urgent it is that she be confirmed.

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Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone leader, 87

Corbin Harney, a spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone nation and internationally-renowned anti-nuclear activist, died near Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 10, of complications from cancer.

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Fridamania

Across the globe, celebrations and exhibitions are marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). In contrast with the modesty of her art, the celebrity-style hype about her life has elevated the artist to iconic status — reminiscent of the Mexican religions icons and retablos (altarpieces) that she collected.

Anti-immigrant politician provokes crisis

SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y. — This populous suburban/rural county on eastern Long Island, on the outskirts of the New York City metropolitan area, has a large and increasingly politicized immigrant population. Lately, they have often found themselves at odds with the strident anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy.

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LETTERS

Don’t leave, Citgo New heat record set Shout it from the rooftops Where’s the condemnation? Time for worker co-ops in U.S.

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EDITORIAL: Cuba stands tall

On July 26, 1953, small bands of militants attacked two Cuban Army installations in eastern Cuba. Most of the young revolutionaries were tortured and killed. The survivors went on to oust the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship.

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EDITORIAL: A civil rights milestone

It has been 14 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect. The years that have elapsed since then have certainly been educational with respect to how ultra-right political forces regard this civil rights legislation.

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North Carolina pork packers undeterred

On the same day that hundreds of Smithfield workers in the company’s Tar Heel, N.C., plant boldly wore union T-shirts to work in a show of solidarity, 75 community supporters turned out in support at a supermarket in nearby Fayetteville, July 21.

Calif. agency probes insecticides

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s pesticide agency is conducting a review of popular insecticides because many are ending up in urban streams and killing tiny aquatic creatures. The review could lead to restrictions and even bans on many products used on lawns and gardens.

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