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S. Korean protest arrogant Bush

Reeling from a court martial acquittal of two U.S. soldiers in the deaths of Korean teenagers mown down by a U.S. military vehicle, South Korea warned U.S. Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage, Dec. 10, that public anger could affect relations between the two countries. Armitage is in South Korea drumming up support for Bush’s war policy towards Iraq.

Caribbean leaders: end blockade vs Cuba

Caribbean heads of state called for the “immediate lifting” of U.S. economic sanctions imposed four decades ago on socialist Cuba, at a 15-nation Caribbean Community summit hosted for the first time in Havana. The U.S.-imposed sanctions are designed to promote “regime change” in an attempt to oust President Fidel Castro after he led the 1959 revolution.

Israeli forces increase collective punishment

TEL AVIV – “Razing houses of terrorists is an effective deterrent for averting terrorist attacks,” a senior officer of the occupation army, told the Ha’arett daily. “It is a grave penalty for the next-of-kin of terrorists. It is not merely an economic blow to the family. A home has emotional value, which cannot be restored after demolition. The terrorists’ families are paying a heavy price for their sons’ activity …,” the officer continued.

NAFTA devastates Mexican farmers

Commentary When negotiations for NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) were being finalized in 1993, the Mexican secretary of agriculture predicted that the pact would drive 13 million Mexican peasant farmers off their land.

Hearing focuses on wars impact

CHICAGO – Over 300 trade union and community activists filled Teamsters Auditorium on Dec. 7 for a public hearing on how a war with Iraq would impact working people.

National Clips

NEW ORLEANS, La.: Bush loses Bayou / SEATTLE: Peace, not war / RICHMOND, Va.: Governors demand change in Bush economic policy / WASHINGTON: Green Party wins in 2002 / STERLING, Colo.: WalMart sells donated Toys for Tots / WASHINGTON: Ugly fangs of racism

NYC transit workers fight for wages, safety

NEW YORK – Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 may go on strike Dec. 16 and the nation’s largest public transportation system, moving more than 7 million people daily, may come to a stop.

Carter urges peace, Bush undermines UN

As the Bush administration outraged United Nations members with its latest strong-arm tactics, former president Jimmy Carter challenged the Bush administration’s war drive and urged support for international cooperation.

Millions of Venezuelans protest new coup plot

Two million Venezuelans marched through Caracas, Dec. 8, to defend their country’s Constitution and stop a second coup d’etat aimed at ousting President Hugo Chavez.

Lula visits AFL-CIO headquarters

WASHINGTON (Press Associates, Inc., PAI) - Declaring “my victory is a symbol for all those who live from labor, Brazilian President-elect Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva warned of challenges ahead for his new government, but predicted success “because labor has built something different in Brazil.”

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