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The choice: Heat or eat

Santa Claus came to Washington early this year. Some, like the nearly one million workers who will lose their unemployment benefits on Dec. 28, will find lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings while nearly 2,000 of President Bush’s political appointees will find checks of as much as $25,000 in theirs.

Crowd greets appeals for solidarity

BALTIMORE – A near-capacity crowd at Stony Run Friends Meeting Dec. 9 applauded as Luis Fernandes of Brazil and Edith Manrique of Colombia appealed for solidarity in their people’s struggles for democracy and national independence.

100 arrested at UN opposing immoral war

NEW YORK – “War against Iraq is unjustifiable and immoral. It will cost thousands of innocent lives, Iraqi and American. And I will do everything I can to stop it.” So said Rabbi Michael Fineberg before his arrest on the steps of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Dec. 10.

Cuba offers to buy from black farmers in U.S.

MIAMI – With their land and their livihoods on the line, America’s Black farmers have been locked in a battle with the federal government over equal access to low interest loans, grants and other aid. Now they hope to tap the emerging Cuban market, one that agribusiness giants have largely claimed for themselves.

U.S. fines group for giving medicine to Iraq

On November 6 the U.S. Treasury Department imposed $20,000 in fines on Chicago-based Voices in the Wilderness (VitW), for delivering medicine to combat diseases that have killed half a million children since the U.S. imposed an embargo.

High court accepts affirmative action case

WASHINGTON – In 1978, the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action quotas in college admissions in the Bakke decision. However, the ruling allowed the consideration of race in university admissions leaving the door open for universities to pursue aggressive recruitment policies for students of color and women.

9/11 families angered at Kissinger choice

George W. Bush’s decision to appoint Henry A. Kissinger to chair the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has drawn sharp criticism, including angry charges that it is an “insult” to the families of the 3,000 people who died.

Iraq inspections proceed, Bush presses war

Although UN teams continued unimpeded weapons inspections, turning up no signs that Iraq is producing or stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, President Bush claimed these results were “not encouraging” and cast doubt on the entire inspection process.

White House attacks Clean Air Act

President Bush stepped up his attack on the environment in the week preceding Thanksgiving by poking holes in the Clean Air Act and tearing up long-established rules governing the management of the nation’s 155 national forests.

Brazil turns left

Fernandes speaks on ‘Lula’ victory See itinerary below The people of Brazil are still celebrating the landslide election of union metalworker Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva, as president of Brazil Oct. 27, Luis Fernandes, a political scientist directly involved in the Lula campaign told the World in a telephone interview from his home in Rio de Janeiro.

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