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Indian secularism suffers blow in Gujarat elections

AHMDABAD, Gujarat ? 'The BJP's victory is a setback for the cause of secular democracy,' said D. Raja, leader of the Communist Party of India. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 127 seats, gaining control of two-thirds of the 182-seat assembly in Gujarat, where thousands of people died in 2002 in the worst Hindu-Muslim violence in a decade.

Happy 100th, Harriet

PHILADELPHIA – Friends and comrades from Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware gathered to celebrate Harriet Fahey’s 100th birthday, Dec. 29, at Fahey’s nursing home residence.

Wheres the good sci fi?

Movie Reviews My movie buddy and I saw Solaris when it opened. There was no new “Firefly” on the tube that night, so we watched a tape of Star Trek. Since present-time fiction tends to describe the way storytellers see the world today and sci-fi gives them a chance to describe the future, there are reasons to wish that more of today’s artists had a bright, progressive view.

Toronto International Film Festival 2002 Part 5

Progressive Cinema Although the all-encompassing Toronto International Film Festival, with 265 feature films, has its share of Hollywood blockbusters and a seemingly endless array of celebrities, it’s the stunning collection of socially conscious films that attracts most progressive viewers.

A New Years resolution

As 2002 ended, so did the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo Fund Drive. We’re still totaling up the amounts as the last of the money comes into the office. But we can already see that this year our readers re-committed themselves to supporting this paper in a new way.

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