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Venezuela and Cuba announce economic pact

At ceremonies in Havana, Dec. 14, presidents Fidel Castro of Cuba and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela signed agreements calling for closer integration of their nations’ economies and announced new cooperative ventures in health care, education, and social services.

Calif. governor unveils Bush-like proposals

Labor and people’s organizations are expressing outrage over the proposals made by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the “State of the State” address he delivered Jan. 5, and the budget he introduced Jan. 10.

Neighborhood rallies against developers greed

NewsAnalysis NEW HAVEN, Conn. — This city’s communities have had enough of real estate developers coming into their neighborhoods, taking over their property and leaving them with little or no voice in the matter.

Tsunami warning system could have saved lives

It is now estimated that more than 150,000 people were killed in the Dec. 26 South Asian tsunami, and the numbers are still rising. Though nothing can stop such a natural disaster, there is substantial evidence that tens of thousands of lives could have been spared had a tsunami warning system been in place.

Google News puts PWW on top

Online news hounds clicked with fury to the People’s Weekly World web site last Friday, Jan. 7, to read Tim Wheeler’s story “Memo reveals Bush OK’d torture,” which appeared as the top U.S. news story on Google News. The People’s Weekly World is one of 4,500 news sources for the widely used search engine.

Turn your back on Bush

Want to send President Bush a message during his inauguration? You can turn your back. That’s right. Simple. No signs needed.

Russian oil titan auctioned off for taxes

NewsAnalysis HOUSTON — The most important subsidiary of the Russian oil company Yukos was auctioned off on Dec. 19 to a little-known company, BaikalFinansGroup, for failure to pay its tax bills.

Jim Moore, press builder, dies at 100

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jim Moore wanted with all his heart to make it to his 100th birthday. Friends and family brought him cards and flowers Nov. 8 at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital to help him celebrate his centennial birthday. He died two weeks later, on Nov. 22.

Motorcycle Diaries wins N.Y. Film Critics award

Film Awards ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ wins N.Y. Film Critics award Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles’ “Diarios de Motocicleta” (The Motorcycle Diaries), reflecting Cuban-Argentine guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara’s youthful road trip through South America, was awarded best foreign movie at the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

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