Final results of Iraq’s Dec. 15 elections are not expected for at least two weeks, as investigations of vote fraud allegations continue. Meanwhile political deal-making is under way. Controversial preliminary results gave the Shiite Islamic coalition, which dominates the current government, a lopsided lead, but short of the two-thirds needed to form a new government.
CHICAGO — “Is it not time for peace and reconciliation in a time of war and belligerency?” asked Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). “When the people of Venezuela are offering this gift to Chicago, then why should we not take this opportunity to simply reach out to the people of our city, and create a dialogue with the Venezuelan people?”
Revelations that President George W. Bush ordered the National Security Agency to engage in massive spying on law-abiding people, in flagrant violation of federal law, have ignited a firestorm of angry demands that he and Vice President Dick Cheney be censured or even impeached.
The news doesn’t stop for the holidays and, this year, neither did the World’s coverage. Even though there was no print edition of the paper, readers were able to keep up with important stories at pww.org.
Iran’s Tudeh Party announced that the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran arrested a number of leaders and key activists of the Tehran Public Bus Transportation Company Trade Union on Dec. 22-23.
NEW YORK — Subway and bus workers here are widely seen as having scored a victory over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the first citywide transit strike in a quarter century.
Miners' deaths spark tears and anger: 208 safety violations, $16 mil. in profits at nonunion coal company
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. — Working hard, playing by the rules, living your faith and building community can be fatal when mining coal in the Sago Mine, cited last year over 200 times for safety violations and generating $15.7 million for the International Coal Group (ICG) through the third quarter of 2005.
Jerry Texiero, 65, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., refused orders to deploy to Vietnam in July 1965. His decision was based on his opposition to U.S. intervention in Vietnam.
Cuban President Fidel Castro and Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales signed a bilateral cooperation and solidarity agreement Friday evening in Havana. The accord covers primarily the areas of health care, education and sports. The visiting dignitary publicly read the agreement, whose first clause deals with the establishment of a non-profit Cuban-Bolivian entity to provide free eye-care for Bolivians
Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) won an absolute majority in the Bolivian presidential elections Dec. 18. He will be sworn in on Jan. 22.