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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.