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Canada plays big role in propping up Haiti regime

NewsAnalysis VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Canadian government is taking a leadership role in propping up the U.S.-installed regime in Haiti and keeping Fanmi Lavalas, the party of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from returning to power.

Gay, lesbian group charts post-election work

For over 30 years, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has played a crucial role in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. For nearly two decades, the task force has sponsored the Creating Change Conference, held in various cities throughout the United States.

Vigilance urged in drive to curb police brutality

PORTLAND, Ore. — The National Coalition on Police Accountability held a conference Oct. 15-17 at Portland State University to provide an up-to-date assessment of the struggles to curb police brutality and violence, end racial profiling, and establish effective review boards to monitor police conduct.

California labor gears up for 2005

Around California, unions are ready for action in the New Year. Bay Area grocery workers are slated to resume talks Jan. 6 with Safeway and other grocery giants. Their contract, covering 30,000 members in nine Bay Area UFCW locals, expired Sept. 11; the latest extension ends Jan. 15.

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MIAMI: The Hon. Shirley Chisholm dies / SEATTLE: After third vote tally, winner declared / MUSKEGON, Mich.: Poverty stalks hundreds of thousands / HARRISBURG, Pa.: Keystone State trades with Cuba / WASHINGTON, D.C.: Cities demand ‘troops home’

United flight attendants OK strike

CHICAGO — Flight attendants at United Airlines have overwhelmingly authorized their union to call for targeted “CHAOS” strike activities should a federal bankruptcy court permit management to abrogate its collective bargaining agreement with its employees, the union reported Dec. 30.

Mass transit faces massive crisis

PHILADELPHIA — The Republican-led state Legislature left Harrisburg last month without addressing the massive budget crisis faced by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Agency (SEPTA). As a result, SEPTA’s board proposed to increase fares 50 percent, to $3 a ride, lay off workers and cut service by 20 percent, all of which will have serious consequences for the region’s economy, environment and quality of life.

Bushs pledge to Africa on AIDS falls short

News Analysis The Bush administration’s commitment to assist African nations in their battle against the AIDS epidemic is increasingly open to question.

Sailor refuses to be part of Iraq war

In a case that hearkens back to the Vietnam era, 23-year-old Navy Petty Officer Third Class Pablo Paredes has said, in effect, “Hell no, I won’t go.” At the pier in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 6, wearing a black T-shirt with the slogan, “Like a cabinet member, I resign,” Paredes, a Navy electronics technician, refused to board a transport ship headed to Iraq. click here for Spanish text

Putting the globe in the World

We’re excited to announce that People’s Weekly World Managing Editor Mark Almberg will travel to Porto Alegre, Brazil, to provide first-hand coverage of the fifth World Social Forum, Jan. 26-31.

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