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12,000 in Bali confront climate crisis

The UN-sponsored Bali conference that wound up Dec. 14 in Indonesia laid the basis for negotiations for an international agreement to follow the Kyoto Protocol, due to expire in 2012. While there are many sharp disagreements, and counties advocate varied strategies to address global climate change, there is increasing world consensus about the necessity of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Cold, soaring costs put people in deep freeze

PARIS, Maine — It is freezing cold and the countryside here in the “Down East” state is blanketed in snow. As home heating prices double or triple, low- and middle-income families in this low-wage state are struggling to stay warm.

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Two must see films

No Country for Old Men I’m Not There

Kid Nation, harmless TV or capitalist reality?

CBS television’s “Kid Nation” may profess to be a highbrow social experiment mixed with reality TV, but can a group of early teens and preteens build a viable “society” in a New Mexico ghost town abandoned many years prior?

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CARTOON: Dec. 8

Organizing News: Dec. 8

Casino workers deal union cards Janitors polish union tools

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St. Louis mobilizes against home foreclosures

ST. LOUIS — Housing activists, religious leaders and concerned homeowners launched a campaign in this city’s 18th Ward on Nov. 28 to stop predatory lenders and “fringe financial institutions” from taking advantage of low-income, working-class families here.

Calif. legislators respond to mortgage crisis

OAKLAND, Calif. — As the mortgage foreclosure crisis tightened its grip on California homeowners and threatened to impact the state’s budget, legislative leaders in Sacramento last week announced proposals to address the current crisis and to reform mortgage practices to forestall future crises.

WORLD NOTES: Dec. 8

Tanzania: ‘Helsinki Process’ deals with globalization Syria: Iraqis forced to leave Burma: Repression continues Hungary: Communists get suspended jail sentences Ecuador: Constituent Assembly opens

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