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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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Communists upbeat at world meeting in Minsk

MINSK, Belarus — The mood was upbeat as representatives from communist and workers’ parties around the world gathered here Nov. 3-5 to exchange experiences and observe the 90th anniversary of the Great October Revolution and its relevance for today.

Military leaders: end dont ask, dont tell

Opposition to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding the service of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals in the U.S. armed forces is gaining momentum — this time from within the military community.

Racial profiling at Yale protested

Workers at Yale are still waiting for an apology, five weeks after an African American library worker was the victim of racial profiling by a supervisor.

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Nobel winners: drop charges against San Francisco 8

SAN FRANCISCO — A statement issued last week by Nobel Peace Prize laureates including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has galvanized attention on a long-simmering case involving eight former Black Panther Party members charged with the 1971 murder of a San Francisco police sergeant. The men and their supporters contend the evidence cited against them was obtained under torture.

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L.A. unions set 2008 fight for good jobs

LOS ANGELES — Next year labor contracts covering some 350,000 union members in 30 union locals in Los Angeles County will expire, while tens of thousands more are organizing for first contracts.

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Build Oakland for everyone, say residents

OAKLAND, Calif. — Over 400 residents here came together Nov. 17 to project their vision of economic development — a vision featuring well-paying jobs, affordable housing, a healthy and safe environment, and steps to overcome the severe income and employment gaps especially affecting working-class families of color.

Must-see documentaries showcased in Toronto

For the first time in its 32-year history, the Toronto International Film Festival screened a film that was simultaneously available for free streaming on the Internet. The seven-minute short film, “Shock Doctrine,” based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book, is co-directed by Mexico’s acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón.

Who are the real American gangsters?

If you want fast-paced, episodic plotting and the latest Hollywood version of “Super Fly,” go see “American Gangster.” But whether you’ve seen it or not, here is my opinion. And I’m 65 years old and come from these same streets by way of St. Louis, Chicago and New York, so not only do I have an opinion, but I have a qualified one at that!

Gambling with our money

The increasing use of gambling as a source of revenue to close budget shortfalls is spreading like the plague across our nation.

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