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International notes

Israel: Armed forces accused of war crimes / Cuba: Blockade costs over $70 billion / South Africa: SACP urges social security overhaul / Korea: Joint industry complex planned / Haiti: Financial embargo leads refugees to flee / Indonesia: Class action suit vs. privatization

World student groups defend public education

ACCRA, Ghana – An international gathering of student organizations ended its second World Student Congress last week with a strong commitment to mobilizing students around the world in defense of access to public education.

From Charles Dickens to George W. Bush

The novels of Charles Dickens portray life during the development of modern capitalism in England. In Nicholas Nickleby (1838), one of the characters describes a venture in which members of parliament join with capitalists to launch a new company:

Health costs crisis

The winners of this week’s Congressional elections will be representing a population increasingly angry over health care costs. For the fourth consecutive year, health care costs will be increasing, and this will be the highest level of health cost increases in 13 years.

ILWU calls for investigation of Bush

LOS ANGELES – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union sent a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, Nov. 1, calling on the Department of Justice to conduct a full investigation into the apparent collusion between the Bush administration, shipping companies and associations during the West Coast port contract negotiations.

Whose recovery? Unemployment up

Commentary War talk from the Bush administration has done a pretty good job of shouting down any news coverage of rising unemployment. Just released figures from the Labor Department show that unemployment continued to climb slightly from 5.6 percent in September to 5.7 percent in October. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the economy lost 5,000 jobs.

Harvey Pitt, SEC head, shown the door

Harvey Pitt, the Wall Street yes man whom President Bush had appointed to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was forced to resign on Nov. 5.

Texas: Labor did its part

DALLAS – In the nation’s second most populous state, Democratic candidates withered and burned under an offensive blitz led by President George W. Bush of Crawford.

Tech agreement an ILWU victory

LOS ANGELES – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association reached a crucial tentative agreement related to technology and union jurisdiction on Nov. 1. The tentative deal marks a turning point in the contentious contract battle that has been raging since May 1.

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