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Unusual coalition wins judgeship nod in N.Y.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — This is not a big election year here, but on Sept.18 there were primaries for two state district judgeships and for the much more important County Surrogate judgeship. Usually the Brooklyn Democratic machine, which has been notoriously corrupt for decades, picks the Surrogate candidate and there is no contest.

Always Jewish, lately Palestinian

A POEM: Always Jewish, lately Palestinian


A Canadian Reds great restlessness

Faith Johnston’s “A Great Restlessness: the Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen” is an absorbing political biography of one of Canada’s long-forgotten Communists who fought for the rights of women and children and played a role in shaping Canada’s postwar social legislation.

Bolivian adversaries step back from brink

The current struggle between Bolivia’s newly empowered indigenous people and poor against the country’s old, ousted power brokers seemed headed for an impasse when the two sides took a breather.

Psychologists equivocate on torture

I am a psychologist and I’m mad as hell about the recent decision by the American Psychological Association (APA) to continue to let psychologists collaborate with the CIA and the military in their torture of detainees at Guantanamo and other U.S. facilities.

LETTERS: Deptember 29

Mad as hell Astounded Jena 6 struggle continues The elephant in the room

This Week In Labor: September 29

Labor takes aim at key 2008 races Unions and lawmakers fight corporate bankruptcy dodge House panel overturns NLRB rulings Four senators go after ‘independent contractor’ loophole Supreme Court to tackle on-the-job issues this fall Labor welcomes first African American to top AFL-CIO post A lesson learned about sticking together Cooling-off period at Farmer Joe’s

Housing activists urge end to rent-hike loophole

NEW YORK — The state Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) held three simultaneous hearings this week in Manhattan, White Plains and Mineola on Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to close a loophole in the housing laws that allowed landlords to raise rents drastically when they leave the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program.

WORLD NOTES: September 29

Nepal: Maoists leave government Paraguay: Youth demand social change Syria: Israeli incursion meets resistance Nigeria: South Korea, China buy oil rights Hungary: Communist leaders go on trial

Puerto Ricans unite at pro-independence rally

“We are united with the same end in common — the independence of our motherland,” Elma Beatriz Rosado told several thousand people who gathered on Sept. 23 in the Plaza of the Revolution in Lares, Puerto Rico, to commemorate the 139th anniversary of the island’s rebellion against Spanish rule.

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