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L.A. mayors race could make history

LOS ANGELES — With less than a month to go before the May 17 vote in the heated mayoral runoff here, there are strong signs that City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa could become the city’s first Mexican American mayor since 1872.

U.S. seen as roadblock to ending nukes

NEW YORK — The Bush administration — not the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Iran, or any other “rogue state” — is most responsible for the threat of nuclear proliferation, say organizers of the March and Rally for Peace in Iraq and Nuclear Disarmament Worldwide set for May 1 at the United Nations.

Communists launch online discussion

With a newly launched web site, the Communist Party USA is inviting broad discussion on how Americans can defeat the Bush agenda and build a bigger and stronger movement for peace, democracy, jobs and equality.

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When men cry: Argentinas factory takeovers

There’s a moment in “The Take,” a recent Canadian documentary about the Popular People’s Power Movement in Argentina, that really grabs you.

April movie mania in Chicago

CHICAGO — The nation’s largest, longest and oldest film festival will be held here April 8-20 at the Landmark, Piper’s Alley, and Facets theaters. The 21st Chicago Latino Film Festival’s 58 features and 81 shorts, representing a total of 44 countries, will be premiered.

Asian directors present films in NYC

NEW YORK — The 3rd Annual South Asia Human Rights Film & Video Festival opens here April 7. The three-day festival features dynamic full-length films and documentaries by South Asian directors and independent filmmakers, throwing light on issues such as HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, sexuality, peace and conflict. Film directors and human rights activists will join the discussion after each screening.

Silent Waters Movie Review

“Silent Waters,” a film by Sabiha Sumar (in Punjabi with English subtitles), is set in 1979 Pakistan, when General Zia-ul-Haq took control of the country and stoked the fires of Islamic nationalism.

OPINION: Blocking the vote 40 years after Bloody Sunday

The tragic, history-making events of “Bloody Sunday,” on March 7, 1965, in Selma, Ala., ultimately freed the vote for millions of African Americans. Forty years later, as we reflect on the march that led to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we are also reminded that more than 2 million African Americans continue to be denied the right to vote by one of the vestiges of American slavery.

OPINION: Terri Schindler-Schiavo: an American tragedy

The heartbreaking saga of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is nearing its end as the legal and political maneuvers surrounding her wind down. The Pinellas Park, Fla., hospice continues to be the focus of media attention as this is written, with the encampment of journalists swelled by the presence of protesters, the curious, and law enforcement officers.

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