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Two trees

The following poem was inspired by a coincidence: two trees recently became prominent in the news at almost the same time. One was the so-called “white tree” in Jena, La., which had become a symbol of de facto racism on campus. The other, a chestnut tree outside the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, is dying from various diseases.

Cubs fans shortchanged

At last! So I thought before the Chicago Cubs lost against the Arizona Diamondbacks in National League’s baseball playoffs.

Who will be the last to die?

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band began their latest tour Oct. 2, performing many tracks from their newly released album “Magic,” which consists of upbeat pop-rock tunes and social criticism.

EDITORIAL: October 27 - Be there for peace!

Protests against the Iraq war and occupation have been going on since long before the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Demonstrators have poured into the streets in national actions, and have held marches, vigils and other protests in their local communities.

EDITORIAL: Feeling secure?

Under the guise of a “war on terror,” this administration has invaded two countries, unleashed the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands, including close to 4,000 American troops, terrorized and tortured detainees, and illegally spied on Americans. Are we feeling more secure?


Philippines: Blacklist bars rights advocates Afghanistan: Civilian deaths shoot up France: Barriers go up against refugees Nicaragua: With abortions illegal, women die South Africa: Tri-national alliance in the works

New group affirms African-Latino identity

CHICAGO — Over 200 people met at San Lucas United Church here Sept. 21 for the launching of the Afro-Latin@ Institute of Chicago. Its mission is to help strengthen research and build activist networks among Latinos of African descent in the United States.

N. Calif. PWW banquet to honor workers, environmental leader

OAKLAND, Calif. — Garbage workers who defeated their employer’s union-busting lockout, hotel workers fighting for better wages and working conditions, an environmentalist and community leader, and the head of an area building trades council will share center stage Nov. 4 as Northern California Friends of the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo honors them at its annual banquet.

Two halves of Korea cement ties

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun made history Oct. 2 when he walked across the Military Demarcation Line, which separates North and South Korea, and became the first ever head of state to do so. He traveled to the North to meet with his counterpart, Kim Jong Il, on Oct. 3-4.

Ground Zero fire, deaths, spur questions

Six years after the 9/11 attack, the fog of profiteering, corruption and secrecy continues to whirl around the demolition and reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.

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