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What is going on in Iraq today? An Iraqi view

Raid Fahmi is a member of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP). He represented the ICP at the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties in Athens, Greece, June 19-20, 2003.

Venezuelas revolution improves economy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is an advocate for the poor and working people, enjoying the votes of over half of his countrymen and women in every election. This infuriates the wealthy and powerful in Caracas and Washington, D.C., as does his friendship with Cuban President Fidel Castro.

International notes

Japan: Anti-nuke meet opens / Liberia: Emergency food airlifted / Britain: Unions shift to left / Britain: Unions shift to left / Afghanistan: Union-busters help draft laws / China & Russia: Urge ban on space arms / France: Anti-globalization activist released

Israel builds two anti-Palestinian walls

TEL AVIV – How many invulnerable and invincible “defense walls” have been constructed during history? “High-security walls,” propagated as a guarantor of protection against an enemy onslaught, have all proven to be vulnerable and penetrable.

U.S. schools and shelters to receive Cuban aid

The 14th U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment caravan, organized by IFCO/Pastors for Peace, after successfully delivering 80 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuban schools, churches, hospitals, and senior centers last week, returned to the United States via Mexico on July 29, carrying products manufactured in Cuba to be delivered to communities throughout the U.S.

Millions celebrate Cuban revolution

Millions of Cubans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution with carnivals, dancing, street festivals, parades, meetings and rallies. July 26 is the anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks, which sparked the revolution.

International notes

Greece: Lawyers accuse British before ICC / Burma: Unocal sued over forced labor / Argentina: Military officers to stand trial / Vietnam: Haiphong development plan unveiled / S. Africa: Miners win wage hike

Bush threatens Iran, war danger grows

News analysis George Bush once again accused Iran of continuing to “harbor and assist terrorists,” July 21, warning of the consequences. Israel, as well, on July 21, accused Iran of “trying everything” to get nuclear weapons, and that if it succeeded, it would threaten a far wider theatre than just the Middle East.

Thousands caught in deportation nightmare

Less than two weeks after Rabih Haddad’s wife vowed to clear the name of her deported husband, she and three of her children have themselves been deported. Salma Al-Rushaid and her children, ages 5 through 13, were deported July 28 to her native Kuwait for alleged visa violations. The family hopes to join Haddad in Lebanon soon. The couple’s fourth child, a U.S. citizen, will remain here.

International notes

Cuba: Charges of interference refuted / China: Gov’t offers economic cooperation to Taiwan / Afghanistan: U.S. credibility on the line / Britain: Immigrant workers exploited / South Africa: Mine strike looms

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