World News

The call of Cuba

I’m not so much of a world traveler, but I do know from friends who travel that there are few places you can go where you won’t find a McDonald’s, a Kentucky Fried Chicken or a Wal-Mart. One of those few places is Cuba — no McDonald’s, no Exxon Mobil or Citibank.

EDITORIAL: Sitting on a fault line

A major earthquake hit Japan’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant this week. That should give pause to those who advocate looking to nuclear power as concerns about global warming escalate.

Women sue Halliburton for sexual assault in Iraq

HOUSTON — Four women who used to work for KBR, formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root, have filed suit against KBR and Halliburton, alleging they were sexually harassed and, in two cases, raped while on the job in Iraq.

Global health care, Cuban-style

Against a backdrop of ratcheted-up Bush attacks on Cuba and the devastating contradictions afflicting U.S. health care, the documentary “Salud!” by Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba is timely, informative and inspiring.

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Iraqi labor leaders visit Haymarket memorial

CHICAGO — Two leaders of Iraq’s labor movement placed a plaque at the Haymarket Memorial here June 23 as leaders of major U.S. labor organizations looked on. The presentation was the Iraqis’ way of remembering both Iraqi and American workers who have been killed defending human rights. In Arabic and English, the plaque reads, “May the bonds of international labor solidarity help us all in our struggles for justice, peace, democracy and workers’ rights.”

Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, lifelong radical

Ousmane Sembene, universally regarded as the “father of African cinema,” died June 9 at the age of 84 at his home in Dakar, Senegal. A lifelong radical, his films tackled the most contentious issues in Africa, frequently provoking the indignation of the ruling class of both his home country and its former colonizer.

The victims of capitalism

Not to say that bad things didn’t happen under socialism; but what happened under socialism doesn’t hold a candle to what has occurred under capitalism. The entirety of what city would be required for a monument to the victims of capitalism? There’s no city big enough.

The word and the deed

When it comes to global warming, Bush claims to be ready to take action, he is actually not proposing any action. He’s ready to spew words but not ready to back them up with anything meaningful.

EDITORIAL: Scoundrels refuge

In the seventh year of his administration, George W. Bush has gained notoriety as perhaps the most hypocritical president in U.S. history. He did nothing to repair that sorry reputation in dedicating the “Victims of Communism” memorial in Washington, June 12.

Can we reindustrialize?

The British manufacturing industry is in trouble, according to a recent analysis by the Economic Committee of the Communist Party of Britain titled “Halting the Decline of Britain’s Manufacturing Industry.” In proposing an alternative economic strategy for Britain, “Halting the Decline” comes up with plenty of remedies applicable to the U.S.

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