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EDITORIAL: Everybodys talking about the weather

Earlier this month, in the second installment of its four-part report, the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said worldwide shifts in weather patterns and rising sea levels could bring drought, hunger, heat waves and disease to all continents. The poorest societies in the most arid regions would be hardest hit.

Crisis of capitalist globalization

Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz opened a panel discussion on “Global Imbalances, Power Shifts and the Future of Multilateralism” at a conference sponsored by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C., April 12.

Globalized union solidarity under way

The story of capitalist globalization is a harsh one for workers. The big business press usually spotlights stories of giant mergers and acquisitions.

U.S., Canada and UK unions begin talks

Merger talks between the United Steelworkers union (USW), based in the U.S. and Canada, and Amicus, the 1-million-member-strong and largest union in the UK, will open at the end April.

Scientists: global warming means dark future

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last week released a 1,572-page report outlining global warming’s dramatic consequences for human life, ecosystems and world geography.

Millions face early death from hunger, thirst

More than 3 million people in the world are condemned to premature death from hunger and thirst. I have meditated a lot on that in the wake of President Bush’s recent meeting with U.S. automobile manufacturers. The sinister idea of converting food into fuel was definitively established as an economic line in U.S. foreign policy on March 26

EDITORIAL: Supreme Court v. Bush on global warming

In a landmark environmental decision and a major slam at the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled April 2 that the Environmental Protection Agency can and should regulate global warming gases in car and truck emissions.

Mexico City poised to legalize abortion

MEXICO CITY — A legislative proposal to legalize abortion in Mexico’s Federal District (D.F.), the area that encompasses Mexico City, is encountering strong resistance from right-wing forces here. But its passage seems likely.

What to do about global warming

That global warming is a major threat to life on the planet is finally receiving universal acknowledgement. Last month’s UN report from hundreds of scientists concluded that global warming was “very likely” caused by mankind.

German union backs U.S. Chrysler workers

The 2.4-million-member IG Metall union, representing German blue- and white-collar metalworkers, including autoworkers at Daimler-Chrysler’s German plants, is opposing the company’s move to jettison its U.S. Chrysler division, and calling for a solution that benefits both the company and U.S. workers.

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