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Indian voters oust right wing

NEW DELHI – Indian voters threw the right-wing, Hindu nationalist forces out of power in the recent national elections. A surprise rebellion of workers, farmers, women, youth, academics, poor, religious and national minorities took place against the policies of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee.

International notes

Uzbekistan: U.S. base worries neighbors / Sudan: Peace closer in south, west continues to suffer / Gaza: Israel builds new fence / Haiti: Caricom asks OAS investigation / Cambodia: Hotels fire hundreds

Lawyer for Cuban 5 seeks world support

BERLIN – In a whirlwind visit, U.S. civil rights lawyer Leonard Weinglass spoke to several audiences here about the case of the Cuban Five.

International notes

Palestine: IDF bars unionists from Workers Memorial Day / Canada: Hate crime law protects gays / Botswana: May Day highlights workers’ plight / Italy: Protest proposed airline layoffs

Cinco de Mayo its not just history

Opinion The celebration of Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the May 5, 1862, victory of the Mexican people’s army over French intervention in the battle of Puebla, has much significance for the U.S. people this election year.

Proud, happy Israeli whistleblower released

An unrepentant Mordechai Vanunu – the Israeli whistleblower who confirmed the existence of the country’s nuclear weapons program – left Ashkelon’s Shikma Prison April 21 after serving an 18-year sentence, 11 years of it in solitary confinement.

INDIA Right-wing govt facing setbacks

NEW DELHI – Exit polls following India’s third round of voting on April 26 suggest that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaypayee’s ruling right-wing party, the BJP, may lose its majority in Parliament.

International notes

Guam: Indigenous people protest military build-up / South Africa: Vote shows growing unity / Haiti: Death squads tighten their grip / Nepal: Protests for democracy continue / Venezuela: Threats grow on border

Cuba guarantees paid leave for parents

HAVANA – Cuban law now protects mothers and fathers who want to share child-rearing after the breast-feeding period, without having to worry about irate bosses.

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