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Israeli Communist leader Meir Vilner dies at 84

Meir Vilner, veteran leader of the Communist Party of Israel and the last living signatory of Israel’s Independence Charter, died June 5 in Tel-Aviv at 84.

U.S. wars and the Puerto Rican people

Opinion The United States took over Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898 and ruled it the same way other European powers ruled their colonies for many years – as a source of raw materials and a market for U.S. products.

Anit-immigrant wall endangers nature, too

TUCSON, Ariz. – “The Sonoran Desert is a place of stunning beauty and provides essential habitat for a surprising number of plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth,” said Scotty Johnson, a representative of Defenders of Wildlife.

International notes

Canada: Women & unions win landmark settlement / Iraq: War worsens chronic poverty / Argentina: IMF threatens homes / El Salvador: Washington meddling in elections / Afghanistan: Anarchy on the rise

Mideast 'free trade' accord signed

Hidden away in Shuneh, a tiny winter resort, 1,300 feet below sea level, with summer heat of at least 110 degrees, on the Jordanian Dead Sea shore – far from any anti-globalization crowds – about 1,200 government officials and big capitalist industrial and trade tycoons from around the globe met for a three-day World Economic Forum in a huge air-conditioned tent.

Canadian court ruling strikes blow for gay rights

VANCOUVER, Canada – The Ontario Court of Appeals recently ruled that the exclusion of gays and lesbians from legally marrying is unjustifiable. The decision has paved the way for same-sex couples to marry in Canada’s largest province.

Resistance to Indian troops in Iraq grows

NEW DELHI – As the Indian government contemplates sending troops to Iraq, strong opposition is building up to the move that peace activists term a “historic crime.”

Pinochet henchmen to be prosecuted

SANTIAGO DE CHILE – In a stunning decision by Chile’s Minister of Justice Juan Guzman, five Pinochet henchmen will be prosecuted for the 1976 kidnappings and murders of Chilean Communist Party leaders, known as the Conferencia Street case.

War, deception and the White House

News Analysis Speaking on the Senate floor June 24, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) assailed efforts to cover up the Bush administration’s manipulation of intelligence to justify war on Iraq. Byrd said, “We must be straight with the American people.

The dog ate my WMDs

After several years teaching high school, I’ve heard all the excuses. I didn’t get my homework done because my computer crashed, because my project partner didn’t do their part, because I feel sick, because I left it on the bus, because I had a dance recital, because I was abducted by aliens and viciously probed. Houdini doesn’t have as many tricks. No one on earth is more inventive than a high school sophomore backed into a corner and faced with a zero on an assignment.

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