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Washington finally brings criminal charges against Posada

On Jan. 11 a federal grand jury in El Paso, Texas, indicted Luis Posada Carriles on one charge of fraud and six counts of lying about his illegal arrival in the United States on March 17, 2005. The charges are far removed from accusations of terrorism and murder generally associated with the Cuban exile.

EDITORIAL: Saddam Husseins execution

The execution of Saddam Hussein was a crude, bizarre spectacle, following a deeply flawed trial process interrupted before this mass murderer’s crimes, and the ugly role of the U.S. in aiding him, could be laid bare to the world.

Somalia, torn by strife, hit by U.S. gunships

As war engulfs Iraq and Afghanistan, another region of the world has been destabilized by war — the Horn of Africa, encompassing Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.

Greeks march to save public higher education

ATHENS, Greece — Pro-education forces throughout Greece geared up this week for an all-out offensive of marches and demonstrations to block a parliamentary vote on privatizing the higher education system. The vote was set for Jan.10, just as the PWW was going to press.

Bringing democracy to Cuba: chocolate and perks

Between 1996 and 2005, the U.S. government handed out $75 million for exporting Washington’s version of democracy to Cuba. Because Cuba has laws against citizens taking money from hostile foreign powers, the funds, authorized by the Helms Burton Law of 1996, have had to be dropped off on this side of the Florida Straits.

UN upholds rights of disabled

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first human rights treaty of the 21st century, here Dec. 13.

Dangerous schemes

If I believed in conspiracies, I might say that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s rightist president, was a CIA agent, working to isolate his country from the civilized world and set the stage for a military attack on it.

Striking Goodyear workers seek global support

CLEVELAND (AP) — Birgit Birgersson-Brorsson, a union officer for IF Metall in Sweden, spent an afternoon recently with strikers on a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. picket line. Wood scraps burning in a barrel helped keep them warm.

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The post-abundance era

Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, foreign policy analysts have struggled to find a term to characterize the epoch we now inhabit. I propose a term that captures the defining characteristics of the current period: the Post-Abundance Era.

Making connections on terrorism

Charged with possessing deadly weapons, Santiago Alvarez of Florida plea-bargained, dodged a potential 50-year sentence, and now goes to jail for four years. Alvarez, like some other right-wing Cuban Americans, has paid for, organized and carried out deadly attacks against Cuba.

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