World News

Rights activist gets Nobel Prize

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Iranian human rights activist and lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, on Oct. 10, has significant internal and international implications for the development of political events in Iran.

No votes urged on Bush Iraq bill

With a congressional vote expected shortly on President Bush’s $87 billion request for the occupation of Iraq, a growing number of lawmakers have announced they will vote against it.

Cuban foreign minister speaks in Harlem

NEW YORK – Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Felipe Pérez Roque made a powerful indictment of the United States’ role in harassing and blackmailing the Cuban people and government throughout the last 40 years when he spoke at the Church of the Intercession in Harlem on Sept. 27.

More setbacks for Bush on Iraq

The Bush administration’s effort to get international cover for its Iraq occupation suffered a serious setback at the United Nations last week when Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the UN must be given a leading role in restoring Iraqi sovereignty or it would not be involved in Iraq at all.

International notes

Cuba: U.S. charges of bioterrorism a ‘lie’ / South Africa: ‘Red October’ focuses on farm workers / India: Unions vs. oil privatization / Italy: General strike looms over pensions

Death on the border: Autumn brings no respite on desert

Tuesday was the first day of autumn. Even in the sun-baked Southwest, this signals a weather change. The days are still killing hot – daytime temperature on the floor of the desert can still reach 190 degrees, a temperature at which flesh cooks and bodies turn to dust.

Deceit and dirty tricks on Iraq

Accusations that the White House illegally leaked information to stifle dissent over its Iraq war policy are the latest in a series of charges that the administration used deceit and dirty tricks to sell the Iraq war.

International notes

Israel: Pilots refuse to commit war crimes / Bolivia: Big demos vs. gas export plan / Canada: Gays protected by anti-hate laws / Liberia: UNICEF launches emergency appeal / Poland: Miners protest restructuring

International notes

China: Migrant workers join unions / Colombia: Pact re Int’l Court criticized / Iraq: No WMDs / S. Africa: Unions slam ‘worst employer’ / Norway: Boycott over ‘slave’ farm wages

U.S. veto assailed as license to kill Arafat

In a move that many regard as giving a green light to the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon to deport or kill Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, the U.S. vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Sept. 16 denouncing the Israeli cabinet’s recent decision to “remove” the Palestinian leader.

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