December

The transformative power of Venezuelas co-ops

In April 2006 and August 2007, I visited the Fabricio Ojeda cooperative complex with other U.S. educators, students and activists interested in experiencing Venezuela’s revolution firsthand.

Demolishing myths about todays Iran

As the Bush administration continues to prepare for a possible military attack on Iran, it is important that we get more than the mainstream media’s parroting of the official line. We need a balanced, objective perspective on Iran, a perspective that provides nuanced depth and humanity. “Jasmine and Stars,” a new book by Fatemeh Keshavarz, provides that perspective.

Finding the Peoples Weekly World in 2008

This is a heads-up for you. Don’t start 2008 without subscribing to the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo. Don’t be caught saying to yourself in January, “Boy, I miss that newspaper I used to read every week over my coffee.”

Hip-hop is how you live, its a way of life

Music has always been a powerful tool in organizing social justice movements, expressing political consciousness and raising cultural awareness.

Breaking the siege of Gaza

CLEVELAND — The Middle East Peace Forum, a culturally diverse group of individuals who are genuinely committed to promote and preserve a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, has issued a statement supporting the campaign by the Palestinian National Committee to end the siege on Gaza and, further, encourage all peace organizations and individuals to adopt this humanitarian stand.

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THIS WEEK IN LABOR: Dec. 15

Labor cites the Bush record Fewer pennies for pickers, big bonuses for execs United Airlines workers on the move Labor slams Bush mortgage plan World union leaders gather in U.S.

WORLD NOTES: Dec. 15

South Africa: Mine owners’ profits ‘dripping in blood,’ say strikers Japan: Activists rally against war, U.S. bases Iraq: Child prisoners on the rise Argentina: ‘Operation Condor’ on trial Russia: Cheating mars voting

Crisis mounts in Bolivia

Meeting in the southwestern city of Oruro on Dec. 8-9, Bolivia’s Constituent Assembly approved “99.8 percent” of a new constitution by a two-thirds majority. The full text of the constitution, including some hitherto unresolved land reform provisions, will be put before the voters for approval in a referendum sometime next year.

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