February

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Cuban 5 prisoner gets visit from daughter

Political prisoner René González, who last saw his almost-9-year-old daughter Ivette when she was four months old, received her on Dec. 30 in a prison visiting room in Marianna, Fla.

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Congress may ease Cuba travel restrictions

Advocates for ending the ban on travel to Cuba are upbeat this year about action in Congress.

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Event showcases radicals in Black & Brown

I’ve just returned, all energized I might add, from an incredible event sponsored by the Sonja Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event was called “Radicals in Black & Brown: Palante, People’s Power and Common Cause in the Black Panthers and the Young Lords Organization.”

Dont miss these remarkable films

BERLIN — When I returned from nearly 43 years of McCarthy-induced exile in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), one of my first visits was to my old haunts at the Museum of Modern Art. While there, I urged them to plan a retrospective of some of the great films, almost unknown in the U.S., produced by the DEFA studios of the GDR.

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Film has two extremes

“Pan’s Labyrinth” is a Spanish movie with subtitles. Its creator uses magic realism to tell two simultaneous stories. In one of them, a lost and frightened little girl is confronted with the horrors of Spanish fascism. In the other, she is an adventurous waif tested by supernatural beings and forces.

The battle for affirmative action in Michigan

Affirmative action is one of the best ways to address past and current discrimination based on race and gender. The Nov. 7 vote for Michigan ballot Proposal 2, which eliminates local and state government affirmative action programs, is a big setback for all concerned about civil rights and democracy.

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A bakers tale: Its not just the dough, Americans need to rise up

LARKFIELD, Calif. — Obviously, bakers tend to wake up earlier than everyone else. It’s 4 a.m. in Larkfield, and the vending racks are just being filled with newspapers. The first pot of coffee is brewing, and I’m mixing the muffins for our morning customers. I’m listening to the radio, while the danish slowly rotate in the oven

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Stewards bargain Costco contract PFOA contaminates water Cutting gov’t funds for union-busters! N.Y. hires bilingual investigators PWA hits Michigan ruling

WORLD NOTES

South Africa: Business practices vs. human rights Israel: Use of cluster bombs violated U.S. pact Philippines: Judge’s report accuses military of murders Colombia: Coal miners win contract Spain: Judge probes CIA torture flights

Many political prisoners still held in Haitis jails

One year after taking office, Haitian President Rene Preval is inching closer to releasing all political prisoners, but he is not moving nearly fast enough for Pierre Antoine Lovinsky.

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