The Bush administration encountered several new headaches this week in its effort to justify and maintain its occupation of Iraq.
MUMBAI, India – “Imagine all the people living life in peace ...” The voices of many continents mingled in a song that has become an anthem of the worldwide peace movement, as Brazilian singer and minister of culture Gilberto Gil sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” to thousands gathered in this vast Indian metropolis for the closing ceremony of the World Social Forum, Jan. 21.
Record turnout in New Hampshire MANCHESTER, N.H. – Health care, jobs and the Iraq war were the issues on voters’ minds as they turned out in record numbers for the Jan. 27 presidential primaries here. Over 214,000 voted in the Democratic primary, far exceeding any previous year’s total. click here for Spanish text
BERLIN – Eleven left-wing and communist parties, meeting in Berlin on Jan. 11, agreed to found a party called the European Left. The parties adopted a common program, but plan further discussions on the new party’s rules and leadership structure.
Nora Castañeda, president of the Women’s Development Bank in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, will be touring the United States from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9 to speak on the topic of “Creating a caring economy in Venezuela.”
MUMBAI, India – On the sidewalk of a busy Mumbai street, two tiny children and their baby brother, clad only in a shirt, sit in a patch of dirt, directly in front of a cell phone store. click here for Spanish text
Opinion George W. Bush made a major space policy announcement at NASA headquarters on Jan. 14, including establishment of permanent bases on the moon and an aggressive program to take humans to Mars. Estimates for these projects could well exceed $150 billion.
As cranes lowered segments of a 30-foot-high concrete barrier in the streets of Jerusalem on Jan. 12, walling the city off from the adjoining Arab village of Abu Dis, the outcry against Israel’s so-called “separation wall” continued to mount.
Some 75,000 participants from around the world are pouring into the fourth World Social Forum, in Mumbai, India, Jan. 16-21, preparing for more powerful, united, worldwide struggles to say “no to war,” and “another world is possible.”
A group of Japanese atomic bomb survivors (Hibakusha) visited the National Air and Space Museum, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12 to request that the museum’s planned exhibit of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945, bear a label describing the damage caused by the atomic bombing and the agony of the Hibakusha.