Miami spy case seen as political ploy

On Jan. 6, federal authorities arrested husband and wife Carlos Alvarez and Elsa Prieto, professors at Miami’s Florida International University (FIU). Proponents of dialogue between Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits, the couple frequently take student groups to Cuba. Alvarez, 61, is an associate professor of educational leadership. Prieto, 55, is a coordinator for the university’s counseling program.



A political travelogue of Vietnam

“Vietnam is a country, not a war.” I now understand that better than ever. But I must admit I was excited to visit Vietnam this November, mostly because the war, and its opposition, had re-shaped forever my young life in the 1960s.

Cruz heads to Caracas World Social Forum

Since 2001 the World Social Forum has provided “an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neoliberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action” with thousands of participants from throughout the world.


Unnecessary deaths; Outrageous claim; Easier way to pass the word?; Postcards for impeachment; Workers for political office; LabourStart contest; Free the Cuban 5

Sharons stroke raises big question marks

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Jan. 4, resulting in a severe stroke. Paramedics rushed Sharon from his ranch in the Negev Desert to a Jerusalem hospital for life-saving surgery. Three operations later, things are not looking good for the gruff old general whom the West and Israel naively labeled “a man of peace.” At press time, Sharon’s condition remained stable but serious.


‘For the union makes us strong’; Straphanger stands in solidarity; Bush has surprise guests; Immigrants and the law; Help needed to start union; Calif. workers comp law

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