January

Bolivians rally to defend countrys unity

On Jan. 8, a year after Evo Morales became Bolivia’s first indigenous president, 25,000 indigenous peasants and unionized coca growers rallied in Cochabamba in central Bolivia. They called for the resignation of the state governor, Manfred Reyes Villa, an outspoken advocate of state autonomy and an opponent of the president’s progressive reforms.

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A wonderful, tender children book

Canadian writer and illustrator Laurel Dykstra’s “Uncle Aiden,” a wonderful, tender book that teaches kids about gay people, is a welcome addition to a small but growing body of children’s literature addressing this issue.

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Movie highlights anti-racist message

This is a movie about a dedicated teacher in a gang-ridden high school in the Long Beach, Calif., area, whose students — white, African American, Latino and Asian — are divided along racial lines. Since I am married to a retired schoolteacher, the film particularly hit home with me, as I could relate to the problems confronted by teachers as educational workers.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Bush health care plan ‘sticks it to workers’ GE negotiations looming ‘Labor’ re-instated to House directory Pride pushes minimum wage NLRB to rule on union access to e-mail Union sports people take aim

WORLD NOTES

Nicaragua: Ortega hits the ground running Guinea: Unions take on nation’s president Vietnam: Swedish unionists visit for talks Jordan: Anti-U.S. sentiments growing Nepal: Maoist rebels enter Parliament

UN says countries must act vs. racism

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution against racism and discrimination Dec. 20, after the U.S. and two other countries sought to block it

U.S. sheds crocodile tears on Sudan

The Bush administration is shedding crocodile tears over the humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region to hide its real aim: securing control of vast oil resources in Sudan.

Millions demand Senate enact, Bush sign 100-hour agenda

WASHINGTON — Mass organizations with millions of members celebrated House passage in 42 hours of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 100-hour agenda. They demanded that the Senate do the same, including raising the minimum wage, slashing college loan rates and eliminating $14 billion in federal giveaways to Big Oil.