International notes

Cuba: Charges of interference refuted / China: Gov’t offers economic cooperation to Taiwan / Afghanistan: U.S. credibility on the line / Britain: Immigrant workers exploited / South Africa: Mine strike looms

BBC spotlights Israels WMDs

In a recent 50-minute television documentary entitled, “Israel’s Secret Weapons,” the British Broadcasting Corp.’s World Service points its finger at Israel’s nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction.

Dominican impoverishment deepens

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominicans are much poorer today than six months ago. The devastating effects of the financial crisis and the devaluation of the peso in the first half of 2003 have dramatically reduced the purchasing power of all consumers.

Bush warhawks beg UN for help

The Bush administration, which thumbed its nose at the United Nations before the Iraq war, has now been forced to beg the UN for help with its foundering occupation.

400,000 demand probe of Bush lies

While White House officials assert that President George W. Bush “is not a fact checker,” hundreds of thousands of Americans are demanding that the facts be checked on why the Bush administration went to war in Iraq.

World conference hits war, capitalist crisis

Communist & Workers’ parties meet in Athens ATHENS, Greece – Meeting in the wake of the U.S. military invasion and occupation of Iraq, but bolstered by the unprecedented global peace upsurge that resisted the war, representatives of some 60 Communist and Workers’ parties gathered here June 19-20 to exchange views and increase international solidarity.

International notes

Kenya: ‘Bush seriously out of touch’ / Korea: Solve nuke issue peacefully / India: Bhopal victims demand trial / Canada: Another court okays same-sex marriages / France: AIDS convention urges cheap drugs

U.S. sets up Iraqi governing council

News Analysis Reversing its previous refusal to cede any power to Iraqi groups, the U.S. – with its imperial occupation of Iraq going very badly – has now acceded to the formation of an Iraqi “governing council.”

Demands for Barghoutis release grows

Demands are growing to release Palestinian legislator Marwan Barghouti, and some 6,500 other Palestinian prisoners, as part of the “road map” peace negotiations.

Coup supporter shuts down community TV

Catia TV – Venezuela’s longest-running community television station – was shut down last week by Caracas Mayor Alfredo Peña. Peña was one of the chief supporters of the failed April 2002 coup d’etat against democratically-elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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