Crisis in western Sudan deepens

Despite recent pledges by the Sudanese government of President Omar el-Bashir to address the acute humanitarian crisis and the ongoing militia attacks on Black African civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where thousands have been killed and over a million have fled attacks by government-backed militiamen, few changes have been observed on the ground.

Canadian youth group reestablished

Vancouver, British Colombia – After an absence of 12 years, the Young Communist League (YCL) is back on the Canadian political scene.

National Clips

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.: Protesters to Bush: ‘The WMDs are here’ / NEW YORK CITY: Sexism costs Morgan Stanley $54 million / WASHINGTON: FCC ruling endangers firefighters, police / CANNELTON, W.Va.: Anger meets mine closings notice / DETROIT: Seniors defy ban on Canadian drugs

Marriage amendment defeated by 50-48 vote

WASHINGTON – By a stunning bipartisan vote of 50 to 48 on July 14, the Senate rejected the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA).

Cuba caravan stops in Houston

HOUSTON – The 15th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba stopped here on July 3 and was greeted by African drummers at the SHAPE Community Center.

Unions UNITE HERE for greater power

CHICAGO – Two of the nation’s most active unions formalized their merger here July 8-10. The action put into life the kind of new tactics that their leaders say are needed to reverse the decline of organized labor’s numbers. click here for Spanish text

New York City mayor tries to stifle dissent

NEW YORK – In what has become a confrontation here between civil liberties advocates and this city’s Republican mayor, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is locked in struggle with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city police and parks departments to obtain a permit for a protest rally in Central Park during the Republican National Convention.

Hip hop convention draws 3,000

NEWARK, N.J. – Mutulu, of Dead Prez, rubbed shoulders with veteran civil liberties activist Ron Daniels as 3,000 people attended the founding Hip Hop Political Convention (HHPC) here June 16-20.

Fahrenheit 9/11 heats up the kitchen of discontent

Controversy – what controversy? With the slew of conservative commentators lining up to take swings at filmmaker Michael Moore for his latest documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” one could surmise that some freshly minted conspiracy theory had just been curve-balled out of deepest, darkest left field into the unsuspecting right field of the White House War Room.

Big tent, not Bush-lite, will defeat Bush

The May 7 speech by Sen. John Kerry to the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) drew cheers from New York Times op-ed pundit David Brooks, a Bush supporter.

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