July

Wildlife Extinction Bill threatens endangered species

Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), a longtime foe of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), is about to introduce a bill that will dramatically alter the reach of the act. Titled the “Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005,” the Pombo bill has infuriated environmental groups, who have dubbed it the “Wildlife Extinction Bill.”

Jeb plays games with Florida class size

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a decision that could have a significant negative impact on students with disabilities, Education Department officials here claim the state’s constitutional amendment limiting class size provides no flexibility for co-teachers in “inclusion classrooms.”

Talks on nuclear-free Korea to resume

After a 13-month hiatus, the six-party talks aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula are scheduled to resume July 26 in Beijing. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) agreed to return to the talks after being assured that the U.S. government would respect its sovereignty.

Bush administration stiffs UN population agency

UNITED NATIONS — In a move that could cost the lives of tens of thousands of people, the Bush administration has refused to give a penny to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the agency’s recently published 2004 report shows. All previous U.S. administrations have supported the fund since its inception.

Stolen Childhoods: a real-life horror on film

There’s a scene in “Stolen Childhoods,” directed by Len Morris, where a 9-year-old is picking coffee on a plantation in Kenya. On her back is her baby sister, wrapped and secure. She’s picking the green and rosy slightly oblong beans. The baby’s curiosity has her reaching for the bouncy beautiful beans like they are toys to be plucked from the air. At the same angle, one branch over, her sister is picking the beans for cash. Well, coin, to be exact, about 60 cents. Another child smiles when she says she bought a donut with her money. Is this the scene of utopian bliss and beauty?

World youth festival a carnival of culture

Imagine a beautiful song with elements of jazz, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, compa, funk, blues, spoken word, bachata and salsa. This is what it will sound like this summer when thousands of youth and students from over 100 countries representing a wide spectrum of world cultures meet in Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 7-15.

The sons and daughters

The reports of recruiting difficulties by the U.S. Army come as no surprise to many Americans. Indeed, the surprise is that the armed forces did not seem to see it coming. Their response has been to raise sign-up bonuses, drop standards and circle vulnerable young men and women like hawks flying over little chicks. And Americans should not be surprised if we soon hear that the draft is coming back, despite all of the denials by government officials.

Memin Pinguin and Mexicos national myth

The Mexican government’s decision to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the comic strip character Memin Pinguin by putting it on a postage stamp demonstrates forcefully the nationalist and racial illusions that the Mexican establishment propagates in its ever-more-difficult quest for relevancy, with the increasingly irrelevant and arrogant Vicente Fox at its helm.

Putting Cuba in context

There is something about Cuba that addles the brains of otherwise intelligent journalists, political pundits and social scientists. Could it be that when they examine the situation of Cuba, they fail to put it in context?

Pass the Building Unity and Trust Resolution

A unified working class: This is the one force with the strength to confront the ultra-right and to thwart the damage of corporate globalism. Without unity of workers, no lasting positive change can be won and held.

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