Colombias Communist candidate fights for public education

BOGOTA, Colombia — Education for every Colombian should be a right, not a service, says Gloria Inés Ramirez.

Italian judge issues warrant for 13 CIA agents

A judge in Italy, one of the United States’ closest allies in the “war on terror,” has issued an arrest warrant for 13 American CIA agents in connection with the kidnapping of an Italian citizen.

Progressives urge unity against Iranian coup

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the ultraconservative mayor of Tehran, was declared the winner of the second round of Iran’s presidential election on June 27.

High court rules on taking doctrine

The Supreme Court has ruled, 5-4, that local governments have the right to seize private property and give it to other private owners, so long as it is in the “public interest.”

Leonard Peltier still seeking justice

Five generations of Leonard Peltier’s family made a strong presence at a hearing in Fargo, N.D., June 15, challenging the federal court’s jurisdiction in putting the Native American activist behind bars.

National Clips

TAMPA, Fla.: Sami Al-Arian trial begins; DALLAS: Gold Star Mothers admit non-citizen; PHILADELPHIA, Miss.: No new trial for Klansman; WASHINGTON: 13 senators opposed lynching apology; MINNEAPOLIS: Raise minimum wage

Labor, peoples groups cool to Arnolds initiatives

As California gears up for the state’s Nov. 8 initiatives-only special election, poll figures show likely voters opposing two of the three ballot measures backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Lawmakers launch Out of Iraq Caucus

LOS ANGELES — On June 15, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and five other members of Congress stood up before a House Democratic leadership luncheon in Washington and announced the formation of an official “Out of Iraq Caucus.” Waters said, “The Out of Iraq Working Group is a newly formed effort whose sole purpose is to be the main agitators in the movement to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Congressman yields to antiwar groups heat

BALTIMORE — Members of Baltimore Pledge of Resistance went to the district office of Rep. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) June 17 to demand that he speak out against the Iraq war. The group met for several hours with Cardin’s chief administrative aide Chris Lynch.

Thousands rally for Michigan schools

LANSING, Mich. — Thousands of teachers, school board members, parents, students, administrators and other education advocates rallied at the State Capitol here June 21 to demand that state legislators stop shifting educational money to greedy private interests.

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