Bolivia: Regional leaders form Bank of the South; Algeria: U.S. Africa Command remains homeless; Afghanistan: Narcotics grow under U.S.-British occupation; Portugal: Small nation pioneers sustainable energy production

UN: Climate change fuels Sudan conflict

UNITED NATIONS — Environmental degradation is a root cause of Sudan’s conflicts, says a June 22 UN report. Without addressing this issue, a lasting peace is unlikely, the report says.

Black voters to figure prominently in 2008 race

There’s consensus among political experts that the location, moderator and audience at the June 28 Democratic presidential debate, held at Howard University, forced candidates to discuss solutions to issues concerning Blacks and other minority voters. A second forum for candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will be broadcast by PBS in September from another historically Black campus, Morgan State University, in Baltimore.

Rally calls for new health care Rx for California

SAN FRANCISCO — Top elected officials including Mayor Gavin Newsom urged far-reaching health care reforms, as patients and families shared horror stories about their care June 28 on the steps of City Hall.


Captain Irving makes history, Students confront Bush on torture, Let their voices be heard

CIA family jewels exposed

WASHINGTON — Call it the “family jewels” or the “skeletons in the closet,” the 702 pages of classified CIA files released June 26 expose the agency, once again, as deeply involved in assassinations, the Watergate conspiracy, a brainwashing project, training of provocateurs and terrorists, and spying on the American people.

Midnight thoughts on a lovelorn mockingbird

Every night, just after midnight, the mockingbird that resides in the holly tree outside our bedroom window begins to sing. He is so loud, his songs so varied and complex, he wakes me up. I lie there listening to his trills, chirps and long mellifluous melodies.

Blairs successor: more of the same?

LONDON — You could almost hear a sigh of relief at the eagerly awaited departure of Tony Blair. The man who took Britain into more wars than any other prime minister, who worshiped at the altar of business and who treated the labor movement which founded his party with absolute contempt, has finally exited stage right.

New party makes gains in Venezuela

Venezuelan leaders are preparing to put their Bolivarian Revolution on a more permanent footing. Organizing for a unified socialist party moved into high gear recently, and President Hugo Chavez described proposals for constitutional changes.

How to destroy an African American city - lessons from Katrina

Step One. Delay. If there is one word that sums up the way to destroy an African American city after a disaster, that word is DELAY. If you are in doubt about any of the following steps - just remember to delay and you will probably be doing the right thing.

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