June

Contradictory China

Almost everything you’ve heard about China is true — at least, that’s my impression from a short week-and-a-half visit to Beijing at the end of May. The scale of everything in China is hard for anyone to wrap their mind around.

Letters - June 21, 2008

Stimulating! Start with regulating Big Oil Don’t let capitalism off the hook Can we abolish war? Thoughts about art and class

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Indiana Jones survives!

If we hadn’t seen it with our own eyes, my movie buddy and I would not believe all the amazing things that happened to Indiana Jones and his friends during his big adventure with the crystal skull. Indiana was blown up, shot at, and dropped from great distances, not just once or twice but for most of the entire two-hour film experience!

Letters - June 14, 2008

Something smells Ready for the challenge Update on Mumia case Fact check Burma, not Myanmar

Worldnotes - June 14, 2008

Germany: The Left Party sets course Peru: U.S. military intervenes South Africa: Revival of alliance Australia: Unions respond to migrant workers Gaza: Abbas promotes reconciliation

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Letters - June 7, 2008

Israel at 60 Incomprehensible On Sean Bell

Worldnotes - June 7, 2008

Czech Republic: Resistance grows to U.S. bases Brazil: New security alliance formed Iraq: Unions urge end to anti-union measures Egypt: Textile strikes snowball Puerto Rico: Primary highlights colonial status Cuba: Amnesty International raps U.S.

Cuban Five lose appeal, protests build

Almost ten months after defense attorneys presented oral arguments, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals June 4 delivered bad news to prisoners Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez; Rene Gonzalez; Ramon Labanino; and Antonio Guerrero, collectively known as the Cuban Five. The three judge panel reaffirmed all five convictions plus the sentences imposed on two of the men. However, the Appeals Court did revoke life sentences for Labanino and Guerrero, also Fernando Gonzalez’ 19-year term. The judges noted that “no top secret information was gathered or transmitted.” Their cases go back to the Miami court for resentencing.