Where are all those Iraqi weapons?

“Where are the weapons of mass destruction?” That is the first of many awkward questions George W. Bush faces as the vaunted victory in Iraq unravels in chaos. Another question is: “How long will the occupation last and how much will it cost?”

Bhopal disaster victims struggle for justice

PITTSBURGH – Unlike a natural disaster like the recent earthquake in Algeria, some man-made disasters, “industrial accidents,” leave dishes on the shelves, homes intact, windows secure and factories in place.

International notes

Russia: Unions take on Norilsk Nickel / Nigeria: Public workers say no to layoffs / Hungary: Peace forces protest Iraq war / Indonesia: Women protest discrimination at work / Peru: WFTU calls for solidarity with teachers / Indonesia: Women protest discrimination at work

U.S. Rx for Iraq: privatization

After compelling United Nations authorization of an extended U.S.-British occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration is now openly focusing on privatizing Iraq’s economy, regardless of the hardships that will mean for the Iraqi people.

Marchers say poor pay for Iraq war

BALTIMORE – About 70 peace activists marched from Baltimore to the White House April 26-28 to protest the war on Iraq and the occupation, which they charged, Bush has forced the poor to pay for both in lives lost and tax dollars squandered.

International notes

Nepal: Solidarity needed / S. Korea: Truckers win victory / France: New strikes protest gov’t pension changes / Argentina: Workers’ co-ops taking root / India: 60 million set to strike

ALA rejects U.S.-backed libraries in Cuba

Among the 75 dissidents recently convicted on subversion charges in Cuba are so-called “independent librarians.”

Flags fly at half-mast for Sisulu

Walter Sisulu, who together with Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo led the campaign that freed South Africa from the grip of apartheid, died on May 5, only days before his 91st birthday.

Bhopal survivors tour U.S., target Dow

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.— “Dow [Chemical] must face criminal trial,” Satinath Sarangi, an activist on behalf of Bhopal’s disaster victims, told a gathering of union activists here on May 7. It was hosted by HERE Local 24 and sponsored by local chapters of the U.S. Peace Council and Jobs with Justice.

Attacks on journalists prompt call for inquiry

As Operation Iraqi Freedom shifts to an occupation plan, international concern is being raised over the deaths of journalists in the course of the fighting.

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