May

30 years after the Vietnam War: appeal for friendship

The following open letter from the Vietnam-USA Society to the people of the United States was received from Hoang Cong Thuy, the society’s general secretary, on April 22.

Italy, U.S. disagree on Iraq shooting

The U.S. State Department and the Italian Foreign Ministry released a statement April 29 declaring that a joint commission had failed to agree on a report about the killing of an Italian intelligence agent and the wounding of two other Italians, including left-wing journalist Giuliana Sgrena, by American soldiers in Iraq.

World Notes

Cuba/Venezuela: Ties grow closer; Iraq: MDs warn of deformities; Nepal: CP office attacked; Nigeria: Maritime workers protest casualization; Haiti:Ousted premier near death

Mexicos Fox blinks in face-off with mayor

The Bush administration and its right-wing allies in Latin America are not doing so well. People’s forces in Mexico and continent-wide scored important victories last week.

Haitis Aristide calls for restoring democracy

Deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has called for the restoration of democracy in Haiti.

For Venezuela, what follows war of words?

Venezuela is fighting back against a propaganda onslaught from the U.S. media that, some observers say, is a harbinger of impending military aggression.

China, Taiwan move toward better relations

In a surprise move, Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian May 2 proposed setting up “a military and security consultation mechanism as soon as possible” with China, to improve communications between military and security forces and cut the risk of misunderstandings and unintentional conflicts.

Black trade unionists gear up for convention

When hundreds of Black trade unionists converge on Phoenix for the 34th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists May 25-30, the many-sided attacks on the Black community and on labor will be the overriding concern. The theme says it all: “CBTU: Forging a New Vision for Tough Challenges Ahead.”

Latin American unionists tell their stories

NEW YORK — Ricardo Monge, head of the health care workers union in El Salvador, described struggles against privatization of health and medical facilities in his country. Claudia Lopez from Bolivia’s Union of Factory Workers told of the fight against privatization of the water supply in Bolivia.

Calif. gov stirs up hornets nest over Minutemen comment

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is learning the hard way that trying to deflect political difficulties by using immigrants as a scapegoat will only get him in deeper trouble.

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