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The IRAs roots and a parable about war

It’s a good thing that the feel and backdrop of Ken Loach’s “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” (written by Paul Laverty) makes 1920 Ireland look like an Irish Shangri La.

Quote of the week

I stand here just as proud, just as united and just as determined as the workers that stood up in this great city over 100 years ago. Keep on fighting for workers at Comcast and keep on fighting for all workers of the world.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Steelworkers urge Drummond probe Laundry workers determined to outfox the Fox Share of U.S. income going to workers’ pay hits record low ‘Homeland Security’ rules offer no security

Human rights group hits Wal-Mart for abuse

Human Rights Watch issued a report May 1 that said Wal-Mart’s aggressive efforts to keep out labor unions often violate federal law and infringe on workers’ rights.

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Immigrant workers face peril on the job

“Immigrant Workers in Peril: Finding Solutions to the Health & Safety Crisis” brought some 200 labor and immigrant rights activists to the Murphy Institute for Labor, Community, & Policy Studies, City University of New York on April 21.

World Notes

Nigeria: Losing candidates fight on Dominican Republic: Haiti crisis spills over Luxembourg: EU moves against migrants Iran: Teachers confront gov’t India: Kerala comrades honored

Think tank targets Latin Americas leftward drift

MEXICO CITY — With the help of right-wing parties and former elected officials in Latin America, the Madrid-based Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES), led by former Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar, is attempting to halt the advance of the left on the continent.

Hearing shows Puerto Rico is a U.S. colony

One thing was certain after an April 27 congressional hearing on the status of Puerto Rico — the majority of those who testified agreed that Puerto Rico is a U.S. colony.

Venezuelas revolution, under attack, advances

Amid reports of military movements, violent anti-government attacks and plot rumors, the Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez appears to be stepping up the tempo of its movement toward a Latin American brand of socialism with unique, still evolving, characteristics.

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