In Berlin New faces with old policies?

BERLIN — Everything has changed! Nothing has changed! A new coalition is taking shape in Berlin. Former Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder has been replaced by the first woman to head a German government, Angela Merkel. She’s an East German at that, though she has never pushed for the rights of women or East Germans.

Iranian party slams leaders comments on Israel

In an Oct. 29 statement, the Tudeh Party of Iran denounced President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his statement earlier that month calling Israel a “disgraceful blot … that should be wiped off the face of the world.”

New York University grad students strike

NEW YORK — New York University’s graduate assistants’ union, GSOC/UAW 2110, began a strike Nov. 9 after NYU, using a 2004 National Labor Review Board ruling, failed to bargain with the union. The strike, which has national implications, has attracted widespread campus, community and labor support.

Rosa Parks: courageous fighter for justice

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Louise Parks, like all Black people who traveled by public transportation in Montgomery, Ala., boarded the front door of the metropolitan bus and paid her fare to the driver. Then she had to immediately get back off the bus, walk to the back door of the bus, re-enter and take a seat in the section labeled “for colored only.” Three stops later the bus was filling up with white people.

Anti-Wal-Mart film makes nationwide grassroots splash

Predicted as the largest ever grassroots-based film release, the documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” is set to open at 7,000 locations around the country Nov. 13-19. Wal-Mart executives, apparently terrified of the new negative publicity on top of an already burgeoning anti-Wal-Mart movement, have launched an attack campaign against the movie.

Gulf Coast update

Shoddy levees may spur legal actionBillions needed; Senate to Gulf states: ‘Drop dead!’; Category 5 levees a must; Brown’s e-mail disaster; Plumbers wanted

DeLay whipping up judicial circus

HOUSTON — Texas played musical judges in former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s (R-Texas) criminal conspiracy case, as a DeLay-promoted judicial circus unfolded.

Lawmakers push for Iraq exit in 2006

With George W. Bush increasingly isolated, the antiwar movement this week demanded that Congress act to bring the troops home or face ouster in next year’s congressional elections.

Mounting uproar over secret CIA prisons and torture

Shakespeare’s line, “When troubles come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions,” may well apply to the Bush administration. On top of Iraq and New Orleans and the debacle of Harriet Miers, comes what could be a huge international scandal affecting the United States and its relationship with allies in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

Sam Webb to speak on socialism

NEW YORK — Sam Webb, national chair of the Communist Party USA, will speak at Winston Unity Hall here Nov. 20 on the subject of socialism — the specific U.S. path towards socialism and what it might look like in this country.

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