Pages from workers lives

During the Depression in the 1930s, too many people in the United States died of hunger. Millions of families were saved from this fate by getting jobs with the Works Project Administration (WPA).

International notes

Spain: U.S. troops won’t march on holiday / Nigeria: Nationwide general strike starts / Chile: Constitution to be overhauled / Japan: Demand tests for all beef

A witness to history: Venezuelas vote

WASHINGTON — It started as a desire to witness history: Venezuela was on the eve of its first presidential recall referendum, and an epic struggle was being waged by the country’s workers and poor to defend their populist leader, President Hugo Chávez, from attacks from the right wing.

40 parties hit increased repression in Iran

While much of the media’s coverage of Iran in recent weeks has focused on the pros and cons of its nuclear energy program, a recent public statement by 40 left, Communist and workers’ parties about “a new wave of suppression in Iran” has received less attention.

Group vows greater solidarity with Cuba

WASHINGTON — The National Network on Cuba (NNOC), a coalition of 55 groups that oppose the U.S. government’s anti-Cuban policies, met here Oct. 2-3 for its second meeting of the year.

Voters face choice on marriage issue

With less than three weeks until the election, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) groups are working feverishly to ensure the defeat of ballot initiatives that would bar same-sex marriage in 11 states.

Stark contrasts in Illinois race for Senate

CHICAGO — Right-wing zealot Alan Keyes and Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, both candidates for this state’s U.S. Senate seat, appeared back-to-back before a panel of community activists and an overflow audience of 1,000 at a debate here Oct. 1.

National Clips

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.: Slackers unite — and vote! / MIAMI: Seniors defy Bush drug ban / NEWARK, N.J.: Residents win free speech

Corporate TV undermines elections

Sinclair Broadcast Group has ordered its local television affiliates to preempt regular network broadcasts between Oct. 21-24 and devote one hour to an anti-John Kerry documentary, “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal,” by a former Washington Times reporter.

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