Controversy on Iran as UN Assembly opens

UNITED NATIONS — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Bush both arrived in New York last week to speak at the opening of the UN’s 62nd General Assembly, bringing with them a storm of controversy.

20,000 to attend Black Caucus meet

Against the background of the historic Jena Six march in Louisiana, deepening poverty in African American neighborhoods, a raging war in Iraq and a growing prison population, over 20,000 political activists, students and clergy will converge on Washington for the annual Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Legislative Conference.

Kucinich excluded from Iowa debates

CLEVELAND — It would seem that front-running candidates for president in the Democratic primaries should have nothing to fear from Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Although he claims growing support and leads three other candidates, the Ohio legislator’s poll numbers are still only at 3 percent.

NATIONAL CLIPS: September 29

RICHMOND, Va.: Insurance cos. tell amputees: ‘Legs a luxury’ ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.: Council votes to bring troops home HOMER CITY, Alaska: Down with the king, impeach! COLLEGE PARK, Md.: U of M investigates noose

San Francisco to consider city ID card

SAN FRANCISCO — If Supervisor Tom Ammiano has his way, San Francisco will become the second U.S. city, after New Haven, Conn., to offer its residents a city identification card.


Grassroots rising: Communists to hold October regional meets

NEW YORK — Hundreds of Communist Party USA activists will be gathering this October in a series of three regional conferences as part of the CPUSA’s campaign to broaden and deepen party building

Autoworkers buoyed by solidarity

In an unprecedented show of solidarity across the country, labor got behind the nation’s autoworkers as they went out on strike against General Motors last week.

Michael Hanusiak, activist and journalist, 93

Michael Hanusiak, a lifelong activist and leader in the Ukrainian progressive community, died on Oct. 11, 2006. He was 93.


Legend of El Santo lives on

MEXICO CITY — A white statue of a masked, muscular figure gleams under the hot sun as a river of motor vehicles flows by. The statue was erected in 1985 near the city’s infamous Tepito market to honor Mexico’s most celebrated wrestler/Lucha Libre film action star, El Santo (the Saint), also know as El Enmascarado de Plata (the Silver Mask).


Myths, lies and books about immigration

Activists and the general public will be glad to hear that there are two new book-length resources to refute the anti-immigrant slander campaign. “The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers,” by Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson, and “‘They Take Our Jobs’ and 20 Other Myths About Immigration,” by Aviva Chomsky, are essential reading.

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