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LETTERS: Oct. 13

No Blackwater ‘The Brother’ Gun violence Daily Worker request

Port unveils clean truck proposal

OAKLAND, Calif. — Truck pollution, now contributing to soaring rates of asthma, cancer and heart disease in the West Oakland community, may be heading downward under a new plan announced by Port of Oakland officials here.

NATIONAL CLIPS: Oct. 13

TACOMA, Wash.: Watada trial postponed BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: Front page sparks fight for equality WINFIELD, W.Va.: Cancer victims sue Monsanto JENA, La.: Rocker’s song invokes mayor’s protest

By slim margin, Costa Rica passes free trade pact

In an unprecedented referendum, Costa Rican voters Oct. 7 ratified a “free trade” treaty with the United States, putting their nation on track with neighboring Panama, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — plus the Dominican Republic — to join the U.S.-sponsored Central American Free Trade Agreement. Under CAFTA, tariffs and quotas will phase out over 10 years.

Latino Congreso sets 2008 agenda

Some 2,000 Latino leaders and activists from throughout the United States met in Los Angeles Oct. 5-9 to map an action plan and social justice program for the 2008 elections. Their goal is to bring out 10 million Latino voters who can play a decisive role in the presidential and congressional elections.

Ecuadorian vote keeps left course on track

One of the main priorities of Ecuador’s constituent assembly, set to convene Oct. 30, will be to counteract the “barbarism that prevails in the economy” and to dismantle the economic model that exists today so as to benefit “the most dispossessed sectors in the country,” according to President Rafael Correa.

A unique and progressive U.S. travelogue

In 2001, Michael Yates decided to retire early from teaching economics at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown, Pa. With his wife Karen, he carefully planned a travel route through the United States, living as cheaply as possible. They packed a Dodge van with necessities, and prepared to survive as itinerant laborers.

LETTERS: Oct. 6

Terrible UAW contract SCHIP action Cutting Medicaid to pay for war? Free the Jena 6 Good memories ARA: anyone can join

NATIONAL CLIPS: Oct. 6

BOULDER, Colo.: Students walk out protesting pledge KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Churches offer shelter to undocumented workers MILWAUKEE: March celebrates struggle to desegregate housing SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Republicans abandon ‘stealth’ election trick

Judge OKs minor fine on terror-sponsor Chiquita

Colombia’s right-wing paramilitaries are terrorists. Washington named them as such in September 2001. But the AUC, as they are known from their Spanish initials, rule the roost in Urabá in northern Colombia. So what should a U.S. corporation have done when much of its annual $4.5 billion income depended upon free rein there?

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