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Ibero-American summit: Cuba is not alone

Many of the resolutions passed at the 14th Ibero-American summit ending Nov. 26 in San Jose, Costa Rica, were of special significance for Cuba. The fact that positions introduced or backed by the Cuban delegation gained wide support is evidence that solidarity with Cuba is strong and continuing.

New law aims to destabilize North Korea

President Bush recently signed the “North Korea Human Rights Act of 2004” (NKHRA), which earmarks over $23 million dollars a year for what many see as interference in the internal affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Critics and supporters alike say it is aimed not at human rights, but at destabilizing and even overthrowing the DPRK government.

Texas gov. halts womans execution

HOUSTON — On Dec. 1 Texas Gov. Rick Perry agreed with a rare recommendation from his state parole board that he intervene and stop a Harris County woman from being executed by lethal injection.

Vermont third party celebrates victories

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Progressive Party convention here Dec. 4 celebrated the party’s electoral achievements and mapped plans for the upcoming legislative session.

National Clips

WASHINGTON: Soldiers sue to come home / SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Repressive ‘parade law’ repealed / DETROIT, Mich.: Kurdish restaurant owner fights deportation

Texans brace against new power grab

HOUSTON — Texans who value democracy are preparing for yet another major challenge from George W. Bush’s party. Three Republican candidates for state representative who were beaten in the Nov. 2 ballot count have appealed to the state Legislature to have their election defeats overturned.

Who is the real Alberto Gonzales?

News Analysis Attorney General John Ashcroft has departed. Some see his designated successor, presidential legal advisor Alberto Gonzales, as an improvement, perhaps because he is a Mexican-American from humble roots, or because he has been attacked by the religious right for not being an anti-abortion extremist.

Carnegie Hall to showcase young minority musicians

DETROIT — On Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m., the Sphinx Organization will present its Inaugural Gala Concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. This unique concert will feature a chamber orchestra comprising the top alumni of the first seven years of the Sphinx Competition, along with solo appearances by the Junior Laureates.

An odyssey in the long quest for justice

Book Review Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and the Movement to Close the School of the Americas By James Hodge and Linda Cooper Forward by Martin Sheen Orbis Books, 2004 Softcover, 224 pp., $20.00

Its time to fight back

As many of my fellow Americans, I’ve been distressed over the results of the election. It’s not so much that Bush is going to be in power again, but more because Americans have voluntarily (as far as we can tell) put him there.

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