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CARTOON: Bitter?

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Celebration honors Robesons 110th anniversary

OAKLAND, Calif. — African American Renaissance man Paul Robeson would have turned 110 on April 9. To celebrate, the Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee presented “A Hero For All Time,” an exhibition from its holdings, illustrating Robeson’s legacy as a “world-renowned scholar, athlete, singer, actor and fighter for freedom, peace and social justice for all.” The exhibition is installed at Oakland’s City Hall, One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, through April 30, and is open for public viewing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Whats on - April 19, 2008

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Oceans in trouble

Disturbing news continues to emerge from beneath the waves. In December, science journals reported that disappearing deep-sea species could trigger an ocean-wide collapse of sea life, that global warming is destroying coral — and that loss of top predators is knocking ocean ecosystems out of whack.

What are the jobs of the future?

Trends in privately funded research and development tell a lot about the kinds of investments corporations are planning for the future, and what kinds of occupations will be growing or declining both in the United States and around the world.

Food price crisis

Among the necessities for human life — indeed, all life — food obviously occupies a central place. In recent decades advances in agriculture and in the ability to distribute food around the world seemed to promise an end to the age-old scourge of famine.

Earth Day 2008

The first Earth Day in 1970 symbolized our growing awareness of problems in the relationship of human production to nature on which we depend for survival. The problems are rapidly escalating.

Chavez government nationalizes Sidor steel

Venezuelan Vice President Ramón Carrizalez closed a last ditch meeting April 9 between officials of Venezuela’s giant Sidor steel plant and representatives of the United Steel Industry Workers Union (SUTISS) with the announcement that Sidor would be re-nationalized.

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Some background about Tibet

Over a month after Tibetan protesters launched demonstrations demanding independence, news reports and opinion pieces continue to appear daily. Many discuss issues of sovereignty, development and relations among nationalities. Others focus on responses, including protests and counter-protests over the Olympic torch relay, or calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

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