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Book Review: The question of torture, then and now

Henri Alleg’s book “The Question” is a searing, firsthand account of the torture that the author experienced during the Battle of Algiers. Although it was first published in 1958, it is a book that should still be read today: “the question” of torture is, unfortunately, still with us.



Supporters rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal

PHILADELPHIA — Freezing temperatures did not keep hundreds of supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal from rallying at City Hall Dec. 9 to demand a new trial and freedom for Abu-Jamal.

Raytheon strikers get a boost

TUCSON, Ariz. — Striking workers at Raytheon here got a morale boost Dec. 8 with a show of community solidarity in honor of International Human Rights Day.


India: Dalits rally for rights Chad: Situation dire for refugees Great Britain: Unions organize immigrants Colombia: Cozy ties between politicians, right-wing paramilitaries


Lisbon meeting assesses victories, dangers

LISBON, Portugal — Joy over a string of election victories in Latin America and the U.S. was mixed with deep concern over the bloodletting in the Middle East when representatives of 64 communist and workers’ parties met here Nov. 10-12.


Community sidetracks condo conversion bill

OAKLAND, Calif. — In a midnight action Dec. 5, Oakland’s City Council responded to a wave of community opposition by referring a controversial measure for more apartment-to-condominium conversions for further study.


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Human Rights Week around the nation

What follows is but a small sampling of the scores of actions that took place across the country the week of Dec. 3-10. Look to “Online Extra” on the PWW’s web page,, for additional reports.

Berkeley honors longtime City Councilmember

BERKELEY, Calif. — It was like a big, loving family reunion as community leaders and activists streamed into St. Paul AME Church Dec. 10 to pay tribute to Maudelle Shirek, now 94, who left the City Council last year after 20 years of service. Speaker after speaker recounted the ways Shirek had profoundly affected the course of their lives.

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