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Write to the Cuban 5

We suggest to our readers that to mark the end of this year, the ninth year in prison for the Cuban Five, you write letters of solidarity to five Cuban men unjustly persecuted for combating U.S. terrorist attacks against the Cuban people. Below are their prison addresses.

Cuba and UN together on human rights

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque took the occasion of World Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, to announce that early next year Cuba will sign the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and a similar treaty on civil and political rights. The day marked the 59th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Running out of gas: peak oil is here

Are believers in “peak oil” a lunatic fringe? Not according to the compelling and disturbing documentary “A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash.” This newly released DVD provides further evidence that we are depleting the world’s oil supplies at an unsustainable rate.

Demolishing myths about todays Iran

As the Bush administration continues to prepare for a possible military attack on Iran (despite the recent National Intelligence Estimate stating that Iran has no nuclear weapons program), it is important that we get more than the mainstream media’s parroting of the official line. We need a balanced, objective perspective on Iran, a perspective that provides nuanced depth and humanity. “Jasmine and Stars,” a new book by Fatemeh Keshavarz, provides that perspective.

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CARTOON: Bad capitalists!

Two breakthroughs in stem cell research

Two important breakthroughs in stem cell biology were reported recently. First, some background. There are two kinds of stem cells (SC): adult (somatic) and embryonic. Adult SC come from adult tissue. Embryonic SC are obtained from the inner cells of a blastocyst, a ball of cells formed 5 to 7 days after fertilization of an egg.

N. Calif. workers win new contracts

As 2007 neared an end, northern California unions representing thousands of workers, including some that had conducted long, drawn-out negotiations, announced the successful completion of new contracts.

Labor alive and well as new year arrives

A review of the recent past and a peek into the nearby future of the labor movement reveals a level of activity reminiscent of the militancy that built industrial unions more than half a century ago.

WORLD NOTES: Dec. 22

Greece: Massive strike for pensions Cuba: Legal protection, support for gays Bahrain: Iran figures into Iraq solutions Nepal: On track toward a constituent assembly

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