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Chicago hosts Euro Film Fest

CHICAGO — At least 7,000 people are expected to attend the 55 Chicago premieres of films from two dozen European Union countries, in the 10th Annual European Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., March 2-29.


Nasty Nas delivers pure hip-hop, no bull!

With his newest CD release “Hip Hop is Dead,” Nas goes right for the jugular and brazenly asks us to take a critical look at what we consider hip-hop today. The beats are hard, and Nas’s flow is as lethal as ever. It is nothing short of pure hip-hop — from the first to the last track.


Two Cuban films: sweet and bittersweet

“Silly Age” is a sweet nostalgic look at 1958 Havana and a family coping with the pending revolutionary changes within their family and society as a whole. The “silly age” referred to is pre-adolescence and follows the coming-of-age of a precocious 10-year-old named Samuel.


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Cubas Internet access cramped by U.S. blockade

The U.S. blockade’s effect on Cuba’s access to the Internet was a topic earlier this month as some 1,650 participants from 58 countries participated in Cuba’s 12th Information Technology Fair, held in Havana, Feb. 12-16.

Inequality, poverty threaten democracy, group says

HOUSTON — There’s a new coalition in town. Convened to discuss the devastating impact of President Bush’s budget proposals, the city’s progressive, religious, labor and civil rights organizations and elected officials announced the formation of “Coalition of Working People and the Poor” on Feb. 16.

Latinos lead fight for union at Tyson

The high injury rate at U.S. meatpacking plants is emerging as a big issue in the struggle to unionize that industry. The drive, among a largely Latino immigrant workforce, seeks to reverse the 25-year downward trend in unionization of the meatpacking industry which has been swallowed by monopolies intent on exploiting immigrant labor.


Last dance for controversial mascot Hardaway gets rejected for trash talking