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Asian nations to U.S.: Set date to leave bases

The Shanghai Cooperation Association — China, Russia and the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrghizstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — last week fired a diplomatic shot across the bow of the Bush administration’s plans to keep bases in Central Asia.

Connecticut nails Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has been nailed for child labor violations by the state of Connecticut. The State Department of Labor has fined Wal-Mart stores in Putnam, Norwalk and Hartford for 69 violations. These violations parallel similar violations of child labor laws throughout the country and world.

Houston activists celebrate housing victory

HOUSTON — Chinese food and lively music helped local members of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, beat the Texas heat June 25. They gathered at the Julia C. Chester House in the historic, predominantly African American 5th Ward to celebrate the passage of Texas House Bill 1823.

The Keeper: The legend of Omar Khayym

HOUSTON — I attended a screening of the new independent film “The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyám” here in June. The film was written, directed and produced by Kayvan Mashayekh, who emigrated from Iran to the U.S. in 1979 with his family when he was 11. Seven years ago he abandoned his Houston law practice to pursue his dream of directing movies.

London concert celebrates Peggy Seegers 70th

The Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank was packed on May 29 as legendary folk performers from both Britain and the U.S. gathered to celebrate the 70th birthday of legendary folk singer-songwriter Peggy Seeger.

Whats behind the Student Bill of Rights?

An older generation of teachers may remember the days of California’s loyalty oaths and red scares. During the cold-war, McCarthyite era of the early 1950s, educators accused of being Communists or harboring left-wing views were driven from the school system.

Supremes stand up for big business

On June 27, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, illegalized peer-to-peer file sharing networks — P2P for short. Motion Picture Association (MPA) moguls, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) giants and other capitalists, who fought long and valiantly to convince the American people that sharing art is a mortal sin, now rejoice in their victory over the evil P2P.

A speech about nothing

To those who advocate a swift end to the disastrous, illegal U.S. war and occupation of Iraq, here’s the good news — we are winning the struggle for public opinion. Yes, the latest polls bear this out, as does rising opposition to the war in Congress. But the real sign we are winning is the desperation of the Bush administration, on exhibit in the president’s speech June 28 as he tried to re-sell the war to skeptical Americans.

Can war end terrorism?

My father called me after the bombings. A World War II “Greatest Generation” veteran, he was shaken by the terrorist attacks on London.

Editorial: Allow families to aid Cuba

In the wake of Hurricane Dennis, which took an enormous toll especially in Cuba and Haiti, New York Congressman Jose Serrano is calling for the emergency temporary suspension of the Bush administration’s draconian restrictions on Cuban Americans’ ability to assist stricken family members.

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