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EDITORIAL: Immigration hearings evoke bad memories

The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives has let it be known that instead of immediately convoking a conference committee to reconcile House and Senate bills on immigration (HR 4437 and S 2611), they are going to organize public hearings around the country on the Senate, but not the House, bill.

Bush administration failing Americas AIDS crisis

The Open Society Institute, a public policy research organization, recently released a comprehensive report on the state of HIV/AIDS in America. It suggests that President Bush has failed to effectively handle this devastating epidemic

Missouri moves for single-payer

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — “Currently 33 percent of every health insurance dollar goes to administration,” said Julia Lamborn, president of Missourians for Single Payer Health Care (MOSP) at a June 7 press conference here. Lamborn announced the passage by University City’s Council of a resolution in support of HR 676, the “Medicare for All” bill. University City is the first city in Missouri to pass a resolution supporting the bill.

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My bad boss contest

Workers can win a paid getaway from their boss — a one week vacation to one of a variety of destinations in the U.S., Canada or Mexico — by sharing their “worst bosses” experiences online in a contest sponsored by Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

The power of solidarity

Last week at the monthly meeting of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus here in the Chicago area, our union local vice president mentioned that the Laborers’ strike had been settled “very favorably” thanks in large part to the great solidarity shown by the other construction locals.

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WORLDNOTES

Venezuela: Indigenous voices for peace Japan: Support for peace constitution Mexico: Police attack striking teachers Burundi: Accord signed to end civil war

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Mexico presidential race reaches boiling point

MEXICO CITY — Buildings and walls across the city are splashed with election billboards and graffiti as passions boil over in one of Mexico’s most heated presidential election campaigns ever. Mexicans go to the polls July 2 to decide whether their country will join the “pink tide” of center-left governments that is churning up the political landscape across Latin America.

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UN panel urges self-determination for Puerto Rico, once again

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Special Committee on Decolonization reaffirmed Puerto Rico’s right to self-determination and independence last week, calling on the United States to “expedite a process that will allow” the Caribbean nation to exercise its inalienable right to choose its own destiny. The June 13 action was but the latest in a decades-long series of similar appeals.

SACP salutes student heroes

The South African Communist Party, in a June 15 statement on the 30th anniversary of the 1976 student uprisings, saluted “those heroes and heroines, both departed and living, for their historic contribution toward the liberation of our country.”

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South Africans mark Soweto uprising

SOWETO, South Africa (AP) — President Thabo Mbeki led hundreds of South Africans on a June 16 march in the footsteps of children whose bloody uprising 30 years ago reshaped the struggle to end apartheid.

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