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Regional instability threatens India

KOLKATA, India — Following the Nepal coup in early February, security analysts warned the Indian government to concentrate security forces here in the northeast, an area that faces growing violence and instability. The armed insurgencies in the northeastern states that border Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma and China rival the security problems faced in Kashmir.

Iraqi womans blog becomes play

NEW YORK — Six Figures Theatre Company presents “Baghdad Burning,” a full-length play adapted from the “Girl Blog from Iraq” written by Riverbend, an anonymous 25-year-old Iraqi woman living in Baghdad.

Women making movies: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Their mothers may be convicted thieves, murderers and drug dealers, but the girls of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers and marine biologists. Premiering March 12 at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, “Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars,” a moving new documentary by acclaimed filmmakers Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein, features the inspired and innovative Girl Scout program that brings young girls into prison to meet with their inmate moms.

Pentagons hype conceals horrors of war

Tod Ensign is an attorney and director of Citizen Soldier, a GI and veterans rights advocacy project. With “America’s Military Today: The Challenge of Militarism,” Ensign has written a useful and important guide to the military today.

The most horrific cuts in 30 years

The following testimony was delivered March 7 at a hearing of the Connecticut State Legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee on a resolution memorializing Congress to oppose budget cuts in vital domestic programs. The author offers it as an example, to encourage readers in other states to take similar initiatives.

A question of values

Ivette Gonzalez, 6 years old and the daughter of one of the “Cuban Five” imprisoned by the U.S., opened the World Social Forum Jan. 26 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The U.S. government has not allowed Ivette and her mother to visit her father, Rene, in jail, although Ivette is a U.S. citizen. She was a tiny baby when her father last saw her.

A message from Chile: Our Gladys Marn one of the essential ones

In the wee hours of this cloudy day, March 6, 2005, a woman passed away who was one of the “essential ones,” as Bertolt Brecht said. She was one of those who struggled all her life, who fought against anything that seemed to her to be an injustice, sought untiringly after her comrades who had been arrested and “disappeared,” and finally did battle with death itself. Cancer took her away from us but was not able to take away her example, her energy, her commitment, her strength, nor her smile.

Why pick a military town as the site for an antiwar rally?

Why pick a military town as the site for an antiwar rally? As a veteran and a resident of Fayetteville, N.C., near Ft. Bragg, I can think of at least 50 reasons. Each of those reasons has a name and each were members of our community prior to their deaths in Iraq.

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Racism and unity

Racism exists today but has changed its form. The right uses racism to divide the working class, and therefore our documents and literature need to focus on why Black, Brown, white unity is necessary for working-class unity.

EDITORIAL: White House invents reality

A senior White House official scornfully told a New York Times reporter last fall that “the reality-based community” believes “solutions emerge from discernible reality.” The Bush aide continued, “That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now and when we act, we create our own reality.”

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