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South Africas Carmen

South African actress Pauline Malefane carries a mug on her head during filming of “U-Carmen e-Khayaletsha,” an exuberant adaption of George Bizet’s opera, which was a surprise winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin festival.

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Compelling stories from the assembly line

Review: 'Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant.' During the decade of the 1980s, with the economy spiraling into a deep decline and the auto industry in a crisis of overproduction, an avalanche of plant closings began in our country...

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Battle over human rights at the UN

The following is excerpted from a statement delivered at the 61st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, March 16, in Geneva, Switzerland. Cuba has repeatedly accused the United States of manipulating the small, weak countries that are members of the commission to secure votes condemning Cuba. Efforts are being made this year to force a vote against alleged U.S. human rights violations at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba, in its prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the U.S. itself.

Immigrants tragedy and death penalty injustice

In a highly sensationalized trial here in Houston, Jamaican-born Tyrone Williams, the truck driver on trial for the horrid deaths of 19 Latino immigrants, is the only defendant out of 14 indicted who faces capital punishment. Williams is one of two African Americans indicted in the murder case in which 19 people, including one child, suffocated in his truck trailer on their way to Houston. The other 12 defendants are Latinos.

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What really happened in Ohio?

There are some things we can say for certain happened in Ohio and the U.S. in November 2004.

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Schiavo case and separation of powers

The following is a response to the Republican ramrodding of a bill giving a federal court jurisdiction over the case of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo. The Senate, operating under unanimous-consent rules, passed the legislation March 19 with no debate and with only three members present. The House voted 203-58 at 12:42 a.m. March 20 to approve the measure, and rushed it to President Bush. He signed the bill into law at 1:11 a.m.

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Jeb Bushs cuts target disabled

Marisselle Quinones, 11, who has spina bifida, testifies before a Florida Legislative committee on Medicaid reform, March 14 in Jacksonville.

Drug industry desecrates public interest

Review: 'The Truth about the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It.' The U.S. health care system means misery for many, abundance for others. Parts of the story are easily told: low life expectancy and high infant mortality for the poor and racially oppressed, and millions who are uninsured or have poor coverage...

Missourians fight to blunt health cuts

ST. LOUIS — “Hurting Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens is not the way to fix our state’s budget problems,” said Cathy Martarella at a March 21 press conference announcing the formation of Missourians for Health. The new coalition includes health care providers, mental health advocates, Medicaid recipients, trade unionists and parents of children in the state’s First Steps program, which serves developmentally disabled toddlers.

Union rights for North Carolina farm workers

Mexican workers headed to the fields of North Carolina under the H-2A visa program can now stop by the Farm Labor Organizing Committee’s office in Monterrey, Mexico, to find out about their newly won rights. Opening the office was the first concrete step in implementing a groundbreaking agreement signed last fall between FLOC and the North Carolina Growers Association. The agreement covers 7,500 Mexican guest workers who cultivate and harvest cucumbers and other crops in North Carolina. This is the first time immigrant farm workers in the U.S. government’s existing H-2A guest worker program have been unionized.

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