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Making Venezuelas economy scream

Chilean counter-revolutionaries used human suffering as a tool to bring down President Salvador Allende in 1973. Something similar may be going on in Venezuela now.

China chastises U.S. over human rights

China’s State Council, or cabinet, last week issued a scathing response to U.S. State Department charges that human rights in China deteriorated last year. Washington made the allegations in its annual “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” released on March 6.

Furor over efforts to rewrite history

Lee Yong-soo, born in Taegu, Korea, in 1928, lost her innocence during World War II, when she was forced by the Japanese Imperial Army to live as a sex slave — a “comfort woman”— at age 16.

Women key to advances in Congress

In the first 11 weeks of the 110th Congress, several pieces of progressive legislation, including the Employee Free Choice Act and an increase in the minimum wage, have passed in the House. With the new Democratic majority, congressional silence on the Iraq war has been shattered.

8,000 Mississippi shipyard workers go on strike

Eight thousand workers in Pascagoula, Miss., still picking up the pieces of their lives shattered by Hurricane Katrina, went out on strike at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard March 8.

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TAKE ACTION: Tell your senator to pass EFCA

The AFL-CIO is mobilizing its unions to line up the 60 Senate votes needed to halt a planned Republican filibuster against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Notes from Guatemala and Colombia

On March 12 Guatemalan President Oscar Berger took Bush to the Mayan sacred site Iximche. Hundreds of indigenous people carried out a vigil for 24 hours in nearby Tecpan that a leader described as “an act of resistance in defense of our sovereignty and motherland.” Afterwards they went to Iximche to ritually clean places Bush had visited.

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