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New dimensions African immigrants in the U.S.

The election of Barack Obama to the U.S. Senate brought national attention to the growing presence and influence of African immigrants in the United States. The son of a Kenyan immigrant, Obama is only the third African American senator since Reconstruction.

150 student leaders weigh in on Social Security

Determined to have their voices heard, 150 student government presidents signed a nonpartisan letter calling on Congress and the White House to protect Social Security. Representing hundreds of thousands of college students from all 50 states, the student leaders urged officials to consider the stake the younger generation has in defending Social Security.

Labor unity crucial to national health care fight

The complexity of the profit-based U.S. health care system is well known. It is a patchwork quilt of corporations seeking to maximize their profits. For the nation’s unions, this has meant the necessity of dealing with a complicated myriad of negotiated benefit plans.

Industrial unions blast Bush, CAFTA

WASHINGTON — “The destruction of manufacturing in this country is a crime,” charged John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO. “And the criminals are still walking around. They should be locked up.”

Social Security and the N.Y. Times

Most Americans do not read The New York Times. But ideas expressed by its columnists make their way into mainstream discussions. Recently, two columnists weighed in with arguments related to Social Security.

World Notes

Haiti: Concern for Yvon Neptune; S. Africa: COSATU to picket retailers; Iraq: Child labor is rampant; Nepal: Parties unite for democracy; Global: Over 12 million enslaved

Venezuela and Cuba build trade pact

As the Bush administration bullies countries into signing “free trade” agreements — huge profit makers for corporations at the expense of all workers — Cuba and Venezuela signed a massive package of agreements that seek to develop their countries and meet human needs.

Move over CNN Here comes Telesur

The Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez, along with the left-leaning governments of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, will be launching Televisora del Sur (Telesur), a continent-wide TV station, by late June or early July to counter the neoconservative messages promoted by the corporate-owned media.

Voters lash out at Blair over Iraq war

LONDON — It wasn’t long ago that a visibly annoyed British Prime Minister Tony Blair called on people in the country to “move on” from the issue of the Iraq war. Unfortunately for him, the results of the May 5 British general election suggest that he will forever be tarnished by the conflict. click here for Spanish text

Activists slam remark by Mexicos president

NEW YORK — The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) has strongly objected to a recent remark by Mexican President Vicente Fox that Mexican immigrants in the United States do jobs “that not even Blacks want to do.” Characterizing the comment as racist, the coalition called on Fox “to clearly and unequivocally retract his remark,” noting that his statement “ironically implies support for a system that exploits both Blacks and Mexicans.”

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