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White House lies prompt call for inquiry

As President Bush and other administration officials scramble to explain away their use of doctored evidence to launch a preemptive war on Iraq, calls for independent, bipartisan investigations grow.

Hip-hop in Brazil

Hip-hop was born in New York but if you talk to most young people in São Paulo, Brazil, they’ll tell you that they feel like it belongs to them. No one will deny it is an American import, but after more than two decades of hip-hop, pronounced “hippy hoppy” in Portuguese, local hip-hop has developed explicitly Brazilian characteristics.

Liberia in the Bush administrations crosshairs

This week, U.S. President George Bush embarked on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. His five-day itinerary included Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria. Ironically, media attention has largely focused on another African country this week: Liberia.

International notes

Britain: Foreign office concerned re U.S. military trials / Colombia: Court orders fumigation suspended / Nigeria: General strike continues / United Nations: Workers protest suspension of union / Pakistan: Sugar workers uphold union rights

Canadian Communists win key court battle

VANCOUVER, Canada – Communist Party of Canada (CPC) leader Miguel Figueroa can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The Canadian Supreme Court on June 27 struck down parts of the Canada Elections Act, which deny small political parties the right to exist and participate in elections.

U.S. troops morale plummets in Iraq

President Bush shocked many people last week when he responded to the increasing attacks on American troops in Iraq by saying, “My answer is, bring them on.” A day after his comic-book-style comment, 10 U.S. soldiers were wounded in three incidents.

Over 50,000 demonstrate against EU policies

THESSALONIKI, Greece – While governmental ministers were meeting at a European Union (EU) summit in a nearby seaside resort, over 50,000 demonstrators filled the streets of this ancient Greek port city June 21 to protest EU policies.

In Iraq Living conditions remain tragic

In a recent edition of Tareeq Al-Shaab, the living conditions of the Iraqi people were described as horrific. “More than ten weeks have passed since the collapse of the dictatorial regime, however, the situation remains at standstill,” with no progress nor any relief from the extremely tense conditions, the article said.

Students protest in Iran

News Analysis The student movement in Iran is again at the forefront of the struggle against the ruling dictatorship. While focusing on George Bush’s so-called support for the protesters, conveniently absent from most media reports is the actual reason behind the students’ protests.

International notes

China: Gov’t ratifies ASEAN treaty / South Korea: Railway strikers attacked by riot police / Nigeria: Workers strike over gas prices / Syria: Gov’t protests U.S. strike / Haiti: Seeking restitution from France

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