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Cinco de Mayo its not just history

Opinion The celebration of Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the May 5, 1862, victory of the Mexican people’s army over French intervention in the battle of Puebla, has much significance for the U.S. people this election year.

Proud, happy Israeli whistleblower released

An unrepentant Mordechai Vanunu – the Israeli whistleblower who confirmed the existence of the country’s nuclear weapons program – left Ashkelon’s Shikma Prison April 21 after serving an 18-year sentence, 11 years of it in solitary confinement.

INDIA Right-wing govt facing setbacks

NEW DELHI – Exit polls following India’s third round of voting on April 26 suggest that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaypayee’s ruling right-wing party, the BJP, may lose its majority in Parliament.

International notes

Guam: Indigenous people protest military build-up / South Africa: Vote shows growing unity / Haiti: Death squads tighten their grip / Nepal: Protests for democracy continue / Venezuela: Threats grow on border

Cuba guarantees paid leave for parents

HAVANA – Cuban law now protects mothers and fathers who want to share child-rearing after the breast-feeding period, without having to worry about irate bosses.

South Africa celebrates decade of democracy

On the eve of South Africa’s April 14 elections and the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid on April 27, the African National Congress (ANC) government and its allies are evaluating the past decade and preparing for the challenges ahead.

Quebec mulls proportional vote system

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Quebec government will be the first provincial jurisdiction in Canada to advance legislation that would create a new mixed electoral system that includes proportional representation (PR).

International notes

Haiti: Executions continue / Colombia: Coke hunger strike ends / Europe: Massive protests vs. ‘welfare reform’ / Mexico: U.S. must review death row cases / Nigeria: Sue Chevron Texaco for rights abuses

Indians resisting the politics of hate

NEW DELHI – General elections to India’s lower house, the Lok Sabha, will be held in four phases in April and May.

International notes

Haiti: Lavalas describes repression / Honduras: Company security kills activist / South Africa: Campaign for ANC victory / Turkey: Gov’t scuttles tire workers’ strike / Italy: General strike paralyzes country

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