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Give diplomacy a chance in Afghanistan

In its opening days, the Obama administration has set the stage for both diplomatic and military moves in Afghanistan and South Asia. Peace movement leaders here urge emphasis on diplomacy and economic aid, and warn that military actions will worsen the situation.

UN greets Obamas actions on family planning

New policy helps promote equality for women, girls UNITED NATIONS—After eight years of antagonistic relations between the world community and the far-right, ideologically driven family planning policies of the Bush administration, the U.S. is moving back into the international mainstream.

Humanitarian aid to Gaza is critical, Kucinich urges

With the withdrawal of Israeli forces, the challenge now is to provide humanitarian relief to Gaza as the first step towards resolution of the conflict, Congressman Dennis Kucinich told a large meeting Sunday at ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services.

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Remembering William Pomeroy

William J. Pomeroy, a legendary fighter for the independence and freedom of the Filipino people and a staunch member of the Communist Party USA, died in London Jan. 12. He was 92.

When health care is a right

Discussion on health care, centered now within the Obama administration, has centered on costs and lack of access. The plea here is that unmet need share the stage with funding considerations – or better, take over.

FMLN gains in El Salvador's legislative and municipal elections

The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) took results of municipal and legislative elections in El Salvador Jan. 19 as confirming the leftist party’s position as “the primary political force” in the national congress, and solidifying front-runner status for FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes in presidential elections set for March 15.

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WORLD NOTES: January 31

Paraguay: Agrarian reform unveiled Uganda: Nile nations jostle over water Russia: Privatization and early death Gaza: International solidarity with victims builds Sri Lanka: “Then they came for me” Cuba: Dialogue on work and pay

The Cuban Revolution and the liberation of Africa

When the Cuban Revolution triumphed on Jan. 1 1959, its leaders openly declared their enmity for imperialism and colonialism, and began to organize material solidarity for revolutionary struggles in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

WORLDNOTES - January 24, 2009

Bolivia: Morales announces nationalization Canada: War resister faces deportation India: Distressed truckers strike Ghana: Opposition candidate wins presidency Turkey: Sparring over secularist state Cuba: Building materials to increase

They have the gall

The arrogance of attempts by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and George W. Bush to fool us is unbounded. Here’s why.

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