LA GUAJIRA, Colombia — Cerrejón, the world’s largest open pit coal mine, materialized 25 years ago in the midst of the Afro-Colombian and indigenous Wayuu peoples living in this northeast corner of Colombia. The region is named after La Guajira peninsula, which juts into the Caribbean Sea.
From the cinema of the Third World comes “Bamako,” a fascinating and thought-provoking exposé of the World Bank and the effects of its policies on Africa
“Thinking of Germany in the night,” wrote the exiled 19th century poet Heinrich Heine, “I lie awake and sleep takes flight.” Indeed, who, pondering that nation’s history, by turns exalted and utterly tragic, has not had more than a few sleepless nights?
CHICAGO — Citgo Petroleum Corp., the U.S.-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s publicly owned oil company, announced Nov. 2 it was giving $400,000 to help kick-start a new health clinic at Little Village Lawndale High School on the city’s southwest side
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After U.S. Marines seized Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Feb. 29, 2004, and flew him to the Central African Republic, the newly installed interim government unleashed a campaign of terror against Aristide’s supporters. U.S. filmmaker and journalist Kevin Pina captures the horror of this period in his new documentary “Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits.” He spoke to the World during a brief stopover here to screen his new film.
A new British government study considered the most comprehensive review on the economic impact of global warming says “staying the course” will have dire consequences for human social and economic activity. At the same time, it says the most catastrophic consequences can be averted if concerted international action is taken now.
CHICAGO — Two and half months have passed since Elvira Arellano took sanctuary here at a northwest side church, defying U.S. government efforts to deport her to Mexico. Arellano is optimistic about her prospects, and says her struggle to resist deportation to remain with her 7-year-old son Saul, who is a U.S. citizen, is worth the fight.
On Sept. 23, some 700 people marched on the White House, demanding freedom for the so-called Cuban Five, and over the past few weeks, meetings have been held around the country with the same demand.
WASHINGTON (PAI) — The burgeoning thousands of call center workers in India who serve U.S. and multinational companies, and who got jobs formerly handled by U.S. unionists, are tough to organize. They need new types of unions to accomplish that goal, the Communications Workers and Indian unionists say.
It is commonly believed that the U.S. blockade against Cuba, in force for over four decades, is limited to politics and economics. Cooperation for people’s health is allowed, right? Wrong.