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Talking about a revolution: Calls for action on global warming, inequality

The latest report of a world scientific panel on global warming has called for what amounts to a social revolution, one of the report’s authors said.

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Boris Yeltsin and Jenny Lopez

A few days ago, according to Pravda (the former paper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union now specializing in National Inquirer-like gossip), a newly rich 35-year-old Russian billionaire banker, Andrei Melnichenko, paid Jennifer Lopez $3 million to perform at a birthday party for his wife.

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Forget the meat! Why an animal-based diet is hazardous to your health

Slowly the truth is emerging that diet is decisive to health. Out of a fog of deliberate confusion and fierce resistance put up by the food and pharmaceutical industries and their allies in government, academia and big medicine, the idea is winning support in the public mind, and a fundamentally new picture is becoming clear.

Mississippi on the mind and Cuba

Infant mortality rates (IMR) in Mississippi and other Southern states are rising. The IMR measures the number of first-year infant deaths per thousand births. It reflects social indicators such as access to care, food availability, family income and education levels.

Faulty economics and the French elections

The elections in France demonstrate the power of faulty economic analysis, and more generalized problems with arithmetic, to shape ideas and possibly the future of not only a nation but a continent.

Black leaders probe rights violations on border

TUCSON, Ariz. — A 14-member delegation of African Americans investigated human rights abuses of immigrants, Mexican Americans and indigenous communities on the U.S.-Mexican border, in an April 26-29 fact-finding tour here.

A call for a real inter-American dialogue

Abridged from a letter to Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based thinktank, by Venezuela’s ambassador to the U.S.

EDITORIAL: Patriots and terrorists

In 2005 John Bolton, President Bush’s UN ambassador, had advice for UN member states deliberating about a convention on terrorism. He called for “a clear, strong declaration.” He condemned “the targeting and deliberate killing by terrorists of civilians and non-combatants.”

Union solidarity forces new look at Colombia trade deal

“Honorable Senators and members of the U.S. Congress: The Uribe government refuses to recognize our basic rights and persecutes and punishes us for exercising our right to peaceful protests,” Colombia’s Oil Workers Union charged in an open letter to Congress, Feb. 17.

White House lets terrorist off hook

Terrorist Luis Posada Carriles left jail on April 19 and went to live at his wife’s home in Miami, after an appeals court approved his release on bail. His trial for lying and fraud, relating to his arrival in the United States, begins May 11 in El Paso, Texas.

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