Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Jerusalem last week in his new role as envoy for the so-called Quartet of Middle East mediators — the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States.
I’m not so much of a world traveler, but I do know from friends who travel that there are few places you can go where you won’t find a McDonald’s, a Kentucky Fried Chicken or a Wal-Mart. One of those few places is Cuba — no McDonald’s, no Exxon Mobil or Citibank.
A major earthquake hit Japan’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant this week. That should give pause to those who advocate looking to nuclear power as concerns about global warming escalate.
HOUSTON — Four women who used to work for KBR, formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root, have filed suit against KBR and Halliburton, alleging they were sexually harassed and, in two cases, raped while on the job in Iraq.
Against a backdrop of ratcheted-up Bush attacks on Cuba and the devastating contradictions afflicting U.S. health care, the documentary “Salud!” by Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba is timely, informative and inspiring.
CHICAGO — Two leaders of Iraq’s labor movement placed a plaque at the Haymarket Memorial here June 23 as leaders of major U.S. labor organizations looked on. The presentation was the Iraqis’ way of remembering both Iraqi and American workers who have been killed defending human rights. In Arabic and English, the plaque reads, “May the bonds of international labor solidarity help us all in our struggles for justice, peace, democracy and workers’ rights.”
Ousmane Sembene, universally regarded as the “father of African cinema,” died June 9 at the age of 84 at his home in Dakar, Senegal. A lifelong radical, his films tackled the most contentious issues in Africa, frequently provoking the indignation of the ruling class of both his home country and its former colonizer.
Not to say that bad things didn’t happen under socialism; but what happened under socialism doesn’t hold a candle to what has occurred under capitalism. The entirety of what city would be required for a monument to the victims of capitalism? There’s no city big enough.
When it comes to global warming, Bush claims to be ready to take action, he is actually not proposing any action. He’s ready to spew words but not ready to back them up with anything meaningful.
In the seventh year of his administration, George W. Bush has gained notoriety as perhaps the most hypocritical president in U.S. history. He did nothing to repair that sorry reputation in dedicating the “Victims of Communism” memorial in Washington, June 12.