Today, Puerto Rico is a U.S. colony. In the final document of its just-completed summit conference in Havana, the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries reiterated its support for the right of the Puerto Rico nation to independence and self-determination. The affirmation by most of the world’s countries of Puerto Rico’s right to be free and sovereign came just before the 138th anniversary of El Grito de Lares, the historic Sept. 23, 1868, revolt against Spanish colonialism.
Religious leaders from the Catholic peace group Pax Christi, the Muslim American Society and the World Conference of Religions for Peace convened a news conference in Washington Sept. 20 to condemn religious intolerance and to call for “solidarity” with Muslims.
Having had the good fortune to spend time in Cuba in the late 1990s studying their cutting-edge organic agriculture program, I would suggest that anyone with a genuine interest in the country try to do the same, although a recent U.S. crackdown on travel to the Cuba has made it harder than ever for U.S. citizens to go and “see for themselves.”
UNITED NATIONS — “Bush is in town,” the woman working behind the coffee bar said unenthusiastically to her co-worker. It captured the mood in New York City as President George Bush arrived for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, attended by heads of state from around the world.
UNITED NATIONS — Convening under the theme of “Unfinished business: effective partnerships for human security and sustainable development,” the 59th annual UN Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations met here Sept. 6-8. The conference drew representatives from more than 2,000 NGOs from over 90 countries
In their cells at U.S. penitentiaries Victorville, Calif., and Beaumont, Texas, Gerardo Hernandez and Ramon Labanino receive a mountain of mail each day from all over the world.
CHICAGO — Elvira Arellano, 31, an immigrant rights activist and mother of a 7-year-old child, has taken sanctuary in a church here, defying efforts by the U.S. government to deport her to Mexico. She told reporters, “I don’t only speak for me, but for millions of families like mine.”
Conservative economists seem concerned about the changes taking place within Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA. They argue that Venezuela’s decreased oil production is proof of its inefficient and wasteful practices.
After British authorities announced last week that a new terrorist plot had been uncovered, officials in the U.S. and Britain raised their threat alerts to the highest level, ramping up airline passenger and luggage searches.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela: Ahora es de todos! This slogan, appearing on a poster beneath a simple drawing of three children in the colors of the national flag, means “Venezuela: Now it’s for everyone.”