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Civilizations cradle destroyed by war

In seizing control of Iraq, the Bush administration has brought devastation to this ancient land, closing its eyes to the human toll and destruction in this “cradle of human civilization.”

U.S. corporations set to profit off Iraq

The Bush administration’s attempt to fashion for itself the sole role of ruler and victor in post-war Iraq is meeting growing domestic and international opposition.

Debt bondage Debt bondage

The burden of unpayable debt is rising rapidly worldwide. In the U.S., household debt leaped from 65 percent of income in 1975 to more than 100 percent in 2001. Bankruptcies, individual and corporate, are near records.

International notes

May Day: Unions around the world demand ‘respect’ / China/Vietnam: Parties pledge new cooperation / Chile: Copper miners strike / Indonesia: Shangri-La Hotel dispute settled / Czech Republic: Educators may strike

U.S. military attempts to silence journalists

While the White House claims the war in Iraq is for democracy and liberation, U.S. forces have been accused of intentionally attacking a major pillar of democracy – the press.

Whats really behind the trials in Cuba

At an April 9 press conference in Havana, Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque presented a detailed discussion of the recent trials of Cubans charged with acting in the interest of a foreign state to harm Cuba’s independence or integrity, and spreading information in support of the blockade and the economic war against Cuba. The press conference also featured details of the U.S. Interests Section’s work to support the so-called dissident movements. The complete transcript of the press conference is available online, at www.granma.cu/ingles/abril03/sat12/ roque.html

A year after failed coup: Venezuelas people gain new hope

One year ago, the Venezuelan people defeated a U.S.-supported right-wing coup against popularly-elected President Hugo Chavez Frias. As the anniversary of the coup attempt approaches, a very different picture is emerging for the country’s workers and farmers.

U.S. policies in Latin America protested

Thousands of activists are expected to converge on Washington, D.C., April 10-15 for the “Mobilization against military and economic intervention in Latin America and across the globe.”

Death and destruction haunt Iraqi landscape

As the U.S.-led assault stormed through Iraq this week, it left a trail of death, destruction and chaos – wrecked cities, villages and farms; water systems destroyed; families decimated. It also left a trail of bitterness among the Iraqi population.

International notes

Palestine: Demonstrators oppose Iraq war / Russia: Communists lead in public support / Nigeria: Public workers win 12.5 percent pay hike / Greece: More anti-war actions planned / South Korea: Union leader released from jail

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