"Challenging the United States to make good on its pledge to hunt down terrorists, Venezuela on Thursday formally requested the extradition of a radical Cuban exile [Luis Posada Carriles] who is reportedly hiding in Florida and is wanted here in connection with an airline bombing that killed 73 people."
"Posada is a Bay of Pigs veteran and collaborated with the Central Intelligence Agency in numerous attempts to depose Cuban President Fidel Castro. He is wanted in Venezuela in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner en route from Caracas to Havana."
"The inquiry has cast a cloud over the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which employed the two men who are said to have received the classified information from Mr. Franklin. The group, also known as AIPAC, has close ties to senior policymakers in the Bush administration, among them Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is expected to appear later this month at the group's annual meeting.
The investigation has proven awkward as well for a group of conservative Republicans, who held high-level civilian jobs at the Pentagon during President Bush's first term and the buildup toward the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and who were also close to AIPAC."
Five years and $3 billion into the most aggressive counternarcotics operation ever here, U.S. and Colombian officials say they have eradicated a record-breaking area of coca plants. Yet cocaine remains as available as ever on American streets, perhaps more so.
Jerusalem -- "In what could mark the rebirth of a Cold War alliance of
interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered aid and military
equipment yesterday to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who welcomed the
Russian leader as 'a precious friend and comrade.'
Capping off his historic tour of the Middle East, which included the first
visit by a Russian or Soviet leader to Israel and the Palestinian
territories, Mr. Putin made it plain that he wants Moscow to resume its
historic role as chief patron to the Palestinians."
THE EFFORT to win "eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for what we will" became a crusade for U.S. labor in the years after the Civil War of 1861-65.
Many people hoped to win shorter hours through reform laws, and by the 1870s, several states and a number of cities had passed eight-hour legislation. But these proved to be empty promises--filled with loopholes and routinely ignored by employers, leaving workers with nowhere to turn to get them enforced.
Under the influence of the growing socialist movement in the U.S., labor turned to more militant tactics. "The way to get [the eight-hour day]," Peter McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners wrote in 1882, "is by organization...We want an enactment by the workingmen themselves that on a given day, eight hours should constitute a day's work, and they ought to enforce it themselves."
Montreal April 28, 2005 - "For the second consecutive year, Alcan Inc. of Montreal was directly confronted at its own Annual General Meeting about its troubled investment in a proposed bauxite mine and alumina refinery in the Kashipur region of Orissa, India. The joint venture with the Aditya Birla group of India goes by the name of Utkal Alumina Industries Ltd. (UAIL)."
"In a frank speech, Brigadier Justin Kelly dismissed several of the central tenets of the Iraq war and the war on terrorism, saying the 'war' part is all about politics and terrorism is merely a tactic."
"If centralization prevails, it will restrict the creativity of the local churches that need freedom to articulate to the masses of the suffering faithful, faith with justice and social mission with liberation, without which evangelization is alienation. The exodus of the faithful to other denominations will worsen. This situation is characteristic of all the Third World where more than half of all the Catholic of the world are found."
"The less a woman breastfeeds, the greater her risk of
breast cancer. So concluded a landmark meta-analysis
in 'The Lancet' medical journal, as reported on the
front page of 'The Oregonian' ("Study finds key factors
to lower risk of breast cancer," July 19)."
"News like this is often met with concern about
inducing guilt in women who don't breastfeed. But in
no other area of health are people seen as needing
emotional protection from the knowledge of risk. In
fact, concealing risk is unethical and violates the
principles of informed consent."
Mother Jones (Online) Editor's Note
May/June 2005 Issue
In his article "Some Like It Hot" Chris Mooney pinpoints a critical distinction in the battle over global warming. The think tanks, crank scientists, and pseudo-journalists who dispute climate change with the aid of millions of corporate dollars are not just arguing the economics of the problem, as they sometimes pretend. That activity, engaging in a thoughtful discussion of politics and priorities, the wisdom of one or another course of action, could be considered honorable regardless of which side one argued from. Rather, the mouthpieces are ignobly contesting the very science itself, using any tactic, any slipshod fiction, that might throw doubt into the public mind and so deflect the dictates of hard fact. In other words, given a public policy debate, conservatives have decided to forgo real debate entirely to adopt instead a radical course: denying reality itself.
"Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps and one of the last to be liberated, 60 years ago on April 29, 1945. This program features members of the racially segregated 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, which consisted of Japanese-American soldiers, some who came from American concentration camps themselves; and former Dachau prisoners, including Yanina Cywinska, a prisoner at Auschwitz and Dachau who tells her story after being silent for over 40 years."
Among academic activists I know the two names most frequently cited for inspiring us to pursue our work are Noam Chomsky and Andre Gunder Frank. Yesterday we lost one of them in Andre Gunder Frank. Gunder must have put, literally, thousands on that path, who in turn reached perhaps millions of students in some fashion.
"Can you imagine the BBC and other major broadcasters apologising to a rogue regime which practises racism and ethnic cleansing; which has 'effectively legalised the use of torture' (Amnesty); which holds international law in contempt, having defied hundreds of UN resolutions and built an apartheid wall in defiance of the International Court of Justice; which has demolished thousands of people's homes and given its soldiers the right to assassinate; and whose leader was judged 'personally responsible' for the massacre of more than 2,000 people? Can you imagine the BBC saying sorry to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, or other official demons, for broadcasting an uncensored interview with a courageous dissident of that country, a man who spent 19 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement? Of course not. Yet, last month, the BBC apologised 'confidentially' to a regime with such a record, so that its correspondent would be allowed back, having promised to abide by a system of censorship that continues to gag the dissident. The regime is Ariel Sharon's in Israel, whose war crimes, appalling human rights record and enduring lawlessness continue to be granted a certificate of exemption not only by the US-dominated west but by respectable journalism."
"The United States has donated to Colombia four
airplanes and six helicopters to support the
South American country's efforts to "fight drug
trafficking and terrorism," the Colombian Defense
Ministry said Friday."
Five years ago, on the evening of April 29, 2000, Sackers notified the police in the eastern German city of Halberstadt, in Saxony Anhalt, that Andreas P was playing prohibited Nazi music in his apartment, including the Nazi SA's notorious Horst-Wessel song.
The police arrived and told P to lower the volume. According to their statements, the police did not understand what sort of music was being played. Sackers, agitated, interrupted the discussion between P and the police and threatened P with a criminal action. An hour after the police left the apartment block, Sackers lay dead on the staircase, stabbed four times by P.