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In a September 24 speech to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, economic historian Christina Romer, also chair of US President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, compared the policy responses of the Bush and Obama administrations of 2008-09 to those of the Hoover and Roosevelt US administrations of 1929-36.
Abortion debate With regards to the article "Harassing us into submission" (GLW #810), what is interesting in this debate, or lack thereof, is that at no time is there dialogue on when life actually begins. This would then determine whether a
Lewis Carroll once wrote about a fictitious map that was so topographically accurate, it was as large as the country it was mapping.
Renowned author and academic Noam Chomsky answers a question during a public meeting in September on the case of the CCuban Five
The results of the October 4 elections in Greece were a political earthquake that have created a new situation.
A marriage licence has been denied to an interracial couple in Louisiana by a justice of the peace, the Huffington Post said on October 15
Puerto Rico, a “self-governing” colony of the United States, was rocked by a general strike on October 15. Organisers estimated that between 150,000-200,000 people took part in a massive demonstration in the capital, San Juan,. In the article below, reprinted from www.globalvoiceonline.org, Firuzeh Shokooh Valle provides the background. Shokooh Valle is a Puerto Rican journalist specialised in human rights issues
You don’t need presidential palaces, generals riding tanks, or even the CIA to make a coup happen. Democracy can be overthrown with far less pomp, fewer props and smaller bursts of state violence.
The report of the United Nations’ fact-finding mission to Gaza, led by former South African jurist Richard Goldstone, was released in September. It detailed atrocious human rights abuses by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during Israel’s December-January war on the Palestinian territory.
About 200,000 marched in Washington D.C. on October 11 to demand full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, US Socialist Worker said the next day.
Socialist Alliance WA co-convenor Sam Wainwright was elected from the Hilton Ward to the Fremantle Council in the October 17 poll.
On October 10, Mexican Federal Police seized the plants of the Central Light and Power Company of Mexico (LyF), which provides electricity to Mexico City and several states in central Mexico.
“The world needs to understand the importance of the struggle in defence of nature”, Hugo Blanco, legendary Peruvian peasant leader active in the indigenous peoples’ struggle against corporate exploitation in the Amazon, told Green Left Weekly in late September.
French people have sent a strong message to the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy with 90% of voters in a referendum organised by anti-privatisation campaigners rejecting plans to partially privatise the national postal service, La Poste.
The heat is on the administration of US President Barack Obama.
The statement below was released on October 13 by: The National Committee (US) Committee to Free the Cuban Five; the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five; and the organisations of the Cuban Immigration in Miami involving the Marti Alliance: the Antonio Maceo Brigade, the Alliance of Workers of the Cuban Community (ATC), the Jose Marti Association, and political parties of the US who are part of the Cuban Five solidarity movement.

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