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Venezuelas Chavez gets UN ovation

UNITED NATIONS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez received tremendous applause from world leaders at the United Nations World Summit Sept. 15 after a passionate speech assailing the Bush administration and world capitalism. He then toured New York City, was greeted by enthusiastic crowds, and repeated his offer of oil and other assistance to low-income Americans. In their speeches at the UN gathering, many world leaders indirectly criticized the Bush administration for causing wars and exacerbating poverty. Chavez openly voiced these criticisms — and condemned imperialism in general. He received the biggest ovation of any speaker, many observers stated. “It is unpractical and unethical to sacrifice the human race by insanely invoking a socioeconomic model that has a galloping destructive capacity,” Chavez said, referring to the…

Forced labor: a global menace

UNITED NATIONS—Anna, now 21 years old, was born in the Ukrainian town of Kamenets-Podolsky, then still a part of the Soviet Union. During her early childhood, she led a typical family life and her basic needs were met. She lived with her mother and father, who was an engineer. Her life began to change radically in 1991, when socialism in the USSR fell apart. Her entire town was plunged into poverty as its main employer shut down. Her family was left jobless, until her father went to work for lower wages as a mason. The transition proved too much for him, and his health declined until, eventually, he died. With her family life destroyed, Anna became desperate. She struggled on until someone she had met…

March 5 student strike to demand books not bombs

NEW YORK – Under the slogan “Books not bombs,” thousands of students at hundreds of campuses across the country are planning a one-day strike on March 5 to demand better funding for public education and an end to the Bush administration’s drive for war in Iraq. The strike is shaping up to be the biggest student action since the Vietnam War. “We just can’t sit in our classes while our government is doing something that’s going to affect the world for decades to come,” Amanda Crater, a spokesperson for the coalition organizing the strike, the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC), told the World. “Every dollar spent on the [war] is a dollar that could have been spent for the schools. I mean, where…

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