Shooting Rampage in Sasebo, Japan Sparks Demand for Gun Control

A shooting rampage occurred on December 14 at a private sports club in Sasebo City in Nagasaki Prefecture, killing a 26-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man and injuring 6 people, including two children.


Challenges and Opportunities in the 2008 Elections

Not every struggle carries the same political significance. Some leave little trace on the political landscape; others rearrange it extensively.

War Is Over--Say the Pundits

To hear many in the mainstream media tell it, the Iraq War is of diminishing importance to American voters. But the evidence for such a shift in the electorate is thin at best--suggesting that journalists and pundits are really the ones who would rather not talk about Iraq as we head into an election year.


Cuban President Stresses Importance of Accords of Conf. on Climate Change

Cuban President Fidel Castro sent a letter on Monday to the daily prime-time radio and television program 'The Round Table' in which he stressed the importance of the international agreements reached at the recently concluded conference on climate change held in Bali.


Iraqis Returning to Destroyed, Looted or Occupied Homes

Iraqi refugee Ibtissam Abdul-Wahab Hassan returned from Syria to her home in Baghdad to find the doors broken down, some furniture stolen and parts of the house gutted by fire.


After Annapolis: Press for Real Negotiations Now

The vast majority of the people of Israel, Palestine, the United States and the world want something done to bring peace with justice to Israel and Palestine, and feel there is a chance the recently concluded Annapolis conference can accomplish something toward that aim.

Latvia and the Collapse of the USSR: Interview with Alfred Rubiks

By the end of 1990, it was quite obvious that the Soviet Union, as it was then, would not last long. At the time I was a member of the Politburo of the Soviet Communist Party, which was elected under Gorbachev several months before.


The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Subsumed

The meeting in Annapolis last month marks the transformation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a component of the battle for hegemony in the Middle East between the United States and Iran.


Review: Day of Empire – How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall

This work had so much anticipatory potential as Amy Chua’s previous work “World on Fire” had provided a strong, well-supported thesis on how the colonial elites later brought about much of the incompetence, racism, and malevolent tendencies of post-colonial governments.


ANC Meeting Sounds the Call for Social Progress

Progress was a central theme of South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki address to the 52nd National Conference of the African National Congress which opened Sunday. The meeting is being held in Polokwane, capital of South Africa’s northern province of Limpopo.

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