IRAN: Reconstruction efforts in quake-devastated Bam continue two years on

Some 30,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured on 26 December 2003 when the 6.5 magnitude quake razed the ancient Silk Road city, making it Iran's worst recorded disaster ever, rendering some 200,000 people homeless and damaging or destroying some 42,000 housing units.

World Hunger: We Can Beat This Problem, If We Choose

''Last year, the nations of the world spent over $1 trillion on armaments,'' ElBaradei said. He quoted the head of the World Food Programme, James Morris, who said that no one in the world would go to bed hungry if we spent just 1 percent of military expenditures on food aid.

About Iraq on the Record: 237 specific misleading statements made by Bush

Prepared at the direction of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Iraq on the Record is a searchable collection of 237 specific misleading statements made by Bush Administration officials about the threat posed by Iraq. It contains statements that were misleading based on what was known to the Administration at the time the statements were made.

Language of the Heart: Cindy Sheehan

No matter if we all speak differently accented English, Spanish, or the heavy Glaswegian accent of my Scottish sister in sorrow, Rose Gentle, whose gentle-giant son, Gordon, was killed by Blair and Bush in Iraq in July of 2004, our hearts all speak the same idiom of pain and we sing the same lament of futile loss.

Hong Kong Declaration: WTO Inequitable For India & Developing Countries

THE declaration adopted at the WTO ministerial conference in Hong Kong makes it clear that the global trading system continues to be weighted in favour of the developed countries. The Doha round of negotiations initiated in 2001 has been used by the rich countries to protect their interests to the detriment of the vast mass of humanity belonging to the developing countries.

Cuba's Economy Shows Spectacular Growth in 2005

The Cuban economy grew by a stunning 11.8 percent in 2005, the greatest increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since the triumph of the Revolution, said the Minister of Economy and Planning, Jose Luis Rodriguez on Thursday.

Australia:Time to stand against racism

'This is racism and must be condemned and opposed', said ...the Communist Party in a statement strongly condemning the riots on several Sydney beaches over the past few days. Racism is a generations-old policy cynically used by the ruling circles in a number of countries to divert attention from their inability to look after the economic and social needs of the people and to blame 'outside' groups for their failures.

Military Recruiters Have Eyes on Students

By now, most parents of school-age children have heard of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, adopted in January 2002 to provide guidance and money to America's schools.What many are still not aware of is a provision buried deep in the body of the law that allows military recruiters to obtain student information, including names, addresses and telephone listings.

ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Border tense despite troop pullouts, says UN

The disputed frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains militarily 'tense and potentially volatile' despite a pull back of some troops, the United Nations said...His comments come at the end of a 30-day deadline for compliance with a UN Security Council order aimed at easing tensions along their disputed 1,000 km frontier.

John Conyers: A Motion For Censure

On December 20, 2005, I issued a 273-page report outlining the Bush Administration's panoply of misconduct...In brief, I have found that there is substantial evidence the President, the Vice President and other high-ranking members of the Bush Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq...

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