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Issue No. 2355

Rally to save Chicago schools

Several hundred teachers, pupils and parents rallied in Chicago against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans to close 54 schools, last week.

If carried out the plans will disproportionately affect families from low income, black areas.

Addressing the rally, nine year old Asean Johnson said, “We are not toys. We are not going down without a fight. 

“This is racism right here.”

Asean’s school, Marcus Garvey Elementary, was one of the schools earmarked for closure. It has since been given a reprieve.

Fresh inquiry into Iraqi deaths

Up to 161 killings by the British army in Iraq will be examined by a coroner-style inquest, the High Court has ruled.

It comes after the court heard how British troops committed “terrifying acts of brutality” against Iraqi civilians.

The decision is a victory in the three-year legal battle by the families of the dead for justice.

Colombian rebels sign deal

The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have reached an agreement on land reform.

President Juan Manuel Santos hopes to end a 50-year civil war in time for elections next year. His predecessor failed to crush Farc militarily.

Colombia has one of the most unequal distributions of land in the world. 

Many peasants lost their land to right wing paramilitaries linked to the drugs trade.

Farc is also linked to drugs and corruption. 

But it emerged in response to violence against the poor from Columbia’s elite.

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Tue 28 May 2013, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2355
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