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Vol. 75/No. 39      October 31, 2011

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October 31, 1986
MANAGUA, Nicaragua—CIA mercenary Eugene Hasenfus went on trial here October 20 for war crimes against the Nicaraguan people. That morning, a land mine planted by U.S.-backed mercenaries blew up a truck carrying dozens of civilians in northern Nicaragua. Five people were killed instantly and 34 wounded, many of them seriously.

Hasenfus has admitted to participating in 10 CIA flights into Nicaragua to supply weapons to these mercenaries. His plane was shot down October 5 by Sandinista soldiers.

Nicaraguan Attorney General Rodrigo Reyes detailed the death and destruction caused by U.S. aid to the mercenaries and said that Hasenfus was one of the “tools” of this criminal aggression.  
October 30, 1961
The mounting anti-imperialist movement in Latin America is putting new stumbling blocks in the way of the Wall Street-organized gang-up on Cuba. Coincident with reports of revolutionary demonstrations in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, came word from Washington that the major Latin American countries had forced postponement of a projected meeting of the Organization of American States which was to have laid the basis for “hemispheric action” against Cuba.

Washington suffered another jolt with the disclosure that Col. Mariano Faget, a top-ranking Batista henchman, was employed by the U.S. Immigration Service to interrogate and screen Cuban refugees near Miami.
November 28, 1936
The end of the fourth week of the maritime strike on the Pacific Coast finds all shipping completely tied up and the situation still frozen in a deadlock.

The ship owners have made no moves toward settlement, and the workers are not moving any ships.

The constant warfare of the ship owners against the workers who maintain the nation’s maritime industry broke spectacularly into the open when after two months of exhausting effort to negotiate agreements with ship barons intent upon smashing every vestige of unionism, the meeting of Joint Negotiating Committees called for strike action.

Within a few minutes of that decision picket lines were forming upon the docks of every major port in the nation.  
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