WORLDNOTES - Venezuela, Greece, Japan, Iraq and Cuba

Venezuela: ALBA poses alternatives Greece: Labor faces repression Japan: Parliament OKs base treaty Iraq: Foreign firms deal for oil Cuba: Prisoner exchange to free the Five

A different kind of summit

As the 5th Summit of the Americas met in Trinidad and Tobago under the auspices of the Organization of American States, Latin American leaders ran the show and the prime hemispheric power, represented by President Barack Obama, listened. By contrast, capitalist globalization got top billing at the 2001 summit in Quebec City, and five years ago in Argentina, Washington pushed the Free Trade of the Americas Act.

Somali pirates began as volunteer coast guard

Today's charging of Somali pirate Abduhl Wali-i-Musi along with the rescue of US ship captain, Richard Phillips, from Somali pirates has brought the world’s attention to Somalia once again, but the story of why Somali fishermen became pirates nearly 18 years ago is seldom told.