Growing interest in Japan about Venezuela's revolution

Japanese Communist Party Social Sciences Institute Director Fuwa Tetsuzo (former JCP Central Committee chair) on April 7 attended a meeting in Tokyo with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and spoke about Japanese interest in the Venezuelan Revolution.

People's Summit: End blockade of Cuba

Port of Spain, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) The People's Summit beginning here today will urge the US to end the over 50-year economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.

Organized labor challenges Irans theocratic state

With less than two months to go before the June presidential elections in Iran, labor unrest may yet be a factor determining the outcome. The news that Iranian workers at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company were forced once again to resort to industrial action this month will come as little surprise to those familiar with the pattern of labor relations in Iran.

Asbestos activists hail compensation victory

Asbestos campaigners celebrated on Monday after an Australian woman who died of mesothelioma was posthumously awarded 550,000 Australian dollars (£270,000) in compensation based on her claim that 20 years of washing asbestos-laden clothes had given her the cancer.

Israels new right-wing leaders pose threat to Israel itself, critics say

Israel’s new right-wing government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and, in particular, statements by his far-right foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, have raised considerable alarm, both within Israel and internationally.

Amazons epic failure

I never thought I’d see the day when the children’s book Heather Has Two Mommies was considered more “adult” than Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, but thanks to Amazon.com I have.


Penguins & melting ice: Arctic, Antarctic actors & barometers of globes future

The North and South Poles are at the center of the earth. The earth’s survival, that is. The two polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctic, are “actors and barometers” of rapid climate and environmental changes that the world is experiencing. That was the message last week of a joint meeting of the Arctic Council, involving eight countries as well as organizations of indigenous peoples, and the 47 Antarctic Treaty nations.

Is anti-Semitism back?

On March 2 the yearly dinner party of the Representative Council of French Jewish institutions (CRIF) took place. Noticing a big rise in anti-Semitic activity at the beginning of 2009, its president boomed “anti-Semitism is back” and “in France today many Jews are afraid”. Once more some people do their best to frighten public opinion by waving the fantasy of a return to the horrors of the past. This is questionable.

Over 150,000 Gazans still without tap water

GAZA CITY, 7 April 2009 (IRIN) - Over 150,000 Palestinians in Gaza (around 10 percent of the population) are struggling without tap water as a result of the damage caused to wells, pipes and waste water facilities during the recent 23-day Israeli offensive which ended on 18 January.

Israel PM has first exchange with Palestinian counterpart

New Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday for the first time since taking office. However, it was by no means a peace overture from Mr Netanyahu.

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