August

Victory for womens rights in Mexico

Women’s rights groups and allies celebrated Aug. 28th after Mexico’s Supreme Court voted 8-3 in a landmark decision to uphold a law allowing abortion in the country’s capital, Mexico City.

WORLD NOTES: August 30

Indonesia: Strike at Nike supplier Peru: Protests spread Iraq: Regional help will expand oil production Kenya: Prisoner transfers exposed Cuba: Controlling migration through Mexico

Musharraf resigns, Pakistan hopes for better days

There were celebrations throughout Pakistan after President Pervez Musharraf resigned Aug. 18. Jubilant crowds gave out sweets and congratulated each other for the democratic victory, one daily newspaper, The Frontier Post, reported.

WORLD NOTES: August 23

Iraq: Who controls contract workers? Poland: Missile defense deal signed Mexico: Voters resist oil sell-off Philippines: Autonomy delayed Liberia: Unionized rubber workers gain Bolivia: Cuban doctors attacked

Beijing Olympics showcase harmony concept

The Beijing Olympics opening ceremony began at 8:08 a.m., on the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008. The exact time was picked by organizers because of the meaning of the number eight to the Chinese. It represents luck, prosperity and wealth. It was an appropriate number, apparently, as the opening ceremony and the Olympics in general have painted a picture of the new China: increasingly prosperous, powerful, harmonious and open.

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Remembering the 1968 Olympic Games

Forty years ago at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists in protest against racism and injustice. Students at San Jose State University, Smith won the gold medal and Carlos won the bronze medal in the 200-meter race. As the American flag rose and the National Anthem played, the two sprinters bowed their heads, closed their eyes and raised their fists.

World Notes: August 2

United Kingdom: Unions pressure Labor Party South Korea: Labor actions sweep country South Africa: Unions look at safety, wages & prices Occupied West Bank: New settlement coming Mexico: Monopoly has advantages Cuba: U.S. stonewalls prisoners’ wives