August

WORLDNOTES: Spain, Japan, Pakistan, Venezuela, Niger, Cuba

Spain: ‘The future in flames’: Japan: Opposition leader scores U.S.-led globalization: Pakistan: Opinion survey gives U.S. low grades Venezuela: Trade ties build with Argentina Niger: Tandja presidency continues, corruption charged Cuba: Food imports from U.S. drop

Socialist feminist revival

I just returned from a workshop on gender-based violence organised by the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Venezuela and the UNDP. Speakers at the workshop included Maria Leon, Minister of Women's Affairs and Nora Casteneda President of Banmujer or Bank for the Development of Women. The two women explained the gains made by women as a result of Bolivarian socialist revolution in Venezuela. A record which was truly amazing in the attempts made in empowering women towards achieving gender equality, reported candidly by both women, who also outlined the challenges women in that country have as yet to overcome.

POEM Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the first atomic bomb ever on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On Aug. 9, three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. More than 200,000 people were killed or injured in the immediate wake of the bombings.