February

Peace-seeking Israelis search for new direction

The rightward shift in Israel’s Feb. 10 elections shows that those seeking peace “must look in new directions,” says a leader of Israel’s left-liberal Meretz party.

WORLDNOTES February 28, 2009

Zimbabwe: Unity government formed China: World unions meet on economic crisis China: World unions meet on economic crisis Gaza: Israel unveiled new killing tool Britain: Report finds gov’t health care is best Latvia: Economic plunge is bellwether for Eastern Europe El Salvador: Struggle over mine mixes with elections Cuba: Food imports from U.S. grow

Dresden tremors still felt 64 years later

DRESDEN — A large-scale anti-fascist action Feb. 13 ended with brutal violence here.

World Notes

Italy: Protests continue vs. U.S. base Gaza: Israel seizes mercy ship South Africa: Israeli ships blocked Australia: Heat and drought cast pall Brazil: Landless workers continue struggle Cuba: UN reviews rights record

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WORLDNOTES February 14, 2009

France: Unions mount general strike Russia: Missile bases on hold Egypt: Rail strike shuts down transport Chile: Left coalition takes shape China: Leader discusses challenges Cuba: Social security is revised

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Worker-farmer protests rock Mexico

A major event took place just across our border, but few U.S. media took note of it: Hundreds of thousands of workers and farmers marched through the streets of Mexico City and other Mexican cities and towns Jan. 30, demanding that their government deal with the growing economic crisis.

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GOP diehards try to block stimulus plan

Despite the spreading job and foreclosure crises, with growing reports of people sleeping in alleys and tunnels, under bridges and highways, and in cars and tents, right-wing Republicans are trying to block President Obama’s National Recovery Act.

Colombian hostages released, peace hopes raised

In December, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signaled its intention to release six prisoners. The guerrillas brought the prisoners to a clearing in Caquetá Department on Feb. 1. The three policemen and one soldier boarded two helicopters provided by Brazilian authorities that, having proceeded from Florencia, Colombia, took them to nearby Villavicencio City. There they fell into the arms of waiting family members.

Ghana: Voters also go for change they can believe in

On Jan. 7, John Evan Ata Mills was sworn in as the new President of Ghana, the third since the country became a multiparty democracy in 1992. Mills and his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), swept elections last month, deemed free and fair by observers, and which solidified Ghana’s reputation as an African “success story.” As importantly, Ghanaian voters repudiated neo-liberalism by booting out of office a right-wing party closely tied to George W. Bush’s administration.