January

International notes

Iraq: ICFTU calls for trade union rights / Colombia: New Bogota mayor takes office / China: Gov’t says pay migrant workers promptly

Huge rally marks 1804 Haitian revolution

Many tens of thousands of cheering Haitians flooded the streets surrounding the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on New Year’s Day in celebration of the 200th anniversary of their country’s independence.

Earthquake wreaks massive devastation

The catastrophic effects of the Dec. 26 earthquake in Bam, Iran, and the surrounding areas are enormous. Eighty percent of the city has been destroyed, with at least 30,000 dead (some say this figure could reach 50,000) and more than 100,000 homeless.