January

Making history, Bolivians approve new constitution

Bolivians celebrated long into the night following referendum approval of a new constitution by a 62 percent majority on Jan. 25. Opposition forces gained 36.4 percent of the 3.9 million votes cast. “The democratic spirit of the new constitution” represented for Mexico’s La Jornada newspaper “a notable political achievement,” unique in South America.

WORLDNOTES - February 7, 2009

Philippines: Political killings rise UN: Poverty kills babies & pregnant women Gaza: Protests vs. Israeli blockade South Africa: Labor demands Zimbabwe solution Sweden: Cancer survival varies by area Cuba: Castro on Obama, change

Give diplomacy a chance in Afghanistan

In its opening days, the Obama administration has set the stage for both diplomatic and military moves in Afghanistan and South Asia. Peace movement leaders here urge emphasis on diplomacy and economic aid, and warn that military actions will worsen the situation.

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Remembering William Pomeroy

William J. Pomeroy, a legendary fighter for the independence and freedom of the Filipino people and a staunch member of the Communist Party USA, died in London Jan. 12. He was 92.

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WORLD NOTES: January 31

Paraguay: Agrarian reform unveiled Uganda: Nile nations jostle over water Russia: Privatization and early death Gaza: International solidarity with victims builds Sri Lanka: “Then they came for me” Cuba: Dialogue on work and pay

The Cuban Revolution and the liberation of Africa

When the Cuban Revolution triumphed on Jan. 1 1959, its leaders openly declared their enmity for imperialism and colonialism, and began to organize material solidarity for revolutionary struggles in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

WORLDNOTES - January 24, 2009

Bolivia: Morales announces nationalization Canada: War resister faces deportation India: Distressed truckers strike Ghana: Opposition candidate wins presidency Turkey: Sparring over secularist state Cuba: Building materials to increase

WORLD NOTES: January 17

Peru: Witchhunt builds United Nations: Support for gay rights Portugal: Renewable energy is priority Democratic Republic of Congo: ‘Blood Coltan’ spurs conflicts Egypt: Cited for right abuse Cuba: Infant mortality is low

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Cuba's revolution has inspired humanity for 50 years

Jan. 1, 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. It is an occasion for rejoicing by all who love justice and struggle as partisans for the working class, the poor and the oppressed.