Cubas revolution: continuous change

In the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, the afore-named magical creature spins straw into gold. That image came to mind during a recent visit to Cuba, a country that if not actually turning anything into gold, has certainly “seized victory from the jaws of defeat,” more than once in the 50 years since January, 1959.

Engineer makes cooking oil breakthrough

A new use for old cooking oil could help cut emissions from building roads, engineers have claimed. Engineer Helen Bailey has developed a process for replacing bitumen, which is normally used in road surfaces to 'glue' asphalt together, with waste vegetable oil.

Transport workers in Japan required to take daily smile scans

In an effort to improve “customer relations” a Japanese transportation company is forcing over 500 employees to take a daily smile test measuring the degree and brightness of worker smiles. According to the Mainichi Daily News, the Keihin Electric Express Railway Co. has instituted the new computer scanning program designed by Kyoto-based precision equipment maker Omron Corp.

Former ruling party gains in Mexico elections

In Sunday’s congressional and gubernatorial elections in Mexico, the big winner was the formerly ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which with its ally, the Green Party (PVEM) (a rather conservative party not in good standing with the international “Greens” movement) will likely command an absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Congress


Michael Jackson will live forever

Millions across the planet tuned in on their televisions to celebrate Jackson’s life and pay tribute to the pop king at a public memorial held in his honor at the Los Angeles Staples Center July 7. Many claim the Jackson memorial was the biggest event there since the 1984 summer Olympics.

British prison opens top-class restaurant inside

A top-class restaurant was opened inside a prison in Sutton, Surrey, Britain, according to media reports Tuesday. The restaurant, The Clink, is the first commercial one behind the bars in the country.

British Airways workers reject job cuts

A plan to slash thousands of jobs and freeze wages at British Airways in an attempt to cut costs hit turbulence on Monday. Jesse Russell reports: On Monday, workers for British Airways rejected a proposal to cut thousands of jobs and freeze worker pay for two years.


Daughter of the revolution

Aleida Guevara attracts interest wherever she goes. Fascination with her father Che plays a part, but it is her ability to candidly argue the case of Cuba's revolutionary endeavours that endears her to audiences.

Honduras coup resistance grows

Tegucigalpa, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Popular organizations joined in a Front against the coup perpetrated in Honduras are to redouble peaceful rallies to restore the constitutional order in the country.

The role of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in the Honduran coup

The International Republican Institute (IRI), considered the international branch of the U.S. Republican Party, and one of the four “core groups” of the congressionally created and funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED), apparently knew of the coup d’etat in Honduras against President Zelaya well in advance.

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