June

Worldnotes - June 14, 2008

Germany: The Left Party sets course Peru: U.S. military intervenes South Africa: Revival of alliance Australia: Unions respond to migrant workers Gaza: Abbas promotes reconciliation

Worldnotes - June 7, 2008

Czech Republic: Resistance grows to U.S. bases Brazil: New security alliance formed Iraq: Unions urge end to anti-union measures Egypt: Textile strikes snowball Puerto Rico: Primary highlights colonial status Cuba: Amnesty International raps U.S.

Cuban Five lose appeal, protests build

Almost ten months after defense attorneys presented oral arguments, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals June 4 delivered bad news to prisoners Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez; Rene Gonzalez; Ramon Labanino; and Antonio Guerrero, collectively known as the Cuban Five. The three judge panel reaffirmed all five convictions plus the sentences imposed on two of the men. However, the Appeals Court did revoke life sentences for Labanino and Guerrero, also Fernando Gonzalez’ 19-year term. The judges noted that “no top secret information was gathered or transmitted.” Their cases go back to the Miami court for resentencing.