June

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50 years of Cuban Agrarian Reform: overcoming challenges to feed the people

The food needs of Cuba are vast and present a ready market for US farmers and agri-business corporations. Surprisingly, Cuba’s largest supplier of food and agricultural products is the US where it gets 70% of its corn and 40% of its wheat. When the restrictive blockade falls, Cuban imports should rise dramatically. For example Cuba gets the bulk of its rice all the way from Vietnam instead of nearby Arkansas.

WORLDNOTES, Lithuania, China, Uganda, Global, Iraq, and Cuba

Lithuania: Anti-gay legislation protested China: News service overhauled Uganda: Desertification advances Global: UN documents hunger Iraq: A plague of serpents Cuba: Cuban Five prisoner responds

WORLDNOTES

Brazil: Cattle-raising trashes atmosphere Pakistan: U. S. super embassy raises questions South Africa: Zuma on economy, unity Turkey: Union repression has “anti-terrorist” cover United Nations: Economic conference re-scheduled Cuba: Blockade restricts Internet access

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Massacre in Peru cements impasse

Conflict over land in the Amazonian regions of Peru left 23 police officers and at least 30 indigenous protesters dead on June 5, a day of shoot-outs, plundering and incendiary attacks in Bagua Province. One hundred fifty-five persons were wounded and 159 protesters jailed.