June

Rich, poor to clash in UN summit

Underdeveloped countries prepare to confront wealthy powers in defense of their survival during the present world economic crisis in the UN this week. A UN official told Prensa Latina that top ranking officials of 130 countries have assured participation in the largest conference to date to debate the present economic and financial world crisis, as well as its impact on development.

50,000 people attend German Communist Party media fair

DORTMUND, Germany -- The biannual press fair of Unzere Zeit [Our Time], the socialist weekly newspaper of the German Communist Party, was attended by 50,000 people over the weekend of June 19–21 in Revier Park near Dortmund, Germany.

Mau Mau veterans to sue Britain for torture

Kenyan independence veterans have announced that they will file a lawsuit against the British government next week for the torture that they claim they suffered at the hands of their former British colonial rulers. Mau Mau War Veterans Association spokesman Gitu wa Kahengeri said on Thursday that the suit, which will be filed at the High Court in London on Tuesday, follows the British government's rejection of a 2006 demand for compensation and a formal apology.

China issues sex change guidelines for public discussion

China is set to issue its first clinical guideline on sex-change surgery, according to a notice put on the website of the Ministry of Health Tuesday. The ministry is now soliciting public and professional opinions on the draft guideline. The coming guideline aims to regulate and standardize sex reassignment surgery, part of a treatment for gender identity disorder in transsexuals.

Sexual violence hauled out of the shadows

On Jun. 19, 2008, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1820, expressly addressing the problems of sexual violence in conflict situations. One year later, three experts in the field gathered to speak at the United States Institute of Peace to evaluate the implementation of 1820 and consider how it might better prevent this widespread crime.

World leaders, ILO call for urgent reforms

A crisis summit organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to halt millions of job losses across the world due to the global economic slowdown ended Wednesday with a ringing call by its host to act now and put 'the workers first before anything else.'

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Prensa Latina News Agencys 50th Birthday

On June 16, during a ceremony in Havana marking the 50th anniversary of Prensa Latina News Agency, all workers of that media outlet received the congratulations sent in by Revolution leader Fidel Castro and President Raul Castro.

GM crops should not just be dismissed, nor just accepted

CAPE TOWN, Jun 16 (IPS) - After a protracted court battle of seven years, a small South African environmental organisation won a major legal victory against the multinational agri-chemical and seed giant Monsanto.

Communists call on state for back-up

India's largest communist party has urged New Delhi to rush paramilitary forces to a district in West Bengal that has been overrun by Maoist guerillas.

Iran's Tudeh Party warns of ploy to suppress peoples movement

Iran’s Tudeh Party warns that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s call for a review of last Friday’s voting “is only a tactical retreat for a new offensive” against the widening mass movement for reform.

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