June

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Women's movement in Iran's presidential elections

The ancient country of Iran in the last two centuries has witnessed many internal and regional political crises. The major internal political events in the last 150 years, beginning with the attack by Tsarist Russia on Iran, the Tobacco movement, Constitutional Revolution, the movement for the nationalisation of oil, the 1979 Revolution and the 1997 reform movement. The political transformations in Iran have always been accompanied by popular uprisings and under the slogan of justice as the 'major' (maximum wish) demand.

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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

Union flag flies from Mt. Everest

Bro. Dorje Khatri, Union of Trekking, Travel & Rafting Workers –UNITRAV (Nepal), successfully conquered Mt. Everest fourth time and hoisted BWI flag on top of the world. BWI have hearty congratulated Com. Dorje Khatri for his successful expedition.

Colombia tops list as killer of workers

The International Trade Union Confederation has reported that more than 200 trade unionists worldwide were killed, assaulted or threatened in 2008 for trying to defend workers' rights. The ITUC said that of the 76 killed, 66 came from Latin America - 49 in Colombia, nine in Guatemala, four in Venezuela, three in Honduras and one in Panama.

Irans Tudeh Party calls for defeat of Ahmadinajad and other reactionaries

Four years after the coming to power of the anti-people and deeply reactionary administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the people will be going to the polls at a time when an overwhelming majority are living under conditions much worse than before and face backbreaking economic pressures, severe suppression and deep poverty.

Hong Kong reports first second-generation A/H1N1 flu case

Two people were tested positive for A/H1N1 flu virus in Hong Kong on Wednesday, one of which did not involve travel history and was regarded as a second-generation case, local health authority announced here.

UN environment head calls for global ban on plastic bags

Plastic supermarket bags may be headed for extinction, with the head of the United Nations Environment Program calling this week for a worldwide ban.

Dollar's fall pushes up oil prices

The dollar''s continuous devaluation pushed up oil prices again, which exceeded $69 a barrel, after two days of regression. The US light crude oil to be delivered in July rose $0.85, at $68.94 a barrel, after having reached a $69.37 ceiling.

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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.

Turkey: Dozens of trade unionists arrested on terrorism charges

The ITUC and Education International (EI) strongly protest against the intervention by the Turkish police against the Confederation of Public Employees’ Unions (KESK) and the teachers’ union Egitim Sem, which is in its turn affiliated to KESK. On Thursday 28 May 2009, the Turkish police invaded the KESK headquarters in Ankara and the Kesk local branch offices in Izmir, Istanbul, Van and Manisa.

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