June

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Book review: Can capitalism last?

Rubin’s book examines the main aspects of Marxism and shows how critical they are to the struggles for progress we witness every day. His book manages to cover all the major aspects of Marxism in a 196-page volume along with updating some concepts. He manages to take the fundamentals of Marxism, build upon them and apply the methodology to the new developments of our day.

Colombian paramilitaries serve Chavez opposition

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez asserted June 21 that the governments of Táchira and Zulia, states bordering on Colombia, now rely upon Colombian paramilitaries to promote destabilization. Both governments are in the hands of Chávez political opponents whom the president regularly characterizes as “fascist.” A separatist movement has materialized in both places.

Financial crisis unprecedented since 1930s

Since the Great Depression of the 1930s, there have been more than 100 crises worldwide, says the secretary-general of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi. But many are saying the current global financial crisis is something 'the likes of which we have not seen for 70 years or more.'

US drone slaughters Pakistanis

A US unmanned Predator drone shot three missiles that hit a residence in Neej Narai mountains, in Ladha, South Waziristan, at the south Pakistani border with Afghanistan. Dawn TV Network says the attack killed six civilians. Attacks by remote-controlled planes of Pakistani tribal areas, especially in Waziristan, have become common place for over two years with the toll of over 800 civilians killed to date. The Pentagon denies such attacks although just its troops and the Central Intelligence Agency operate Predator drones in Afghanistan.

Somalia declares emergency

Somalia President Sharif Sheik Ahmed declared a state of emergency and seeks support from neighboring countries amid flaring violence and advance by opposition troops in an offensive started May 7.

WORLDNOTES - Italy, Philippines, Global, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Cuba

Italy: Gaddafi visit, a first Philippines: Land rights leader murdered Global: Union activists vulnerable, labor federation says Lebanon: Vote keeps status quo Nicaragua: Aid won’t be missed Cuba: Oil exported, with Venezuelan help

Specter tells labor: You're gonna like my EFCA vote

Congressional backers of the Employee Free Choice Act are closer than ever to the 60 senators they need to break a planned Republican filibuster after Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) told a crowd of trade unionists in Pittsburgh June 6, “I believe you’ll be satisfied with my vote on this issue.”

Lebanon incumbents lead vote

Lebanon's March 14 Bloc (M14), which holds the parliamentary majority, maintains its supremacy over the March 8 coalition led by Hezbollah, according to partial official results disclosed there Monday.

Spencer, Heidi Pratt quit NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity'

Recently married The Hills stars Spencer and Heidi Pratt have reportedly quit NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' Upset at the show's Costa Rican jungle living conditions, the newlyweds quit the NBC reality competition hours after it began filming this weekend, NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy confirmed Monday.

Venezuela targets private banks

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to sanction private banks which fail to co-operate with his administration's drive to construct a socialist economy. Mr Chavez said that banks should facilitate exchange by providing credit to people buying houses or producing food, rather than generating massive profits for their owners.

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