March

Make the rich carry the load

Union leaders called on ministers to tax the super-rich and clamp down hard on tax dodgers on Thursday as thousands prepared to join Saturday's G20 march for jobs, justice and climate.

Okinawa's administrator of land for U.S. military use decides to refuse to renew lease agreement

The organization administering land for U.S. military use in the Igei District of Kin Town, Okinawa, on March 22 unanimously decided not to renew the land-lease agreement with the U.S. forces after April 2010. The move was prompted by the irresponsible Japanese and U.S. action regarding the recent stray bullet shot off base from the firing range of U.S. forces.

Converting water into a commodity is the dominant trend

Ricardo Petrella, Secretary General of the International Committee for the Global Water Contract, condemns transnational business groups trying to grab the vital asset.

WORLDNOTES: India, Iraq, Southern Africa, Turkey, Haiti, Cuba

India: New left electoral coalition formed Iraq: Marshland crisis continues Southern Africa: Trade talks contentious Turkey: Water Forum reconvenes Haiti: Aristide party fights for election participation

Northern Ireland unites to prevent return of The Troubles

BELFAST, N. Ireland — Several thousand Catholics and Protestants united in a silent protest here after last month’s killing of two soldiers and a policeman two days later. Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were seriously wounded.

Visa campaign launched for Cuban Five families

Prisoners need to see their families. The United Nations Human Rights Commission urges a minimum standard that prisoners be allowed “regular” communication with family “by correspondence and by receiving visits.”

No more troops to Afghanistan

Afghanistan is increasingly in the spotlight, as the time approaches for the Obama administration to make public the results of its comprehensive review of strategic policy there.

Israel urged to reopen Gaza borders

The UN pressed Israel on Wednesday to implement a security council resolution which calls for the reopening of crossings into the devastated Gaza Strip.

Iraqi Communist leader analyzes his countrys politics, struggle for democracy

BAGHDAD — The “Madaniyoun” List, also known as the “Democratic Stream,” is a political gathering of three Iraqi secular forces: the Arab Socialist Movement, the National Democratic Party and the Iraqi Communist Party. Niqash (a website on Iraqi politics, media and culture) met the leader of the grouping, Communist Party leader and Member of Parliament Hamid Majeed Mousa, to discuss the movement and Iraq’s political developments.

Women and men: equality drags its heels

Achieving equality between women and men remains a struggle. In the family, at work or in politics, discrimination persists.

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