May

WORLD NOTES

Egypt: Women go on strike, occupy garment plant Thailand: Gov’t spurns big pharma Greece: Big strike targets conservative gov’t Iran: Washington plans Iraq talks with Tehran Colombia: Murder scandals shake Uribe regime

Venezuelas rightists raise din on TV issue

The Venezuelan television channel RCTV will be ending its operation at midnight May 26. The government of President Hugo Chavez is not renewing the station’s 20-year-old public broadcasting license.

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Media often abets sex trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — At a recent conference here sponsored by the Republic of Belarus on the global problem of sexual slavery, two high-ranking officials from Belarus spoke to the World about the responsibility of the mass media in the fight against sex trafficking.

Abu-Jamal lawyers cite bias in call for new trial

PHILADELPHIA — Lawyers for Mumia Abu-Jamal told a federal appeals court here May 17 that Abu-Jamal should get a new trial because prosecutors illegally excluded Blacks from the jury that convicted him in 1982.

Fighting the ravages of luxury towers

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In most of the country, the housing boom is past. Not in New York City. Apartments, office towers, hotels, luxury entertainment facilities and mixed-use complexes rise to 70 stories. In recent years, housing costs were 30 percent of family income, but now in Manhattan they are 50 percent for many families.

Autoworkers wary of Chrysler sale

DETROIT — The restructuring taking place in the auto industry took a dramatic turn May 15 when Cerberus, the New York private equity investment firm, acquired an 80.1 percent controlling share of Chrysler and renamed it Chrysler Holdings. Daimler, formerly DaimlerChrysler, will retain a 19.1 percent share.

Harry Potter author pleads: Dont spoil book

New York (AP) — J.K. Rowling has a request for anyone who has inside dirt on her seventh and final Harry Potter book: Please keep it to yourself.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Iraq unions fight oil theft law California grocery workers and kids rally Miami’s mayor backs EFCA Labor cool to new trade standards

WORLD NOTES

Israel: Plans for East Jerusalem assailed Western Sahara: South African communists express solidarity Chile: Death of a forest worker Italy: Citizens reject big U.S. military base India: Gov’t may limit foreign funding

Cuba, the European Union and Spain

As part of Washington’s decades-long project to isolate the Cuban revolution, Caleb McCarry recently undertook an eight-nation European tour. It came after a visit to Cuba in early April by Spain’s foreign minister to sign agreements with his Cuban counterpart — the first visit from a high-level European diplomat in four years.

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