Peru: Mineworkers strike over job rules Philippines: Major election looms Somalia: U.S. promotes, ignores Somali suffering Korea: Campaign for unity persists Great Britain: World’s biggest union launched

Sarkozy seeks a more business-friendly France

French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy plans to waste no time making France a friendlier place for business — and a less friendly place for unions and would-be immigrants — but first he must win control of parliament in new elections next month.

Colombias forgotten humanitarian crisis

Freddy Espitia was murdered in Monteria, Colombia, on Jan. 28. Yolanda Izquierdo was killed three days later. Both were internally displaced persons (IDPs) fighting for the rights of other displaced persons, particularly peasants.

Student mentor barred over metal detector

NEW YORK — Mario Rodriguez received a call at work from his 17-year-old daughter who should have been in class at the Community School for Social Justice (CSSJ) in the Bronx. On March 21, New York City police officers had detained his daughter and another student for refusing a metal detector scan at the school.

LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill passed by House

Civil rights organizations hailed the passage of a new bipartisan hate crime bill in the House last week.


Freedom weekend unites NAACP and labor

DETROIT — “The NAACP and labor have a marriage: health care, jobs, economic security. We cannot let this go,” said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, head of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, at a recent labor summit here.


People vs. Profits II wins book award

NEW YORK — “People vs. Profits, Volume II: The United States and the World,” a collection of columns by Communist economist Victor Perlo (1912-1999), won a Notable Mention in the reference category of the 2007 Eric Hoffer Awards for short prose and independent books.


A sampling of other May Day marches and rallies

Los Angeles, Northern California, Phoenix, Detroit, New Haven

3 words in rap, no more

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said recently the recording and broadcast industries should ban three racial and sexist epithets from all clean versions of rap songs and the airwaves

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