Salvador: Its the result of a whole peoples struggle

Nohemy Coto is member of Salvadorian parliament for the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). Huma: What is the impact of the FMLN’s victory? Nohemy Coto : The triumph gained is the result of a multitude of struggles over a period of many years. Since 1821, the Salvadorian people have not ceased in their struggle. We have lived through a war which culminated in peace treaties. But important structural changes have been left in suspense. The FLMN has joined the political struggle by transforming an armed front into a political party. Since 1994, we have not ceased from participating in political life, and today in 2009, we will realise an ambition for which we have so long hoped. A new history is beginning. It is the result of a whole people’s struggle, and not just a single party. It is the victory of a people which intends to guarantee the creation of a government of unity for the country, capable of initiating a new stage in Salvador’s life.

French health workers hit the streets of Paris to protest against service cuts

Thousands of doctors and other hospital workers marched through Paris on Thursday to protest against a proposed cost-cutting drive that unions warn will turn health-care facilities into 'business hospitals.'

Public outcry grows over Iraq abuse photos

President Barack Obama said yesterday he will try to prevent the court-ordered release of photos that depict U.S. troops abusing prisoners. He said his sudden reversal reflected fear that the photos would “further inflame anti-American opinion” and endanger U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.


A measure of the Cuban Revolution

It was not an easy endeavour. Any attempt to look at the Cuban Revolution and to analyze it with objectivity poses challenges that defy intellectual integrity and, many times, personal honesty and candor.


Pakistan peace group urges humanitarian aid for displaced

The Pakistan Peace and Solidarity Council sent out an urgent appeal today to the “philanthropists, donors, supporters, international relief organizations and international community” for humanitarian aid to assist the some 1.3 million displaced people from Swat, Bunir, Dir and Malakand, the semi tribal areas located in the north of North West Frontier Province near the Pakistan-Afghan boarder.

A mothers letter from Colombian jail: Free political prisoners

Liliany Obando is a mother and like Mother’s Day founder Julia Ward Howe is a peace advocate. Peace in Colombia means dealing with violence wrought by big landowners, narco traffickers, federal troops and privatized paramilitaries. She’s been in jail since last August.

Famed architect returns to shattered Baghdad

( Two decades before U.S. Marines pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein in a Baghdad square, the dictator had destroyed a monument in the same place: the magnum opus of one of Iraq’s greatest architects. Now its designer, Rifat Chadirji, 82, has returned to rebuild it in the hope of resurrecting some of his beloved city’s former glory.

Horn of Africa nations need aid now

Addis Abbba, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya of the African Horn need urgent aid in food due to the extreme drought, internal conflict and impact of the world economic crisis, the UN reported.

Zimbabwe: Recognise rights of gays and lesbians

BULAWAYO, May 13 (IPS) - Zimbabwe is trying to rebuild itself as a nation where rights to freedom of expression and association are protected. Amongst the chorus of voices raised in support of a new constitutional order are the country's gays and lesbians.

UN confronts Israel on two-state peace

The UN security council has pressed Tel Aviv to commit to the creation of an independent Palestinian state in order to achieve 'a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.' After a debate on Monday chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose country presides over the 15-member council this month, ministers unanimously adopted a non-binding presidential statement which emphasised that such peace should be 'based on the vision of a region where two democratic states - Israel and Palestine - live side by side in peace within secure and recognised borders.'

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