Threats mount against populist Paraguay president

Former bishop Fernando Lugo gained Paraguay's presidency in 2008 supported by a multifaceted coalition of popular forces.


Cuba, Russia sign promising oil agreement

Cuba and Russia signed an agreement Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, to allow Russian state oil company Zarubezhneft to explore for and produce oil in Cuba in their first post-Soviet oil pact.




UN Gaza report becomes political football

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing any "endorsement or further consideration" of the UN Goldstone report, but the action is unlikely to have long-term significance.

Honduras takes a step forward

The announcement last week of an agreement to end the four month political stalemate in Honduras has been hailed by many and shows some promise.


Socialist Kerala: A very different India

Stretching along the Indian Ocean, Kerala is a densely populated state on the southwest shore of India with a free, well-educated, equitable and relatively well-off society.


Fidel & Che: An interview with the author

It lasted a mere 12 years, but the relationship between Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara changed the course of Cuba's history and continues to intrigue us today.

World Notes: Bulgaria, Romania, Africa, Israel, Nicaragua, China, Cuba

Stars and Stripes, the U.S. Army weekly, reported last month that two new U.S. military bases are under construction in Bulgaria and Romania at costs respectively of $60 and $50 million.


Afghan situation murky after election runoff canceled

Incumbent President Hamid Karzai was declared the "elected president," even though the Aug. 20 elections were widely believed to be riddled with fraud.

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