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OPINION Lets break mayor-corporate lock on citys schools

NEW YORK — At 12:01 this morning, the law that enshrined mayoral control of New York City’s public schools formally expired, as the state Senate remained paralyzed by crisis. The city’s old Board of Education was automatically resurrected, as were 32 community school boards, whose members are to be elected.

Central Asia union support Employee Free Choice Act

Leaders of the global union for skills and services, (UNI) affiliates in Kyrgyzstan together with the UNI Moscow delivered a letter to the Ambassador of the USA to the Kyrgyz Republic in support of Free Choice Act.

Brazil frees 28,000 from slave labor

More than 28,000 Brazilians have been rescued from conditions of modern slavery since 2003, according to figures of the Department of Work Inspection (STI) of the Ministry of Work and Employment, informed sources here. Detection and rescue of Brazilians from this degrading form of work is the task of the Special Mobile Legal Group of STI, and statistics point to farm and agricultural activities as top perpetrators of this kind of labor force.

Queer parade defies anachronistic Indian law

'Not all females are women,' reads a poster emblazoned in red. 'I am the pink sheep of my family!' is the message on another, while a third, very cheekily proclaims, 'I don’t give a f***, I am a greedy bisexual'! New Delhi’s second Queer Pride parade was flamboyant, riveting and raucous - a medley of rainbow hues, music, and in-your-face attitudes that infused an infectious energy and verve to a sultry, simmering Sunday evening.

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Book review: Can capitalism last?

Rubin’s book examines the main aspects of Marxism and shows how critical they are to the struggles for progress we witness every day. His book manages to cover all the major aspects of Marxism in a 196-page volume along with updating some concepts. He manages to take the fundamentals of Marxism, build upon them and apply the methodology to the new developments of our day.

Colombian paramilitaries serve Chavez opposition

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez asserted June 21 that the governments of Táchira and Zulia, states bordering on Colombia, now rely upon Colombian paramilitaries to promote destabilization. Both governments are in the hands of Chávez political opponents whom the president regularly characterizes as “fascist.” A separatist movement has materialized in both places.

Financial crisis unprecedented since 1930s

Since the Great Depression of the 1930s, there have been more than 100 crises worldwide, says the secretary-general of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi. But many are saying the current global financial crisis is something 'the likes of which we have not seen for 70 years or more.'

US drone slaughters Pakistanis

A US unmanned Predator drone shot three missiles that hit a residence in Neej Narai mountains, in Ladha, South Waziristan, at the south Pakistani border with Afghanistan. Dawn TV Network says the attack killed six civilians. Attacks by remote-controlled planes of Pakistani tribal areas, especially in Waziristan, have become common place for over two years with the toll of over 800 civilians killed to date. The Pentagon denies such attacks although just its troops and the Central Intelligence Agency operate Predator drones in Afghanistan.

Somalia declares emergency

Somalia President Sharif Sheik Ahmed declared a state of emergency and seeks support from neighboring countries amid flaring violence and advance by opposition troops in an offensive started May 7.

WORLDNOTES - Italy, Philippines, Global, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Cuba

Italy: Gaddafi visit, a first Philippines: Land rights leader murdered Global: Union activists vulnerable, labor federation says Lebanon: Vote keeps status quo Nicaragua: Aid won’t be missed Cuba: Oil exported, with Venezuelan help

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