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WORLDNOTES: Spain, Japan, Pakistan, Venezuela, Niger, Cuba

Spain: ‘The future in flames’: Japan: Opposition leader scores U.S.-led globalization: Pakistan: Opinion survey gives U.S. low grades Venezuela: Trade ties build with Argentina Niger: Tandja presidency continues, corruption charged Cuba: Food imports from U.S. drop

Socialist feminist revival

I just returned from a workshop on gender-based violence organised by the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Venezuela and the UNDP. Speakers at the workshop included Maria Leon, Minister of Women's Affairs and Nora Casteneda President of Banmujer or Bank for the Development of Women. The two women explained the gains made by women as a result of Bolivarian socialist revolution in Venezuela. A record which was truly amazing in the attempts made in empowering women towards achieving gender equality, reported candidly by both women, who also outlined the challenges women in that country have as yet to overcome.

POEM Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the first atomic bomb ever on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On Aug. 9, three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. More than 200,000 people were killed or injured in the immediate wake of the bombings.

LONESOME HOBO If Blue Dogs run free

I am trying to get more info on the Blue Dogs-White House-Senate health care negotiations. Are we headed to a supportable bill, or not?

Lou Dobbs' journalism problem

Using the debunked conspiracy about the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate, CNN's Lou Dobbs and executives at that network have managed to redefine the professional standards of journalism.

Colombian activist Liliany Obando needs your support now

A year after her arrest by Colombian police and incarceration in Bogotá’s Buen Pastor women’s prison, Liliany Obando is slated to go to trial Aug. 27. When she was arrested, the former international spokesperson for Fensuagro ― the National Federation of Unified Agricultural Unions ― was about to release her report detailing the murders or disappearances of 1,500 Fensuagro unionists over 29 years. She is the mother of two young children.

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WORLDNOTES China, Nigeria, Israel, Bolivia, Turkey, Cuba

China: Gov’t revamps health care, Nigeria: Insurgents call for ceasefire,Israel: Soldiers speak out, Bolivia: President lambasts U.S. bases, Turkey: Agreements reached on gas pipeline, Cuba: The ‘Five’ gain international support

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WORLDNOTES Equatorial Guinea, Australia, Afghanistan, UN, Guyana, Cuba

Equatorial Guinea: Corporations, banks back corruption, Australia: Labor protests anti-worker discrimination, Afghanistan: U.S. military contractors take root, United Nations: Ban speaks out on climate change, Guyana: U.S. military visits, Cuba: Good living at low ecological cost

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Union City a union city

UNION CITY-- A fighting militant demonstration of several hundred nursing home workers, members of 1199/SEIU sent a message to their employer, Castle Hill Nursing Home, that they want a new union contract and they mean to get it. No more stalling.

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Scientists question N. Korea nuclear test

In an article recently published in the journal Science, noted scientific journalist Daniel Clery has raised serious questions about the actual nature of the May 25 underground explosion claimed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [North Korea] as a nuclear test, provoking worldwide condemnation. Clery points out that while the DPRK's first nuclear test in 2006 released traces of radioactive xenon gas detectable as far away as Canada, this time super-sensitive U.S. 'sniffer' planes overflying the zone could not detect so much as an atom of anomalous nuclear material.

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