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World figures demand freedom for Cuban Five

HAVANA (Prensa Latina) More than 500 well known intellectuals and world figures have signed a letter to US President Barack Obama to demand immediate freedom for five Cuban antiterrorists unfairly jailed in the United States.

Biotech industry accused of masking decline in GM crops

Campaingers accused the biotech industry on Tuesday of using misleading figures to mask declining cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe.

Love letters dying out as people favor romantic texts

THE art of romance is dying out in Britain, with the majority of us preferring to say 'I Luv U' in a text message rather than compose a romantic letter or poem to a loved one, the National Trust claimed on Monday.

Nissan to shed 20,000 car workers

JAPANESE car manufacturer Nissan declared on Monday that it is slashing 20,000 jobs or 8.5 per cent of its global workforce.

Financial speculators and the food crisis

Original source: DUBAI, 8 February 2009 (IRIN) - A food security expert has said that the involvement of financial markets in basic food commodities was the biggest factor in the worldwide food price hikes over the past couple of years.

Trade unionists unite to debate crisis of capitalism

Original source: TRADE unionists from across the country gathered at the Communist Party of Britain's headquarters in Croydon over the weekend to debate the impact of the current capitalist crisis.

Sudan: Conditions getting worse for Darfur civilians

NAIROBI, 4 February 2009 (IRIN) - Conditions for civilians caught up in fighting between the Sudanese government and rebels in the South Darfur town of Muhajiriya are getting worse, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned.

Crunch hits Germany

Reposted from Morning Star GERMANY is facing a dire economic crisis. Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the United States last September, it became apparent that German banks also had large amounts of toxic real estate credits in their portfolios.

Worldwide economic recession could cut jobs by 50 million

Reposted from the International Transport Workers Federation The global economic crisis could see more than 50 million jobs lost around the world, according to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) latest report on employment.

World Social Forum: presidents for feminist socialism

BELÉM, Brazil, Jan 30 (IPS) - 'True socialism is feminist,' and is already being built, said Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, standing next to three other South American presidents, all of them men, at a dialogue that took place Thursday at the World Social Forum (WSF).

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