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Bangladesh election marks end of emergency rule, secular party wins big

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladeshis voted in droves Dec. 29 in elections that marked the end of two years of emergency rule, with ex-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed 's Awami League-led coalition claiming a landslide victory.

Calls grow for U.S. action on Gaza ceasefire

As the United Nations Security Council called for an immediate Gaza ceasefire, Jewish and Arab American groups urged the Bush administration and other nations to act to stop the escalating violence.

For Cuba, revolution made all the difference

Observers, for example Michel Chossudovsky (, predict fallout from the collapse of the U.S. economy will dwarf ramifications of the 1930s great depression. Neither, however, affected the United States as seriously as the calamity triggered by the fall of Soviet bloc allies weighed upon Cuba. The 1990s became Cuba’s “special period” - war conditions during peacetime.

Cuba Five case to go to Supreme Court

The appeal of the Cuban Five, the anti-terrorist fighters held as political prisoners in the United States, is to be brought before the Supreme Court before January 30, according to one of their defense lawyers.

Israeli strikes pound Gaza, kill 192

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing nearly 200 people and wounding 270 others in the single bloodiest day of fighting in years.

Israeli Communists condemn attacks on Gaza, call for another direction toward peace

The Communist Party of Israel and Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) condemned the deadly Dec. 27 attack by the Israeli Air Force on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the killing of over 200 Palestinians.


Send greetings to the Cuban Five

We take the occasion of the beginning of a new year to urge readers to write to the Cuban Five. Antonio, Fernando, Gerardo, Rene and Ramon have been in U.S. federal prisons for ten years.

WORLDNOTES December 20, 2008

Morocco: EU aid promotes trade, military power Parliament recently doubled 2009 defense spending to 16 percent of state expenses, at the same time the EU is increasing financial assistance to 190 million euros.


Iraqi CP opens new office in Sadr City

A new office for the Iraqi Communist Party was opened in Sadr City in Baghdad Dec. 5. The ceremony was attended by a big gathering of party members and supporters.

Japan's Communist Party grows during economic crisis

Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on December 14 appeared on TV Asahi's 'Sunday Project' program that aired live. In the interview, he answered questions as to why the JCP is attracting attention now and how the party recognizes serious issues of employment.

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