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Irelands No vote challenges pro-business pact

The people of Ireland voted resoundingly against the Lisbon Treaty in a popular referendum vote June 13. The vote was 53.4 percent “No.” Opponents of the pact said the vote demonstrated the strong will of the Irish working people to reject a treaty that serves only the interests of big business and the military.

Lula takes to the road for Brazil

Brazil, the world’s 10th largest economy, has adopted an increasingly assertive role in world politics as it promotes Latin American unity, justice for the poor world especially in regard to food supplies, and Brazil’s place in the global market economy. The recent travels of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president since January 2003, make the point.

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Iraqis celebrate anniversary of 1958 revolution

The National Theater in central Baghdad was packed with an enthusiastic audience waving the Iraqi flag and red banners, July 12. The event, organized by the Iraqi Communist Party, was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the July 14, 1958.

WORLD NOTES: July 12

Egypt: ‘Emergency’ rule goes on Italy: Racism is official policy Occupied Territories: Israel limits water Argentina: Summit highlights integration, solidarity Cuba: U.S. actions condemned

Honoring Nelson Mandela at 90

Statesmen, royalty and major world figures in business, sports and entertainment celebrated the life of South African anti-apartheid and national liberation leader Nelson Mandela during a Hyde Park concert in London, June 27. The event honored Mandela’s 90th birthday, which is July 18, and comes 20 years after the 1988 Free Mandela concert that was held in London to demand his release from prison.

WORLD NOTES: July 5

India: Left stands firm on nuke deal Israel: Rights group documents torture Ireland: Unions help defeat Lisbon Treaty Nigeria: Oil production down 50 percent Haiti: Drinking water shortage Cuba: Free lung cancer drug

Cuban exiles linked to Mexican gangs

A scandal is brewing that connects right-wing Cuban exiles in the United States with violent Mexican drug gangs trained by the U.S. military. The story first broke in the left-wing Mexico City daily, La Jornada

South Africans pledge solidarity with Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party held a widely condemned election on June 29 in which the opposition dropped out because of widespread violence and intimidation. The African Union on June 30 joined the international chorus in rejecting the outcome. South African President Thabo Mbeki is mediating a power-sharing deal between ZANU-PF and the opposition Movement for a Democratic Change.

Opposition attacks Morales Indian supporters

After blocking the exits at the stadium in Sucre, Bolivia, May 24, thugs beat and verbally abused dozens of Indians in a crowd waiting to greet Bolivian President Evo Morales, a socialist. The local mayor, the university chancellor, and the municipal council president, opponents of the president, looked on, applauding the attacks.

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