New protests erupted in Afghanistan this week as the number of civilians dying during U.S. and NATO attacks on insurgents continues to soar.
Gaza: Aid, solidarity arrive by sea Switzerland: Inequities kill India: Children die in drug trials Honduras: Joins ALBA, defying Washington Canada: Big gains for union women Cuba: Social security changes
Women’s rights groups and allies celebrated Aug. 28th after Mexico’s Supreme Court voted 8-3 in a landmark decision to uphold a law allowing abortion in the country’s capital, Mexico City.
Indonesia: Strike at Nike supplier Peru: Protests spread Iraq: Regional help will expand oil production Kenya: Prisoner transfers exposed Cuba: Controlling migration through Mexico
There were celebrations throughout Pakistan after President Pervez Musharraf resigned Aug. 18. Jubilant crowds gave out sweets and congratulated each other for the democratic victory, one daily newspaper, The Frontier Post, reported.
Iraq: Who controls contract workers? Poland: Missile defense deal signed Mexico: Voters resist oil sell-off Philippines: Autonomy delayed Liberia: Unionized rubber workers gain Bolivia: Cuban doctors attacked
The Beijing Olympics opening ceremony began at 8:08 a.m., on the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008. The exact time was picked by organizers because of the meaning of the number eight to the Chinese. It represents luck, prosperity and wealth. It was an appropriate number, apparently, as the opening ceremony and the Olympics in general have painted a picture of the new China: increasingly prosperous, powerful, harmonious and open.
Forty years ago at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists in protest against racism and injustice. Students at San Jose State University, Smith won the gold medal and Carlos won the bronze medal in the 200-meter race. As the American flag rose and the National Anthem played, the two sprinters bowed their heads, closed their eyes and raised their fists.
United Kingdom: Unions pressure Labor Party South Korea: Labor actions sweep country South Africa: Unions look at safety, wages & prices Occupied West Bank: New settlement coming Mexico: Monopoly has advantages Cuba: U.S. stonewalls prisoners’ wives
In Buenos Aires earlier this month, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Thomas Shannon rejected theories that the U.S. Fourth Fleet, assigned to watch over South America, had been reactivated for offensive purposes. So that means defense, Brazilian Senator Pedro Simón observed, “but defending against whom?”