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Professor in Colombia victim of repression

Miguel Ángel Beltrán, formerly a sociology professor at the National University and University of Antioquia, was extradited last May from Mexico City to Colombia. He’s been in jail since. Judicial proceedings began late last month on charges he recruited students for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

WORLDNOTES: European Union, South Korea, Occupied Territories, South Africa, Venezuela, Cuba

European Union: Youth unemployment skyrockets South Korea: Workers strike over news control Occupied Territories: UN leader issues plea South Africa: President confronts disappointed hopes Venezuela: Poverty is down Cuba: Friendshipment arrives


Castro on July 26: The land is waiting for us

Raul Castro has said that the global economic crisis means tougher times ahead for Cuba, but the country has no-one to blame but itself for poor farm production. In a speech marking Revolution Day, the Cuban president said that the island can't simply pin all its problems on Washington's 47-year-old trade embargo.

Did Zelaya violate the constitution?

The mediation efforts of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias in the Honduran situation seem to be headed for failure. Elected, yet deposed, President Manuel Zelaya says he is the only legitimate head of state, as does the entire world. The coup president, Roberto Micheletti, says he is the constitutional president and the military coup was a normal succession to power.

EDITORIAL Climate change: Taking responsibility, aiding the vulnerable

As negotiations continue on worldwide goals and timetables to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, it is increasingly clear that industrially developed countries must take responsibility for the great bulk of the pollution that has caused global warming to date.


WORLDNOTES: Argentina, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Thailand, Puerto Rico

Argentina: Elections mirror economic stresses United Kingdom: MPs urge cut-off of aid to Colombia Zimbabwe: Government gains financial aid Gaza: Humanitarian shipment attacked Thailand: Giant farms threaten small producers Puerto Rico: Doctors lead health care fight


Moving to a no-nukes world? Obama, Medvedev agree on nuclear weapons cuts

In a turn away from years of stalemate and heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia over nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed Monday to reduce U.S. and Russian stockpiles of nuclear warheads to as few as 1,500 each, lower than any existing arms control agreement.

'Underlying conditions' for Honduras coup?

The generals, oligarchs and corrupt politicians who perpetrated Sunday’s coup d’état against Honduran president Manuel Zelaya are beginning to sweat as militant demonstrations and strikes continue in the capital of Tegucigalpa and elsewhere, as stories of possible dissent on the part of military units begin to surface, and as the entire world expresses its repudiation of what Venezuelan president Chavez correctly called a reversion to “troglodyte” (cave man) methods of changing governments.


50 years of Cuban Agrarian Reform: overcoming challenges to feed the people

The food needs of Cuba are vast and present a ready market for US farmers and agri-business corporations. Surprisingly, Cuba’s largest supplier of food and agricultural products is the US where it gets 70% of its corn and 40% of its wheat. When the restrictive blockade falls, Cuban imports should rise dramatically. For example Cuba gets the bulk of its rice all the way from Vietnam instead of nearby Arkansas.

WORLDNOTES, Lithuania, China, Uganda, Global, Iraq, and Cuba

Lithuania: Anti-gay legislation protested China: News service overhauled Uganda: Desertification advances Global: UN documents hunger Iraq: A plague of serpents Cuba: Cuban Five prisoner responds

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