The first Iraqi Social Forum, which opens Thursday in Baghdad, could be an eye-opener for Americans, who will be able to participate online.
For almost a century, the Kurds-one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state-have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered; now they are major players in the Middle East.
Thousands marched, waving red flags and raising banners with workers' and trade unionist demands.
The attack on the Communist newspaper office occurred just before the eve of the Iraqi Communist Party's 78th anniversary.
The talk of covert action, "no fly zones," and military involvement via proxies has ratcheted up following the Russian and Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution.
The four charged that they had been arrested for participating in demonstrations calling for political reform, ending corruption and providing services to the people.
Amnesty International and the International Confederation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Unions have assailed recent arrests of trade unionists and other Iraqi activists.
Sanctions on Iran hit Venezuela; labor rights under siege in Iraq, Fiji and Turkey; humanitarian crisis in Somalia; and Cuba at the UN.
Eight years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, the Iraqi people are building a grassroots movement for democracy and an economy that works for them.
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