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Brazil: Cattle-raising trashes atmosphere Pakistan: U. S. super embassy raises questions South Africa: Zuma on economy, unity Turkey: Union repression has “anti-terrorist” cover United Nations: Economic conference re-scheduled Cuba: Blockade restricts Internet access

Extreme weather to increase with global warming

As John McCain campaigns on a pledge of increasing greenhouse gas emissions by launching new offshore oil drilling while at the same time refusing to make caps mandatory on emissions by big polluters, new government data indicates that the effects of global climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, are intensifying.

World notes: June 28, 2008

Iraq: Refugees are silent scandal Canada: Unions say out of Afghanistan Bolivia: Justice is stymied Sweden: Report calls for arms control Cuba: EU drops sanctions China: Negotiations with Taiwan

In France, undocumented workers strike for rights

PARIS — Undocumented workers here have done what was once considered unthinkable. Starting in mid-April, they have organized a series of strikes and work stoppages. In some cases the workers, many of whom are African, even occupied their workplaces.

African unions urge action on Zimbabwe

Labor unions from southern Africa have called on the regional Southern African Development Community to send peacekeepers to Zimbabwe to ensure presidential elections take place democratically.

Nepal goes from Hindu kingdom to secular democracy

Millions of Nepali people live in abject poverty but the deposed king is widely believed to have a fortune invested in tea, tobacco and casinos. That, plus the fact that he seized absolute power and imposed an autocratic, military rule, means most Nepalis are glad he’s gone.

World notes: June 21, 2008

South Korea: Conservative president confronts outrage Spain: High fuel costs trigger trucker strike Iraq: U.S. occupation treaty still secret Cuba: World Trade Organization hears dissent Morocco: Troops rout demonstrators Chile: Pinochet-era censorship persists

Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, lifelong radical

Ousmane Sembene, universally regarded as the “father of African cinema,” died June 9 at the age of 84 at his home in Dakar, Senegal. A lifelong radical, his films tackled the most contentious issues in Africa, frequently provoking the indignation of the ruling class of both his home country and its former colonizer.

The victims of capitalism

Not to say that bad things didn’t happen under socialism; but what happened under socialism doesn’t hold a candle to what has occurred under capitalism. The entirety of what city would be required for a monument to the victims of capitalism? There’s no city big enough.

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Global summit grapples with mass extinctions

If current trends continue, one-third to two-thirds of all species of life on earth will be dead within 150 years, according to a recently published report. This would be “a loss that would easily equal those of past mass extinctions,” said John Scott, of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity, said.