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World Notes: Chile, UK, Gilbraltar, UN, Afghanistan, Cuba

Chile and indigenous rights; UK and privatization; United Nations and food aid; Gibraltar and worker rights; Afghanistan and stress; Cuba and children.

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Iraq elections will shape post-occupation direction

With U.S. preparing to pull out troops next summer, Iraq heads to key elections, and a drop in violence is spurring an upsurge of social movements.

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Mexican electricians receive U.S. labor solidarity

A growing list of U.S. labor unions is expressing their solidarity with workers of the electric company that serves central Mexico, which is facing repression from the government.

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Mexican union fights privatizing electrical grid

In Mexico, the electricians’ union stands in the way of the government’s attempt to privatize the country’s electrical grid.

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British unions debunk lies about National Health Service

American and British trade unionists unite to debunk lies about the UK's National Health Service.

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Unions to Colombia: Stop murdering labor activists

Colombian trade unionists get murdered daily with impunity. Meet a young woman who is trying to stop it.

Japan elections: JCP as 'constructive opposition party' gains support

At a news conference on August 24 in Nagano City, Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo made the following comments at the present stage of the election campaign:

One in six of world are going hungry

The UN has warned that the global financial meltdown has pushed the ranks of the world's hungry to a record 1 billion. UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) officials reported at the weekend that, because of war, drought, political instability, high food prices and poverty, hunger now affects 1.02 billion - up 11 per cent from last year's 915 million.

WORLDNOTES

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

Steelworkers walk out in France

Steelworkers from the Fos-sur-Mer Arcelor Mittal plant demonstrate in Marseille, southern France, May 26.

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