World News

US-Iran: From 'Axis of Evil' to 'Happy New Year'

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 (IPS) - In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama has reached out to both the people and the government of a leading U.S. adversary to wish them well in their upcoming Norouz, or New Year, holidays.

Nicaragua: Caribbean women face double discrimination

MANAGUA, Mar 20 (IPS) - The first criminal prosecution for racial discrimination in Nicaragua, in response to a complaint brought by a woman lawmaker in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), has focused attention on the segregationist treatment of indigenous and Afro-Caribbean women in the Caribbean coastal regions.

Dominican strike results in violence

Santo Domingo, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) A strike by transportation workers in five provinces in eastern Dominican Republic on Thursday resulted in four people wounded and another 30 detained, as doctors were called on to stage a march to the National Palace next week.

Coping in a world of 'peak water'

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 (IPS) - As more than 20,000 people meet in Istanbul for a major week-long conference on future management of the world's water supplies, women's groups are working to ensure that policy decisions about this critical natural resource take their concerns into account.

Of rats and sinking ships

Well, what do you know? Northern Rock, the first British lender to go completely pear-shaped and take a massive bail-out from the taxpayer, continued to make 'risky' loans after it was bailed out.

Overcome the economic crisis through wage increase and job creation

This year’s labor Spring Struggle is nearing its climax as Japan’s major corporations, including automobile and electronics makers, will respond to labor’s demand for a wage increase.

Zimbabwe cuts budget to make way for pro-business reforms

Zimbabwe's new finance minister slashed the country's 2009 budget and announced a raft of pro-big business reforms after talks with the International Monetary Fund.

General strike in France to protest economic crisis

On 19 March 2009 millions of French workers led by the Confederation Generale du Travail (CGT) went on strike to protest President Nicholas Sarkozy's handling of the global financial crisis in France.

Egypt reopens border with Gaza for two days

Cairo, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Egypt reopened its Rafah border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday for two days to enable students and the sick to move in and out, and Jordan sent 227 tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip through the West Bank.

France: From one general strike to the next

The Grenoble area, at the center of the old province of Dauphiné, is up in arms in preparation for the general strike called on March 19th by all trade unions, and on an ambitious platform. As the region is hit by factory closures, re-structuring, and temporary lay-offs, the spirit of resistance is running high.

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