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Lipton Tea's profits and provocation in Pakistan

Unilever Pakistan management has stepped up its aggression against the workers at its Lipton/Brooke Bond tea factory in Khanewal, Pakistan. The plant - Unilever's last directly-owned and operated tea plant in a nation of tea drinkers - employs some 750 workers to pack tea, but only 22 are employed directly by Unilever.

El Salvador: Crisis, poverty huge challenges for leftist president

SAN SALVADOR, Mar 17 (IPS) - The main challenges faced by El Salvador’s leftwing president-elect Mauricio Funes are forging understandings with other political sectors, adopting measures to deal with the economic crisis, and especially its effects on the poor, and strengthening the country’s institutions, say analysts.

SS veterans march in Latvia to remember nazi troops

About 300 Latvians marched through Riga on Monday to honour soldiers who fought in an elite nazi unit during World War II. Several dozen representatives from Latvia's anti-fascist committee held a counter-demonstration, chanting: 'Hitler Kaput.'

Defining moment for Pakistan

There are defining moments in the life of every nation. Pakistan can rightly claim that the March 16, 2009 restoration of Ifthikar Chaudhary as Chief Justice was just such a moment in its 61-year history.

The Pope is wrong on condoms

Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a response to Pope Benedict's statement on condom use.

US: We shot down Iranian unmanned aircraft in Iraq

THE Pentagon has claimed that US jets shot down an Iranian unmanned surveillance aircraft last month over Iraqi territory.

Transport-Cuba: Nearly there

HAVANA, Mar 17 (IPS) - Cuba's transport crisis finally appears to be coming to an end, after three years of substantial investments and reforms, although future economic growth could pose new challenges.

Iraqi unions announce new confederation

At the first International Labor Conference ever held in Iraq, three of the country’s major labor organizations announced the formation of a new labor confederation.

Sierra Leone: Diamond miners choose cassava over carats

KOIDU, 16 March 2009 (IRIN) - In Sierra Leone plummeting diamond prices, dwindling reserves, consistently poor working conditions and a lack of regulation are driving diamond workers to start farming, youths told IRIN.

World crisis slams Mexico

Like every other country on the planet, Mexico is being hit hard by the world financial and economic crisis. As in other relatively poor countries, the impact is shaping up to be especially hard on those who have already lost the most from the neoliberal policy package of free trade, privatization and austerity.

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