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Socialist coalition hands right-wing Portuguese government defeat

The unity in Portugal has been made possible by a very evident left turn on the part of the Socialist Party.


Liberal election victory in Canada holds lessons for Americans

Liberals campaigned on making investments in infrastructure to create jobs, raise income taxes on the richest Canadians to fund services for those at the bottom, and democratize the political system.


In Dresden, PEGIDA meets opposition

Racism and fascism are real dangers here and elsewhere. One can hope that this weapon of biting sarcasm will at least rein in the PEGIDA danger.


South Africa 2014 elections: ANC triumphs, opposition gains ground

A new R1-trillion [$96 billion] economic and social infrastructure program aims to transform many poor areas by building new roads, rail links, ports, universities and schools.


The New York Times describes an East German model city -- and is fair!

The author did not embroider what she saw or heard. The result did tend to make me angry, but not because of prejudice or dishonesty; it was because of the story she told.

Suez Steel owner refuses to reopen plant, adding to Egypt’s woes

The owner of Suez Steel is refusing to reopen the plant unless the workers he forced to strike there three weeks ago unconditionally return to their jobs.


Taking China's bullet train with slow clock

Last year, after participating in a Beijing conference on the crisis of capitalism and the future of world socialism, I took the bullet train to Nanjing, 620 miles away.


Trumka: Mexico on path of “low wage development”

Mexico, the large U.S. trading partner and southern neighbor, is on a path of "low-wage development," including weakening its labor law and oppressing independent unions.


India’s shopkeepers go on strike over “Walmart decision”

Storeowners across India shut down their shops to protest the government's decision to allow foreign companies like Walmart access to the nation's retail market.


Trans-Pacific trade pact would kill more jobs

The lack of coverage of the Trans Pacific Partnership  is because of the secrecy in which it's being written.

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