World News

Earthquake wreaks massive devastation

The catastrophic effects of the Dec. 26 earthquake in Bam, Iran, and the surrounding areas are enormous. Eighty percent of the city has been destroyed, with at least 30,000 dead (some say this figure could reach 50,000) and more than 100,000 homeless.

Imperialism behind coup in Georgia Imperialism behind coup in Georgia

Since the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it has become fashionable to characterize U.S. foreign policy as imperialist. Apologists have shamelessly embraced the description, while critics are appalled at what they see as a departure from previously idealistic, human rights-based foreign policies.

Big losses for India's Congress Party

NEW DELHI – Provincial elections held recently in three states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh – went heavily in favor of right-wing, Hindu nationalist forces and their political arm, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

International notes

Australia: Tied to U.S. coattails? / Zimbabwe: SACP delegation visits / El Salvador: Workers’ rights abused / South Africa: Nobel prize proposed for AIDS fighters

Cuba develops low-cost childrens vaccine

Cuban researchers have developed the first synthetic vaccine against the bacteria that causes pneumonia and meningitis, the main cause of almost half of the infections of children under five in the developing world. According to UNICEF, haemophilus influenzae type B kills one half million children each year.

International notes

Israel and Palestine: Majority favors two-state plan / Kenya: Union leaders against cuts / Venezuela: Alternative proposed to FTAA / United Kingdom: Rail workers to switch parties? / Canada: Demand hearings on missile defense / Japan: New anti-missile venture with U.S.

International notes

Africa: ILO summit vs. poverty / Honduras, Nicaragua: Protest Powell’s visit / Japan: Protests vs. troops to Iraq / Poland: Coal miners strike vs. closings / East Timor: NGOs demand fair boundaries

International Notes

Lesotho: Strike leaders arrested; Russia-China-South Korea: Giant gas pipe planned; Cuba: Development, not war; Tunisia: Hunger strike for civil liberties; Canada: Workers locked out

Ecuador: Peasant activist assassinated

Ecuadorian campesino and environmental leader Angel Shingre was murdered on Nov. 4 in the city of Coca, Orellana province, where he lived. Shingre was a member and leader of numerous peasant and environmental groups in the region.

Turkish military attacks glass workers

Security forces smashed a “tent city” outside a glass factory operated by the leading glass producer Pasabahce in Eskisehir, Turkey, and detained 100 union members including two officers of the Kristal-Is union, on Nov. 7.

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