March

Clashes erupt in Iraq over Sunni paramilitaries

While violent clashes took place in Baghdad between Sunni “Sons of Iraq” leaders and Iraqi government forces over the weekend, some former Baathists are involved in secret talks with the government, Iraqi sources report.

Caribbean strikes win peoples victories

Labor militancy and popular mobilization in Martinique and Guadeloupe led to strike settlements last month remarkable for wide-ranging, decisive benefits for racially oppressed working people. Victories there occurred amidst a wave of protests elsewhere, especially in Europe, against lay-offs, rising prices and plunder in financial sectors.

40,000 reasons the G20 must act

NEW YORK, Mar 29 (IPS) - This could be the moment when a fatal blow is delivered to the world's tax havens. Or it could be another largely cosmetic change that allows offshore financial centres such as Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Liechtenstein to deflect attacks on the system by sacrificing the few tax miscreants that governments catch in their nets.

40,000 reasons the G20 must act

Thousands of campaigners marched through London on Saturday in the run-up to the G20 summit to demand action on poverty, climate change and jobs. Over 40,000 marchers accompanied by brass bands and drummers walked the four miles from Embankment to Hyde Park.

'People come first' say progressive leaders

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile, Mar 28 (IPS) - Countries must put people first if they are to prevent the economic recession from becoming a social recession, concluded the two-day gathering of self-styled progressive world leaders that ended Saturday in this Chilean resort city.

Morales to call for new world order in Doha

La Paz, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday is flying to Doha, Qatar, for the Second Arab-South American Summit, where he will advocate for a new multilateral world order to face the current global financial crisis.

Nestl stands accused of rights violations in connection with possible sell-off in Korea

The IUF wrote to Nestlé corporate management, pointing out that while the company may react with silence or with the standard 'we do not respond to rumours' when dealing with the media, it has the duty to respond with openness and respect when approached by their employees and their union. The IUF reminded Nestlé that the refusal to provide the union with the information they seek and the failure to give reasonable notice of changes in operations constitutes a violation of principles set out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Furthermore, Nestlé's own Corporate Business Principles speaks of the principle of 'staff relations based on trust, integrity and honesty'.

Dollar days may be numbered, say experts

London, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) The Presidents of Brazil and China, Russia and India have already agreed that a solution to the financial crisis could be to create global reserves based on a basket of the strongest currencies, putting an end to the reign of the US dollar.

U.S.-Mexico border garners much attention from White House

In response to highly publicized wave of turf battles among drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Obama administration issued an ambitious multi-agency $700 million plan this week to combat the violence. The on-going problem has caused more than 8,000 deaths since January 2008.

Venezuelan and Chicago leaders discuss creating peoples power

CHICAGO – In an effort to share experiences led by grassroots struggles, leaders from Venezuela and local community groups here on the Southwest Side of the city came together to talk about what it takes to organize residents, fight for people’s power and encourage participatory democracy from the bottom up.

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