May

Steelworkers walk out in France

Steelworkers from the Fos-sur-Mer Arcelor Mittal plant demonstrate in Marseille, southern France, May 26.

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In Israel, democratic rights in peril

The Israeli government this week took a new step to suppress democratic rights in Israel. The government has approved a bill banning all commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba of 1948, under penalty of imprisonment.

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Class prejudice and Ireland's report on child abuse

Last week Ireland's Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse released a 2,575-page report detailing horrific conditions tens of thousands of children faced in Catholic-run institutions with government collaboration.

WORLD NOTES Afghanistan, Somalia, United Nations, Cuba, Great Britain, Mexico

Afghanistan: Bombings lead to impasse Somalia: War suffering grows United Nations: U.S. joins Human Rights Council Cuba: Relations with EU under study Mexico: Police confront mine protesters

Pakistans displaced create new crisis

In the wake of the Pakistan’s army offensive against the armed Taliban, more than 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes. The Pakistan Peace and Solidarity Council sent out an urgent appeal today to the “philanthropists, donors, supporters, international relief organizations and international community” for humanitarian aid to assist the some “1.3 million displaced people” from Swat, Bunir, Dir and Malakand, the semi tribal areas located in the north of North West Frontier Province near the Pakistan-Afghan boarder.

WORLDNOTES

UN: Morales ushers in Mother Earth Day Spain: Unemployment rises sharply Dominican Republic: Women’s campaign loses battle Israel: Growing defense ties with India China: Economy gains, workers exert pressure. Mozambique: Labor rights go unprotected Cuba: Blockade affects Internet access

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Politics of pandemic: Budget cuts and hog farms linked to swine flu outbreak

WASHINGTON—As President Barack Obama received praise here for his quick response in declaring an “emergency” in the deadly swine flu outbreak, the politics of the pandemic began to emerge.