World Notes: November 15, 2008

Australia: Unions go global re climate change Iraq: Awakening Council role in question Italy:School privatization elicits protests Japan: Profitable Toyota lays off thousands Panama: Tolerance of terrorism gets second look

Populist president faces long odds

President Fernando Lugo, up against an agrarian oligarchy and answerable to a mobilized peasant movement, has yet to introduce transformative measures reminiscent of those initiated by his Venezuelan, Bolivian and Ecuadorian counterparts.

Gardens, forests and Black artists: documentaries worth seeing

Some of the documentaries shown at the 44th Annual Chicago International Film Festival should be of interest to progressive activists. They deal with flora — one in the form of a community garden, another the Amazon rainforest — and with Black artists and film.

World reacts to Obama presidency

International media coverage of the election last week of Barack Obama has continued non-stop. A survey follows.

Human beings, not commodities

People’s Global Action held demonstrations Oct. 27 as the opening of the UN-sponsored Global Forum on Migration and Development kicked off in Manila. Under the theme, “Migrant workers are human beings, not commodities,” the nine-day PGA activities are “meant to supplement” the UN event.