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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.

World Notes

Syria: U.S. raid kills 8 Congo: Rebels take over gorilla refuge China: Premier says restructure world finance system Poland: Crisis slows economy Cuba: Cooperation resumed with EU

Harper loses bid for Conservative majority

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After two years of right-wing rule on Oct. 14 voters punished the incumbent Conservative Party government headed by Stephen Harper by refusing to give him a majority government.

World notes: October 25, 2008

UK: House of Lords protects civil rights Bolivia: Constitution now tops government agenda China: Reform wave hits agriculture Iran: Strike forces tax freeze Kenya: UN warns of food shortages

Mexico remembers Tlatelolco, 1968

On Oct. 2 Mexicans observed the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre with a march of tens of thousands of people through Mexico City and other events. Veterans of 1968 marched alongside students who were not even born then, joining with farmers and striking teachers. In Mexico City, the local government put flags at half mast.

World notes: October 18, 2008

Afghanistan: Military victory unlikely Iraq: Shell scores Guatemala: Peoples of a continent gather Italy: U.S. base plans scrapped India: Leaders look to Latin America for food Cuba: Committed to health care

Mexico teacher rebellion gains support, repression

Widespread popular support and military repression cast ongoing teacher protests in Morelos state — home to famous revolutionary Emiliano Zapata — as a replay of events two years ago in Oaxaca. At issue are measures taken to privatize public education throughout Mexico.

WORLD NOTES: October 11

Colombia: Deaths, suffering mount Western Sahara: Independence struggle continues Israel: Departing leader opts for peace Japan: Anti-nuclear campaign grows Spain: Protest privatized health care Cuba: Support sought for hurricane recovery

Searching for justice, not theater

[Oct. 6] marks the 32nd anniversary of the cold-blooded assassination of 73 innocent people aboard a Cubana de Aviacion passenger flight over the waters of Barbados. Thirty-two years of impunity for Luis Posada Carriles, the mastermind behind this sinister act of terrorism who enjoys White House protection and is free in the streets of Miami despite the overwhelming evidence and Venezuela's extradition requests.

Economy is key issue in Canadas elections

With less than a week to go before Canada’s Oct. 14 federal elections, the country’s faltering economy has become an issue. The Conservative Party is claiming that Canada’s economy is on a sound footing, and is promising further measures such as tax cuts, deregulation and encouraging foreign investment to foster economic growth.

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