Two leftist South American presidents are under the gun.
Ibrahim Yazdi, a nationalist leader and the first foreign minister after the 1979 revolution, was arrested Dec. 28, following arrests of a leader of Iran's student movement and hundreds of others.
Recent events in Iran have further exposed the divisions within the ruling clergy and the desire of the Iranian people for change.
In this World Notes, the Austrian Parliament last month authorized civil unions between same-sex couples; Bolivia on climate change, Cuba on nutrition, sanctions on Eritrea, PFLP marks 42nd anniversary, South Korean autoworkers opt for bonuses.
By a vote of 31 to 24 with nine abstentions, the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, the jurisdiction to which Mexico City belongs, has passed legislation authorizing gay marriage.
After taking Aminatou Haidar to a hospital on Dec. 17, Spanish authorities removed the "Saharan Gandhi" from the Canary Islands to Western Sahara.
Robert "Kool" Bell, leader of the U.S. rhythm and blues group Kool & the Gang said the group's concert in Havana would be dedicated to the fraternity and unity of the peoples.
Cuban and U.S. activists are strongly protesting a letter circulated among prominent African Americans alleging systemic racial discrimination in Cuba.
Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed representatives of ALBA nations to Havana Dec. 11-14 for their eighth summit meeting.
Facts every now and then intrude upon fakery and secrets. The New York Times reported Dec. 11 on the detention a week earlier of a U.S. agent in Havana.