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Delahunt bill would end Cuba travel ban

Just maybe, the new Congress will succeed in ending at least part of the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.), joined by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and seven “original co-sponsors,” introduced HR. 874 Feb. 4. The bill, designated as the “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act,” would lift all restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to the island.

In praise of people-to-people programs

HAVANA (Prensa Latina) Programs designed to introduce individuals cross-culturally, particularly in cultures divided antipathetically by politics, have had enormous success in the world, not only for the families and individuals directly involved, but many times with far-reaching ripple effects.

Mexico faces foreign capital flight

Mexico (Prensa Latina) A total of $50 billion of foreign capital invested in shares of Mexican companies and bonds of the federal government's internal debt, fled from the country in recent months, according to experts.

World Notes

Italy: Protests continue vs. U.S. base Gaza: Israel seizes mercy ship South Africa: Israeli ships blocked Australia: Heat and drought cast pall Brazil: Landless workers continue struggle Cuba: UN reviews rights record

Bleak outlook for French employment

Paris (l'Humanite) After months of denial, Christine Lagarde now wants to appear “reasonable” by declaring that she would be “very surprised if we had positive growth in 2009” and that “we will most certainly go into recession at some point”.

US and Russian satellites collide in first ever space crash

Two communication satellites from the US and Russia collided in space on February 10, creating massive space debris that might pose a threat to the International Space Station, according to news released by the Associated Press on February 11.

ILO issues warning over global economic crisis

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned on Tuesday that the global financial crisis is generating increasing social unrest and called for greater dialogue between governments, bosses and workers.

Interview with Mohammed Nafa'h, secretary general of the Communist Party of Israel

The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and its electoral front Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) were the only political forces in Israel that confronted the massacre perpetrated by the Tzahal (IDF), the Israeli armed forces, in Gaza in January.

Exit polls predict Tzipi Livni win in Israeli election

Israeli elections tonight produced the tightest of races with early television exit polls putting Tzipi Livni, the centrist foreign minister, narrowly ahead of the rightwing opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israeli campaigning closes as polls open

The two hawkish front-runners in the race to rule Israel made last-minute appeals to voters on Tuesday.

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