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U.S. allegations thwart six-party talks

While the Sept. 19 round of the six-party talks aimed at resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula ended successfully after the U.S. government agreed on paper to respect the sovereignty of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), November’s round was unsuccessful. Further talks do not seem to be in the cards anytime soon, mainly, many say, because of a series of provocative moves made by the Bush administration.

World Notes

Zimbabwe: Child labor on farms Indonesia: Labor leaders imprisoned Germany: Public sector workers strike Panama: New energy policy demanded Britain: Church issues apology

FBI attacks journalists during Puerto Rico raids

MAYAGÜEZ, Puerto Rico — Voices from almost all sectors of Puerto Rican society have been raised, once again, in protest against imperial arrogance and violations of people’s rights in this colony by U.S. authorities, following FBI raids of homes of pro-independence leaders on the morning of Feb. 10 in which a number of journalists were attacked with pepper spray. All the video footage shot by different news agencies showed the FBI attacks were unprovoked.

Hunger strikers tortured at Guantanamo. UN report calls for closing U.S. prison

WASHINGTON — Grisly details of torture of detainees at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are revealed in a new UN report, not yet released. The torture includes jamming feeding tubes up the nostrils of hunger strikers twice daily and force-feeding them Ex-Lax so they lose control of their bowels.

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Schafik Handal, revolutionary leader, 75

Tributes from around the world flooded in to the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) last week on the death of Schafik Jorge Handal, a distinguished revolutionary leader in El Salvador.

WORLD NOTES

India: Airport workers on strike Iraq: Trade unionist killed Colombia: Coca-Cola FEMSA investigation South Africa: Local elections ahead Cuba: Chávez wins UNESCO Marti prize

Venezuelans speak their minds

CARACAS, Venezuela — As this city filled up with delegates from 160 countries attending the sixth World Social Forum last month, one thing seemed to be on their minds: learning more about the revolutionary process taking place in Venezuela. And Venezuelans — from state officials to political party leaders to activists in the social movements to the man, woman or child in the street — are eager to talk about the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Cubas energy: revolution within a revolution

Cuba’s struggle goes beyond overcoming a state of siege and surviving the fall of the Soviet bloc. It ends neither with health care, schools, and food for all, nor with the battle of ideas. There’s more to be done.

Anti-Muslim cartoons provoke furor. Rising calls for respect, dialogue

Religious and political leaders around the world appealed for respect, dialogue and an end to violence this week, as protests continued in many countries against publication of caricatures depicting the prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

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