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Rocky road to Venezuela presidential elections

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, winner of elections in 2000 and 2006 by overwhelming majorities, is heavily favored in voting set for October 7.

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Winds of change blow strong in Cuban colleges

Many regard Cuba's success in making education accessible and socially useful to have been a prime achievement of the Cuban Revolution.

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Cuba's new, experimental urban cooperatives

The plan is to develop 222 urban cooperatives throughout the island: food service ventures, agricultural markets, technical and personal services, fisheries, and water management services.

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French elections increase European crisis drama

The French elections June 17 produced a decisive victory for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party.

Venezuela’s new labor law “first in transition to socialism”

The legislation reduces the work week to 40 hours and seeks to abolish private sub-contracted labor in the country.

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In Germany, the Pirates making waves

Germany's energetic young party, the Pirates, held its party congress last weekend in the northern town of Neumünster. The media overflowed with reports, almost uniformly friendly.

Portugal imposes "rule of lead," left wing charges

Portugal has become the first European country to approve the European Union's fiscal compact, known to critics as the "permanent austerity" treaty.

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French presidential front-runner proposes sharp tax hike for the rich

French voters responded positively to the proposal, with recent polls showing a slight uptick in support for Hollande. The prospects of passing such tax-the-rich legislation will depend on parliamentary elections,.

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World communist parties: "Socialism is the future"

"Socialism is the future" was the theme of a meeting here of communist and workers parties from 59 countries last month.

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No surrender in Chicago as Occupy movement mushrooms worldwide

Millions protested at more than 950 demonstrations in 80 countries Saturday, marking a month since the rallies against the global financial system began.

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