Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, winner of elections in 2000 and 2006 by overwhelming majorities, is heavily favored in voting set for October 7.
Many regard Cuba's success in making education accessible and socially useful to have been a prime achievement of the Cuban Revolution.
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.
The French elections June 17 produced a decisive victory for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party.
The legislation reduces the work week to 40 hours and seeks to abolish private sub-contracted labor in the country.
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 has become the first European country to approve the European Union's fiscal compact, known to critics as the "permanent austerity" treaty.
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,.
"Socialism is the future" was the theme of a meeting here of communist and workers parties from 59 countries last month.
Millions protested at more than 950 demonstrations in 80 countries Saturday, marking a month since the rallies against the global financial system began.