World News

Cuba guarantees paid leave for parents

HAVANA – Cuban law now protects mothers and fathers who want to share child-rearing after the breast-feeding period, without having to worry about irate bosses.

South Africa celebrates decade of democracy

On the eve of South Africa’s April 14 elections and the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid on April 27, the African National Congress (ANC) government and its allies are evaluating the past decade and preparing for the challenges ahead.

Quebec mulls proportional vote system

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Quebec government will be the first provincial jurisdiction in Canada to advance legislation that would create a new mixed electoral system that includes proportional representation (PR).

International notes

Haiti: Executions continue / Colombia: Coke hunger strike ends / Europe: Massive protests vs. ‘welfare reform’ / Mexico: U.S. must review death row cases / Nigeria: Sue Chevron Texaco for rights abuses

Indians resisting the politics of hate

NEW DELHI – General elections to India’s lower house, the Lok Sabha, will be held in four phases in April and May.

International notes

Haiti: Lavalas describes repression / Honduras: Company security kills activist / South Africa: Campaign for ANC victory / Turkey: Gov’t scuttles tire workers’ strike / Italy: General strike paralyzes country

International notes

Colombia: Coke workers on hunger strike / Haiti: Demand jail for death squad leaders / Cuba: Orbis to create eye bank / Namibia: 14 years of independence / Australia: New law cuts basic labor rights

International notes

Iraq: Journalists charge U.S. intimidation / Zimbabwe: Mercenaries with intriguing links / Cuba: Protest ban on doctors’ travel / Japan: ‘Spring Struggle’ the biggest ever / Venezuela: Gov’t launches big jobs program

Cuban 5 hearing raises hopes

Supporters and the defense team for the five Cuban political prisoners in the United States expressed guarded optimism after their appeals hearing in Miami on March 10.

International notes

Palestine: Women suffer under Israeli occupation / Greece: Election results, U.S. military exercises / WFTU: Solidarity with working women / South Africa: Gov’t questions Haiti coup / China: First Chinese-Braille computer

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