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Africa conference pushes corporate interests

Although we read that Africa is making great strides, most of its countries, particularly those South of the Sahara, are still at the bottom of any measures of human wellbeing.

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U.S. secretly built "Cuban Twitter" to stir unrest

The U.S. built a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks.

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Mexico after 20 years of NAFTA: poor and getting poorer

20 years after the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, farmers and workers in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada suffer from corporate profiteering.

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Mexican lawmakers OK privatization of nation’s oil industry

The measure will allow foreign multinational corporations to explore, drill and sell Mexican oil and gas.

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Chiquita loses legal battle to keep documents secret

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. has lost a case in which it attempted to block the SEC from releasing documents relating to its payments to a Colombian terrorist group.

Venezuelan elections down to the wire

On April 14, Venezuelans will elect a new president replacing Hugo Chavez Frias, who died on March 5. 

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India’s shopkeepers go on strike over “Walmart decision”

Storeowners across India shut down their shops to protest the government's decision to allow foreign companies like Walmart access to the nation's retail market.

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Guitar company used illegal rainforest wood

The crime came to light after federal agents raided one of the company's supply outlets in Nashville, Tenn.

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Behind London Olympics spectacular sports, a dark side

While the 2012 Summer Olympics bring athletes together in spectacles of sport, the Games will also bring crippling debt,  especially galling given the  latest austerity measures in the UK.

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