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Iraq: The struggle for new labor and trade union laws

Progress on enacting a new trade union law in Iraq is still stalled.

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Experts put Iraq death toll at nearly 500,000

The first major study into the human cost of the Iraq war in eight years has found that nearly half a million people died because of the U.S.-led invasion.

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Iraqi Social Forum could be eye-opener for Americans

The first Iraqi Social Forum, which opens Thursday in Baghdad, could be an eye-opener for Americans, who will be able to participate online.

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Kurdish struggle a key factor in Syria and beyond

For almost a century, the Kurds-one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state-have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered; now they are major players in the Middle East.

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Baghdad’s May Day march draws thousands

Thousands marched, waving red flags and raising banners with workers' and trade unionist demands.

Iraqi Communist Party attacked

The attack on the Communist newspaper office occurred just before the eve of the Iraqi Communist Party's 78th anniversary.

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Talk of military intervention in Syria recalls Iraq debacle

The talk of covert action, "no fly zones," and military involvement via proxies has ratcheted up following the Russian and Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution.

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Iraqi youth activists released from detention

The four charged that they had been arrested for participating in demonstrations calling for political reform, ending corruption and providing services to the people.

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Labor, rights groups condemn arrests of Iraqi activists

Amnesty International and the International Confederation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Unions have assailed recent arrests of trade unionists and other Iraqi activists.

World Notes: Venezuela, Somalia, Fiji and more

Sanctions on Iran hit Venezuela; labor rights under siege in Iraq, Fiji and Turkey; humanitarian crisis in Somalia; and Cuba at the UN.

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