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U.S. and Korea implement free trade agreement

The United States and South Korea mark the beginning of their free trade pact; labor and farmers remain opposed to deal as too procorporate.

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Massive demonstrations challenge anti-worker policies in Portugal, Spain

In both countries, austerity measures include massive cuts in wages and pensions, elimination of the social safety net, privatization of public property and attacks on labor rights.

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Obama's dangerous Asia "pivot"

The Obama administration is in the middle of a major shift  a "strategic pivot" says the Oval Office, in two regions of the world: Asia and Africa.

Trans-Pacific Trade Pact called new NAFTA

Warning of a new "NAFTA for the Pacific Rim," labor is demanding a new deal being negotiated for the Pacific region include protections for workers rights, health care and the environment.

Salvadoran student killed in struggle against toxic gold mining

This story isn't about the community activist victims suspiciously killed in Cabañas, El Salvador, in the last two years.

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It's ugly: Germany arms Saudi Arabia

Media reports left two aspects unmentioned. The tank manufacturers profiting most from the deal, Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann and Rheinmetall, have always been generous in political donations. The other aspect is historical.

Wave of firings, violence against Bahrain workers, unions

The International Trade Union Confederation condemns the wave of firings, repression and violence being waged against Bahrain workers and their unions after a widely supported strike.

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Time to normalize relations with Cuba

Polls have consistently shown a significant majority of Americans favor normal relations with Cuba.

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Obama in land of Gandhi

While Indians celebrated the visit of the U.S. president and the support given for India's bid to the UN Security Council and his noting that India has "emerged" as a world power, there were specific U.S. interests that Obama needed to carry out.

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French workers angry about pensions and more

Tuesday, for the second time in seven days, more than 3.5 million people turned out in militant demonstrations across France.

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