The testing regime in Mexico is as entrenched as it is in the United States, and its political use is very similar - undermining the rights of teachers, and attacking unions that oppose it.
The labor action plan for workers' rights added to the controversial U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is failing, say a Colombian senator and union leaders.
Egypt's independent unions and their confederation are extremely upset by present Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's labor takeover plan.
Mexico, the large U.S. trading partner and southern neighbor, is on a path of "low-wage development," including weakening its labor law and oppressing independent unions.
More astute analysis highlights the appalling situation of South Africa's mining communities as being fertile ground for the crisis that has developed at Marikana.
Madrid saw a massive show of support for miners who are protesting austerity moves by Spain's conservative government, which they say will completely destroy their hardscrabble livelihoods.
Union leaders, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, delivered the strong message that "austerity does not work," and only makes things worse for workers, to the G-20 leaders of the industrialized world, meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Due to my trade union activities, I was arrested and incarcerated. I was brutally attacked and beaten during my arrest, and severely afflicted, physically and psychologically.
On July 1, Mexico will hold elections for president and for the 128 seat Senate and 500 seat Chamber of Deputies.
Police repression coupled with draconian measures to limit peaceful protest have failed to stop a student strike in Quebec.