June 09, 2005

The World in Brief

Bolivia's legislators gave the job of president to Supreme Court Justice Eduardo Rodriguez after the last one resigned in the face of massive street protests, who was next in the line of succession after the leaders of both houses of the Bolivian legislature flatly refused to take the job. Luis Gomez tells us that the protestors have said they won't settle down until the issue of hydrocarbon nationalization is addressed. Benjamin Dangl covers the history of the protests.

Gustavo Gonzalez explains that the U.S. government is increasingly coming to regard indigenous Latin American movements as terrorist threats. Many of these movements have arisen in protest of America's favorite neoliberal economic policies, the theft of tribal land by multinational corporations, repressive oligarchies and being the target of death squads.

Guatemalan women are being terrorised by an epidemic of revenge killings, often accompanied by torture and mutilation. The police are underfunded and overworked, and women are largely considered unimportant.

The G7 are hard at work on debt relief for Africa. They may take a lot off their debt, though that remains to be seen, but what will be asked in return?

Apparently, 'American intelligence considers [Sudan] to be a friend'. Yes, the selfsame country where close to 200,000 people have been slaughtered by their government and government affiliated militias.

Japan's governing party has convened a panel whose recommendations could turn back women's rights if enacted. Japanese women just haven't been getting married and cranking out the next generation of citizens like they're supposed to, and that has people worried. Though of course, the panel members probably won't recommend challenging the archaic attitudes of Japanese men, who regard women's complaints about unequal treatment as no more than the 'twittering of birds'.

Syria's government has decided to relax a 40 year state of emergency.

An Iranian journalist has disappeared after being let out of jail for medical treatment. Authorities say he's on the lam, his family fears that he's been arrested again.

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