International Round-up

From Committee for a Workers International

  • Tunisia: Down with the Ben Ali regime!
  • Pakistan: Punjab governor’s assassination silences another liberal voice
  • Maghreb: Tunisian revolt spreads to Algeria
  • Ivory Coast: Tensions build
  • US: Primarying Obama?
  • US: Georgia state prisoners strike for human rights
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