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In recent days, a looming financial collapse in the Eastern Mediterranean island country of Cyprus emerged as the latest flashpoint in the global economic crisis.
Africa’s classic depiction in the mainstream media, as a giant basket case full of endless war, famine and helpless children creates an illusion of a continent utterly dependent on Western handouts.
“No sacrifices for the plutocracy, the oligarchy must pay for the crisis!” chanted tens of thousands of outraged Greek workers Nov. 7.
While the big business media have attempted to portray Greece’s economic crisis as the result of out-of-control social spending and pampered workers, the blame lies solely with the capitalist class.
The traditional political establishment in Greece buckled under the weight of crippling austerity and a mass people’s movement when the country went to the polls May 6.
Former European Central Bank Vice President Lucas Papademos became the new prime minister of Greece Nov. 11, replacing the hated George Papandreou.
Poor and working-class Europeans may now face a massive cut in Food for the Deprived, an assistance program founded in 1987.
The workers of Greece and the U.K. have stepped up the struggle against austerity measures imposed by their governments.
Greek public transit workers held a one-day strike Dec. 8 to protest wage cuts, bonus reductions and the reorganization of state-controlled companies.
In a book based on interviews with a German journalist, Pope Benedict XVI said that the use of condoms can be justified to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, referring in particular to gay male prostitutes.