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Thousands of Proposals for New Venezuelan Labor Law

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Some 11,500 proposals were submitted to Venezuela´s Cabinet Commission to draft a new Labor Law or LOT (Ley Organica del Trabajo), said Wil Rangel, President of the Central Bolivariana Socialista de Trabajadores. Rangel said unionists, Legislators and representatives of private and public sectors will submit and discuss until April their initiatives in national assemblies to rescue the social benefits “smothered during the government of Rafael Caldera”.

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Presidents of Brazil and Haití Discuss Cooperation

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Presidents Michel Martelly (Haiti) and Dilma Rosusseff (Brazil) discussed migration and cooperation-related issues in this capital before visiting the squadron of Brazilian UN blue helmets deployed here. According to a communiqué of the Haitian presidency, the presidents reviewed a bilateral agenda, placing emphasis on the process of reconstruction and economic and social development in Haiti.According to the program of the visit, Martelly and Rousseff would also discuss the migration issue in the wake of adoption by Brazil of a new mode of visa issued exclusively for Haitian citizens.

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Cuban Party Meeting Debates End

Raúl Castro Ruz.

The First Conference of Cuba’s Communist Party is scheduled to end today two days of debates focused on intensifying the organization’s work and its role in updating the country’s economic model. More than 800 delegates are discussing the operation, methods and working style of the party, the political and ideological work, the cadres’ training and the party links with the Young Communist League (UJC) and other grassroots organizations.

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Casa Award Winner Calls for Anti-Racial Policies

Zuleica Romay Guerra

Cuban essayist Zuleica Romay, who won the special 2012 Casa de las Americas Literature Award on black presence in the contemporary Americas and the Caribbean, called for cultural policies to face today’s stereotypes and racist behaviors.After receiving the award, the author of “Elogio de la Altea o las Paradojas de la Racialidad” (Altea Praise and Racial Paradoxes), told Prensa Latina that the the work allows her to appreciate racial prejudices through socio-cultural processes that are often covert.

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New Pressures of the UN Security Council Vs Syria

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The Western and Arab member countries of the UN Security Council will insist on Friday on implementing sanctions against Syria in an effort to launch a new offensive, despite Russia´s strong opposition.Syria Seeks Alternatives to Tackle Economic Sanctions.The world body will hold a private session on Friday to discuss a draft resolution sponsored by the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany and Morocco to back the measures proposed by the Arab League against the Syrian government.

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Conference of Cuba’s Communist Party to Begin on Saturday

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The 1st National Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) will begin on Saturday to assess the work of that political organization objectively and critically, Granma newspaper reported on Friday. According to the source, the conference will respond to the agreements reached at the 6th PCC Congress. Its opening date was chose to celebrate the 159th birthday of National Hero Jose Marti.

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Return of Argentinean President Revives Dispute with London

Cristina Fernandez

The return of President Cristina Fernandez to lead the Argentina Executive has revived the dispute between this country and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands. After a 20-day medical leave, Fernandez on Wednesday resumed her duties with a public event, in which she renewed the claim to London to talk

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“Essences, La Colmenita in the United States” On Cubavisión

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This newly released documentary follows the tour of La Colmenita, the national children’s theater of Cuba, during their US tour last October. This preview shows from the inside the group as it travels from Washington DC to New York City and San Francisco Bay Area.The 68 minute film is a beautiful testimony about what happened during 19 days of performances in schools, theaters and parks of these cities and shows the impact that this thoughtful expedition of love had on US audiences.

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Brazilian Ministeria Meeting Focuses on Economic Situation, Rio+20

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The economic situation and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, in June, were highlighted at the first meeting of Brazilian ministers this year.Convened by President Dilma Rousseff, the ministers on Monday night listened to the speech of Finance Minister Guido Mantega, who predicted an increase of 4-5 percent in the Gross Domestic Product in 2012.

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UN Seeks Definitive Progress in Negotiations on Cyprus

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The United Nations will make a decisive effort this Monday to achieve definitive progress in the reunification negotiations of Cyprus within a few months.The new attempt expects quick and concrete progress and will be headed by UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon in a two-day meeting with leaders of the communities from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu.