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Argentina’s rich are on the march

Hundreds of thousands marched through Buenos Aires in Argentina on Thursday of last week against the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Marchers were mainly upper and middle class—such as the businessman opposition politician, Mauricio Macri. Slogans opposed corruption, crime and social spending that they say causes inflation.

Fernandez de Kirchner won a landslide re-election last year. She is expected to seek changes to the constitution so she can stand for a third term in 2015.


New West-backed coalition in Syria

A western-backed umbrella organisation of Syrian opposition forces was launched in Doha, Qatar, last week.

The Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces is part of the Western powers’ strategy to create an alternative government. They want one they can deal with if and when Bashar al-Assad is overthrown.

But negotiations in expensive hotels won't help the ordinary Syrians resisting on the ground. They face bombardment, food shortages and lack of power to cook and heat their homes.


Malnutrition risk in storm-hit Haiti

Some 1.5 million people in Haiti are at risk of malnutrition according to NationalCommittee for Food Security after storm Sandy destroyed crops and livestock.

The most vulnerable Haitians remain homeless after an earthquake in January 2010. Storm Sandy has made even more homeless. It destroyed over 6,000 buildings, damaging over 21,000 others.

Poverty means the impact of storms on Haiti is more severe than on richer countries. And it is Western intervention that has kept Haiti poor.


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International
Tue 13 Nov 2012, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2329
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