Our association carries out permanent solidarity campaigns for five countries in South and South-East Asia, i.e. in one of the regions of the world most affected by a “polycrisis” that is getting worse and worse. There is no longer just the addition of multiple crises - climatic and ecological, health, socio-economic, political and geostrategic - each one already fraught with devastating consequences: they feed each other, constituting, by dint of interactions, a formidable global crisis whose effects are felt from the north to the south and from the east to the west of our planet. The poor, the marginalised, the workers are paying its price all over the world - a price which means, where our Asian partners are active, that successive layers of the population are plunging into great poverty, destitution and even famine.
Class Struggle Returns to U.S. as Strikes Spread from Actors to Auto Workers
The last year has seen a remarkable number of strike threats, strikes, and strike settlements in diverse industries from coffee shops to railroads, from writers and actors to truck drivers and auto workers. At the moment, 25,000 auto workers and 150,000 actors are on strike.
We look here at (...)
French Guiana: More than 1,000 people attend MPs’ call for action
The space was crowded between the columns bearing the names of the thousands of Guyanese slaves freed in 1848, to attend the meeting of the two MPs for French Guiana. On Saturday 16 September, more than 1,000 people responded to the call from Jean-Victor Castor and Davy Rimane at the Botanical (...)
Federalism is the most significant ideological divide in Nepali politics
Amid the the “‘de-ideologisation”’ of Nepali politics, the most consequential differences are on the system of provincial government. Three emergent parties throw the divisions into sharp relief.
After the federal and provincial elections in Nepal in November 2022, the rise of newer parties (...)
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana (India): Dissent is a symbol of a vibrant Democracy: Don’t muzzle and persecute voices of opposition!
PUCL Condemns NIA Raids on Human Rights Defenders and Rights Organisation in AP and Telangana on 02nd October, 2023
PUCL strongly condemns and deplores the raids by (National Investigation Agency) NIA officials on 02nd October, 2023 at 62 locations across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states (...)
Indonesia: Government’s seriousness in dealing with poor air quality questioned
Jakarta — The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has criticised government efforts to overcome air pollution headed up by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
The government has highlighted a number of issues such as reducing (...)
Dream Girl 2’: The Box Office Drags Ayushmann Khurrana Down to the Lowest Common Denominator
The actor has a record of posting back-to-back hits, but this regressive film may turn out to be his biggest one yet.
By 2019, Ayushmann Khurrana had been working for more than seven years and had delivered seven consecutive hits in a span of three years. This included monsters like (...)
Himachal Pradesh floods: More rain, less snow are turning Himalayas dangerous
Increased rain and melting of snow and ice has made the mountain regions more dangerous, a new study finds
Torrential rains and unabated construction are frequently triggering disasters in India’s Himalayan region.
But an unusual increase in rainfall is making the terrain even more (...)
As extreme downpours trigger flooding around the world, scientists take a closer look a global warming’s role
There’s a rule of thumb that rainfall intensity increases by about 7% per degree Celsius as temperatures rise. But the increase is much higher in the mountains, scientists found.
Torrential downpours sent muddy water racing through streets in Libya, Greece and Spain and flooded parts of Hong (...)
Automobile Industry (United States): Week Three—The UAW Strike Expands Again
SEPTEMBER 29 — AT his Friday morning UAW negotiations update, president Shawn Fain surprisingly announced that at the last minute Stellantis had submitted a proposal to restore a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), impose a moratorium on outsourcing, and recognize the right to strike over (...)
Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to
I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.
He comes in peace. Matt Bertone, CC BY-ND
Why? Because spiders are an important part of nature and our indoor ecosystem – as (...)
Macron, Charles III: from one monarch to another, under the British Petroleum sun
France and Great Britain stand side by side, beyond the throes of Brexit. The King may plant an oak tree at Versailles, but the complicity of the two heads of state lies elsewhere...
It’s true, eight years and tens of billions in arms sales by BAE Systems, Thales and Dassault to the Middle (...)
On Migration, the Polish Left Has All But Given Up
On 15 October, Poland will see an unprecedented electoral event. Not only will there be a general election, there will also be multiple concurrent – and highly controversial – referendums.
Of the four referendum questions, two focus on immigration, a favourite hobby horse of the ruling Law (...)
Nagorno-Karabakh’s tragedy has echoes of Europe’s dark past. But a remedy lies in Europe too
As more than 100,000 people flee to avoid rule by Azerbaijan, it’s time for the EU to consider the prospect of membership for Armenia
The president of the self-declared “Republic of Artsakh”, Samvel Shahramanyan, has dissolved all institutions of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh and (...)
The rise and fall of ‘Manele’, the Balkan beat genre that took Romania by storm
From its Roma roots to hipster DJs, this is the story of how a music genre divided Romania
“We live life like Sultans/ Like Suleiman we sprawl/ How wonderful our life passes,/ We have no worries at all,” sings Adrian Minune on his track, “We Live Like Sultans”. Rising to fame as Adrian (...)
6 Roma creatives talk art, identity, and the fight for equality in Romania
Working in theatre, TV, literature and music research, these six women tell daring and urgent stories of Roma oppression, survival, and power.
Romania’s one million Roma people have a long, yet little-known history of oppression. For five centuries, they were enslaved by Romanian noblemen (...)
Indonesia: Government asked not to show favouritism towards big polluting companies
Jakarta — The Jakarta Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) is urging central and regional governments not to show favouritism in acting against business owners that contribute to air pollution.
Walhi Jakarta campaigner Muhammad Aminullah said that the government must be transparent (...)
Censoring Russian Rap
John David Vandevert describes how the Russian authorities are turning down the volume on a once vibrant music scene well known for its rampant free expression
In the 1990s, groups like Bachelor Party (Malchishnik) shocked a newly liberated post-Soviet Russia with funky displays of sexual (...)
Ammar Ali Jan (Haqooq-e-Khalq Party, Pakistan): ‘Global South countries are increasingly being forced to pick a side between powers’
Ammar Ali Jan is general secretary of the anti-capitalist Haqooq-e-Khalq Party in Pakistan, author of Rule By Fear: Eight Theses Authoritarianism in Pakistan and a historian whose research focuses on Communist thought in colonial Asia. He spoke with Federico Fuentes for LINKS International (...)
Nagorno-Karabakh crisis forces western rethink on Azerbaijan
Baku has drawn the ire of the EU and US after years of promoting itself as a reliable security partner and vital transport hub
As the dramatic images emerge of thousands of Karabakh Armenians forced away from their homes in a mass exodus, some in the west are beginning to rethink their (...)
The Violent End of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Fight for Independence
In less than a day, indiscriminate shelling in the region killed hundreds, displaced tens of thousands, and wiped out a thirty-five-year battle for political autonomy.
A thirty-five-year war reignited last week. Hundreds of people died. Tens of thousands may have been displaced. The world, (...)