The ecological chaos is now hitting the most developed countries and not only the poorest ones, at a time when social protections, rights and the standard of living of populations are being brutally attacked. This is the basis of a common struggle, from North to South, from West to East, against the perpetrators of ecological, health, social and democratic crises. This community of struggle does not mean that solidarity with the most severely affected populations would no longer be necessary: they still need our political and financial support.
The Islamic Republic of Iran: a capitalist, theocratic and patriarchal dictatorship
The murder of Mahsa Jina Amini on 16 September by the “morals police“ for an ill-adjusted lock of hair triggered a vast popular movement of protest and rejection of the Islamic Republic.
This murder was the “last drop of blood” that broke the camel’s back. For nearly 60 days, women, young people, (...)
France: “Wages and the cost of living: take back control!”
In France, national mobilizations for wage increases have stalled since 10 November. This day of strikes and demonstrations, called nationally by the CGT (General Confederation of Labour) and in many departments by Solidaires and the FSU (Unitary Trade Union Federation) was clearly a less (...)
Nicaragua: “Professor Oscar-René Vargas must be released. His physical integrity assured, as well as all his rights.”
Oscar-René Vargas, a 77-year-old citizen of Nicaragua, is an economist, historian and current affairs analyst in Central America whose qualities are recognized in academic circles, especially by those who have constantly defended the social and democratic rights of the Nicaraguan people in the (...)
The Uprising in China - Resisting lockdowns, repression, and precarity
Young, angry protesters in Shanghai confronted the police that encircled them, calling for freedom and shouting, “Aren’t you supposed to serve the people?!” Hundreds had gathered in the evening of November 26th on Urumqi Road in Shanghai, which has served as the symbolic site to hold vigils to pay (...)
Bangladesh: Bhola district landless leader Bakul Begum brutally hacked to death and her elder sister Mukul Begum injured
Today, November 30, 2022, Bakul Begum, the leader of Ward No. 9 Mujibnagar Union Landless Cooperative Samity of Charfashion Upazila of Bhola District, Central Leader of Bangladesh Kishani Sabha, wife of Alam Bachchu, Central Member of Bangladesh Krishok Federation and President of Bhola (...)
Socialists Should Support the Popular Resistance in China
People in China are taking mass action to challenge authoritarian rule, capitalist exploitation, and a deadly lockdown policy. Socialists around the world can work in solidarity to support this movement. Here’s how.
The current protests in China signal one of the largest mass mobilizations in (...)
China: Blank Sheets of Paper
In March 2020, after a panicked six weeks of chaos while Covid-19 spread in Wuhan and out, life in China returned to almost normal just as the rest of the world went into lockdown. By that summer, an image of thousands of swimmers without facemasks crowded in a Wuhan public pool became a symbol (...)
China: Escape from the Closed Loop
Protests in China are shining a light not only on the country’s draconian population management but restrictions on workers everywhere.
For a few days in April, my timeline was dominated by images of a ninety-five-year-old woman in Shanghai battling with the “Big Whites”—government workers and (...)
For a democratic antiwar position on the invasion of Ukraine
Faced with the invasion of Ukraine by the regime of Vladimir Putin, the antiwar movement has seen the development of very contrasting positions. They all have in common that they all claim peace, a word behind which very diverse, even opposing attitudes can be placed.
There are, on the one (...)
Russia: “We Have Already Had Hard Times”. How War and Mobilization Have Affected the Lives of Retail Sales Workers
This second article in the Labor Rights series addresses retail sector in a time of war
The current situation
Commerce occupies a very important place within the Russian economy, accounting for 15 percent of GDP and 10 percent of tax revenues in the treasury and with about 13 million people (...)
Russia: Just Call It Fascism
Alexander Dugin’s fraudulent ‘fourth way’
Much has been written about Alexander Dugin, the Russian firebrand often called “Putin’s Brain” by both his defenders and his critics. Dugin was born into a well-off Soviet family in 1962, and spent much of his youth rebelling against communism, flirting (...)
China’s ‘white paper’ protest movement echoes freedom struggles across Asia and the world
“The present white paper movement is irreducibly Chinese, defined by that country’s extremely harsh lockdowns and ultra-repressive governance. And yet, in another sense, it is universal. It’s the latest in a series of emancipatory struggles that have arisen during these turbulent years of pandemic (...)
Capital flight, oligopoly and Sri Lanka’s economic collapse
Following article is based on the presentation made by the writer at the 4th International Research Symposium titled ‘Sri Lanka in crisis: Search for a way out’ organised by the National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Let me begin by providing a brief critique of (...)
Female domestic workers are ‘Kaeli’ or pieces for labour attachés in Sri Lanka’s West Asian missions
Sri Lanka’s embassies have repeatedly warned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and other authorities of glaring shortcomings in the handling of local labour in West Asia–including an urgent need for Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) attachés in these missions to have minimum (...)
The struggle in Slovakia’s hospitals is certainly not over
Negotiations between the Slovak government and the Medical Trade Union Association (LOZ) ended on Saturday with an agreement, the details of which are not yet known. According to initial statements from both sides, all the union’s demands should be largely met, from the top-up of hospital (...)
Russia: On Chechen Resistance and Postcolonial Solidarity
What lessons can we learn from the history of the Chechen wars? How did people fight for their freedom and independence? Activist and researcher Lilia Yuldasheva on colonization of the Northern Caucasus and resistance in the Chechen Republic
The terrifying military aggression that Ukraine (...)
Delivery Workers’ Union Takes on Amazon Japan
Delivery workers in Japan are fed up with Amazon Japan’s practices that make accidents and injuries more likely by increasing delivery volume and speed. They are now organising unions to take on Amazon. Here is their story.
In his 40s, Susumu Adachi (not his real name) has been delivering for (...)
Focus on Xinjiang: Zero-Covid protests are spreading across China – but a violent crackdown will follow
From Xinjiang to Shanghai and Beijing, protests are creating a rare sense of unity that Xi Jinping cannot afford to allow
China’s heavy-handed zero-Covid policy was intended to save lives. Now, it’s having devastating consequences. Last week, a fire killed at least 10 people, including children, (...)
China’s Covid crisis demands terrible choices. The world will suffer if this goes wrong
The zero-Covid policy is damaging the economy, but to reverse it risks loss of life, economic damage and the emergence of new variants
Protesters across China have made one thing very clear: after three years of harsh restrictions, many people are tired of their government’s pursuit of an (...)
Polarization and paralysis - The U.S. after the midterm elections
Ashley Smith and Charlie Post draw a balance sheet of the midterm elections and their lessons for the socialist Left in the United States.
Across the United States there was an audible sigh of relief as the threatened “Red Wave” in the midterm elections petered out into a “Red Trickle.” The (...)