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General strike called in Nepal to demand ‘total democracy’


Opposition political parties in Nepal have called a general strike, set for Thursday of this week, to protest against direct rule by King Gyanendra.

Portugal: Left Bloc wins 5% in presidential election


In last Sunday’s Portuguese presidential election, Francisco Louça, the radical Left Bloc candidate, gained 5.3 percent.

The Left Bloc's Louça is standing for a different Portugal


MP Francisco Louça is the Left Bloc candidate for Portuguese president. The campaign has gone very well. As the campaign has gone on it has become clearer that it is necessary to present an candidate who stands for an alternative to the main parties.

Dock workers’ struggle across Europe


Around 6,000 dockers attempted to storm the European parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Monday. Police used water cannons and tear gas to try keep thousands of workers from across Europe away from the EU politicians.

Indian car workers say, "Back down or we’ll blow up the plant!"


Organised labour in India have shown that they have the power to resist multinational capital. A militant strike by workers at the Toyota-Kirloskar Motors factory in Bangalore, southern India has bosses on the back foot.

International round-up


Protest over torture in Greece Support was growing this week across the Greek labour movement for a demonstration this Saturday over the torture of Pakistani immigrants by the intelligence agency last summer.

Mali is the next stop for the World Social Forum


Thousands of people were travelling to Bamako in Mali, west Africa, this week for the World Social Forum (WSF).

Ariel Sharon: Butcher of Beirut, not a man of peace


The media is presenting critically ill Israeli leader Ariel Sharon as a ‘peacemaker’, but Palestinian Fatima Helou looks at his brutal record

Gaza disengagement was new stage in Israeli control


The day that Ariel Sharon slipped into a coma British foreign minister Jack Straw announced to the Lebanese press in Beirut that he was "praying for a miracle" to save Sharon’s life.

‘Soft dictatorship’ is US’s vision for Iraq


After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Kurdish region was held up as a democratic model for the country. But today it is ribboned with anger and disillusion.

Election result shocks Bolivia


Evo Morales, the leader of the left wing MAS party, was elected as the new president of Bolivia in December. His victory is a reflection of the mass movement against neo-liberalism that has shaken the country in recent years. Valerie Mealla writes from Bolivia

Protests shake up WTO in Hong Kong


The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) ministerial meeting in Hong Kong before Christmas saw massive protests each day that the delegates met, with thousands joining every day.

Services in the developing world under further attack from WTO


The WTO did not deliver everything the most powerful governments wanted. Many factors held them back. As well as the protests, these included splits between the US and the EU, splits within the EU and splits between the poorest countries and rising powers such as China, Brazil and India.

Sudanese refugees slaughtered by police in Egypt


Egyptian police killed at least 27 Sudanese refugees, including 12 children, when they stormed a protest camp outside the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo.

Italian valley rises to save the environment


There was a roar in the darkness. A mechanical digger was lumbering towards them. Behind it were 2,000 police in riot gear. The few dozen protestors fled from their tents.

Iraq round-up


Hospitals targeted Health workers in Iraq have launched an international campaign demanding an end to harassment by US troops and their allies.

New Zealand Starbucks strike


Workers across Auckland, New Zealand, joined the world’s first strike at Starbucks coffee shops last month.

No WTO deal better than bad deal


We say that no deal at the WTO is much better than a bad deal. The draft text released for the upcoming ministerial meeting of the WTO, if agreed in Hong Kong, will destroy the livelihoods of peasants, small farmers, landless and indigenous peoples, fisherfolk and workers the world over.

Forging a new left party in Germany


The breakthrough at the general election, with the 54 MPs for the Left Party returned, was a great advance for the left.

Italian students develop a thirst for political discussion


On the final day of November the psychology department of Rome’s La Sapienza university is a hive of activity.

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