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Trumpet of liberation sounds out in Africa


Amid the suffering in southern Africa, one event last week was a powerful sign of resistance and hope.

Coming together to bring change


One of the best aspects of the Southern Africa Social Forum was the way it attracted groups like market traders and cross-border traders — very significant groups in southern Africa — and welded them into unity with workers. 

The Zimbabwean crisis could increase struggle


Zimbabwe is in crisis. Rampant inflation, soon to hit 400 percent a year, has debased the currency, wiped out the livelihoods of people on fixed pensions and cut almost everyone’s living standards.

Pakistan’s poorest feel the aftershock


Within a matter of weeks winter will bring snow to the mountains in Kashmir and temperatures will drop below zero. Without shelter, food or warm clothing thousands of people who have already lost loved ones and friends in the recent earthquake will perish.

The occupation and oppression of Kashmir


The state of Jammu and Kashmir, where most of the casualties caused by the earthquake occurred, has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since 1947. India was partitioned by the British after a long fought freedom struggle.

The US launches a new reign of terror


The United Nations (UN) has accused the US military of war crimes in their offensives against towns and cities in western Iraq.

Chance for credible alternative in France


One million French workers struck and protested on Tuesday of last week. The popular strikes were called in opposition to attacks by the right wing government on the social security system and laws protecting workers.

Colombian unions take a stand against neo-liberalism


Colombia’s unions and social movements were set to hold a national strike on Wednesday of this week.

I may die trying to win freedom


I come from Bamoko in Mali, about 2,000 miles from the Nador in Morocco where I am now. It was the death of my child which made me leave my wife behind, along with my two other children and my father and mother.

G8 does nothing as Malawi famine unfolds


Before the recent famine in Niger there was a long period when there were increasingly strong appeals for aid, but nothing happened. We have now reached that time in Malawi — and people have already begun to die.

How the Zarqawi myth was made in America


The first time I heard the name of Musab al-Zarqawi was on 5 February 2003 when the then US secretary of state Colin Powell singled him out as the link between Al Qaida and Saddam Hussein.

Freed Irish protesters face down oil giant


Over 2,000 people took to the streets of the Irish capital, Dublin, last Saturday to celebrate the release of five Rossport men who had been jailed for 94 days because their government has become a mouthpiece for the oil and gas companies.

Corsican strikes shake French ports


French special forces stormed a Corsican ferry last week. Corsican trade unionists had seized control of the ship in protest at the privatisation of the SNCM ferry company.

Still no real democracy in Afghanistan


Almost four years after the "liberation" of Afghanistan, the country’s interior minister has resigned. The reason he cited was the continued control exercised by "local leaders" — warlords who fought in Afghanistan’s long civil war — across much of the country.

Egyptians have had Enough


Up to 5,000 Egyptian activists defied police to march through the centre of Cairo on Wednesday of last week. The demonstration was called by the Kifaya (Enough) movement to protest against the inauguration of president Hosni Mubarak.

Iraq constitution will enshrine conflicts


Protests are taking place in Iraq in the run up to a referendum on the new constitution, set to take place on 15 October.

Brazilian left gains as corruption scandal haunts Lula


A growing number of rank and file members of Brazil’s ruling Workers Party rejected the rightward drift of the Lula government and the party leadership in internal elections held on Sunday 18 September.

Kalahari Bushmen driven off their land


Protesters gathered last week outside the De Beers diamond shop in London in solidarity with the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana, southern Africa.

International round-up


Peru Peru’s government, led by president Alejandro Toledo, is facing a rising tide of strikes.

Washington protest biggest since Iraq war started


Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Washington last Saturday showing that the movement against the Iraq war is ­growing in strength across the US.

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