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Tanzania water privatisation


British water company Biwater is suing Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world, in revenge for being thrown out of country by the government earlier this year.

Baghdad protest unites Sunnis and Shias


Thousands of Sunnis and Shias held a joint demonstration in Baghdad on Friday of last week. The protest was called to denounce military raids, widespread arrests and torture of Sunni Muslims at the hands of the ministry of interior police.

Neo-liberalism holds back the fight against Aids


Five million more people were infected with Aids last year, taking the number of people with the disease to over 40 million, the UNAIDS organisation reported last week. The United Nations drive to get anti-retroviral drugs to poorer countries has fallen short because of failings by politicians and the drug companies.

French state steps up its repression


The right wing government in France has unleashed a new wave of repression on the banlieues, the poor suburbs that exploded into three weeks of rioting.

Market rules mean that famine hits poor countries


Five months after the G8 leaders gathered at Gleneagles and vowed that they would tackle world poverty, famine is sweeping regions of Africa.

Poor launch land war in South Africa


A wave of bitter revolts over land and housing is sweeping many parts of South Africa. Ten years after the end of apartheid, the ANC government’s commitment to neo-liberalism means millions are still waiting for proper houses, clean water and toilets.

Strikes in Iran increase pressure on elite


The recent election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran has not brought stability to the fractured ruling elite. The Iranian parliament has repeatedly blocked his attempts to appoint personal allies to the critical post of oil minister.

Winning in Cairo, so they closed the polling station


Kamal Khalil, a well known Egyptian militant, stood in the Cairo district of Ambaba the country’s parliamentary elections on 14 November.

The Zapatistas’ election campaign with a difference


Latin America will see 11 presidential elections in the next year. But it is the elections set to take place in Mexico on 2 July 2006 that are currently attracting most attention internationally.

Australia’s biggest union demos in 40 years


Up to 600,000 striking workers took to the streets of Australia last week in a massive rejection of the conservative government’s attack on union rights.

Korea: 30,000 say no to Bush


A march of 30,000 people confronted George Bush when he went to South Korea to attend the Economic Leaders’ Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Community (APEC).

German ‘grand coalition’ means new attacks


Germany's radical left is facing a new challenge. Last week the conservative CDU and CSU parties came to an agreement with the centre left SPD, similar to Britain’s Labour Party, to form a "grand coalition" government.

Repression fails to crush our resistance in Zimbabwe


President Mugabe’s security forces swooped on Tuesday of last week after the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and its allies called a day of action against poverty.

Brazilian Workers’ Party president embraces George Bush


Few events have shown how far the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) government of president Lula has moved to embrace neo-liberalism than the recent failed talks to revive the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) at the Summit of the Americas in Argentina.

Four anti-capitalists held in Uruguay


At dusk on Friday of last week, 3,000 protesters met in Plaza Libertad and marched through Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, to demand the freedom of four activists detained under sedition charges. The four were arrested during a demonstration against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) a week earlier.

Mass protests and strikes greet Bush in Argentina


Mar del Plata was practically militarised during the summit, and security fences separated the presidents from the people.

France: rage of the poor


The slums of France have risen in revolt.

Despair behind the French riots


Seine-Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, is known as the Banlieue Rouge, the red suburb.

Italian students


A wave of student demonstrations and occupations has swept through Italian cities, including in Rome, against the government’s plans to increase privatisation of higher education.

Zimbabweans fight repression


Around 200 trade unionists were arrested in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as they tried to hold protests. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) had called the day of action over food shortages and other issues.

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