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Schiphol disaster


Eleven detained refugees were killed in a fire at the Schiphol airport prison last week. The deaths were a direct result of racist anti-immigrant policies and negligence of safety regulations. The Dutch government is to blame.

Italian left’s primary colour is not red


Two weekends ago there was a big mobilsation against the Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Brazilian activists leave Lula’s party to join radical force


The Brazilian Workers’ Party, known by its Portuguese initials of PT, of president Lula continues to reel from crisis to crisis.

War and attacks on criticism intensify in Turkey


Hrant Dink, editor of Turkey’s Armenian language weekly newspaper Agos, has received a six month suspended sentence for "insulting Turks" after comments on the Armenian genocide.

Left Bloc makes gains in Portugal


The local elections in Portugal were a disaster for the ruling centre left Socialist Party and its allies. They also saw a significant increase in votes for the radical Left Bloc.

Italians say no to Bolkestein


A 50,000 strong demonstration took place in Rome on Sunday of last week to protest against the Bolkestein directive, a proposal by the European Commission to privatise public services and attack workers’ rights.

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.

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