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Olivier Besancenot is the real alternative in France’s elections

The official campaign for the French presidential elections began on Monday. The first round of voting takes place on 22 April.

Zimbabwe: support for opposition gets results

The Zimbabwean regime is trying to crack down even harder on workers' opposition. Socialists and trade unionists must redouble their efforts to give solidarity to workers fighting back.

US multinational Chiquita funded Colombian death squads

The US multinational Chiquita Brands International has admitted funding death squads which unleashed a reign of terror in Colombia.

Bloody history of intervention in Iran

The people of Iran have every reason to be fearful and suspicious of US and British military activity in their region. Both powers have a long history of imperial intervention in Iran – installing dictatorships, fomenting wars and terrorising ordinary people.

Stand by the Iranian people against the US

With typical hypocrisy Tony Blair has complained about "captured personnel being paraded and manipulated" in Iran. George Bush has joined in the attacks.

Zimbabwean strike against Mugabe

Zimbabwean police were mobilised on Tuesday, the first day of a two-day national strike called by the trade unions against growing economic hardship.

Family email reveals the new terror in Somalia

Ayan, a Somali living in London received the following email from her mother last weekend.

Hospital’s director held in Afghanistan

The Afghan secret service has imprisoned Rahamtullah Hanafi, the director of the Italian NGO-funded Lashkar-gah hospital in Afghanistan.

Fight for change in Sierra Leone

The commemoration of the end of the slave trade in the British Empire should bring to mind the fate of Sierra Leone.

Cairo protesters defy Mubarak’s crackdown

The Egyptian regime is attempting to silence any criticism directed against it by pushing through changes in the constitution. The US-backed president Hosni Mubarak is trying to dress up the changes as "democratic reforms".

Invasion did not bring peace to Somalia

Fierce fighting has resumed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, giving the lie to claims that the US-backed Ethiopian invasion would bring an era of peace.

Growing repression in Egypt

Opposition groups in Egypt have demonstrated against a constitutional amendment that would silence criticism of the regime.

Pakistan protests throw Musharraf’s regime into crisis

A growing crisis threatens military rule in Pakistan, a key US ally in the "war on terror".

Outrage after Indian state kills peasants in Nandigram

"Bodies were scattered all over the paddy fields, smeared with blood. The injured were screaming for help – and police kept kicking them."

Teachers in Iran face repression

Around 1,000 teachers were arrested in the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday of last week, as they gathered for what would have been their third protest outside Iran’s parliament in recent weeks.

Revolt from below can bring down the regime in Zimbabwe

Thirty-year old Nelson is waiting and hoping for a mass riot. Like many other residents of the Highfield township in Harare, he knows Zimbabwe is on a knife-edge.

George Bush runs gauntlet in Latin America

Brazil Demonstrations marking International Women’s Day were different this year. They were organised to protest against inequality between men and women, but also to protest against the visit of George Bush.

Facing brutality in Zimbabwe

The turmoil in Zimbabwe reached new heights this week as the government unleashed a further wave of repression.

Reconstructing Lebanon

Dahieh Thousands of Shiite Muslims packed into the Master of the Martyrs hall in Dahieh, South Beirut, earlier this year for the climax of the Achoura festival – their most important religious date. It is incredible to see thousands packed into the Wembley Arena sized venue for the solemn ceremony. More amazing still is the fact that less than five months ago this hall was a burned out shell after being destroyed by dozens of Israeli missiles.

Photos of reconstruction in Lebanon after Israeli attacks

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