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General strike under way in Bangladesh


Over the last two weeks workers in garment factories of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have been rebelling against low wages, long working hours and the denial of their trade union rights.

Victory boosts Egypt democracy activists


Democracy campaigners in Egypt are sensing victory in a battle of wills with the government over the persecution of two judges who exposed widespread ballot ballot rigging in last November’s parliamentary elections.

Danish welfare demonstration


Some 110,000 Danish workers and students demonstrated in cities and towns on Wednesday of last week to protest against government attacks on welfare.

A challenge to the Mafia’s control


After a near dead heat between right and left in the Italian general election last month, this weekend will see a whole series of local elections—and none will be watched more closely than elections to the Sicilian regional parliament.

South African revolt grows over jobs


A general strike over the lack of jobs won wide support in South Africa on Thursday of last week. It was best supported in the mines, car plants, the metal industry and schools.

Movement brings change to Nepal


The battle for a democratic republic in Nepal took a step forward last week.

High court ruling is ‘step forward’ for exiled Diego Garcia islanders


A group of exiled islanders who were forcibly removed from their homes by the British government won a victory in the high court last week.

Lebanon: anger on the streets as the Cedar Revolution wilts


A quarter of a million workers, students and professionals marched through the streets of Beirut on Wednesday of last week in one of the biggest workers’ demonstrations in Lebanon’s history. Schools, shops and businesses closed for a day in solidarity with the demonstrators.

Rebel Egyptian judges interviewed


Two Egyptian high court judges, Mahmud Mekki and Hisham Bastawisi, have become unlikely heroes of the country’s movement for democracy.

Mubarak steps up repression


About 50 people picketed the Egyptian embassy in London last Saturday against the continuing arrests and beatings of democracy activists in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria.

Athens ESF: movements debate and plan for action


The fourth European Social Forum (ESF) met in Athens at a crucial point following the victory of the French movement against new labour laws and as the US threat of military attack against Iran gathers pace.

Rage in Basra as British kill five


Anger at Britain’s occupation of southern Iraq is growing, with Iraqis demanding that British troops halt all low level flights over neighbourhoods and withdraw all troops from the cities.

Democracy activists detained in Cairo


Egyptian state security forces have arrested 11 democracy activists as part of a crackdown on the opposition Kifaya movement.

Egypt’s regime steps up the repression


Egyptian security forces last week seized leading members of the Kifaya movement – Enough in Arabic – during an attack on a sit-in held in support of a protest by 80 judges in the capital, Cairo.

ESF in Greece will see beginning of a hot summer of struggle


Activists from all over Europe and the Middle East will arrive in Athens this week to participate in the 4th European Social Forum (ESF).

Bolivia


Evo Morales, Bolivia’s radical president, addressed crowds of supporters on Monday to announce he had ordered troops into the country’s gas fields. "The time has come – a historic day on which Bolivia retakes absolute control of our natural resources," he said. "The looting by foreign companies has ended." The mass movement that brought Morales to power has long demanded nationalisation of the gas fields.

US immigrants strike to defend their rights


It was a May Day to remember in the US. Well over a million immigrants and their supporters marched in towns and cities across the country on Monday. Workers struck in order to show what a "day without immigrants" would be like, and school students walked out of classes.

Anti-war marchers in US say troops home now


Hundreds of thousands marched through New York City (NYC) last Saturday in a demonstration for peace, justice, and democracy. Marchers demanded that the US pull its troops out of Iraq and protested against the possibility of a war in Iran.

Nepal: new forces join the struggle


The indefinite general strike in Nepal demanding democracy and an end to rule by the king was entering its third week as Socialist Worker went to press.

Expect a bumpy ride after Italian election


The Italian general election result revealed one basic truth about parliamentary politics – the people who generally run society are not elected.

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