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Cairo Conference: discussing resistance to imperialism in Egypt


British anti-war activists have a great opportunity to join hundreds of Arab and international delegates in Egypt later this month for the fourth Cairo Conference against US intervention and occupation in the Middle East.

Anti-war protests in India and Pakistan against Bush’s visit


While a certain corner of our capital was transformed by red carpets in preparation for George Bush’s visit last week, the other corners were lined with banners, placards and posters that reflected the utmost contempt for Bush and his policies.

Nepal’s deep crisis


For several months towards the end of last year, the prolongation of a unilateral ceasefire declared by Nepal’s Maoist rebels was not reciprocated by the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA). But it meant that ordinary people were able to visit their families with less risk of being caught up in the conflict.

Solid strikes test Germany’s coalition


Strike action in Germany by the public sector union Verdi is now into its fourth week. Roughly 30,000 public sector workers in nine federal states and the municipalities are on strike on any given day.

Port action makes Greek Tory government seasick


Seafarers were ordered to return to their jobs last week by a special "civilian conscription" decree signed by Kostas Karamanlis, the Tory prime minister of Greece. This was an attempt to break a week long strike which has paralysed the country.

Slowing down Bolkestein's race to the bottom


Tens of thousands of workers protested outside the European parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday of last week against the neo-liberal Bolkestein directive.

France unites against neo-liberal jobs plan


Around 400,000 people demonstrated across France on Tuesday of last week against the right wing government’s plans for a neo-liberal "contract for young people".

German grand coalition threatened by public sector strikes


A rolling programme of strike action by public sector workers across Germany, which started on Monday of this week threatens to destabilise the neo-liberal agenda of the country’s recently elected "grand coalition" government.

Iranian bus strike: for workers and against empire


Trade unionists and activists across the world are calling for the immediate release of hundreds of bus workers being held in Iran’s capital Tehran.

Mexico’s ‘other campaign’ grows


Representatives of the Zapatista group are currently touring towns and cities in Mexico, as part of their "other campaign" – an attempt to build an anti-capitalist Mexico.

Students and journalists join anti-US strike in Iraq


Students in Baghdad have called a strike in protest at the murder of Dr Ali Abdul Razaq al-Naas, a journalism lecturer from Mustansiriya university and popular TV commentator.

Greek phone tap scandal erupts


A huge scandal associated with the "war on terror" is rocking Greece’s Tory government following revelations that about 100 mobile phones, including the prime minister’s, were tapped.

Hamas – ‘We have the people’s support’


The Islamic movement Hamas last week won 73 of the 132 seats in the Palestinian parliament. The result stunned Western governments. Musheer al-Masri, the Hamas MP for the northern Gaza Strip, spoke to Socialist Worker by telephone

General strike for democracy brings Nepal to a standstill


Pro-democracy activists burnt an effigy of the Nepalese King Gyanendra during protests that rocked the Himalayan kingdom last week.

The WSF in Caracas, Venezuela and Bamako, Mali


Nicolas Van Labeke and Neil McAlister write from Bamako the capital of Mali in West Africa

The other side of the Chinese boom


In early January, thousands of Chinese farmers fought a pitched battle with police in a village in the southern province of Guangdong.

General strike called in Nepal to demand ‘total democracy’


Opposition political parties in Nepal have called a general strike, set for Thursday of this week, to protest against direct rule by King Gyanendra.

Portugal: Left Bloc wins 5% in presidential election


In last Sunday’s Portuguese presidential election, Francisco Louça, the radical Left Bloc candidate, gained 5.3 percent.

The Left Bloc's Louça is standing for a different Portugal


MP Francisco Louça is the Left Bloc candidate for Portuguese president. The campaign has gone very well. As the campaign has gone on it has become clearer that it is necessary to present an candidate who stands for an alternative to the main parties.

Dock workers’ struggle across Europe


Around 6,000 dockers attempted to storm the European parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Monday. Police used water cannons and tear gas to try keep thousands of workers from across Europe away from the EU politicians.

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