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Challenging the Russian transnationals


Boris Kagarlitsky said, "The rise of Russian transnationals has created a new stage in Russian capitalism. The left must address this. At an early stage oligarchic groups formed around bank, oil, and gas companies.

Protests grow after Mexican vote fraud


The outcome of Mexico’s presidential election, held on the 2 July, shows the deep crisis in the country’s political system.

Defeat of the warlords in Somalia is a setback for US strategy


For the first time for many years there is a sense of relief and hope among many people in Somalia.

Italian left vote on Afghanistan troops


Italy’s new centre left government is facing an early test as MPs and senators prepare to vote on whether or not to send more Italian troops to reinforce the US and Nato war in Afghanistan.

Australian workers protest at new labour laws


More than 300,000 workers took to the streets of Australia's cities and towns on Wednesday 28 June to protest new industrial relations laws.

Foreign powers are fuelling war in Congo


As long as the war in the Congo and the plundering of its natural resourses continue, we cannot talk of democratic elections.

Housing activists from across the US organise


I recently visited Washington DC to attend the conference of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT).

French left debate need for alternative


The Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (LCR) held its national conference last weekend. The main item discussed was the policy of the organisation towards the 2007 presidential election.

A hot autumn lies ahead in Greece


The struggle against the right wing Greek government’s privatisation plan for education is continuing.

Jailed activists released in Egypt


The Egyptian state has released members of the Kifaya (Enough) movement who were arrested during recent protests in support of rebel judges. The judges had exposed ballot rigging in last November’s parliamentary elections.

Mass demonstration against repression of teachers in Mexico


Some 300,000 teachers and their supporters marched though Oaxaca city in Mexico on Friday of last week. The mobilisation, which included people from across the country, was protesting at the repression of striking teachers and calling for the resignation of Oaxaca state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortíz.

Pulling out of Iraq is Prodi’s first test


Tony Blair has promised the Italian government that British soldiers will replace Italian forces currently stationed in Iraq in the event of Italy pulling out of the occupation.

Greek students win, but they want more


Thousands of students took to the streets of Greece on Thursday of last week to celebrate their first big victory against neo-liberal attacks on higher education by the right wing government.

Chilean government is educated by the mass movement


Three weeks of widespread school occupations and two nationwide strikes have won most of the "economic" demands of school students in Chile.

Israel sets a new trap for the Palestinian people


At the heart of the tensions is disagreement over a "peace process" which is controlled by Israel and its backers in the US. The trigger for armed conflict could be a referendum set for July on the terms for peace with Israel.

The MST, Brazil and the struggle for land


LS: Recent years have seen an explosion of struggles in Latin America. Alongside workers and the urban poor, rural movements have played a key role. Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST) is the largest and most successful of these, organising a series of dramatic land occupations. What has the MST achieved through these struggles?

Chile – fighting for a new kind of education


Some 800,000 school students struck in Chile on Wednesday of last week. Over 100 schools have been occupied and demonstrators have clashed with the police. Universities are on strike in solidarity and news programmes interview the school students’ leaders every day.

Brazil’s left unites behind candidate


The Brazilian left will enter October’s presidential election united after the far left PSTU and the Communist Party agreed to join an electoral alliance with the new radical Party of Socialism and Liberty, P-Sol.

Young activists tortured in Egypt


Two prominent members of the Youth for Change movement in Egypt have been arrested and savagely beaten by state security police.

Documents confirm horror of Abu Ghraib


A new batch of declassified US army documents has strengthened the case that torture in Iraq and Afghanistan was officially sanctioned, widespread and systematic.

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