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'We will burn this city down'

"You can almost smell fear in the air. Al-Arish and Sheikh Zoayyed are ghost towns. Police officers warn citizens, ‘This city has to be put to rights’."

‘Coca-Cola is stealing our water and our land’

INDIA IS the scene of a major battle between the Coca-Cola corporation and farmers who live in the areas that surround their bottling plants.

Protesters give Bush a massive ‘unwelcome’

THE MOVEMENT only had two weeks notice. The Canadian government thought there wouldn’t be time for anti-war protesters to mobilise—they were wrong.

Oil workers demand right to share profits they make

THE BANNER on the main gate of the National Refinery at Karachi, the largest oil refinery in Pakistan, read, "For the past 41 years, who has been producing profits at National Refinery? We have. So who should be the owner of National Refinery? Us."

Working like oxen, but fighting like tigers

Every hour 15 Chinese workers are killed in industrial accidents. More than 120 million "peasant workers" who have migrated into the cities are "getting up earlier than roosters, and working harder than oxen, but eating less than pigs eat".

Workers gunned down for going on strike in Philippines

THE KILLING of 14 people on a picket line at a sugar plantation in the Philippines has shocked the country. The family of former president Cory Aquino, who own the plantation, have been implicated in the killings.

Egypt: Poisoned by their bosses and then denied their pay

WORKERS EMPLOYED by the Egyptian-Spanish Company for Asbestos Products in Cairo began a sit-in at the company on Saturday 20 November.

Chileans have many reasons to hate Bush

FIFTY THOUSAND demonstrators greeted George Bush on his arrival in Santiago, Chile, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting of 21 Pacific Rim nations.

Ripping the mask of respectability from Fini

GIANFRANCO FINI has been appointed as the new Italian foreign minister. Fini leads the "post-fascist" Alleanza Nazionale—the reincarnation of the old fascist party the MSI.

The black majority still live in poverty under the ANC

THE SOUTH African government’s actions over the telecom industry have focused all the feeling about how only an elite has benefited in the post-apartheid economy.

Rage and repression after Israeli attack

Tanks rolled onto the streets of Cairo, Egypt, last Monday after student protests erupted across the country.

Latest act in a bitter history of imperialism

THIS IS the latest phase of a centuries-old history of imperialism. And it is a directly colonial history which is still far from ended.

Islamophobic backlash follows murder

On Tuesday 2 November Theo van Gogh, a provocative right wing columnist and film-maker, was murdered in Amsterdam. His killer was a 26 year old man from a Moroccan background. The murder has led to a vicious racist backlash.

South Korea

The biggest workers’ rally in South Korea since 1997 took place on Sunday. Slogans included "An end to discrimination against temporary workers", "No to the Korea-Japan free trade area" and "For the withdrawal of Korean troops from Iraq". The rally was a launchpad for an indefinite strike by public sector workers to defend union rights in the face of repression by the government.

Still waiting for the ‘big battle’

THE GOVERNMENT made concessions over the issue of fuel prices, which the strike had focused on. This retreat shows they were scared of us.

Election gives a glimpse of growing social turmoil

UKRAINE IS in the midst of a general election.

A battle for the soul of the country

THERE IS an electric atmosphere in our country as we move towards an indefinite strike which will begin next Tuesday.

‘Don’t check in—check out’ say locked out US hotel workers

Some 4,300 hotel workers in San Francisco remain locked out by their employers in a dispute over pay and conditions, centring on healthcare costs.

Celebrations on the streets of Uruguay

OVER 500,000 workers and students, young and old, filled the streets of the cities of Uruguay to celebrate the election victory of Frente Amplio (Broad Front) last weekend.


NIGERIA’S MAIN trade union body is planning a second general strike to protest at fuel price rises—and this time it will target oil production.

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