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Tunisia: two years on

11 December 2012
The Tunisian revolution began two years ago this month—and set in motion a wave of revolt across North Africa and the Middle East.

Eyewitness South Africa: Our struggle in the platinum mines

27 November 2012
Tumi Moloi is a miner working at Amplats mine near Rustenburg. He describes what life is like for miners there—and why they struck for eight weeks

Unite the Resistance round-up

20 November 2012
‘Long live workers. Away with capitalism’ For many a highlight of the Unite the Resistance conference was hearing striking South African miner Tumi Moloi speak.

SOAS students occupy for Gaza

19 November 2012
Around 200 students at the School School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London voted in a student union general meeting to occupy in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Who planted weapons on striking miners' bodies at Marikana?

13 November 2012
Jim Nichol, who represents miners’ families at the inquiry into South Africa’s Marikana massacre, reports on developments

South Africa's striking Amplats workers throw out latest offer

12 November 2012
More than 30,000 striking miners at the Amplats platinum mine near Rustenberg in South Africa rejected the firm’s latest pay offer last Saturday.

Amplats miners reject new union deal and vow to fight on

30 October 2012
South Africa’s largest platinum mining company Amplats agreed to reinstate 12,000 miners last week.

The state forces ranged against South Africa's striking miners

30 October 2012
The official commission resumed last week into the police shooting of 112 striking Lonmin platinum miners—killing 34—at Marikana on 16 August.

Inquiry into shooting of striking South African miners begins

09 October 2012
Retired judge Ian Farlam opened the commission last week into the police shooting of 112 striking Lonmin platinum miners—killing 34—at Marikana on 16 August.

Mau Mau war veterans win right to sue Britain over torture

05 October 2012
Three veterans of the Mau Mau war in Kenya have won the right to take the British government to court for torture in the 1950s.

Transport workers join South African strike wave

02 October 2012
The Marikana miners at the British-owned Lonmin platinum mine won a pay rise of up to 22  percent. Now others are taking up this demand.

Victory for Marikana miners

25 September 2012
Elated platinum miners at the Marikana mine in South Africa returned to work on Thursday of last week, ending a bitter six-week wildcat strike.

Marikana miners to return to work after accepting 22 percent

19 September 2012
Striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa say they will return to work on Thursday morning after accepting a new offer from British-owned mining company Lonmin.

South Africa cops attack miners as fight spreads

18 September 2012
Platinum miners in Marikana, South Africa, protested outside Lonmin’s mine compound on Monday of this week, despite a police crackdown the previous weekend.

Marikana strike spreads to Amplats platinum mine

13 September 2012
Striking Lonmin platinum miners from Marikana in South Africa have picketed out workers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), South Africa’s largest platinum mining company.

Defiant Marikana miners march again on Lonmin bosses

05 September 2012
Some 3,000 striking platinum miners at Marikana in South Africa have marched back to the mine today, Wednesday, and are currently confronting management.

Marikana miners refuse to be cowed by South African state

04 September 2012
Security guards at Modder East gold mine near Johannesburg shot four miners on a wildcat strike with rubber bullets on Monday of this week. One is in critical condition.

Outrage at plan to charge miners with 'murder' of their colleagues

29 August 2012
The South African state is threatening to charge some 270 Lonmin platinum miners arrested at the time of the Marikana massacre with murder. In an outrageous twist they would be charged with the killing of the 34 colleagues who were gunned down beside them.

Marikana: Political crisis breaks out inside the ruling ANC

28 August 2012
Platinum miners at Marikana last week reoccupied the hill that, just days earlier, had been the scene of the police massacre that killed 34 strikers.

Marikana miners' strike defies police brutality and the bosses

28 August 2012
South African police followed their massacre of striking miners with beatings in prison, while bosses have threatened strikers with the sack—yet the struggle continues, writes Ken Olende

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