World News and Analysis

Kazakhstan: Mass protests against the regime

Kazakhstan: Mass protests against the regime

May 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm

By Clare Doyle Hundreds and thousands of people – young and old – set out to join countrywide protests on May 21 against Kazakhstan’s vicious Nazarbayev regime. They were met with an enormous police operation to prevent them reaching the squares for the demonstrations. But, “the people have awoken!” as […]

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Capitalism at heart of refugee crisis

Capitalism at heart of refugee crisis

May 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

By Tim Tran The current global refugee crisis is the worst since World War Two. There are close to 60 million refugees as the result of bloody conflicts in Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia. The devastating civil war in Syria has produced the biggest number of refugees […]

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NZ: Unite Union wins against zero hour contracts

NZ: Unite Union wins against zero hour contracts

May 16, 2016 at 9:38 am

By Thiago d’Leones Zero hour contracts let employers hire workers without guaranteeing of any hours of work. Often this means work at short notice at the boss’ whim. In New Zealand (NZ), a country of 4.5 million, 100,000’s of workers in the fast-food, cinema, security and cleaning industries were on […]

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Another FIFA corruption scandal

Another FIFA corruption scandal

May 11, 2016 at 3:24 pm

By Suzanne Beishon The last FIFA corruption revelations were hardly out of the headlines when a new scandal has struck the damaged organisation – this time from the Panama Papers. Swamped in scandal, it looked impossible for the international football governing body to find a way to clean up its […]

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Chinese coal miners strike

Chinese coal miners strike

May 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

By Amy Neve Thousands of coal miners have been on strike in China over unpaid back pay and concerns about potential lay-offs. Crowds of workers have been left with no option other than to take to the streets. Although the workers assembled peacefully, tensions and violence has risen between themselves […]

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Brazil’s corruption crisis

Brazil’s corruption crisis

April 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

By Kate Kennedy Brazil is facing intense economic and political turmoil. The current President Dilma Rousseff is accused of fraudulently misrepresenting the budget in order to secure her own re-election. She faces possible impeachment. Adding to the Brazilian people’s anger is an investigation into the operations of Petrobras, which is […]

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France: Workers and youth on the streets

France: Workers and youth on the streets

April 13, 2016 at 10:03 am

By Clare Doyle, CWI A new period of struggle has opened up in France. Until recently, the smouldering discontent amongst workers was finding expression in isolated but numerous workplace battles – over threatened closures, redundancies and the growing repression against workers’ representatives. Secondary school students had been holding walk-outs, especially […]

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Hong Kong’s Kwok brothers profit from refugee misery

Hong Kong’s Kwok brothers profit from refugee misery

April 8, 2016 at 9:49 am

By Socialist Action reporters in Hong Kong The Panama Papers, leaked documents from Panama-based law firm Massock Fonseca, are creating scandal and political crises around the world. The papers, highlighted in a report by ICIJ, give details of how the world’s financial elite engages in financial trickery and tax evasion […]

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US election turmoil

US election turmoil

April 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

By Tony Saunois, CWI Secretary Bernie Sanders campaign – an opportunity to build a new party of the 99% The US Presidential election campaign represents a turning point in US society and the struggles of the working class, the middle class, young people and all those exploited by capitalism. US […]

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Belgium: Far right attack vigil for Brussels victims

Belgium: Far right attack vigil for Brussels victims

March 31, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Eyewitness report from members of Linkse Socialistische Partij/Parti Socialiste de Lutte, the Socialist Party’s sister organisation in Belgium What a disgrace. That was the dominant feeling in Belgium and worldwide when confronted with the images of far right-led hooligans on Sunday 27 March in Brussels. A quiet and dignified vigil, […]

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