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3 March 2011
Energy rip-off: British Gas, the privatised energy giant, recently announced a 24% surge in profits in 2010. This was largely achieved on the back of screwing its customers with higher bills. Its parent company Centrica...
1 March 2011
Libya: Dictator Muammar Gaddafi's control over Libya suffered big reversals over the weekend with the fall of Zawiyah, a city 30 miles from the capital, Tripoli, to opposition forces.
23 February 2011
As youth unemployment neared the one million mark and as the official inflation rate hit 4% (while many workers are effectively suffering pay cuts), champagne corks were popping in the City bars as investment bankers celebrated their share of Barclays Group's £3.4 billion bonus pot...
22 February 2011
"Ten days that shook the world" (Guardian). From Tunisia, to Egypt, to Bahrain, to Libya, to Yemen, to Djibouti and Morocco, the revolution that was sparked by the self-immolation of the desperate and heroic street seller in Tunisia has erupted throughout the Middle East. An edited version of this article appeared in The Socialist newspaper.
8 February 2011
"Lenin said of revolutions that they demonstrate two things. The first is that the people cannot go on being ruled in the old way. The second is that the rulers cannot go on ruling in the old way" - The Guardian. Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, on the Egyptian revolution.
31 January 2011
Hundreds of thousands remain on streets defying repression - For an indefinite general strike!
Mubarak's rotten regime is tottering on the brink. Six days of mass protests have grown into a nation-wide revolutionary wave of defiance.
26 January 2011
Two weeks ago a powerful revolt of the Tunisian masses swept away the dictator, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, after decades of autocratic rule, growing joblessness and high food prices...
26 January 2011
ON 17 January 1961, Patrice Lumumba, the democratically elected prime minister of the newly independent republic of Congo, was assassinated at the hands of Belgian officers and troops of president Moise Tshombe of the secessionist area of Katanga, writes Chris Newby.
19 January 2011
WIDESPREAD PROTESTS over unemployment, high food prices and a lack of democratic rights has resulted in a popular uprising in Tunisia and the overthrow of its hated dictator, president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
Chahid Gashir, a member of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), reports on the uprising, its international impact and what programme is necessary to take the revolution forward.
18 January 2011
Mass popular uprising forced Ben Ali to flee the country Powerful movement of revolt of the Tunisian masses sweeps away dictator President Ben Ali, writes Chahid Gashir. Read in Arabic here www.socialistworld.net, 15/01/2011 Committee for a Workers' International, CWI
15 January 2011
"The people sacrificed so much - they are not ready for fake promises": Interview with activist in Tunisia from www.socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers' International, CWI
12 January 2011
CLASHES BETWEEN protesters and police over unemployment, the high cost of living and the repressive regime of president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, are reportedly spreading across Tunisia, with the latest protests in the cities of Regueb, Thala and Kasserine in the country's southern and central regio...
5 January 2011
Review: WHEN NIGERIAN musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti died in 1997, over one million people attended his funeral in Lagos, writes Jon Dale.
8 December 2010
FOLLOWING A BBC South 'Inside Out' programme in October that showed the moment in January 2009 when a nurse switched off a ventilator that led to a disabled man being permanently brain-damaged, film of the incident went 'viral' on the internet, a Unison member writes.
6 October 2010
ILO predict a riot: RECESSION IN the world capitalist economy, leading to high unemployment, will trigger growing social unrest according to the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO)...
29 September 2010
The Millenium Development Goals summit recently brought together the leaders of 140 countries to review the progress made in the decade since the eight development goals were set...
9 September 2010
RESIDENTS OF Maputo, Mozambique's capital, took to the streets last week protesting at a 30% hike in the price of bread, writes Simon Carter.
1 September 2010
THE COSATU trade union federation in South Africa has warned the African National Congress (ANC) government to meet 1.3 million public sector workers' demands for an 8.6% pay increase and a housing allowance of R1,000 a month, writes Weizmann Hamilton of the Democratic Socialist Movement in South Africa.
4 August 2010
AN OIL trading company has been fined £840,000 after being convicted for concealing the dangerous nature of toxic waste which was subsequently dumped in the Ivory Coast in 2006, causing thousands of people to fall ill, writes John Sharpe.
7 July 2010
If you define music as 'pro-fessionally' delivered crotch-grabbing and screeching, it was absent. The musicians did not pose in designer clothes of the latest haute couture; nor were there 50 underwear-clad...
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