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31 October 2012

South African miners: the struggle continues

Following the massacre at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa, in August, readers will be shocked and disgusted to learn of the on-going horrendous attacks on striking miners...

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Striking South African miners

17 October 2012

Workers confront brutal South African capitalism

The Democratic Socialist Movement is playing a decisive role in the mineworkers' dispute, assisting and leading the strike committees and posing a socialist alternative to the corruption and betrayal of the ANC and NUM leaders, writes Alec Thraves, just back from South Africa

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The explosion of struggle of the working class onto the scene of history that undermined Apartheid , photo by Reflex

10 October 2012

South Africa: 'What are we doing about this government that is killing us?'

An interview with Democratic Socialist Movement member Mametlwe Sebei, who is playing a leading role in the Marikana platinum miners' strike committee; plus two articles on South African history as part of series marking Black History Month

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Striking mine workers in Marikana

Striking mine workers in Marikana

3 October 2012

South Africa: Solidarity with miners

Workers' struggles continue throughout the industry: On 18 September, after six weeks of defiant strike action - when over 40 miners were killed by police acting on behalf of the mining bosses - Marikana platinum miners in Rustenburg, South Africa, won a significant 22% pay increase...

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26 September 2012

South Africa: 'Lonmin settlement a victory - struggle pays!'

After six weeks of defiant strike action in the teeth of violent attacks by police acting on behalf of the mining bosses, when over 40 miners were killed, the Marikana platinum miners have won a significant 22% pay increase and a R2,000 payment for loss of earnings from mine owners, Lonmin...

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19 September 2012

Marikana miners remain defiant

After six weeks of defiant strike action in the teeth of violent attacks by police acting on behalf of the mining bosses, when over 40 miners were killed, the Marikana platinum miners have been offered a significant 11-22% pay increase by mine owners, Lonmin

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Mine workers hits the ground as firing starts - Russia Today video still

Mine workers hits the ground as firing starts - Russia Today video still

5 September 2012

South Africa: Marikana massacre ignites a political volcano

In the face of widespread anger, the National Prosecuting Authority has been forced to provisionally withdraw the murder charges against the 270 Lonmin platinum miners arrested after the 16 August Marikana massacre and to release them

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29 August 2012

Notting Hill carnival-goers support Lonmin miners

Socialist Party members joined thousands of Londoners at the Notting Hill carnival on Bank Holiday Monday, campaigning for solidarity with South African Lonmin mineworkers, writes Neil Cafferky.

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Rob Williams, chair, National Shop Stewards Network, addresses the protest outside the South African embassy, photo by  Socialist Party

22 August 2012

Support South African miners

Stop the exploitation of workers by ruthless multinational: Trade unionists in Britain have been stunned by the scenes of slaughter on TV from the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa, writes Rob Williams.

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17 August 2012

South Africa - Solidarity with Lonmin's miners

34 people were killed on 16 August as a massive police and army assault was launched to crush a strike by workers at platinum miner Lonmin’s shafts in Marikana outside Rustenburg

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The April Theses, from Leveller reprints, June 2011, cover by Kavita Graphics

14 June 2012

Lenin's April Theses, 1917

In February 1917 in Russia, women textile workers in Petrograd went on strike and during subsequent days were joined by industrial workers across the city, small business people, students and many soldiers...

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13 June 2012

Fast news

Turkey: Lift strike ban: Preparations for a strike by the Civil Aviation Union (Hava-İş) after the breakdown in collective bargaining talks at Turkish Airlines (THY), have been attacked by the AKP government through the inclusion of aviation services in a strike ban

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6 June 2012

Syria: Is there a way to avoid a bloody civil war?

The killing of 108 people near the Syrian town of Houla shocked and appalled people everywhere. Particularly abhorrent was the cold blooded murder of 49 children, many of them shot at close range.

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24 April 2012

Libyan's legal action against British security forces

A former Libyan dissident, Abdel Hakim Belhadj is now taking legal action against British security forces and former Labour Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw.

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18 April 2012

Tunisia: Brutal government crackdown on protesters will backfire

On Monday 9 April in central Tunis, horrific brutality was used by Tunisian police to repress peaceful protesters. This is undoubtedly the worst police crackdown for months in the country

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21 March 2012

The 'Kony 2012' phenomena

Charity's pro-US foreign policy is against interests of Africa's poor: Seldom before has an idea spread so quickly across the world. Within days tens of millions watched Invisible Children's 'KONY 2012' video as it went viral across the internet and social media

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15 March 2012

The best of 'literary fiction'

Last year, an episode of BBC's Culture Show on British 'literary fiction' featured 12 debut novelists, writes Dave Gorton.

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Anti-government demonstrations during the 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising, photo Creative commons

Anti-government demonstrations during the 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising, photo Creative commons

1 February 2012

Interview: the Tunisian revolution one year on

"Revolution is a process, not a single act": 14 January marked the first anniversary of the downfall of the hated dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali by the Tunisian revolution

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18 January 2012

Nigeria: Fuel strike suspended

Nigeria's trade union leaders called off the unions' week-long general strike after the government agreed to partially reinstate the cancelled fuel subsidy...

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