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Ukraine: what's going on, and what does it mean?

Riots in Ukraine

Some thoughts on the protests happening in Ukraine. Things are not completely what they may seem.

Struggles in Italy in search of new talent – join us!

Are you interested in life and struggles in Italy today? Do you enjoy reading our posts? Our tweets? Looking at our pictures? We’re looking for people to join us.

Top Boy, series 2, by Ronan Bennett, Channel 4

Rather than glamourising, demonising or stereotyping ghetto criminals, this carefully crafted ensemble drama projects anti-social labelling back onto those with power and wealth

Indian workers shut down seven mines and destroy bosses' offices

Following violent clashes over the decision to dismiss hundreds of unionised workers and replace them with unaffiliated workers, locals in the Odisha region of India have forced the closure of seven large open cast coal mines, and two railway stations. 1,000 local workers ransacked the management offices and fought running battles with workers who remain loyal to the bosses.

Sussex and Birmingham Universities occupied

For the second time this year, Sussex University and Birmingham University have seen students occupy buildings on campus in protest against privatisation, outsourcing, lack of democracy, and tuition fees. The Sussex occupation will soon enter its fifth day, however, the students occupying the Aston Webb building in Birmingham have been forcibly evicted by the police and bailiffs, earlier today.

Chinese electronics workers win 20% pay rise after three week strike

A three week strike involving 5,000 workers at an electronics company in Shenzhen, China, has ended after the bosses agreed to a 20% hike in pay.

American anti-union propaganda for Walmart protests

An organisation which is apparently “dedicated to exposing Big Labor’s abuse of the worker center organizational model” has released this video in anticipation of protests against Walmart.

Class Struggle/Supply Chains, Los Angeles, Nov 29 & Dec 14

North America logistics hub map

Presentations: Class Struggle Along Global Supply Chains, Parts I & II. If you are in or near Southern California, please join us for these explorations of the possibility of class struggles spreading along commodity chains. November 29, 7:00 p.m. & December 14, 3:00 p.m. at The Public School Los Angeles

300 Turkish miners barricade themselves underground

300 miners across two shifts at a mine in the Black Sea area of Zonguldak have barricaded themselves underground in protest at atrocious health and safety. Turkey has the worst mine safety record across all of Europe, with 2,554 miners losing their lives since 1991. They have vowed to continue their protest until the demands have been met.

John F Kennedy, a hero till his last moments

I was so moved by the news coverage memorializing John F Kennedy that I decided to make a tribute video. Never forget Camelot!

Things I Hate About San Francisco's Gentrification: A Love Poem

This piece -- a tweeter poem of sorts, in 140 lines of 140 words or less -- originally appeared at cbmilstein.wordpress.com, where you'll find a bunch of accompanying photos, too, if you're interested.

Strikes and sit-ins at Chinese Nokia factory

Around 3,000 workers at a Nokia factory in Southern Guangdong have started a rolling programme of strikes and sit-ins to protest against the management who are bullying people into leaving their jobs.

Walkouts at seven Walmart stores in Dallas

Workers have today walked off the job at seven branches of Walmart across Dallas. The workers then joined protests outside, demanding that workers are paid a minimum of $25,000 a year. The action organised by the ‘OUR Walmart’ campaign has been played down by company lickspittles, who claim that very few employees have been involved, and that busloads of pickets had been transported between stores to boost numbers.

Clashes in Rome over high speed rail link

Hundreds of protesters opposed to the construction of a high speed rail link have clashed with police during a visit to Rome by the French President, Francios Hollande.

There still is no Iranian nuclear threat!

U.S. government intelligence has stated that there has been no Iranian nuclear weapons program since 2003, so why is everyone still talking about it?

Los Angeles port truckers strike

LA port truckers strike Nov 18, 2013

Truckers hold pre-announced work stoppages at 3 firms in Carson, California over being misclassified as independent contractors and over management harassment of their attempts to organize with the Teamsters.

Wave of housing occupations in Bologna

Over the last month Bologna has been shaken by a wave of housing occupations.

Walmart organise food collections for employees in hardship

You would be forgiven for thinking that this post is an April fool’s joke… Walmart are holding a holiday ‘canned food drive’. So that employees ‘in need’ can enjoy a thanksgiving dinner. Walmart claim it’s a positive move and typical of the organisations caring culture. The workers have a different take on it.

Thousands march in Greece on the 40th anniversary of 1973 student uprising

Tens of thousands of Greeks have participated in marches through Athens to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the student uprising against the US backed military junta. The blood stained flag that flew over the Athens Polytechnic on the night of November 17th, 1973, was carried at the front of the march in memory of those who had been murdered. “Bread, Education, Freedom” chanted the marchers, just as they had done 40 years ago. 6,000 extra police were deployed around Athens and security stepped up at the US embassy.

Bulgarian fascists run nightly patrols targeting immigrants

In the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, groups of fascists in paramilitary uniforms are conducting what they describe as ‘civil patrols’. The purpose of the patrols is to stop people in the street and then demand to see their identification or immigration documentation. Leading member of the far-right National Union Party, Boyan Rasate has claimed that the city council and police force are well aware of the patrols and do not object to them.