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Indian tea workers set fire to boss

Over 1,000 tea workers in the India state of Assam have gathered outside the home of the plantation owner as part on an on-going labour dispute. Following shots being fired from the plantation owner’s house, the workers set his house and cars alight. The plantation owner, Mridul Bhattacharya, has a history of exploiting and killing workers.

Towards an assessment of Colin Ward's anarchism

An initial summary on the political ideas of Colin Ward.

Turkish state in unprovoked brutality against students

1,000 students have clashed with the police at the METU University in Ankara, Turkey. The students were protesting the visit of the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan – who has been pushing an agenda of privatisation across higher education in Turkey for the last couple of years.

Amended resistance: Rejecting the politics of constitutional defense

When it comes to institutional analysis and eviction defense, is citing the Constitution still at the top of the list?

I was a teenage SWP member

A personal account of life in the Socialist Workers Party.

Greece: Statistics of austerity

As more loans have been released to the Greek state a combination of recent surveys and reports show the true effects of years of austerity. There has been across the board reductions in conditions and living standards for large parts of the Greek population.

Anti-rape protesters brutalised in India

Violence against women in India has reached epidemic proportions. This year there have been 256,000 violent crimes, of which 228,000 have been against women. There is a woman raped in India every 20 minutes, and the rate is rising. Last week saw the brutal rape of a young student on a Delhi bus by 6 drunken men. Indians decided to peacefully protest and demand justice. The state had other ideas….

Goodbye, Il Manifesto

After over four decades of activity, the Communist newspaper Il manifesto closes, highlighting the general crisis of the Italian Marxist press.

Supermarket sweep across Argentina

Two people have been killed, dozens injured, and at least 137 arrests have been made in several poverty stricken cities across Argentina, during an outbreak of mass lootings at supermarkets. The state has deployed the armed forces to try and maintain order.

Ongoing raid on Villa Amalias squat in Athens

Police in Athens are currently raiding one of the oldest squats in the city.

“No Longer Refugees, But Citizens:” Libyan Refugees Demonstrate in Reggio Emilia

A few hundreds of asylum seekers from Libya demonstrated in the northern-eastern town of Reggio Emilia, where they currently live. They were demanding resident status and, consequently, access to social services before their temporary permits expire. Their struggle to be considered "citizens" and no longer "refugees" casts light on the shortfalls of the Italian policies on refugees, too often looked as an "emergency" rather than a matter of social inclusion and justice.

Housing resistance and transformation: From direct action to direct democracy

A look at why direct action can be the foundation of transforming housing in eviction defense, foreclosure resistance, and housing liberation.

Frack off you frackers

In light of the government’s decision last week, to ‘green light’ the practice of onshore gas drilling (fracking) here is my brief ‘non-expert’ look at the issues.

Golden Dawn viciously attack Greek MP

A left wing MP was today viciously attacked at a football match between AEK Athens and Atromitos, by a group of boneheads identifying themselves as members of the fascist ‘Golden Dawn’.

Where next in the fight over civil service pay and conditions?

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has announced that it will ballot in the new year for renewed industrial action against government attacks on civil servants and public services. But will this really mark a departure from the stagnant campaign we've seen thus far? What can rank-and-file workers do to push away from the prospect of managed defeat?

A class struggle perspective on the gun control debate

Yesterday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conneticut once again re-ignited the gun control debate. For US liberals, stricter gun regulations are the key to preventing future tragedies. For conservatives, responsible gun ownership and armed citizenry is the best defence. But neither position really gets to the roots of the issue.

FIOM strike and student demonstrations

The union FIOM (the metalworkers’ federation) held a general strike on December 5 and 6 to protest against both the agreement’s merit and the fact of having a separate agreement signed by the sector’s right-wing unions excluding FIOM, the sector’s most representative union.

Return to standing?

One premier league and several championship clubs have given their backing to a campaign for the re-introduction of ‘standing’ facilities at football matches. Added to this, around fifty MP’s have signed an early day motion calling for a ‘trial’ of standing sections.

Pat Finucane: State sponsored murder

The findings of a review into the 1989 murder of Belfast human rights solicitor, Pat Finucane has been made public. The findings, whilst not exactly a surprise, are nevertheless shocking, and lay naked the lengths the British state will go to in order to silence people who get in its way.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (November 2012)

Chinese bus drivers join the first strike in Singapore in 25 years

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during November 2012 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.