Ubiquitous racism

A look at the institutional racism of migration policy in Italy and Europe in the wake of another tragic drowning of migrants.

Sleepless in Istanbul IV

Report and analysis of the Turkish "general strike" of 17 June and the developments in struggle on the streets since then. Now with additional notes.

Launch of massive archive of English folk music and custom

Of interest to anyone with an interest in social history the English Folk Dance and Song Society have launched their online archive.

Angry Workers of the World: a short introduction

Angry Workers of the World

A short introduction to Angry Workers of the World, an unruly and irregular workers' paper from London. For communist class inquiry.

Angry Workers of the World - AWW #1

First issue of AWW - May/June 2013

Eviction Resistance: The Story of Leonard Spears

Learn the story of eviction resister Leonard Spears, and how he decided to stay in his home despite his foreclosure.

SAC: in solidarity with the Turkish general strike

Statement from the syndicalist SAC International Committee expressing solidarity to comrades in Turkey.

Double struggle in Brazil

Blog about the demonstrations and riots which have swept Brazil in the wake of an increase in the price of public transport.

Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witchhunt: a must-watch documentary

Summary and trailer of a documentary about how in May last year Greek authorities conducted a sweep where they forced women deemed to be sex workers to undergo HIV tests and then imprisoned those who tested positive on prostitution charges.

Sleepless in Istanbul III

More brief notes, quotes and interviews from inside the current uprising in Turkey from Istanbul.

Riots sweep across Brazil in response to police violence

A short overview of the wave of rioting which has swept Brazil in the wake of violent police repression of routine protests over the increased costs of public transport.

Three days of protests against Big Boats in Venice

The committee against Big Boats continues its mobilization in Venice, with three days of rallies, assemblies and other initiatives to create awareness on the damage caused by enormous cruise liners in the lagoon.

Sleepless in Istanbul II

Bricks used for barricades in and around Taksim

More brief notes, quotes and interviews from inside the current uprising in Turkey from Istanbul.

An extra cynical look at the People's Assembly

Some thoughts on the People’s Assembly. Dissecting its claims to be the birth of a movement and looking at what is really required to take on austerity and, more broadly, capitalism.

Greek public broadcasting shutdown

The surprise closure of the public broadcaster ERT provokes anger and a general strike as thousands are fired.

Sleepless in Istanbul I

Taksim square in clouds of tear gas

Brief notes, quotes and interviews from inside the current uprising in the Republic of Turkey. All names have been changed to protect the anonymity of those involved. The views expressed by individuals and groups within these blog posts are not necessarily the views of the author.

Confederated unions and industrialists sign anti-strike agreement

On June 1st, Italian industrialists and union confederations reached an agreement limiting the right to strike and rewriting the rules of union representation, ignoring protests from base unions and from left-leaning members of metalworkers union FIOM.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (May 2013)

Garment workers on strike attack their factory in Phnom Penh

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during May 2013 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them:

Franca Rame’s rape: Fascists, carabinieri and ‘a higher wish’ - Girolamo De Michele

Article on Italian state and police involvement in the rape and torture of a radical activist by fascists, translated by Struggles in Italy. Trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence.

Stefano Cucchi, killed by police and drug prohibitionism

On June 5th, after four years, sentencing in the Cucchi case has finally taken place. The court gave one doctor a two-year prison sentence and the five others 16 months.