military and law enforcement

Protest march against police violence in Volos, central Greece, attacks police HQ.

Protest march against police violence two serious harassment incidents in the city of Volos attacks police HQ

Hunger strike ends as Greek government caves

After 18 days 7,000 prisoners in greece stop their hunger strike after the ministry of justice concedes to a series of their demands, promising to release half the country's prison population by April 2009.

Great Game II: America Lashes Out on the Borders of China and Russia - by Loren Goldner

The 19th century 'Great Game' rivalry between Britain and Russia for supremacy in Central Asia is seeing a resurgence, with America taking Britain's place. The stakes are higher than ever, argues Loren Goldner.

Titan prisons: "consultation" ends, construction set to begin

With the required political processes out of the way, the building of the 2,500 capacity jails is set to begin.

War on the streets in Armenia

February and March in Armenia saw a disputed presidential election (19/2/2008) followed by eleven days of demonstrations in the capital Yerevan, broken up by tanks, police attacks and the imposition of a State of Emergency (1/3/2008).

France: Carrefour strikers issued with summonses

Seven of the striking workers at the Grand Littoral hypermarket have been issued with summonses for "restriction of the right to work"

Prisoner riot reverses smoking ban

A smoking ban at 18 prisons in Quebec was reversed this week after a riot by prisoners.

France: first suicide in new youth prison

A sixteen year old boy hung himself in his cell on Saturday.

Bangladeshi garment workers out again and escalating

There have been more clashes in the Mirpur industrial area of Dhaka (see previous report); on Saturday 12th thousands of garment workers again demonstrated for improvements in conditions.

Matiushenko, Afanasy Nikolaevich 1879-1907

Afanasy Matiushenko

A biography of Afanasy Matiushenko, who was one of the key mutineers on the Battleship Potemkin, immortalised by Eisenstein's film, which helped kick-start the 1905 Revolution.