Fueling the fires: South Africa in class war

The hope that the end of apartheid would herald a better life for the oppressed in South Africa has evaporated. Their conditions today are materially as bad as under apartheid - and even worse in some cases. But the upper classes are having the time of their lives. Working class struggles should be intensified and linked, based on self-organising and direct democracy to bring about real change.

Light, water, telephone, class struggle in installments: social reproduction and labor struggles in the neighborhoods of Athens

Analysis by a participant on the struggles of the neighbourhood assemblies in Athens since 2008 in combating the immediate consequences of the crisis and economic restructuring.

New York City municipal workers' strike, 1971 - Steven Johns

Bridges locked open by strikers

A short history of a two-day strike by thousands of New York city workers in pursuit of a pension plan.

No water, no peace! States of emergency and water shut-offs in Detroit

After a month-long moratorium, water shut-offs in Detroit have started again this week, leaving indebted households across the city with no access to running water.

Where has all my money gone you vile insidious woman?

The great privatisation swindle has meant that we are indirectly paying twice for some services. Successive governments has trousered trillions from the legalised thievery that was made popular by 'that woman'. Where has my money gone, and can I have it back please?

No light, no water and now not very much money...what next for Venezuela?

There are whispers as to the extent of the military's loyalty to Chávez

A currency devaluation, military expropriations, demonstrations, resignations, TV channel closures, more demonstrations – it’s been an eventful start to 2010 in Venezuela.

Chavez: When red and yellow don't make green

It may seem like an age ago now in the midst of all the subsequent economic tumult over here, but I wanted to write about Chávez’ recent rhetorical excursion at the emergency Climate Change summit in Copenhagen last month.

Tropical waterfight: the struggle for basic services in Caracas, Venezuela

A combination of climate change and an incompetent, inefficient state bureaucracy has left basic services such as water and electricity as something of a luxury for many caraqueños, and contrary to the rhetoric of the chavista propaganda machine, it's a situation that is worsening.

Mass rebellion in South Africa

Protest in South Africa

In South Africa the state is being confronted by an eruption of self-organised popular protest on a scale not seen since the 1980s.