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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.

1922: Guayaquil General Strike

Workers in the southern Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil struck due to increased economic pressures. The strike brought the city to a halt and gained several concessions but the violence from the police and military would set a precedent for other labour struggles.

Electricity protests in Gaza: Hamas suppresses the working class

Power shortages in Gaza, are leading to social unrest. On Thursday 12th January, Hamas security forces broke-up a demonstration that erupted in Jabalya, northern Gaza Strip. But more are likely to occur as the situation deteriorates.

When will the lights go out in Venezuela?

The water level of the Guri Reservoir is dropping precipitously in an El Niño drought year and the hydroelectric turbines may have to be shut down as early as May (2016) to avoid destroying the plant. The real problem is that the ten turbines produce some 70% of Venezuela's electricity. It's easy for the Bolivarian government to blame the rolling electrical blackouts currently afflicting the country on the drought, but the real cause is far more complicated...

The Kaiser goes: the generals remain - Theodor Plivier

New York Herald: Kaiser abdicates

This is an amazing novel about the German Revolution, written by a participant. Republished here in PDF and Kindle formats.

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.

Après moi le déluge! Fossil fuel abolitionism and the carbon bubble - part 2

A worker cleans an oil spill from an abandoned Shell well in Oloibiri, Nigeria

In part two of this two-part article, we look at the parallels between fossil-fuel abolitionism and the abolition of slavery in the 19th century United States.

Après moi le déluge! Fossil fuel abolitionism and the carbon bubble - part 1

Image: carbontracker.org

In part one of this two-part article, we look at the so-called ‘carbon bubble’ – assets priced based on 'unburnable' fossil fuels.

Fighting back in Ukraine - Oleg Dubrovskii with Simon Pirani

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This short pamphlet was put together by Simon Pirani in 1996/7 from a series of interviews with Ukrainian worker activist Oleg Dubrovskii. It’s of general interest in relation to the way that life for the workers changed when the old Soviet Union disintegrated, but also provides some useful background information to what’s happening in the Ukraine today.

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.