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BP faces trial for oil spill

Almost two years after the oil rig explosion off the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and spewed nearly five million barrels of oil into the sea, British Petroleum (BP) will face a civil lawsuit in New Orleans. The non-jury trial will be divided into three phases, the first of which was to begin […]

US schools ban books

Tucson school authorities list books that can’t be taught or read in schools It’s getting harder and harder to resist the temptation to see the United States as heading for true fascism and totalitarianism. If not across the board, then noticeably in geographical pockets and specific areas of legislation.

Italy’s horse racing strikes

Crisis as sport nears bankruptcy Since the beginning of the year Italian horse racing has been at a standstill and tracks closed by a series of ongoing strikes over cuts to funding and the mismanagement of the industry’s finances. During January every racecourse on mainland Italy was affected by a wave of strike action as […]

New Oil Troubles in Nigeria

Mass unrest over lucrative industry resources Beginning on the 9th January, for several days Nigeria was rocked by countrywide industrial strikes and popular protests against the doubling of petrol prices as a result of the government withdrawing oil subsidies. The removal of subsidies forms part of wider neoliberal ‘reforms’ to the oil sector.

Radical poet Angye Gaona on trial

The poet and journalist Angye Gaona has now been charged formally by the Colombian prosecutors with the crimes of drug trafficking and “rebellion”. The trial began on January 23rd and is set to last two months at the special criminal court in Cartagena de Indias. If found guilty she could face a jail term of […]

Spanish Revolution material stolen from Barcelona Archive

An appeal has gone out to comrades for help in recovering items stolen from the Biblioteca de l’Ateneu Enciclopèdic Popular in Barcelona on February 1st, especially items and publications dating from the Spanish Revolution. Original posters from the Civil War era as well as various other objects also from the period of the Spanish Civil […]

China’s industrial unrest

A round up of recent workers struggles The latter months of 2011 saw a spate of strikes across different industries mostly in eastern and southern China. In the south-eastern province of Zheijiang hundreds of workers at a bamboo and wood furniture factory that went bankrupt staged a public rally in early December demanding unpaid wages. […]

New Movement in Palestine

November 15 saw the birth of a new civil disobedience movement in the West Bank part of Palestine. Palestinians protesters, called Freedom Riders, boarded segregated Israeli buses headed towards Jerusalem and other occupied territories. These buses are segregated unofficially, in the sense that they operate in the Settlements – which are militarily prohibited to Palestinians […]

Ultras in Egypt

At least 73 people have been killed during a match between Egypt’s bitter footballing rivals Al Ahly from Cairo and Al Masry in Port Said. Most of those who died were young supporters and hundreds more were injured in what is Egypt’s worst footballing tragedy.

Syrian Uprising

As the 9-month long popular uprising escalates in Syria, it looks increasingly likely that ordinary Syrians, who have taken to the streets unrelentingly at the cost of their own lives, will not be the ones to determine the outcome of the battle. Rather, it is international geopolitical interests that hold the cards in this game.