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Labor Weather Report for June 2017

June 2017

May 2017 — Autoworkers fight for contract. Seventy percent of Volkswagen-Chattanooga workers in Tennessee voted to join United Auto Workers over a year ago. Yet the automaker still defies U.S. government orders to negotiate a contract. Unionists from seven other countries visited to show support for Local 42’s anger at unsafe working conditions, constant shift… Read more »

Catalonia’s right to decide

December 2017

Spain’s right-wing government is using every weapon to stifle the independence movement and imprison or otherwise sideline its leaders.

Turkey: a police state in the making

February 2017

Turkey’s internal political divisions and its role in the turbulent Middle East remain unexplained in the mainstream media. To begin with, Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan is a right-wing politician and Muslim fundamentalist. He founded the ruling capitalist party, Justice and Development. Economic austerities imposed on Turks by neoliberal privatization policies created mounting opposition, which was… Read more »

Putin: the cost of turning back history

February 2017

With Putin’s supposed meddling in the U.S. election making headlines, a deeper question surfaces: How did the world’s first workers’ state become a country that could produce such a repressive, war-mongering capitalist autocrat? The answer lies first in the decades of U.S.-led aggression aimed at starving and isolating the Russian Revolution — and then in… Read more »

In Greece, a September election with no real winners

October 8, 2015

The main takeaway of the snap election to parliament on September 20 is this: people in Greece are tired and angry — so they decided to stay home. The Syriza party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got the biggest number of votes, but it was a hollow victory. Syriza received a little more than 35… Read more »

Grecia, el Triángulo Imposible

2 de julio 2015

“Esto puede fallar, pero vale la pena intentarlo porque todas las otras opciones son peores,” escribió al final de su reciente mea culpa Dominique Strauss-Khan, ex director del Fondo Monetario Internacional, en el que admite que las políticas del FMI para Grecia fracasaron y propone operar una cuantiosa reducción de la deuda pública. El hecho… Read more »

Greece: The Impossible Triangle

July 2, 2015

“This may fail but it is worthwhile to make it happen because all the other options are worse,” wrote Dominique Strauss-Khan, the ex-director of the IMF, in a mea culpa in which he admits the failure of the IMF measures and proposes a substantial reduction in Greece’s public debt as a remedy. The fact that… Read more »