Port worker unions in France and Italy recently protested and struck, keeping Saudi ships from being loaded with weapons bound for attacks on Yemen.
In a thumping for the far right and an upset for the government, Austria’s vice chancellor was compelled to resign over corruption that surfaced in mid-May.
Despite a well-orchestrated attempt, the ultra-nationalistic, anti-immigrant Identity and Democracy coalition failed to win control of the EU Parliament in May’s elections.
Renewed attacks on LGBTQ community in Chechnya; Gay MP confronts the Polish right.
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 »
Spain’s right-wing government is using every weapon to stifle the independence movement and imprison or otherwise sideline its leaders.
More cut-backs, more belt-tightening, more desperation.
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 »
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 »
European Union on shaky ground: Angry residents of member nations have had it with austerity and chaos
The European Union (EU) is teetering. In the past two years, three of its member countries passed anti-EU referenda: the 2015 vote in Greece against EU-imposed austerity; the startling 2016 Brexit decision to sever Britain from the bloc; and a recent vote in Italy rejecting constitutional changes proposed by the pro-EU prime minister. A flood… Read more »