europe

Greek austerity and the plight of women

February 2014

On my way to Greece in September 2013, I expected to see boarded-up shops and people sleeping on sidewalks. Greece was the first country to fall victim to vicious austerity actions when the global recession hit in 2008. But I was frankly stunned at how grievously government budget cuts have pummeled Greek society, especially its… Read more »

Clean fracking? No such thing

April 2014

At present, France outlaws hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) — the process of pumping water mixed with chemicals into porous rock to drive out oil and natural gas, like an explosive pressure cooker. Fracking endangers workers, drains and contaminates precious water supplies, pollutes the air, contributes to global warming, devastates pristine rural areas, and can cause earthquakes… Read more »

RUSSIA: What the Ukraine crisis reveals about the post-Soviet state

April 2014

From the Sochi Olympic Games to the eruption in Ukraine that sparked Russia’s move into Crimea, recent developments have put Russia in the spotlight. But what do the complex events mean? Both Western and Russian mainstream media offer smoke and mirrors, not clarity. Only a look at history and class interests can pierce the fog…. Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, August 2014

August 2014

EL SALVADOR Hard times In El Salvador the newly elected government hopes to continue the social programs of the previous leftist Fuentes government. The current Ceren government will be affected by the growing crisis or the possible fall of the Maduro government in Venezuela [Venezuela: Imperialist threats and the limits of populism, Vol. 35, No…. Read more »

Europe: austerity breeds electoral advances by the far right

August 2014

Seventy years after millions perished in the war against Hitler, fascism is on the rise, as witnessed by the results of the May election for the European Union Parliament. France’s National Front (FN), a neo-Nazi party, beat all other French parties and gained 20 seats, for a total of 23. It now rivals England’s Independent… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor, October 2014

October 2014

WOMEN WARRIORS Mary Anne Grady Flores for free speech We sat stunned in the packed courtroom on July 10 as a town justice sentenced longtime Catholic Worker activist Mary Anne Grady Flores, grandmother of three, to a year in prison. Her crime? Being the first to allegedly violate an Order of Protection, issued to over… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle

December 2014

November 2014 — Locked out and ticked off. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as chair of the G20 Summit, takes the unprecedented step of excluding labor from the proceedings attended by government and financial heads of the world’s major economies. International union leaders condemn the decision as insulting. November 2014 — Ebola protection NOW! National… Read more »

Germany’s balancing act on immigration policy

April 2015

Angela Merkel, Germany’s conservative chancellor, is steering a cautious course between two conflicting pressures. On the one hand she must convince the German people to pay — with their taxes and their lives — for NATO’s Mideast wars. This is no easy task because the misery of two world wars has left them with an… Read more »