By Jean Shaoul, 25 January 2021
Death rates in 20 countries are higher than the global average of 2.2 percent, rising by more than 30 percent in the past month in Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa. Officials in Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo said hospital capacity and oxygen supplies were running out.
Strikes by UK energy workers continue as British Airways workers plan further walkout; French energy workers strike; South African metal workers and broadcast workers strike against redundancies
22 January 2021
Thousands of UK energy workers continue strikes against hire-and-fire; French energy workers strike against privatisation; indefinite strike by metalworkers at South African company against redundancies
By Jean Shaoul, 20 January 2021
Museveni’s regime depends on extensive backing from the US, which provides over $970 million a year in development and security assistance, including military training for the army.
By Alex Lantier, 19 January 2021
Ten years after revolutionary uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, explosive anger is building in working-class districts across North Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Swedish care workers’ national action; UK energy workers plan further industrial action as telecom workers in strike ballot; Nigerian polytechnic staff pay walk out
15 January 2021
Around 55,000 Swedish care workers to begin industrial action today over pay, conditions and increased workload during pandemic; British gas workers plan further strikes to defend pay and conditions as Telecom workers in strike ballot.
9,000 British gas employees strike; UK student rent strikes spreading; Kenyan healthcare stoppage continues despite union sabotage
8 January 2021
Employees at British Gas walk out to defend pay and conditions; UK University students rent strike across 31 universities; Kenyan healthcare workers’ strike continues despite union sending doctors back
By Jean Shaoul, 31 December 2020
The situation in South Africa is replicated in a second wave of the pandemic that is sweeping across much of the continent, which has seen a steady rise in infections since November
French transport workers stoppage in Paris as UK transport workers in London ballot for strike action; UK airport workers strike at London Heathrow; South African healthcare workers walk out at six hospitals
18 December 2020
French transport workers strike in Paris against privatisation; UK Heathrow airport workers stoppage over pay and conditions; healthcare workers in six South African hospitals demand pay rise
By Jean Shaoul, 14 December 2020
President Donald Trump’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara was the quid pro quo for Morocco’s formal recognition of Israel.
By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2020
Amin is a subdued, thoughtful look at the condition of migrant workers who break their backs in the metropolitan countries to feed their families in their native lands.
Strike ballots across UK in education, health care, transport, local government and British Airways; 24-hour strike by power workers in France; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread
11 December 2020
Strike ballots across many sectors in UK including education, hospitals and health, transport, local government and British Airways; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread to port and oil workers in Nigeria.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2020
Earlier this year, Mali witnessed months of protests against the French occupation, launched in 2013, and the ethnic massacres between rival militias that Paris tolerates, and uses to divide and rule the country.
By Will Morrow, 8 December 2020
Macron’s declaration of support for the butcher of Cairo is a warning to the working class of the advanced preparations for military-police dictatorships across Europe.
By Joanne Laurier, 5 December 2020
Adu is a hard-hitting Spanish film about the global refugee crisis, dramatizing its vast dimensions through the travails of a young boy as he makes a life-threatening journey throughout Africa.
Amazon workers in Germany strike for pay rise; French transport workers renew plans to strike against privatisation; 1,200 Zimbabwe nurses remain sacked after union sell-out
4 December 2020
Amazon workers Germany walk out for three days over pay; French transport workers resume plans to strike against privatisation, postponed because of pandemic; Zimbabwe government ignores court ruling to reinstate sacked nurses
By Eddie Haywood, 1 December 2020
Thirty informal miners were trapped after the November 25 collapse of the abandoned gold mine where they were working. Six were rescued alive a few hours after the collapse.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 November 2020
The desperate situation confronting Ethiopia is bound up with great power rivalries between the US, Europe and China that led over the last decades to the fragmentation and disintegration of a region that includes Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti.
Workers and youth demand jobs in Tunisia; national four-hour walk out in Italy; union betrays nurses’ strike in Zimbabwe; community health workers strike continues in South Africa
27 November 2020
Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions
By Eddie Haywood, 23 November 2020
The largest unrest in the East African country in a decade was sparked by the arrest of presidential candidate Bobi Wine during a campaign rally Wednesday.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 November 2020
The repression is aimed at criminalising peaceful protests in the interest of Nigeria’s kleptocrats and the transnational energy corporations that have looted the country.
Greek and Italian public sector workers to walk out in nationwide stoppages; Portuguese educators plan strike action; unrest continues in Nigeria as oil workers’ strike call met with oil price hike
20 November 2020
Following school occupations for Covid safety measures, Greek public sector workers plan stoppage. As hospitals approach full capacity, date named for nationwide public sector strike in Greece
By Gabriel Black, 19 November 2020
As hundreds of millions of African workers and peasants face economic disaster and inadequate protection against COVID-19, African nations are expected to pay almost $500 billion by 2023 to avoid default.
By Alejandro López, 18 November 2020
The fighting erupted amid reports of mounting protests in regions of both Morocco and Algeria near the former Spanish colonial possession of Western Sahara.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2020
Politicians of all stripes have whipped up ethnic tensions to prevent a unified struggle by the impoverished masses against the Ethiopian elites.
National strike of South African community health workers; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state on indefinite strike; Zimbabwe’s teachers continue strike; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory continue strike
13 November 2020
South African community health workers walk out to demand an end to contract labour; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state stoppage to demand payment of salaries; Zimbabwe teachers’ strike continues for living wage and safety at work—despite threats to stop salaries; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory strike to defend jobs
By Jean Shaoul, 9 November 2020
Despite Abiy’s promise to end ethnic discrimination, ethnic violence has increased, with some 1.7 million internally displaced people living in camps as the danger grows of still bloodier ethnic violence.
Funeral workers strike in Spain; Secondary school teachers in Ireland strike vote; Zimbabwe health authority sacks over 1,000 striking nurses
6 November 2020
Spanish funeral workers in Madrid strike for more staff due to rising Covid deaths; Irish secondary school teachers vote to join growing global school walkouts against schools reopening; Union isolation paves way for sacking of Zimbabwean nurses on strike for four months
By Will Morrow, 2 November 2020
The increasing use of the dangerous route is the outcome of the European powers’ migration policies that led thousands of migrants to drown in the Mediterranean.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 October 2020
A Lagos-based soldier, speaking anonymously to Reuters, said soldiers from the army 81st Division’s 65th Battalion, based at Bonny Camp, had fired on unarmed civilians at the toll gate.
Zimbabwe nurses’ and teachers’ strikes continue; National auto strike in South Africa; First national strike by doctors in Spain for 25 years
30 October 2020
Zimbabwean nurses face government threats to contract as strike continues for PPE and living wage; teachers’ strike in Zimbabwe threatened as unions write begging letter to government; national auto strike brings production in quarter of industry to halt.
By Anthony Torres, 27 October 2020
The week that has unfolded since the election was marked by violent clashes between supporters and opponents of Guinea’s long-time president.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020
In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.
Nigerian airport workers one-day strike; council workers continue land occupation in Zimbabwe; ballots for strikes by UK workers at Rolls Royce factory, Scottish university academic staff vote to strike
23 October 2020
Nigerian Federal airport workers stage one-day warning strike under conditions of mass unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa’s largest country—which has fueled mass protests against state violence.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2020
The deployment of Nigeria’s army followed its announcement last week that it was ready to maintain law and order and deal decisively with “subversive elements and troublemakers.”
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2020
Nigeria’s protests against police brutality are also fueled by popular anger over conditions of mass unemployment, endemic poverty and unprecedented social inequality in Africa’s largest country.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2020
The dire social conditions are the product of colonial and neocolonial oppression by the imperialist powers on behalf of their banks and corporations, exacerbated by the venal and corrupt rule of the national bourgeoisie.
By Stephan McCoy, 16 October 2020
The protests were sparked by the killing of a young man in Delta State, in southern Nigeria, during a stop-and-search operation on October 3, although the police denied that Special Anti-Robbery Squad officers were involved.
Greek public sector 24-hour strike; Amazon workers in Germany walk out; Nigerian workers in Kwara state resume wage strikes
16 October 2020
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By Jean Shaoul, 15 October 2020
The working class is manifesting its discontent with the situation in a resurgent wave of political radicalisation that had briefly abated after the onset of the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2020
The mass walkout is part of a broader wave of struggles by workers in recent months that have seen repeated actions by healthcare workers, municipal workers, bus drivers, teachers and workers in meat processing plants, steel works and warehouses.
National public sector strike in South Africa; health workers’ stoppage spreads in Kenya; union ends long-running dispute at London’s Tate Gallery
9 October 2020
Thousands of South African workers held a nationwide strike Wednesday, while the PCS union ended the stoppage at the Tate art galley’s commercial arm after 42 days of strike action, with a deal that includes job losses.
By Stephan McCoy, 9 October 2020
Teachers are demanding that as frontline workers they should have regular testing, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and risk allowances before they are prepared to start work again.
British Gas strike vote; Nigerian unions sabotage struggle against price hikes; South African textile workers vote for national strike
2 October 2020
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By Stephan McCoy, 30 September 2020
The threat of the continent’s first COVID-related default testifies to the scale of the economic disaster affecting much of sub-Saharan Africa.
By Andre Damon, 30 September 2020
The fall and winter months in America and Europe are expected to bring a major resurgence of the disease.
Strikes by Greek doctors and ferry workers, UK’s London underground rail drivers’ strike vote, South African health workers continue protests over pay and COVID-19 safety measures
25 September 2020
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Retail workers continue protests in Ireland and UK; South African and Nigerian health workers walk out; union sells out Zimbabwe nurses’ strike
18 September 2020
By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2020
The hardest hit has been the capital Khartoum, where the Blue and White Nile Rivers meet, as the Nile burst its banks, demolishing everything in its way.
National stoppage planned in France over job losses; Nigeria’s doctors resume strike for PPE; South African protests for PPE met with police brutality
11 September 2020
By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2020
This web site, linked to the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) of Argentina, hailed a putsch led by a junta of colonels that has proclaimed its loyalty to the French occupation of Mali.
By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2020
Family members say the victim had his claim for asylum in France refused, and risked the dangerous sea crossing seeking a better life.
By Stephan McCoy, 20 August 2020
There is widespread speculation about a possible coup to depose President Mnangagwa.
By Tom Casey, 14 August 2020
The MV Wakashio began leaking thousands of metric tons of fuel after it collided with a coral reef barrier near the southern coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2020
The report on the $8.1 billion arms deal came amid fresh reports from Yemen of atrocities caused by US-supplied Saudi warplanes and munitions.
By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020
Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.
By Stephan McCoy, 8 August 2020
Between June and July, the number of cases grew by 500 percent indicating that COVID-19 is more widespread than the official figures suggest.
Maltese doctors’ action against spread of COVID-19; Iranian oil workers continue strikes; Zimbabwe doctors’ and nurses’ stoppage spreads.
7 August 2020
By Stephan McCoy, 5 August 2020
The crackdown gives the lie to the claims that Mnangagwa would bring an end to tyranny, corruption, and social misery.
By Stephan McCoy, 27 July 2020
The rate at which detected cases are doubling in the country, about every two weeks, implies that confirmed infections will be one million early August.
By Stephan McCoy, 25 July 2020
Security forces have used COVID-19 lockdown laws to arrest nurses striking over poverty wages, appalling work conditions and lack of personal protective equipment.
Icelandair cabin crew reject contract, threatened with sacking; Israel’s nurses, social workers strike; Zimbabwe nurses’ strike continues
24 July 2020
By Stephan McCoy, 17 July 2020
From the onset of the pandemic, health care workers across the continent sounded the alarm over the lack of staff as well as ventilators and ICU beds.
By Will Morrow, 10 July 2020
The report exposes the Franco-German-led war as a neo-colonial intervention to subjugate the resource-rich and geo-strategically critical region and its population.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 July 2020
In Addis Ababa, at least 10 people were killed in clashes with the police and many more were injured. Similar clashes took place throughout Oromia, the largest of Ethiopia’s nine ethnically based regions.
By Stephan McCoy, 8 July 2020
South Africa is now the country with the second highest number of deaths on the African continent, behind Egypt, and the largest number of cases.
By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2020
The decade-long civil war between rival imperialist-backed warlords triggered by the 2011 NATO war in Libya is spiraling out of control.
By Stephan McCoy, 7 July 2020
As of July 5, the country had recorded nearly 29,000 confirmed cases and 635 deaths, a more than sixfold increase following the government’s reopening of the economy at the end of March, just a few weeks after imposing a lockdown.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2020
The official tallies in each country of daily confirmed coronavirus cases have become exponential, indicating that whatever containment measures were implemented to halt the spread of the virus have essentially collapsed.
By Stephan McCoy, 4 July 2020
Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.
By Stephan McCoy, 26 June 2020
The World Health Organisation has warned that up to 10 million will be infected over the coming three to six months and that 300,000 people will die on the African continent.
Thousands of Iranian sugarcane workers strike for second week; clothing workers’ stoppage in Lethoso; Zimbabwe nurses and doctors protests and strike
26 June 2020
By Jordan Shilton, 24 June 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the global population, the disease is having an especially devastating impact on the tens of millions of displaced people throughout the world.
By Will Morrow, 22 June 2020
The protests are driven by anger over rising inequality, the government’s negligent response to the coronavirus pandemic, and extrajudicial killings by security forces.
By Jacques Valentin, 20 June 2020
Kabuga, who financed and helped equip the genocidal Interahamwe militias, had been located by police in 2007 but was still living quietly in the Paris suburbs.
By Stephan McCoy, 20 June 2020
More than 84,000 people—25 percent of Africa’s confirmed cases—have now been infected with the virus, which has claimed the lives of almost 1,800 people.
Strike vote by Dutch steelworkers, Nigerian doctors prepare for indefinite walkout; South African airline workers protest
12 June 2020
Unanimous strike vote at Dutch Tata steel plant while Nigerian doctors have set June 15 as the date for a nationwide walkout while employees of airline South African Express staged a protest in Pretoria, South Africa over non-payment of wages.
By Jean Shaoul and Stephan McCoy, 5 June 2020
Zambia has been caught in the crosshairs of US President Donald Trump’s reckless campaign to undermine China, which he views as a threat to US global dominance.
Spanish workers protest Nissan job losses; South African Macsteel metalworkers walk out against pay cut; strike threats by hospital workers in UK, Iceland
5 June 2020
By Gregor Link, 2 June 2020
German imperialism sees the crisis as an opportunity to assert its global geopolitical interests by force of arms.
Spanish Nissan strike against job losses; Italian electrical workers threaten stoppage against redundancies; South African hospital wildcat strike for PPE
29 May 2020
An indefinite strike by 40 Spanish autoworkers at Nissan’s Zona Franca and Montcada sites in Barcelona began on May 4.
By Stephan McCoy, 27 May 2020
With water levels rising, some 40 million people living in major cities are at a heightened risk of flooding and infrastructure damage.
UK postal workers in Peterborough walk out; unions back reopening of French Amazon; Belgian medics protest
22 May 2020
World Health Organisation warns pandemic could “turn the clock back” on other killer diseases in Africa
By Stephan McCoy, 21 May 2020
The WHO has predicted that some quarter of a billion Africans will become infected with COVID-19 and as many as 190,000 will die within the first year of the pandemic.
By Stephan McCoy, 12 May 2020
Medical and other experts are against the easing of restrictions, with the National Medical Association and the Federal Capital Territory Youth Task Force on COVID-19 both asking Buhari not to ease the lockdown.
By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020
The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 May 2020
The number of deaths has exceeded 275,000 and infections are growing. Yet, the stock markets continue to rise, despite unprecedented job losses.
8 May 2020
South African nurses’ stayaway defies premature lockdown end; health workers in South Africa, Kenya, refuse workers in UK, demand personal protection equipment.
By Stephan McCoy, 5 May 2020
The lockdown has caused grave hardship for millions of South Africa’s 60 million people, with videos of people waiting in kilometres-long queues for charity food aid going viral.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2020
The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.
French teachers’ strike threat against premature end to lockdown; South African and Zimbabwean nurses protest lack of PPE
1 May 2020
Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
By Stephan McCoy, 28 April 2020
The protests reflect a broader anger towards the brutal methods utilized by the security forces during the curfew
Workers protests continue over lack of personal protective equipment; South African unions back premature reopening of the mines
24 April 2020
Workers protests continued over lack of protective equipment as South African miners mobilized to oppose a premature return to work.
By Anthony Torres, 23 April 2020
Already afflicted by a growing COVID-19 pandemic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen three new Ebola cases including two deaths in recent weeks.
Workers protest lack of personal protective equipment as unions support premature back to work drive
17 April 2020
Fiat Chrysler in Italy has set May for the resumption of partial production while nurses in Ireland, South Africa and Malawi stage protests against lack of personal protective equipment.
By Stephan McCoy, 15 April 2020
Uganda’s government has taken a leaf from US President Donald Trump’s playbook in promoting the untested drug as a potential lifesaver.
By Stephan McCoy, 11 April 2020
An African Union study predicts that some 20 million jobs are at risk in Africa due to the impact of the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2020
As the pandemic spreads to Africa, Asia and Latin America, the coronavirus will hit the world’s most vulnerable even harder.
By Stephan McCoy, 8 April 2020
The response of the African ruling elite has been to cocoon itself in luxury, distancing from the impoverished masses it views with hostility and fear.
By Stephan McCoy, 6 April 2020
The coronavirus crisis has exposed African governments’ lack of preparation for the pandemic, which was both foreseeable and foreseen.
By Stephan McCoy, 4 April 2020
The response of African governments has been to ramp up the powers of the state and impose brutal lockdowns with virtually no mass testing, contact tracing or isolation taking place.