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Index March 2013

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2013-03-01: India: Over 100 Million Stop Work;
2013-03-02: Strike Debt, Imagine Life;
2013-03-03: Sustainable intensification – miracle or mirage?
2013-03-03: Lutte contre l’excision: des efforts restent encore à fournir en Guinée;
2013-03-04: Western Sahara occupied, Africa re-colonised;
2013-03-04: Indre-et-Loire – Justice: La jeune lycéenne échappe à l’excision;
2013-03-05: The Greek Catastrophe: economic progress built on rotten political foundations;
2013-03-06: Afghan women unleashing their business potential;
2013-03-07: New Funding Group calls for 100 more WikiLeaks;
2013-03-07: Côte d’Ivoire: Quatre personnes condamnées pour pratique d’excision à Danané;
2013-03-08: Storming the Corridors of Power: A Manifesto for Working Women;
2013-03-09: One billion women and men rising … for a better world;
2013-03-10: Chávez’s Chief Legacy: Building with People an Alternative Society to Capitalism;
2013-03-11: The hidden crisis: Women, social reproduction and the political economy of care in Africa;
2013-03-12: Britain: How can women win liberation?
2013-03-12: Londres s’investit dans la lutte contre l’excision;
2013-03-13: Combating the Under-Representation of Women in the Media;
2013-03-14: Bradley Manning: US Army like child torturing ants with a magnifying glass;
2013-03-15: A campaign against FGM Female genital mutilation;
2013-03-16: Water for Africa;
2013-03-17: watch The Real Baltimore on these videos;
2013-03-18: Cheney’s legacy in Iraq;
2013-03-19: Talk to Al Jazeera with Nur Misuari: We had to fight for it;
2013-03-20: Housing Bubble II: But This Time It’s Different;
2013-03-21: UN Resolution 2093 endorses state building mission for Somalia;
2013-03-22: about US vs.IRAN;
2013-03-23: The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran;
2013-03-23: Excision: Loué par les exciseuses, ce mode opératoire qui bouscule la vision de la lutte;
2013-03-24: Introducing Brics From Above, And Brics-From-Below;
2013-03-25: New battle lines;
2013-03-26: No joke for establishment parties;
2013-03-27: US: Monsanto Protection Act slips silently through US Congress;
2013-03-28: Kurdish Independence: Negotiations with Turkey Are a Dead End;
2013-03-29: Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds;
2013-03-30: Corporatism or the true face of terrorism;
2013-03-31: The Truth About Apprenticeships.

The Truth About Apprenticeships

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Published on New Left Project, , March 25, 2013.

They’re constantly cited as a priceless first rung on the employment ladder in an economy with few jobs and one of the few, true saving graces, that could stall and even reverse the escalating youth unemployment situation in Britain … // Continue Reading…

Corporatism or the true face of terrorism

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Published on Axis of Logic, by Siv O’Neall, March 5, 2013 (also on Intrepid Report, March 29, 2013).

The world the way it looks today seems like a stage production by Corpocrats – inhuman monsters who have made the entire planet into their horror-story set. It appears like a creation by insane people, one that wouldn’t stand the light of day. And yet – there it is, our world, gradually becoming annihilated by those mad Corpocrats who are cheering in their hidden castles. We don’t know who they are. We don’t know where they are. All we know is that they are in the process of destroying the earth.   Continue Reading…

Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds

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Published on CorpWatch, by Puck Lo, March 26, 2013.

Does Monsanto own all future generations of genetically modified seeds that it sells? The Missouri-based agribusiness giant wants farmers to pay a royalty to plant any seed that descended from a patented original. The legal decision has ramifications for other patented “inventions” that reproduce themselves like strands of DNA.   Continue Reading…

Kurdish Independence: Negotiations with Turkey Are a Dead End

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Bejan Matur, March 26, 2013 (Photo Gallery - Translated from the German by Paul Cohen).

Last week, imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan called for a ceasefire, lending momentum to the Turkish-Kurdish peace process. But negotiating with Turkey will not satisfy the Kurds’ burning need for political self-determination. An Essay … //

… A Radical Kurdish Awareness:   Continue Reading…

US: Monsanto Protection Act slips silently through US Congress

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Published on Russia Today RT, by , March 26, 2013.

The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week – including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.    Continue Reading…

No joke for establishment parties

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In his ‘tsunami’ election tour Grillo began to give voice to the deep discontent at economic crisis and austerity – Published on SocialistWorld.net CWI-CIT, March 23, 2013.

Comedian Beppe Grillo and the Five Star Movement have taken centre stage following Italy’s general election in February. It is the latest, dramatic manifestation of the widespread rejection of establishment politics. CHRISTINE THOMAS reports on this new political phenomenon … //

… A ‘movement’ not a party: … //

… Awash with corruption; … // Continue Reading…

New battle lines

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As the Muslim Brotherhood was rebuffed in Press Syndicate polls, journalists’ newly elected representatives found themselves in immediate crisis mode – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Khaled Dawoud, March 20, 2013.

Friday 15 March saw the Press Syndicate’s second attempt to elect a new chairman and half of the syndicate’s 12 member board. An earlier attempt on 1 March failed to secure the 50 per cent turnout required for a quorum leading to a two-week postponement of the ballot.   Continue Reading…

Introducing Brics From Above, And Brics-From-Below

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Published on ZSpace, by Patrick Bond, March 23, 2013.

In Durban, South Africa, five heads of state meet on March 26-27 2013 at the International Convention Centre, to assure the rest of Africa that their countries’ corporations are better investors in infrastructure, mining, oil and agriculture than the traditional European and US multinationals. The Brazil-Russia-India-China-SA (Brics) summit also makes space for 16 heads of state from Africa, including notorious tyrants. A new $50 billion ‘Brics Bank’ will probably be launched. There will be more talk about monetary alternatives to the US dollar.    Continue Reading…

Excision: Loué par les exciseuses, ce mode opératoire qui bouscule la vision de la lutte

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Publié dans Atelier des Médias, par Solo Niaré, le 10 mars 2013.

… Rencontrée dans le cadre de la journée mondiale des femmes, Yoblê Doré nous apprend que : « Le seul fait que l’excision soit déclarée pénalement répréhensible ne pouvait avoir de réel effet sur le recul de la pratique sans mesures d’accompagnement murement réfléchies. Au contraire, c’était une façon d’inciter les excisseuses à tomber dans une espèce de clandestinité, une porte ouverte à tous les abus possibles.  Continue Reading…

The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

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Published on TruthDig, by Tomas Young, March 18, 2013.

… I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole. Continue Reading…

about US vs.IRAN

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Watch these videos on The Real News Network TRNN, by Paul Jay:

10 Years After the War in Iraq, the Same Political Forces are Planning a War with Iran, 10.25 min, March 19, 2013: Lawrence Wilkerson: Regime change is still the Neo-con agenda in Iran as they hope to use military might to assert American commercial interests: … (full transcript and comments);

The Backdoor to War with Iran: Wilkerson Attacks Senate Resolution, 8.19 min, March 13, 2013: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Resolution S.RES.65 sends the message to Iran that the US objective is regime change, not a negotiated settlement to nuclear question: … (full transcript and comments);   Continue Reading…

UN Resolution 2093 endorses state building mission for Somalia

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Mohamud Uluso, March 13, 2013.

The UN Security Council Resolution 2093 adopted in Somalia on 6 March 2013 is critically examined for its achievements, opportunities and the challenges that remain for nation building to gain permanence in the country … //

… FURTHER FOCI OF THE RESOLUTION:  Continue Reading…

Housing Bubble II: But This Time It’s Different

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Published on Testosterone Pit, by Wolf Richter, March 18, 2013;

We have seen it for several years now: foreclosure sales—there were 5 million since the peak of the housing bubble—have become the hunting grounds for investors with two goals: hanging on to these homes until the Fed’s flood of money drives up their value; and defraying the expenses of ownership by renting them out. And funds have a third goal: collecting management fees. Thousands of smaller investors have piled into the game. And so have the giants.   Continue Reading…

Talk to Al Jazeera with Nur Misuari: We had to fight for it

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The former Moro National Liberation Front leader discusses the crisis in Sabah and peace in the southern Philippines – Watch this video, 25.00 min, published on AlJazeera, March 17, 2013.

A new crisis in southern Philippines is underway – it is a conflict with Malaysia over a province called Sabah. Armed Filipino men are challenging the Malaysian government’s power over the province, claiming that this land belongs to the Sultan of Sulu who lives in the Philippines. But the implications here could be severe for the region.   Continue Reading…

Cheney’s legacy in Iraq

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Ten years on, Iraq continues to bleed – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ramzy Baroud, March 13, 2013.

Al-Qaeda linked groups are wreaking havoc in Iraq, with deaths reported almost on a daily basis as a result of their ever-innovative killing tactics. The rise of militant violence throughout the country is happening within the framework of worsening sectarian tensions, which underlines a real national crisis that has been brewing for years.  Continue Reading…

watch The Real Baltimore on these videos

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a serie of today 10 videos – published on The Real News Network, 2010 to 2013:

Water for Africa

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Water for African Cities, uploaded all July-August 2011 by epitunhabitat unhabitat:

A campaign against FGM Female genital mutilation

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  • Watch this video-interview, 29.10 min, published on Daily Motion, par Mohamed Gelle, March 9, 2012: Waa barnaamij la xiriira olole ka dhan gudniinka hablaha oo ay ka qayb qaadatay wasaaradda caafimaadka Danmark iyo ururo kale oo ay ka mid yihiin ururada somalida – sanadku waa 1997 , caqabada ugu wayn waxay ahayd iyada oo aanay ka qayb qaadan ololahan culimo ku sheega somliyeed ee Danmark, hase yeeshee waxaa ka qayb qaatayay dhammaan culumada kale ee muslimiinta danmark.
  • A campaign against FGM (Female genital mutilation) – an interview and a clip from a conference in the Danish parliament. This campaign against FGM was implemented with the support of the danish ministry of health and several other orginasation including the somali community in Danmark, the year is 1997 and one of the biggest challenges back then was to get the support of the somali religious leaders, but on the other hand we got the support of the large muslim community in Danmark as you can see in the clip from the confernece.  Continue Reading…

Bradley Manning: US Army like child torturing ants with a magnifying glass

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full leaked testimony – Published on Russia Today RT, March 13, 2013.

A speech freedom advocacy group has released audio of Bradley Manning’s testimony about his motives for leaking secret US government documents to WikiLeaks. It marks the first time the public has heard Manning’s voice since his 2010 arrest.

Defying the military’s ban on making recordings at Manning’s pre-trial tribunal at the military court at Fort Meade, the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) has released Manning’s February account to the judge explaining why he exposed military secrets.    Continue Reading…

Combating the Under-Representation of Women in the Media

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Interview with Caroline Criado-Perez, published on New Left Project, by David Wearing, March, 11, 2013.

DW: What is The Women’s Room?

  • CCP: The Women’s Room is a database of just under 1,700 (and growing every day) women experts who are available to speak to the media on topics ranging from Astrophysics to Sexuality, and everything in between.

DW: What initially prompted you to set The Women’s Room up? Was there are particular incident that made you decide ‘enough is enough’?  Continue Reading…

Londres s’investit dans la lutte contre l’excision

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Publié dans Le Matin/Suisse, le 6 mars 2013.

ROYAUME-UNI — Le Royaume-Uni a annoncé un programme d’un montant de 41 millions d’euros destiné à réduire la pratique des mutilations génitales qui touchent jusqu’à 140 millions de filles et de femmes dans le monde … //

… Le programme, selon le ministère britannique du Développement international, vise à faire baisser de 30% ces pratiques dans 10 pays d’Afrique en cinq ans.

Changer les normes culturelles:  Continue Reading…

Britain: How can women win liberation?

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Understanding women’s oppression as a product of class society is crucial if we are to defeat it – Published on Socialist Worker Online, by Judith Orr, March 5, 2013.

Women’s oppression affects every part of women’s lives—from the commodification of our bodies to unequal pay. A recent report, Sex and Power, showed that the situation for women in terms of political representation in Britain is going backwards.  Continue Reading…

The hidden crisis: Women, social reproduction and the political economy of care in Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Zo Randriamaro, March 6, 2013.

The political economy of care centres on the unpaid work of African women in socially reproducing workers as well as caring for the sick in society. Social mobilization and policy actions to overcome the crisis of reproduction is necessary to address this unpaid work that is vital for the perpetuation of neoliberal capitalism.

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CARE IN AFRICA:   Continue Reading…

Chávez’s Chief Legacy: Building with People an Alternative Society to Capitalism

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Published on ZNet (first on Mr Zine), by Marta Harnecker, March 07, 2013.

When Hugo Chávez triumphed in the 1998 presidential elections, the neoliberal capitalist model was already foundering. The choice then was none other than whether to re-establish the neoliberal capitalist model — clearly with some changes including greater concern for social issues, but still motivated by the same logic of profit seeking — or to go ahead and try to build another model.  Continue Reading…

One billion women and men rising … for a better world

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Ama Biney, March 7, 2013 (see also: Women’s Rights, savety and self determination, on Humanitarian Texts, Feb 16, 2013).

In honour of International Women’ Day (8 March), a global examination of the problems and issues facing women in the last few years is presented. In order for these issues to be eradicated, progressive women need to work alongside progressive men for a better world.

8 March 2013 marks the 102nd anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD), first established by the German socialist and activist, Clara Zetkin in 1911. If she were alive today, what would she make of the conditions and achievements of women around the world?  Continue Reading…

Storming the Corridors of Power: A Manifesto for Working Women

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Britta Sandberg, March 07, 2013 (Photo Gallery – Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Silicon Valley executive Sheryl Sandberg has written a new book in which she calls upon women to storm the corridors of power. The senior Facebook manager has unleashed a new debate about feminism and female ambition that is likely to spread beyond the United States … //

… Our Revolution Has Stalled:

  • She relates the story as evidence of the fact that the world still isn’t the way she would like it to be, even 50 years after American feminist icon Betty Friedan made her famous plea for a woman’s right to work. “It is time for us to face the fact that our revolution has stalled,” Sandberg writes, noting that there are still myriad barriers and glass ceilings.  Continue Reading…

Côte d’Ivoire: Quatre personnes condamnées pour pratique d’excision à Danané

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Conférence Débat pour l’abandon de l’excision pour les droits de la femme, 72.03 min,  mise en ligne par Mélodies du Monde, le 23 févr. 2013: Conférence Débat pour l’abandon de l’excision pour les Droit des femmes à saint Denis;

Liens:

Danané: Deux dames et deux hommes ont été condamnés jeudi par le tribunal de Danané (Doumbia Mariam, Diané Kadidiatou, Tiémoko Koné et Koné Moussa – région de Tonkpi) à six mois de prison ferme avec une amende de 30 000 FCFA chacun, pour pratique d’excision dans le village de Zéalé, publié dans abidjan.net, le 1er mars 2013.    Continue Reading…

New Funding Group calls for 100 more WikiLeaks

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to offset unprecedent Gov’t Secrecy – Video Interview with Trevor Timm, 51.48 min, published on Democracy Now, by Amy Goodman, March 5, 2013.

WikiLeaks is set to receive major new financial support this week from a new group that funds independent journalism organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability in government. This comes as MasterCard, Visa and PayPal continue to refuse to process payments for WikiLeaks, making it difficult to send donations. “We don’t need just one WikiLeaks; we need 10 WikiLeaks or a hundred. We have a situation in this country where government secrecy is at an all-time high,” says Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder and executive director Trevor Timm. We are also joined by Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who is a member of the foundation’s board [includes rush transcript] …;

Afghan women unleashing their business potential

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How entrepreneurship enabled an Afghan woman to create a successful company and help other women do the same – Published on International Labour Organization ILO, March 1, 2013.

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan (ILO News) – Afghans have been immersed in a conflict that has affected every aspect of their ordinary lives. For Khalida Yaqobi, the conflict has been an obstacle, not an obstruction. After graduating in engineering from Balkh University, she secretly studied English at a time when women seeking an education risked being executed by the Taliban. “I was studying English in a private house, without textbooks or notebooks, going in a burqa to a hidden English language course,” she says.    Continue Reading…

The Greek Catastrophe: economic progress built on rotten political foundations

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Three Generations of Greek Workers – Published on Global Research.ca, by Prof. James Petras, March 03, 2013.

Introduction: As Greece enters the sixth year of Europe ’s worst economic depression, with 30% of its labor force unemployed and over 52% of its youth jobless, the entire social fabric is unraveling; a suicide rate are skyrocketing and close to 80% of the population is downwardly mobile.  Family and inter-generational relations are deeply impacted; previous certainties evaporate. Uncertainties, fear and anger evoke daily mass protests. Over a dozen general strikes have drawn Greeks from middle school pupils to octogenarians in a desperate struggle to conserve the last shreds of dignity and material survival.  Continue Reading…

Indre-et-Loire – Justice: La jeune lycéenne échappe à l’excision

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Publié dans La Nouvelle République.fr, par Renaud Domenici, le 19 février 2013.

La requête présentée par Me Hugues Soumanou demandant à la cour d’annuler la décision par laquelle le directeur général de l’Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (OFPRA) avait rejeté sa demande d’asile vient d’être accueillie favorablement. La cour a reconnu la qualité de réfugié à une jeune Castelroussine menacée d’une excision certaine au Mali, son pays d’origine. …  arrivée en France en compagnie de sa mère, avait fui le Mali par crainte de se voir imposer une mutilation génitale. Le cas de cette adolescente scolarisée à Châteauroux avait principalement ému les infirmières scolaires et le personnel enseignant de son lycée. En 2009, alors qu’elle se trouvait au Mali, Angélique avait été à deux reprises menacé d’enlèvement. L’opération, commanditée par ses deux tantes, sœurs de son père, avait fort heureusement capoté … // Continue Reading…

Western Sahara occupied, Africa re-colonised

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Malainin Lakhal, Feb 27, 2013.

In introducing this second special issue on the occupied Western Sahara in Pambazuka News, Malainin Lakhal argues that it is a subject that should concern all Africans, and all actors who know that Africa can never rise up as a Union or as a future power unless it jointly struggles for its freedom from poverty, ignorance, re-colonisation, foreign exploitation, internal rivalry, and lack of communication between all its peoples and elite … // Continue Reading…

Lutte contre l’excision: des efforts restent encore à fournir en Guinée

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Publié dans GuineeNews, par Makalé Soumah, le 9 Fevrier 2013.

… En Guinée, près de 96 pour cent des femmes sont victimes de l’ablation partielle du clitoris. C’est pourquoi, une loi a été votée et signée depuis le 10 juillet 2010, sous l’ère du Président Feu général Lansana Conté sur la santé de la reproduction y compris la mutilation génitale féminine. Une loi qui, à cause des peines trop lourdes proposées telle que la peine de mort pour les contrevenants, devait être transformée en arrêté d’application de la loi par rapport à la MGF.   Continue Reading…

Sustainable intensification – miracle or mirage?

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Geoff Tansey unravels the rhetoric at a food security conference at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House – Published on Global Food Security.ac.uk Blog, by Geoff Tansey, Feb 18, 2013.

The meeting in London on 10-11 December 2012 was held under the Chatham House Rule, which forbids identification of speakers, so you may find this a rather frustrating blog.

One speaker asked participants the key question: why was the meeting talking about the sustainable intensification of agricultural production,

Strike Debt, Imagine Life

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Published on Occupied Times.co.uk OT, by Nicole Hala/Society, March 1, 2013:

Why Strike Debt? Because today most debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. We are forced to go into debt simply in order to live. ‘We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies’ (Strike Debt Principles of Solidarity) …;  Continue Reading…

India: Over 100 Million Stop Work

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Published on Socialistworld.net, by Anand Kumar, Feb 26, 2013.

The 48 hour general strike called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions JCTU, comprising of 11 Central Trade Unions, once again saw massive participation of the working class. On 20 and 21st February, over 100 million workers all over India participated to say ’No’ to neo-liberal reforms. Although the strike was declared a ’partial success’ by the mainstream (bosses’) media, the strike did see a major shutdown in many parts of India. The industry association, ASSOCHAM, estimated losses due to the strike at Rs. 26,000 crores ($ 4.77 billion) … // Continue Reading…