International News

Women fall victim to sharia law in Aceh

Direct Action, January 25, 2013

By James Balowski, in Jakarta — Ignoring outrage and mockery at home and overseas, a town in Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh is pressing ahead with a by-law banning female passengers from straddling motorcycles on the grounds that doing so reveals a woman’s “curves”.

US politics after the elections

Direct Action, January 14, 2013

By Barry Sheppard — One aspect of the recent presidential elections in the United States was the sharp racial divide. Nearly 60% of whites voted for Romney, and the number was higher among white men.

In the streets against rape

Direct Action, January 12, 2013

[Tithi Bhattacharya recently returned from India, and wrote in the US Socialist Worker on January 10 on the protests against rape and sexism that are shaking the country.

For the right for women to live freely without fear

Direct Action, January 13, 2013

[Following the brutal sexual attack on the 23-year-old paramedical student, mass protests erupted in Delhi and cities across India. On December 19, students and protesters marched on the house of the Delhi chief minister. The police tried to ward them off with water cannons.

Spain: Public health care is not for sale!

Direct Action, December 15, 2012

By Nick Everett — A “white tide” swept through central Madrid on December 9, in protest at health sector budget cuts and hospital privatisation plans announced by the right-wing Popular Party (PP) regional government. Seventy thousand people, according to the organisers’ estimates, including health workers, youth, families with children and pensioners, chanted, “Public health care is not for sale!” and “We are doctors, we are patients! We defend public health care!”

Activists meet in Barcelona for Palestine Solidarity Conference

By Nick Everett, in Barcelona — Five hundred participants, representing more than 50 solidarity organisations from across the Spanish state, attended the conference, “Yesterday South Africa, Today Palestine”, held here October 19-21.

Chilean students continue struggle

By Sam King, in Santiago — Overthrowing the Chilean government, in the manner of the Egyptian or Tunisian uprisings, is not the immediate aim of Chile’s massive student movement, but that is what large sections of it would like to do.

Protesters encircle Madrid parliament amid brutal police repression

By Nick Everett in Soria, Spain — On September 25, tens of thousands of activists from all over Spain heeded a call to “encircle” the Spanish parliament demanding the resignation of the Popular Party (PP) government

Dutch social democracy and the recent elections

By Max Lane — In June and July in the Netherlands, almost all polls were showing a strong surge in support for the Socialist Party (SP). The polls predicted that the SP would increase its seats from 15 to 35 in the 150-seat parliament.

Crisis and revolt in Europe

By Nick Everett — Today the global capitalist economy faces its greatest crisis in 80 years. First there was the credit crunch beginning in August 2007, when governments around the world stepped in to bail out the banks. Then, in September 2008, there was the collapse of Lehman Brothers, precipitating the greatest financial crash since 1929. The deep recession that followed was euphemistically called the Great Recession of 2008-09.