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Defend Sri Lankan teachers’ right to strike!

The president accuses teachers and principals of taking students hostage, but in reality, the working masses have been made hostages to the IMF with the Wickremesinghe government acting as its policeman.

Pani Wijesiriwardena

All eyes in financial markets on Deutsche Bank

German chancellor Olaf Scholz has issued assurances that Deutsche is not the next Credit Suisse in a clear indication there are major concerns it could well be.

Nick Beams

Chicago Democrats promote racialist politics during mayoral election

Brandon Johnson’s campaign for mayor has almost exclusively employed the language of identity politics, while he and others, including Jeannette Taylor, an alderman who is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) have expressed xenophobic attitudes towards immigrants.

Alexander Fangmann

Treasury secretary Yellen twists to the power of money

Over the course of three days this week, Yellen flip flopped on the question of guarantees for ultra wealthy bank depositors before predictably falling into line with the demands of Wall Street.

Nick Beams

The revival of the Berlin-Tokyo Axis

The rapprochement between Germany and Japan comes at a time when both countries are abandoning all military restraint and massively rearming.

Peter Schwarz

US Congress holds anti-China witch-hunt at TikTok hearing

On Thursday, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee put on a five-hour spectacle of xenophobia, anticommunism and anti-Chinese invective, focussed on demands to ban TikTok, the sixth most popular social network in the world.

Andre Damon

Bring down the Macron government!

This week’s tumultuous events in France have torn the “democratic” mask off the capitalist state, exposing it as a dictatorship of the financial oligarchy.

Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France)

Strike wave sweeps across the Netherlands

This new wave of strikes takes place against the backdrop of relentless anti-Russian hysteria and intensified propaganda in the media to justify NATO’s war in Ukraine.

Daniel Woreck, Parwini Zora

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

India: Uttar Pradesh power unions betray 100,000-strong strike for higher pay; Bangladeshi teachers demand nationalisation of schools; Western Australia: Maintenance workers strike South32 alumina refinery.

Bankstown: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

The social situation in Bankstown, with soaring rents and mortgages, stagnant or declining incomes and mounting social distress, shows that capitalism offers no future for the working class.

Max Boddy, SEP candidate for Bankstown in NSW

White House to shut down COVID response task force

Eliminating the task force is part of the overall Biden administration policy of claiming the pandemic is “over,” even though COVID-19 continues to kill thousands of Americans every week.

Patrick Martin

New warning strikes in Germany’s public sector

Hundreds of thousands of workers in Germany are participating in strikes across the country this week. At the same time, anger is growing at the role being played by service sector union Verdi, which refuses to call for joint action.

Marianne Arens

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Hungarian teachers begin indefinite strike over pay in year-long dispute; strike across West Bank in response to killings by Israeli military as teachers’ stoppage continues; Nigerian public sector workers to begin general strike over cost of living

Striking Los Angeles education workers speak out on second day of strike

Unable to continue slaving away for poverty wages in one of the most expensive cities in the world, thousands of education workers, including janitors, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff and teachers continued to publicly demonstrate on Wednesday.

Jacob Crosse, Renae Cassimeda, Our Reporters

US Fed attempts a balancing act on interest rates

In his opening remarks a press conference following the meeting, Fed chair Jerome Powell said the events of the past two weeks had demonstrated, as history had shown, that “isolated banking problems if left unaddressed, can undermine confidence in healthy banks” and threaten the entire system.

Nick Beams

What is the struggle by workers at Deutsche Post about?

The struggles in France, Britain, Greece and here in Germany must be linked to the fight against war and its cause, capitalism. No social problem can be solved without breaking the power of the financial oligarchy.

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei

Damien Chazelle’s Babylon: Disoriented and confused

The film deserves at least a brief comment, as it purports both to be an account of the transition from cinema’s silent era to sound film and to expose “the real truth” about Hollywood.

Joanne Laurier
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