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The class issues in the police killing of Tyre Nichols

While there are racists and fascists in police departments around the world, video capturing the brutal beating of the former FedEx worker at the hands and feet of five African-American cops confirms the class character of police violence.

Jacob Crosse

White House “discussing” sending US fighter jets to Ukraine

Asked whether the “United States is willing to consider” sending US fighter Jets to Ukraine, White House National Security Adviser Jon Finer told MSNBC Thursday that the United States will be “discussing this very carefully.”

Andre Damon

Surging inflation intensifies cost-of-living crisis in Australia

Working-class households are experiencing enormous hardship, and the greatest cut to living standards since World War II, as the central bank and the Labor government, assisted by the trade union bureaucrats, insist that real wages must continue to fall.

Mike Head

Outbreak of avian flu has killed more than 100 million birds and poses a serious threat of becoming a human pandemic

Since October 2021, the spread of the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian flu among birds in North America and Europe has killed more than 140 million poultry and wild birds through disease and culling. The spread of the virus at a mink farm in Spain raises immediate concern about the nature of the mutation the current clade of the virus possesses and its threat to human populations.

Benjamin Mateus

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

India: Part-time public-school teachers in Kerala protest low wages; Bangladeshi research institute workers strike over unpaid wages; Australia: Queensland power maintenance workers strike for higher pay; New Zealand teachers impose work-to-rule over stalled pay talks.

Warning strike paralyses Berlin airport

A one-day strike by ground crew and other workers paralysed Berlin’s BER airport on Wednesday leading to the cancellation of all 300 take-offs and landings of passenger flights.

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The DSA’s role in the sellout of the New York City nurses strike

The DSA is a pro-capitalist organization staffed by union functionaries, Democratic Party officials and other careerists whose role is to prevent workers, who are becoming radicalized and moving to the left, from finding a genuinely independent road.

Elliott Murtagh

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

French energy, refinery and dock workers continue strikes and protests against pension reforms; Spanish doctors continue widespread strikes over low staffing levels and pay, with primary care doctors and paediatricians in Madrid on strike for seven weeks; UK university academic staff, teachers, civil servants and train drivers to walk out in day of action over pay, conditions and anti-strike laws; strike by Lebanese teachers continues into week three over pay and working conditions; Makro workers in South Africa to walk out again in year-long dispute over wages and conditions as talks break down

NATO tanks in Ukraine: Prelude to a US-Russia shooting war

The decision to send main battle tanks into the conflict is intended to set in motion a chain of events that will justify an ever greater involvement of NATO troops and aircraft, up to and including a shooting war with Russia.

Andre Damon

IBM, 3M and hospitals join job cutting drive in US

International Business Machines announced Wednesday it would eliminate 3,900 positions, or 1.5 percent of its global workforce, joining the growing list of corporations announcing major job cuts.

Jerry White

Sri Lankan plantation trade union leader elevated into cabinet

On the same day Jeevan Thondaman became a member of cabinet, the Ceylon Workers Congress announced a local electoral seat-sharing pact in the Wickremesinghe’s United National Party.

M. Thevarajah, lead SEP candidate for Maskeliya Pradeshiya Sabha

Amazon workers’ strike in Coventry, UK

The strike demonstrates the willingness of Amazon workers to fight for significantly improved wages and conditions. But the GMB union has nothing in common with these aims.

Paul Bond

Sri Lankan SEP to run candidates in local government elections

The SEP is the only party in Sri Lanka that fights for the unified mobilisation of the working class on an international socialist perspective and against the communal divisions whipped up by the ruling elites.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

German government sends Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine

According to media reports, Germany is now also sending Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine following the deployment of Marder infantry fighting vehicles. The decision marks a further escalation of the NATO proxy war in Ukraine against Russia and resurrects the darkest traditions of German history.

Johannes Stern

NATO to send over 100 heavy tanks against Russia

In the most dangerous escalation of the war between NATO and Russia to date, the United States will provide 50 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine as part of a deployment of NATO tanks that could number in the hundreds.

Andre Damon

Portuguese teachers mount nationwide strike

A rising tide of class struggles is underway in Portugal and internationally, three years into the COVID-19 pandemic and as NATO wages war on Russia in Ukraine.

Alejandro López

The Best American Short Stories 2022

With a couple of exceptions, the editor has chosen stories that in their form, language and examination of thematic ideas are highly accomplished, even if the collection as a whole bumps its head against certain objective limits.

James McDonald

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Taxi drivers, bus drivers and farmers have staged protests across Colombia in recent days, while on January 18 Argentine television workers held a 24-hour walkout over pay.

Mass protests grow against Israel’s far-right government

The numbers testify to the anger over the trajectory of the most right-wing government in Israel’s history. However, the leading lights of the former “government of change” are seeking to maintain control, prioritizing the government’s plans to weaken the High Court over broader social, economic and political issues.

Jean Shaoul

Google lays off 12,000 workers as tech jobs bloodbath intensifies

The announcement by Google that it is laying off 12,000 workers is the latest in the intensifying jobs bloodbath in the technology sector internationally and the spearhead of a drive by the financial elite to impose the inflation crisis on the backs of the working class.

Kevin Reed

Texas prisoners on hunger strike against solitary confinement

Texas is currently holding more than 3,000 inmates in what the TDCJ refers to as “restrictive housing.” Of those, more than 500 have been held in solitary confinement for at least 10 years and 138 for at least 20 years.

Trévon Austin
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