France: Backlash Against Burkini Ban Forces Court Suspension

BurkiniBanBeachCopsFifteen holiday resorts in France, predominantly in the southeast of the country, have recently attempted to ban full-body swimsuits, known as burkinis, provoking uproar in response. In particular, images this week of armed French police forcing a woman to remove headscarves and long-sleeved clothing on a beach in Nice have been met with shock and disgust.

 

Erdogan Pushes Turkey Further into the Syrian Quagmire

thumb erdogan 120x80For the first time, Turkey has launched a direct military intervention in Syria, sending tanks and warplanes across the border in a coordinated campaign with Syrian opposition fighters and targeting positions held by ISIS, especially the strategic town of Jarablus.

 

Greece: The Troika Commands and Tsipras Obeys … Again

latuff-greek-memorandumOn Sunday, May 22, the Greek Parliament voted in favor of a new austerity package. The austerity measures include a raise in taxes of 2.8 billion euros, the largest privatization program in the history of the country, and the acceptance of an automatic mechanism that triggers generalized cuts in the event of excessive budget deficits in the future.

French Labor Law: The Decisive Battle has Begun!

protest-cgt-lille credit-remi-ange-couzinetThe fight against the labor law has entered a new, decisive phase. The development of open-ended strikes and blockades in several key sectors of the economy has changed the dynamics of movement. Everything is accelerating. After a series of “days of action” in the past two months—to which the government responded with police violence and 49-3 (a special article in the constitution which allows the government to bypass parliament and decree laws)—the immediate logical goal of the movement has now become to paralyze the economy. This is the only path to achieve victory.

Venezuela—A Last Warning

Credit-María Alejandra Mora wikipediaThe assault against the Bolivarian Revolution has intensified in the recent days and weeks. Editorials and front pages in US and Spanish newspapers are screaming about hunger in Venezuela and demanding the removal of the “dictatorial regime.” Ongoing scarcity problems have led to instances of looting. The right-wing opposition is attempting to trigger a presidential recall referendum, but is also threatening violent action and appealing to foreign powers, including in some case for military intervention. What is really happening in Venezuela and how can these threats be faced?