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Dozens feared dead in mine collapse as pandemic-fueled social catastrophe wracks Zimbabwe

By Eddie Haywood, 1 December 2020

Thirty informal miners were trapped after the November 25 collapse of the abandoned gold mine where they were working. Six were rescued alive a few hours after the collapse.

Ethiopian military seizes control of regional capital after offensive against Tigray province

By Jean Shaoul, 29 November 2020

The desperate situation confronting Ethiopia is bound up with great power rivalries between the US, Europe and China that led over the last decades to the fragmentation and disintegration of a region that includes Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti.

Workers and youth demand jobs in Tunisia; national four-hour walk out in Italy; union betrays nurses’ strike in Zimbabwe; community health workers strike continues in South Africa

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 November 2020

Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions

Dozens killed in Uganda as police and military carry out brutal crackdown on protests

By Eddie Haywood, 23 November 2020

The largest unrest in the East African country in a decade was sparked by the arrest of presidential candidate Bobi Wine during a campaign rally Wednesday.

Nigerian government goes on offensive against youth protesting police brutality

By Jean Shaoul, 23 November 2020

The repression is aimed at criminalising peaceful protests in the interest of Nigeria’s kleptocrats and the transnational energy corporations that have looted the country.

Greek and Italian public sector workers to walk out in nationwide stoppages; Portuguese educators plan strike action; unrest continues in Nigeria as oil workers’ strike call met with oil price hike

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20 November 2020

Following school occupations for Covid safety measures, Greek public sector workers plan stoppage. As hospitals approach full capacity, date named for nationwide public sector strike in Greece

Zambia defaults amid growing African debt crisis, intensified by pandemic

By Gabriel Black, 19 November 2020

As hundreds of millions of African workers and peasants face economic disaster and inadequate protection against COVID-19, African nations are expected to pay almost $500 billion by 2023 to avoid default.

Fighting erupts between Morocco and Polisario in Western Sahara

By Alejandro López, 18 November 2020

The fighting erupted amid reports of mounting protests in regions of both Morocco and Algeria near the former Spanish colonial possession of Western Sahara.

Ethiopia slides towards civil war as Tigray conflict escalates

By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2020

Politicians of all stripes have whipped up ethnic tensions to prevent a unified struggle by the impoverished masses against the Ethiopian elites.

National strike of South African community health workers; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state on indefinite strike; Zimbabwe’s teachers continue strike; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory continue strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 November 2020

South African community health workers walk out to demand an end to contract labour; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state stoppage to demand payment of salaries; Zimbabwe teachers’ strike continues for living wage and safety at work—despite threats to stop salaries; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory strike to defend jobs

Armed conflict in Tigray threatens break up of Ethiopia

By Jean Shaoul, 9 November 2020

Despite Abiy’s promise to end ethnic discrimination, ethnic violence has increased, with some 1.7 million internally displaced people living in camps as the danger grows of still bloodier ethnic violence.

Funeral workers strike in Spain; Secondary school teachers in Ireland strike vote; Zimbabwe health authority sacks over 1,000 striking nurses

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6 November 2020

Spanish funeral workers in Madrid strike for more staff due to rising Covid deaths; Irish secondary school teachers vote to join growing global school walkouts against schools reopening; Union isolation paves way for sacking of Zimbabwean nurses on strike for four months

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3 November 2020

At least 140 drown in refugee boat disaster off Senegal coast

By Will Morrow, 2 November 2020

The increasing use of the dangerous route is the outcome of the European powers’ migration policies that led thousands of migrants to drown in the Mediterranean.

Nigeria: Live ammunition fired at anti-police brutality protesters

By Jean Shaoul, 30 October 2020

A Lagos-based soldier, speaking anonymously to Reuters, said soldiers from the army 81st Division’s 65th Battalion, based at Bonny Camp, had fired on unarmed civilians at the toll gate.

Zimbabwe nurses’ and teachers’ strikes continue; National auto strike in South Africa; First national strike by doctors in Spain for 25 years

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 October 2020

Zimbabwean nurses face government threats to contract as strike continues for PPE and living wage; teachers’ strike in Zimbabwe threatened as unions write begging letter to government; national auto strike brings production in quarter of industry to halt.

Clashes erupt in Guinea-Conakry as Condé declared president for third term

By Anthony Torres, 27 October 2020

The week that has unfolded since the election was marked by violent clashes between supporters and opponents of Guinea’s long-time president.

999 Clashes erupt after disputed elections in Guinea-Conakry

26 October 2020

ICE uses torture to pressure African asylum seekers to agree to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020

In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.

Nigerian airport workers one-day strike; council workers continue land occupation in Zimbabwe; ballots for strikes by UK workers at Rolls Royce factory, Scottish university academic staff vote to strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 October 2020

Nigerian Federal airport workers stage one-day warning strike under conditions of mass unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa’s largest country—which has fueled mass protests against state violence.

Nigerian government clamps down on protests

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2020

The deployment of Nigeria’s army followed its announcement last week that it was ready to maintain law and order and deal decisively with “subversive elements and troublemakers.”

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22 October 2020

Nigerian government unleashes massacre against police brutality protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2020

Nigeria’s protests against police brutality are also fueled by popular anger over conditions of mass unemployment, endemic poverty and unprecedented social inequality in Africa’s largest country.

Nigerian anti-police protests continue and garner international support

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2020

The dire social conditions are the product of colonial and neocolonial oppression by the imperialist powers on behalf of their banks and corporations, exacerbated by the venal and corrupt rule of the national bourgeoisie.

Protests against police brutality in Nigeria amid economic catastrophe

By Stephan McCoy, 16 October 2020

The protests were sparked by the killing of a young man in Delta State, in southern Nigeria, during a stop-and-search operation on October 3, although the police denied that Special Anti-Robbery Squad officers were involved.

Greek public sector 24-hour strike; Amazon workers in Germany walk out; Nigerian workers in Kwara state resume wage strikes

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16 October 2020

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Pandemic fuels class struggle across Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 15 October 2020

The working class is manifesting its discontent with the situation in a resurgent wave of political radicalisation that had briefly abated after the onset of the pandemic.

One-day nationwide strike against South African ANC government

By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2020

The mass walkout is part of a broader wave of struggles by workers in recent months that have seen repeated actions by healthcare workers, municipal workers, bus drivers, teachers and workers in meat processing plants, steel works and warehouses.

National public sector strike in South Africa; health workers’ stoppage spreads in Kenya; union ends long-running dispute at London’s Tate Gallery

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 October 2020

Thousands of South African workers held a nationwide strike Wednesday, while the PCS union ended the stoppage at the Tate art galley’s commercial arm after 42 days of strike action, with a deal that includes job losses.

Zimbabwean teachers refuse to work as government reopens schools without COVID-19 protection

By Stephan McCoy, 9 October 2020

Teachers are demanding that as frontline workers they should have regular testing, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and risk allowances before they are prepared to start work again.

British Gas strike vote; Nigerian unions sabotage struggle against price hikes; South African textile workers vote for national strike

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2 October 2020

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Zambia seeks suspension of debt service payments in Africa’s first pandemic-related default

By Stephan McCoy, 30 September 2020

The threat of the continent’s first COVID-related default testifies to the scale of the economic disaster affecting much of sub-Saharan Africa.

With one million dead, governments abandon efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

By Andre Damon, 30 September 2020

The fall and winter months in America and Europe are expected to bring a major resurgence of the disease.

Strikes by Greek doctors and ferry workers, UK’s London underground rail drivers’ strike vote, South African health workers continue protests over pay and COVID-19 safety measures

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25 September 2020

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Retail workers continue protests in Ireland and UK; South African and Nigerian health workers walk out; union sells out Zimbabwe nurses’ strike

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18 September 2020

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Floods inundate Sudan amid escalating economic crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2020

The hardest hit has been the capital Khartoum, where the Blue and White Nile Rivers meet, as the Nile burst its banks, demolishing everything in its way.

National stoppage planned in France over job losses; Nigeria’s doctors resume strike for PPE; South African protests for PPE met with police brutality

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11 September 2020

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French NPA’s Révolution permanente site hails pro-imperialist coup in Mali

By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2020

This web site, linked to the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) of Argentina, hailed a putsch led by a junta of colonels that has proclaimed its loyalty to the French occupation of Mali.

Sudanese refugee drowns attempting to cross English Channel

By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2020

Family members say the victim had his claim for asylum in France refused, and risked the dangerous sea crossing seeking a better life.

Tensions rise as Zimbabwe’s economy implodes

By Stephan McCoy, 20 August 2020

There is widespread speculation about a possible coup to depose President Mnangagwa.

Beached Japanese cargo ship causes ecological disaster for Mauritius

By Tom Casey, 14 August 2020

The MV Wakashio began leaking thousands of metric tons of fuel after it collided with a coral reef barrier near the southern coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

Report charges US-Saudi arms sale ignored civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2020

The report on the $8.1 billion arms deal came amid fresh reports from Yemen of atrocities caused by US-supplied Saudi warplanes and munitions.

New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation

By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020

Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.

Africa’s one million coronavirus cases “the tip of the iceberg”

By Stephan McCoy, 8 August 2020

Between June and July, the number of cases grew by 500 percent indicating that COVID-19 is more widespread than the official figures suggest.

Maltese doctors’ action against spread of COVID-19; Iranian oil workers continue strikes; Zimbabwe doctors’ and nurses’ stoppage spreads.

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7 August 2020

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Zimbabwe: Government repression as social unrest mounts

By Stephan McCoy, 5 August 2020

The crackdown gives the lie to the claims that Mnangagwa would bring an end to tyranny, corruption, and social misery.

South Africa has the world’s fifth highest COVID-19 cases

By Stephan McCoy, 27 July 2020

The rate at which detected cases are doubling in the country, about every two weeks, implies that confirmed infections will be one million early August.

Zimbabwe: Social unrest grows amid economic collapse

By Stephan McCoy, 25 July 2020

Security forces have used COVID-19 lockdown laws to arrest nurses striking over poverty wages, appalling work conditions and lack of personal protective equipment.

Icelandair cabin crew reject contract, threatened with sacking; Israel’s nurses, social workers strike; Zimbabwe nurses’ strike continues

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24 July 2020

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20 July 2020

Health care workers take action to preserve lives as COVID-19 spreads throughout Africa

By Stephan McCoy, 17 July 2020

From the onset of the pandemic, health care workers across the continent sounded the alarm over the lack of staff as well as ventilators and ICU beds.

French-backed security forces in the Sahel guilty of mass extrajudicial executions

By Will Morrow, 10 July 2020

The report exposes the Franco-German-led war as a neo-colonial intervention to subjugate the resource-rich and geo-strategically critical region and its population.

Riots in Ethiopia over assassination of Oromi singer/activist Hachalu Hundessa

By Jean Shaoul, 9 July 2020

In Addis Ababa, at least 10 people were killed in clashes with the police and many more were injured. Similar clashes took place throughout Oromia, the largest of Ethiopia’s nine ethnically based regions.

South Africa sees surge in COVID-19 as restrictions lifted

By Stephan McCoy, 8 July 2020

South Africa is now the country with the second highest number of deaths on the African continent, behind Egypt, and the largest number of cases.

Bombing of Turkey’s Watiya base escalates Franco-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2020

The decade-long civil war between rival imperialist-backed warlords triggered by the 2011 NATO war in Libya is spiraling out of control.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surge as oil price slump deepens social crisis

By Stephan McCoy, 7 July 2020

As of July 5, the country had recorded nearly 29,000 confirmed cases and 635 deaths, a more than sixfold increase following the government’s reopening of the economy at the end of March, just a few weeks after imposing a lockdown.

Pandemic spirals out of control in South Africa, India, Brazil

By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2020

The official tallies in each country of daily confirmed coronavirus cases have become exponential, indicating that whatever containment measures were implemented to halt the spread of the virus have essentially collapsed.

Zimbabwe nurses strike as economic crisis brings threat of second coup and military dictatorship

By Stephan McCoy, 4 July 2020

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.

Coronavirus accelerating in Africa as cases top 300,000

By Stephan McCoy, 26 June 2020

The World Health Organisation has warned that up to 10 million will be infected over the coming three to six months and that 300,000 people will die on the African continent.

Thousands of Iranian sugarcane workers strike for second week; clothing workers’ stoppage in Lethoso; Zimbabwe nurses and doctors protests and strike

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26 June 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the global plight of refugees and migrant workers

By Jordan Shilton, 24 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the global population, the disease is having an especially devastating impact on the tens of millions of displaced people throughout the world.

Tens of thousands rally in French-occupied Mali for resignation of president

By Will Morrow, 22 June 2020

The protests are driven by anger over rising inequality, the government’s negligent response to the coronavirus pandemic, and extrajudicial killings by security forces.

Financier of 1994 Rwandan genocide Félicien Kabuga arrested in Paris

By Jacques Valentin, 20 June 2020

Kabuga, who financed and helped equip the genocidal Interahamwe militias, had been located by police in 2007 but was still living quietly in the Paris suburbs.

ANC imposes back to work drive amid sharp rise in South Africa’s coronavirus cases

By Stephan McCoy, 20 June 2020

More than 84,000 people—25 percent of Africa’s confirmed cases—have now been infected with the virus, which has claimed the lives of almost 1,800 people.

Strike vote by Dutch steelworkers, Nigerian doctors prepare for indefinite walkout; South African airline workers protest

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12 June 2020

Unanimous strike vote at Dutch Tata steel plant while Nigerian doctors have set June 15 as the date for a nationwide walkout while employees of airline South African Express staged a protest in Pretoria, South Africa over non-payment of wages.

Zambia’s bid for IMF rescue deal thwarted by Washington’s anti-China campaign

By Jean Shaoul and Stephan McCoy, 5 June 2020

Zambia has been caught in the crosshairs of US President Donald Trump’s reckless campaign to undermine China, which he views as a threat to US global dominance.

Spanish workers protest Nissan job losses; South African Macsteel metalworkers walk out against pay cut; strike threats by hospital workers in UK, Iceland

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5 June 2020

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Germany and EU expand military deployment in Africa

By Gregor Link, 2 June 2020

German imperialism sees the crisis as an opportunity to assert its global geopolitical interests by force of arms.

Spanish Nissan strike against job losses; Italian electrical workers threaten stoppage against redundancies; South African hospital wildcat strike for PPE

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 May 2020

An indefinite strike by 40 Spanish autoworkers at Nissan’s Zona Franca and Montcada sites in Barcelona began on May 4.

East Africa: Millions face triple disasters of floods, locusts and COVID-19

By Stephan McCoy, 27 May 2020

With water levels rising, some 40 million people living in major cities are at a heightened risk of flooding and infrastructure damage.

UK postal workers in Peterborough walk out; unions back reopening of French Amazon; Belgian medics protest

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22 May 2020

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World Health Organisation warns pandemic could “turn the clock back” on other killer diseases in Africa

By Stephan McCoy, 21 May 2020

The WHO has predicted that some quarter of a billion Africans will become infected with COVID-19 and as many as 190,000 will die within the first year of the pandemic.

Nigeria: COVID-19 compounds economic recession provoked by oil price slump

By Stephan McCoy, 12 May 2020

Medical and other experts are against the easing of restrictions, with the National Medical Association and the Federal Capital Territory Youth Task Force on COVID-19 both asking Buhari not to ease the lockdown.

Strikes and workers’ protests mount against “back to work” campaign

By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020

The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.

Number of COVID-19 cases hits 4 million worldwide

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 May 2020

The number of deaths has exceeded 275,000 and infections are growing. Yet, the stock markets continue to rise, despite unprecedented job losses.

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8 May 2020

South African nurses’ stayaway defies premature lockdown end; health workers in South Africa, Kenya, refuse workers in UK, demand personal protection equipment.

South Africa: ANC government orders a partial return to work amid mounting economic crisis

By Stephan McCoy, 5 May 2020

The lockdown has caused grave hardship for millions of South Africa’s 60 million people, with videos of people waiting in kilometres-long queues for charity food aid going viral.

Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2020

The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.

French teachers’ strike threat against premature end to lockdown; South African and Zimbabwean nurses protest lack of PPE

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 May 2020

Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Protests in Somalia after police killing during pandemic lockdown

By Stephan McCoy, 28 April 2020

The protests reflect a broader anger towards the brutal methods utilized by the security forces during the curfew

Workers protests continue over lack of personal protective equipment; South African unions back premature reopening of the mines

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 April 2020

Workers protests continued over lack of protective equipment as South African miners mobilized to oppose a premature return to work.

Renewed Ebola outbreak threatens the Congo as COVID-19 spreads

By Anthony Torres, 23 April 2020

Already afflicted by a growing COVID-19 pandemic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen three new Ebola cases including two deaths in recent weeks.

Workers protest lack of personal protective equipment as unions support premature back to work drive

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17 April 2020

Fiat Chrysler in Italy has set May for the resumption of partial production while nurses in Ireland, South Africa and Malawi stage protests against lack of personal protective equipment.

Ugandan government touts malarial drug chloroquine as a COVID-19 cure

By Stephan McCoy, 15 April 2020

Uganda’s government has taken a leaf from US President Donald Trump’s playbook in promoting the untested drug as a potential lifesaver.

African economies in free fall as coronavirus pandemic worsens

By Stephan McCoy, 11 April 2020

An African Union study predicts that some 20 million jobs are at risk in Africa due to the impact of the pandemic.

Africa’s refugees and internally displaced: The weakest link in the human chain

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2020

As the pandemic spreads to Africa, Asia and Latin America, the coronavirus will hit the world’s most vulnerable even harder.

Africa’s elite build VIP hospitals for themselves, leaving workers to die

By Stephan McCoy, 8 April 2020

The response of the African ruling elite has been to cocoon itself in luxury, distancing from the impoverished masses it views with hostility and fear.

African continent in social and economic chaos as official COVID-19 cases hit 10,000

By Stephan McCoy, 6 April 2020

The coronavirus crisis has exposed African governments’ lack of preparation for the pandemic, which was both foreseeable and foreseen.

Africa’s confirmed cases rise to 7,600, as 314 die from the coronavirus

By Stephan McCoy, 4 April 2020

The response of African governments has been to ramp up the powers of the state and impose brutal lockdowns with virtually no mass testing, contact tracing or isolation taking place.

El-Sisi uses coronavirus pandemic to tighten grip on Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2020

Egypt did nothing to prepare for the onset of the virus, despite being identified in early February, along with Algeria and South Africa, as one of the African countries most at risk.

Health workers in South Africa and Kenya striking for personal protection equipment against coronavirus face police attacks

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3 April 2020

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at nurses at Bongani Regional Hospital in Welko, South Africa protesting over unsafe travel arrangements while nurses walked out in Kenya over health and safety concerns.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa exceeds 6,000 with more than 200 deaths

By Stephan McCoy, 2 April 2020

The UN recently warned that half of all jobs could be lost on the African continent due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Africa’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 approaching 5,000

By Stephan McCoy, 30 March 2020

The need for an internationally coordinated response to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the African continent is urgent.

Strikes spread in Europe and Africa over lack of coronavirus safety precautions

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 March 2020

Amazon workers in France, metalworkers in Italy, postal workers in Britain and doctors in Zimbabwe are among those taking job action to protest lack of adequate safety measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Africa records over 2,400 cases of COVID-19

By Stephan McCoy, 26 March 2020

An international and coordinated struggle against the spread of coronavirus on the African continent is an urgent necessity.

Africa threatened by sudden surge in coronavirus cases

By Kumaran Ira, 23 March 2020

The entire continent risks becoming infected with coronavirus, which could rapidly swamp its inadequate health systems, leading to a horrific death toll.

South Africa’s ANC government suppressed report showing thousands could die from COVID-19

By Stephan McCoy, 23 March 2020

The Ramaphosa government’s response to the pandemic has been exactly what the study warned against—slow and virtually nonexistent.

South Africa: State of national disaster declared as coronavirus hits and social tensions mount

By Stephan McCoy, 21 March 2020

The African National Congress (ANC) government lost weeks doing nothing to prepare for the inevitable arrival of the virus.

Strikes in Italy and Iran against exposure to coronavirus at work; South African bus strike threat over pay

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 March 2020

Workers in Iran and Italy, two countries heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, have staged job action over work exposure to the disease, while South African transport workers have issued a strike threat over failed contract talks.

Union sells out municipal workers’ strike in Reykjavik, Iceland; Lebanon: hospital strike in Beirut over government inaction over Covid-19

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 March 2020

The Efling union has sold out a three week strike by municipal workers in Iceland while hospital workers in Lebanon protest the government’s inept response to the coronavirus pandemic.