British gas engineers continue stoppage; 2,000 UK bus drivers strike in London; nationwide one-day strikes and demonstrations in South Africa

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 February 2021

British gas engineers resume strike action after company refuses to budge over “fire and rehire”; UK London bus drivers strike over pay cut; one-day national action in South Africa over unemployment, poverty and inequality

Portuguese teachers strike; national strike planned against South Africa’s ANC government

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 February 2021

Portuguese teachers strike against unsafe return to schools order; national strike planned against South Africa’s ANC government over the erosion of workers’ rights, unemployment, corruption, inequality and poverty.

President Macron rejects troop draw-down in French military intervention in the Sahel

By Will Morrow, 18 February 2021

The French army has waged the neo-colonial war under the cynical banner of the fight against terrorism and the defence of the local population.

South African government puts vaccination programme on hold

By Jean Shaoul, 16 February 2021

Ramaphosa’s government faces a mounting public health crisis, widespread criticisms of its handling of the pandemic and the vaccination rollout, allegations of corruption over Covid-19 spending, near-daily electricity blackouts and soaring debt amid shrinking coffers.

UK engineers at British gas continue strikes; walkout by UK staff at London’s Heathrow airport; Nigerian University administration workers’ stoppage

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa

12 February 2021

Engineers at British gas continue strikes against “fire and rehire”; walk out by UK airport staff at London’s Heathrow over pay cut; Nigerian University administration workers’ stoppage over pay

Defying riot police, Moroccan autoworkers at Kénitra launch wildcat strike

By Alex Lantier, 9 February 2021

Strikers want to resolve their very low salary, poor sanitary conditions, non-payment of bonuses and overtime, including a performance bonus that has not been paid for six months, and equipment failures.

Nigerian farmers win hollow legal victory against Shell for oil spillages

By Jean Shaoul, 8 February 2021

Shell have long sought to evade responsibility via lengthy legal proceedings, many in UK courts, for their part in regular oil spills on the Niger Delta. Even when courts find against Shell, the oil giant manages to manoeuvre its way out of its obligations.

Strikes across France against government’s refusal to tackle pandemic, low wages and job insecurity; UK pay strikes by delivery workers, porters, scaffolders, care workers; Zimbabwe month-long council strike continues in Harare

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 February 2021

Nationwide strikes on Thursday across France; UK strikes and ballots over pay across all sectors; Zimbabwe council strike continues over lack of pay.

British gas workers’ strikes continue; Dutch electronic and metalworkers walk out; French teachers, school nurses and students walk out; non-teaching university staff plan strike in Nigeria

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 January 2021

British energy strike continues over “fire-and-rehire”; French teachers, school nurses and students walk out over pay and Covid safety issues; Dutch metal and electronic workers strike over pay; Nigeria’s non-teaching university staff to strike over cuts, pay and conditions

World Bank details economic and social impact of coronavirus in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 25 January 2021

Death rates in 20 countries are higher than the global average of 2.2 percent, rising by more than 30 percent in the past month in Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa. Officials in Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo said hospital capacity and oxygen supplies were running out.

Strikes by UK energy workers continue as British Airways workers plan further walkout; French energy workers strike; South African metal workers and broadcast workers strike against redundancies

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 January 2021

Thousands of UK energy workers continue strikes against hire-and-fire; French energy workers strike against privatisation; indefinite strike by metalworkers at South African company against redundancies

Ugandan President Museveni arrests opposition rival Bobbi Wine

By Jean Shaoul, 20 January 2021

Museveni’s regime depends on extensive backing from the US, which provides over $970 million a year in development and security assistance, including military training for the army.

Tunisian regime deploys army as protests spread 10 years after Arab Spring

By Alex Lantier, 19 January 2021

Ten years after revolutionary uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, explosive anger is building in working-class districts across North Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Swedish care workers’ national action; UK energy workers plan further industrial action as telecom workers in strike ballot; Nigerian polytechnic staff pay walk out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 January 2021

Around 55,000 Swedish care workers to begin industrial action today over pay, conditions and increased workload during pandemic; British gas workers plan further strikes to defend pay and conditions as Telecom workers in strike ballot.

9,000 British gas employees strike; UK student rent strikes spreading; Kenyan healthcare stoppage continues despite union sabotage

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 January 2021

Employees at British Gas walk out to defend pay and conditions; UK University students rent strike across 31 universities; Kenyan healthcare workers’ strike continues despite union sending doctors back

South Africa: COVID-19 cases soar with little prospect of widespread vaccination

By Jean Shaoul, 31 December 2020

The situation in South Africa is replicated in a second wave of the pandemic that is sweeping across much of the continent, which has seen a steady rise in infections since November

French transport workers stoppage in Paris as UK transport workers in London ballot for strike action; UK airport workers strike at London Heathrow; South African healthcare workers walk out at six hospitals

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 December 2020

French transport workers strike in Paris against privatisation; UK Heathrow airport workers stoppage over pay and conditions; healthcare workers in six South African hospitals demand pay rise

US recognizes Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara

By Jean Shaoul, 14 December 2020

President Donald Trump’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara was the quid pro quo for Morocco’s formal recognition of Israel.

Amin: A worker far from home

By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2020

Amin is a subdued, thoughtful look at the condition of migrant workers who break their backs in the metropolitan countries to feed their families in their native lands.

Strike ballots across UK in education, health care, transport, local government and British Airways; 24-hour strike by power workers in France; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 December 2020

Strike ballots across many sectors in UK including education, hospitals and health, transport, local government and British Airways; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread to port and oil workers in Nigeria.

UK deploys troops to Mali

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2020

Earlier this year, Mali witnessed months of protests against the French occupation, launched in 2013, and the ethnic massacres between rival militias that Paris tolerates, and uses to divide and rule the country.

French President Macron hails Egypt’s dictator General al-Sisi in Paris

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2020

Macron’s declaration of support for the butcher of Cairo is a warning to the working class of the advanced preparations for military-police dictatorships across Europe.

Adu: A young African boy on a perilous journey

By Joanne Laurier, 5 December 2020

Adu is a hard-hitting Spanish film about the global refugee crisis, dramatizing its vast dimensions through the travails of a young boy as he makes a life-threatening journey throughout Africa.

Amazon workers in Germany strike for pay rise; French transport workers renew plans to strike against privatisation; 1,200 Zimbabwe nurses remain sacked after union sell-out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 December 2020

Amazon workers Germany walk out for three days over pay; French transport workers resume plans to strike against privatisation, postponed because of pandemic; Zimbabwe government ignores court ruling to reinstate sacked nurses

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

999 Clashes erupt in Ivory Coast after disputed elections

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.”

999 Nigeria crisis

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 July 2020

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999 Protest over stranded Mauritius cruise workers

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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.