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WSWS interviews Jorge O’Leary, leader of 1983–86 Phelps Dodge miners strike

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Jorge O’Leary, a Mexican-born doctor and leader of the 1983–86 Phelps Dodge miners strike in Arizona. O’Leary, who is now 80 years old, spoke about the strike and the leading role played in it by the Socialist Equality Party’s predecessor organization, the Workers League.

Eric London

German Left Party embraces the far-right AfD

In her new book The Self-Righteous Ones, Left Party politician Sahra Wagenknecht explicitly adopts the anti-immigrant and nationalist line of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and emerges as a vociferous proponent of a policy of mass infection.

Christoph Vandreier

UK lobbying scandal balloons

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while widely known to be less than friendly towards Cameron, is desperate to shut the scandal down before he and his close allies are pulled deeper into the mire.

Thomas Scripps

Flooded mine in China traps 29 workers

China remains one of the most dangerous countries for mining with explosions and gas leaks a regular occurrence. According to official statistics there were 434 mining accidents in 2020 with 573 deaths.

Robert Campion

Cryptocurrency bubble accelerates as Coinbase goes public

This week’s public launch of Grab Holdings, valued at $40 billion, and that of the cryptocurrency trader Coinbase, valued at around $85 billion, are the latest expressions of the speculative bubble fuelled by cheap money.

Nick Beams

The US war in Afghanistan: A historic crime

Biden’s announcement of the nominal end of the war in Afghanistan provides an occasion for drawing a balance sheet of a savage military operation which has produced incalculable suffering for the people of Afghanistan, squandered vast resources and brutalized American society.

Patrick Martin

German billionaires enrich themselves in the pandemic

The accumulation of outrageous wealth at the top of society is particularly evident in Germany. The number of billionaires rose by 29 last year, from 107 to 136, putting Germany in the lead in Europe.

Joshua Seubert

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

UK bus drivers continue strikes in Manchester and London United against fire and rehire, pay and conditions; one-day national stoppage of lorry drivers in Netherlands over pay and increased workload; thousands of doctors strike in Sudan against lack of PPE and unpaid wages

Julian Assange mural unveiled in Berlin

The Captain Borderline mural is a powerful reminder of the real issues involved in the persecution of Assange, and of the real forces being deployed against him.

Paul Bond

UK further and higher education staff suffer attacks on pay and conditions

Several strikes have erupted or are breaking out, indicating the determination of workers to defend their conditions. These are opposed by the unions, chief among them the University and College Union, which is isolating and shutting down every trace of opposition by staff.

Ioan Petrescu

Exxon Mobil plans closure of another Australian oil refinery

US petroleum giant Exxon Mobil earlier this year announced plans to close its oil refinery in Australia, claiming it is no longer “economically viable.” The Exxon Mobil facility in Altona, Melbourne, commenced operations in 1949. Now the jobs of 350 workers—most of them highly skilled specialists in a dangerous industry—are under threat.

Paul Bartizan

Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam on the COVID-19 pandemic and a strategy to eliminate the virus

Dr. Bar-Yam is an expert in the quantitative analysis of pandemics and was an advisor to policy makers on the West Africa Ebola virus epidemic. In February 2020, he founded EndCoronavirus.org, a global network of thousands of volunteers to guide and provide policy on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benjamin Mateus

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Health care workers in Mexico City and Guanajuato state are continuing protests to demand access to COVID-19 vaccinations while members of the Utier electrical workers union in Puerto Rico voted unanimously in favor of a strike against the Electrical Energy Authority

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