COVID-19

The World Health Organization has offered a revised assessment of the COVID-19 death toll, saying the mortality figure is closer to 14.9 million. Binoy Kampmark reports.

While essential workers kept society running through the pandemic, governments and bosses worked assiduously to undermine their pay and conditions. Federico Fuentes reports.

Cuban health workers

Ian Ellis Jones reviews Don Fitz's recent book about Cuba's revolutionary heath care system.

Major multinational corporations such as Shell and BP have made much of cutting ties with Russia. The publicity value has been significant, but it has a hollow ring to it, argues William Briggs.

 

Two hundred people took part in the International Women’s Day protest organised by Hunter Workers' Women's Committee. Kathy Fairfax reports.

Sri Lankan health workers protest

A district court in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo ordered the government nurses union to suspend strike action on February 9 after more than three months of strikes, reports Chris Slee

Three union activists were elected to positions in a delayed election at Geelong Trades Hall Council. Sue Bull reports.

Nurses and Midwives strike outside NSW Parliament on February 15, 2022.

The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association went on strike on February 15, defying the Industrial Relations Commission’s order to cancel its action, write Pip Hinman and Viv Miley.

Paula Sanchez, who is running for the Socialist Alliance in the NSW Senate, has called on the public to back the nurses’ strike on February 15. Pip Hinman reports.

Adele Welsh argues that no matter how it is dressed up, the 'let it rip' approach to the pandemic has caused untold harm to families, workplaces and communities.

Prisons in New South Wales are rife with COVID-19. Michael Hatrick reports activists demand the government follow its own laws and release prisoners to keep them safe.

The far-right Freedom Convoy has been calling for PM Justin Trudeau to resign. Instead, Conservatives leader and convoy supporter Erin O’Toole has fallen, writes Jeff Shantz.

Despite promises to respect the right to seek asylum, Washington has been denying migrants that right by invoking a provision allowing it to limit travel under the pretext of mitigating COVID-19, writes José Luis Granados Ceja.

Aged residents in care are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19, while the Prime Minister wastes precious time trying to convince us that the system is not in crisis. Jackie Kriz argues for a complete overhaul.

Canada far right Freedom Convoy 2022

A mass mobilisation of far-right forces across Canada took place at the end of January and early February, reports Jeff Shantz, as thousands descended on Ottawa to culminate the “Freedom Convoy 2022”.

Nurses and midwives across Western Sydney are protesting the lack of staff which leads to extreme strain and unsafe work conditions. Viv Miley reports.

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