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Cuba

Don Fitz explores the intertwined reasons behind why life expectancy in the United States dropped almost three years between 2019–21, while, in Cuba, it rose by 0.2 years.

A rank-and-file ticket is contesting executive and council positions in the WA branch of the Australian Nursing Federation in late October. Chris Jenkins, who is part of it, reports.

 

The New South Wales Supreme Court is hearing a challenge that aims to overturn NSW Police fines against protesters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim McIlroy reports.

The Medical Board of Australia is trying to censor remote general practitioner and emergency doctor David Berger for his views on how to manage the pandemic. Robert Austin Henry reports.

Emergency department nurses at Blacktown and Westmead Hospitals walked out of work to protest unsustainable work conditions. Jim McIlroy reports.

Australia is not well prepared for the new COVID-19 wave because public health took a hit over the first two years of the pandemic. Alex Bainbridge canvasses measures that could keep us safe.

Boris Johnson caricature

Britain’s impressively dishonest and disorganised right-wing Prime Minister Boris Johnson is leaving office, and just about everybody is pleased to see the back of him, writes Derek Wall.

While Qantas services sank and 9000 lost their jobs, chief executive Alan Joyce engineered the biggest transfer of public money to a corporation in Australia’s history, reports Michael West.

Inequality is rising, and the trends are not new, as Fred Fuentes explains.

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.

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