civil liberties

Turkish opposition statement on airport bombing: government incapable of bringing peace

The following statement by the left-wing, Kurdish-led Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chairs was released on June 29:

We condemn the attack in Istanbul, Atatürk International Airpor. Unfortunately 36 civilians lost their lives and 147 people were injured as a result of this inhumane attack. We wish that God rests the souls of all departed, we extend our condolences to their families and friends, and wish the wounded quick recovery. We share the great sorrow with the whole society and harshly condemn the terror attacks that target civilians and the humankind.

Britain: Thousands of protesters, unions defend Corbyn as right-wing MPs attack


Rally supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament Square on June 27.

Ten thousand people rallied in support of Labour's left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn -- elected leader last year in a landslide vote that marked a rejection of pro-austerity politics -- outside of Westminster on June 27, as right-wing Labour Party MPs took advantage of the fallout from the Brexit vote to move against the party leader.

Letter from the US: Homophobia behind Orlando killings, not 'Islamic terrorism'

The attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 dead (including the shooter) and more than 50 injured was the largest single violent attack on LGBTI people in US history. It claimed more victims than the 1973 arson at another nightclub in New Orleans that killed 32 people.

This massacre punctuated the daily instances of violence, including murder, against LGBTI people that occur frequently in the US.

Bernie Sanders: 'The political revolution must continue'

Speaking to his supporters in a live web video address on June 17, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders insisted that despite his campaign failing to defeat Democrat establishment figure Hillary Clinton, the struggle for a political revolution must continue.

Colombia: FARC and government sign historic ceasefire


Rebels from the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

One of the world's longest running conflicts appears to be nearing an end after more than 50 years of fighting. Colombian government officials and rebels from the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) gathered in Havana, Cuba, on June 23 to announce a historic ceasefire nearly four years in the making.

HDP leaders call for solidarity as Turkish regime clamps down on media


Protest against the arrests of Professor Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Erol Önderoglu and Ahmet Nesin.

The 2016 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders ranks Turkey 151st in a list of 180 states. This devastating record only worsens day by day.

Brisbane: 'Plebiscite? No way! We want equal rights today!'

1000 people marched through the streets behind a banner which read "Safe Schools - Marriage equality - Legalise it now".

The pre-election rally for marriage equality was a vibrant and passionate affair with the unambiguous message: no more delays, we don't want a plebiscite, we want equal marriage now!

Momentum on 'Brexit' vote: Labour movement must show way forward for the working class

The statement below was published on June 24 by Momentum, a grassroots group within the Labour Party that seeks to organise in support of the left platform of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Yesterday, the British people voted to leave the European Union. Momentum, which campaigned to remain in the EU in order to transform the EU, respects the decision taken by the electorate.

Mexico: Teachers defy repression in fight for education


CNTE protest against neoliberal education reform, Mexico City, June 24. Photo: TeleSUR.

Marathon talks between the Mexican government and teachers protesting neoliberal education reforms in the face of deadly repression ended on June 22 with no resolution, TeleSUR English said the next day.

Walden Bello: How neoliberalism killed the Philippines' EDSA Republic

The Benigno Aquino administration is down to its final days till it makes way for the new presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected in May.

You could make the case that we are also seeing the curtain fall on the 30-year-old liberal democratic state that came to existence with the February 1986 EDSA Uprising that overthrew the military dictatorship of Marcos.

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