Europe

two workers at a protest

A coordinated string of political strikes brought Finland to a standstill from February 12‒16, when more than 130,000 workers took rolling strike action in response to an array of neoliberal reforms proposed by conservative prime minister Petteri Orpo’s National Coalition government, reports Clive Tillman.

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Moscow-based poet, translator, and activist Kirill Medvedev, of the Russian Socialist Movement (RSD), spoke with Green Left’s Federico Fuentes regarding the significance of opposition leader Alexei Navalny death in prison and the recent jailing of anti-war socialist Boris Kagarlitsky.

Film director Ken Loach on set

Darren Saffin reviews Ken Loach's film The Old Oak, which is set in a dying northern English village following the arrival of Syrian refugee families.

Abdullah Ocalan

Nilüfer Koç writes that imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan has become a symbol as well as an effective actor for progressive change in the Middle East — and must be freed.

protesters, woman's face

Green Left’s Federico Fuentes interviewed Viktoriia Pihul, a council member of Ukrainian democratic socialist organisation Social Movement, regarding the situation in Ukraine two years after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

F-35 fighter jets

Following a Dutch appeals court ruling to halt the export and transit of all F-35 parts to Israel within seven days, the Netherlands' government is taking the matter to the country’s Supreme Court, reports Binoy Kampmark.

poster with f-35 jets

A Dutch court has ordered the Netherlands' government to cease exporting F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel that are being used in the war in Gaza, reports Kerry Smith.

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Anti-war socialist Boris Kagarlitsky has been sentenced to five years’ jail on appeal, a harsh sentence his supporters say is due to his opposition to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, writes Federico Fuentes.

two book covers

February 24 marks the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ever since the war began it has generated debate on the left, which is why these two new works reflecting on the conflict are essential reading, writes Federico Fuentes.

man's face

In the name of grassroots democracy and accountability, the people of Strasbourg are being given the opportunity to judge the performance of their local la France Insoumise deputy, Emmanuel Fernandes, reports Sarah Glynn.

water flowing into a hand

The Nigerien government has decided to nationalise the operation of its drinking water, ending its contract with the French Veolia Group, reports Kerry Smith.

map of Sahel region

The military governments in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger announced on January 28 that they would leave the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and have formed their own alliance, reports Al Mayadeen English.