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Green Left's Alex Bainbridge travelled to Turkey in February, where he spoke with People's Democratic Party MP Hişyar Özsoy about repression in the country.

Key to Venezuela's success to date in quashing the coronavirus have been the existing community organisations that permeate Venezuelan society. To get a sense of how the local communities are coping with the pandemic, Green Left’s Federico Fuentes spoke to Altos de Lidice Commune spokesperson Gsus Garcia.

Filipino activists delivering aid to communities abandoned by the government are facing daily threats, harassment and arrest. They are appealing for urgent funds to continue their work among the urban poor, writes Susan Price.

Despite a deep economic recession, a profound political crisis and international sanctions that have ravaged its health sector, the South American nation of Venezuela is demonstrating that prioritising lives is possible in the battle against COVID-19, writes Federico Fuentes.

Cuban cartoonists confront COVID-19 with humour and a nasobuco (facemask).

Cuban medicine could treat thousands of coronavirus patients as production of a “flagship” drug known to combat the disease is set to increase significantly, writes Steve Sweeney.

Amid the mounting COVID-19 pandemic, capitalist governments around the world have clearly prioritised corporate welfare over public health. But Cuba has set an example of international solidarity in its response, writes Peter Boyle.

While Turkey and Greece have turned refugees away from their borders, Peter Boyle reports that the revolutionary Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (better known as Rojava) has welcomed refugees from war-devastated Idlib province in Syria.

As the United States ratchets up its sanctions on Venezuela, organisations in Australia are stepping up efforts to promote people-to-people solidarity, writes Federico Fuentes.

Paul Dobson reports Venezuela has set in motion legal proceedings to have the United States government investigated at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

 

Thousands of Kurds and their international supporters converged for a huge protest in Strasbourg, France, to demand the release of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, writes Peter Boyle.

Kurdish political leaders celebrated a “historic” verdict after a Belgian court ruled the Kurdistan Workers’ Party is not a terrorist organisation, reports Steve Sweeney.

Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela addressed a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in Melbourne on February 13, reports Chris Slee.

Three feeder columns of the annual Long March to free Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, which started in Geneva, Frankfurt and Luxembourg, are converging on Strasbourg, France, reports Peter Boyle.

Israel has been internationally condemned for its deliberate policy of depriving millions of Palestinians access to regular clean water. Yet, the NSW government is stepping up collaboration with Israel by signing an agreement on water management with the apartheid regime, writes Mark Govier.

The Gaza Surf Project aims to establish a surf life saving club in Gaza to teach lifesaving and run a Nippers program for young people. For many Palestinians, particularly children, the beach is the only playground they have left.

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