Daily Archives: December 6, 2018

Ukraine | Interview with Vasiliy Volga, the leader of the Ukrainian Union of Left Forces

Introduction by Halyna Mokrushyna

Vasiliy Volga is a veteran of Ukrainian politics and the leader of the Ukrainian party Union of Left Forces. He founded the Union in 2007 after leaving the Socialist Party of Ukraine which, because of internal squabbles, was not able to secure seats in the Verkhovna Rada in the 2007 parliamentary elections. Volga’s position as an active critic of the current Ukrainian political regime based on right-wing nationalism places him under the close surveillance by security services. Very recently, on November 6, his home was searched and he himself was summoned for an interrogation to the office of the Security Service of Ukraine where he was presented with phony, groundless accusations. Vasiliy Volga also receives threats from the extreme right ‘patriots’ of Ukraine. It takes courage to take a leftist, anti-nationalist stance in the stiffing political atmosphere of the post-Euromaidan Ukraine where hundreds of political opponents of the Poroshenko regime have been imprisoned or intimidated. Vasiliy Volga certainly has this courage.

Méditerranée centrale : Une hécatombe sourde et muette, désormais à l’abri de (presque) tous les regards

En Méditerranée centrale, l’accélération de l’externalisation des contrôles à la frontière maritime Sud et Est de l’Europe et le durcissement des politiques de dissuasion menée par l’Italie ont des conséquences directes et dramatiques : une diminution drastique du nombre de départs depuis les côtes libyennes, une augmentation des risques d’interception, de refoulement et de violations des droits fondamentaux en mer ainsi que du taux de mortalité en Méditerranée.

Sierra Leone doctors strike over conditions, nurses may follow

Doctors in Sierra Leone’s public hospitals were on strike on Wednesday to protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses said they may follow suit.

Sierra Leone is one of Africa’s poorest countries and its public hospitals lack equipment. The 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic killed nearly 4000 people, including more than 250 medical staff.