Turkey begins assault on Kurdish-held enclave in Syria

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has said Turkish forces have fired about 70 shells at Kurdish villages in the Afrin region of north-western Syria, as Ankara said its threatened military assault was More »

Tunisia: January, the month of logical revolts

by Fausto Giudice It was predictable, it was foreseen and it happened: Tunisia exploded from below on Monday, the 8th of January. In all parts of the country, marginalised youths attacked police More »

Weapons for Egypt from Germany

Last year, the German government authorized a record number of arms exports to Egypt. As the government confirmed, permits, valued at around €428 million, were issued in 2017. Among the goods Cairo More »

Importance of Afrin and why the Turkish state wants to attack it

Turkey lies to the north and west of Afrin, to the east are Turkish-backed groups and to the south the Nusra Front (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). Oil and food prices in Afrin, whose More »

Greek workers stop work in opposition to Syriza anti-strike and austerity measures

By Robert Stevens 13 January 2018 Thousands of Greek workers demonstrated and carried out strikes on Friday against further austerity measures being imposed by the Syriza government, along with severe restrictions on More »

 

Austria | Karin Kneissl: “Russland-Sanktionen sind stumpf”

KURIER: Frau Außenministerin, Ihre erste Reise geht am Dienstag in die Slowakei. Die Slowakei gilt als moderater Visegrád-Staat – ist das ein Signal, dass sich Österreich von den Visegrád-Hardlinern Ungarn und Polen distanziert?

Austria | Bis zu 3.000 Nato-Soldaten sollen in der Ukraine üben

Russland protestiert gegen Manöver des westlichen Bündnisses in Nachbarland

Kiew – Die Ukraine hat angesichts des Krieges mit prorussischen Separatisten erneut Nato-Soldaten zu Militärübungen zugelassen. Bis zu 3.000 Soldaten des westlichen Bündnisses können 2017 mit Militärtechnik an Manövern teilnehmen, wie das Parlament in Kiew am Donnerstag mit knapper Mehrheit entschied.

Austria | Österreich: Stichwahl der Bundespräsidentenwahl wird wiederholt

Jetzt ist es amtlich. Bei den Bundespräsidentenwahlen im Mai gab es gravierende Formfehler und Rechtsverstöße gegen die Wahlordnung. In den vom Verfassungsgericht untersuchten zwanzig Wahlbezirken, wurde in vierzehn Wahlbezirken gegen das Wahlgesetz verstossen wurde. Alexander van der Bellen wird nicht als neuer Bundespräsident angelobt. Die Stichwahl muss neu ausgetragen werden.

Austria | Austria: right-wing workers vs. left-wing upper classes?

by Wilhelm Langthaler

The results of the first round of the presidential elections were an unexpected shock for the ruling Grand Coalition composed of Social-democrats and Christian-conservatives. This has been the political formula for the neo-liberal regime ever since the late 1980s. But the popular masses more and more turn their backs on them. The point of collapse is coming closer. The opposition from below, however, is being articulated mainly by a cultural chauvinist refusal of Islamic migration and is led by the historic right-wing forces.

New ascendancy of FPÖ – social-cultural protest from below

Austria | OSCE media freedom representative deplores sanctions in Ukraine banning entry of journalists

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