US Peace Congress Calls For Unity Around April 4 NATO Protests

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The Peace Congress, held in place of the Trump Military Parade, brought together more than 100 people seeking to build a more effective peace and justice More »

CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman ordered Khashoggi murder

The CIA has concluded in an assessment that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month. The US agency said it had More »

A Journalist From a Channel Owned by Ukrainian President Performed a “Sieg Heil” in the Homeland of Hitler

People who don’t hesitate to express their sympathies for the nazis work at the “Channel 5” belonging to the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. This was reported by the Ukrainian journalist and blogger More »

Ukrainian Nazis Took Revenge on Odessa Residents Who Celebrated the Liberation of Ukraine From Hitler’s Fascists

The residents of Odessa on October 28th carried out a rally in honor of the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from fascist aggressors. And with nightfall More »

Brazil election: defeat for humanity – victory for Bolsonaro, Trump and US imperialism

Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s Presidential election in the final round. Bolsonaro has secured 55% of the vote, defeating the Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro has been propelled to victory by More »

 

Belgium | Protests against the NATO summit on July 11th/12th in Brussels

Disarmament and a stop of wars is the order of the day 

On July 7th thousands protested against the coming NATO summit in Brussels. The protests were called for by Belgian peace, environment, development and human rights organizations, as well as unions and the international network “No to war – No to NATO.”

Belgium | Belgium anti-austerity demo turns violent

On May 24 police have clashed with people protesting in the Belgian capital against the government’s austerity measures for the social and economic sectors.
Belgian police fired water-cannon during clashes with protesters at a huge demonstration in Brussels on Tuesday against the center-right government’s austerity measures.
A group of around 100 masked protesters broke away from the main rally of around 60,000 people and started hurling objects at riot police, prompting officers to drive them back with jets of water.
The demonstration was called by several trade unions under the slogan “Our cup runs over”.
The protesters denounced proposed reforms by Employment Minister Kris Peeters, increasing workers’ flexibility at work, longer careers before pensions kick in and less pay under tougher conditions. The reforms will also allow employers to impose 45-hour work weeks.
“Everybody will be hurt very much by the abandonment of the 38-hour week, the increased recourse to temporary workers, the absence of coordination, the under-financing of (public services) or pensions,” FGTB union official Michel Meyer told Le Soir newspaper.
Tuesday’s rally is set to pave the way for a mass public services rally, a rail strike scheduled for May 31 and general strikes in June, September and October.
Belgian trade unions argue that the center-right free market policies of Prime Minister Charles Michel over the past two years are costing an average family some 100 euros (112 dollars) a month.
Belgium was brought to a standstill back in November 2014 due to a mass anti-austerity protest and the biggest general industrial action in years that grounded flights, shut ports and cut international rail links.
The Belgian government has come under fire for security lapses in terror attacks claimed by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Paris and Brussels.
Last November, gun attacks and bombings killed 130 people in Paris. Later, in March, two men also set off their explosives in the departure hall of the Brussels airport in coordinated blasts that also hit a metro station in the Belgian capital, killing a total of 32 people.

Belgium | Why is Belgium managing the recent fractures so badly?

David Van Reybrouck

Few countries in the European Union have such a large gap between native students and those of foreign origin, than Belgium does. There are few countries in the European Union where people of immigrant background  (called “allochtones”, allochthonous) have as much trouble finding work. No other European country has provided so many fighters to Syria as Belgium. Didn’t we know this?

Belgium | No Need to Negotiate with Vulture Funds

Renaud Vivien

Since his victory in the November elections, the new President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, has given priority to resolving the dispute between his country and “vulture funds” – investment funds that buy up heavily marked-down sovereign debt from hard-up States then instigate legal actions with the sole aim of making colossal profits. 1600% was the increase in value that a New York judge saw fit to demand of the people of Argentina in 2012. It is on the basis of this judgement, dubbed “the trial of the century” by some observers, that Macri is now negotiating.

Belgium | Greece: Alternatives to the Capitulation

16 July by Eric Toussaint

On 5 July 2015, by a referendum initiated by the government of Alexis Tsipras and the Hellenic Parliament, the Greek people overwhelmingly rejected the austerity measures imposed by the institutions that were known as the Troika. It was a splendid victory for democracy.

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