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1983-85: Bolivian Protests and Strikes Defeat President

In 1983 Bolivia elected a left wing president supported by a coalition of leftist parties and union federations. However the President priorities the paying of foreign debt and brought in neoliberal reforms and lowered wages and living standards for many Bolivians. As a result he alienated his allies and thousands of industrial workers and peasants rebelled with a series of protests and strikes.

The Iranian coup, 1953

Roosevelt with the Shah of Iran

A detailed account of the overthrow of nationalist Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh by the CIA at the behest of the British and American governments, written by Stephen Kinzer.

Energy Supply Chain Inquiry, San Francisco Zinn Bookfair, 4 Dec 2016

Bakken Route BNSF

"Energy Supply Chains: Working Class Solidarity & Stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline" presentation at 3rd Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair on Sunday December 4th, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon at San Francisco City College Mission Campus. Attendees will be taken through a "thought experiment" that imagines solidarity spreading throughout the entire energy supply chain in solidarity with the protests to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A general strike starting from refinery workers at the caribbean island of Curacao - awaiting new masters from China

Curacao strike refinery workers 2016

The strike of a week of refinery workers, followed by the general strike on September 15 in Curacao, has aroused much interest in the Caribbean. In particular, the fact that a mysterious third party showed up paying over 1.8 million ANG [Antillean Guilder (ANG). Per 23-9-2016 1 ANG = 0,50 EUR or US$ 0,57] in back wages, has caused astonishment. F.e. Surinam media reported extensively on the workers' actions. One remembers the Curacao strikes and riots of May 30 1969, that were repressed by Dutch marines, and that led to changes in policy.

Bloodshed in Bayonne

October 8, 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the strike at Standard Oil’s Bayonne, N.J., refineries. In the course of the ten-day strike, 4 people were killed and 86 wounded. The free press demonstrated collusion between the corporation and the city authorities in what John Reed described as a police riot. Yet, not a word of this is mentioned in the Rockefeller biographies.

Break the silence on Azerbaijan oil workers' deaths

Flowers on the Caspian shore

In Azerbaijan, oil workers and their families are demanding answers about offshore safety standards, but the authorities have stayed silent for nine months about the causes of a disaster that killed 31 people

Labour Movements and Opposition Groups in Saudi Arabia: 1950-1975

An article about the growth of the Saudi Labour movement and additional radical opposition groups, focussing on two strikes at the ARAMCO oil company in 1953 and 1956.

Protests over workers' deaths met by police and fascist repression

Riot police protecting the Golden Dawn office in Aspropyrgos

A fire at the Hellenic Petroleum(EL.PE) refinery cost the lives of four workers back in May. Since then protests against this industrial 'accident' targeting the second richest family in Greece have been meet by joint police and fascist repression.

Activists jailed in Azerbaijan, the house that BP built

demo in Baku

A protest against Azerbaijan’s crackdown on political dissent will be staged in London this Friday, 12 June, as the first European Games open in Baku.

Reflections on sabotage, theirs and ours - Jeff Shantz

An illustration of 'the leisure class'

On capitalist and worker sabotage in environmental struggle.