Chile on the edge of crisis

Jorge Jorquera This year Chile marks 40 years since Pinochet’s bloody coup of 11 September 1973. The coup brought the ideas of Milton Friedman and the “Chicago school” of economics into practice. After four decades of economic restructuring, Chile remains a model for neoliberalism. On 1 July the World Ba...CONTINUE READING

Sheryl Sandberg’s CEO manifesto

Jade Eckhaus Sheryl Sandberg’s new book LEAN IN: Women, Work and the Will to Lead is being peddled as a “sorta feminist manifesto”. It’s closer to an updated version of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, who last year took home $26.2...CONTINUE READING

Killed for being black

Barry Sheppard When the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for murdering Trayvon Martin was announced on 13 July, spontaneous protest demonstrations were held in cities and towns across the country. They have continued to this day. All black, civil liberties and civil rights organisati...CONTINUE READING

Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua defy US, offer asylum for Snowden

Barry Sheppard President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has offered asylum to Edward Snowden, the courageous whistleblower who has exposed vast National Security Agency spying on every US citizen and on people throughout the world. Evo Morales of Bolivia and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua followed suit. Meanwhi...CONTINUE READING

Four days that shook the world

President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been removed from power by the military establishment in the wake of massive demonstrations on 30 June. These proved to everyone that Morsi had lost all claim to legitimacy and popular support. Now, as the Revolutionary Socialists of...CONTINUE READING

The roots of the current battle

Ahmed Shawki , editor of the International Socialist Review and an eyewitness to the revolution in February 2011, talks to SocialistWorker.org’s Eric Ruder about what brought about the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood – and the dynamics at play in the new wave of Egypt’s revolution. Much of...CONTINUE READING

‘We will not be slaves again’, says Egyptian trade unionist

Muhammad Hardan Muhammad Hardan , deputy president of the Independent Union of Workers in the Cairo Water Company explains why he and other trade unionists had joined the revolt against the Muslim Brotherhood. We didn’t even have to issue a call from the union for participation in the protests, as everyon...CONTINUE READING

ASIA FOCUS

Hong Kong’s new radicals

Over the last few months, Hong Kong has been shaken by two immense struggles. First there was a momentous 40-day strike involving hundreds of crane operators and stevedores inside the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal, the world’s busiest container port. The workers won a 9.8 percent wage rise...CONTINUE READING

Israel to escalate ethnic cleansing

Kim Bullimore The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has approved the first reading of the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev . More commonly known as the Prawer-Begin Plan, the bill allows for mass forced expulsions of the Palestinian Bedouin community from the Naqab (the Arabic name for the Nege...CONTINUE READING