End Impunity 2020: Journalists’ killings – masterminds are walking free

Brussels 30 October 2020 –  Impunity occurs when those who threaten, attack and kill journalists walk free. On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists the IFJ is launching a global campaign targeting those who order crimes against journalists and but go unpunished and demanding governments take urgent steps to put an end to impunity and protect press freedom. In the past decade 998 journalists have been killed, IFJ reports show, 30 so far in 2020, most of them local journalists. Since 1990, 2644 journalists lost their lives. These horrifying figures…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Suspension: What it Means for the Left

Post on: October 30, 2020  Ezra Brain Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party on Thursday because of his reaction to a report about antisemitism in the Labour Party. But the truth of the matter is that this is part of a larger attack on both Corbyn and the pro-Palestine Left which also reveals the failures of Corbyn’s strategy of reforming the Labour Party. Sectors of the international Left were thrown into outrage on Thursday when it was announced the Labour Party had suspended their former leader Jeremy Corbyn due to…

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Revolution is Taiwan’s only way out: why we formed The Spark

The Spark (IMT in Taiwan)30 October 2020 We are happy to announce the launch of The Spark(火花), a website operated by the members of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) in Taiwan who organise a group of the same name. The website will feature Marxist news, analysis and theoretical materials in traditional Chinese. It will also provide old and newly translated articles by Marxists such as Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky, as well as Ted Grant. This is an important step in building the forces of revolutionary Marxism in Taiwan and amongst…

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Two-thirds of SL’s private sector employees struggling financially: IFC study

OCTOBER 30, 2020 BY CHARINDRA Almost two-thirds of 140,000 employees in Sri Lanka’s leading companies are struggling to meet personal and family financial obligations due to the impact of Covid-19, a new report revealed. The report, “Gendered Impacts of Covid-19 on Employment in the Private Sector”, by Women in Work, a partnership between the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – a member of the World Bank Group – and the Australian Government, highlights that almost three quarters of the companies surveyed experienced a negative impact on revenue as a result of the pandemic.…

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Suspected Architect of Sri Lanka War Crimes is UN’s ‘Chief Guest’

UN Shouldn’t Help Repressive Government Launder Image Louis Charbonneau United Nations Director@loucharbon@loucharbon The United Nations Country Team in Sri Lanka recently held a special virtual event to commemorate the world body’s 75th birthday. Sadly, it was a slap in the face for many of the country’s victims of human rights abuses and war crimes. Instead of focusing on them, the UN chose to honor one of the people implicated in their suffering, the country’s prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa, billed as the UN event’s “Chief Guest,” was president during much of the country’s civil war. In the final months…

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Interview: Health, Not Wealth, Should Determine Access to a Covid-19 Vaccine

How Opaque Vaccine Deals Could Undermine a Global Recovery from the Pandemic More than 1 million people around the world have lost their lives to Covid-19. At least another 38 million people have been infected; many have fallen severely ill. With nearly every country in the world having reported Covid-19 cases, the social and economic consequences of the pandemic have been devastating and far reaching. A Covid-19 vaccine will be critical to ending the pandemic and saving lives. The race to develop such a vaccine is on. But who will…

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Re Extension of COVID-related relief for Private Sector employees until December

By email Dear Mr Minister, Re Extension of COVID-related relief for Private Sector employees until December We refer to the above issue that was referred to by the co-cabinet spokesman Minister Udaya Gammanpila and was aired on public media on 27th October 2020. According to the statement made by Minister Gammanila as co-cabinet spokesman, the cabinet has decided to extend the Tri-partite Task Force Agreement that was in force till end September and was not consented to be extended till December 2020 except for the hotel trade at the last…

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Indonesia Is in the Middle of a New Protest Wave

BY ALEX DE JONG Indonesia’s new Omnibus Law was passed earlier this month, enacting a major series of counterreforms to workers’ rights and the environment. In protest, tens of thousands of workers went on strike, and in dozens of cities, students took to the streets. In recent weeks, Indonesia has seen a wave of mass protests and workers’ strikes in response to the government’s new so-called Omnibus Law — the collection of amendments to existing laws that are set to strip rights from workers and undermine environmental standards. Over nine…

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Inheritance and Situation: Interview with New Generation of Revolutionary Marxists in China

Left Voice spoke with Stone Song and Ji Hengge, Trotskyists in China who translated and published the first Chinese edition of The History of American Trotskyism by James P. Cannon 1. You recently published The History of American Trotskyism by James P. Cannon. This is the first time the book was published in Chinese. What was your motivation to translate and publish it in China? What lessons can the Chinese people learn from it and what kind of readership are you aiming at? Stone Song: Among American Trotskyists and important figures of the Trotskyist movement…

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Task Force had not Agree to reduce worker’s Salaries

The Cabinet Decision Circular issued by Kanishka Weerasinghe, the Director General of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) to its members and Co-Cabinet spokesmen Udaya Gammanpila’s statement to the media on 27th October distort the facts about the decision that had taken at the Task Force meeting of the Ministry of Labour. According to them, the understanding reached among Employers, Trade Unions & Government with regard to the payment of salaries for the workers who do not report to work due to the Covid 19 epidemic, has been extended till…

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