International

My first day in Tunisia

Apologies for the delay in posting but here’s yesterday’s diary entry for my first day in Tunisia: I’m writing in the back of a van driving through the roads in Tunisia from the refugee camps at the Libyan border to Gafsa an industrial city in the west of the country. This is the first of what should be daily updates ...

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Visiting Tunisia this weekend

Another week and an another visit abroad! From today until Monday, I’ll be in Tunisia as part of a delegation from the European United Left. This visit should be particularly enlightening considering the revolutionary events that have been taking place there over the last few months. It’s a fairly packed schedule with a number of meetings with different activist groups, ...

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Video: Opposing the Indian Free Trade Agreement

Under the guise of lifting the people of India out of poverty, the EU is currently in negotiations with the Indian government about the introduction of a Free Trade Agreement. In reality, the FTA will not do anything to eradicate poverty but will only make it worse. Questions have also been raised about the impact of an FTA on the ...

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Video: Oppression of the Tamil peoples in Sri Lanka

Despite finally acknowledged the crimes committed against the Tamil peoples in Sri Lanka, including the deaths of 40,000 and detainment of hundreds of thousands in the Sri Lanka government’s most recent campaign, their response is to do nothing unless the Sri Lankan government agrees but this isn’t altogether surprising considering how long its taken them just to acknowledge the repression ...

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Report from my visit to Iceland: The aftermath of the crash

Arriving in Iceland, the second thing that arrests your eyes, after taking in the dramatic glaciers and cliffs that you fly over, is the prominent ads for Lanksbankinn, the bank whose collapse heralded the beginning of what is known as “the crash”. Its ads, together with the consequences of its speculative activities, tower over the people of Iceland. I was ...

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Video: Nuclear safety in the context of the Fukushima catastrophe

The horrible tragedy of the events in Fukushima should serve as a warning to the dangers of nuclear power, particularly in areas prone to natural disasters. This is further aggravated when big business and private industry have a role to play in nuclear energy production and the interests of profit are more important than the impact on the lives of ...

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Video: Pakistan and the role and impact of speculation on food prices

At a session of the Committee on International Trade during the week, I posed a number of questions to the European Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, on the Commission’s proposals and opinions on a number of important issues – 1) What exactly the Commission is proposing to do in relation to the ongoing catastrophe in Pakistan after last year’s floods? ...

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