Our association carries out permanent solidarity campaigns for five countries in South and South-East Asia, i.e. in one of the regions of the world most affected by a “polycrisis” that is getting worse and worse. There is no longer just the addition of multiple crises - climatic and ecological, health, socio-economic, political and geostrategic - each one already fraught with devastating consequences: they feed each other, constituting, by dint of interactions, a formidable global crisis whose effects are felt from the north to the south and from the east to the west of our planet. The poor, the marginalised, the workers are paying its price all over the world - a price which means, where our Asian partners are active, that successive layers of the population are plunging into great poverty, destitution and even famine.
Justin Trudeau’s India accusation complicates western efforts to rein in China
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations that India was involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen complicates efforts by Canada and its allies to woo India to counter-balance Chinese might.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation that the Indian government was involved in the (...)
We must fight for the future of Ukrainian education.
Interview with the Direct Action student union
To mark Knowledge Day, Common spoke to activists from the Direct Action student union about the right to education in a country at war. They explain why they decided to relaunch the union, what the obstacles are to protecting students’ rights, (...)
Report from Bangladesh on ESSF funded activities in 2022 and some historical background
We would like to thank ESSF and all the donors for the support we received in 2022. This year, we thought it would be useful to introduce this report by presenting the current political context and some information about our own history. [€ 10 000 were sent through ESSF in 2022]
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Libya floods: the drowning of Derna was a man-made disaster decades in the making
One family’s ambition contributed to the fate of the city in eastern Libya.
In the early hours of September 11, residents of Derna in north-east Libya woke to the sound of loud explosions. After more than a decade of conflict – initially between the Gaddafi regime and local factions, then (...)
Does the Pakistani left understand working class people?
A lively discussion commenced on the Left after I posted a poster from our campaign which paid tribute to Imam Hussain (A.S). The poster was made by a working class comrade from the constituency who requested that I put it on my wall. It was no surprise to me that some elements, without trying (...)
Indonesia: A Wall Is Just A Wall, It Can Be Destroyed
Serikat Tahanan, is an anti-authoritarian prisoners association, organising both inside and outside of eleven different prisons across Indonesia.They have worked to reach out to fellow convicted anti-authoritarian activists to advocate and educate the public about prison conditions in (...)
The Guardian Editor’s note : “The world is failing women and girls. It is failing boys and young men too“
Last Tuesday, a report revealed the extent of sexual assault against female surgeons ; on Wednesday a poll showed that sexual harassment was contributing to girls’ declining happiness ; at the weekend the Russell Brand revelations dominated the news cycle. On Sunday we heard how students are (...)
Myanmar: The machine that went rogue
Learning from Myanmar’s unsuccessful ‘Third Force’ movement.
Early on the morning of 1 February 2021, a convoy of armoured vehicles carrying fully armed soldiers approached the parliament, where elected officials were ready to take office after another landslide victory for the ruling (...)
War, identity, irony: how Russian aggression put central Europe back on the map
A 1980s essay by Czech writer Milan Kundera on the peoples trapped between east and west is enjoying a new lease of life
“Are you a dissident?”, a journalist asked Milan Kundera, when he had became exiled in France from his native Czechoslovakia in the mid-1970s. “No, I am a writer,” (...)
Azerbaijan: new unions emerge
In places where existing trade unions fail to organise workers, new unions will often emerge to fill the gap. And those new unions will sometimes be the subject of state repression as a result.
This is what appears to be happening today in Azerbaijan.
The existing trade unions in the (...)
In Russia, the mathematician Azat Miftakhov released then immediately targets new charges
Released from prison on Monday, the anarchist activist sentenced in 2021 for the attack on a premises in United Russia was arrested again.Investigators accuse him of remarks “justifying terrorism” made in detention.
Azat Miftakhov only tasted freedom for a handful of minutes, the time to (...)
The Liquid Imperialism That Engulfed Syria
How regional and global powers, internal colonialism and Salafi-jihadist subterfuge converged to short-circuit the Syrian struggle against despotism
Syria is a country of only 71,498 square miles in area, with a population of less than 24 million, and yet two global superpowers (the United (...)
I, Vitalyi, Ukrainian socialist activist deported to Russia
Vitaliy is a young Ukrainian revolutionary activist. The war on February 24 took him by surprise in Kherson. There, he experienced Russian aggression at close quarters. For refusing a Russian passport, a negation of his Ukrainian identity, he was deported to central Russia, where he lives in (...)
Libyan Floods Reflect a River of Corruption and Negligence
When a natural disaster hits, it’s as if the planet itself has turned against you. Every element of human experience ceases to make sense. This is the situation in Libya, after Storm Daniel arrived on the evening of Sept. 10, resulting in flooding so extreme that tens of thousands are feared (...)
France accused of attack on press freedom after journalist arrest
Ariane Lavrilleux, who reported on leaked documents alleging French intelligence used to target civilians in Egypt, is in custody
France has been accused of an unacceptable attack on press freedom after the arrest of an investigative journalist who reported on leaked documents that alleged (...)
Rewriting India’s History Through School Textbooks
Since the ideological BJP has come to power, a concerted effort has been made to distort the curriculum to promote a monocultural view of the country’s past and present
In 2020, schools in India witnessed sweeping overhauls in social science textbooks for grades six through 12. These (...)
Vietnam: Tourism workers in Hoi An voice hope over social insurance policies
More freelance labourers in Hoi An have spent part of their monthly income on voluntary social insurance, considering this as a saving for after they retire.
Trần Ngọc Duy, a 27-year-old xích lô (cyclos or pedicabs) driver in the ancient town of Hội An, has recently enrolled in voluntary (...)
Indonesia: Jakarta’s air position and people’s right to live in a decent city
On Sunday August 13, based on data from the IQAir air quality monitoring website at 6 am, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Jakarta stood at 170 or in the unhealthy category, with high levels of PM2.5 pollutants. Over the last few weeks, the IQAir website has recorded Jakarta as being the most (...)
China: Telling Ukraine’s Story of the Russian Invasion
On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, what he called a “special military operation.” The brutal aggression involved Russian troop advancements as well as relentless cruise and ballistic missile attacks on military and civilian targets. (...)
Vietnam: The Revolutionary Movement in Indo-China
Economically, Indo-China is ruled by the Bank of Indo-China, which in the year 1924 possessed a capital of 64,400,000 francs, and the transactions of which during the ‘same year amounted to 4,5 milliards. It has in its hands the “Credit Industriel et Commercial”, the French Coal Company of (...)