[iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pnsV5gW_LwU?feature=oembed" width="425" height="239" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen] An estimated 100,000 demonstrators (The BBC reports 200,000) flooded the streets of eight different Brazilian cities Monday night, venting frustrations over poor public services, police violence and government corruption. The marches began earlier this month in Sao Paulo, and soon gained momentum, escalating in violence last Thursday when 100 were injured by police.
You would never guess from the BBC that the US public wants America to keep out of Syria, opposes sending arms to the rebels, and only supports ‘humanitarian assistance’. Barack Obama’s decision to further arm the Syrian rebels, which has prompted Iran to respond by sending 4,000 troops to support Bashar Al-Assad, has been met
[iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pJk7gaVOLK4?feature=oembed" width="425" height="239" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen] Turkey’s two major unions—which consist of roughly 800,000 workers—went on a one-day strike on Monday to show solidarity with the protesters who were evicted from Gezi Park on Saturday night. Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler denounced the strike as “illegal.” Sporadic clashes between police and protesters continued in Istanbul, where police violently removed protesters on Saturday night ahead of a rally in support of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At Sunday’s rally, Erdogan told hundreds of thousands that the two weeks of countrywide protests had been manipulated by “terrorists” and denied that he was behaving like a dictator.
In Brazil, students and the indigenous may be fighting different fights, but they are ultimately part of the same struggle against the neoliberal state. While the world has been watching Turkey, another country is experiencing revolt: Brazil. Just like Turkey, Brazil has recently experienced relative success in economic terms.
G8 protest in central Belfast (BBC) Global leaders of the G8 are set to begin their two-day meetings on Monday in Belfast, but protesters are already demonstrating in force against the “corrupt capitalist system” made worse by the neoliberal policies enforced by the world leaders involved in the summit. read more
Protesters gathering outside the ERT building in Athens. On Tuesday, it was announced that the ERT – the Greek equivalent of the BBC – would be closed down by Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy government after 87 years of operation, the latest in a line of austerity measures after the country was bailed out in 2010.
Greece’s neoliberal government may have shut down public television to please its creditors, but stay tuned: the revolution may still be live-streamed. In a move that reminded many of the darkest moments in Greece’s political history, the neoliberal right-wing coalition government of Antonis Samaras decided — without any warning whatsoever — to close down ERT, the Greek Public Radio and Television Network, and lay off its 2,700 workers. ERT is an umbrella organization paid for by the Greek public, which encompasses three TV channels and four radio stations that broadcast country- and worldwide, sustained by the contributions of Greek citizens themselves, just as any other public media network.
Greeting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he arrived at the UK’s Parliament Thursday morning was a barrage of environmental activists who came to declare that “dirty tar sands fuels have no place in the UK or Europe.” Three environmental activists scaled the roof of the House of Lords and managed to interrupt Harper’s speech to Parliament before being arrested for attempting to enter “non public rooms,” the BBC reports. read more