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Statement on Mayday and Pikeville, KY, anti-fascist mobilisation

Mike Alewitz mural of Albert & Lucy Parsons in Mexico

We support anarchists and revolutionaries going to Pikeville at the end of April to oppose these fascists and to commemorate May Day, International Workers’ Day. And we go to Pikeville to organize with working people . . . to oppose fascism and to build a united working class struggle for freedom and revolution.

The ANC’s South Africa: kleptocracy and exploitation

Zuma uses Gordhan as front for his corruption (cartoon)

The corruption of the Zuma regime has now reached scandalous levels but it was entirely predictable given the ANC's past.

The Westmoreland County coal miners' strike, 1910-11

Paper called Worker solidarity, judicial oppression and police repression in the Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania coal miners' strike, 1910-11, by Judith McDonough, telling the story of a successful strike by 15,000 mostly Slovak migrant miners.

The Republic of Labin, 1921

Hammer and sickle from the Republic of Labin

A short history of a short-lived uprising of coal miners in Croatia following an attack by Italian fascists, by Steven Johns.

The 1972 miners' strike: popular agency and industrial politics in Britain

Pickets during the 1972 miners' strike

A detailed and informative account of the successful nationwide strike of UK miners in 1972, written as an academic paper by Jim Phillips.

When toil meant trouble: Butte's labour heritage

1914: radical miners attack their union HQ for being too close with management

A short roundup of key events in working class history in Butte, Montana, with a labour history timeline from the 19th century up to 1986, by George Everett.

1983-85: Bolivian Protests and Strikes Defeat President

In 1983 Bolivia elected a left wing president supported by a coalition of leftist parties and union federations. However the President priorities the paying of foreign debt and brought in neoliberal reforms and lowered wages and living standards for many Bolivians. As a result he alienated his allies and thousands of industrial workers and peasants rebelled with a series of protests and strikes.

1921-22: Kansas Miners Strike and Women's March

In 1921 strikes were effectively illegal in the state of Kansas due a state arbitration system (the Industrial Court). In response the Kansas miners struck, the strike nearly failed due to actions of their own Union leadership, but rallied when the women of the mining community began their own campaign.

1902: Belgian General Strike

In the late 19th century, the Belgian state tried several tricks to keep its parliament dominated by the wealthier classes. In response a serious of general strikes were used to force the government to implement reforms. However the Belgian Workers Party was often a hindrance in these struggles as the 1902 strike demonstrates.

The Looting of the Congo: Colette Braekman

Article on the cause and human costs of the second Congo War (1998-2003) a civil war that involved multiple armed groups, most backed by large mining concerns and foreign powers and was fought over access rights to the DRCs vast mineral deposits. Declared the bloodiest conflict in modern African history.