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Thai protesters face charges of insulting monarchy on eve of planned rally

15 protesters have been summoned to face lèse-majesté charges that can carry upto to 15 years in prison if found guilty. The summons were sent to some of the most prominent faces of the nearly four-month long protest movement

200 million Indian workers to strike on November 26

The call for this massive countrywide action has been given by 10 central trade unions and dozens of independent federations. Simultaneously, an umbrella platform of over 300 farmers’ organizations has called for a two-day protest

How the privatization of medicine in India is accelerating its COVID-19 death toll

The COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity for the public systems to recapture their rightful position as the predominant health care providers in the country. But the public systems were unprepared for the task

Two days ahead of historic strike, Indian trade unionists and farmers’ leaders arrested

Organizers of the historic general strike said the arrest of 31 leaders of trade unions and farmers’ movements in the State of Haryana would not dampen the protests. Over 200 million workers and hundreds of thousands of farmers will take part in the protest

Myanmar student arrests Human rights organizations demand release of jailed student activists in Myanmar 

Several activists and students, many from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, have been recently arrested by the Myanmar authorities for protesting against human rights violations in the country’s Rakhine and Chin States 

Following air strikes, Iran warns Israel against violating Syria’s sovereignty

Israel carried out airstrikes inside Syria on November 18 and again on November 21. At least three Syrian soldiers and close to 15 militiamen were killed in the airstrikes

US sanctions on Iran stand as an obstacle to any constructive engagement in West Asia

The relentless maximum pressure campaign of the Trump administration against Iran which is continuing even after his electoral loss will be tough for a Biden administration to reverse, assuming there is the will to do so

India gears up for historic workers’ & farmers’ joint protest on Nov 26-27

These are the latest in a wave of protests against the refusal to increase wages, increasing contractualization of workforce, dilution and dismantling of protective labor laws, price rise and unemployment, and other such policies of the Modi govt.

Statement by Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad on the Tata Lit Fest

Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad issue a statement following the abrupt cancellation of the dialogue that was scheduled to be held as part of the Mumbai (Tata) Lit Fest on Friday

RCEP signed despite opposition from social movements

Once in full effect, the agreement will cover close to 30% of the global population and GDP. However, trade unions and people’s movements have been opposing the deal for years

Palestinians oppose Pompeo’s visit to illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank

Mike Pompeo became the first top US diplomat to visit an illegal Israeli settlement. He also said that the US government had historically been wrong about settlements and it could be done in a lawful manner

Peaceful movement will prevail, says BDS in response to Pompeo calling it anti-Semitic

In a press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the government would label the BDS movement as anti-Semitic and withdraw funds to organizations which are part of it

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