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Iran says fresh US sanctions on banking sector are an attempt “to starve its people”

On Thursday, the US treasury department blacklisted 18 major Iranian banks in the latest assault as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign against the country

Student protests-Austria In Austria, student groups protest higher fees for non-EU students 

The University of Applied Arts Vienna has decided to enforce the Tuition Fee Ordinance 2019 as directed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Moria Tragedy-Europe Moria tragedy: Chronicle of an imperialist crime

Progressive political sections and human rights groups across Europe had issued repeated warnings to the authorities of an imminent human tragedy at the overcrowded Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos

Interview -Levica - N. Macedonia The state for the people: The Left in Parliament

Redzep Ismail of the Presidium of the Levica (The Left) talks about why his party opposes the Prespa Agreement, the change of his country’s name to North Macedonia and the party’s performance in the recent elections

Barring US, all parties reiterate commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Delegates from Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany said the deal was a key component in the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture. They also rejected US bids to trigger snapback sanctions

Opposition claims victory in Montenegro’s parliamentary elections

Though the final results are yet to be declared formally, it is most likely the end of the three-decade rule of the Democratic Party of Socialists and its leader Milo Djukanovic

Interview WFDY “We face a system incapable of solving the problems of the youth and the people

Aritz Rodríguez Galán, president of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, talks about the centrality of youth in anti-racism protests, COVID-19 relief work and the building of a better world

Belarus Elections Belarus elections may mark a key moment in European geopolitics

Five-time president Alexander Lukashenko is likely to win due to the lack of strong opposition candidates but the possibility of major protests remains. The country is a key part of both Russian and western strategies in the region

Law & Justice party -Poland Post-communism to barbarism: The Law and Justice Party’s bid for absolute power in Poland

Poland’s Supreme Court has upheld the election of president Andrzej Duda. His victory is another step in the consolidation of the ruling Law and Justice Party’s hegemony over the country

UK sanctions Saudi nationals UK sanctions 19 Saudi nationals linked to 2018 Khashoggi murder

Inspired by the US Magnistky act, the new sanctions will impose a UK visa ban on the named individuals and groups, as well as freeze their financial and other assets inside the country

Dutch Socialists Bill Dutch Socialists bring initiative to prevent hiring of external consultants by government 

Socialist Party MP Ronald van Raak put forth an initiative to stop the rising unnecessary expenditure on external hirings in government offices in the Netherlands. The party also joined a petition by the European left to ensure free availability of a future COVID-19 vaccine 

Palestine UN meeting United Nations warns Israel against proposed annexation of parts of occupied West Bank

UN secretary general António Guterres said that if implemented, the annexation plan would constitute a most serious violation of international law and grievously harm the prospect of a two-state solution

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