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Tunisia protest Protests erupts in Tunisia over rise in prices of essential commodities 

The protests add to the ongoing political uncertainty in the country, as major opposition parties have announced a boycott of the upcoming legislative elections in December 

IMF bailout for Zambia Zambia’s debt crisis a warning for what looms ahead for Global South

Zambia is heading toward critical negotiations to restructure its mounting debts. The IMF has approved a $1.3 billion bailout plan for the country, which will impose cruel austerity measures on the Zambian people

Workers Party of Tunisia Workers’ Party leads the battle to save democracy in Tunisia

The Workers Party of Tunisia continues steadfast in the popular mobilization against President Kais Saied’s attempts to undermine the values of the 2011 revolution following his ‘presidential coup’ last year

Vaccine covid 19 Inequities in access to COVID-19 medical products continue as power of corporations expands

A recent report on COVID-19-related crises points to links between the growing power of transnational corporations in shaping the pandemic response and reduced access to key medical products

Sri Lanka food crisis Multidimensional crisis of food insecurity in Sri Lanka, warns UN 

With nearly 5.7 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, Colombo faces a serious challenge with food shortages, fall in agricultural production and destruction of livelihoods

Fuel crisis Sri Lanka Fuel crisis forces shutdown in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka begins bailout talks with the IMF this week, fuel riots were registered at several gas stations across national capital Colombo which were met with repression by the security forces

National strike in Tunisia UGTT Tunisia’s largest trade union calls for national strike against President Saied’s economic policies

The government led by President Kais Saied has proposed massive cuts in basic subsidies and a freeze on wages of public sector employees to fulfill the main conditions for a fresh USD 4 billion loan from the IMF 

Lebanon elections Preliminary results in Lebanon put Hezbollah and allies in lead but short of majority

A key highlight of these elections has been the emergence of parties like Towards Change which claim to represent the protesters who took to the streets in 2019. They seat count may be in the double digits, giving them a key role in government formation

With IMF in the picture, Sri Lanka’s public health sector faces a new crisis

Which the current economic crisis has had a disastrous impact on the health sector, the conditions that will be imposed as part of a possible IMF deal could bring about long-term structural challenges

Report shows extent of discrimination, violence by Minneapolis police and other stories

Today we look at an investigation into racism in the Minneapolis Police Department (US), protests against the Capital Control law in Lebanon, and more

Capital control law Lebanon Lebanese government pushes for capital control law despite protests

The law introduced in the Lebanese parliament by the caretaker government after it signed a deal with the IMF for fresh loans seeks to remove protections for individual deposits in Lebanese banks

How can Sri Lanka’s economy be turned around?

In the second part of this interview, Ahilan Kadirgamar, senior lecturer at the University of Jaffna, explains how strengthening the public distribution system, a wealth tax, and focusing on agriculture, the rural economy and the food system are vital.