Saturday, October 15, 2011

Belgium: street cleaners paralyse Brussels

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By Erik Demeester in Brussels

In reaction to a recent protest by street cleaners in Brussels, the bosses complained that, 'If every reform provokes such a strong opposition, we will never be able to move forward." In response to this one of the workers involved in the protest, speaking on TV, said, "What else are we supposed to do? Do you want us to go for a nice walk through the city or organise a little picnic? We have to show that we are angry. Those on the streets today are not kids. They are angry workers and they are damned right to be doing what they have done."

By Jorge Martín

Surprise, surprise: In an interview which shocked the BBC News presenter, "independent trader" Alessio Rastani gave a very frank appraisal of his perspectives for the world economy. "This economic crisis is like a cancer, if you just wait and wait hoping it is going to go away, just like a cancer it is going to grow and it will be too late," he said, adding that governments would not be able to fix the economy.

By Lal Khan

Obama and the dis–United Nations. UN Photo/ Marco CastroAs Barak Obama took the podium to speak at the annual session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (of last week), his speech seemed to be coming from another planet, about another planet. His posture and sophistry of oration had waned. He was saying things he didn't really believe in.

By Jorge Martín

Mi visita a Venezuela a finales de junio coincidió con la especulación, rumores y, finalmente, los anuncios sobre la salud de Hugo Chávez. Este incidente puso de manifiesto una serie de preguntas importantes sobre la revolución venezolana, el papel que juega el presidente Chávez en el mismo y el carácter de la oposición contrarrevolucionaria.

By Lal Khan

O Paquistão se parece a um inferno em vida. A economia continua a desmoronar. O tecido social está se descosturando. As relações humanas tornaram-se amargas e pesadas.

By comrade Majid

Urdu translation of Pakistan Steel: White Elephant or Healthy Prey? (September 23, 2011)

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