Marikana Miners Win Wage Concessions as Wildcat Strikes Spread Across South Africa

Miners striking the Lonmin Platinum Mine in Marikana, South Africa won wage increases and returned to work.  Their success and the  massacre of 34 miners by government forces has lit a fire which has wildcat strikes spreading throughout the mining industry and beyond.  The Financial Times estimates 80,000 miners on strike and allAfrica.com is reporting another …

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Anti-austerity update: A general strike in Greece while Spanish police launch a brutal attack on demonstrators

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN After a brief lull, anti-austerity protests in Europe were dramatically ratcheted up last week, especially in Greece and Spain. In Greece last Wednesday there was a 24 hour general strike to protest a new package of cut-backs and take-backs that shut down the entire country. In addition, over 300,000 demonstrators marched in …

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Occupy Winesburg

Young woman holding megaphone in front of protest signs. Large sign in back reads, "All Voices Heard Here."

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Day 1. I pitched my tent between the soccer field and the playground in Emile Durkheim Park, across the street from Emile Durkheim High School, my stinking alma mater, and I dove the dumpster at Dollar General for sheets of cardboard. My mother texted: you’re making a fool of yourself, honey. Did I care? …

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