Refugees Flee Imperialist War, Face Racism in Europe

From Liberation News The U.S. government and other western imperialist powers are trying to deflect blame from a growing number of migrant and human rights organizations for their role in what is being labeled “the European refugee crisis,” which has become a growing humanitarian disaster. According to new figures by the International Organization for Migration, over 332,000 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea this year alone in an attempt to reach Europe—nearly a 40 percent increase over the year before, which was already a record year for immigration into Europe. Most of… Read More

At Munich Conference, US Hawks Press for Military Escalation Towards Russia

From CommonDreams At a security conference in Munich on Saturday, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vigorously pressed for more western military backing of Ukraine and escalation towards Russia, openly clashing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and pointing towards a deepening transatlantic rift over strategy. Addressing the conference on Saturday, Merkel declared, “I cannot imagine any situation in which improved equipment for the Ukrainian army leads to President Putin being so impressed that he believes he will lose militarily. I have to put it that bluntly.” “I understand the debate but I believe… Read More

Brazilian Truth Commission Alleges Volkswagen Had Ties To Former Military Junta

From CorpWatch Based in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Volkswagen group is the world’s second largest automobile manufacturer with a global sales revenue of €197 billion and a profit of €9 billion in 2013 ($256 billion/$12 billion). It employs 570,000 workers and sells around ten million cars a year. Volkswagen do Brasil has been producing cars since 1953 and employs over 24,000 workers in the country today. “They held my arms behind my back and immediately put me in handcuffs. As soon as we arrived in Volkswagen’s security center, the torture began. I was… Read More

Amazon staff in Germany extend strike to Christmas Eve

From Canoe.ca Amazon staff at three German warehouses will extend their strike until Christmas Eve to increase pressure on the online retailer in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, labour union Verdi said on Friday. Verdi also filed a lawsuit against a decision by regional authorities to allow Amazon staff in two German cities to work this Sunday as the mail-order group steps up efforts to deliver orders to customers before the Christmas holiday. Industrial action this week had already been extended until Saturday in four of Amazon’s nine distribution centres… Read More