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Turkish trade unionists on trial

Friday, January 31st, 2014

KESK leaders standing outside the main courthouse in Istanbul last week.

I was in Istanbul for three days last week to attend the opening of the trial of Turkish trade union leaders.

My articles on what I saw have begun appearing in a number of places:





French language:

  • Andy Funnell has translated one of the articles for LabourStart’s French language blog, here.

South Korea: rail workers, repression and resistance

Monday, December 30th, 2013

My first article for – click here to read and feel free to post comments there.

The mainstream media struggle to understand Korea. Throughout December, global news coverage focussed on the latest purge in North Korea, a former basketball star’s visit to the Communist state, and rising tensions between both Koreas and Japan, following the visit of the Japanese prime minister to a controversial war memorial. But CNN, the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera and others had absolutely nothing to say about a strike in South Korea that has shaken the society profoundly—culminating in mass actions involving hundreds of thousands of people on the last weekend of 2013. (more…)