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Italian workers, students, leftwing groups demonstrate against Renzi job reforms

Italian unions, joined by students and leftwing groups, demonstrated across the country on Friday against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's planned overhaul of job protection rules. Metalworkers union FIOM-CGIL held the first of two strikes as Renzi's government prepared to push new legislation on hiring and firing through parliament by the end of the year.

Protesters hold a banner during a rally against a government labor reform set by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in Rome

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Clashes end Belgian unions' first major protest against new government

Europe

(Reuters) - Belgian police and a few hundred protesters, including many dockers, clashed in central Brussels on Thursday after a largely peaceful march against reforms and cost-cutting measures of the new centre-right government. Several cars were overturned or set on fire and assorted projectiles thrown at the lines of police, who responded with pepper spray and water cannon. Police finally cleared the area with a charge late in the afternoon.

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Aleksandr Kolchenko: I am not a terrorist. I am a citizen of Ukraine

Europe

Aleksandr Kolchenko from Crimea, one of the Lefortovo prisoners, celebrates his birthday at the end of November. The Crimean anti-fascist and social activist could never probably imagine spending this day in such a place. However, the occupation of Crimea changed his life: on May 16, Sasha, known among friends as “Tundra”, was arrested in Simferopol by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, accused of participation in sabotage and terrorist group of the Right Sector and soon convoyed to Moscow.

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“Since the Bristol Riots” – Communiques from the FAI, ELF and other attacks

Europe

Since the Bristol Riots” is a collection of communiques from the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), Earth Liberation Front (ELF), and other anonymous attacks in the Bristol area since the riots in April 2011 until October 2014.

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Thousands of Greek students protest educational "reforms"

Thousands of Greek students and teachers have taken to the streets of the capital, Athens, to protest the government’s planned reforms to the education system. Up to 4,000 students, university staff and teachers took part in the demonstration in front of the Greek parliament on Thursday to vent their anger at educational reforms, lack of teachers and layoffs of universities' administrative staff.

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U.K.: Boomtime in Poundland: Has Austerity Worked?

Europe

With the UK economy finally reaching its pre-crisis peak, many are claiming austerity has been vindicated. We explain why this is nonsense -- the critics of austerity have been proven right while austerity has failed in its own terms.

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IWW Greece Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Anti-Fascist Activist's Murder by Neo-Nazis

Sept. 18, 2014 will mark one year since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by thugs of the Golden Dawn. Under no circumstances should we forget this sacrifice, first because it is political assassination and secondly, because the cowardly assassination was primarily an effort of the political underworld to hit critical humanism and social consciousness.

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Spain prepares for an autumn of discontent by buying €1m of riot gear

Europe

The Spanish government is readying itself for an autumn of discontent, spending nearly €1m on riot gear for police units as disparate protest groups prepare a string of demonstrations.

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Death of Pierre Ryckmans, aka Simon Leys

Europe

It is sad duty to report that on Monday, 4 August 2014, Pierre Ryckmans died in Sydney, Australia, where he was being treated for cancer. He was 78 years old.

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Ecotopia Biketour 2014: Sovereignty VS. Exploitation

EuropeEcotopia Biketour is an eco-mobile and do-it-yourself community that has been practicing aspects of activism, alternative ways of organizing and sustainable living throughout different areas of Europe for over 20 years. The Biketour is for anyone interested in DIY, environmentalism, activism, veganism, community life and learning experientially from cultures, from challenges, and from each other. Ultimately, it is whatever you make of it! You are the Biketour!
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