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No, dolphins have not traveled to Venice to watch 12,000 Italians die of a pandemic, elephants haven’t broken into gardens to get drunk off wine in China and no, the environment isn’t benefiting from humans struggling with Covid-19.

Recently hitting one million likes on Twitter, one tweet, from a woman based in New Delhi, India, @ikaveri spread a rumour about swans and fish returning to the canals of Venice, not long after a pandemic lockdown was enacted in the area. When journalists from National Geographic confronted her about the misinformation, she said she just saw some photos online and put them together in a tweet. “I wish there was an edit option on Twitter just for moments like this,” she said, even though...

Musician Helin Bölek, from Turkish band Grup Yorum, has died after 288 days on hunger strike.

Amidst the global fight to contain the CONVID-19 pandemic, we must remember the many struggles around the world that prevail.

Helin Bölek, a young musician and leading member of Grup Yorum, defended with her own life the right to sing the truth. Bölek, along with band mate Ibrahim Gokcek...

AH, Baile Átha Cliath.

Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland have recently been in the headlines. They intend to allow the accumulation of unpaid interest rates despite the mortgage payment freeze. Outrage and shock pours over the minds and emotions of many of their customers. This outrage is justified, as is the shock at the unscrupulousness of these institutions which themselves owe a debt to...

It’s been described as the biggest peacetime crisis to face Europe for 75 years. Yet, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, our EU leaders were caught flat-footed, and were soon floundering and overwhelmed as the death toll rises and unemployment goes through the roof. 

EU solidarity to member states impacted by the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t just been slow. At times, it was an unedifying...

Viktor Orbán’s unilateral power grab in Hungary this week marks not only a dramatic shift in the anti-democratic nature of his premiership, it also underscores how national governments around Europe, illiberal or otherwise, are using the COVID-19 crisis as an convenient excuse to row back on the fundamental rights of their citizens.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many EU member...

Policy proposals from Left MEPs in the European Parliament.

1. Zero dismissals

All employees should be protected from dismissal. This includes preventing the non-renewal of fixed-term or temporary contracts and the status of false self-employed persons. 

2. Leave no one behind

Measures must give priority to the protection of all workers, including those in atypical and precarious work...

NATO has announced the holding this year in Europe, including in Portugal, of one of the largest military exercises of the last 25 years, to be held in a phased manner and in several countries by this aggressive political-military bloc.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NATO has decided to maintain them, reducing the size and postponing some of the exercises.

The Portuguese Council for Peace and...

It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the passing of Manolis Glezos, a pillar of the international left, a symbol of resistance against fascism, and a former member of our group.

Known for having torn down the swastika from the Acropolis in Athens at 18 years old, the loss of Glezos, 97, will be felt heavily by us all.

Co-presidents of the GUE/NGL group Martin...

USB ItaliaWith a deliberation of 10 pages the Cgsse (strike guarantee commission) opened the infringement proceedings against the USB Confederation for having dared to proclaim a general strike in defence of the health of workers and citizens on 25 March, limiting the duration in essential services such as health care, population relief, firefighters, urban hygiene and assistance cooperatives to just one...

PAME Solidarity With USB And its Great Fight To Defend The Workers’ Life And Health in Italy

PAME denounces the operation to silence Italian workers and their right to fight for the protection of their health and life.

Specifically, the so-called “Strike Rights Guarantee Committee” (CGSSE) moved legally against the USB trade union on the occasion of the strike on March 25th. CGSSE claims...

Italy has been especially hard hit by COVID-19. Maddalena Celano talks about the political and economic consequences of the virus crisis.

CPUSA: How are you and your family doing?

Maddalena Celano: #andràtuttobene [it will be alright] is the hashtag full of courage and positivity that Italians are spreading on the web. Meanwhile, the coronavirus has changed everyone’s life, both infected and...

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