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Capitalist leaders are in disarray as they strive and fail to get to grips with the eurozone crisis and its threat to the global economy. Neither the G20 summit in Mexico, nor crisis talks in Rome offered any solutions, as politicians and economists desperately try to hang on to the eurozone roller-coaster. LYNN WALSH reports.
World records will not be the only things broken at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. Promises for a lasting legacy – affordable housing, decent jobs, increased sports participation, etc – are being broken, too. The greatest sporting show on earth has been dragged down by crass commercialisation, and become a test-bed for increased state repression. MANNY THAIN reports on the neo-liberal Games.
AUTHORITIES IN Kazakhstan are implementing a brutal crackdown on workers and civil rights activists. Show trials, deaths in detention and in suspicious circumstances, spurious arrests and questioning, and military mobilisations for peaceful protests. These are the actions of a brutal dictatorship in fear of an eruption from below. BEN ROBINSON reports.
ON 1 July, Hong Kong marks the 15th anniversary since its return to Chinese rule, amid a massive anti-government demonstration. Last year more than 200,000 took part in what, since 2003, has become an annual event. This shows how strained are relations between the central government in Beijing and the Hong Kong ‘special administrative region’ it regained from Britain in 1997. VINCENT KOLO, of, chinaworker.info, reports.
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