This evening, 24 November 2020, the Scottish Parliament unanimously voted to become the first country in the world to pass legislation making period products freely available to all. The Bill, which was proposed by Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour spokesperson for Health and Sport, is the result of years of campaigning from anti-poverty campaigners.
Hundreds of people broke into the Congress building in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Saturday and burned part of the building down as part of a 10,000 strong demonstration, the latest in a wave of intensifying protests in the Central American country. They were protesting the passing of a controversial new budget that increases the national debt, but cuts education, health, justice and human rights spending.
Vietnam’s astounding economic progress is set to continue into the new year despite COVID-19 and the general disruption in international economies and supply chains caused by worldwide lockdown this year. All the while having far fewer deaths than countries such as the UK even with a much larger population and sharing a massive land border with China, the outbreak’s origin.
It has been announced this week that the UK military is to receive an extra £4bn a year over the next four years. This represents an increase of around 10% per annum and sits on top of existing plans to increase defence spending at above inflation rates.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) celebrated International Day Students’ Day by highlighting the analysis and demands for education made during WFDY’s 20th General Assembly held in Cyprus last year. You can read the full resolution here.
YCL Greater Manchester have issued the following statement on the recent negotiations between University of Manchester management and the Student Union:
On Tuesday 17th November, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) were met with physical violence from the police force during a demonstration in memory of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic Uprising.
Thousands of families queued up in Dallas on Saturday for the North Texas Food Bank for what the organization called it its largest ever handout.
The latest bloody flare-up in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict came to a tentative end last week, with a decisive victory for Azerbaijan. In 6 short weeks the aggressors have managed to claw back cities and territory had been under de-facto Armenian rule since the fall of the Soviet Union. Huge concessions have been made by the Armenian government, and the independent Artsakh republic has all but been handed over to the Azeris in a Russia-brokered peace deal which will have huge consequences for the balance of power in the region.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) has issued a statement denouncing the ongoing occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco in breach of international law and recent violent actions which have included attacks on civilians.