A trade unionism able to facilitate and express the practical knowledge of its members, as workers and as citizens, is critical to the renewal of public services and for confronting a global politics of austerity.
The neoliberal FTAs pursued by the EU with Colombia and Peru threaten to exacerbate human rights abuses - which include killings of trade unionists, forced expropriations of indigenous people from land, and environmental destruction - for the sake of corporate profit.
Amongst many other analyses and debates, the more extensive awareness of the active role of the state and of states in the purportedly highly successful 'market economies' in East Asia and South East Asia is bringing discussion of the role of state back into quite mainstream development discourse.
South Africa is playing a significant role in supporting and extending the power of the World Trade Organisation, a new system of global government. This not only entails South Africa surrendering its own policy-making rights and space, but also means bargaining away the South African peoples’ democratic rights to determine their country’s internal economic, environmental, social and cultural policies.
The new, non-violent protest movement that has arisen in Kashmir will continue to gain support as the oppressive and thoughtless tactics of police in the region continue to inflame local resentment against the Indian government.
The Indian Prime Minister's call to "go easy" on environmental regulation for fear of scaring off investors follows the flawed ideology that industrial development is the answer to poverty, when actually India's acute environmental deterioration should be the much greater concern.
Three options are available to the litigants after the Allahabad High Court judgment in the Babri mosque case. They can accept the judgment; negotiate a mutual compromise; or appeal the judgment in the Supreme Court.
One of the few institutions which people respect and trust has injured the faith of large numbers of citizens. How should the Supreme Court deal with the appeals that are certain to be filed before it against the Allahabad High Court judgment on the Babri Masjid issue?
It's not for lack of alternatives that the Left has struggled to harness the opportunity for change offered by the global financial crisis - but for failing to translate this into a political programme that connects with the everyday struggles of people suffering under neoliberalism.
Despite what the government may say about tackling climate change, Indian PM Singh looks set to encourage even less environmental regulation, putting India and the climate at greater risk for the sake of industry.