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Occupation in Seoul

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Students at Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea, have taken control of a campus building for more than 100 days so far against a plan to build a campus extension.

The plans are part of a speculative property development project. The students oppose it because the process has been undemocratic and the plans put making profits before the needs of students and staff.

The action takes place in a broader context of neoliberal restructuring driven by a president who is on the verge of impeachment.

Esther Brunstein: we must never forget

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Anti-fascist campaigner Esther Brunstein died last month. She was a survivor of the Holocaust.

She played an active role in the struggle against the far right, speaking at meetings, assemblies, trade unions and workplaces.

Esther was born in Lodz, Poland. She starts her chapter in a book of survivor accounts saying she came from “a very close-knit and enlightened working class family”.

Her parents were active members of the Bund, a socialist political organisation

New movement counters Trump

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The world was rocked by a monumental event in January. Not the initiation of the most right wing US government in decades, but the inauguration of the resistance to the sexism, racism and homophobia that Trump represents.

Around the globe 5 million people marched in 670 towns and cities, including 100,000 in London.

The last time the world saw such a scale and breadth of coordinated demonstrations was in February 2003 against the Iraq war.

In the US itself the numbers were even higher this time than they were during the anti-war movement.

In brief

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1984 hits top spot
George Orwell’s classic book about a dystopian tyranny topped Amazon’s best-sellers chart shortly after members of the Trump administration started saying things like “Alternative facts” and, “Sometimes we disagree with the facts”.

Tories don't care

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The government, having created a crisis in social care, is now calling for increases in council taxes to make up the shortfall in cash. An investigation in the Observer in December found “that in England 58 percent of targets for improving care in people’s homes and local communities were missed”. This has also affected the NHS as people who should be cared for earlier end up at hospital instead.

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Planet on the rocks

A report in December said sea ice levels have fallen to the lowest level since satellite records began in 1979. The scientists behind the annual Arctic Report Card have said the temperature is changing faster than their ability to understand and explain it! The report said: “Accustomed to advancing our scientific disciplines at what is often called a ‘glacial’ pace, we recognise that glaciers are not so slow anymore.”


National inaction

Solidarity delivered to Calais

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Ten thousand pounds was raised and sent along with car loads of donated clothes and essential items to refugees in Calais last month. The delegation was organised by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) as part of its winter appeal. The group included a coach full of students from ten different campuses. The donations were given to the Care4Calais refugee support centre.

The French government has sought to play down the continuation of the refugee crisis since demolishing the camp and installing a Donald Trump-style wall.

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Fast food action in US

On 29 November tens of thousands of fast food employees, airport workers, childcare and home care providers, and university graduate students are set to hold the “largest, most disruptive protest” in the US so far. They are demanding a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionise.

The strikes and actions will take place in 340 cities across the US and will include civil disobedience at McDonald’s and 20 of the nation’s largest airports.

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