Wary of the Future, Bahrainis Observe One Year since Peaceful Protest Began

Bahrainis are marking a grim anniversary this week: one year since tens of thousands of men, women, and children peacefully took to the streets to call for more justice, more equality, and more democracy in their country and, instead, were met with violent repression, including widespread detentions, torture, and criminalization of dissent. Thousands of workers… [READ MORE]

Burmese Trade Unions Fail to Find a ‘Safe Place’ to Organize

Workers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, are well under way to building independent trade unions in multiple sectors. In Yangon (Rangoon), the capital, the Solidarity Center’s Tim Ryan spoke with union organizers about forming independent unions and the current government’s stated commitment to democratic reform. Myo Aung Thant, a 56-year-old executive board member of… [READ MORE]

Worker Rights Endangered in Greece

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has condemned the attacks on worker rights in the current demands being made of the Greek government by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The international trade union movement has urged all parties to engage instead in a genuine dialogue that could build a consensus-based economic… [READ MORE]

After Two Decades of Darkness, a Daybreak in Burma?

Almost 22 years ago, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide in a free and fair election in Burma—but the military dictatorship refused to let the NLD take power. Instead, the ruling junta crushed the organization and imprisoned its members and activists, including its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. In the past six… [READ MORE]