“Ende Gelaende” ends day of action in Cottbus

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. At 5pm, the international climate justice movement “Ende Gelaende” (“Here And No Further”) successfully ends today’s day of action. Since the early morning, climate activists have been blocking coal mines and coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig coal mining areas. They occupied the open-cast mines Jaenschwalde-Ost, Welzow-Sued and Vereinigtes Schleenhain as well as three coal railways. The activists are protesting against the government’s inadequate climate policy, demand an immediate coal phase-out and criticise the economic system as being powered by fossil fuels and…

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4,000 climate activists block coal infrastructure in the Leipzig and Lusatian areas

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Since this morning, around 4,000 activists from international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) have successfully blocked coal infrastructure in the Leipzig and Lusatian areas. Large groups of activists reached the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine, the Welzow-Sued open-cast mine and the coal railway to the Jaenschwalde power station. An inclusive action group, including people with physical disabilities, occupies a rail section and the adjacent road – together with the Anti-Coal-Kidz. Disappointed by the disastrous climate policy of the German government, these young…

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Coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig areas blocked by activists

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Currently, several action groups from international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) are blocking various points of coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig areas. At 8am, around 500 climate activists arrived simultaneously at the Jaenschwalde Ost open-cast mine and 450 at a coal railway connected to the Jaenschwalde power station. The Jaenschwalde power station is known as one of the most climate-damaging power stations in Europe. The Jaenschwalde open-cast mine has been in safety operation since 1rd September 2019 due…

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Thousands try to block the coal infrastructure

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Two days before the start of COP25, 4.000 activists of the international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) set off towards open–cast lignite mines in Eastern Germany. Various action groups with activists from all over Europe started from the cities of Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin to block open–cast mines and coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig regions. Ende Gelaende demands an immediate coal phase–out and a radical system change.  “Thousands of people set off in the early morning hours to…

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Respect the people’s right to protest

Over the past week we’ve witnessed a government that prefers to violently repress protesters instead of holding a meaningful dialogue. “The ITF condemns the Colombian government’s use of lethal force against protesters and the suppression of peaceful demonstrations across the country. It is another worrying example of the deterioration of human rights in the country,” said Crumlin. The protests began last week when over 250,000 people marched against the government’s economic reforms, police violence and corruption.

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People & planet deserve better – Left MEPs vote against new Commission

Left MEPs have voted to reject the new European Commission headed by Ursula von der Leyen. Reacting following the vote in Strasbourg, GUE/NGL co-president Martin Schirdewan said the incoming Commission will take Europe down the wrong path: “In recent weeks and months, Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission has promised all sorts to everyone. But there are many contradictions. They talk about more investment but preserve the same old, destructive austerity.”

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13 reasons we are voting against the Commission

1) Conflicts of interests The fact that several candidates were rejected, their replacements subjected to further scrutiny, or in need of a second hearing, says a lot about this incoming batch of Commissioners. Not only are many lacking, some are downright unsuitable for holding such important positions. The Belgian nominee comes with a baggage of scandals, for example. Meanwhile, original French nominee Sylvie Goulard had so many holes and conflicts of interests in her qualifications that it was all the more remarkable that her replacement, Thierry Breton, had even more…

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Joint statement of Communist Youth organizations on the 100th anniversary since the foundation of the Young Communist International

“Communism is the youth of the world!”“So come brothers and sisters For the struggle carries on The Internationale Unites the world in song” A century ago, over these days (20-26 November, 1919), 29 representatives from 13 countries were illegally gathering in Berlin, representing 219.000 members of Youth Organizations. It was the founding congress of the Young Communist International (YCI), which operated for 24 years as a section of the Communist International (CI) (which had been founded on March 1919) and under its guidance.

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Israeli Public Figures Call on EU to Ban Import of Settlement Goods

Thirteen Israeli notables published an open letter on Friday, November 15, saying they welcomed the European Court of Justice’s ruling earlier this same week that settlement products need to be labeled as such, but said the move is insufficient and the European Union must ban the import of settlement goods altogether. “Israeli settlements are the leading cause of human rights violations against Palestinians, and settlement expansion is destroying the possibility of a two-state solution. By banning goods that originate in Israeli settlements, Europe would help support the differentiation between Israel…

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Foreign Minister Arreaza: Venezuela is the epicenter of the offensive in Latin America

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, spoke Friday at the International Congress of Young People and Students, held in Caracas, where he congratulated the effort to articulate the activity and welcomed foreign participants. “You are at the epicenter of the transformations, of the resistance, but also Venezuela is the epicenter of the offensive. We have not been content to be resisting, and look that they have attacked us: attempted coup, threat of invasion, economic blockade, attempted assassination; but we are not…

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