The Week in Stories Around the Globe

250 million people participate in countrywide strike in India

“The workers and peasants will not rest till the disastrous and disruptive policies of the BJP government are reversed. The strike today is only a beginning. Much more intense struggles will follow,” said Tapan Sen, general secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), one of the trade union confederations participating in the strike.

#Modi #India #covid19

Scotland Becomes 1st Country To Make Period Products Free

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Campaigners and activists rally outside the Scottish Parliament in support of the Scottish Governments Support For Period Products Bill on February 25, 2020 in Edinburgh,Scotland. MSPs are set to back plans to tackle period poverty by making sanitary products available to all free of charge,the legislation, put forward by Labour MSP Monica Lennon, is likely to be passed at its first vote in Holyrood later today. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them. An important policy for women and girls,

#WomenRights #Scotland #femininehygieneproducts

The anti-refugee police riot in Paris: A warning to the working class

Last year, after the Macron government had authorized the army to open fire on “yellow vests” protesting social inequality, de Villiers called for more “firmness” against the workers. Even after riot police had arrested over 10,000 people and wounded 4,400 in the protests, he demanded harsher repression of railway and education strikes: “A gulf has emerged between those who lead and those who obey. This gulf is profound. The ‘yellow vests’ were already a first sign of this… We must restore order; things cannot continue this way.”

#France #Europe #FrenchProtest

Ask Ethan: How Did The Entire Universe Come From Nothing?

Unfortunately for us all, inflation, by its very nature, erases any information that might be imprinted from a pre-existing state on our observable Universe. Despite the limitless nature of our imaginations, we can only draw conclusions about matters for which tests involving our physical reality can be constructed. No matter how logically sound any other consideration may be, including a notion of absolute nothingness, it’s merely a construct of our minds.

#TheUniverse #BigBang #Science

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