The Week in Stories Around the Globe

France: the struggle surges forward – Macron must fall!

Young people were out in force on Thursday, and huge general assemblies have sprung up in many places. School students mobilised in more than 400 high-schools. University occupations started in 80 universities across the country, including in the traditionally right-wing Paris-Panthéon Assas university, which was blocked for the first time in its history. According to the student unions, 500,000 young students and workers demonstrated nationally yesterday. A large banner emblazoned with “Sorbonne University in Struggle” was carried prominently at the main demonstration in Paris.

#FranceProtests #frenchprotests #Macron #RevolutionNow

U.S. launches airstrikes in Syria after drone kills U.S. worker

ALEPPO, SYRIA – OCTOBER 18: Destroyed buildings are seen after war crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out air strikes over opposition controlled town of Bustan Al-Qasr in Aleppo, Syria on October 18, 2016. (Photo by Jawad al Rifai/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Syria’s war began with the 2011 Arab Spring protests that roiled the wider Middle East and toppled governments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. It later morphed into a regional proxy conflict that has seen Russia and Iran back Assad. The United Nations estimates over 300,000 civilians have been killed in the war. Those figures do not include soldiers and insurgents killed in the conflict; their numbers are believed to be in the tens of thousands.

#War #UnitedStates #MiddleEast

Honduras forms diplomatic ties with China, recognises ‘One China’ policy

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang shows the way to Honduras Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina as they arrive to issue a joint statement following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, at a ceremony in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China March 26, 2023. Greg Baker/Pool via REUTERS

“The government of the Republic of Honduras recognizes the existence of only one China in the world and that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents all of China,” Honduras’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter.

#Honduras #China #Taiwan #Politics

A Colossal Ecosystem Teeming With Life Is Below Earth’s Surface

“For example, scientists do not yet know all the ways in which deep subsurface life affects surface life and vice versa. And, for now, we can only marvel at the nature of the metabolisms that allow life to survive under the extremely impoverished and forbidding conditions for life in deep Earth.”

#Nature #Subsurface #underground #Lifegoeson

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