Sitaram Yechury member of the Indian Parliament and Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was at the Perse School in Cambridge on Tuesday the 1st of November to give the second of the new Rajani Palme-Dutt Memorial Lectures, following Rob Griffiths' inaugural talk last year, writes Leonardo Impett. 

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Greece: The people rise up!

Economic policy EU style. The people of Greece face disaster not of their own making as EU/IMF/World Bank austerity measures bite deep. The workers have responded with the sixteenth general strike in a year. This one has been dubbed the mother of all strikes and even the Acropolis was closed. Nothing moved on land, on the sea or in the air, as all workers unions struck for 48 hours. The aim is to block passage of a law [the first part scraped through at 9pm on Wednesday evening], which abolishes sectoral bargaining, raises taxes, slashes wages and dismisses thousands of public sector workers.

Researchers at Cambridge University using Greek government health ministry statistics have logged a 25 per cent increase in suicide since the austerity measures took hold.