2012 was a thrilling year. The economic crisis of the capitalist-imperialist system has deepened and there are no signs of solution. Its effects severely beat the living standard and the historical rights of the working class and peoples around the world in the context of a brutal attack carried out by governments and the bourgeoisie of each country, led by imperialism.
In Europe, specifically in the peripheral countries, these attacks triggered off a real social war against the working class and the crisis turned into a social catastrophe. But there is a contradiction in our favor: the capitalist crisis hit not only the pockets of our class but also their conscience. For this reason, the working struggles and popular resistance to government plans and the Troika (IMF, European Central Bank and European Union) dictates showed a sharp increase. This process reached its highest peak in the historic General Strike on November 14, synchronized and combined with days of action in 23 countries of the old continent.
The other main trench of the toiling masses against imperialist domination is the Arab world, where dictatorships have been toppled for two years and, although their inequalities in rhythm and depth, the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East are proceeding towards a process that is both increasingly strategic and international. Thus we witness strong democratic anti-imperialist and economic struggles (many of them clearly carried out by workers), which are bringing together a single revolutionary process. The revolution and the struggles continue in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Libya in the context of an explosive situation that shows its most dramatic expression in Syrian revolution and civil war. Despite the military superiority of the genocidal regime of Assad, armed rebels do not stop getting military advances. Amidst this inflamed scenario, the Palestinian resistance turned back to the center stage, facing a new attack of the genocidal Nazi-Zionist state of Israel.
These and other facts of the world class struggle were accompanied by the IWL-FI and responded through its website, which experienced a huge growing number of hits, reaching nearly 100,000 hits monthly.
The Top 10 articles, as presented to our readers every year, reflect their interest in the analysis and the policy related to major world events, as the Syrian revolution (3 articles), but also – surprisingly – in Brazilian workers struggles (Pinheirinho’s forced eviction, Federal Universities strike), probably due to Brazil increasingly leadership among the “emerging” countries. It is worth noting that articles on women oppression and theoretical/historical issues where placed in the Top 10, so we are eager to improve these themes in 2013.
The IWL website’s team want to thank all our readers for their continuing support and we hope that, with this selection of items you can have a better overview of the essential facts that stood out in our website, as part of a necessary balance of this 2012 full of struggles and revolutions, and to start thinking even stronger in 2013.
1 – Women in Revolutionary Syria: Fighting for the Right to have Rights. – 1.340 hits
2 – Syria = A Democratic revolution sliding close to the civil war. – 1.150 hits
5 – Boycott Turkish Airlines. – 925 hits
8 – Pinheirinho community is being invaded now by the police. – 513 hits