The following report appeared in “Ultimas Noticias”, a daily paper widely read in Venezuela, on Friday 19 August

El Nacional is the leading bourgeois daily paper in Venezuela. It is hostile to the Bolivarian Revolution and socialism. On Friday 12 August, it carried an article describing the meeting on imperialism at the World Youth Forum, in which over a thousand people heard Alan Woods, the editor of Marxist.com speak.

We’ve seen disgruntled public service workers taking action all over Canada in the last year or so – whether it be teachers in Québec, twenty-thousand Newfoundland public sector workers, Ontario’s Hydro One workers, or the members of the Hospital Employees’ Union. The increasing labour unrest culminated this summer when private sector workers stepped onto the scene in a major way with the victorious Truckers’ strike.

Management at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is trying to force through a new contract on their employees – a contract eliminating restrictions on the broadcaster's ability to contract out work instead of hiring full-time employees. They have now applied a lock-out and it looks like it is going to a long and bitter struggle.

This summer up to 17,000 young internationalists from 144 countries gathered in Caracas for one week to attend the World Festival of Youth and Students. Ramon Samblas who was there from Britain gives his impression of the festival and the general mood in Venezuela.