Turkish police attacked a protest by revolutionary and democratic youth organisations in Ankara on 8th of November against the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the YÖK (Higher Education Council of Turkey), a body set up during military rule to give the state direct control over universities, and arrested 11 people, including three readers of the YDG (New Democratic Youth) media. The protesters fought back, chanting during the attack, "Universities belong to us and they will be liberated with us!" Especially with the disputes at Istanbul's Boğaziçi University, the struggle against state intervention in universities plays a central role for a large part of the youth in Turkey.

Under the 1995 Oslo II Agreement, three zones were defined for the West Bank. The most sparsely populated Zone C, which accounts for more than 60% of the territory, is entirely under Israeli occupation and, according to the text of the agreement, should gradually be placed under Palestinian administration. But Israel proves once again that treaties are only worth as much as you can enforce compliance with them.

In Ardahan province in northwestern Turkey, the gendarmerie has expelled residents from Serinchayir village for organising against forest clearing. Members of the village association against the felling of the surrounding forests in Serinchayir and members of the regional association who had travelled to the village were blocked and threatened by the gendarmerie in the run-up to a planned meeting.

Nothing works in Lebanon anymore. In the capital Beirut, there is only electricity for four hours a day at most, and in other parts of the country there is none at all. This is because state funds tend to flow into the pockets of those in political power rather than into the energy infrastructure. But even medicines, bread and bottled water are lacking if people cannot pay the high black market prices. Lebanon's main problem, however, does not lie in the country itself.

In Urfa in south-eastern Turkey, the textile producer "Uğur Textile" has fired 300 workers from a factory in one go, using their unionisation as a pretext. In response, the workers held a picket outside the factory gates this morning to return to work unionised.

In the following we publish a statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on the struggle of farmers and peasants with a call for a Bandh (Armed Strike) on September 27.