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European Social Forum special issue
The Mahinda regime claims that the economy is expanding at a rate of 8%. In the context of economies world over struggling to keep even 1 % expansion, Lankan performance is considered to be a miracle. Recent IMF reports claim that they are highly impressed by the performance of Mahinda regime. They have pledged to support the regime continuously. However the plantation workers, who are mostly Tamil, live with a daily wage less than 400 rupees. This has affected the minimum wage of all agricultural workers throughout the country. Even wages of fishers and other rural workers are affected by this minimum wage.For the entire period of Mahinda regime, the wages of urban proletariat did not increase to compensate for the increase of cost of living.-> read article...
From 1980 to 2004 joining the European Union was quite popular among large sections of the populations in concerned countries. Portuguese, Greek and Spanish citizens regarded their countries’ participation in the European integration both as a guarantee of democratic stability (indeed all three of them were emerging from a period of dictatorship) and as a real opportunity to improve living conditions (there were significant transfers from richer countries in the EU towards the new members from the Mediterranean region during the first years of their adhesion.-> read article...