Author: Richard Greeman

Richard Greeman has been active since 1957 in civil rights, anti-war, anti-nuke, environmental and labour struggles in the U.S., Latin America, France (where he has been a longtime resident) and Russia (where he helped found the Praxis Research and Education Center in 1997). He maintains a blog at richardgreeman.org.

  • One Year of the Yellow Vests in France

    Converge With Planned Labour Strikes This past weekend the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) celebrated their first birthday, with convivial barbeques on traffic circles (roundabouts) all over France followed by direct actions like liberating tollbooths. Although number of protestors has declined to about 10 per cent of the estimated 400,000 who rose up a year ago on … Keep reading »

  • Paris Police Teargas Peaceful Climate Demonstrators

    It was 42° C (108° F) in Montpellier, France, last week, and the French police were still teargassing peaceful demonstrators – whether Yellow Vests in Montpellier or ecologists in Paris protesting capitalist-generated Global Warming on the hottest day in French history! As the contradictions between neoliberal economics and human life become more visible, police repression … Keep reading »

  • The Yellow Vests of France: Six Months of Struggle

    The Yellow Vest (Gilets jaunes) movement is still going strong after six months, despite a dearth of information in the international media. Keep reading »

  • Yellow Vests Struggle to Reinvent Democracy

    Macron Cranks Up Propaganda and Repression. After five months of constant presence and hazardous Saturday marches, the massive, self-organized social movement known as the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) has just held its second nationwide Assembly of Assemblies. Keep reading »

  • Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together

    On Tuesday, February 5, as the government of Emmanuel Macron pushed harsh repressive laws against demonstrators through the National Assembly, the Yellow Vests joined with France’s unions for the first time in a day-long, nation-wide “General Strike.” Keep reading »

  • Seasons Greetings from France’s Yellow Vests: “We Are Not Tired”

    Is the Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) rebellion, now in its seventh week, “petering out?” Such was the near-unanimous pronouncement of the mainstream media, when I returned home to Montpellier, France, eager to participate and to observe first-hand this popular insurrection which I had been afraid of missing. I needn’t have worried. By nine o’clock last … Keep reading »

  • Yellow Vest Protest Movement: Inequality and the Hollowness of the French Regime

    Ignored by French President Emmanuel Macron, distorted by the media, courted by the Right, snubbed by the Left, the self-organized mass movement known as the Yellow Vests (Mouvement des gilets jaunes) is seriously challenging the political and economic order in France. In Paris, on the morning of Saturday December 1st, as thousands of self-organized Yellow … Keep reading »

  • Where Are the Riots of Yesteryear? Remembering May 1968

    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the wave of radical revolts and revolutionary uprisings that startled the world in 1968 and which – although ultimately crushed by the forces of reaction that dominate the world to this day – left in its wake rights so fundamental that we tend to take them for granted … Keep reading »

  • France: Student Strikers Attacked; ‘Fascist’ Dean Jailed

    Student strikers attacked at Montpellier University in France; Dean of the University held over in jail for arraignment by the Chief Prosecutor. Analysis of the strikes in France by Richard Greeman. Keep reading »

  • Sunday’s French Election

    The good news this May was that French voters rejected far-right Marine Le Pen by a two-to-one margin in the second round of the Presidential election. “At least the French are not schmucks as the Americans!” were the first words that passed the sweet lips of my Provençal partner Elyane when the radio announced Le … Keep reading »

  • The French Stand Up

    “We’ve had enough” is the phrase on everyone’s lips as – against all expectations – the wave of strikes, blockades, disruptions and mass demonstrations begun on May 17th continues to develop throughout France. Indeed, in the past couple of days, two new strategic groups of workers have joined the protest. Technicians at France’s nuclear power … Keep reading »

  • Ukraine, Coup or Revolution?

    The Ukraine is no longer ‘in flames.’ With the hurried flight of the detested Viktor Yanukovych, peace and order have descended on Kiev (except for some fistfights in the Parliament!) There is no looting. Self-organized popular militias protect the luxurious Presidential Palace (privatized by Yanukovych) as crowds of citizen file through to gape at his … Keep reading »