Stories written by Ben Case

“Kitchen Nightmares” Alleged at World’s Largest Restaurant Group

An organisation of restaurant workers is suing Darden Restaurants, the largest full-service restaurant group in the world, in U.S. federal court, alleging widespread racial discrimination and illegal labour practices.

U.S.: Occupy Wall Street Activists Vow to Fight On

After two months of holding New York City's Zuccotti Park despite repeated threats of eviction, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) activists were forcibly removed from the site by hundreds of police in riot gear early Tuesday morning.

The four-page Occupied Wall Street Journal is just one of the collaborative efforts produced by OWS members.  Credit: Sam Lewis/IPS

U.S.: Not Just a Protest, But a Little Utopia

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has withstood political pressure, bad weather, police violence, and over a thousand arrests, and is continuing to grow in New York City a month in.

A young boy named Anthony participates in the Harlem "tent city". Credit: Sam Lewis

U.S.: Homeless “Tent City” in Harlem Ends in Arrests

New York City police arrested 10 people who refused to leave a vacant lot in a demonstration for homeless people's rights in East Harlem on Thursday. Early in the day, dozens of homeless people had occupied the lot, which is currently not being used, setting up tents and a makeshift kitchen.

"Workers" fight "police" attempting to arrest them as they blockade their factory.  Credit: Ben Case/IPS

U.S.: Das Camp-ital – Kids Overthrow Bosses on ‘Capitalism Day’

Workers at a munitions factory in Almosnino walked out last Wednesday, joining an anti-war protest nearby. The combined strikers and protesters later stormed the factory after a scuffle with police who were trying to arrest a crowd that was blocking a truck from leaving the factory.

DISARMAMENT: Inching Toward a Global Arms Treaty

The United Nations concluded an open-ended working group for an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Thursday, part of a lengthy and politically contentious process to nail down a basic framework for curbing deadly illegal weapons sales.

Nafissatou Diop  Credit: Ben Case/IPS

Q&A: Teens Wrongly Excluded From Family Planning

Nafissatou Diop has worked for decades on issues of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and development in West Africa, including designing and implementing many studies and programmes.

An internally displaced persons camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: UN Photo/Marie Frechon

POPULATION: Poorest Countries to Bear Brunt of Growth

The world's population - already at least 6.7 billion people - will double in the next 40 years if current growth rates are left unchecked, warns the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Nomboniso Gasa Credit: Save Zimbabwe Now!

Q&A: “Zimbabwe Must Release Political Prisoners”

Nomboniso Gasa chairs South Africa's Commission for Gender Equality and is an independent gender research analyst. A committed feminist and political activist, she was first imprisoned in apartheid-era South Africa at age 14.