Unlike the last US Presidential elections, there were no recounts or
dodgy chads to create nail biting tension in the recent Russian Duma
elections. The contest for places in Russia’s Duma (the parliament) went
almost as planned in Vladimir Putin’s “managed democracy”. Perhaps the
Chris Flood, a Socialist Party member from Lewisham won a council
by-election in his area yesterday winning a stunning 32% of the vote. He
joins Ian Page, the other Socialist Party councillor on the local
council. The Socialist Party now has the same number of councillors as
the Tories on the local council!
THE BATTLE against the bin tax in the last two months has raised ominous
signs for all workers. The capitalist establishment in all its guises -
political parties, media, courts and the Gardai has demonstrated its
ruthlessness in dealing with this challenge to their rule.
On 9 December, strike action against the bosses’ federation attacks on
wages and conditions and national bargaining will take place in Kassel
and the Northhessen region. The strikes will also be directed against
the social cuts imposed by the hated Christian Democrat led regional
“We are witnesses and protagonists of a newly- now unstoppable- broad
social protest movement in Germany. The mood…amongst the population, and
even more in the workplaces and councils, has turned in the past weeks”.
(From a special issue of the ver.di (united public sector and services
union) paper, 4...
On Sunday 30 November, hundreds demonstrated in Maastricht against the
visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is in the Dutch town
for the summit of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation