The bitter power struggle between rival factions of Indonesia’s ruling
elite came to a head this summer. The People’s Consultative Assembly
completed a nine-month campaign to oust president Abdurrahman Wahid,
voting 591-0 on 23 July to replace him with his deputy, Megawati
The recent announcement by Indonesia’s president, BJ Habibie, that the
people of strife-torn East Timor could "have their freedom" caused a
stir amongst the world’s political commentators. What were the motives?
Was it genuine or, as many speculate, ’designed to fail’?
The weekend beginning 14 February will see the biggest mobilisation of
people demonstrating against war the world has ever seen. They are
demonstrating against a proposed war on a devastated country where
infant mortality is already ten times that of Rwanda and South Africa.
Saddam is a brutal dictator, but the business...
The Australian section of the CWI, Militant Socialist Organisation
(MSO), won 12.25% of the vote in the Richmond Constituency (Melbourne),
as part of the Victoria State-wide elections. Today’s results show that
28,263 people voted in the Richmond constituency. The results for the
parties standing is as follows:
It’s been 18 months since Victoria was rocked by the Black Saturday
bushfires which left over 150 people dead and thousands of homes
destroyed. But despite government commitments to improve firefighting
facilities, serious questions remain over whether the state is prepared
for another scorching summer.