Days of angry street demonstrations in the Philippines capital Manila
culminated in an attack on the presidential palace in the early hours of
May 1. After seven hours of battles with the police using teargas, water
cannon and live ammunition, four people were dead, over 100 injured and
hundreds more arrested. A state...
The first ever invasion of the Palestinian Authority (PA) territory by
the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) on Monday 15 April has taken the
present conflict in the region to a new level. It may be the case that
in future years this event could be looked upon as the first decisive
step to a wider conflict. Even though the...
Mounting excitement gripped Mexico in early March as the 15-day
"Zapatour" by 23 Zapatista (EZLN) comandantes and subcomandante Marcos
made its way from Chiapas towards Mexico City. The EZLN followed, in the
last leg of their trip, the historic route taken by the legendary
Emiliano Zapata and the revolutionary...
The Palestinian masses perceive the election of the new Israeli Prime
Minister, Arik Sharon, as a vote for war. This perception is shared by
large sections of the working class and rural poor in the Arab and wider
Muslim world. This feeling will resonate amongst workers and youth in
the West and the populations of the...
A corrupt and inept president - Joseph ’Erap’ Estrada of the Philippines
- has been removed from power by a mass movement on the streets. This
comes just months after the overthrow of Milosevic in Serbia and a year
after the revolutionary events of Ecuador. Once again it has been
demonstrated that action -...
In the Czech Republic, political competition has made television into an
unscrupulous battleground for ambitious bureaucrats, reflecting a
government led by rival parties, the rightist ODS and the leftist CSSD,
who each want so badly to govern that they have forged an unlikely
Gentlemen of the press, this press conference is organised by the
Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) to draw the attention of the general
public and the working masses in particular to some recent dangerous and
ominous developments in the country. We consider it absolutely important
to address these issues not...
The European Union (EU) summit in Nice was supposed to be one of the
most important conferences in Europe’s history. But the marathon summit
ended in a messy deal of scaled down ambitions couched in the language
of success. The summit and the discussions beforehand show increasing
political divergences inside the...
Socialist Party T.D. Joe Higgins was suspended from the Dail today until
the next session in 2001 because he protested against a ruling of the
Ceann Comhairle that only the Leaders of Fine Gael and the Labour Party
could argue against the Taoiseach’s proposals for Dáil business.
At the end of the second round of the Brazilian municipal elections the
result is clear: the defeat of Cardoso’s allies and the growth of the
PT. Try as they may, the bourgeois commentators attempt to whitewash the
defeat of the government’s allies cannot hide the huge growth of the
opposition in the state...
The situation in the Middle East, apparently relatively calm on the
surface a few weeks ago has degenerated into a cauldron of bloody
conflict. The Israeli regime has responded to the new Palestinian
uprising in a brutal manner, deploying helicopter gunships on bombing
raids against the Palestinian Authority area,...