Election day in Indonesia - the first for 40 years in which parties could freely contend - had the atmosphere of a celebration. Coming one year after the overthrow of the Suharto dictatorship by a mass movement, it is clear that the hard-pressed masses took the opportunity to give the old ruling party, Golkar, an...

The recent roots of the bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia lies in the deepening crisis it faced in the 1980s. Throughout the 1980s its economic situation worsened. By 1987 inflation was running at over 100% a year, by mid-1988 the annual rate reached 160%. Workers’ living standards were falling with the...

It is now common knowledge that I spent twenty agonising days in undue incarceration at the state police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, courtesy of a totally false petition written by a right-wing, pro-government and anti-democratic faction within the Lagos State NUJ led...

The massive NATO attack on Serbia has hugely exacerbated the crisis in the Balkans and threatens to widen the conflict further, with terrible repercussions. Already there has been Serb shelling of Albania and pro-Serb riots in Macedonia. Working class people, Kosovar Albanians, Serbs and the masses of the Balkans, will...

The recent Nigerian Presidential election was widely reported in the world’s media as an important step towards the restoration of "democracy" in that country, Africa’s largest with a population of around 120 million. The holding, in April, of the FIFA World Youth Soccer Championship in Nigeria and...

Eighty percent of low paid workers in Britain are women. They are the cleaners, cooks and hairdressers forced to work in poor conditions with no legal minimum wage. In the public sector, low pay is rife. Women’s wages have fallen back so far that the gap between men and women’s wages has widened for the...

An indication of coming struggles recently manifested itself in a strike at two nursing homes in Massachusetts. Significantly, as a result of it, wages were increased more than ever before. (There was a stipulation that further union organising should be limited to one nursing home per year, but this shows how much the...

Women constitute half the population of Sri Lanka and play a crucial role in the affairs of the country. On the one hand, both the president and the prime minister are women and the world’s first woman prime minister was produced by Sri Lanka. But this has not helped to enhance the situation of Sri Lankan working...

A report has come out with shocking figures. 47% of girls in the nine-year compulsory schools are sexually harassed. The climate against young women has become harder in society and has reached the schools in a new way. Girls are being called names like ’whore’ and ’cunt’ every day in school and...

Much has changed since the revolution of 25th of April 25 years ago. Working class women gained through the revolutionary process very advanced constitutional rights by comparison with the rest of Europe. Before 1974 women counted for nothing in the eyes of the law. The husband was her master and ruler, e.g. having the...

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