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...