The last day of the Earth Summit completed the humiliation of the ANC
government in what it had hoped would be its finest hour. ‘Civil
society’ delegates walked out in disgust, Colin Powell was shouted down
(when he attacked Zimbabwean president Mugabe), and despite the arrests
of activists for...
ANC government harassment and sabotage cannot stop 30,000 marching. On
Saturday 31 August, anti-globalisation activists were joined by
thousands of workers, the unemployed and landless, who marched from the
poor township of Alexandra outside Johannesburg to the Earth Summit
being held in the exclusive, rich suburb of...
From August 14-19, a delegation of comrades from the United Socialist
Party (USP) of Sri Lanka made an historic visit to Jaffna via Vavuniya.
This follows a recent ceasefire between LTTE (Tamil Tigers) forces,
fighting for a homeland, and the Sri Lankan armed forces.
Four activists from the Karaganda Confederation of Free Trade Unions in
Kazakhstan are currently under arrest and are facing serious charges.
This is a continuation of the type of repression doled out to worker
activists who are building an independent class opposition to the
authoritarian rule of gangster-capitalist...
On September 28 and 29, politicians and corporate representatives in our
nation’s capital will again be besieged by tens of thousands of
protesters opposing their agenda of war and corporate globalization.
What’s happening in DC at the end of September to warrant all this
protest? The International Monetary...
At least one quarter of the Czech Republic was flooded last week after
flash floods. 14 people died because of the disaster (some of them did
not leave flooded houses, and one died when a boat was bombed by the
authorities as a ‘safety preventative measure’). The fire fighters and
other emergency workers did...
About 300 workers from the Municipal Department of Mechanical
Maintenance (DRMM) in Lisbon, who ensure the maintenance of municipal
vehicles, have been on an overtime hours (’extraordinary hours’) strike,
since last Monday.
New figures published last month by the Pesticides Residue Committee
(PRC) for the British government have raised serious concerns over the
safety of fresh fruit and vegetables, both imported and UK grown
produce. The government discovered levels of controlled pesticides in
foods that exceed legal and safety limits.
Months after the Dutch general elections, which saw dramatic gains for
the populist right wing Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), a new coalition
government has finally been formed. The administration’s proposed
policies are clearly to the right and in reality are a continuation of
the previous ‘Purple’...
Last week, the New Zealand Labour Party finalised negotiations with two
minor parties allowing it to form the 47th parliament. With the Greens
giving Labour leader Helen Clark no guarantee of support for the next
three years, the party signed a deal with the morally conservative,
right wing United Future Party...