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,...
The recapture of the strategic Elephant Pass by the Tamil Tigers
inflicted a severe blow to the Sri Lankan army. President Chandrika
Kumaratunga has declared a state of emergency, suspending democratic
rights and demanding yet more sacrifices from working people. Will the
Indian state intervene? At this crucial juncture...
Even as we are sending this out there is heavy fighting around Jaffna.
The ‘Tigers’ have taken a vitally important bridge and yesterday claimed
to be 3 kilometres form the town itself. It looks like the end-game for
the battle over Jaffna but the Chandrika government and the Army
generals are throwing...
The ‘dollarisation’ of the Ecuadorian currency, that was implemented
during the week beginning 13th of March immediately sparked new protests
and strikes. Demonstrations by students, workers and peasants were
called on the 16th of March in protest against the government’s economic
The war in Chechnya, ruthlessly conducted by Russia’s new capitalist
rulers, has been a human, economic and environmental catastrophe.
Thousands of civilians are being massacred. There are over 260,000
refugees in Ingushetia alone. Thousands of young Russian conscripts are
reported dead or ‘missing’....