Some ’lasting good’ will come out of the war against Afghanistan,
promised Tony Blair last year. But promises given by capitalist
politicians are usually written in sand, especially the kind made in
The first-round success of far-right leader, Jean-Marie le Pen, in the
French presidential elections shocked the world. Hardly discussed,
however, were the votes for the Trotskyist parties. Socialism Today
interviews Alex Rouillard, organiser for Gauche Révolutionnaire (CWI
section in France), on the election and...
In a whole series of elections in Europe, far-right parties have made
significant gains. The recent votes for Le Pen in France and the Pim
Fortuyn List in the Netherlands have rocked the establishment parties
and provoked mass anger and opposition. LYNN WALSH looks into the nature
of this development.
THE RECENT Dutch elections were nothing short of an earthquake,
expressing frustration and disappointment with the Dutch Labour Party
(PvdA). The winners were the Christian Democratic Party, which was in
government from 1918-94 (longer than the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union, as the joke goes) and the List Pim...
The world is nearer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban
missile crisis in 1962. The United States and the Soviet Union came
close to a nuclear exchange, when Khrushchev based nuclear-armed
missiles on Cuba. Fortunately, US imperialism and the Soviet bureaucracy
negotiated their way out of the crisis, despite...
FOR THE people of Kashmir, India and Pakistan, the prospect of a war
which may escalate into a nuclear conflict is terrifying. George Bush
and Tony Blair claim to be horrified but the US and Britain are the
world’s largest arms dealers. In 2001 when the Kashmir crisis last
threatened a war, British arms exports to...
Kashmir, India and Pakistan stand on the edge of a catastrophe of
unimaginable proportions. Two unstable regimes with nuclear weapons
threaten to bring destruction to millions of people already suffering
from poverty, disease and mass unemployment. Both the Pakistani and
Indian regimes are whipping up nationalism and...
Press release by the CWI in Russia on the arrests of anti-EU protesters
in Moscow (see article, Anti-EU protesters beaten and arrested by Moscow
police, posted on 29 May 2002). A number of the protesters were released
late on 28 May and appeared in court on the morning of 29 May. The court
hearings have been delayed. We...
Police arrested 25 people protesting against the EU summit in Moscow
today, Tuesday 28 May at 15 45 hrs (Moscow time). Reports so far
indicate that five on them were badly beaten. The police are refusing to
comment on what is happening to those arrested. Those detained include
AN ATTACK on an Indian army camp in Kashmir by Kashmiri separatists has
increased tensions between India and Pakistan threatening a potentially
horrific escalation in the region’s long-running conflict.
A CONFERENCE of CWI members in Kazakhstan earlier this month was a great
success. 20 comrades attended from Karaganda, Zhambul, Pavlodar, Uralsk
and Almata. Visitors from Russia and from the CWI also attended.