The struggle against privatisation in SA has entered a qualitatively new
stage. At the end of August Cosatu will be holding a two-day general
strike to protest against the government’s plan to privatise the
Electricity Supply Commission (ESKOM).
The bitter power struggle between rival factions of Indonesia’s ruling
elite came to a head this summer. The People’s Consultative Assembly
completed a nine-month campaign to oust president Abdurrahman Wahid,
voting 591-0 on 23 July to replace him with his deputy, Megawati
Argentina’s financial crisis is threatening an economic meltdown which
could also sink the economies of South and Central America and have a
catastrophic impact on the world economy. US imperialism and Argentina’s
rulers are attempting to make the working class pay for this crisis. But
these attacks have...
The mid-May Italian election victory of Silvio Berlusconi’s right wing
House of Liberty alliance grabbed the headlines. Some commentators, like
the Wall Street Journal, hoped that the defeat of the Olive Tree
centre-left government, along with having Bush II sitting in the White
House, marked a further step...
Supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid clashed violently
with police last week in the capital Jakarta. This follows renewed
efforts by the national parliament to impeach the head of state.
It has been the biggest working class mobilization of the last decades.
It shook every single town in Greece and not only Athens. It caused a
complete paralysis of everything and everywhere. There have been many
general strikes in Greece during the last decade. Certainly over twenty
in all. But not one of them can be...
Days of angry street demonstrations in the Philippines capital Manila
culminated in an attack on the presidential palace in the early hours of
May 1. After seven hours of battles with the police using teargas, water
cannon and live ammunition, four people were dead, over 100 injured and
hundreds more arrested. A state...
The first ever invasion of the Palestinian Authority (PA) territory by
the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) on Monday 15 April has taken the
present conflict in the region to a new level. It may be the case that
in future years this event could be looked upon as the first decisive
step to a wider conflict. Even though the...
Mounting excitement gripped Mexico in early March as the 15-day
"Zapatour" by 23 Zapatista (EZLN) comandantes and subcomandante Marcos
made its way from Chiapas towards Mexico City. The EZLN followed, in the
last leg of their trip, the historic route taken by the legendary
Emiliano Zapata and the revolutionary...