MILLIONS OF big-business dollars were used by both major parties to
campaign for votes. Both represent big business. The Republicans,
however, push more aggressive pro-business policies and heavily outspent
the Democrats, by $527.4 million to $343.7 million.
Never in living memory has a sitting president strengthened his party’s
position in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in mid-term
elections. This is in spite of the deepening economic recession.
What elected Lula was the rejection of neoliberalism, but the PT
(Workers Party) will not be able to meet the expectations of the masses
unless there is a real break with the policies of Cardoso and the IMF.
PT gets highest vote in first round and goes to runoff. The Workers
Party candidate, Lula, got the highest vote for president in the first
round. With 99% of votes counted, he had 46.4% of valid votes against
23.2% for pro-government candidate José Serra (PSDB). The other main
candidates, Garotinho (PSB) and Gomes...
As comrades will know from a previous circular
the Brazilian comrades have been leading a teachers strike in Cotia,
Brazil. This strike has been attacked by the police. Messages of support
and protest are urgently needed and should be sent to the e/mail address
"What triggered the movement was the announcement of a small bonus
payment. In fact, more than a bonus, this kind of one-off payment aims
to offset the absence of a wage increase to track inflation over several
years. The bonus was to vary from 60 to 120 Brazilian reais (approx. 17
to 34 USD). But at the same time,...
A THOUSAND people polled by The History Channel named the attack on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon a year ago on 11 September as "the
most memorable event in world history". This is clearly an exaggeration.
WILL THE United States go to war against Iraq? Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld
appear determined to bring about a ‘regime change’ through a pre-emptive
strike. They undoubtedly have the military power to destroy Saddam’s
regime. But the consequences would be horrendous for the people of Iraq
and the whole...