In the midst of Venezuela’s worst economic crisis for decades, severe
flooding killed thousands of people and brought air and sea ports to a
standstill. Tony Saunois evaluates the effects of the disaster against
the political backdrop of the election 14 months ago of the radical
president, Hugo Chávez.
The World Social Forum is a meeting place for all kinds of organisations
that fight against neo-liberalism, including environmentalists, trade
unionists, and others who wants to go further and seek an alternative,
"another world", according to André Ferrari from the Brazilian section
of CWI, Revolutionary...
On 18 January, the growing anti-war movement in the US took another
important step forward when a crowd estimated at over 200,000 braved the
cold and marched on the Naval Yard in Washington DC. The protest was
very diverse with large numbers of high school and college students but
also many veterans of the 60s antiwar...
Canada’s 40-year old system of socialised medicine is under threat.
Powerful private corporations have lobbied heavily for entry into what
they see as an untapped, lucrative market. Ontario’s conservative
government has been hungrily looking for ways to dismantle the system,
in spite of polls showing...
Following the defeat of the coup in April the CWI warned: "…it is now
essential that the working class and oppressed in Venezuela seize the
initiative and take the necessary steps to overthrow capitalism and
establish a democratic workers’ government with a revolutionary
socialist programme. If this is...
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...