The rapidly executed military coup of Tuesday 12 October 1999 marks a
new, and even more unstable and tension-ridden period in Pakistan and
the wider Asian sub-continent. The coup represents the possibility of
further erosion of what little remains of the democratic rights of the
masses. It will considerably...
Much has changed since the revolution of 25th of April 25 years ago.
Working class women gained through the revolutionary process very
advanced constitutional rights by comparison with the rest of Europe.
Before 1974 women counted for nothing in the eyes of the law. The
husband was her master and ruler, e.g. having the...
Capitalist India - the land of a million festivals - has a unique trick
up its sleeve to turn the most radical of events into a ritual to
perpetuate its feudal status-quo. International Women’s Day symbolises
women’s ongoing fight for emancipation while across the country
thousands of young women are burnt...
Rosa Luxembourg was born on the 5th.March, 1871, in Poland. As a school
student she became politically active and at the age of 16 she joined
the "Revolutionary Party of Poland". After finishing school, she went to
Switzerland and later to Germany in order to escape the danger of
An indication of coming struggles recently manifested itself in a strike
at two nursing homes in Massachusetts. Significantly, as a result of it,
wages were increased more than ever before. (There was a stipulation
that further union organising should be limited to one nursing home per
year, but this shows how much the...
Support for military action from Pakistan’s General Musharraf has been
duly rewarded by George Bush. Sanctions imposed on both Pakistan and
India following their 1999 nuclear weapons tests have been lifted.
However, in siding with the US, Musharraf has unleashed opposition from
the country’s pro-Taliban...
The 8th of March is a very significant date in fighting for a socialist
future. This is the day of international solidarity of working women in
the struggle for their economic, social and political rights.
March 8th around the world is the celebration of International Women’s
Day. For us, this is not just a celebration, it’s more a day of
struggle, of fighting spirit. The struggle to end the oppression of
women is a fight against the capitalist system which means exploitation
for us and making profit for the...
Company unions and harmonious labour-management relations? Japanese
culture is different and Japanese women are obedient? That is not at all
what Japan is about. There are working women with some guts!
A report has come out with shocking figures. 47% of girls in the
nine-year compulsory schools are sexually harassed. The climate against
young women has become harder in society and has reached the schools in
a new way. Girls are being called names like ’whore’ and ’cunt’ every
day in school and...
Eighty percent of low paid workers in Britain are women. They are the
cleaners, cooks and hairdressers forced to work in poor conditions with
no legal minimum wage. In the public sector, low pay is rife. Women’s
wages have fallen back so far that the gap between men and women’s wages
has widened for the...