US president Bush says he’s targeting the Taliban regime because it’s
harbouring terrorists around Osama bin Laden. But in the 1980s it was
the US CIA which helped arm, finance and instruct Bin Laden and other
Islamist groups to fight the USSR army then occupying Afghanistan.Bin
Laden is just the latest...
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
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.
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...
A corrupt and inept president - Joseph ’Erap’ Estrada of the Philippines
- has been removed from power by a mass movement on the streets. This
comes just months after the overthrow of Milosevic in Serbia and a year
after the revolutionary events of Ecuador. Once again it has been
demonstrated that action -...
The recapture of the strategic Elephant Pass by the Tamil Tigers
inflicted a severe blow to the Sri Lankan army. President Chandrika
Kumaratunga has declared a state of emergency, suspending democratic
rights and demanding yet more sacrifices from working people. Will the
Indian state intervene? At this crucial juncture...
Even as we are sending this out there is heavy fighting around Jaffna.
The ‘Tigers’ have taken a vitally important bridge and yesterday claimed
to be 3 kilometres form the town itself. It looks like the end-game for
the battle over Jaffna but the Chandrika government and the Army
generals are throwing...
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...
Election day in Indonesia - the first for 40 years in which parties
could freely contend - had the atmosphere of a celebration. Coming one
year after the overthrow of the Suharto dictatorship by a mass movement,
it is clear that the hard-pressed masses took the opportunity to give
the old ruling party, Golkar, an...
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...