Around 1,000 people gathered on 17 September at The Hague in the
Netherlands to protest against the plans by the new coalition government
(which includes the populist right wing Pim Fortuyn List) and to also
protest against US war plans for Iraq.
Members of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (RS), the Swedish section of
the Committee for a Workers’ International, are celebrating spectacular
gains in the general election held on 15 September 2002. In the two most
populous cities in northern Sweden, RS now has five city councillors (up
from two in 1998).
LAST FEBRUARY, 70,000 people went to the World Social Forum (WSF) in
Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was set up in opposition to the World Economic
Forum of government ministers that took place at the same time. On 7-10
November 2002, a similar counter-summit, the European Social Forum (ESF)
is to take place in Florence, Italy.
At least one quarter of the Czech Republic was flooded last week after
flash floods. 14 people died because of the disaster (some of them did
not leave flooded houses, and one died when a boat was bombed by the
authorities as a ‘safety preventative measure’). The fire fighters and
other emergency workers did...
About 300 workers from the Municipal Department of Mechanical
Maintenance (DRMM) in Lisbon, who ensure the maintenance of municipal
vehicles, have been on an overtime hours (’extraordinary hours’) strike,
since last Monday.
New figures published last month by the Pesticides Residue Committee
(PRC) for the British government have raised serious concerns over the
safety of fresh fruit and vegetables, both imported and UK grown
produce. The government discovered levels of controlled pesticides in
foods that exceed legal and safety limits.
Months after the Dutch general elections, which saw dramatic gains for
the populist right wing Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), a new coalition
government has finally been formed. The administration’s proposed
policies are clearly to the right and in reality are a continuation of
the previous ‘Purple’...
THOUSANDS OF council workers, health and education workers joined the 17
July strike throughout Northern Ireland, picketing council offices,
education and health boards, leisure centres and police stations.
With a chant of ’Genoa Libera’ 150,000 youth and young workers marched
through the streets of Genova on Saturday. They marched to commemorate
the year since the G8 summit which saw a police riot and the murder of a
young protestor Carlo Giuliani, shot by the Carabinieri. Called by the